Monthly Archives: September 2010

  • Controliss Recommends: London Design Festival 2010

    Posted on 30th September 2010 by jenny.

    London Design Festival

    London becomes the centre of creativity once again as the London Design Festival 2010 goes in full swing. If you haven't gotten around to attending an LDF event, here's a list that is still ongoing. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the headquarters of the LDF, so be sure to drop by this museum, too. A Living Space-Curated by Kit Kemp: Commissioning art and craft for the home This event runs until October 2 at the Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street W1. Design Director of Firmdale Hotels, Kit Kemp is displaying unique creations from the top British craftspeople. The CAA Gallery showcases an imaginary Bloomsbury Group sitting room. Tecta: Hidden Classics Arup is featuring German design company Tecta at 110 Drury Lane WC2. Tecta’s modernist take on interior design is pioneering. They’ve been around since the 1920s and the 1930s. You’ll see Marcel Breuer’s F41E lounger and Hans Wegner’s CH468 chair which are rightful iconic pieces of the Modern movement.  This event runs until October 13. Hands On Theatrical installations and automata from Central Saint Martin’s graduates will be featured in the Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn WC1. Catch them now until October 29. RCA at the LDF Of course, the Royal College of Art will not miss LDF. From September 23 to October 7, RCA will play host to seven exhibitions, including Design Products Collection where you can buy works of art by RCS recent graduates and staff tutors. Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore SW7 Off the Floor You only have until October 2 to enjoy the work of Fabien Cappello and Daniel Heath. Advocates of reusable design, the tandem will feature creative works of art made from limestone that were salvaged from the Heathrow Terminal 2, the oak drawer bottoms of the Natural History Museum and parquet flooring rescued from a north London school. Visit Retrouvius, 2A Ravensworth Road NW10 for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Midwinter Modernist: the iconic designs of Jessie Tait Bulthaup, the company that makes designer kitchens will showcase Jessie Tait’s crockery from the 1950s. The exhibit will only be around until October 1, so you better hasten to 36-42 Clerkenwell Road EC1 or you’ll miss these mouthwatering delights. Gastrotypographical-Assemblage: the designs of Lou Dorfsman CBS Television’s “ad man” Lou Dorfsman is the focus of an exhibit in the Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road EC2. The event will run until  October 30. The exhibit will feature Dorfsman exciting career as a graphic designer in the United States.

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  • 5 Questions to Ask When Purchasing Window Blinds

    Posted on 29th September 2010 by jenny.

    Are you having problems choosing window blinds for your home? When you're in a bind as to which blinds will suit your decorating style or personality, here are a few questions you can ask yourself before you get overwhelmed with competing choices. What is the purpose of my window blinds? Windows are incorporated into the design of most buildings to invite light into the room and increase air circulation to ventilate the room. Choosing the correct style and fabric will insure you maintain the desired light levels and privacy. Lounge, kitchen and dining areas are often best suited to blinds that will allow a good level of light control but will not substantially darken the room such as Wooden or Metal Venetian blinds. Bedrooms and nurseries on the other hand often require Roller blinds with light reducing blackout type fabrics that will do a great job of stopping sunlight entering the room. What is my decorating style? It’s best to examine the furnishings and accessories that you already have in the room and try to find a window treatment that will match the decorating style that you have. If your furnishings are a mix of decor style, then look for a focal point that dominates the room and choose electric blinds that will match this style. Is my room casual or formal? If you want the interior to look casual, choose fabrics with an organic casual appearance, such as Roller blinds in Textura Fossil. More formal rooms call for fabrics with a more luxurious appearance like suede or fabric that has intricate details. Match the fabric and the window blinds with the look that you want to achieve.  Electric blinds covered with textured good quality fabric or real wooden blinds will give your room an elegant feel. What is the decorative purpose of my window blinds? Think about whether or not you want your blinds to be the centre of attention. If you want glamour without being too overpowering, Controliss electric blinds are a great choice. Electric blinds will also frame your room very well, especially if you have artworks to feature. If you want an artwork to stand out, look for the dominant colour of the artwork and choose electric blinds that match or complement this colour. If you want your furniture to stand out, look for colours that will highlight the colour or echo the woodwork. Be careful not to have too many focal points inside a room as this can create visual chaos that will be unappealing to most people. How do I choose the perfect colour? Achieving the perfect colour coordination is possible by using the Controliss free sample service. We will send you samples of the exact finish and colour that you are looking for so you can compare directly with your flooring finish, walls or internal decor. By asking these five questions, you will be able to wisely choose your window blinds and You’ll eliminate the likelihood of committing an interior decorating blunder.

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    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with Electric Blinds, interior, interior design, window blinds

  • Amaze Potential House Buyers with Electric Blinds

    Posted on 28th September 2010 by jenny.

