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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 augustus 2020

Color Ideas: Perfect Bedroom Color Scheme (04)

What a perfect bedroom color scheme! Love this combination of fresh blue colors combined with white for a fresh and peaceful atmosphere in the bedroom. The colors are: Baby Blue, Pastel Parchment, Zinc and Blue Shadow. Be Inspired ......
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Source: LuxDeco
Photo credit: Finchatton.

28 augustus 2020

ART: Anna Vinogradova, Russian Painter (01)

Be inspired by this fantastic work from the Russian painter, Anna Vinogradova. Have a look at some of her beautiful artworks. What a fantastic painter! I made two other blogs about her amazing artwork: BLOG 02 and BLOG 03.
More about the painter:
Anna Vinogradova was born on January 3, 1975 in Krasnodar. In 1994 she entered the Yaroslavl Art School, which she left one year later and entered the preparatory course of Graphic faculty of Repin Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
Already in the year 1996 she became a student of Graphic faculty of Repin Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where she was taught from 1996 to 1999 in studios of V.Starov, I. Razdrogin and V. Vetrogonskij. After the third course, Anna Vinogradova decided to withdraw from the Graphics department and moved to the third course of the faculty of Painting in the studio under the direction of V.Pimenov, where she continued her studies, guide by such masters as N.Blokhin, N. Lysak. In year 1999 she produced a series of costumes' sketches for the cycle of ballets -mysteries of the Vologda choreographic ensemble called "Russian Ballet 21st century".
Performances were implemented in year 2000 under the state program 'The Great Ustyug — Homeland of Father Frost'. In 2001, together with A. Vladimirov, Anna made a mosaic "Our Lady of Vladimir" for the plaque-chapel in honor of 2000 years of Christianity in the city of Vologda. In 2006 Anna graduated from the Institute with diploma work called "The procession of Shrovetide train", assessed with mark "excellent.
After graduating from the Institute in summer 2006, Anna Vinogradova was invited to the USA, where she has become a real member of the Association of America's portrait painters. At that time she also took part in a Show-exhibition in Florida. Vinogradova's paintings are sold in best U.S. galleries in Chicago, California, Florida, New Mexico. Her paintings are also successfully sold on the art markets of China and Russia. The artist has participated in more than 20 travelling exhibitions held by the "Gallery of 20th century painting" of St. Petersburg Art Center in China. She has also taken part in travelling exhibitions, organized by "Peredvizhniki (the Itinerants) of 21st century" stream in Russia and the European Union, where her works of art are under intense interest.
In 2008 Anna Vinogradova joined the St. Petersburg Branch of Russia's Union of Artists. In May 2009 Anna Vinogradova, together with Gennady Bernadsky and Yuri Kalyuta, represented masters of Russia at the "Repin academist's exhibition" in Beijing at the Palace of Nationalities of China. Paintings of Anna Vinogradova are in private collections in Russia, the United States, Japan, Holland, Germany, France and other European countries, as well as in numerous private collections and museums in China.
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25 augustus 2020

Vintage Fashion: Helen Bunney by John French, London, 1957

What a lovely vintage fashionphoto from Helen Bunney by fashion photographer John French, London (UK), 1957. Be Inspired .......
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See also my Pinterest moodboards Vintage Fashion/HC 
Ph. via Bygonefashi.

16 augustus 2020

Furniture Design: The E6 Chair by Nikita Bukoros

Below you will find this interesting furniture design: the E sofa series by designer Nikita Bukoros (ODESD2). This series combines functionality and aesthetics, which were inspired by Japanese culture. The frames and legs are made of steel, with wood lining the armrests. Available in a chair, sofas and ottomans.
Ukrainian design studio ODESD2 has released a series of new furniture pieces with bold, memorable design details. What’s cool about the company is that they have a design school and their goal is to pass along industrial design skills to future designers. Some of the new pieces were even designed by their students. 
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Sources: ODESD2 and Design Milk

15 augustus 2020

Memories of Haute Couture (02) - Yves Saint Laurent, 1983

The coming months I will post several old fashion photos as a memory of the beauty of Haute Couture. Below you will find a photo from fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and Mounia, Fall/Winter 1983 couture.
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Source: VOGUE
Photo: Daniel Simon/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

14 augustus 2020

Danish Design: Elegant Bauhaus dining chair by Kristina Dam, Denmark (02)

While surfing this morning on internet I found this beautiful Bauhaus dining chair from stainless steel. It's a design from Kristina Dam Design StudioThe design is simple and elegant based on pure geometrical components and from the Bauhaus furniture series. Designed in Denmark and available in this black or a neat beige colouring. The Bauhaus furniture collection is suited for indoor usage but also well suited for outdoor cafés, restaurants and urban spaces. It will also function quite well as a fashionable kitchen chair when encircling the black coloured Bauhaus dining table. I wrote earlier already a blog about the Bauhaus dining tableI am in love with this fantastic Danish design! Be Inspired .....

