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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 november 2022

Beautiful Places Around The World: Riad Edward, Marrakesh, Morocco (09)

"Riad Edward in Marrakesh: bohemian style with a relaxed atmosphere, an authentic taste of Morocco ......."
While surfing on internet I saw these beautiful photos from Riad Edward in Marrakesh. What a beautiful and inviting place to be. It's like a small paradise in the hectic city with a beautiful courtyard and a pool in the middle. I understood that they have their own little hammam/spa and a delicious menu card. Would love to spend my holidays here. For more information, see the link below. 

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Sources: Riad Edward and Passions for Fashion

16 november 2022

Art: Amazing portraits by artist Mario Henrique (04)

Today I would like to share with you some paintings of this 
wonderful and very talented artist Mario Henrique. Really love his elegant, refined artworks, his spontaneous brush strokes and color choices. Hope I can inspire you too ..... At the end I added a video of Mario where you can see how he builds up a painting on canvas. This is a serie of 4 blogs about this interesting artist. For more, SEE HERE Be Inspired .......
Quote by Mario: I try to be fast and spontaneous when I’m painting - that process should be reflected in the final piece. The observer should be able to infer the physicality of the painting process when looking at the brush strokes and paint drippings.
When I throw paint, I can do it with some premeditation - but I can never really predict where the paint will actually fall on the canvas. So, my approach to painting is - in part - based on chance, on small random accidents; it doesn’t rely exclusively on my persistence or my technique. That’s why I don’t feel completely responsible for my paintings - in the sense that, although I can answer for my initial intentions, the final result is always something that I could never anticipate, and something that’s out of my absolute control.  
Mario Henrique
More about the painter: Mario Henrique is an artist based in Cascais, Portugal. Graduated in Design from Lisbon’s University of Fine Arts, he started his career in online marketing and web development agencies. As a creative director, he recruited and led teams in Portugal, Spain and Brazil. A decade later, he would shift his focus to contemporary painting, which had always been a parallel interest.
A prolific portraitist, Mario is fascinated by the unpredictability of the human behaviour: the brief glances, the impermanence of facial expressions, the sudden movements. Making use of uncommon and “rough” materials, like cardboards, reversed canvases and hardware tools, he paints abruptly and spontaneously. His approach relies on drippings, splashes and paint throws, so that the physicality of the painting process is transparent in the final piece. Listed in various private collections across Europe, America and Asia, he has exhibited in galleries both locally and abroad, and was awarded an Honourable Mention for his participation in the Brasília Biennial of Contemporary Arts 2016. He was also featured in Saatchi Art’s Inside The Studio and is currently represented by the Bill Lowe Gallery, ArtCatto and Tilsitt Gallery amongst other prestigious galleries. Mario owns a studio/gallery at the Marina, in Cascais (Portugal), where some of his paintings are publicly exhibited. For more information, see the enclosed links below.
Short video of Mario Henrique at his studio creating an acrylic and oil painting on canvas.
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Sources: Mario Henrique and Instagram
Note: these photos have been placed with permission of the artist (22-08-2022).  

Autumn Leaves at the Japanese garden and Eva Cassidy .....

 A few weeks ago I visited the awesome Japanese garden Clingendael in The Hague, the Netherlands. What a fantastic garden to explore! I made many photos with my camera and could not resist to show you already one wonderful photo. Later on I will write 2 other blogs about this inspiring garden. I combined this blog with the music of singer Eva Cassidy (I am a huge fan of her delightful music). Hope it can inspire you too .....

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14 november 2022

Wedding Inspiration: Lazaro Bridal Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and 2013 (04)

Be inspired by these awesome bridal gowns from the Lazaro collection for Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and 2013. What a Beauties!

