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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.

31 mei 2021


The arrival of Spring means new greenery, new flowers and more time spent enjoying the outdoors. See some of my favorite gardens created by landscape designers and architects on Dering Hall. Earlier I wrote two other blogs: BLOG NR. 01 and BLOG NR. 02.
Design by Gregory Lombardi Design.
Design by Gregory Lombardi Design. 
Design by Howard Design Studio.
Design by Robin Kramer Garden Design.
Design by Mariani Landscape.
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29 mei 2021

Amazing hotel with sophisticated atmosphere in Mallorca

Hotel Cort. What a beautiful hotel in Palma, Mallorca! Love the choice of materials, textiles, colors and details. Hotel Cort is situated in the center of the old town in Palma, Mallorca. It has an unique character and a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Each room has its own charm. 

They created mood boards for the rooms with the aim to potentiate the differences that they already had on their own. They wanted to create in the guest´s mind a memory of well-being and warmth to take away with them after their stay at Hotel Cort. The choice of materials, textiles and colors as well as the attention to detail were the propositions to achieve this result. The resources of blue and ultramarine colors representing the Mediterranean sea and warm materials such as wood, leather and linen mixed with “llenguas” (traditional Mallorquin fabrics) give the whole an up-to-date and sophisticated atmosphere.
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Sources: Decoholic and HOTEL CORT

Furniture Design: Philippe Starck Art Edition by Dutch artist Ton Pret (04)

For long time readers of my blog, you'll know that I love the colorful art & furniture designs from Dutch artist Ton Pret (so happy and cheerful colors & designs). I wrote earlier several blogs about Ton and his work: Blog 01Blog 02 and Blog 03
Philippe Starck Art Edition by Dutch artist Ton Pret
Today I would like to show you his new work: the hand-painted Philippe Starck art chairs. Ton transformed the model Driade into these colorful art chairs below. The titles of the chairs are: "Beastly" (full with beasts) and "Escape from the city & feel free". What a great art pieces! Would love to have one piece in my garden. :-)
Philippe Starck Art Edition by Dutch artist Ton Pret
Philippe Starck Art Edition by Dutch artist Ton Pret
Philippe Starck Art Edition by Dutch artist Ton Pret
Philippe Starck Art Edition by Dutch artist Ton Pret
More about the artist Ton Pret

Ton Pret is a painter artist with a very personal style, characterized by a very bold use of color, incredibly imaginative figures and an explosion of enthusiasm, spontaneity, passion and positivity. Influential people in the world of art as Erik Hermida and Geert Jan Jansen describe the style of Ton Pret as "exponent of Cobra," "Cobra 60 years later" or "Cobra of the 21st century." Whatever you call it, it is clearly the "Ton Pret Style". The style of Ton Pret is best described as "colorful realism of a different reality, with a strong positive effect". With his work Ton wants to bring out the positive in man, by taking them to another realitywhere positivity is the most important factor.
Dutch Artist Ton Pret. Photo by Fotoflex Nederland.
Although as a child Ton drew a lot, molded and did other forms of creativity. It took many years before he decided to become a painter artist. From one day to another, he knocked over the helm and has followed his heart. He also has no single artistic training, but is a pure autodidact who totally isn’t guided by rules or tendencies, but only follows his spontaneity and inexhaustible fantasy. The paintings of Ton are his transformation into another reality. With his paintings he gives the viewer the opportunity to share this other reality. The viewer is token to another dimension and experience, which gives a certain feeling of  happiness.
In a very short time, Ton became well known in the world of art and his work was also seen in the famous Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage, the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Ascona, The Louvre museum in Paris, Barcelona and the Rotterdam Kunsthal museum. Not only his paintings and sculptures are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, but also his famous art shoes, jeans, jackets, watches, design furniture etc. have become true collector items. For this reason Ton designed special art shoes for Dutch most exclusive shoe brand Greve and also for the catwalk in Paris. Even the Dutch Shoes Museum added some art high heels to their collection and his art edition of the Michael Kors handbag, is added to the collection of the Dutch Museum of Bags & Purses in Amsterdam.
Among his clients are well known collectors and celebrities, who also appreciate his work and even one of them let Ton painted his Ferrari 355 GTS in a real driving artwork. Ton also did some furniture design and some really serious designers are working with him in collaboration. Even the famous Alessandro Mendini is interested in a collaboration. Other very special pieces of art, are a hand-painted design bath tube for a design company and an original Fender Stratocaster in collaboration with the famous French guitaris Jean-Pierre Danel, Brian May (QUEEN) and Steve Lukather (TOTO), Hank Marvin (SHADOWS) and French superstar Jean-Jacques Goldman. Furher on art editions of the famous Philippe Starck chairs, an art edition of an Italian design bike for Duedipicche. And .... recently some very special glasses and sunglasses for American Eyewear Design Alliance, which will go global. And there is a lot more to come.
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Source: TON PRET
Note: these pictures have been placed with approval of Ton Pret.

