Christmas

  • Christmas is almost here

    Posted on 20th December 2016 by admin.

    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.

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with automated, Christmas

  • Stay in control this Christmas

    Posted on 14th December 2016 by Michelle.

    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…

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with Christmas, control, Remote Control

  • Fancy something a bit different for Christmas?

    Posted on 20th December 2013 by Ben.

    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

    Waterproof 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.

    http://www.opulentitems.com/gifts/unusualgifts/waterproof-pooltable.html

    Fire Escape Shelves

    Fire Escape Wall Shelf

    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.

    http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=28366847

    Astronaut duvet set

    Astronaut Duvet

    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.

    https://www.snurkbeddengoed.nl/nl/product/astronaut-1

    Classic videogame table

    Arcane Arcade 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.

    http://www.firebox.com/product/5448/Arcane-Arcade-Table

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with arcane, Christmas, gifts, pool

  • Oh Christmas Tree!

    Posted on 19th December 2011 by Jules.

    Whilst I embrace the idea of the whole family participating in choosing the Christmas tree, and decorating it all together by the glow of the open fire; the reality in our house is very different! I see the Christmas tree as an extension of our homes Interior décor, why would I leave the decisions in terms of colour scheme and decoration to a seven year old? Not very festive I know, however, having followed a career in Interior Design for over fifteen years, I have a reputation to consider! I do try and decorate the tree whilst the children are otherwise engaged, or take the view that I should allow them a small amount of input, I can always reposition their bauble once they have left the room! By way of compensation, the children each have their own Christmas tree in their own bedrooms, far safer, away from public view where they can express their individuality to their hearts content! For those of you who take the whole business of decoration as seriously as I do, here’s how I go about decorating our tree. Initially I would suggest deciding on a colour scheme, ideally an extension of your existing interior scheme or possibly something that contrasts well with it. There are no hard and fast rules, sometimes it is nice to incorporate the latest ‘fashion shades’ but not if it is going to ‘fight’ with everything else you have. Christmas is a time for tradition (apart from external interference on the decoration front) the classic combinations of red and gold, black and gold, black and silver are always firm favourites. Just as in an interior scheme, if you opt to use more than 2 colours, then the proportions of those colours should be varied. For example if you choose, red, something like the rich red of our Oscuro Allure Roller blinds, Oscuro Midnight and brand new Oscuro Golden Toffee Roller blind fabric; then you would want perhaps 60% red, 25% gold and 15% black. Having decided on your colour scheme, accumulate your decorations from a variety of sources, so that they are not all the same, adding interest to the finished result. Think outside the box, it is possible to utilize materials as garlands from non-related sources, as Christmas decorations. For example floristry ribbons, rolls of organza as well as the usual tinsel have been used in our house previously, or even builders hessian tape when I was going through my contemporary rustic phase! In terms of illumination, you should have plenty of lights on the tree. As a guide there should be roughly 100 mini lights per foot of tree. The lights should go on before any other decoration, taking care to distribute them evenly through the branches. I opt for white lights, but as long as lights of a single colour are used, the effect remains sophisticated. Following the lighting, should be the garland, this should overlay the lighting cable where possible. For something different try using the garlands vertically rather than horizontally. If you are using ribbon, twist it as you move downwards with it, starting from the top. Next lay out the baubles you have in terms of colour and size. The larger baubles should be used at the bottom of the tree, with smaller ones closer to the top. You may like to cluster the baubles or distribute them evenly. If you would like to try something completely different, then having baubles of the same colour in varying shades creates a great effect if you fade the baubles from the lightest version of the colour at the top to the darkest version at the bottom. An example of this colour fade can be seen within our new collection of Controliss blackout Roller blinds; from the deepest Oscuro Artisan, through Country Tweed, Yellow Ochre, Acorn, Sunburst and Pyramid to the lightest Golden Toffee! A cost effective way to create impact, is to wire 3 or 5 smaller, less expensive baubles together (odd numbers work best). Loop some fuse wire, or floristry wire through the existing loops of the baubles, at different heights to create a cluster effect. On occasion I have not used any baubles at all, but have made oversized bows with metallic floristry ribbon and graduated the sizes from top to bottom. Inserting metallic spray painted wicker decorations within a theme, be it bells, angels, reindeer or even shoes, can also work well. Once the tree is beautifully decorated, the colour scheme can be extended to your gift-wrap and ribbons for a totally designer look. A few years ago, I wrapped all of the presents in brown paper, and colour coded them according to recipient with different coloured ribbons! A step too far you may think, but Christmas is about fun after all, so express yourself and create your own designer Christmas tree. If you are really lucky you might just find a beautiful Controliss remote control blind under the Tree for you!

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with black, blackout, blinds, Christmas, controliss, gold, interior design, red, Remote Control, roller, roller blinds, Tree

  • Christmas is Coming!

    Posted on 12th December 2011 by Jules.

