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.

Please contact us for a visit.

 

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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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.

Vile online trolls target mum over tragic death of little Sophia

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Brave Amanda O’Halloran has been subjected to hateful messages from online “trolls” blaming her for the tragic accidental death of her daughter.

The 22-year-old was left heartbroken when her 17-month-old daughter Sophia died after getting her neck tangled up in a window blind cord and strangling herself.

The tot had been playing on her own in the living room for a matter of minutes as Amanda popped upstairs. It took her just seconds to die.

Devastated Amanda went public with her story in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers looped blind cords pose to young children, launching the Sophia’s Cause campaign to prevent further deaths.

This week she admitted that speaking out about her ordeal had its drawbacks. It led to a stream of vile online comments blaming her for the death.

Writing on the Sophia’s Cause Facebook site, Amanda admitted the ill-informed remarks had driven her to the very depths of despair.

But she has vowed not to be beaten by them and said she was more determined than ever to make something positive come out of Sophia’s short life.

She said: “I’ve been criticised a lot about Sophia’s Cause, people telling me that banning blinds with cords is pointless and that it is my fault Sophia died.

“I’ve been blamed and called an unfit parent, neglectful and that people like me should not breed.

“At first it broke me. I slipped into a deep depression and just wanted to be out of this world with my little girl.

“At some point I decided to ignore the trolls.

“I realised that these people were in their few and 95 per cent of people have in fact been very kind and supportive.

“I decided I wanted to make a difference and needed to do something, not just for my own sanity but for my little girl and for every child out there. So I started Sophia’s Cause.”

Through the campaign, Amanda and her partner Chris Parslow want a UK ban on window blind cords. They have already attracting more than 5,000 signatures in support.

Amanda added: “Banning blinds with cords might seem extreme to some but when manufacturers can make safer blinds what is the point in having dangerous blinds?

“I know if blinds with cords eventually get banned that it will take some time for them to be completely obsolete.

“But I will persevere – I won’t stop.

“I will carry on creating awareness and Sophia’s Cause will live on in the memory of my beautiful Sophia.”

To sign Amanda’s petition, go to epetitions.direct. gov.uk/petitions/55067

Deaths of 4 children in 3 weeks renews call to ban cords on window coverings.

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In the space of 22 days, four children strangled to death after becoming tangled in the cords on window coverings, prompting renewed calls for the federal government to strengthen safety standards.

The deaths of a 6-year-old Maryland girl on Feb. 8, a 3-year-old Texas girl on Feb. 15, a 4-year-old Georgia boy on Feb. 17, and a 2-year-old Maryland boy on March 1 are the most recent tragedies caused by children becoming trapped in loops formed by the cords on window coverings.

The product has caused nearly 300 deaths and serious injuries since 1996, according to statistics compiled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency.

A child strangles to death on average about once a month.

Despite voluntary industry efforts to make window coverings safer, the rate of deaths and injuries hasn’t dropped significantly in decades.

Consumer groups on Tuesday seized on the most recent losses of life to pressure the Commission to take action.

The groups want the Commission to create mandatory standards for window coverings so that manufacturers could no longer legally produce blinds that pose a strangulation hazard.

“Every day the Commission does not act, children are put at risk,” said Linda Kaiser, founder and president of Parents for Window Blind Safety, in a statement. “Four children dying in three weeks is tragic, unacceptable and preventable.”

Kaiser and her husband Matt formed the nonprofit Parents for Window Blind Safety in 2002, after their daughter, Cheyenne Rose, was strangled to death by a cord.

Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the Commission, said his agency takes such concerns seriously, but officials are not yet at the point of imposing mandatory safety standards on manufacturers.

Instead, the Commission is focused on educating consumers about their choices in the marketplace, and encouraging them to buy window coverings that are cordless, or with inaccessible cords, Wolfson said.

“It is absolutely tragic what has happened in recent weeks in Maryland, Texas and Georgia,” he said. “These are preventable deaths. … We urge all parents and grandparents when they are out shopping for new window blinds to be aware that retailers across the country have cordless options and options with inaccessible cords. These are products that can prevent a hidden hazard in millions of homes. They are becoming more affordable.”

The Window Covering Safety Council also offers three different free repair kits that parents and grandparents can order online, Wolfson said.

“They are a step in the right direction towards a safer blind, but they are not a fool-proof solution,” he said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/04/3973739/deaths-of-4-children-in-3-weeks.html#storylink=cpy

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