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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.

30 november 2022

Wedding Inspiration: And here comes the bride ..........

Every woman dreams about having a beautiful and special wedding day. Below you will find inspirational images for such a special wedding day. Earlier I wrote already several wedding blogs, SEE HERE More blogs about this delightful subject will follow later on. Be Inspired. 
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All pictures are from 
Pinterest/Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

29 november 2022

ART: Anna Vinogradova, Russian Painter (03)

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 earlier two other blogs about her amazing artwork: BLOG 01 and BLOG 02.
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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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 .....

 On October 28th, 2022 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 this wonderful photo. Later on I will show you more photos 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 ..... For more photos of this Japanese garden SEE HERE

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Photo shot by Irene Pouw Photography.

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