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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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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...

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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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Hand Made Nation Day

Wednesdays have been taken over on Twitter by the Handmade Nation. So in honor if it being Wednesday and during the world wide hand made hour (11:30 to 12:30 PST) on twitter we thought we would put together a few of our new Hand Made Fair Trade products for you to take a look at!     Our September Giveaway  Photo  We have started running monthly giveaways! Head over to our new Giveaway page to enter to win one of our beautiful terrarium kits! 

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