About Me

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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch fashion- and interiorblogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality, craftsmanship and harmony in colors for interior / design / architecture, haute couture, photography, art, antiques etc. I love decorating & bringing beauty and harmony into interiors. I created this blog to share my passion for decorating as well as the many other things which inspire me. From time to time I am also highlighting certain interior designers, decorators, architects, stylists, photographers etc. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to give a comment on my blogs. I will react back as soon as possible. Best regards, Irene Pouw from Holland.

28 februari 2019

Residential: Beauty, Quality & Craftsmanship by Steven Harris Architects

While surfing today I found this stunning and luxurious project called 'Boston House' designed by Steven Harris Architects. What a beauty, quality and craftsmanship! Love everything in this house, like their choices of rich materials as well as the impressive staircase, the beautiful flooring, the walls, the panelling, the gorgeous ceilings, the kitchen, the fantastic marble bathroom, the elegant living room etc. I am completely in love with this house. Be Inspired .....
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Photos by Scott Frances.

Hello March ....... Hello Spring

Let's welcome the new month March! Since a few weeks I saw already outside, at several places, bunches of crocuses coming out. I am so happy to see them. It really gives me a feeling of Spring is here. Wishing you a colorful & inspiring month with lots of Love and Joy! ♥

Een fijne, inspirerende en liefdevolle Maart maand toegewenst aan mijn lezers! ♥
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Color Ideas: Perfect Bedroom Color Scheme (05)

What a perfect bedroom color scheme! Love this combination of colors for an elegant and peaceful atmosphere. The colors are: Nutmeg, Simply Taupe, Whisper White and Sheer Pink. Be Inspired ......
 
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Source: LuxDeco
Photo credit: Finchatton.

25 februari 2019

Stunning jewelry pieces by Coco Chanel for her Bijoux de Diamants exhibition in 1932

I am completely in love with this series of jewelry created by Coco Chanel in 1932 for her Bijoux de Diamants exhibition, especially the Comète necklace. What a beauty, style, elegance and craftsmanship! Be Inspired ......
The Cométe collection by Chanel for S/S 2012 (right) is inspired by one of Coco Chanel collections from 1932 (left)
The Chanel's 1932 jewelry collection. The 2012 Comète necklace in 18K white gold with diamonds
The Chanel's 1932 jewelry collection - Ruban Couture earrings MD in 18K white gold with B&W diamonds
The Chanel's 1932 jewelry collection - Couture ring in 18K white gold with B&W diamonds
The Chanel's 1932 jewelry collection - Ruban Couture bracelet in 18K white gold with B&W diamonds
The Chanel's 1932 jewelry collection - Couture ring in 18K white gold with B&W diamonds
The Chanel's 1932 jewelry collection - Couture earrings in 18K white gold with B&W diamonds
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Photos courtesy of Chanel
Sources: CHANELELLE and GOOGLE.

Beautiful fashion photography by Lane Lang (03)

I guess you've noticed already that I love fashion photography. While surfing on internet today I found several beautiful photos from fashion photographer Lane Lang. I find her work very inspirational. Earlier I showed MORE PHOTOS of her fantastic work. 
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Photo: courtesy of Lane Lang.
Sources: Lane Lang Lofter and Lane Lange

22 februari 2019

Furniture Design: Elegant writing desk Ursuline by Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset

While surfing this morning on internet I saw this elegant writing desk Ursuline designed by Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset. Be Inspired ......
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Source: Ligne Roset

Abstract Art: Inspiring artwork by German artist Christian von Grumbkow (02)


Recently I discovered the beautiful and colorful abstract paintings from the German artist Christian von Grumbkow. I was really touched by his expressive work. I decided, in cooperation with him, to write several blogs about his inspiring and versatile art. I am sure you will be surprised too! Below you will find several photos of his artwork 'Morning Dew' with detail photos. Love the beautiful atmosphere as well as his refined coloruse. 

