Art Obsession: Wendy Shapiro
I've begun to get serious about collecting art recently—art that I invest in and will keep for the long haul. I look for pieces that speak to me from my design background, or simply work that I am instantly drawn to. Boston-based Wendy Shapiro's paintings absolutely fell into that category (and onto the collection wish list).

I first saw her work when I led a group tour through coworking spaces in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville for AIGA Boston. There in the clean, serene space of Oficio, her work was hung on the walls, appearing like landscapes one moment and doorways the next. The paintings are minimal yet you'd find yourself just staring at them for a while—serene, textured, simple, complex. They remind me a little bit of Rothko's work from a mood standpoint, a similarity that further confirms why I like her work so much.

Wendy's work is also represented here at Koo de Monde.

Too Cool
Well, where on Earth have I been?

Too, a new line for Target by Minneapolis-based Blu Dot has been online for at least a month. Maybe my radar has been drowned out by the hype over the Target and Neiman Marcus partnership. Or, I've just been busy "making the donuts". Either way, it looks nice. It is sold only online, so I can't attest to the quality-to-price ratio, but it is a fun design effort, nonetheless. Here are the pieces that caught my eye:

2. Hipper Dining Chair in Guacamole
4. Hipper Office Chair in Pebble
5. Platten Desk in Light Gray
7. Plop Counter Stool in Blue

About Us

Christopher Scott and Jodi Vautrin are the husband and wife team behind Ourhaus, where they chronicle their adventures in home improvement, decorating and travel. After purchasing a unique loft space just a few miles north of Boston, they began photographing and writing about their projects and it blossomed into a creative outlet and platform.

When they’re not home improving, Jodi spends her days as a freelance creative director & designer with a focus on user interface and interactive design, and is an entrepreneur at heart. She serves on the board of AIGA Boston as Vice President of Emerging Ideas & Events.

In his professional life, Christopher is the Technology Director for a multi-service ad agency based in Harvard Square. In his private life, he enjoys tinkering in all its forms, whether it's rebuilding the Ourhaus home network (again), fooling himself into thinking he knows how to fix home appliances, or trying to unravel the mysteries of the guitar. He also flies planes, performs open heart surgery and sings at bar mitzvahs (though not all at the same time).

They share their “haus” with their adorable, highly food-motivated chocolate lab, Lucy.