    Staging a house may just be an estate agent's turf, but it doesn't hurt to know the basics of impressing would-be house buyers to get the most value for your home. Though staging might look pricey, it will add value to your home and sell your home faster. Here are a few staging techniques that you can do to optimise the area of your home and sell a lifestyle that a home buyer can visualise. Take note of your properties appeal from the outside. Take a step back and look at your house from the road and again try to view the rear of the house to see any obvious eyesores.  You should freshen up the paint, the lawn, the house numbers, and the mailbox. Sprucing up your hall to present a good first impression is crucial. The first area house buyers will see is one of the things that they will take with them when they leave the house. Keep bedrooms and common areas uncluttered, orderly, and neat. Clean all areas and put into storage household things that are not essential. This means packing up toys, accessories, clothing, and furniture that will lead to more clutter. The master bedroom should have a relaxing atmosphere that should rival a spa. Remove the television and workout equipment and maximise soft and peaceful hues. Use neutral colours and remove wall paper, collections, or borders that appeal to a certain taste, including scents. Lose scent diffusers and do not use air fresheners. If possible, house your pets in another home or in a well-ventilated garage. Walk your pet outside whenever there’s a  viewing and remove any pet bowls and accessories from view. Eliminate stored items from storage spaces as house buyers would want to find out if they could be able to house their personal belongings. Clean your kitchen until it shines. Highlight counter tops and cabinet spaces and only show the most appealing appliances, especially stainless steel ones. Draw attention away from outdated tiles through bathroom accessories, such as shower curtains, baskets, and towels. Ensure that there are no faulty wiring, rusted vent covers, or fixtures that do not work as these may give the idea that there are maintenance issues in your home. Remove any heavy window treatments and replace them with the lighter window blinds, such as Roller blinds or Vertical blinds. If you include electric blinds in your home sale, you will definitely get the most value as people will be impressed with these luxurious additions.

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    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with Electric Blinds, home, house

  • Add Elegance to Your Home with Electric Blinds

    Posted on 27th September 2010 by Lee.

    If you're aspiring to a home that takes you away from the mundane and into the realms of the elegant, then you will achieve this with our Controliss electric blinds that are the height of sophistication itself. The mere touch of a button will allow you to control the amount of light streaming into your room. Complete shade or soft light is a matter of choosing which button to push. Oftentimes, a dramatic room can wipe away the daily stresses of life. Here are a few ways to make the windows in your room as elegant as the most sophisticated hotel rooms, bringing you relaxing days and blissful nights. Create a side drape window treatment with two layers of fabric. One should be sheer and then topped off with heavier curtains. Install a gold or silver hook on one side of the window and gather the curtain to one side. This effect will be even better if you have only one window in the room. Harness the unexpected beauty of asymmetry with a fabric valance that is flowing to the floor on one end and the other end raised a few feet above the floor. Create the illusion of high ceilings and larger windows by installing window blinds in the same colour as the walls. Window blinds with richer texture such as our vertical blinds in suede will add interest. Then, hang sheer curtains from hooks attached along the ceiling a foot outside of each edge. Pull back the sides so you are revealing the window and your vertical blinds. Fashion a valance out of a long length of fabric. Measure the distance between the floor and the curtain rod and then across the window. Add about six feet as extra and you have a fabric valance which you can drape over the rod in loops of even sizes or a descending size in the other direction. Make sure that some fabric is left to pool on the floor. Install roller blinds with elegant designs such as the Controliss roller blinds in Monarca Desert. These are a hassle-free elegant addition to your home with their easy-to-follow DIY friendly installation instructions.

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    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with Electric Blinds, interior design, roller blinds, window blinds

  • Keep Your Conservatory Cosy with Remote Controlled Window Blinds

    Posted on 27th September 2010 by junowebdesign.

    Most people dream about having a conservatory to relax in. Conservatories are places of light and air where you can comfortably read a book, enjoy the sunshine, and sip a glass of lemonade during summer. A conservatory can also be a great place for the kids to frolic and play, inspiring them to let their imagination run wild. Conservatories need remote-controlled window blinds because they can provide you with privacy whenever you need it. Motorised window blinds can protect you from the heat of a hot summer’s day. It can also provide some insulation during cold winter months by preventing the heat inside from escaping. Remote-controlled window blinds can be installed in your conservatory to make it look homely and appealing. These blinds will transform your conservatory from an airy and open place to one that is secluded so that you can peacefully work or play. Fortunately, Controliss offers you a wide selection of window blinds that will suit any decorating style. We have roller blinds, wooden blinds, vertical blinds, and venetian blinds in different materials and colours. With window blinds, you will be able to use your conservatory all year long, even in winter. Taking this into account, you’ll see that investing in remote-controlled blinds is a sound decision. With the Controliss easy-to-order system, you can customise the fittings of your observatory window blinds, creating a safe haven for you and your family to enjoy.

