Monthly archives "January 2017"

Choosing Shower Screens For Bathrooms

Anyone is able to upgrade the look of a bathroom, and keep floors dry, with the wise use of a shower screen.

According to Catherine Smith, a Houzz New Zealand Editorial Staff, many people want to refresh a decor or do a total rebuild/upgrade in an existing bathroom but are confused regarding the need to use a glass. She listed the reasons for picking shower screens for utility and appeal.

Creating a sleek and no-sill floor

With the use of efficient hidden drains and flooring systems under the tile, a shower floor becomes a sleek continuation of a bathroom floor. A half wall, having no hinge hardware or door, disappears and makes a bathroom seem much bigger.

Smith suggested to pick a drainage system which butts up to a wall so that there are no hideous drains visible in a shower floor.

Joining tub and shower in a wet room

For those that love a separate tub and shower, a designer can be asked regarding a wet room.

With the use of that similar drain technology and floor, a shower does not have to get its separate sill and still be roomy as preferred. A glass wall, either with a sliding door or not, opens an airy room.

Making a small space bigger

Even in small bathrooms, a glass boosts a space, specifically when running a similar flooring through with no interrupting drain or sill.

Smith suggested to ask a glass installer regarding a no-clean finish to stop having bath shower screens be cloudy from shampoo or soap residue.

Creating a walk-through shower

For those that have space in a bathroom, better put the shower in the front and center than by the end of a bathroom.

Smith said to talk about the structural underpinnings to an installer in order to create a half wall and upgrade to a commercial strength glass, minimizing the need to add those distracting frames or columns.

Blurring the lines

A glass wall does not need to be transparent, it can also be turned into a feature that showcases a printed photograph of any desired scenery.

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A Look Into the World of A Powerful Elite’s Personal Assistant

When working as a personal assistant to the elite, the job sometimes involves achieving the impossible, usually under difficult time constraints.

Personal assistants as strategic business partners

For twenty-five years, personal assistant Bonnie Low-Kramen honed her skills through getting the impossible happen for Olympia Dukakis, an Oscar winning actress.

However, working as personal assistants don’t necessary win prestige or honour. It is mostly assumed that personal assistants are not doing a meaningful occupation, and they are often dismissed as workers having minimal impact to a whole organization.

As stated by Low-Kramen, the most intelligent executives or CEOs are already understanding that it is an intelligent move to make use of their assistants as strategic business partners. The profession is highly dominated by females at 95% to 98%. More women are coming to be executives or CEOs. Now is a great time to become an assistant. Hiring rate is also higher, and there are jobs that pay assistants in six figures especially in major cities.

The impossible work of personal assistants

However, not every assistant is the same. Bonnie Low-Kramen is one of those rare assistants being able to do “miracles” for employers.

According to her, it is always the last minute requests which are highly specific. She recalled a specific time that Dukakis was almost late for a speaking engagement, when they experienced gridlock traffic because of a construction. Dukakis asked her if she is able to get a police escort, after the limo driver suggested that it is the only way to get them there promptly. She was able to pull it off, although they were late 20 minutes. However, there was no talk regarding what happened on Monday. For her, assistants are expected to do their job, to save the day, pull out a miracle, and then continue on with their next tasks.

Becoming a professional assistant

Low-Kramen now owns a Personal assistant training company which pays particular attention to teaching people be a professional assistant.

Even though this training seems redundant to other people, she mentioned how necessary it is due to the assistants’ close proximity to their superiors.



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The Strong Connection Between Architecture And Art

Ann Allison-Cote, photographer by profession, always sees something new in downtown Knoxville’s buildings depending on what time she passes the street or how she looks at them. She goes downtown and starts taking pictures of the Mast General Store on Gay Street and then proceeds to the World’s Fair Park before ending up in Old City. She takes photographs of the buildings but every time she does there is always a difference.

