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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 juli 2020

Beautiful art by Anna Razumovskaya - "Romanticism"

About the artist:
With her classic figurative forms, highly acclaimed Russian artist Anna Razumovskaya magically captures the lyrical romanticism of renaissance portraiture, while creating art that is completely modern and original. Anna is inspired by the graceful elegance of the female form, at turns, classically alluring, demure and provocative. Her art has a pervasive sense of “romanticism” and the passionate and dynamic application of paint on the canvas and the artist’s signature use of expressive colour, combine to create her uniquely recognizable style. 
Anna is a graduate of the Russian State University For Arts, where she was awarded the distinction of high-class artist in 1991. Subsequently she studied art in Germany, Belgium and Holland. With solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Berlin and numerous works in private collections across the globe, she has become one of the most exciting and collectable artists on the contemporary scene. 
Born at the height of the cold war, Anna was exposed to very different worlds, that of the austere communist regime alongside the sophistication and feminity of her fashion-conscious mother. She excelled at art school and enjoyed the freedom of learning and perfecting her technique in a variety of different media. Of particular interest to her were the portrait masters of the late 19th Century, John Singer Sargent, the Russian painter Valentin Serov and earlier masters such as Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt. She travelled around Europe absorbing the influences of artists past and present and finally settled in Canada which she now feels to be her true home. 
Anna Razumovskaya, the artist
Looking at Anna Razumovskaya's works you always getting a feeling of artist sole tension behind the painting. "Romanticism" is the word to describe Anna's works. Interlacing of quiet tones with the bright color impact at the end is the trade mark of the artist. Abstract elements are the big aspect of every artwork and in a combination with the sensual dynamics, creates an unforgettable experience for the viewer. 
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Source: Anna Art/Anna Razumovskaya

30 juli 2020

Art: Inspiring art by Dutch artist Karin Vermeer (01)

While surfing on internet earlier, I found this beautiful artwork from the Dutch artist Karin Vermeer. Be inspired by these lace structured glossy royalties. I will write another blog about her inspiring work, will follow soon ......
Princess Yolante Van Ravensteyn
Femme Jeane Van Ravensteyn
Maria Fiodorovna Kramskoi
Princess de Brogile Ingre
Princess de Brogile Ingre
Dutch artist Karin Vermeer. Ph. by Gert Jan Pos.
More About The Artist
Karin Vermeer is born and raised in the city of Tilburg, The Netherlands in 1970. In 1994 she finished the Willem de Kooning Academy in the direction Fashion Design, Illustration and Painting. After finishing her education she directly started to work for many different clients, this in art and scenery painting. In early 2000 she specialized more in digital design with different programs. Nowadays she mainly designs paintings on demand, specifically intended for the interior branch. She still makes scenery paintings, illustrations and autonomous works. Her work is always very versatile. She combines realism and abstract matters creating and evolving beautiful pieces of art. You could best define her as a creative myriapod that doesn‘t caution any material. She has much empathy and a good feel for trends and styling. The materials she uses are acrylic- and oilpaints, modeling pastes, gels, photography and many other unusual materials.
Art by Dutch artist Karin Vermeer.
What Karin wrote about her work: 
'My work is a mix of different pictures/images and paint which I combine on the computer and canvas to create a new image. My favourite subject is the female face. Most of the portraits I create are a mix of four to five different faces, mostly of different race and origin. On my computer I create a new, non existing person out of them. Beside creating and building new persons I also make pictures in my studio of models that I use. Together with these pictures and the pictures of old walls, grunge posters and all kinds of other interesting subjects I create a new image. When the digital part is ready I print the image and start painting over it. I create thick structures and a lot of layers of paint and gel over them. In this way I try to make a digital image tangible again. My work is not so much about explanation and concept. It is a game and all about the image. I start with no idea in general but by looking at images that interest me and by mixing them, slowly a new image evolves.

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Sources: Karin Vermeer, Saatchi Art and Pinterest
Note: these photos have been placed with approval of the artist. 

Editorial: Sui He by Mario Testino for Vogue China December 2013 (02)

Be Inspired by this beautiful photo from Sui He by Mario Testino. Portrait Of A Lady. Vogue China, December 2013. Sui He looks so classy and sophisticated. Love her style! I showed earlier MORE PHOTOS from this inspiring editorial. 
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Source: Fashion Selected.

28 juli 2020

Furniture Design: Transparent Outdoor Chairs with Twist on Tradition

Beautiful chair, named the Pasha armchair designed by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci. Made of a glossy finish injection-molded polycarbonate, they will tolerate the elements so they’re good to go either indoors or out. The design of the Pasha chair lies at the intersection of the 17th century and today. “The perfect synthesis of tradition and innovation” is how Pedrali, the chair’s manufacturers describes them. This chair is suitable for hotel, restaurant and outdoor areas as well. Available colours: white, black, fumè (a smoke color) and transparent. Be Inspired .......
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Sources: Urban Gardens and Pedrali

25 juli 2020

22 juli 2020

Ceramics by Galileo Chini - From Renaissance to Art Nouveau

Be Inspired by these beautiful and refined vases from Galileo Chini (1873 - 1956). He was an Italian decorator, designer, painter and ceramist. Galileo was a prominent member of the Italian Art Nouveau movement. AArt Nouveau genius who understood how to harmonize experimenting with materials. The great iconographic novelties that were coming to Northern Europe at the time and taste inspired by Florentine Renaissance masters such as Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. Below you will find some of the vases produced by Galileo Chini. Aren't they beautiful? Be Inspired .......
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20 juli 2020

Color Ideas: Perfect Bedroom Color Scheme (02)

What a perfect bedroom color scheme! Love this combination of colors for an elegant and peaceful atmosphere in the bedroom. The colors are: Deep Taupe, Raisin, Dove and Pearled Ivory. Be Inspired ......
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Source: LuxDeco
Photo credit: Finchatton.

16 juli 2020

Interior Design: Beautiful retro furniture design

While surfing on internet today I saw these beautiful and practical Retro designs, like this 'Metro' side/wall table inspired by the years 50 and 60. Because of his compact size also useful as bed table, coffee table, hall table, small writing desk or a modern make-up table. Sidetable 'Metro' is available at the Dutch company Tafel-Design.nl in white, black and wood. They have more inspiring products, e.g. the design hocker 'Mr. Grasshopper', the Ergonomic design stool 'Ercolino' in beech wood as well as the 'Baby Ball Design Chair' for the little ones. I will write more blogs about their interesting products later on. For more information, see the enclosed link below. 
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Source: Tafel-Design