About Me

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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.

26 april 2018

Art: A detailed portrait of Isabella of Parma by Jean-Marc Nattier, 1758

While surfing this morning on internet I found this beautiful painting 'Portrait of Isabella of Parma' by Jean-Marc Nattier, Oil on canvas, 1758. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Be Inspired ......
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25 april 2018

MFW: FENDI F/W 2018 MENSWEAR

Highlights from the fashionshow from Fendi for the season Fall/Winter 2018, seen at Milan Fashion Week 2018. Be Inspired ........


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Source: VOGUE

24 april 2018

Inspiring Quote: Wake Up and Be Amazing .........

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Source: unknown, found on Google+

In the Spotlight: Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Avi Edri from New York (01)

Via Facebook I came recently 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 first serie of photos. Besides this blog I will write 2 other blogs about his work. Be Inspired ..........
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

22 april 2018

Editorial: Priyanka Chopra stars in Harper's Bazaar India, September 2016

Inspiring editorial photos from actress Priyanka Chopra for Harper's Bazaar India, issue September 2016. She poses in a Dior dress for the image lensed by Tony Kim. Priyanka wears even more looks from the Parisian fashion house. Stylist Edward Lalrempuia dresses the former Miss World in embroidered dresses and bold prints for the glossy shoot.
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Source: Fashion Gone Rogue Fashion Gone Rogue

21 april 2018

Digital Art: Kimono by artist Catrin Welz-Stein (02)

Beautiful digital art by the German artist Catrin Welz-Stein. In 2009 Catrin started to create digital images by collaging old illustrations and photographs. At the same time she discovered online social networks and her private images were then open to the public. The positive responses Catrin got there were her motivation to go on with her art until now. I will write MORE BLOGS about her beautiful work. Be Inspired ......
More about the artist
Tell us about You - your philosophy and the experience in visual arts
As a child I loved to draw and liked to be creative. I almost was born with a pencil in my hand. I knew I wanted to do something related to arts. I have graduated from Graphic Design in DarmstadtGermany and then worked for different advertising agencies in GermanyUSA and Switzerland.
The artist, Catrin Welz-Stein
I stopped working in agencies after becoming a mother and after a short time of being self employed I decided to quit work until my children grew older. Because of my children (4 and 6 years old) I can go through childhood again and I can enjoy the world of fantasy and fairy tails. I like to look at childrens books and let them inspire me. „Where the wild things are“, from Maurice Sendak is a favourite book of all of us. Through the children books I rediscovered the love to illustration again.

As a professional graphic art designer I often had to make compromises for the clients. There were a lot of rules in visual communication and I often felt that I could not express my whole creativity. Now I enjoy creating art that does not explain itself from the beginning. My images have a dreamlike and surreal quality. They speak from inner feelings which we often hide in our daily life.

What are your greatest inspirations?
My inspirations are: fantasy, children stories, medieval, Jugendstil, Folklore and Surrealism. I am inspired by the work of Nicoletta Ceccoli, Kelly Rae Roberts, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Olaf Hajek, Maggie Taylor, Natalie Shau, Colette Calascione and Nazario Graziano. Well, there are so many great artists around!

How did you gain so much knowledge in this area?
As a graphic art designer I worked a lot with digital images.

What creative mediums do you prefer the most and why? 
My images are all digital made. I collect old images and illustrations and put them new together in Photoshop. The working process is based on combining and the division of photographs, with removing, filling and retouch. Using digital medium I have far more creative possibilities and I can work much faster then on the Canvas. Perhaps, my skills have been formed during the long years of working in front of my computer. Thanks to all that I can create my art best in digital.

Your art world is …
My art world is Otto Dix, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Magritte and Boticelli.

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20 april 2018

Bathrooms: Baths with decadent marble tubs

NY City upper West Side duplex-master bathroom by Lilian H. Weinreich Architects

Be Inspired by these baths with decadent marble tubs. A decadent tub is essential to creating the perfect spa-like bathroom. See how top designers use luxe marble tubs to elevate these spaces and transform them into relaxing next-level retreats. Love the checkered bathroom too. 
Bathroom at Bellagio residence in Bel Air, CA by Kelly Wearstler
Master bathroom tub-alterations and addition to a 1920 residence by John B. Murray Architect
New York residence by Marble Crafters
A bath at the Turnberry residence by Michael G. Imber, Architects
Hudson Street brownstone-modern bathroom with a marble bathtub by J. Patryce Design

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Source: Dering Hall

18 april 2018

NYFW: RALPH LAUREN S/S 2018 RTW

Highlights from the fashionshow from Ralph Lauren for Spring/Summer 2018 RTW, seen at New York Fashion Week. Be Inspired ......
Ralph Lauren, the fashion designer
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Source: VOGUE

16 april 2018

Art: Colorful artwork by French illustrator Malika Favre (01)

 While surfing this morning on internet I saw this colorful popart work from the French graphic designer Malika Favre. What a lovely atmosphere! Malika Favre's distinct and often very sexy style has made her one of the world's most sought-after commercial illustrators. In addition to her personal creations, she works for clients around the world. Publications such as the New Yorker and Vogue, as well as international brands like Sephora with whom she has a growing, fruitful relationship. In her London studio, Favre creates work that is characterized by a striking minimalism: no line, no shape, no color is wasted. But within this minimalism, she creates images of startling beauty and depth. I will write more blogs about her interesting work. Be Inspired .......
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Photo courtesy of Malika Favre. 

Inspiring Quote: About Extraordinary .......

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Runway: Fantastic Haute Couture gowns by fashion designer Ali Al Khechen (01)

While surfing on internet tonight I saw these fantastic haute couture gowns from the very talented Lebanese fashion designer Ali Al Khechen. These red designs are from his S/S 2018 collection. What a fabulous couture designs! Be Inspired ...........
More about the fashion designer:
Ali Al Khechen is a Lebanese fashion designer, dedicated to being at the forefront of global fashion trends, escaping into a world of glamour, femininity and elegance with a sophisticated edge. He started designing when he was very young. He was very creative at making clothes for luxurious women. His classical royal designs were made in a very delicate way. He dealt with the most famous designers in Lebanon and Arab countries. 
Ali’s aim is to blend elegance with innovation. Focusing on luxurious fabrics and quality craftsmanship, the clothes are detailed and tailored yet maintain a sexy modern edge. His design sense commands a sophisticated look with an acute sense of taste for elegance and glamour. They featured streamlined silhouettes in luxurious fabrications with elaborate beading and embroidery. A creation from the Ali al Khechen collections are a statement. One that exemplifies style, attitude and elegance of a woman. 

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Sources: Ali Al KhechenPinterest and Orient Palms