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10 Cheap Ways to Spice Up a Patio Without Looking Cheap

Written by 9rules Blog on April 30, 2015

We’ve all seen the incredible patio layouts on HGTV and in home improvement magazines. Turning your patio into something that picturesque would be a dream come true. Those beautiful sceneries don’t come cheap, though, so it probably hasn’t made it to the top of your list of home improvements just yet.

stone patio

However, creating your own patio that looks like the photos doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of ways you can integrate affordable elements and make it look like an expensive renovation. Here are a few ideas.

1. Upcycled Furniture

Sometimes the only thing your patio needs is a little update to your existing furniture. For wooden lawn chairs, sand them down and spritz on a coat of spray paint. You can also try your hand at reupholstering your furniture. If you aren’t very good with your hands, you can just have a professional do this for you. It’s often more affordable to have an upholsterer fix up your furniture than it is to buy new items. (more…)

Thwarting Cyberspace Invaders [Infographic]

Written by Scrivs on April 22, 2015

An infographic looking at the dangers of cyber attacks and how we need to be more secure online.

Via: NYC Criminal Lawyer Todd Spodek

Smart Home Automation That Looks and Feels Good

Written by 9rules Blog on April 21, 2015

There’s an obvious trend in the home improvement market and it involves smart technologies and robust technology platforms. While there’s no doubt that smart home technology is the way of the future, most people aren’t willing to sacrifice the look and feel of traditional home features. Interestingly, you may not have to choose one or the other.

Recent developments in smart home technology put the importance of visually appealing design equal to that of functionality. This came about as designers and architects alike have used their innovation to create more and more products as design pieces.

smart home technology

According to Albert Scaglione, CEO of Park West Gallery, “Designers should never be forced to sacrifice good design for function, and those who do so are selling themselves short.” This is especially true in home automation, as there are plenty of functional, yet aesthetically pleasing solutions now available in smart home technology. (more…)

3 Ways to Jet-Fuel Engagement on Your Mobile Site

Written by 9rules Blog on April 15, 2015

In the arena of steadily advancing technology and devices, it’s vital for your business to take advantage of every opportunity to reach potential customers on their level. According to Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch.com, about 80 percent of adults who use the Internet do so on a smartphone or similar mobile device.

This means if your mobile site isn’t optimized for user experience, you’re likely missing out on a huge opportunity to capitalize on customers who are already visiting your site via their phones. To get the most out of your mobile site, here are three tips for increasing customer engagement.


Click to Call

Giving your users the option simply to click on your phone number and instantly call you will make it so much easier for past customers and potential new ones to reach out. This can be especially beneficial if you’re a B2B operation that relies on your salespeople’s ability to close leads. (more…)

The Top 4 Reasons to Visit Liverpool

Written by 9rules Blog on April 14, 2015

When taking a trip to England, there are a plethora of things that will capture your attention. From Buckingham Palace and Big Ben to historic sites galore, there’s never a dull moment when touring the cities or countryside in the UK. One must-see destination in England is Liverpool. With so much to offer, you don’t want to miss out on this experience. Here are a few reasons why:

Liverpool England

The Music

According to VisitLiverpool.com, “Liverpool is officially the World Capital of Pop, with more Number One hits than any other city.” As the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool has a long history of being on the cutting edge of new music. This tradition of musicality can still be seen on a daily basis with live music being performed almost every night at various locations. (more…)