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“The Codomas” (1943)

“The Codomas” (1943)

Towards the end of his life, Henri Matisse was in poor health, and found his typical painting method too physically taxing. So it was out of necessity that he first started experimenting with paper art. He created shapes with scissors that echoed forms from his paintings, and with the help of assistants, arranged these forms in colorful compositions of paper and gouache.

This work was genius in its simplicity. The focus was on color, shape, and distilling forms to their most elementary level. But despite this simplicity, the pieces all have a powerful sense of movement. Even considering all of his earlier masterpieces, many view Matisse’s cut paper works as some of the the strongest and most lasting of his career.

This body of work is an excellent example of making the best of a bad situation, and doing a lot with a little. It meshes perfectly with one of Househappy’s guiding principals: less is more.

“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” will be on view at Museum of Modern Art in New York through February 8th, 2015.

Matisse at work, in about 1947.

“Composition, Black and Red” (1947)

“Composition, Black and Red” (1947)

Blue Nude II” (1952)

“Blue Nude II” (1952)

“Palmette” (1947)

“Palmette” (1947)

“Two Dancers” (1937-38)

“Two Dancers” (1937-38)

Source: The New Yorker

When her friend began purchasing and renovating large homes, photographer Heather Weston found herself bemoaning the tiny 450-square-foot apartment that she shares with her husband, daughter, and their cats in New York City. So she channeled what could have been negative energy into a creative pursuit.

Heather spent the next 52 weeks photographing families in New York City and Washington, D.C., documenting the different ways that we occupy the spaces that we call home. (You can see more of the series on her blog.)

The perfect antidote to keeping up with the Joneses.

Images: © Heather Watson

Source: Huffington Post

Placemeter Algorithms Output from Placemeter on Vimeo.

This startup is extracting measurable data from live video streams to help you avoid waiting in those long New York City lines. Placemeter’s vision technology is able to count the pedestrians, calculate how heavy traffic is, and determine what is happening at any given location; this data is then used to approximate wait times to give users the power of knowing what a place is like before they arrive.

Placemeter relies primarily on New York traffic cams; however, to maximize the accuracy of their information, they have created an app for users to contribute data. On their site, the company encourages people to dig out their old, unused smartphones, download the Placemeter app, and place the phone in their window, adding one more camera feed to the Placemeter data collection.

“With every new camera added to our system, we can provide more accurate information about more places,” the company says.

In addition to avoiding that long line at your favorite coffee cart, this real-time pedestrian data is extremely valuable to city planners and business owners.

Source: Placemeter, TechCrunch

Video: Placemeter


View from a home for sale in Oakland, CA; via Househappy.

These ten major metro areas are expected to see the biggest increase in home prices this year according to CoreLogic Case-Shiller’s latest home price forecast:

1. Oakland, California
Median home price: $545,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 9.3%

2. Fort Worth, Texas
Median home price: $181,300
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.9%

3. New Orleans, Louisiana
Median home price: $163,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.7%

4. Richmond, Virginia
Median home price: $220,600
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.5%

5. Hartford, Connecticut
Median home price: $234,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.3%

6. Tampa, Florida
Median home price: $177,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8%

7. Baltimore, Maryland
Median home price: $299,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8%

8. Birmingham, Alabama
Median home price: $174,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.8%

9. New York
Median home price: $440,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.4%

10. Memphis, Tennessee
Median home price: $122,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.3%

This article can be found in its original form on CNN Money.


Did you ever think that having less stuff might actually make you happier? In his TED Talk “Less stuff, more happiness,” writer and designer Graham Hill demonstrates the benefits of leading an “edited” life.

