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15 Easy Eco-Friendly Alternatives for Every Interior Design Project

Great design is all about making smart choices. While selecting the right design elements may help you achieve your desired aesthetic; it has also become increasingly important to consider the environment while making these key decisions.From choosing a finish that will help you breath a little easier to making sure your lumber wasn't illegally clear-cut from a protected rain forest- Eco-friendly alternatives abound. Our guide to Easy Eco-Alternatives for Every Interior Design Project will help you navigate an at times confusing Eco Design industry, and prove that not all "Eco-Friendly" products are created equal.  1. FINISHES Say no to toxic fumes. (Source) HARMFUL OPTION: Lacquer and Oil Based Finishes Lacquers contain chemicals that are harmful to your health if ingested, inhaled, or come into contact...

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TOP 5 REASONS TO BUY AMERICAN MADE

Buying American made is an easy way to feel great about the choices you make as a consumer. You have the power to strengthen your local economy and protect the environment with each buying decision.     • The Facts • LOCAL ECONOMY More you spend in your community the more stays in your community. Nearly double. Creates a flexible diversity of businesses in community that can better adjust to changing economic conditions/needs. Local economies become less susceptible to recession. Encourages use of local raw materials. (Wool/Wood/Produce/People) Further localizing the supply chain. Higher velocity circulation of money. In a local business less profits are made while more money goes into local acquisition of supplies/printing/talent/advertising- instead of sent out of the area as dividends....

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21 Interior Design Trends for 2016

The do's and don'ts of design are always evolving.  In the design field the advent of new technologies offer creators and designers a steady stream of new materials and methods to experiment with. Shifting values will inevitably shock the hardcore traditionalist. Operating within a modern global market allows ideas and innovation to circulate around the world at the speed of light. 2016 will be a big year for green and bold design but also the rebirth of a few classic styles. Here is our list of design trends to look for in 2016: 1. Quality Craftsmanship Over Quantity  "Buy Local" and "Buy Hand Made" are not passing fads in design. Now more then ever- understanding sourcing practices are vital if you want quality and sustainability. In a generation where...

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Picking the Right Dinnerware: A How-to Guide.

Selecting the right dinnerware for your home can be a daunting task. *deep breaths* Dinnerware will be one of your most used housewares, and there are infinite variables in styles, sets, materials, and individual needs that will inform your unique selection process. Should you buy cheaply and in bulk? How about a vintage bright lime green set to match your kitchen back splash? Porcelain? What even IS porcelain? Whether you're sneaking your midnight snack out of the microwave in your penguin footie pajamas, or serving a formal 3-course holiday meal for 10 of your in-laws- your dinnerware should be practical, versatile, and lend itself to daily use.  Types of Dinnerware (Source)    EARTHENWARE Price: $ Durability: 2/5  Dishwasher safe: No. If manufacturer says dishwasher...

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