    This Post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with conservatory, controliss, Remote Control, window blinds

  • Window Blinds Reduce the Risk of Burglary by 6%

    Posted on 23rd September 2010 by junowebdesign.

    Window Blind Security

    A recent Home Office report on Crime in England and Wales revealed that domestic burglaries can be reduced by six percent with homeowners taking preventive measures, such as installing window blinds on windows in the ground floor. The study also shows that people who have less than basic home security measures are six times more likely to be a victim of burglary than those who have basic home security in place. To maintain basic home security, electric window blinds offer the best protection because it prevents burglars from scouting your home for valuables, deters burglars from entering unnoticed, and can give a semblance of human presence in your residence even when you're on vacation. One of the ways that burglars pinpoint their potential victims is to do some reconnaissance work. They may want to surreptitiously peer through your windows and scout for potential valuable items. Vertical blinds are the best way to let in light without sacrificing home security. These kinds of blinds provide the privacy needed especially in bedrooms and lounges. The home interiors are also safe from the prying eyes of possible burglars. Another way that window blinds can protect your home from burglary is that they may create noise that may alert homeowners about a house intrusion. Window blinds may also pose a challenge for burglars to navigate through and may give you a few precious seconds to alert authorities. Electric window blinds offer some very important advantages  over manually operated blinds in providing your home more security especially when you're away from home. Burglars often choose an uninhabited abode as their targets for a hassle-free job. New wireless control systems allow you to set specific times to occasionally raise and lower your window blinds to give outsiders the impression that there are people inside your home. Indeed, electric window blinds do more than giving you control over light and privacy. They are also excellent additions to your basic home security to prevent your home from being stripped of its valuables by housebreakers.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with burglary, home, Vertical Blinds, window blinds

  • Window Blinds in Film Noir

    Posted on 22nd September 2010 by jenny.

    Last night, I was watching Chinatown, a 1970s film noir, starring Jack Nicholson and was struck that Venetian blinds was mentioned at the opening scene. Curly, one of the film characters started to eat the Venetian blinds as he agonised over his wife's infidelity. If you're a film buff, you'd see that venetian blinds are a fixture in most film noir-style movies. Apparently, the horizontal Venetian slats of window blinds lend itself as a versatile tool for the director. Window blinds in film noir create vivid shadows that can be add visual tension to the scene. It also creates an unstable or ambivalent mood which is often found in film noir themes. Others create a feeling of imprisonment. The light that streams through the window blinds also create a feeling of confinement for the protagonist. It also symbolises the protagonist's quest for the truth. Since window blinds only give a partial view of events, you are left to wonder along with the protagonist which of these characters are deceitful or treacherous. For those who are unfamiliar with film noir, film noir is a term used in Hollywood from the 1940s to the 1950s to describe the crime dramas that dominated the industry in this era. Film noir which means “black film” in French was first used by the renowned film critic Nino Frank. The plot of these dramas feature protagonists that may be a private eye, a police man, or an ordinary citizen caught within a situation of crime. Apparently, window blinds are a favourite of film noir directors which can be seen in these dramatic moments: In Fritz Lang’s “The Woman in the Window,” Edward G. Robinson’s character Professor Richard Wanley is seen with window blinds shadows cast on him as he lectures about his theories on crime. In the 1953 film “The Big Heat,” Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame’s electrifying chemistry is magnified with the use of window blinds. These two scenes magnify the atmosphere of deceit and half-concealed truths. Another famous shot of vertical blinds are in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing” where vertical blinds dominate the racetrack robbery conspirators, effectively conveying that these criminals are headed to prison. Vertical blinds are also featured in the famous scene between Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson, adding visual tension to this story of the alienation one feels in modern times. These moments may seem dark and ominous, but you don’t have to feel claustrophobic with today’s modernised window blinds. With Controliss remote controlled blinds all bursting with colour, you will definitely create a light-hearted mood for your home. If intensity and drama is what you’re going for, then feel free to find our blinds in black and white and shades of grey and metal.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with film, french, Venetian Blinds, window blinds

  • Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

    Posted on 22nd September 2010 by junowebdesign.

    When shopping for your window blinds, do you often wonder to choose Vertical blinds or horizontal (Venetian) blinds? The secret behind the answer to this dilemma is to find out your windows dimensions, the mechanism that opens and closes your windows, and your room's decoration style. The first thing to consider is the dimensions of your windows. If your windows are taller than they are wide and you operate your windows by raising and lowering them, then consider horizontal window blinds, such as our Controliss motorised venetian blinds or our motorised roller blinds. These fashionable window coverings will enhance your windows while making it cosy and relaxed. However, if your windows are tall and slides from side to side, you might want to consider using vertical blinds. The vertical slats will add height to your room and bring an air of formality and dignified beauty to your room. Aside from the windows’ mechanism and dimensions, you must also consider what your decorating style is. If your room is more modern or contemporary, the sleek lines of window blinds will create a unified look to your over-all design. What matters is to find the right fabric and texture that will merge with your decorative style. For example, if your room exudes a country charm, our Controliss wooden blinds will be a perfect match. Our suede vertical blinds will be right at home in a sophisticated room because of the opulent fabric. Deciding between vertical blinds or horizontal blinds is as easy as pie when you think about these three elements: dimension, operating mechanism, and style. Keep this in mind as you browse through our ranges.

