Add style to your windows with roller blinds

Posted in Smart home | by Lynn Lynn

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Roller blinds are an excellent way to add style to your windows without having to do any lengthy or expensive alterations. They are relatively easy to fit, come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, designs and sizes and are suitable for any room in your home. A roller blind can transform the way your window looks and also enhance your interior design scheme. As you can see in the pictures, found on Elite Blinds, there are suitable roller blinds for every room of your home, from minimalistic and plain designs to the more elaborate and embellished.

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An extremely versatile way to add style to your home – roller blinds are one of the most simplest and effective ways to dress up your windows, creating pleasant focal points. They function very well and can be made from many different materials. Your choices are huge and include everything from sheer fabric such as voiles to PVC and black out roller blinds. Choosing a roller blind style will depend on your personal taste and which room it is to be used in. Each roller blind is an attractive addition to your window dressing and also has practical features that make it a fantastic choice for the home.

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Many companies offer bespoke roller blinds and will assist you with their knowledge and experience. For example a PVC roller blind may be best for a bathroom where the air is often damp or moist and a black out blind could be the ideal purchase for a bedroom to help minimize light. Blinds can be made to match your décor with added finishing touches such as braiding or patterns to bring extra interest and color. Roller blinds are a great choice for those harder to fit windows or simply to compliment your own style, taste and interior design theme.

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This Will Change The Way You Look At Vertical Blinds Forever (VIDEO)

If you’ve stayed away from vertical blinds when decorating your home for fear of it looking like a dentist office, there’s a new product out there that might change your mind. Architecture student Tyler Short has come up with a new design that modernizes the old school home accent once and for all.

Known as “Penumbra,” Short’s project not only opts for exterior installation, but the individual louvers themselves can twist and shift in three dimensions allowing them to act as “a horizontal shading element and light shelf.” In essence, they reconfigure based on the position of the sun to enable light to permeate a building while preventing direct sun from coming in.

But his ingenuity doesn’t end there. To demonstrate the design, Short created a 3D animation of how it would all work, as seen in the video above. And while it seems somewhat unlikely that it will ever come to fruition, we will give him this — it does make for a breathtaking visualization.

 

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Spring has sprung

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One of the most definitive and exciting signs of spring is when we are popping freshly cut daffodils into our favourite vase and positioning right in the centre of our table.  An instant pop of colour giving a fresh and renewed look after a long dark winter.

If we were to define the “spring theme” in interiors it could mean a whole manner of things from spring cleaning, to sprucing up to adding new and exciting additions to our interior scheme, bright and bold tropical prints to  whimsical meadow florals in pastel tones giving the romantic notion that dreamy summer days are just around the corner.

This spring in interiors we are favouring florals in a delicate yet colourful form, watercolour prints to intricate hand drawn flowers and foliage underplayed in a sweet romantic notion of vintage chintz whilst in fashion it’s an entirely bolder story.

Bold floral prints made a return yet again this catwalk season with designers taking more liberties with this aesthetic. From abstract and oversized 60’s-inspired retro prints to romantic lace and embroidered rosettes, flowers and foliage were seen parading down the runways during Paris, New York, and Milan fashion weeks. A myriad of designers incorporated this look into their collections, including Dolce & Gabbana’s delicate and feminine flowers, Oscar de la Renta’s ostentatious appliques, and Alberto Ferretti’s European-inspired folk floral prints. Subdued pastel washes and garden motifs were ubiquitous; with all designers utilizing this trend with gauzy petal appliques and silk floral pantsuits.

The iconic floral pattern also came in a wash of vibrant hues, as some designers kept their dresses in louder, solid tones to complement spring’s budding colour palette.

These aren’t your grandmother’s antiquated floral prints.

While this luxurious trend has been in “full bloom” for several years, we can’t say we’re disappointed to see it again, it gives us all an opportunity to embrace our feminine side. Whether you choose to don a retro silk cocktail dress with delicate floral embroidery or garden-printed cigarette pants, this iconic print is a seasonal favourite.

Although the infamous character Miranda Priestley of The Devil Wears Prada retorted sarcastically, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking,” (and we love her for it), it’s clear this classic and uber-feminine look in all its form is here to stay. And we’re blooming with happiness about that.

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It’s Hip to Be Square!

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As Huey Lewis once sang… It’s Hip to Be Square!

Since the time of ancient Greece, geometry has been at the foundation of design. The order and logic of geometry has allowed it to replicated and understood by everyone.  The use of geometry has created some iconic architectural masterpieces like The Pantheon in Rome.

