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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch blogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality and craftsmanship in various subjects like interiordesign, architecture, haute couture, photography, art 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.

30 november 2020


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Interior Design: Amazing London House & Garden by Studio MacLean

Be inspired by this amazing London house & garden studio! British interiors firm Studio MacLean designed the renovation of this West London property – which measures 371 square metres – and its garden studio for a family who wanted to update the interiors with timeless finishes. Studio MacLean used monochrome paintwork, oak chevron flooring, cherry wood and marble finishes to overhaul this London house. Love many aspects of this house, like the monochrome palette in white and black, the oak parquet, the kitchen with wood and marble, the black custom-made steel doors as well as black painted radiator and staircase. And last but least the beautiful lighting design.
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Sources: Dezeen and Studio MacLean.

28 november 2020

Beautiful Topkapi wallpaper by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher

I guess you've noticed already that I am a huge fan of the designs from interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Today I found this fantastic, refined floral wallpaper in blue called 'Topkapi' from his collection for Schumacher. Derived from the panels of tile that lined the royal suites of the Ottoman sultans in Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, Iznik patterns combine the traditional Ottoman patterns with Oriental elements to create a visual masterpiece that transcends cultures and eras. I wrote MORE BLOGS about this interesting interior designer. Be Inspired .......
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25 november 2020

Vintage Fashion: Travel Clothes for Vogue 1953 by Norman Parkinson

Lovely vintage fashion photo 'Travel Clothes' for Vogue 1953 from one of the twentieth century’s best-known fashion photographers Norman Parkinson. Be Inspired .....
More about Norman Parkinson
Norman Parkinson was one of the twentieth century’s best-known fashion photographers. He was active for over 50 years and was instrumental in taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into his images. His impulsive and unstructured style changed forever the static, posed approach to fashion photography, while his enchanting, idiosyncratic persona charmed his sitters and projected an alluring and glamorous public image. Standing at 6 feet 5 inches tall, Parkinson was unable to remain unobtrusive behind the lens and instead created ‘Parks’, the moustachioed, ostentatiously elegant fashion photographer – as much a personality as those who sat for him, and frequently more flamboyant. His flawless professionalism, manners and well-rehearsed eccentricities reassured the uneasy sitter and disarmed the experienced. His photographs of celebrities, artists, the British Royal Family, as well as leading figures from the worlds of film, theatre, politics and music are known throughout the world and have become icons of twentieth century style.
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19 november 2020


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One is never over-dressed or under dressed with a Little Black Dress
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16 november 2020

May your week be filled with happy moments (10)

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Nice decorating ideas for a lovely Fall table

We can't deny it. Fall has arrived .... It's getting colder outsight and all the leaves are falling off the trees. We are making our garden ready for the Winter. This week I placed some extra food for the birds in my garden. Autumn is also a time of staying more often inside our house and creating a warm and cosy atmosphere here. Below you will find some nice decorating ideas for a lovely Fall table. Wishing you a great new week ahead! 
Lovely Fall decoration that highlight the season.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Lovely Fall arrangement with fruits, pinecones, leaves & gourds.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Fall decoration with canning jars.
Source: Country Living
Garden Garland with mini pumpkins.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Fall vase with dried white beans & yellow berries.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Sources: Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living

Bathrooms: Book-matched marble in the bathroom of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent

Be Inspired by this beautiful book-matched marble bathroom of the Manhattan penthouse of interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. What a Beauty! 
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See also my Pinterest moodboard 'Bathrooms'

13 november 2020

Flashbacks from Guo Pei S/S 2016 Couture, seen at PFW

Be Inspired by these beautiful flashbacks photos from the inspiring fashionshow from Guo Pei for the season S/S 2016, seen at Paris Fashion Week. 
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Source: VOGUE UK

10 november 2020

Furniture design: Elegant Soleo sofa from the Swiss company Intertime

While surfing this morning on internet I found this beautiful soft brown sofa from the Swiss company Intertime. The name of this design is called 'Soleo'. What a Beauty and Craftsmanship to see! The Soleo is available in four widths. Its fold-in sliding headrest and footrest make it a sofa that is both versatile and flexible. Be Inspired .........
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Source: Intertime

07 november 2020

Vintage Fashion: Dovima modeling a Venezian gown by Richard Avedon (1958)

Be Inspired by this beautiful photo from Dovima in 1958 by Richard Avedon. She is modeling a Venezian gown and was expecting here her daughter Alison. I always like to see vintage fashion photos from this stylish and elegant fashion model. 
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Sources: Flickr and Pinterest

04 november 2020

Art: George Tsui - Classical/Romantic painter

Be inspired by these beautiful paintings from the Classical / Romantic painter George Tsui. George Tsui, Chinese-born American painter was born in Hong Kong and moved to New York in the late 60s. Studying first at the School of Visual Arts and later majoring in oil painting at the Art Students League. While working at NBC, he was awarded the prestigious 1997 Emmy Award for Best Individual Art and Craft. Included in his works of that period are some movie posters. Also several paintings chosen for the 1984 Winter Olympics poster series, as well as limited edition art prints for the 1985-1986 "Night of 100 Stars” event for a tribute to The Centennial of The Actor’s Fund of America. The original artwork with 100 celebrities signatures was owned by ABC Television Corp.
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03 november 2020

Color Ideas: 12 Iconic Colors from around the World

Would like to share with you these 12 iconic colors from around the world. What an inspiring colors to use for decorating your house. Each color has its own beauty. I can hardly choose. :-) My favourites are Chinese Red, Caribbean Blue, Burgundy, Tibetan Yellow, Jaipur Pink and Prussian Blue. Which colors do you prefer? 

