Art for Good

I am really excited to share this incredible site with you today (thanks to a reader who gave me the heads up about it!).  Art Lifting is a curated art site, but with a purpose.  It empowers homeless and disabled people by selling their works online (where 55% of the profits go to the artists themselves).  There are originals, prints and even cell phone cases.  Founded in Boston (yay!) by Liz Powers, a Harvard graduate who received a grant to create art groups in homeless shelters and through that saw the amazing talent of the people she was helping.  But the art they produces was tossed or forgotten- so Liz decided to start this company.  I absolutely LOVE this concept and wanted to share with you some of the work I thought was great in hopes that we can all spread the word about this resource and help get more art groups for those struggling across the country!!

Mike Gosbee creates his collages at Hospitality House which serves homeless and poverty stricken individuals in the San Francisco area. As someone who worked in collage in college I happen to think he is insanely talented!

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Monochromatic Marvel (and it’s a rental!)

I LOVED this House Beautiful story about Jill Weeks’ home in Charleston this month.  After devouring the pictures of the perfectly curated space I could not believe my eyes when I read it was a RENTAL!?  First of all, how does one find a rental that looks like THIS? And secondly, I love that she went all out with her decor despite only planning to live here a little over a year.  Take a peek at her masterful mix of modern and traditional decor and then see how to get the look yourself at the end!

The black and white flag just makes the exterior THAT much cooler.
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Could You Live In 400 Square Feet?

I saw this GORGEOUS Stockholm apartment on Apartment Therapy this week and thought “Now THAT is a tiny home I could be down with!”  I’ve seen so many “tiny home” shows on HGTV which really seem like a crock.  How is it possible to live in 200 square feet with someone else nevermind two children? I mean REALLY? The kids sleep under the stairs a la Harry Potter (“Junior’s bedroom doubles as the pantry and the wardrobe! It’s so convenient!”) and there is a composting toilet that also acts as a seat for the shower which is also the living room sofa.  I’d love to see a show called “Tiny Homes: Three Months Later” in which all the people have put their homes up for sale.  I love the concept of downsizing and living small, but in a realistic way.

Now this apartment would work beautifully for a couple.  It’s stunning in it’s detail- the iron framed window walls in the bedroom (I personally would have installed modern, streamlined white drapes on a ceiling track that could be pulled shut for privacybut not ruin the look) but I adore the way it keeps the space bright and light while also dividing the living spaces.

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An Epic Maine Home

I haven’t been reading Architectural Digest that much recently as I felt it really wasn’t showcasing homes that intrigued me that much- too over the top, to fancy, too….MUCH. But this current issue has one giant spread on this family “compound” in Maine that just blew me away. Not only is it decorated by Suzanne Kasler, a favorite of mine, but in copious amounts of blue and white and the kind of traditional style that appeals to me so very much. In other words, while it’s still over the top (I mean, the pool house kitchen is nicer than 99% of real kitchens) it’s done so beautifully and so “family feeling” one can’t help but gawk, in a good way. THIS is good style in my book.
I love the patterned drapes in this family room mixed with the graphic rug.
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