Hill explains how less stuff and less space equals a smaller footprint, more money saved, and more happiness. Overall, he believes having less stuff makes you feel more at ease and less stressed. Here are Hill’s three rules for editing your life:

  1. Edit ruthlessly. People need think about whether or not that item will make them happy before they buy it. We need to clear out the things we don’t use anymore and leave the stuff that makes us happy.
  2. Think small. Think about space efficiency and finding items that nest and stack. Digitize what you can to create more space.
  3. Multifunctional spaces and housewares. Buy a small table that can fold out to seat ten, or a toilet that doubles as a sink. Multifunctional spaces

To further the conversation on the benefits of an edited life, Hill founded a website called LifeEdited to show how people can live large in small spaces. LifeEdited sprouted from his desire to transform his 420 square foot New York City apartment into 1,000 square feet of functionality. Hill wanted to be able to hold dinner parties for 12, sleep 2 overnight guests, and have a home office and home theater. With his background in sustainability, he also wanted his apartment to be built in an environmentally responsible manner.

To make his dream a reality, Hill enlisted the help from crowd-sourcing platform Jovoto and marketing firm Mutopo and together they launched a contest to design his space. Over 300 entries were submitted and the winning design came from two Romanian architecture students who helped transform his edited space into a functional, multi-purpose apartment.

Check out photos of his NYC apartment below, or visit LifeEdited to view the complete gallery.

Photos: Matthew Williams for LifeEdited

Sources: LifeEdited, TED

lynchhouse5There is nothing like an over-the-top holiday light display to brighten a cold winter evening. Hearing everyone’s oohs and ahhhs as they take photos in front of the house.

For many of us just a few strands of lights are fine, but for others going all out is necessary. Kevin Lynch a now-retired New York City firefighter has been illuminating his home for the past 18 years. He was recently the winner of a $50,000 cash prize on the ABC show The Greatest Christmas Light Fight.

Lynch says it can take around six or seven weeks for him to decorate the house, but for the show he had to do it in three weeks. He enlisted help from friends and family to complete the job on time.

Starting with the lawn and placing each figure strategically. This part is crucial to Lynch as he wants people to be able to move around the yard.

“You’re part of the display. Get involved with it,” Lynch tells his visitors. “Little kids runnin’ around. They’ll come up here, take a picture. People use it as their Christmas card. Every year, I get Christmas cards from people I don’t even know!”

He even buries all the electrical cords underground to keeping people from tripping on the exposed cords.

The thousands of lights that are on display make the house easy to spot from quite far away. Lynch recalls one time when two pilots came over during their layover because they saw the house from above and wanted to find it.

Many would think that wind would blow all the lawn ornaments over, but Lynch stakes them all into the ground. Rain he says is his only problem, due to all the electrical cords.

Four miles down the road is Anthony Gurino’s magnificent display of lights. Each year he says the display gets bigger. The part of the Gurino house that catches the eye most is the roof. There’s text that reads “Peace On Earth” and a 15-foot long train on the right side along the top of the roof.

For Gurino the hardest part is visualizing where everything will go before the construction can begin. Not surprising considering how many figures and lights it takes to cover the house and yard. The next hardest part is the roof, which he  then tackles first.

All in all both do it for the visitors and the community, the joy it brings the kids. In their minds, it is worth all the work.

Source: Curbed


Tudor mansion in zip code 94027: Atherton, CA

Every year FORBES compiles a list of the of most expensive zip codes in the U.S. based off of the listing data for single family houses and condos of more the 22,000 zip codes. Lets just say that we aren’t surprised to see California and New York steal the majority of the top ten spots.

The top 10 most expensive zip codes in America:

  1. 94027: Atherton, CA – Median home price: $6.7M
  2. 94022: Los Altos Hills, CA (Silicon Valley) – Median home price: $5.4M
  3. 10065: New York, NY (The Upper East Side) – Median home price: $4.9M
  4. 94929: Belvedere, CA (Marin County) – Median home price: $4.8M
  5. 11962: Sagaponack, NY (The Hamptons) – Median home price: $4.8M
  6. 10014: New York, NY (Greenwich Village) – Median home price: $4.6M
  7. 10013: New York, NY (SoHo and Tribeca) – Median home price: $4.6M
  8. 07620: Alpine, NJ (Atop the Palisades) – Median home price: $4.5M
  9. 94028: Portola Valley, CA (Silicon valley) – Median home price: $4.3M
  10. 10012: New York, NY (Greenwich Village and SoHo) – Median home price: $4.2M

This article can be found in its original form on Forbes.

Photo: Homes of the Rich