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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 januari 2022

Fantastic Staircase design by Abdul Sater Wafai for a luxury villa in Switzerland

 I am in love with this fantastic staircase design by Abdul Sater Wafai for this luxury villa on the lake Türlersee in Switzerland. Love the fluent lines, the used material and the spacial feeling this staircase is giving. Be Inspired ......

Description from the architect his website:
The inspiration of this design came from studying the site features and contrasting them gently some times and emphasizing them some other times. The dynamic form of the house stands in quite a contrast against the Think forest behind. The dynamic open space starts to move progressively as the wall / roof around the entrance as you walk inside the house and create a playful space towards the glassed main facade.

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Sources: ParametricArchitectureAbdul Sater Wafai Linked-In and Wafai Architecture
Publication by: Team PA Next

PFW: Dior's 75th Anniversary Men's show F/W 2022

 This year, Dior is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Creative director Kim Jones paid homage to Christian Dior himself. Would like to share with you some great designs from their Fall/Winter 2022 Menswear collection, seen at Paris Fashion Week. Jones also took his bow with Stephen Jones, the milliner who has worked for the house for 25 years this year and created a masculine version of the founder's berets. See also the direct link below from the article in British Vogue. Be Inspired .......

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Sources: VOGUE and DIOR

25 januari 2022

Runway: Schiaparelli S/S 2022 Couture

 Be Inspired by this elegant and super feminine couture collection from Schiaparelli for their season Spring / Summer 2022 Couture.

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Source: VOGUE UK

22 januari 2022

Lighting Design: the elegant Elise tablelamp in cobalt blue

While surfing this morning on internet I came across this chic tablelamp design Elise in cobaltblue by Interlude. So elegant ....

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Photo via Dering Hall.
Source: Interlude.

18 januari 2022

14 januari 2022

Travelling: Taj Lake Palace, India - Lovely photos by Emily Hutchinson

Beautiful photos from travel blogger Emily Hutchinson at the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India. Love her adventurous travel style. She saw already so many beautiful places in the world. When I see her stunning photos I regretted that I did not travel that much as I have wished. I always wanted to explore the world just like Emily is doing now. However, I realize everything is possible, even when you are at an older age just like me. :-) Be Inspired by her wonderful photos. See also her Instagram account Emelinaah or her Blog Emelinaah for much more inspiration.
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Ph. courtesy of Emily Hutchinson.

Music: Norah Jones - Live from Austin TX with The Handsome Band

Would like to share with you this fantastic performance of the American jazz singer Norah Jones. Love her warm, refined and sophisticated voice. It always relax me so much while listening at her music. Here: Live from Austin, TX is the third dvd by Norah Jones, released in September 2008 and recorded in Texas (18 songs). Taken from the full ACL concert. Norah shares the stage with the Handsome Band as well as special guests J. Walter Hawkes and M. Ward. Be Inspired by this very talented lady .....

Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 GRAMMY Awards. Since then, Jones has become a nine-time GRAMMY-winner, sold more than 50 million albums and her songs have been streamed six billion times worldwide. She has released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums — Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009), Little Broken Hearts (2012), Day Breaks (2016), Pick Me Up Off The Floor (2020), the live album ‘Til We Meet Again (2021) and her first-ever holiday album I Dream Of Christmas (2021) — as well as albums with her collective bands The Little Willies, El Madmo and Puss N Boots featuring Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper who released their second LP Sister in 2020. The 2010 compilation … Featuring Norah Jones showcased her incredible versatility by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock and Foo Fighters. Since 2018 Jones has been releasing a series of singles including collaborations with artists and friends such as Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Thomas Bartlett, Tarriona Tank Ball, Rodrigo Amarante and Brian Blade, some of which were compiled on the 2019 singles collection Begin Again.

Singer Norah Jones holds her 5 Grammy awards at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA. Jones won for Record of the Year, Album of the Year (Come Away With Me), Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.

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Interiorstyling: Beautiful Vertio Wall System - Modular shelving - King Living

Featured: Vertio Wall System in American Walnut.

In love with this award-winning 
Vertio Wall System ...... Designed for a flexible living. A contemporary take on classic minimalist style, this finely crafted unit has adjustable components to allow you to build a wall system that fits perfectly in your home. Position it against the wall or use it as a room divider for double duty functionality. Available in American Walnut, Congo or Smoked Oak at King Living. Be Inspired ......