28 mei 2021

Bridalwear: Gorgeous wedding gowns from Antonio Riva

Be Inspired by these gorgeous wedding gowns from fashion designer Antonio Riva. What a Beauties!
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Sources: Antonio Riva and Pinterest

Photography: Colorful kids photos by CreativeSoul Photography (01)

Take a look at these fantastic and unique photos of kids by the company CreativeSoul Photography. I am totally in love with these photos. ♥ These colorful photos are showing such beauty, authenticity and power of young children in all their diversity. Aren't they wonderful? The photos have been shot by the husband and wife duo Regis and Kahran based in Atlanta, GA. I will write soon another blog about these fantastic photographers. Be Inspired ..........
More about the photographers
Hey, we’re Regis and Kahran! We’re artists obsessed with unique, visual storytelling. In fact, we connected because of both our passion for preserving precious moments. We fell head over heels in love with one another and in the process created something beautiful: CreativeSoul Photography
With more than 7 years of working with hundreds of children, families and brands, we specialize in lifestyle photography and authentic, visual storytelling. Our holistic approach to capturing one-of-a-kind moments has allowed their work to be featured in Essence magazine, Munaluchi Bride, MochaKid magazine, on The Real daytime talk show, on the OWN network and more. 

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27 mei 2021

Travel: Wonderfully colourful Australia travel poster, 1930 by Percy Trompf

Be inspired by this wonderful Australian travel poster from 1930 by artist Percy Trompf ..... 
More about the artist
 The artist Percy Trompf (1902-1964) was born in Victoria, Australia and began his commercial artistic career designing confectionery packaging. He also designed thousands of advertising posters, but the widespread recognition of his posters for the Australian National Travel Association and the Victorian Government Railway is probably what he is most known for. His bright, colourful, optimistic pictures had wide appeal, especially during the Depression and in the 1930s his posters attracted lots of attention overseas.

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Sources: Printcollection + via Pinterest Printcollection, ArtnetTravel Posters Online and ADB

22 mei 2021

Lighting Design: The sophisticated minimalistic floor lamp 'Aerial'

While surfing on internet this afternoon I saw this sophisticated floor lamp 'Aerial' designed as a partnership by Falke Svatun & Bjorn van den Berg. Tall, slim and with a heavy foundation, the Aerial floor lamp is a study in Minimalism. With a strong, curvy neck made of powder coated steel, a LED light at the top and a neutral granite bottom, Aerial fits many different settings. Isn't it a beautiful design? Get Inspired .....
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Photos by Lasse Fløde.

21 mei 2021


Every woman dreams about having a beautiful and special wedding day. Below you will find inspirational images for such a special wedding day. Love the choice of this elegant bride in white for choosing her bridesmaids in stylish lila and purple dresses. Earlier I wrote already several wedding blogs, SEE HERE More blogs about this delightful subject will follow later on. 

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Images are from Pinterest/Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

17 mei 2021


While surfing this morning on internet I found this beautiful design classic by Le Corbusier. Be Inspired ...... 
About the designer:
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965), was an architect, designer, urbanist and writer, famous for being one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture.

He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades with his buildings constructed throughout Europe, India and America. He was a pioneer in studies of modern high design and was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities.

Le Corbusier adopted his pseudonym in the 1920s, allegedly deriving it in part from the name of a distant ancestor, "Lecorbésier." For more information, see the enclosed link below.
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Source: Les Couleurs