Archive for March, 2015

Spring Flowers For Your Home

Monday, March 30th, 2015

‘Tis the season for spring flowers. With the long Easter weekend just around the corner, we invited professional Cheshire florist, Hayley Cowell from Hayley’s Flower Studio, to exclusively share her top tips to creating pretty posies with spring flowers that will last.

Tulips

Tulips
Image via TexasEagle

Tulips are my favourite spring flowers that look simply beautiful in a vase. An old wives tale is that if you put either lemonade or bleach in the vase where you are displaying the flowers it will prolong their life. The truth is nothing beats keeping the water clean and regularly feeding the flowers with flower food. We also cut the tulip stems an inch shorter than the vase as Tulips will always grow throughout their life span and this will ensure they will continue to look great for the maximum time span.

Iris

Iris
Image via Lorises

Iris takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colours found among the many species. At Hayley’s Flower Studio we use Iris in lots of our designs as they have a great colour and texture. Iris are commonly available in white with a yellow fleck or blue with a yellow fleck. If you hold the neck between your thumb and index finger and gently flick the bottom of the head with your other index finger this will encourage the flower to open.

Hyacinth

hyacinth
Image via Brillianthues

Hyacinths are another spring favourite as they create a lovely smell through our flower studio. They are great to use in your living room as once inside a warm room their scent is really accentuated. Hyacinths are available in a wide variety of vibrant colours and bring colour to many special occasions. We use a lot of the white hyacinths in our spring wedding designs. Hyacinths can be bought as cut flowers, or in a bulb form which will stand the cold weather outdoors. They do have sappy stems so some people may find that this will affect their skin, wearing gloves when handling hyacinths is advisable.

Daffodils

Daffodils
Image via Vince Alongi

Daffodils are probably the most classic spring flower that can be purchased and because of their price they offer great value because they are so simple to display. Daffodils are grown from a bulb and seeds and once cut they have a hollow stem. This hollow stem contains a toxic sap and for that reason daffodils should not be kept in the vase with other plants as the sap is harmful to them. Daffodils are the flower of March and symbol of 10th wedding Anniversary. Paper whites and Sol’s both have a scent to them and can be purchased in a mix of yellow, white and orange tones.

We hope these tips bring spring flowers to your window sill and help you enjoy them for longer this Easter.

You can connect with Hayley’s Flower Studio​ in the following places:
• Website:  www.hayleysflowerstudio.co.uk
• Facebook: Hayley’s Flower Studio​
• Twitter:  @hflowerstudio

Top tips for children sleeping after British Summer Time clock change

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

We have a guest blogger today sharing her top tips for helping children settle at night after the clocks change. Sunny, bright evenings can mean excitable children and in Amy’s case, it is sometimes only bedtime when it is dark.

Losing an hours sleep when the clocks go forward this weekend is not the most welcome idea to me, but, it does mean that the usual wake up time will be an hour later. (for one day)

The biggest bedtime issue for me and many other parents is the lighter evenings, a couple of my children believe that it isn’t bedtime until it is dark………if that is the case, it will be a very long summer.

I thought I’d share a couple of tips that have worked for me with my five children, each child is different, and my middle daughter is deaf, so helping her understand how to relax, ready for sleep with the sun still up was important.

  1. Routine – Yep, everyone goes on about it, but it is the most useful tool to help children feel confident and relaxed about bedtime. I still read a bedtime story to all mine and my eldest is ten this year, it’s a great time to get together and end the day as a family.
  2. Wind down time – As the children have got older, they have their own “wind down” time whilst in bed. This time is to read, to write, or quietly play. Hopefully this will encourage them to make their own routine to get to sleep after I have said goodnight. I set a time and when that time is up, it is light’s out.
  3. But the sun is up mummy! – Yes the sun is still up, but it is time for bed. Try to remind your children of how much they can enjoy the lighter evenings in the summer holidays, but whilst at school, they still need their sleep to grown and learn. If they are in primary school, spend a bit of time explaining why the sun stays up longer, a quick google search together and
  4. Night time comfort- The previous points were not enough for my middle daughter, she needed more reassurance to settle to sleep, the quiet of the night was scary for her and she would often wake up disorientated and upset. Nightlights are a great way to help with comfort through the night, also a favourite toy to cuddle up with, she still wakes up even at seven years old, but she is more confident to settle to sleep on her own.
  5. Blackout blinds- I use these in my younger children’s bedrooms and they certainly make a difference to the sleeping environment. They are a great investment not only for helping to set the mood for peaceful sleep but also help to reduce the very early wake ups as the sun begins to rise earlier and earlier.
  6. Early waking – One of my children was nicknamed “the rooster” due to being awake at the crack of dawn. I’d love to share a magic trick of how to avoid this scenario, but, apart from using blackout blinds as mentioned above, in my experience, my daughter hasn’t changed much as she has got older. I have managed to explain, as she has got older, that we are quiet before 7am and that does work, and she will read and play in her room. I believe that it can be explained from 4/5 years onwards. Younger children and babies often wake up early for needs such as hunger and full nappies so should not be ignored. Don’t forget some children are just natural early risers like many adults are.

I hope these have been useful and if you have any tips of your own please feel free to share. I wish you all restful nights and relaxed children……we can all dream.

 

 

Blooming marvelous spring blinds

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Spring Fresh Florals

Spring is the season to revive the home with a fresh new look and with our gorgeous range of floral blinds a Spring interior revamp has never been easier.

Bright, fresh and beautifully botanical, our stunning range of floral prints are bang-on-trend for 2015.

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Encompassing dense delicate prints, bold mossy blooms and leaf motifs, green is a key colour for 2015 and florals are the perfect way to bring the great outdoors into the home for a fresh natural look.

For more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters visits www.apollo-blinds.co.uk

 

Win A Beautiful Spring Floral Bouquet

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

As the clocks spring forward an hour and the evenings become lighter and longer what better way to celebrate than with a beautiful bouquet on your windowsill.

Spring Flower Giveaway

We’re giving Apollo Blinds blog readers the opportunity to win a beautiful bouquet from the Appleyard London seasonal collection. Beautiful spring colour ways, blooms and scents – the perfect way to say hello to British Summertime.

It’s easy to enter, for your chance to win, simply connect with us on our social platforms.

Competition will close at midnight on Sunday 29th March 2015. We’ll contact the lucky winner by email to organise delivery and the winner will be announced here and shared on our social platforms. Good luck!

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With thanks to the following websites for listing & featuring this competition:

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March into March with Spring Window Inspiration

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Bouquets can help dress any window and bring the outside indoors. Adding colour to your window can be as easy as collecting flowers from the garden and popping them into a vase. But what happens when you don’t have a vase, our spring inspiration Pinterest board should help invigorate that unused bottle or vintage jug in your kitchen cupboards.

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Glass bulbs from “8 Genuis Home Decor Hacks”

Glass Bottles from blog.giallozafferano.it

Vintage jugs from Sanna & Sania

Visit our Pinterest page for more Spring inspiration