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Colorful Abstract Artwork by Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga (03)

Be Inspired by this colorful abstract artwork from the Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008). His painting method involves dripping paint onto canvas instead of using a brush and painting strokes with his feet while hanging from a rope. His work exhibits an incomparable feeling of power and speed and stands as one of the monumental landmarks in the history of Japanese avant-garde art. Love his free, creative and expressive way of making art. Would love to make artwork like this on my feet like Kazuo did do before. :-) I wrote more blogs about his interesting work, see THIS LINK

More about the artist
Kazuo Shiraga was a Japanese artist best known for his performative painting practice. Shiraga’s gestural style was influenced by American Abstract Expressionism and indicative of his participation in the Gutai avant-garde movement. The object of Gutai was to allow action and everyday life into the creation of dynamic artworks. The artist would suspend himself over his canvases, swinging back and forth, creating marks with his feet, creating a unique texture and thickness to his abstract swirls and splatters. 

Kazuo Shiraga in his studio, 1960. Ph. courtesy of Amagasaki Cultural Center

“I want to paint as though rushing around a battlefield, exerting myself to collapse from exhaustion,” the artist once proclaimed. Born on August 12, 1924 in Amagasaki, Japan, he graduated from the Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting in 1948 and joined the Gutai group in 1954. 
In a seminal early work, Challenge to the Mud (1955), the artist explored the gesture of sculpting clay by throwing himself and contorting his semi-naked body in a pit of mud. Through the following decades, Shiraga continued to work on activating art through moving a body in space. He died on April 8, 2008 in Amagasaki, Japan. Today, the artist’s works are included in the collections of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Hiroshima City Museum of Art among others.

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Sources: ArtnetPinterest and Google

13 januari 2022

Renovation: The Top 10 Best Selling Valspar Paint Colors

While surfing on internet this morning I saw this interesting article from Architectural Digest about the Top 10 Best Selling Valspar Paint Colors. Love the soft, elegant and neutral chosen colors. Would choose them for my own house or would advice them too for a client. Even used years later they are still beautiful to see because of their timeless color.

The colors are: 2006-10B Gallery Grey, 2007-9C Woodland Stone, 3005-10B Gardenia, 3003-10B Hopsack, 4003-1B Filtered Shade, 4005-1B Gravity, 6004-1B Soulful Grey, 6005-1B Villa Grey, 7002-6 Du Jour and 7002-12 Quail Egg.

The over 200-year-old American company’s most popular paint colors prove that neutrals are hotter than ever. I wrote more blogs about PAINT COLORS Be Inspired .......
4005-1B Gravity, Courtesy of Valspar
Gravity is a cool gray that’s right on trend — in fact, it was one of the company’s colors of the year for 2016. Valspar suggests using it in a palette with blue-grays and navy.
2006-10B Gallery Grey, Courtesy of Valspar
Gallery Grey
If you’re looking for a warmer gray, Gallery Grey could be your perfect shade. The paint looks great with chocolate tones, sandy pinks and pale blues.
2007-9C Woodland Stone, Courtesy of Valspar
Woodland Stone
Woodland Stone, an orange neutral, has a rustic beauty that would complement natural materials such as linen textiles and sisal rugs.
3003-10B Hopsack, Courtesy of Valspar
Hopsack is a versatile neutral with warm yellow undertones.

3005-10B Gardenia, Courtesy of Valspar
If you want to create a cozy family room or refined dining room, give Gardenia a try.
4003-1B Filtered Shade, Courtesy of Valspar
Filtered Shade
Filtered Shade is another of Valspar’s most popular warm whites.
6004-1B Soulful Grey, Courtesy of Valspar
Soulful Grey
Soulful Grey is perfect for living rooms, bedrooms and even nurseries. It also is the perfect partner to Du Jour.
6005-1B Villa Grey, Courtesy of Valspar
Villa Grey
Villa Grey complements shades like minty greens, soft lilacs and leathery browns.
7002-6 Du Jour, Courtesy of Valspar
Du Jour
Du Jour is a warm white that works well in any room and pairs well with other neutrals, pastels or even brighter colors.

7002-12 Quail Egg, Courtesy of Valspar
Quail Egg
Quail Egg is a warm white that would look beautiful in a kitchen or bath.

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