About Me

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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.

27 mei 2022

Decorating: luxurious black wallpaper 'Crocodile' by Graham & Brown

I guess long-time readers discovered already how I love wallpapers ..... While surfing on internet this morning I found this beautiful Crocodile black wallpaper designed by the company Graham & Brown. This gorgeous, textured wallpaper is an ode to luxury. It would work equally well in an office, bedroom, glamorous bathroom or an entryway in need of a little drama. Graham & Brown have a broad variety with all kind of wallpapers like spirited chevron, quirky florals, stylish geometrical designs, chunky stripes, metallic botanicals and versatile tessellations. In the past I wrote more 'Wallpaper' blogs, see HERE Be Inspired ......

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Sources: Architectural Digest and GRAHAM & BROWN

24 mei 2022

Decorating: Inspiring wallpaper Carnival by Graham & Brown

Really like this wallpaper 'Carnival' from the company Graham & Brown. A perfect wallpaper design for a living room, kitchen, study room or hall. Would like to share it with you today for inspiration. It's availabe in green and black & white. In the past I wrote more 'Wallpaper' blogs, see HERE

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20 mei 2022

Tuscany: Sting's Lush Farm and Tuscan Estate, Villa Palacio

The facade of the couple's Tuscan estate.
I am completely in love with this gorgeous Villa Palacio from singer Sting and his wife Trudi Styler in TuscanyWhat a fantastic place to be and what a fabulous estate! The terrace offers views of the couple's biodynamic vineyards and the Chianti hills beyond; the landscape design is by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Be Inspired ........
An ancient cedar of Lebanon overlooks the parterre, formally known as Il Giardino dei Limoni, or garden of the lemon trees.
The musician and his wife bought the property in 1997.
Chinese wisteria cloaks the 118-foot-long oak pergola.
The pool, installed by a previous owner, overlooks the Valdarno Superiore valley.
Lunch is often served on a gravel terrace in the shade of an oak tree.
Sting came up with the idea for the oversize chessboard.
Clipped boxwood frames beds of lavender, santolina, and white oleander.

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Text by Mitchel Owens. Photography by Giancarlo Gardin

16 mei 2022

Decorating: Elegant bathroom with geometrical wallpaper

In June 2018 I published this blogpost already but would like to republish again. Below you will find an elegant bathroom with geometrical wallpaper, live-edge vanity and metallic fixtures by John C. Sanders. While many of us tend to underrate the bathroom in terms of the value it brings to our life, a serene and rejuvenating bathroom can make a big difference. Be Inspired ..... In the past I wrote more 'Wallpaper' blogs, see HERE
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Sources: Decoist and John C. Sanders
Ph. John C. Sanders.

12 mei 2022

Architecture: Stunning staircase design at Wieden+Kennedy New York

While surfing on Linked-In I saw this stunning staircase design. This amazing staircase design is situated at the New York offices of advertising agency Wieden+KennedyIf you know anyone in advertising, it’s Wieden+Kennedy. The Portland-based agency has been the creative behind Nike since the start and has grown into a global brand with offices all over the world. Their NYC office is a cool collection of no-frills meeting spaces to encourage the company’s collaborative nature. The minimalist-styled space feels open and airy and it should, considering it’s 50,000 square feet. Stunning staircases lead from floor to floor and on the 6th and 7th floor, an outdoor space creates a green oasis for employees to enjoy in the heart of NYC. Be Inspired .......
Sources: Archello and Dezeen
Photography: Bruce Damonte
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08 mei 2022

Digital Art: Kimono by artist Catrin Welz-Stein (02)

Beautiful digital art by the German artist Catrin Welz-Stein. In 2009 Catrin started to create digital images by collaging old illustrations and photographs. At the same time she discovered online social networks and her private images were then open to the public. The positive responses Catrin got there were her motivation to go on with her art until now. I wrote MORE BLOGS about her beautiful work. Be Inspired ......
More about the artist
Tell us about You - your philosophy and the experience in visual arts
As a child I loved to draw and liked to be creative. I almost was born with a pencil in my hand. I knew I wanted to do something related to arts. I have graduated from Graphic Design in DarmstadtGermany and then worked for different advertising agencies in GermanyUSA and Switzerland.
The artist, Catrin Welz-Stein
I stopped working in agencies after becoming a mother and after a short time of being self employed I decided to quit work until my children grew older. Because of my children (4 and 6 years old) I can go through childhood again and I can enjoy the world of fantasy and fairy tails. I like to look at childrens books and let them inspire me. „Where the wild things are“, from Maurice Sendak is a favourite book of all of us. Through the children books I rediscovered the love to illustration again.

As a professional graphic art designer I often had to make compromises for the clients. There were a lot of rules in visual communication and I often felt that I could not express my whole creativity. Now I enjoy creating art that does not explain itself from the beginning. My images have a dreamlike and surreal quality. They speak from inner feelings which we often hide in our daily life.

What are your greatest inspirations?
My inspirations are: fantasy, children stories, medieval, Jugendstil, Folklore and Surrealism. I am inspired by the work of Nicoletta Ceccoli, Kelly Rae Roberts, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Olaf Hajek, Maggie Taylor, Natalie Shau, Colette Calascione and Nazario Graziano. Well, there are so many great artists around!

How did you gain so much knowledge in this area?
As a graphic art designer I worked a lot with digital images.

What creative mediums do you prefer the most and why? 
My images are all digital made. I collect old images and illustrations and put them new together in Photoshop. The working process is based on combining and the division of photographs, with removing, filling and retouch. Using digital medium I have far more creative possibilities and I can work much faster then on the Canvas. Perhaps, my skills have been formed during the long years of working in front of my computer. Thanks to all that I can create my art best in digital.

Your art world is …
My art world is Otto Dix, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Magritte and Boticelli.

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05 mei 2022

Ad Campaign: Elegant Swarovski jewelry collection F/W 2016-17 with Karlie

Be Inspired by this elegant jewelry collection from 
Swarovski. Below you will find their ad campaign photos from the season F/W 2016-17 collection featuring fashion models Garrett Neff and Karlie Kloss. 

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Photos via IRR. 
Source: Swarovski

03 mei 2022

Beautiful garden, Château de Chamarande, Chamarande, France

What a beautiful greeny garden, Château de Chamarande, Chamarande, France. Be Inspired ......
Photo found on Google+, source unknown. 

01 mei 2022

Furniture Design: Fantastic dining table with large solid walnut frame & glass

Love this beautiful dining table from walnut and glass. This is the link dining table with large solid walnut frame components combined with a heavy glass top by Knowlton Brothers. What a Beauty to see! Be Inspired .......
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Source: Dering Hall