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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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H&H Trends to Ditch in 2016

It's that time of year again- where we take a moment to consider not only what trends are 'in' for the year ahead, but also which are 'OUT'. We've compiled a list of trends to put to rest, and even offered some great updated alternatives to help you stay on track.  ONE OUT:  Whirlpool Tubs Almost as unlikely to be included in new construction as wall to wall carpeting, whirlpool tubs have been falling out of fashion for years now. High energy, water, maintenance, and cleaning costs are adding up to the end for these huge, noisy tubs. BYE. (Source) IN: SEAMLESS SHOWERS Substitute with a luxurious, energy efficient shower.The shower possibilities are endless. (Source) TWO OUT: Stainless Steel Appliances While still very popular commercially, stainless steel...

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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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