Hammers & Heels — fair trade RSS



14 Geometric Furniture & Decor Finds That Take The Hexagon Trend To The Next Level

Interior design trends for 2017 are all about traditional, warm spaces pushing back against the chic minimalist aesthetics that have risen to prominence over the last decade internationally. Think warm reclaimed woods, lush green hues, farmhouse vibes, and mixed patterns just to name a few.  In the never ending battle for dominance between modernist and traditional aesthetics in interior design and decor trends, the humble hexagon and other geometric motifs hold a special place all thier own. Moving beyond the traditional tiled backsplashes and other two dimensional geometrically patterned elements in interior design, the hexagon is now jumping off the wall into decor and furniture design and is poised to spread into every area of the home.  This year expect to see...

Continue reading



One For You, One For Me: 2016 Hostess Essentials Gift Guide

Dinner party, anyone? Dine in style this fall with our curated collection of Hostess Essentials. Treat yourself & your favorite hostesses to beautiful matte porcelain, hand-finished woods, and soft French linens. All fairtrade or USA handmade, organic, green products.  1. USA Made French Linen Dinner Napkin 18", $9.99 Buy Here 2. Indigo Hand Finished Wood Candle Holder, $6.99+ Buy Here 3. Solid Metal Gold Wine Corkscrew, $35 Buy Here 4. Indigo Handmade Wooden Salt & Pepper Cellars, $18 Buy Here 5. Fairtrade Gold Flatware Set, $19 Buy Here 6. Matte Porcelain Coupe Dinnerware Set, $80 Buy Here 7. Solid Metal Gold Bottle Opener, $25.50 Buy Here 8. USA Made French Linen Placemat 19", $12.99 Buy Here 9. The Drunken Botanist, $13.39 Buy Here 10. Matte Porcelain Mug XL, $27 Buy Here Stay tuned for more...

Continue reading



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...

Continue reading



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....

Continue reading



5 Hostess Gift Set Ideas

  The holiday season is upon us once again! This year treat the hostesses in your life to eco-friendly gifts that are handmade in the USA. We've done all the work for you at Hammers and Heels, and curated a Hostess Gift Guide to help you with all of your holiday shopping needs. Artisan. Durable. Fair-trade. Beautiful. THE CROWD PLEASER GIFT SET This set is for the hostess who LOVES to be the life of the party. She wont mind sharing the spotlight this holiday season with these beautiful, hand crafted party set. Break out the wine and celebrate in style!   Included in the Crowd Pleaser Gift Set: Gold Bottle Opener: Fair trade, hand crafted out of solid metal, with a...

Continue reading