Having just moved into a new house, I have been on the lookout for stylish accents to infuse a little energy into some of my spaces. At around the same time, I was presented with an opportunity to continue to work with the Everywhere Society to spread the word about Heart of Haiti. If you have visited my blog before, you may have read about some of Heart of Haiti’s other products, such as jewelry and nesting trays. Today, I want to share with you their home decor line. I just love the handcrafted papier mache vase that I received. With a design that reminds me of the leopard print that is current on trend, it adds the perfect modern touch to my office bookcase!
After a while, I started thinking that it might be a little selfish to keep the beauty of this vase hidden in my office for only me to enjoy. With the holidays coming, it would be the perfect opportunity to add some colorful flowers to decorate an entryway or place on the table for guests to see. So, I hopped on over to my local craft store to pick up some silk flowers. Yes, I absolutely love fresh flowers, but since the vase is made out of paper, I didn’t want to ruin it by adding water. Besides, silk flowers will last throughout the holiday season. Because the spotted vase is a neutral color, you can add whatever pops of color you want. As you can see, red definitely adds some vibrance.
If you’ve fallen in love with Heart of Haiti as I have, you can purchase items in select stores or online at Macy’s. Their home decor line features vases, bowls, trays, frames, and sculptures. There are even cute Christmas ornaments! All of the items are handcrafted from almost exclusively sustainable materials, such as cardboard, old cement bags, metal, and local gummier wood from Haiti. With its “trade not aid” model, Macy’s Heart of Haiti initiative helps create financial opportunities to some of Haiti’s artisans who collaborate with US designers to get their products in US markets and into your home. When you purchase an item, you can feel secure in knowing that the Haitian artisans have received above a fair wage. Thus, your guilt-free purchase of a beautiful item is helping the artisans to achieve their goal of maintaining their dignity in striving for economic self-sufficiency and the campaign’s goal of continuing to create sustainable work for international artisans. While you are on the Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign website, click the links on the left to learn more about how the initiative is helping Haiti and read about the artists whose talents are reflected in the unique pieces. In addition, you can watch videos to see the artists working with metal, papier mache and painted wood. Finally, you can check out a list of stores that carry the items, if you’d like to see them in person. Here in Atlanta, you can find Heart of Haiti items at Lenox Square.
Disclosure: As a member of the Everywhere Society, I received this vase to include in my post. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions are my own.