Museums You Ought To Visit Next Time Your Are in Paris

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Paris, city of light and love, considered as the most romantic modern city in the world as everything to impress travellers.

From amazing historical landmarks, to castles, cultural and nightlife that is second to none, there are so many things one can do in the French capital city.

As art experts and lovers, we are quite experienced when it comes to visiting this amazing city having been there for more than 5 years combined. This includes the whole Lewisham Art House staff.

This city has something really special and we think that there are a couple of spots you need to make sure you visit during your next European Gateway!

In this article, we will introduce to you our selection of some of the tops museums of the city, whether they are famous institutions or off the beaten path:

The Louvre Museum

A classic.

Louvre Museum

Usually the most busy and crowded museum of the capital but well worth the effort. We always try to visit it outside of peak times (week ends and school holidays, though it is always somehow busy…). We are truly in love with the Egyptian section which is one of the jewel of the French museum.

If any place demonstrates the central importance of culture in French life, this is it.Some 35,000 works of art and artefacts are on show, split into eight departments and housed in three wings: Denon, Sully and Richelieu. Under the atrium of the glass pyramid, each wing has its own entrance, though you can pass from one to another. Treasures from the Egyptians, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans each have their own galleries in the Denon and Sully wings, as do Middle Eastern and Islamic art. The first floor of Richelieu is taken up with European decorative arts from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century, including room after room of Napoleon III’s lavish apartments.The main draw, though, is the painting and sculpture. Two glass-roofed sculpture courts contain the famous Marly horses on the ground floor of Richelieu, with French sculpture below and Italian Renaissance pieces in the Denon wing. The Grand Galerie and Salle de la Joconde (home to the Mona Lisa), like a mini Uffizi, run the length of Denon’s first floor with French Romantic painting alongside. Read More

Museum d’Orsay

When talking about French Museums and places of art, this one is always talked about alongside the famous Louvre museum. This old train station is home to some of the best pieces of art from the great French artist from the 19th century.

Having gone through a redesign, it is really a must if you are an art aficionado!

Twenty five years after its transformation from train station to the home for the stunning state collection of art from 1848 to 1914, the Musée d’Orsay has at last had a wonderful rehang. It gives much more space to the impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces on the top floor, arranging them both thematically and stylistically to suggest all sorts of new perspectives. Downstairs is devoted to earlier Symbolists and Realists, including a new room for Courbet’s giant canvases, and new art nouveau galleries. Admire the view from the Café de l’Horloge, redesigned by the Campana brothers. Consider buying tickets ahead: there’s a special, queue-avoiding entrance for advance ticket, and Paris Museum Pass, holders. The Telegraph.

 

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Some of the most exquisite “treasures” of the French art. Not to be mistaken with its big brother the “Grand Palais Museum”, it is home to some of the best furniture and tablewares.

Taken as a whole (along with the Musée de la Mode et du Textile and Musée de la Publicité), this is one of the world’s major collections of design and the decorative arts. Located in the west wing of the Louvre since its opening a century ago, the venue reopened in 2006 after a decade-long, €35-million restoration of the building and of 6,000 of the 150,000 items donated mainly by private collectors. The major focus here is French furniture and tableware. From extravagant carpets to delicate crystal and porcelain, there is much to admire.  Timeout.

 

These are for us the 3 museums you cannot miss when in Paris.

Feel free to drop us a line if you think we have missed a few of them!

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Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Exposition

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This month of August 2015, the British museum is inviting all aboriginal arts fans to their new exhibition called Indigenous Australia: enduring civilization. The art exhibition started on the 23rd April and will be on for a few weeks only until the 2nd August 2015.

A great opportunity for us to introduce aboriginal culture and arts to our readers.

What is the dream time?

paintingThe culture and arts of the Aboriginals of Australia is based entirely on the memory of the origin of life at a mythical time designated by the word tjukurpa or alcheringa (in the languages of the central desert) and that anglophones result ‘Dreaming’, for the Dreamtime. Also called aborigenes d’Australie in French.

Aboriginal people refer to the forces that have created the world, and these forces, these entities of life, they hold to their ancestors. The perfection of our world may have been created by these ancient creatures and should maintain the creation, its appearance, its structure, in its original state.

It is irrelevant to talk about ‘period’ of the dream time since this concept means a kind of timeless space both past, current and future.
Thomas Junker speaks as of a space-time parallel to our secular time. This time exerted forces, desires, impulses, providing both energy and structure: “the dream is what gives men the best intution that this parallel dimension may be”.

In light of the latest research in Astrophysics who relativizes time in space and topologically questioned the shape of the universe, or even wondered if there was not many. Aboriginal Cosmology seems query as a challenge to our quest of the human spirit.

Let’s be more specific about this famous dreamtime?

Australia_Aboriginal_CultureIt is said that aboriginal ancestors, came out of the ground, and walked through barren expanses, like their descendants, the nomadic men across their vast country. Their ancestors travel, hunt, install their camp, love, fought, sometimes eating and rapping each other.

Between each of their trips, they sleep and dream of the adventures and episodes of the next day. Thus, it is by their psychic power that dream in action; they create the sensitive world: the natural elements, animals, plants, stars, the Moon the Sun. All done simultaneously, and each component can become another. A plant can grow an animal, an animal form of the landscape, and latter, a man or a woman. The ancestors themselves are part of these forces vivid, animals, have a human part and experience the passions.

Everything comes from the same source: the vital energy of the Dreamtime.