    This Post was posted in Vertical Blinds and was tagged with design, home, venetian, vertical, windows

  • Five Ways to Use Your Motorised Blackout Roller Blinds

    Posted on 17th September 2010 by jenny.

    Motorised Roller Blinds

    We have launched our blackout roller blinds that completely block the sunlight from entering your home. Our blackout roller blinds are made from top-of-the-line fabric that ensures your room will have that night-time effect all day. Blackout roller blinds also give you complete privacy from prying eyes in rooms that are located in high-traffic areas. Blackout fabric is made of an opaque fabric. Laminate exterior layers sandwich an opaque layer to create blackout fabric. Because of this, our blackout fabric can control heat and light because light does not permeate this fabric. The opaque fabric also hides stains, dirt, and repairs. The wonderful thing with our Controliss blackout roller blind collection is that it comes in different shades and colours and even in bold stripes. Blackout shades can be used in the following situations: Nurseries and children’s bedrooms – Sleep is essential to growing babies and kids. Blackout shades can keep your little ones sleeping for longer, giving them a chance to grow and replenish their youthful energy. Bedrooms – If you’re working the night shift and need your eight-hour sleep during the day, blackout shades are perfect for your bedroom. You can also install these roller blinds in any bedroom especially in areas where the days are long and where bright sunshine often streams through the windows. Not only is sunshine kept out of the bedroom, moonlight, streetlights, and vehicle’s headlights are equal culprits that can steal a full night’s sleep. Keep these out from your bedroom and you’ll be sleeping soundly. Dark rooms – If you’re an artist who loves to develop film into black and white photographs, blackout shades allow you to create an instant dark room out of your studio. Home theatres – The ultimate home theatre can be made with blackout shades on your windows to keep the light out. Recreate that theatre feeling with our collection of blackout blinds. Yachts, lake houses, and beach houses – A waterside room can have amazing views of the water, but the light reflected in the water can be rather uncomfortable. This is where our window blinds come in, removing the glare made by the water. You can keep the light and heat out with roller blinds made from blackout fabric. What other inventive ways can you think of with these blackout shades?

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with bedroom, blackout, blinds, fabric, roller blinds, shades

  • Prepare Your Home for Autumn

    Posted on 16th September 2010 by jenny.

    Autumn Wood

    Autumn conjures up memories of the start of the school year, the ripening of blackberries and brambles and the turning of beech leaves. Just as the trees start to shed off their leaves in preparation for winter, we also start to make arrangements for cooler weather. We put on clothes that are warmer in texture and colour and women even change their makeup for autumn. So why don't you do the same thing to your home with the following autumn updating suggestions? - Paint a vertical wall with the warm and rich colours of autumn. - Add a rug made of sisal or wool to make your wooden or tiled floors less cold. Rug padding will create a luxurious feel even in the economical of rugs. - Update your window treatments by adding electronic window blinds to make your home more energy efficient. Our electronic window wood blinds can bring interesting wood textures on your windows for that autumn atmosphere. Our sheer vertical blinds will also adjust wonderfully to the change in light conditions of this season and draw in more illumination into your home. - Attach no-sew trims or fringes onto your window treatments for an effortless decorative solution to your windows. - Change your cotton pillowcases with needlepoint or tapestry pillow shams. - Put on new slipcovers on your sofa and chairs and keep a throw blanket within reach for those chillier afternoons. - Make over your lampshades and change them into white or cream, but keep a few lamps in patterned shades to bring in some interest into your lighting fixtures. - Bring flowers into your own home. If you find fresh-cut flowers too expensive, you can find faux flowers that will do just as nicely. - Keep your towels in three coordinating shades and display them prominently in your bathroom. - Ditch the white cotton sheets and place bed linens in autumn colours of gold, green, or taupe. Then, artfully toss a throw blanket for that extra warmth during colder nights. - Create an autumn centrepiece with apples, red or yellow leaves, fir cones, or conkers and conker shells. Place a few evergreen leaves for that touch of green and you’re set for this colourful season. Celebrate the change in seasons by trying out these autumn season home decorating suggestions. They can be inexpensive and you’ll appreciate the transition from summer to autumn more distinctly with these ideas.

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