Memorable Awards and Keepsakes

Memorable awards with Recognition Source: Buy trophies online
A brief glimpse of Recognition Source’s shopping menu

This post is going to be a little bit different from the other ones, folks. At work, we recently held something like an employee-of-the-month celebration, except a handful of employees were recognized for one reason or another (I got one too, in case you were wondering!) It wasn’t anything too special, but the memorable awards were basically these simple plaques with a few lines inscribed on it. Now, for the heck of it, I was curious where someone even bought things like this; custom awards made at a small enough scale to be good for small businesses. I took to the web, and while I couldn’t find the original source of my award, I came across a Recognition Source, a company where you can buy trophies online.

They have an interesting site in that, despite having so many different options for products or awards, the interface and design are actually quite clean and straightforward. It’s a good use of branding to give off a particular idea about their products.

The site reflects the brand and the product: smooth clean lines act out in sharp relief from the background. The little things in design go a long way in improving a user’s experience in the search for some memorable awards.

Obviously, it helps that the awards themselves are often very sleek-looking. You can get an idea of what I mean from the image above this text. The award designs themselves are very strong, and in a wide variety; they have everything from imposing business-level awards to simpler little-league style sports trophies.

Anyway, I think that’s about all I have for now. Before I go, here’s an interesting little video that might help you avoid some common pitfalls if you’re interested in making a website for your own website.

Ceiling Tips to Check Out

Renovate your Boring Ceiling!

traditional-entryFor this post, I’m bringing this blog back to interior design. We covered things in the realm of rugs and furnishing already, but this time I wanted to aim a little higher–literally. Typically, ceilings aren’t the highest priority when designing a space. However, they’re still important enough to warrant critical thinking, especially if you’re renovating anyway. If you’re interested in chandeliers or similar lighting fixtures, then you could actually find them at Rug and Home, the company I mentioned in this earlier post. I bring up ceiling design because there’s a surprising amount of variety and types of ceilings beyond a typical flat surface.

Check out this article about different types of ceilings that I found. While some are probably too ornate or impractical in any old home, there are plenty of ideas to pull from. Having options like this can be pretty eye-opening. For (relatively) little effort, you can vastly change the atmosphere of just about any room.

There are plenty of ways to install a new ceiling style or change the one you already have. Of course, a common, and perhaps easier, route to go is to simply hire someone to do it for you. However, there’s a good chance that this’ll be more expensive than doing it yourself. Now, you’re probably thinking that there’s no way you could do such an undertaking yourself. You may be right, I don’t know your life. Still, if you’re looking to adventure a little, and get some DIY’er street cred, you could actually buy the wood and materials yourself and build something from there. So you don’t go in blind, you could actually customize and order a kit specifically for your ceiling with a company called Archways and Ceilings. I mean, you’re more than welcome to wing it, but getting a kit from a company like Archways is probably a safer bet. They’ll cut the wood for you, and provide all the instructions you need to put together your custom ceiling. Ultimately, if you’re not sure what you can do to improve a living space, consider changing the space itself by modifying the ceiling.

Website That’s Right for You

Look for a Well-Designed Website

websiteWhen I first thought about creating a blog, I originally had a pretty specific idea of “design” in mind. For you business owners out there, your online presence may be more important than you realize. The interior design of your business plays a significant role in how outsiders perceive you. However, putting the best foot forward for future clients and customers really starts before they walk in the door. That first impression, rather, is often appraised before they even leave their homes; the client just looked up your business’ website on the internet. In this era, what they find there makes all the difference in their decision to visit your store–or not. Since internet presence is so important, it’s imperative that you find an effective web design agency.

Huemor Designs, a Long Island web design agency, is an excellent place to look for your web design needs. While there are plenty of agencies out there, you should be wary about which one you do business with. Beyond the actual skill set required to create a representation of your company online, finding an agency that’s friendly and dependable makes a world of difference when you’re ironing out a deal for their services. Just imagine if you want your website changed or something goes wrong. You’ll obviously want communication with the company to be as little of a headache as possible.

If you’re not located nearby, then you may need to look elsewhere for a web design agency. Keep in mind that this is just one example of a web design agency; there are surely plenty more out there

At the end of the day, if you’re finding that not enough people are coming through the door of your business, it may be because not a lot of people know about it. Not having a good website, or a website at all, greatly hinders your advertising potential. Rectifying that obviously helps the bottom line in the long run, but also your company’s image, which then, ultimately, still makes a difference towards that bottom line.

Here’s a small video I found from their YouTube account:

Furnishing Tips Compilation

Finding the Right Furnishing for you

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Alright, maybe this one’s a bit ornate….

Off the heels of my previous post, I wanted to put together another interior furnishing post–but this time, something more general. If you wanted to make some changes, but not exactly of the ruggy variety, there wasn’t much in the previous post to help you. For this one, I did a tiny bit of research to find some good lists and articles about general home and interior decorating. Below, you’ll see a nice short-list of links to sites that I think could be helpful if you’re starting to plan any renovations or redesigns.

Hopefully you’ll come across an idea that really piques your interest. That being said, I guess my primary advice when you’re planning out your special dream living room would just be to take it easy. It can be easy to get really engrossed in the minutia when you catch the redecorating bug, but at the end of the day, don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s just a room. The world isn’t over if you accidentally bought “Calm Tint” blue wall paint when you meant to buy “Dancing in the Rain”. In the end, you’ll figure it out. I mean, you’re looking for some new furnishing–not exactly high-stakes here.

Rug and Home Decor

Some Rug/Home Decor Thoughts for You

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Oh hey, a rug!

It’s that time again folks, that time to go out and find a rug that really completes that look you’re going for. Why is it “that time”? Well…because now is a good a time as any to go out and get a new rug! I know, it’s easy to throw just about anything down on the floor and call it a day. But why settle for something that’s just okay when you can invest in some decor that you can be proud of?

I know, this sounds like a pretty generic salesman pitch (and I admit to having at least one shopping recommendation below) but because the rug is something that can be so easily overlooked, I just want to bring a bit of attention to it. If you are actually interested in changing your rug, but not sure where to start, I have a couple ideas.

Naturally, a google search for rug-buying tips will get you a boatload of different things to consider. You may want to think about floorspace, colors, themes, and motifs of the room buying for: basically, the overall rug and home decor that you want to go for. HGTV has this solid article about the practical side of rug purchasing that I find to be a pretty good summation of what to look out for when buying.

Once you know what to look for, where exactly should you do the looking? Again, there are literally hundreds of thousands of results if you were to bring up a google search. Any home retailer you can think of probably has a rug or interior design section. In terms of variety in selection, I recommend taking a look at a company called Rug and Home, however: “Rug” is in the name for obvious reasons.

Ultimately, you can go with any rug you have your heart set on. At the very least, I hope this post will serve as a decent jumping-off point for anyone interested in buying a new rug. Anyway, thanks for reading this first post (of what I hope to be many).