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Designers You Should Know: MAS Design

For the inaugural edition of our Designers You Should Know series, we wanted to showcase a design house we have had the pleasure of working with on a number of projects. Partners Carol & Dawn of MAS Design have cultivated a unique aesthetic and a successful brand in the Bay Area.  MAS Design partners, Dawn Carlson & Carol Perry.Photo by Jen Siska WHO/WHAT IS MAS DESIGN? MAS (Mood and Space) Design is an interior design firm in the Bay Area, California. What we try to create in our work is a mashup of space and style. We believe that your space should be an expression of who you are, and our focus is creating sophisticated spaces that allow our clients to live, relax and...

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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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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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Insta-Sales

Introducing Insta-Sales  How it works Starting tomorrow we will be offering sales through Instagram (hammersandheels) and we could not be more excited about how easy it is for our customers! Look for our posts tagged #paywithpenny. We’ll include a short description of the product and a price in the comments. Just comment #sold to buy and Penny will follow up to take care of the rest. It’s super easy and once you’ve signed up with Penny once you’ll never have to add your info again. Is it safe? Absolutely! Penny uses a payment processor that is safe and uses industry-leading security standards, and your contact information will never be shared with anyone other than the sellers you buy from. How do I...

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Holiday Planning

It's almost that time of year! Are you gearing up for the holiday season? We are over here at Hammers & Heels. Lets focus on the big one for November, after all it is my favorite! That means impressive decorations, table settings, and/or great gifts for your hosts! We have a great collection of fair trade products to fit your needs!  I have to say we put this gift set together and I became instantly obsessed with it! Then to make it even better we are offering discounts on gift sets! Early gift for myself? I think it just might be. Over the next couple of months we will be dedicating time to a new Holiday Pinterest board. Follow along...

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