The images of Knoxville that Allison-Cote captures from her camera are sold at Liz-Beth Gallery. Customers select the photographs they want and have them printed on paper or canvas. Three of the giclee prints are now being sold for the benefit of Knox Heritage, a local preservation group.

Each of the 3 matted and unframed 10” by 15” prints depicts a different scene of the historic buildings in downtown Knoxville and sells at $85 per art work. From the proceeds of the sale, one half goes to the local preservation group. The three giclee prints include Jackson Avenue cityscape, a close-up of 400 Block Kress Building and a view of the rooftops along Southern Railway Depot on West Depot Avenue.

The fundraising campaign was actually an idea of Liz-Beth’s CEO and Knox Heritage supporter Bart Watkins who thought it fitting to get some great work to benefit a cause. The images taken by Allison-Cote are not just ordinary photographs but enhanced through various computer programs to make them look more “artsy.” Sometimes, she changes the lighting, the background or the texture or turns the image into a watercolor.

Allison-Cote’s work was noticed by Liz-Beth when her photograph of the Miller’s Building was framed as a gift to a friend. The employees’ inquired as to the source of the photograph and Allison-Cote told them that it came from her portfolio where you can see the connection between architecture and art.

Photographs can be transformed into works of art through the right technology. For example, Art Prints on Canvas are photographs that have been printed on canvas and laid out in different ways like gallery wrap or multi-panel canvas prints. After selecting the image you want to be printed, you can also choose the best layout that suits your taste.

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Advantages Of Buying Office Furniture Online

With all the advantages offered by online shops, it is no wonder that shoppers all over the world prefer this mode of procurement. Whether you want to buy a set of new Office Furniture Online or you just want to upgrade your existing furniture by adding a few pieces here and there, buying online offers more to shoppers like you. Here are some of the advantages that you can get out of online procurement.

Hassle-free shopping

When you shop online, there is no need for you to go anywhere or to dress up just to get the furniture that you need for your office. All you have to do is turn on your computer and utilize your search engine. After a few clicks and by using the right keywords, you would get a long list of results for Office Furniture Online. You can choose, place your order, pay and wait for the office furniture to get delivered right to your doorsteps, all of these in a few clicks. You don’t have to spend on gas or allocate time to visit different showrooms. Offline shopping can be done wherever you are regardless of time.

More affordable

Because suppliers do not spend so much on overhead expenses unlike offline furniture shops, these online stores can afford to offer their products at a much lower price. Online stores do not have to pay a showroom space. They don’t need to hire more customer service representatives to attend to their prospects plus they also do not have to pay utility bills such as for electricity, water and office space. So the next time you check on online shops, try to compare the prices in your local shops to know the difference.

Numerous deals and offers

Another advantage of Office Furniture Online is that you can find more deals and discount items. Since online shops have less operational expenses, they can easily offer their furniture at a lower price. They also provide deals to dispose their products and pave the way for new furniture. Just do your homework to get these deals.

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How Airbnb Helps Small Accommodation Providers To Market Their Services

Until recently, it was rather difficult for small accommodation providers like resorts, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts and holiday apartments to market their services for short term stay. Traditional hotel chains and large resorts dominate the industry because they have the money to spend on brand marketing. However, with the internet, small accommodations are given easy access to the market for global travelers.

Airbnb is an online marketplace that connects people to unique travel experiences in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries all over the world. Airbnb focuses on local travel experiences and encourages visitors to try and live like a local. Airbnb provides small accommodation providers with a global marketing platform to generate guest bookings.

Small accommodation providers usually engage specialist booking providers to market their properties but they have to pay a 15% to 20% commission. The properties are advertised in accommodation directories, brochures and print media. Hosts can list with Airbnb for free but they have to comply with Australian Consumer Law by avoiding false advertising and misrepresentation of property and price.

Airbnb also provides a booking platform where the hosts have considerable control. Hosts will set the availability of rooms, house rules and price of accommodation. Hosts can refuse an application for booking after viewing the guest’s profile even without stating a reason.

