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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...

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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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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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Metallic Mondays

It's no secret that we love metallics here at Hammers & Heels. So obviously we are thrilled that a big design trend over the next year is mixed metals. Although many people have the same metal throughout their house there is actually no rule that says they need to match. In fact, we think the effect is more interesting when they don’t. We love this combination of stainless appliances and the pop of brass pendants. 

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