Have you been working your way through an advent calendar in the lead-up to Christmas? Whether opening the windows of your own calendar or helping children with their’s, it’s a long-standing tradition to uncover treats or delightful winter scenes that raises the Christmas spirit and warms the heart.
Advent is a version of a Latin word meaning ‘coming’, symbolising the expectant waiting for Christmas Day.
Well, even though there’s yet to be a dusting of 'the white stuff’ outside, which window in your home affords you your favourite view? Do you have a beautiful scene which waits for an enchanting reveal each morning? Is there a view from one of your windows which you long to see at different times of the year?
Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds can turn that reveal into a true performance and create a spectacle in any room.
With or without a stunning view, electric blinds add a sophisticated way to control the light, shade, colour and atmosphere of any room and can be fully integrated into leading home automation systems.
So, why not forego any further waiting and treat yourself and your home to an elegant and practical electric blind solution from Controliss blinds.
When we think of Christmas, the list of things to prepare for seems longer every year. There are so many tasks that need careful planning and control at the start of the festive season.
Keeping control of Christmas can be a battle for us all. Shuffling the diary with visits from family and friends, controlling the spending on gifts and even maintaining perfect control of the oven to get the turkey just right.
One thing we can’t control of course is the weather. We all dream of a beautiful white vista when we first take a look out of the window on Christmas day, but in recent years, the majority of us have not been so lucky.
Whatever the weather does this Christmas, with a Controliss automated blind, the grey gloom can be easily shut away at the touch of a button, or, fingers crossed a sparkling white snowscape will be revealed when your remote control blinds are raised to see the world on the 25th.
Here’s hoping the ‘up’ button presents a stunning start to a wonderful Christmas in your home this year and everything else is kept well under control…
Temperatures have soared over the last few days, and although the UK has recorded its hottest day so far this year, the sunshine doesn’t always bring a smile to everyone face.
By day we can treat ourselves an ice cream to cool our souls, Jublee’s and funny feet were always my favourite as a child, although nowadays I am all about the magnum!
Cooling off by splashing cool water on the face and increasing our fluids are all well and good throughout the day, but the nights can be unbearable.
Top tips for keeping you cool during the night
Take a cool bath or shower prior to slumber Cotton bedding is a must, nylon and polyester will only add to the heat ensuring a restless night Ceiling or mounted fans can help circulate the air A glass of water by the bed to replenish the fluids should you wake
Preventing solar heat gain through glazed areas is an absolute must so whilst out at work during the day try to keep window blinds lowered or curtains drawn in all the rooms that catch the sun. In the evenings, opening doors and windows to keep the house ventilated will always help keep the temperatures down.
Large glass expanses such as bi-fold, patio or sliding doors allow in the beautiful sunshine, but with that comes the heat. Dressing these larger glass areas with Controliss Visio-Lux diffusion screen electric roller blinds are a great way to compliment the decor, lowering the heat levels, preventing excessive glare and preventing the furniture from being damaged by the suns harmful UV rays whilst still allowing some light to gently filter through.
Controliss blinds are a great way of reducing solar heat gain by employing cost effective prevention measures for south facing windows and doors and not only will they look sleek, chic and the envy of your neighbours, but they will also be worth their weight in gold when it comes to protecting furnishings from being sun bleached.
Got some last minute Christmas shopping to do and you’re desperate for ideas? Here’s a few clever options that will give you something to talk about around the Christmas tree:
The water-proof pool table
If you’ve ever been lounging in your pool and thought how great it would be to play a game of pool then this waterproof pool table is aimed squarely at you. It’s fully weatherproof, so you can leave it out all year round and, at $6,500, you probably don’t have to worry about spilling your drink on the baize either.
Fire Escape Shelves
These cool Fire Escape shelves from Urban Outfitter’s US webstore bring an iconic feature of countless American apartment blocks and cop shows to your home. Though they might not be the most practical of shelves they are great to look at and are a unique reminder of your time stateside.
Astronaut duvet set
If space is a problem in your home then you’ll the right equipment for exploring it. This brilliant duvet and pillow set from Dutch designers Snurk comes in both single and double sizes so big and little kids can both indulge their dreams of being an astronaut.
Classic videogame table
The Arcane Arcade Table takes it’s inspiration from old videogame tables that were briefly popular back in the Eighties, so you’ve always got somewhere to rest your drink while you’re playing. The Arcane table updates it with a simple, stylish cabinet and over 100 classic 8-bit videogames, including Bubble Bobble and Dungeon Crawl.
In New York October has been all about Banksy. The mysterious street artist from Bristol staged a month-long residency in the city entitled ‘Better Out than In’, which has seen him reveal a new work every day of the month. But to say his art has been met with a mixed response would be an understatement. Despite being condemned by Mayor Bloomberg and reportedly targeted by the NYPD it is actually aggrieved graffiti artists and property owners that have been Banksy’s biggest headaches. The result has seen many examples of his work, valued at around £20,000 each, be defaced, cleaned off or removed for sale within hours of them being revealed.
