I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with a product for review for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I try to be purposeful about the items I purchase. When possible, I purchase items that benefit causes that I support. I was thrilled when I learned about the Heart of Haiti home decor products available at Macy’s and support artisans in Haiti. I was ecstatic when given the opportunity to share the Yellow Stripe Papier Mache vase with you and use it to decorate my home.
About a year ago we had our basement renovated and created a guest bath. I wanted the guest bath to be sophisticated and serene so I decorated with grey, black and white. I love the bath and think it looks both cool and sophisticated. But over time I’ve come to realize that my simple bath is a bit too sterile and needs a pop of color.
What a difference a gorgeous and unique vase makes to my understated bath. The handmade feature of the vase and it’s bright, cheery color is a warm compliment to the otherwise man-made materials. It makes my serene bath so much more interesting, especially when paired with yellow guest bath towels.
Heart of Haiti was started in 2010 by social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, in conjunction with Macy’s and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund as a trade-not-aid program. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti was a 7.0 magnatude on the Richter scale, with over 300,000 people injured, over 250,000 died and over 1 million people were left homeless. Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans who rely entirely on their handcrafted goods as their source of income. This is the largest sector of employment, by far, in Haiti. Many of these artisans face limited access to raw materials and limited ability to market their products. Heart of Haiti helps the artisans overcome these obstacles and earn 50% of the wholesale price of their products. This can make a huge impact on the quality of their lives in a country where the average annual income is $400.
Heart of Haiti products are available at Macys.com and at select Macy’s stores; Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall and Dadeland.
The colors on my Yellow Striped Papier Mache vase are vivid and so very cheerful. I love the handmade artisan quality of the vase. It’s a lovely addition to my home décor and makes me happy every time I see it, knowing that it has helped a Haitian artisian.
Macy’s Gifts that Give Hope include the Heart of Haiti products and are a wonderful way of giving back while choosing lovely accessories for your home décor.