    13 DAYS TO GO….. With only 13 days left before Christmas, time is getting very short for Christmas shopping, tempers are getting short, feet are getting sore and wallets are becoming lighter! So before its too late, why not shop on-line? Although our order books are heavy, Controliss Blinds are miraculously still offering a made to measure remote control blind service, with FREE delivery in time for Christmas! This offer is only available until 5pm tomorrow, 13th December 2011; so if you would like the luxurious experience of motorised blinds in your home for Christmas, delay no longer! Our revitalized website was launched last week, showcasing lots of fabulous new collections, put together by my good self! We are now offering superb motorised curtain tracks, capable of spanning 10 metres; which as an Interior Designer, I appreciate how special this facility is! We have a fully stocked Somfy Shop, for all of your gadgets; intelligent hand held remote controls, wireless wall mounted switches with interchangeable face plates! In fact everything you might need to accompany a Controliss blind, whether it is battery powered or 240V, either as a stocking filler or an extra special treat! The Controliss customer service team are fully experienced and are always on hand to help with your fabric choices, and any queries you may have with measuring. When your new blinds arrive, if you need a little extra help there is no need to stress, our technical support team can guide you through installation and programming, so all that is left for you to do: is relax! Sit back and enjoy the beautiful, whisper quiet motion of a Controliss remote control blind. Having told you how we can improve your festive experience and relieve your stress, our tech support are currently still working on an effective cure for indigestion!!

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with Christmas, controliss, interior design, motorised, remote control blinds, somfy

  • All I Want for Christmas Is a Kitchen

    Posted on 30th November 2011 by Jules.

    I can confirm that I am firmly in denial!  Having been presented with a "Chrismas Wish List" by my 7 year old yesterday, I slipped in to panic mode, realising that the big day is only 4 weeks away!!  I haven't done a thing, which is not unusual for me; favouring a 'last minute rush' each year!  I couldn't decide whether the 'wish list' was incredibly cutesy or really manipulative.  After each item, in brackets appeared "only if you have enough money" and then the very last item was "Keep my family happy" in brackets ("the main thing").  Well, needless to say whatever the motivation, mission accomplished! In addition to not doing any Christmas shopping, at the moment of speaking we don't have a kitchen to cook Christmas lunch in! Christmas is traditionally a time when people try and get projects completed, so that the fruits of their labour can be enjoyed at leisure over the festive season; hopefully our kitchen will be one of these projects!  At Controliss Blinds we are extremely busy keeping up with Christmas demand for our motorised blinds; our order books are high for both 240V electric blinds and battery powered blinds. We have some exciting new fabrics ready to come online in the next few weeks, and as the 'In- house designer" at Controliss, I have had the delightful task of putting the collections together. We have some fantastic, inspirational contemporary fabrics alongside superb, opulent classics ranges.  We have a new designer Visio-lux range, of cosmopolitan screen fabrics (which incidentally I have chosen for my own kitchen!), these fabrics look incredibly stylish and diffuse the light, providing privacy without blocking the light completely. I can't wait to enjoy the experience of mains powered remote control blinds in my own kitchen.  The former stable block has become the kitchen in our barn conversion, so we have a series of windows along one elevation, so the motorised blinds are perfect as we can program them to operate as a complete group, moving up and down simultaneously, at specified times, how impressive? We have chosen some fairly high-tech appliances from Siemens, incorporating s Steam Oven alongside 2 conventional and a microwave. I figured if it is good enough for Kelly Hoppen then it is good enough for us! Adding to the touch control technology of our motorised blinds, is the sleek De Dietrich Downdraft Extractor which rises majestically from the island worksurface at the mere touch of a button! Obviously I shall only be able to impress my guests with my fabulous new blinds if I have an equally impressive kitchen installed, so fingers crossed!!

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with battery, blinds, Christmas, contemporary, control, design, electric, interior design, kitchen, remote

  • Prepare for Christmas with a Dining Room Revamp

    Posted on 3rd November 2010 by Lee.

    The Christmas and new year holidays are just around the corner so this is the perfect time to get your dining room renovated in time for your holiday guests. With just around six weeks until Christmas, the clock is ticking for any interior revamps. Some of you may be party hosting pros with many years of successful dinner parties tucked in your belt. Others may be planning their first Christmas dining extravaganza for the first time. Perhaps you want to ditch the holiday tradition of spending this festive season without the hassle of guests, but you'd like to give yourself a treat and refurbish your dining room. Whatever your motivations for your renovation, here are a few suggestions from Controliss. Your dining table is the focal point of your dining room and a functional one at that. If your space is smallish, consider extendable dining tables which could accommodate extra guests who decide to drop by unannounced and greet you "Merry Christmas." If your dining area will not accomodate the larger exteble tables, you can choose a round dining table that can seat more guests without taking up too much space plus its cosiness guarantees warm and intimate dinner conversations. Aside from the dining table, grab some new dinner chairs that will keep your guests seated comfortably until well after dessert. For the chairs, you can opt for matching chairs to project a clean organised look. But the trend these days is to mix and match different chairs to add interest in your dining room. For example, a bright red chair with a wooden table will be a magnificent combination that will give your dining room a trendy atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, lighting must be considered because it can make or break your dining room look. Consider having a main light source that could be adjusted by a dimmer to alter the room’s mood. Decorate your windows with our Controliss electric blinds and you can adjust the lighting of the room without leaving your seat at the head of the table. You can tilt the louvres of our electric blinds to get the exact lighting you need for the occasion. Another lighting trick is to have candles ready to set an elegant mood. You can either have antique candle holders or tea lights running the whole length of your table. It’s really up to you which will work best with your interior decorating style. Lastly, take a look at your tableware and see if these important accessories need an update. Plain white tableware can make any food look enticing. Consider looking for decorative plates that could be added to your white china to spruce up your dining table setting. After you have completed your renovation project in your dining room table, it’s time to plan your menu. In this way, you’ll not only impress your guests with your interior decorating skills but with your cooking as well.

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with Christmas, decorating, dining, DIY, guests, home, interior, room

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