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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch fashion- and interiorblogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality, craftsmanship and harmony in colors for interior / design / architecture, haute couture, photography, art, antiques 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.

22 april 2019

Decorating Ideas: Luxurious ocean blue bedding from Donna Karan Home (02)

While surfing today I found this elegant and luxurious ocean blue bedding from the brand Donna Karan Home. Inspired by the shimmering ocean, this luxurious bed echoes the shifting light on watery blues and lush textures. The hand dip-dyed ombre velvet duvet travels from deep navy to light blue. I am totally in love with this elegant duvet from the Donna Karan Home collection.  
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19 april 2019

Abstract Art: Inspiring artwork by German artist Christian von Grumbkow (03)


Recently I discovered these abstract paintings called 'Easter' from the German artist Christian von Grumbkow. I was immediately touched by his expressive coloruse. Therefore I decided, in cooperation with him, to write several blogs about his inspiring and versatile art. I am sure you will be surprised too! Below you will find information about him as an artist, his background and for which reasons he likes to touch other people spiritually by creating this kind of art. For more blogs about this inspiring artist, see THIS LINK
More about the artist
Christian von Grumbkow is a German artist born in 1946 in Oberhausen, Germany and he is painting since he has the age of 3 years old. He is very well experienced as an international artist for more than 40 years. He had more than 300 exhibitions from 1971 untill 2018 in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Austria, the UK, U.S.A., Canada, Poland, France. 
BIOGRAPHY:
Christian followed from 1966 - 1971 art lessons at Prof. Rudolf Schoofs, WKS Wuppertal, Germany. He took also fine arts lessons at the Dutch Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL) from 1969 - 1970. Earlier he worked at the Folkwangschule in Essen, Germany (1970 - 1980), was the founder and guitar player from the art-rock group Hoelderlin (1970 - 1977). He worked as a guest teacher in Alfter, Ulm, Witten, Vienna and London (1981 - 2010). During this period Christian also gave art seminars at various colleges / universities in the USA, Canada. He worked at the GB.Art Project at the CMS, Wuppertal, Germany and started with online tutorials with GEISTREICH LERNEN and his art school KUNST KURSE COACHING In 2009 Christian won the price Christa & Enno Springmann Kultur-Stiftung, Wuppertal, Essen, Germany.

Christian, you are an artist. What is your inner drive? Already in the days of my childhood when I was a very shy little boy I became aware of being obsessed by a diversity of creative moments and possibilities within my reach: Drawings with my mother’s lipsticks on wallpapers, a guitar built by myself and my humming of self-composed songs, role-playing games or even plasticine landscapes.

Bright moments at school only if and only if I could draw, paint, plasticize or play music. In this respect the inner pulse “to feel myself”, to provoke, to manipulate and change social processes - be it in a sensitive or in a somewhat provocative way - became a kind of “inner language” - or even speech - since adolescence. For a couple of years I was not capable to communicate in common “verbal” language and could not master speech as a means of public communication.

However it was this attitude which allowed me against intense opposition to train my perception and helped to develop my inner posture concerning art during the years of studying art and later on. I discovered color as “Layer of Emotions” and a form of selftherapy. 

What should art, your art be capable to cause? I have been painting for many years now. Collaborating with colleagues, art historians and gallery owners a specific outlook on art has developed and is still in process. Let me put it this way: The more authentic my way of living and working - the more my art gets precise and “reduced” to the core. Orders, sales and invitations to expositions came easier and had a lasting effect. Travelling, manifold encounters, any kind of experiences were as well an inspiring moment for me as artist and as human being. 

My art whether displayed in collections, public buildings or living spaces is not at all destructive or even cultivate destruction. The aim of my art should build up, strengthen / support, give more sensitivity and the viewer confront oneself partially. Art as a possibility for individual contemplation and social perception.

Inspiring quote Christian von Grumbkow – “Blurring”
“I don’t paint a message, nor thoughts, but I paint color ... I must struggle for quality, for the essence of color, for mood, for balance or even for dissonance. But there has to be a viewer who in the process of viewing, in appreciating the painting, can experience something, can even experience himself.“

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Note: These paintings have been placed with approval of the artist himself. 

Architecture: Villa An Der Achalm by Alexander Brenner Architects

Stunning design by Alexander Brenner ArchitectsAn Der Achalm Residence, Germany. Be Inspired ......
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Sources: Caan Design and Alexander Brenner Architects
Photo courtesy: Zooey Braun

Art: Inspiring artwork by Canadian artist Lawrence Grodecki (03)

Longtime readers on my blog noticed already how I love to discover all kind of art and how I like to share this with my readers. While surfing on internet this week I found this inspiring artwork from the Canadian artist Lawrence Grodecki. What a lovely coloruse as well as the fluent lines he is using in his work. In cooperation with him I decided to show several paintings from his work on my weblog. Today I am showing his artwork 'A Trophy, a Chalice and a Pawn'. Isn't it a Beauty? For more inspiration, see THIS LINK Be Inspired ......
The artist Lawrence Grodecki
More about the artist
Lawrence Grodecki celebrates the blending of the spiritual with the sensual, portraying mainly feminine forms in his creations. He describes his art as more emotional than figurative or literal. His style is contemporary, abstract and original. For him it is all about circles and curves, a curiosity about blending, especially in the realm of ideas.

As for technique, Lawrence's unique choice of combining his drawings, natural found objects and digital painting represents an evolved and mature art language. The bulk of the time goes into doing what is essentially digital painting ... the final outcome is a museum-quality print, usually on canvas. He makes his creations available on his website. While these are in open and limited editions, he also has unique, 1 of 1 creations available. For more information see the link of his website below. 

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These photos have been placed with approval of the artist himself.

In the Spotlight: Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Avi Edri from New York (02)


Via Facebook I came earlier in contact with Avi Edri, a very talented Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist from New York. I was immediately touched by his fantastic makeup and hair photos and approached him if I could make some blogs about his beautiful work. Below you will find the second serie of photos. For more inspiration, see THIS LINK.



More about the artist:
Avi Edri has been called a highly gifted, energetic and innovative makeup artist and hair stylist by his clients. Edri uses his knowledge of advanced makeup artistry and the cosmetic industry to perform magic on any client he touches. Avi was interested in makeup from the time he was a child. Born in Israel to a family of artists he started painting before he could stand. Edri knew at age 13 the beauty industry held opportunities for his creativity. He began working on neighbourhood women changing their look like a small magician. Avi’s reputation spread and by age 17 he was working in an upscale salon. Avi also shared his talents as an instructor in the Ort Beauty School (Haifa, Israel).
In 1992, Edri listened to the call of the world’s fashion mecca. Once in New York City Avi gained enough experience that by 1999 his creativity and resolve found him working with one product line in New York and an upscale salon in Miami. Edri was asked to work on photo shoots for magazines and catalogs as well as events that included runway fashion shows and touch ups for celebrity attendees. His collaboration with art directors, stylists and photographers helped him excel in image transformation; ranging from color and cutting to style and make up enhancements. Avi is always open to creating something new and innovative for his clients while, at the same time, supporting their vision. In addition to his talents and energy, Edri brings his strong interpersonal skills. He is dedicated to matching professionalism with a sense of fun and creativity.
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Note: these photos have been placed with approval of Avi Edri.
Sources: Avi Edri and Yelp