Various tools are provided by Airbnb to hosts that include reviews from members, verification of identity process upon arrival, on-platform member messaging to either the host or a guest and reservation requirements that the host can set up. As part of the efforts to enhance internet marketing, guests are requested to provide honest, genuine and accurate reviews which will not mislead other potential guests.

Airbnb provides online marketing services, bookings management, payment platforms and cover for property damage in order to increase occupancy in small accommodations and so that they will experience faster growth and increased profitability.

Sometimes, it makes sense to choose the smaller boutique resort in Chanthaburi instead of hotel chains. Boutique resorts are designed to provide a more intimate setting to guests with more personalized service to ensure that the stay becomes very pleasant.

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How To Find Bangkok Hotel Special Offers

Traveling means spending the money that you have probably saved up for several months. Unless, of course, you have a ready amount to finance your travels. But for people with barely sufficient money to travel but wants to enjoy and go on vacation, nevertheless, the travel reflex would be to find a good deal that would minimize his overall expenses. Finding Bangkok hotel special offers is not a daunting task. As long as you have the internet and an internet-ready device such as a laptop or computer, you are ready to hunt for exciting deals that would allow you to go on a vacation even with a limited budget. Here’s how you can get those deals:

Check booking sites

Booking sites are excellent sources of deals. These booking sites are engaged with different types of hotels and they basically function as the hotel’s third party booking agency for a minimal fee. They are among the insiders who are informed by the cheapest up to the most luxurious hotels in the industry of the current deals or discount. If you want to know Bangkok hotel special offers, booking agencies should be your go-to sites.

Ask for membership discounts

Look for membership discounts such as discounts given to particular professions. There are hotels that offer discounts to military personnel, professors and educators and all sorts of profession depending on the preference of the hotel manager. Ask the manager up front when you make a reservation. There are also hotels that offer discounts to returning guests. In other words, get as much information from the hotel on how you can possibly get a free upgrade or discount on your bill.

Visit hotel websites

Where else can you get the best and reliable Bangkok hotel special offers but from the website itself. The moment you get to the hotel’s website, look for the “deals” or “offers” tab and see what’s in store for you. You can also request for quotes especially if you are going to stay at the hotel for an extended period of time such as for a week or month.   

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No Matter If People Say Otherwise But 2017 Is The Year Of Email Marketing

Businesses that make use of online marketing know that more than 50% of visitors come from mobile. This means that more and more people are browsing sites through the Smartphone and not the traditional personal computers and laptops. Changes initiated by Google the make mobile SEO experience more favorable in 2017 is on point.

Google has recently announced that it will be penalizing websites with interstitials that appear in a separate browser window while the user is waiting for a page to load. Many users have complained that interstitials tend to slow down access to destination pages. Instead of going straight to the site, there is an obstructing pop-up or distracting window that blocks content.

Internet marketers fear that this will be the end of email marketing. If anything, 2017 will be the year of email marketing as new trends tend to arise following Google’s announcements. Email marketing still drives a large amount of sales as proven by the 25%+ sales on 2015 Black Friday which were generated through the marketing strategy. Two years ago, email marketing brought in 25.1% Black Friday sales online more than the sales generated through single marketing channels like social media marketing.

Most online users check their mails every day. Others do so for twice or thrice a day or more. When the email reaches the inbox, the communication is direct and private without the distractions of Facebook or Twitter. For the marketer, direct access to the audience’s attention is an ideal opportunity for engagement.

Statistics reveal that email marketing has ROI of 44.25 times. This means that for every $100 you invest in email marketing, you expect an average of $4,425 in returns. Through email marketing, a business develops a relationship with the audience. For 2017, businesses should continue to get email addresses because the email list is a very valuable asset.

Content is very important for prospective customers who are searching the net for information on insurance providers. While insurance providers can advertise to get the attention of potential customers, insurance marketing will drive targeted traffic to the business website. When content of value is provided to the target audience, the business gets more inbound requests for information.

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