Taking the basics of geometric design and adding clever tone on tone colour, can create awe inspiring and memorable results.

The striking Fabric Box Tetra fabric follows the geo trend perfectly.  Smart colour work is triumphed when looking at this classic geo design, close your eyes for a few seconds, open up and watch your eyes play tricks, picking out diamonds or perfect cuboids in abundance.

Geometry is something that will never leave our culture and with a fresh resurgence of colour there will always be new and exciting ways to incorporate it in our homes, clothing and accessories.

- See more at: http://www.thefabricbox.co.uk/node/1017#sthash.S84B9kgi.dpuf

As Huey Lewis once sang… It’s Hip to Be Square!

Since the time of ancient Greece, geometry has been at the foundation of design. The order and logic of geometry has allowed it to replicated and understood by everyone.  The use of geometry has created some iconic architectural masterpieces like The Pantheon in Rome.

Taking the basics of geometric design and adding clever tone on tone colour, can create awe inspiring and memorable results.

The striking Fabric Box Tetra fabric follows the geo trend perfectly.  Smart colour work is triumphed when looking at this classic geo design, close your eyes for a few seconds, open up and watch your eyes play tricks, picking out diamonds or perfect cuboids in abundance.

Geometry is something that will never leave our culture and with a fresh resurgence of colour there will always be new and exciting ways to incorporate it in our homes, clothing and accessories

- See more at: http://www.thefabricbox.co.uk/node/1017#sthash.S84B9kgi.dpuf

As Huey Lewis once sang… It’s Hip to Be Square!

Since the time of ancient Greece, geometry has been at the foundation of design. The order and logic of geometry has allowed it to replicated and understood by everyone.  The use of geometry has created some iconic architectural masterpieces like The Pantheon in Rome.

Taking the basics of geometric design and adding clever tone on tone colour, can create awe inspiring and memorable results.

The striking Fabric Box Tetra fabric follows the geo trend perfectly.  Smart colour work is triumphed when looking at this classic geo design, close your eyes for a few seconds, open up and watch your eyes play tricks, picking out diamonds or perfect cuboids in abundance.

Geometry is something that will never leave our culture and with a fresh resurgence of colour there will always be new and exciting ways to incorporate it in our homes, clothing and accessories.

- See more at: http://www.thefabricbox.co.uk/node/1017#sthash.S84B9kgi.dpuf

 

As Huey Lewis once sang… It’s Hip to Be Square!

Since the time of ancient Greece, geometry has been at the foundation of design. The order and logic of geometry has allowed it to replicated and understood by everyone.  The use of geometry has created some iconic architectural masterpieces like The Pantheon in Rome.

Taking the basics of geometric design and adding clever tone on tone colour, can create awe inspiring and memorable results.

The striking Fabric Box Tetra fabric follows the geo trend perfectly.  Smart colour work is triumphed when looking at this classic geo design, close your eyes for a few seconds, open up and watch your eyes play tricks, picking out diamonds or perfect cuboids in abundance.

Geometry is something that will never leave our culture and with a fresh resurgence of colour there will always be new and exciting ways to incorporate it in our homes, clothing and accessories.

As Huey Lewis once sang… It’s Hip to Be Square!

Since the time of ancient Greece, geometry has been at the foundation of design. The order and logic of geometry has allowed it to replicated and understood by everyone.  The use of geometry has created some iconic architectural masterpieces like The Pantheon in Rome.

Taking the basics of geometric design and adding clever tone on tone colour, can create awe inspiring and memorable results.

The striking Fabric Box Tetra fabric follows the geo trend perfectly.  Smart colour work is triumphed when looking at this classic geo design, close your eyes for a few seconds, open up and watch your eyes play tricks, picking out diamonds or perfect cuboids in abundance.

Geometry is something that will never leave our culture and with a fresh resurgence of colour there will always be new and exciting ways to incorporate it in our homes, clothing and accessories.

- See more at: http://www.thefabricbox.co.uk/node/1017#sthash.S84B9kgi.dpuf

As Huey Lewis once sang… It’s Hip to Be Square!

Since the time of ancient Greece, geometry has been at the foundation of design. The order and logic of geometry has allowed it to replicated and understood by everyone.  The use of geometry has created some iconic architectural masterpieces like The Pantheon in Rome.

Taking the basics of geometric design and adding clever tone on tone colour, can create awe inspiring and memorable results.