Jaipur Pink
"The whole city of Jaipur, India is painted pink. It's an exuberant color, optimistic and positive. Jaipur pink reminds us that we're all alive and everything is possible. I like this type of paint, because it has a chalky layer underneath that blooms through and gives it a patina. Try it with saffron and orange." — Windsor Smith.
Painting: Sydney Harbour Paints Lime Wash Pink Ginger.
Chinese Red
"In Chinese culture, red is the color of good fortune and you see it everywhere — on pagodas, on tugboats in Hong Kong harbor and on paper lanterns swaying in the breeze. This is my all-time favorite Chinese red, in high gloss — like the lacquered tip of one of Diana Vreeland's fingernails. Red is the great clarifier. A touch of it will add crispness to any room." — Miles Redd.
Painting: Benjamin Moore Impervo Alkyd High Gloss Brilliant Red 20.
Pompeian Red
"Pompeian Red is the red — with a bit of rusty orange — that you see in the background of all those frescoes in Pompeii. Amazing that they've survived for millennia. Red creates a wonderful contrast that brings everything else into focus. It's gorgeous, very Italian and very romantic. It has the glow of the sun in it." — Brian McCarthy.
Painting: Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion Blazer 212.

Caribbean Blue
"My idea of Caribbean Blue is this gorgeous turquoise that takes me straight to the beach. It's the color of water in the sunlight with brightness as well as depth. And like all the Glidden blues, it has a beautiful undertone. It might be pretty intense in a whole room, but try it on one wall, a ceiling, shutters, or a door — all great ways to use a strong color." — Suzanne Kasler.
Painting: Glidden Premium Deepest Aqua GLB24.
"Apparently the first tangerines were shipped to Europe from Tangier and the city gave its name to the fruit and the color. Try tangerine lacquered in a dining room or a foyer to envelop you with warmth and make you feel as if you've jumped on a jet to some exotic destination." — Jamie Drake.
Painting: Benjamin Moore Impervex Tangelo 2017-30.
Swedish Gray
"I've always responded to Swedish interiors, maybe it's the quality of the light. The color I think of as Swedish gray is subtle and complex. You can see other tones in it and that ambiguity is intriguing. Set it off with dark charcoal or bright white and a bouquet of pink garden roses." — Victoria Hagan.
Painting: Benjamin Moore Aura Feather Gray 2127-60.
Tibetan Yellow
"This is the color of the robes worn by Tibetan Buddhist monks. When you see them walking down the street, it's like a ray of sunshine. Tibetan yellow is vibrant, but somehow it still has a softness and a sense of peace." — Vicente Wolf.
Painting: Pittsburgh Paints Manor Hall Naple's Gold 116-7.
British Racing Green
"I think fondly of British racing green, as I had an MG in exactly this color when I was in my twenties. I would use it in high gloss for a library, because it gives a room lots of shine and drama, creating a cool, quiet space. It goes well with old leather bound books and comfortable furniture." — David Easton.
Painting: Benjamin Moore Advance Hunter Green 2041-10.
"The color Burgundy takes its name from the color of the wines made in the Burgundy region of France. And like a glass of my favorite Pinot Noir, this rich red has depth. It responds dramatically to light and shade. Recommended for rooms where you want to curl up and read." — Katie Ridder.
Painting: C2 Paint Luxe Curtain Call C2-004.
"Chartreuse is such a happy, spirited color. The name comes from the yellow-green liqueur made by monks in the Chartreuse mountains of France. I tend to gravitate toward the yellow side of the spectrum, and this shade is so multifunctional and rich. It looks amazing with anything from ebonized woods to whites." — Kelly Wearstler.
Painting: Pratt & Lambert Accolade Casava 15-10.
Prussian Blue
"The formula for Prussian blue was born in what is now Poland. It was one of the first artificial pigments and replaced the ultra-expensive ultramarine, unleashing a tsunami of blue into the world. Without it, we wouldn't have those smart Prussian military uniforms or Picasso's Blue Period. I'd use it in a bedroom with crisp white trim." — Alexa Hampton.
Painting: Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo New York State of Mind.
Aegean White
"You see a particular shade of Aegean White all over the Greek islands, where the whitewashed houses seem to incandesce in the light. Each village looks as if it has been planted into the side of the cliff, and this lime-wash paint feels equally organic. I've used it in a dining room where the mottled, chalky texture creates a sense of age and looks beautiful in candlelight." — Darryl Carter.
Painting: Virginia Lime Works Limepaint Bright White.
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Source: House Beautiful