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The Grand Rapids Press

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Studios, One & Two Bedroom Apartments

Classified: Real estate ads. PAGE G4




ift giving feels good, and can feel even better if you know your purchase is helping those less fortunate. Luckily, a number of home decor retailers partner with charitable organizations; many do so yearround, with additional initiatives during the holiday season.

As you’re making your list this year or primping your own home for the holidays, you might consider giving something that not only looks good but supports good works. At, a fair-trade business started by Denver-based Renee Rietmeijer and Laura Tilley, you’ll find silk, cotton or hemp throw-pillow cases from South Africa, Vietnam and Thailand. Prices range from $25 to $40

per case; sales from the Vietnamese ones support KOTO, which provides hospitality work training for homeless teens, while sales from the South African cases benefit the Open Arms orphanage in Malawi. “Accept and Be” is the sentiment expressed on a limited-edition, graffiti-esque poster printed in pigmented inks and available at CB2 for $16.95, with all sales going to the Trevor Project, a national nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention among gay youths. The retailer has been involved for several years with San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, a collective of developmentally disabled artists. Each season presents a different collection of home accessories and, this fall, there is an interesting variety of soft goods, plates and prints, including Anne Connelly’s vibrant, impressionistic “Color Field” rug and Selene Perez’s charming trio of owls printed on white cotton velvet. (Rug, $399; pillow, $39.95; CB2 also aims to donate 500,000 meals through food banks nationwide this holiday season; each interaction with the retailer, online or in person, with or without a purchase, will count toward the goal. Rural Peruvian women crafters



These alpaca wool ornaments are hand-knit by Peruvian artists and sold by Crate & Barrel. AP

FROM PILLOW CASES TO POSTERS, GOODS GO TO CAUSES are supported by Crate & Barrel, which is selling the artisans’ winsome holiday ornaments. A trio of plump little penguins or owls ($29.95) and a quartet of woodland creatures ($39.95) are hand-knit from alpaca blend wool. ( For travelers and animal lovers on your list, have a look at Carol Stevenson’s hauntingly intimate photographic prints of elephants, taken at a sanctuary in Thailand, at Sales of the signed, numbered, limitededition works benefit the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation ($1,895 and up). If you would like to peruse a larger variety of gifts, check out Hundreds of home decor and design houses, including Jonathan Adler, Simon Pearce, Lily Pulitzer and Michael Aram, are represented on the site, and $1 out of every $5 goes to the cause of your choice — among them, Cancer Care, Lupus Foundation and Save the Whales. For a romantic gift, consider a boudoir pillow from Anne Koch’s washable silk Braille collection for kumi kookoon; each is embellished with the phrase “I love you” in Braille appliqui, and a percentage

of sales goes to the American Foundation for the Blind. ($110-$200, At Bloomingdales, celebrities including Diane Von Furstenberg, Kellan Lutz and Matt Lauer have been enlisted to create ornaments benefiting the Child Mind Institute, which focuses on children’s mental health. (

This Accept and Be poster is sold by with 100 percent of the sales going to The Trevor Project, a suicideprevention group.


Home plan has tavern-like feel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This design, plan HMAFAPW1717 from Homeplans.

com, makes extraordinary use of modest square footage. The home features 2,091 square feet of finished

The first floor of this home plan has a spacious kitchen and family room with a see-through fireplace that adds pizzazz.

living space. A bonus room over the garage offers another 349 square feet of space to finish or use for storage. The spacious kitchen and family room serve as the heart of the home, with a see-through fireplace adding pizzazz between rooms. This clever placement frees up the back wall for windows. An island provides extra counter space in the kitchen, which also has a snack bar for convenient meals. The media room /study offers a quiet spot to work from home, with the powder bath conveniently near. Tucked away on the left side for privacy, the master suite dazzles with a box-bayed sitting area, double walk-in closets and private deck access. On the other side of the home, two family bedrooms share a bathroom with


dual vanities. Extensive outdoor spaces include a hearth-warmed barbecue porch for year-round comfort.

Total living area: 2,091 square feet Bonus space: 349 square feet


To build this house, order a set of construction documents at or call toll-free 866-772-1013 and reference the plan number.

Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 full, 1 half Main floor: 2,091 square feet

Order this plan

This bonus room can be built over the garage.

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