The striking Fabric Box Tetra fabric follows the geo trend perfectly.  Smart colour work is triumphed when looking at this classic geo design, close your eyes for a few seconds, open up and watch your eyes play tricks, picking out diamonds or perfect cuboids in abundance.

Geometry is something that will never leave our culture and with a fresh resurgence of colour there will always be new and exciting ways to incorporate it in our homes, clothing and accessories.

- See more at: http://www.thefabricbox.co.uk/node/1017#sthash.S84B9kgi.dpuf

PLANTATION SHUTTERS IN 3 WEEKS – MADE IN UK.

Deva blinds are very pleased to announce that we have a UK supplier for shutters.

Paul Pollard-Fraser, owner of Deva blinds said “I am really pleased that Luxaflex are able to manufacture shutters in their factory in Birmingham.  Before we had to wait 12 weeks for the slow boat from China.  Lot’s of my customers have just moved home and don’t want to wait 12 weeks for their shutters.”

“The faux white shutters come with a 10 year guarantee, are rock solid and will last for years and years, they are not easily knocked and bruised like wooden shutters.”

“Deva blinds make most of our blinds and when we are not in the position to make our blinds we like to source our blinds from UK manufacturers.”

“I think it a great step that we are able to offer plantation shutters that are made in UK and do not cost the earth.

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A Tragic Accident Gets Moms Talking About Window Blind Safety

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Once they hear that a baby’s on the way, moms- and dads-to-be read all the babyproofing guidelines and buy every product they need to create a safe environment for their future child. Despite all the precautions, however, some families still find themselves facing a tragic situation. That was the case for Erica Barnes Thomas, who, after constant babyproofing, lost her son Mac earlier this month due to strangulation. When the 2-year-old began climbing and grabbing everything in sight, Thomas installed new shades with a chord on the opposite side of her son’s bed. Then, on a typical Saturday morning, she went to wake up Mac. When she walked into the room, she found her son lying on the floor, clutching his two favorite stuffed animals.

“He looked like he was sleeping, but he didn’t get up,” Thomas tells Today.com. “I thought, ‘Maybe he’s really sick.’ As soon as I touched his cheek, I knew.” After the ambulance arrived, Thomas checked on the window cord and saw it was still attached to the ceiling, well out of Mac’s reach. Later, she noticed a tiny handprint on the window and came to the conclusion that Mac had climbed onto the nearby chair to look out the window, and got caught on a hidden cord that ran behind the blinds.

Thomas is not the first parent to experience this tragedy. From 1999 to 2011, 140 children died and 136 were almost strangled on corded window coverings. One of those parents was Linda Kaiser, who lost her 1-year-old even after taking all the proper safety measures. This incident led Kaiser to create Parents for Window Blind Safety, which works to “create safer standards in the industry and to encourage innovation of safer products.” The organization is currently petitioning for more cordless options on the market. While many companies have listened to the concerns and taken action, others are harder to convince.

“People get hung up on the expense and the inconvenience or the aesthetics,” Thomas says. “I get that it’s expensive to replace something that’s already there, but I would hang a garbage bag over my window or I would have nothing there if I could have my son back.”

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Rod’s ultrasonic clean keeps blinds shining for years

 

 

 

amzingnaTO WORK in Rod Chisholm’s niche field, you have to be a problem solver.

Mr Chisholm first began working for blind cleaning and repair company Amazing Clean 20 years ago, before leaving to work for himself.

He came back part-time to “help out”, and has ended up owning the business for the past three years.

Mr Chisholm said despite the specific focus of the business, which repairs, ultrasonically cleans and replaces blinds, the intricacies of different jobs ensured he never became bored.

“There are some challenges out there, especially when you get the real old blinds, you have to manufacture the parts yourself because there’s no place to order them,” he said.

“We have an absolute mountain of parts out here for old blinds.

“In peak times you’re absolutely flat out, we’ll do two house lots in a day. It does get full on at times, especially before Christmas.”

Amazing Clean’s equipment uses sound waves to clean the blinds, which Mr Chisholm said had the benefits of cleaning quickly and finishing them static-free, which reduces dust.

He said in a world with a throw away consumer culture, he still encouraged people to get the full usage from their blinds.

“Ninety per cent of the time, I would say that most blinds are recyclable, I suppose is the word,” Mr Chisholm said.

“For verticals, you’ve got at least 20 years’ life in them, venetians even more than that. Some have been on the windows for 40 years and we’re still cleaning them.

“Most of the stuff which was manufactured about five to 10 years ago is of good quality.