When the universe took shape, it was populated by species and multiple transformations were fulfilled. Ancestors, weary, retreated into the Earth from which they were born, but their spirit remains a force that sleeps in what they created.
The story of these fantastic voyages is transmitted through the songs, ceremonies, symbols and life patterns that spread the aboriginal people through the millennia.

aboriginal flagEvery aspect of daily life reflects the history of the creation associated with a place where men travel, prepare their camp and repeat the actions initiated by the ancestors. Each act of daily life as a foundation in this time where the creatures have taken life.
The present, past and future merge, creating forms that have a common identity. The aboriginals belong to the world, to this land now called Australia and to each of their ancestors. They are brothers of animals and plants, and each upheaval of one of these components is a risk to the group of chaos to be stem in calling to the ancestors.
Although the myths, symbols, and languages vary from one group to another, the stories of the Dream time are frequent and quite famous across the continent.

Their ancestors have experienced, innovated, taken risks, discovering, to measure customs, techniques and behaviors that help maintain harmony. These rules of life are distilled through the stories and form what the Aboriginal people consider their most valuable asset: the law of the Dream-time, set of principles, rules, obligations and prohibitions that reflect the whole Aboriginal lifestyle.

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Homemade and Natural Paint

Today’s commercial paints are sometimes quite toxic, and it is not always enough to read the warnings on the labels. But for centuries that man has used painting, there are several natural elements that can be painted, you just have to know what and how, that is the purpose of this article.

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There are multiple recipes and ingredients and forms of preparation available on the market and today I will focus on three of them in order to cover almost all of your needs.

Oil painting

Mainly used for woods, it leaves a shiny finish and can be made with various oils but the most recommended is the flax. It is mixed with pigments of mineral type or can be used only if you require a protective effect, for exterior wood protection you can even use cooking oil for good results.

Milk paint

It is generally used for wood and walls of concrete or stone. It is made with casein and pigments.

Put a fire under two cups of whole milk with a tablespoon of vinegar. Do not let the mix boil. Discard the yellowish serum (can be used to make bread instead of water) and put the rest in a filter (the onesused as coffee maker). The next day we should have a few grams of a white thing which is called curd.

You can add a teaspoon of borax to give antibacterial properties, and then stir until it is like the thickness of yogurt, but slowly add water until desired consistency is obtained.
In another pan put some 200 gr of chalk powder with little more than 1/2 cup of water. Once this list chalk mix everything and add pigments to give it color.

Remember that color attenuates once dry, you must give several hands and leave a few hours of drying.
It is cheap, ecological but smells bad at the beginning because of the milk.

Lime paint

use borax to make your own paint

 

Without a doubt my favorite for walls. Prepare 12 litres of a good painting. You will need 2 to 4 pounds of hydrated, 1 kg of salt, 250cc of glue we use as locking, you can replace with a couple of cups of powdered milk and water, then stir well and have the desired texture add pigments and lime to stir , lime must stir it each much but sticks to the bottom and not look uniform.

It’s cheap, disinfectant and allows your walls to breathe.

These would be the main, but I’m going to add one more, which I find very interesting.

Own Recipe

Cook for about 200 g of potato, remove skin and make a puree, then add a cup and half more or less boiling water mix well and pass through a fine sieve. Remove all the lumps until it becomes a viscous mixture. In a bowl separate mix 150 grams of chalk powder with a glass of cold water then add pigments and by past mix all together with potatoes and this list our painting, it can also be a tablespoon of flaxseed oil, so it is more waterproof and brilliant, serves for masonry, wood and paper, natural, cheap and durable.

As you can see, there are a wide range of possibilities available from natural, economic and non-polluting paint for our homes, furniture and much more.

The Interior Decorator’s Touch

John Hughes, an expert in colors and styles, offers professional interior decorating advice and tips that will help you to decorate like a pro. Ideas for interesting accent walls & college transformation of the complete room, you will find it fun and affordable interior design projects.

Browse through our gallery of colors to discover our thousands of colors and find arrangements that are suitable for each color.

Vibrant colors on your walls!

pick the right colour for your interiorsWalls are a wonderful way to add color in your place. John demonstrates how a touch of color can make all the difference!

Do you have your bright orange accessories dispersed in the room, simply because this color seems too flashy for walls?
Why not try to cover a little wall in the dining room, with a living orange, such as a “hedge of flowers” of Benjamin Moore for example? Such a change will add an expressive touch without dominating the space.
The secret of the successful use of colour stands in repeating the color in the adjacent rooms, in smaller doses, in accessories and fabrics.
Just a matter of balance!
If the idea of using orange scares you off, keep in mind that an accent color does not have to be too bold – a little touch of the good shade will cause a huge change!

As tastes in color are very personal and subjective, you might prefer a more subtle contrast. A version was darker the color of your walls, applied on the strategic wall, might be sufficient to add interest and break the monotony of a monochrome room.
To help you choose an accent color appropriate to your wall, you inhale a color from a cushion or your favorite work of art. What color is the most attractive in this piece? Is that it harmonizes well with the color of the wall?

Could you enjoy living with the same color accessories?

accent walls in interior decorationAccent walls can also resolve the stress caused by the decoration of children’s room. Let your child choose the color of one of the walls and arrange there a neutral color that you can “tolerate” on the other walls. Then simply resume the accent color in decorative accessories, bedding and other, and you’ll see the piece all harmonize perfectly, and everyone will be happy about it!

Apply bright colors while keeping a sober and elegant decoration!

It is possible to combine classical décor and vivid color. How?

Simply create a harmony combining a bright color with one (or two) more sober and natural color to neutralize the effect ‘pop’ most vivid colors.

For the more adventurous, for those who love the effect and the boldness of color bright: as in this piece and add a fresh, glowing color to the ceiling. You will be delighted by the result!

Here are some example of accent walls

Good decoration to all!