On the plus side many of the artworks have also drawn big crowds to areas of the city not often associated with the typical tourist trail and significantly raised the artist’s profile in the US. Among many examples of street art his stand out New York work have been installation pieces. These included an abattoir truck circling the Meat Packing District containing stuffed toy animals and a Grim Reaper wildly riding a dodgem car to the tune of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’. But perhaps the biggest surprise of his residency came earlier in the month when Banksy set up a stall selling genuine, signed canvases of his work for $60 each. Throughout the day only five people actually bought pictures, including one man who bought four pictures to help decorate his new apartment. For just $240 he managed to walk away with over $80,000 worth of art. Find out more about Banksy’s New York residency here: http://www.banksyny.com/
From this month the V&A are celebrating the explosion of pop culture, fashion and music that came out of the London club scene in the 1980s. A showcase of more than 85 outfits illustrates how a few experimental young designers, including Katharine Hamnett and John Galliano, defined the style of a decade and launched successful careers. Where: V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL When: Now until 16th February 2014 The exhibition follows the different subgroups that developed on the vibrant club scene and influenced a new generation of designers bridging the gap between high fashion and high street. It celebrates iconic movements like the New Romantics and Goths with displays of outfits worn by leading lights of the club scene like Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery. Find out more: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-from-club-to-catwalk-london-fashion-in-the-80s/
This Post was posted in General Posts on 24th July 2013.
Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to install a brilliant optical illusion that makes everyone look like Spider-Man. Using a former bomb site in East London Erlich has erected a huge wall of mirrors at a 45-degree angle over a life-sized horizontal reproduction of a Victorian terraced house. Entitled Dalston House, visitors are encouraged to ‘climb’ around the installation making it appear as though they are defying gravity. The installation is free to visit and is open until 4th August. Find out more: http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=14756
It’s the Glastonbury Festival this weekend so the British Summer of music festivals is officially in full swing. But it doesn’t always have to be about the music. Coming up this summer are a couple of alternative festivals that mix music with a spot of culture. Latitude Festival Where: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk When: 19th to 21st July
To the untrained eye the Latitude Festival, now in its eighth year, looks like a conventional music festival with names like Bloc Party and Foals topping the bill. But this family friendly festival is a much bigger melting pot of arts and culture with multiple stages and tents hosting full schedules of comedy, theatre, dance and literary events across the festival site. It’s possible, if you so desire, to visit Latitude and never see a musical note played, although you’ll be missing the point as the real pleasure of Latitude is the opportunity to dip in and out shows from obscure acts as well as big names. The highlight must surely be German techo geniuses Kraftwerk headlining the main stage on Saturday night with a 3D extravaganza. Find out more: http://www.latitudefestival.com/ Vintage Festival Where: Glasgow When: 27th to 28th July
The brainchild of designer Wayne Hemingway the first festival was created in 2007 to celebrate the rich heritage of British creativity. It plunders every field of creativity and culture such as music, fashion, art, design, film and even food from the 1920s all the way up to the 1980s. It will showcase how style through the years has influenced modern design while also celebrating the revival of retro and vintage design. It’s unlikely you’ll find another festival this year where you can learn hair and beauty tips from specific decades of the 20th Century and enjoy ‘Make do and Mend’ workshops. Find out more: http://www.vintagefestival.co.uk/
If you’re planning your holidays this summer and want a helpful guide with a difference chances are Herb Lester has just the thing. In an ever-expanding library of maps Herb takes a quirky look at some of the world’s biggest and best cities and renders them in a beautiful retro style.
Much of his work would look just as nice in a frame as it is useful in navigating destinations like Paris, Madrid, London and New York. Plus they promise to make you look at even the most familiar places in a different light with each map taking a different subject to focus on.
Writing Manhattan takes you on a tour of New York’s literary landmarks associated with certain authors or that actually appear in their books. The Look of London will guide you to some of the most influential fashion hotspots in the capital while At Your Service: London’s Specialist Suppliers may well prove invaluable in tracking down the unique and obscure for your wardrobe or home.
To find out more visit Herb’s shop at: http://www.herblester.com/
Last week Microsoft announced its latest games console designed to take on Sony’s forthcoming PS4 and reign supreme over the world’s gaming market. The company’s third entry into its increasingly popular console range is, confusingly, called the Xbox One as Microsoft thinks from now one this is the only black box you’ll need under your TV.
It is an impressive machine, not only playing games but letting you watch DVDs, live TV, listen to music, make Skype calls and much more. A new feature is voice recognition so you can wake it up, load a game or change channel without lifting a finger. Each console also comes with a Kinect sensor for gesture control and motion capture, a Blu-ray drive and a 500GB hard drive. However, concerns have been raised about the need for it to always be online so games can be played and the fact that Xbox 360 games won’t be compatible with the new console. The shift to becoming an all-in-one entertainment centre was inevitable – the PS3 had led the way in many of these areas – and takes Microsoft into the same markets as GoogleTV and Apple TV. But many games fans remain worried about the change in focus. Although nothing has been confirmed it is thought that the Xbox One will be out at the end of the year and will be priced around about £400-£500. Expect more details to come out at the E3 consumer electronics show in June.