The Bauhaus circular dining table
More about Kristina Dam Design Studio:
The work produced by Kristina Dam Design Studio is never anything short of stunning. The beauty of each piece is its seamless transition from either a focal point to a subtle accent, depending on the context in which it is used. The Kristina Dam Studio design ethos and philosophy could be described as Sculptural Minimalism, with a focus on simple graphic lines, attention to details and carefully selected materials. All furniture are produced within the EU and designed in Copenhagen, Denmark by Kristina Dam.
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Source: Kristina Dam Design Studio

12 augustus 2020

Kitchens: Positive effect of colors for homestaging - the color Blue

Earlier I saw this interesting article from Elle Decor about the positive effect of colors for homestaging. A fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money. According to a Zillow analysis, homes with walls painted in shades of blue or light gray may sell for as much as a $ 5,400 premium. Homes with soft blue kitchens sell also very well. For more information, see also the links below, also for other favourite colors for homestaging. 
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11 augustus 2020

Color Ideas: Perfect Bedroom Color Scheme (03)

What a perfect bedroom color scheme! Love this combination of colors for an elegant atmosphere, especially with this yellow accent Golden Rod. The colors are: Golden Rod, Silver Birch, Mellow Buff and Buttercream. Be Inspired ......
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Source: LuxDeco
Photo credit: Finchatton.

10 augustus 2020

Beautiful art by Dutch artist Margo van Erkelens (01)

A few pieces caught my eye this week, like these beautiful paintings from Dutch artist Margo van Erkelens. While I was surfing today on Facebook I came 'accidentally' across her profile page. Very interesting artwork! Love the atmosphere as well as her refined coloruse. Just take a look below for inspiration. I wrote also another blog about this inspiring lady BLOG 02.

More about the artist:
This is what Margo writes about herself: 'I spent my youth in Goedereede: a small town close to the coast. A major source of inspiration for my landscapes (of dunes) and seascapes. The scents, memories, colours of the seasons, briny and sweet…; it forms the source for my land- and/or seascapes. In my other figurative or abstract work, these memories do not play such a role, but rather my great love for colour. 

I grew up with love for colour and atmosphere. The warmth of a colour, the tones and shades and combinations between each other ravish me and give me the drive each day to shape my creativity. Each time my work is very different in the end. The main challenge is to leave out the most recognisable. Only having the pure experience of shape and colour to remain is what I try to achieve, allowing imagination and fantasy to have no bounds. This puts more importance on ‘feeling’ rather than ‘recognizing’. 

This makes a painting a story without words; an invitation to travel through landscapes; a reminder to footsteps; fantasising about an image; to imagine and to feel. I am not trying to control my work: the process can take its course! I combine the numerous layers of paint with everything that is available: sand, soil, fabric, pigments, gypsum, etc.

The paint is scraped away to allow other layers to surface. My best paintings come into existence through mistakes underneath the top layer. The ‘accidents’ that originate from previous layers are used gratefully by me and help me to let go of a clearly defined image. To let it ‘happen’ rather than to ‘steer’. This remains a challenge until the end, because when is a canvas ‘finished’? Leonardo da Vinci put it very aptly with his famous quote: “Art is never finished; only abandoned!” '

Margo van Erkelens (1969)

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These photos have been placed with permission of the artist. 

08 augustus 2020

Flooring: Fantastic Italian wooden inlaid floors by Fameed Khalique

Be Inspired by these fantastic Italian wooden inlaid floors. What a craftsmanship! Photos via interior designer Fameed Khalique. His motto is: Inspiring a more beautiful world with the most innovative materials. ‘I get a real kick out of finding incredible materials and love the reaction of my clients when we surprise them. We’re here to inspire them, make their lives easier and most importantly to help them deliver extraordinary projects.’ Fameed Khalique
Fameed Khalique, founder and designer
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Ph. courtesy of Fameed Khalique
See also the article about Fameed in Financial Times