For more information see below the text about him as an artist, his background and for which reasons he likes to touch other people spiritually by creating this kind of art. Click on MORE to see all the blogs I published about Christian his work. Be Inspired by this great artist ......
More about the artist
Christian von Grumbkow is a German artist born in 1946 in Oberhausen, Germany and he is painting since he has the age of 3 years old. He is very well experienced as an international artist for more than 40 years. He had more than 300 exhibitions from 1971 untill 2018 in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Austria, the UK, U.S.A., Canada, Poland, France. 
BIOGRAPHY:
Christian followed from 1966 - 1971 art lessons at Prof. Rudolf Schoofs, WKS Wuppertal, Germany. He took also fine arts lessons at the Dutch Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL) from 1969 - 1970. Earlier he worked at the Folkwangschule in Essen, Germany (1970 - 1980), was the founder and guitar player from the art-rock group Hoelderlin (1970 - 1977). He worked as a guest teacher in Alfter, Ulm, Witten, Vienna and London (1981 - 2010). During this period Christian also gave art seminars at various colleges / universities in the USA, Canada. He worked at the GB.Art Project at the CMS, Wuppertal, Germany and started with online tutorials with GEISTREICH LERNEN and his art school KUNST KURSE COACHING In 2009 Christian won the price Christa & Enno Springmann Kultur-Stiftung, Wuppertal, Essen, Germany.
Christian, you are an artist. What is your inner drive? 
Already in the days of my childhood when I was a very shy little boy I became aware of being obsessed by a diversity of creative moments and possibilities within my reach: Drawings with my mother’s lipsticks on wallpapers, a guitar built by myself and my humming of self-composed songs, role-playing games or even plasticine landscapes.

Bright moments at school only if and only if I could draw, paint, plasticize or play music. In this respect the inner pulse “to feel myself”, to provoke, to manipulate and change social processes - be it in a sensitive or in a somewhat provocative way - became a kind of “inner language” - or even speech - since adolescence. For a couple of years I was not capable to communicate in common “verbal” language and could not master speech as a means of public communication.

However it was this attitude which allowed me against intense opposition to train my perception and helped to develop my inner posture concerning art during the years of studying art and later on. I discovered color as “Layer of Emotions” and a form of selftherapy. 
What should art, your art be capable to cause? 
I have been painting for many years now. Collaborating with colleagues, art historians and gallery owners a specific outlook on art has developed and is still in process. Let me put it this way: The more authentic my way of living and working - the more my art gets precise and “reduced” to the core. Orders, sales and invitations to expositions came easier and had a lasting effect. Travelling, manifold encounters, any kind of experiences were as well an inspiring moment for me as artist and as human being. 

My art whether displayed in collections, public buildings or living spaces is not at all destructive or even cultivate destruction. The aim of my art should build up, strengthen / support, give more sensitivity and the viewer confront oneself partially. Art as a possibility for individual contemplation and social perception.

Inspiring quote Christian von Grumbkow – “Blurring”
“I don’t paint a message, nor thoughts, but I paint color ... I must struggle for quality, for the essence of color, for mood, for balance or even for dissonance. But there has to be a viewer who in the process of viewing, in appreciating the painting, can experience something, can even experience himself.“

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Note: These paintings have been placed with approval of the artist himself. 

NYFW: Pamella Roland F/W 2018 RTW

Be Inspired by this elegant and feminine collection from the fashionshow from Pamella Roland for F/W 2018 RTW, seen at New York Fashion Week. 
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Source: VOGUE

19 februari 2019

MFW: DOLCE & GABBANA S/S 2019 RTW, PART 02

Be Inspired by this stylish and colorful Ready-To-Wear collection from Dolce & Gabbana for the season Spring/Summer 2019, seen at Milan Fashion Week. I will show totally 3 blogs from this lovely collection. This is part 02. 
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Sources: VOGUE and Women's Fashion Week

16 februari 2019

Design: Limited edition of Mickey Mouse x Smeg fridge

Be Inspired by this very nice Disney fridge design. It's a limited edition of the Mickey Mouse x Smeg fridge. For the Mickey Mouse fans. :-)
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Sources: ELLE DECOR and SMEG

15 februari 2019

RUNWAY: PHUONG MY S/S 2019 RTW

I am completely in love with these fantastic designs from the collection from Phuong My for the season Spring/Summer 2019 RTW. What a craftsmanship! I wrote earlier ANOTHER BLOG about her fantastic designs. Be Inspired ........

Tran Phuong My, the fashion designer
More about the designer
Tran Phuong My was born in 1988 at Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. Having studied and graduated with honors from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Phuong My has pursued perfection in all aspects of her fashion career.

From the design and production process through to client service, the smallest details are obsessively pursued. Rather than accepting the limitations of local fabrics available to other designers in Vietnam, Phuong My established a very clear strategy for her own brand. PHUONG MY’s fabric production is entirely outsourced to select partners in Paris, Milan, Hongkong and Tokyo, thus providing the optimum blend of both materials and exclusivity that has proven to be successful for the brand. Phuong My’s creative talents are expressed both through her work as the Chief Designer for the PHUONG MY brand and also production and styling projects for key fashion magazines such as ELLE, HARPER’s BAZAAR, and VOGUE. Determined to produce only the truly exceptional, the young designer is looking to expand her vision to the global fashion scene.

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Sources: VOGUE and Phuong My