“Most of my new blinds are manufactured here in Queensland.”

Mr Chisholm said after 20 years working in the field, he no longer gets stressed about the normal ups and downs of business ownership.

“My plan is to just keep doing what I’m doing,” he said.

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/results-simply-amazing-cleaning-toowoomba/2215561/

Toddler’s Death Prompts New Warnings For Window Blind Cords

When we find out we’re having children, we end up doing everything in our power to baby-proof our homes to keep our little ones safe and out of trouble. We pad table corners, deadbolt doors, lock cabinets, plug outlets and put window-blind cords up high out of the reach of little hands. Erica Barnes Thomas did everything she could to keep her two children, Charlie, 6 and Mac, 2, safe. She was vigilant and made certain that all safety precautions were taken, especially when she had roman shades hung in Mac’s room, having them installed with the pull-cord on the opposite side, so it was further away from her son’s bed, as well has having a child-safety release installed on the cord as well.

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However, despite all the hyper-vigilance, tragedy struck. On Saturday March 1st, Thomas’ oldest son Charlie, woke up at 6:30 a.m., and went downstairs into the living room to watch cartoons. Mac was still asleep when his mother checked on him, which wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, as Mac would always sleep later than his brother. Thomas busied herself by getting breakfast ready.

The morning was set to be a busy one, as the family was preparing for Thomas’ husband Stephen, a U.S. Army physician to return home from deployment in Jordan. They still had a few last minute errands to run, but by 9 a.m., she decided that it was time to wake up Mac. However, when she walked into his bedroom, she found him lying on the floor, clutching his two favorite stuffed animals. Thomas explains what happened next “I thought he was sleeping, he looked like he was sleeping, but he didn’t get up. I thought ‘Maybe he’s really sick.’ As soon as I touched his cheek, I knew.” Thomas immediately called 911 and began CPR on her son, but it was too late. He had been strangled by a hidden cord that ran behind the window covering.

Mac is one of the four children in the last two months who have died of cord strangulation from pull-cords on window coverings. Nearly 300 deaths have been documented from strangulation in window-blind cords between 1996 and 2012. On average, 1 child a month dies from the cords that are on window treatments, according to Kim Dulic, spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Dulic says, “all cords are bad, whether it’s on the front, back or side. Kids and cords don’t mix – that’s the message the commission wants to get out.”

Many parents already were aware to either cut the cords, tape them out of reach of their children, or tie it. But many parents are not aware that children can also strangle themselves on the cords that run through the blinds or down the back of the blinds. Various consumer and product safety groups have issued warnings and are now asking the government to take action and create mandatory standards for the window covering industries to follow.

Later on, when Thomas entered her son’s bedroom, she noticed a cord hanging from the window-shade. However, the pull-cord was still near the ceiling, out of reach. She believes that Mac must have woken up and climbed onto the only chair that was in his bedroom to look out his window, and must have gotten caught and strangled on the cord that ran behind the blinds.

CPSC acting chairman, Bob Adler offers some advice. “Make sure all loose cords in your home are inaccessible. The commission recommends buying cordless blinds. It is the safest option for your family.”

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News updates about Child Safety

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New rules to protect children from blind cords

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He was strangled by a hidden cord that ran behind the blind. … on the cords that run either in back of the blinds or through the blinds to raise them.
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Parents warned of window blind hazards, as new safety standards announced.

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THE ISSUE OF window blind cords and the dangers posed by them have been highlighted regularly in recent years. Since 2005, there have been at least five cases where children in Ireland died after becoming entangled in loops or chains.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland has announced three new EU safety measures concerning blinds today, after they were signed off by the European Commission.

Irish standards governing the area were introduced by the agency in 2012, and the NSAI says “it was anticipated that achieving European wide consensus on these standards would take a number of years”.

The EU standards announced today govern areas like ‘fitting requirements’, ‘test methods’ and ‘test methods for safety devices’ (they’re a little complex, and largely concern the production process — but more details are here if you’re interested).

The agency’s also reminding parents of steps they can take to protect their children from the hazards caused  by blinds, namely:

  • Cords should end at least 1.6 metres above the ground so children cannot reach them. Replace cords with curtain or blind wands.
  • Where cords cannot be cut, a tie-down or tension device should be used to pull the cord tight and secure it to the floor or wall.
  • Never place a child’s cot, bed, playpen or high chair near a window or patio door where a child could reach a curtain or blind cord.
  • Keep sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases away from windows to prevent children climbing up and reaching curtain or blind cords.

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