How to Design an Entertaining Kitchen
— Text was originally posted on the MJFlooring.com on Oct. 9, 2012. —
The holidays are right around the corner and that means parties, celebrations, family gatherings and of course, lots and lots of food. Hosting these happenings is fun, but only if you have a kitchen worth showing off. Designing an entertaining kitchen can be simple with the right products and vision – everything from the countertops to the cabinets and the walls can be jazzed up for entertaining! Read on for a few ideas on how to give your kitchen a fun makeover before the holiday festivities begin.
Back to basics.
When starting a kitchen makeover, there are a few obvious elements that need addressed – floors, cabinets and countertops – so before bringing in the demolition crew, determine the look and feel you want for your new kitchen. For an elegant feel opt for dark hardwood floors, granite countertop and custom finish cabinets and for a more relaxed look go for a combination of lighter hardwood floors, travertine or porcelain tile countertop and neutral cabinets. No matter what your entertaining or design needs, with the right materials and installation your kitchen will be looking jolly in no time — the hardest part will be deciding what countertop goes best with your serving dishes!
Bars the limit.
‘Tis the season for hot toddies and seasonal cocktails, so what’s a kitchen without a bar? Not very entertaining, that’s what! When designing an entertaining kitchen installing a bar area or island that acts as the main focus of the room is key. Custom cabinetry can outfit your bar with the proper storage for stemware, bottles, condiments, ice and any other items you may need on hand. There are many options for bar tops and depending on the placement in your kitchen, it may be best to match your countertops or it could have its own look. No matter which route you take, a well stacked bar is sure to catch the attention of your guests and will undoubtedly reel in a compliment or two.
So, what do you think – is your kitchen ready to take on the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Be sure to share your ideas and tips on how to design the perfect entertaining kitchen with me!
Tips for Creating the Perfect Man Cave
— Text was originally posted on the MJFlooring.com on Oct. 1, 2012. —
Some may call it a garage. Some may call it an attic or maybe even an old bathroom, but to you it’s a man cave in the making– a masculine lair that fits everything you love into one room. Designing a unique space to relax after a long day doesn’t have to be hard and it certainly doesn’t have to be pretty, but it does need the essentials. While you could manage with just a lawn chair and a flat screen, here are a few tips for creating the best man cave on the block.
Pass the bar.
Every man cave needs a bar, or at least something bar-like, so a countertop is a must-have. Concrete and industrial countertops will outfit your lair with the essential bar space without any added frills. Plus, if your man cave isn’t set up in a 6 car garage, you may need cabinets to store all your games, movies, magazines and munchies, and where better than under your new bar? Cabinets can be designed to fit any man’s needs — whether it’s a kegerator or a shark tank you’d like to fit under your bar, it’s possible with custom fit cabinets.
Durability is key when it comes to flooring in a man cave. Between the beer, pizza and whatever else you choose to bring into your man cave, something that is easy to clean (or not clean?) and can hold up to even the most extreme game nights is what you should look for. There are many solutions on the market like hardwood and travertine tile, but we suggest laminate because it’s easy to install – you can install several hundred square feet in a weekend – and it comes in almost any color or design imaginable. Favorite sports team’s colors, anyone?
Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s up to you to add the finishing touches. We recommend a huge flat screen TV (the bigger, the better!), sports memorabilia, car posters and of course a couch or two. If you have any questions on how to create a man cave or just want to give yours a “man-over”, post a question in the comments or tweet me!
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10 Content Marketing Statistics that will Blow Your Mind!
— This text was originally posted by InboundWriter on August 27, 2012. —
As consumers become more inundated with data, advertisements, social media and a variety of content streams from organizations looking to tap their interests, content marketing is a must for those looking to successfully spread their message through the noise, expand their reach and generate leads. But don’t just take our word for it… we have the facts to prove that content marketing is vital to today’s marketing initiatives and is an industry that has not only grown exponentially in the past years, but one that will continue to grow in the years to come! Below are 10 content marketing stats that all marketers should keep in mind when developing their next campaign:
- Marketers, on average, spend over a quarter of their marketing budget on content marketing. (B2B Marketing Insider)
- 62% of companies today outsource their content marketing — that’s up 7% from last year! (Mashable)
- Because 61% of consumers say they feel better about a company that delivers custom content, they are also more likely to buy from that company. (Custom Content Council)
- LinkedIn generates more leads for B2B companies than Facebook, Twitter or blogs individually. Yet only 47% of B2B marketers say they are actively using LinkedIn vs. 90% on Facebook. (Inside View)
- Interesting content is a top 3 reason people follow brands on social media. (Content+)
- Social media sites and blogs reach 8 out of 10 of all U.S. Internet users and account for 23% of all time spent online. (Content Marketing Institute)
- 90% of consumers find custom content useful and 78% believe that organizations providing custom content are interested in building good relationships with them. (TMG Custom Media)
- Blogs give websites 434% more indexed pages and 97% more indexed links. (Content+)
- B2B companies with blogs generate 67% more leads per month on average than non-blogging firms. (Social Media B2B)
- The average cost to generate a lead through inbound marketing ($143) is about half the average for outbound marketing ($373). (G+)
Do you have any interesting content marketing statistics to share? Post them in the comments below or connect with me on social media!
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