|I have this Mosaic Egg Box in my living room and everyone always asks about it. It's sculptural and natural, one of my favorite combinations. Lacquerware Mosaic Mango Wood Box, $32.99, novica.com.|
In every room I design, I always incorporate at least 2 special pieces that have been handmade and are one of a kind. It may be a great batik printed pillow from a small textile designer in Wyoming or a delicate box made of abalone shells from Thailand. Whether the house is traditional, ultra-modern, or contemporary, its unique and interesting pieces that give a home character, charm, and make the simplest West Elm bookcase interesting and much less West-Elm-ish. For unique home accessories and art, one of my go-to sites is National Geographic's NOVICA.
Founded in 1999 to connect artisans from around the globe with worldwide buyers, NOVICA has facilitated over 46 million dollars in sales for people whose goods would otherwise have only been available to those who were lucky enough to travel to their shops and villages. NOVICA's business philosophy is to "Spread Happiness" by allowing international artisans the freedom to build success from their crafts and create sustainable businesses.
From blankets, to tableware and original artwork, the pieces here will not only beautify your home, but will make you feel good knowing you helped a skilled artist build a business on the other side of the world. So whether you are shopping for your home, for a house-warming gift, or for your Mom (order by Wednesday to receive it in time), here are a few of my favorite home pieces. Added bonus: each piece comes wrapped with a personal note from the artist, thanking you for your support.
|Handcrafted Natural Henequen Cushion with Leather Accents, $62.99, novica.com|
|Handcrafted Eggshell Mosaic Jewelry Box, $44.99, novica.com.|
|Geometric Alpaca Wool Blend Beige Throw, $59.99, novica.com|