Lazaro Bridal 2013
Lazaro Bridal Fall 2016
Lazaro Bridal Fall 2016
Lazaro Bridal Spring 2017
Lazaro Perez, fashion designer

More about Lazaro Perez, designer of the Lazaro & Tara Keely collections:
Lazaro’s collection is a sumptuous mix of dreamy romance, timeless elegance and just a sprinkle of diva glam. Designed to enchant and seduce, Lazaro creates frothy ball gowns to sculptured trumpets. Goddess gowns in luxurious fabrics shimmer and bedazzle, as modern florals with botanical motifs capture a brides love for the romantics. Metallic gowns that sparkle under shimmering net and layers and layers of luscious lace for tempting textures. Lazaro creates perfection for a bride’s evening under the stars, an opulent ballroom bathed in golden light, or a magical destination far far away. 

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Photos: courtesy of Lazaro. 

Ad Campaign: Ralph Lauren charms with timeless elegance for F/W 2022, Part 1

With an elegant attitude, Ralph Lauren Purple Label 
takes us to the countryside for its Fall/Winter 2022 ad campaign. The fashion brand’s gorgeous advertising images will surely get you in the mood for a stunning wardrobe revamp. Bon Duke photographed Ralph Lauren’s campaign that features the label’s classic style for men.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label F/W 2022
Ralph Lauren Purple Label has always been a go-to for menswear with its beautiful patterns and luxurious fabrics. This season is no exception: the collection uses rich shades of browns and grays to bring out the best features of each ensemble.

Each photo is like a masterclass in styling for Ralph Lauren Purple Label’s F/W 2022 outing. Models 
Daryl Dismond, Jeenu Mahadevan, Juhyung Kang, Stan Taylor and Thatcher Thornton wear stunning suits, tailored coats and sophisticated knitwear made from luxurious fabrics that create a refined statement. Be Inspired ......

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Sources: Ralph Lauren and The Fashionisto

Flashback: Ladies in Red .......

Mark Belford
Jean Paul Gaultier
Zuhair Murad

Jenny Packham Fall 2012

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All pictures are from my Pinterest account

Beautiful words: Relax, Dream, Smile ..........

Good Morning! Love these beautiful words: Relax, Breathe, Dream, Smile. Wishing you a lovely, joyful and relaxing day! 
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13 november 2022

Textiles: Liberty London - Wild flowers by Su Blackwell

What a lovely fabric. This fabric is from Liberty Art Fabrics from the serie "Wild flowers" by Su Blackwell. While surfing on internet I found this lovely print. Pretty pattern, isn't it?

Wild Flowers by Su Blackwell is a recollection of early childhood journeys across the British landscape in discovery of native flora. This joyous Liberty fabric was initially inspired by illustrations from an early 19th Century book, 'Field Guide to Wild Flowers in Britain'.
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11 november 2022

Art: Japanese beauty in Art Déco style by artist Ichiro Tsuruta (06)

While surfing this afternoon on internet I found these beautiful, elegant and colorful paintings from the Japanese visual artist Ichiro Tsuruta. I am really impressed about the beauty he is showing in his work. Earlier I wrote MORE BLOGS about this inspiring artist .....  

More about the artist
Ichiro Tsuruta is a Japanese artist born in 1954 in the city of Hondo-shi (current Amakusa-shi), Kumamoto, Japan. He grew up surrounded by rich nature of the Kyushu's Amakusa region. He liked to paint since he was a young boy. He graduated from the department of Graphic Design at Tama Art College and worked on Western style and realistic style illustrations. He then became interested in the concept of beauty in Japanese tradition and Buddhist art. Ichiro's paintings are influenced by ‘Ukiyo-e’ the ancient Japanese paintings of young women such as ‘Utamaro’ and ‘Hokusai’. In fact the Japanese women he has created are the result of the perfect union of European Art Deco and Japanese sensibility. From the inner sense of Ichiro’s beauty are born his illustrations of women or muses, as he calls them. Here beauty, elegance and eroticism meet and interweave. Since 1987 Noevir, cosmetics company of Japan had adopted Tsuruta’s painting of imaginary beauties for their campaign for eleven years. Now he is working mainly as the painter of “Bijinga”, “Butsuga” (Buddhist art) and so on.

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