Archive for June, 2015

Photography Competition – #MyApolloView

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

It seems the #MyApolloView competition has really captured your imagination and inspired some beautiful photography.  Our news feeds have been inundated with breath-taking and heart-warming views from across the globe.

From cute kittens to summer getaways, we’ve really enjoyed seeing a window into your world.  And we want to see more, so we’ve picked out a few of our favourites (so far) as inspiration.

@kevinsmith105 sent us this beautiful picture of his children via Twitter.  We’re not sure how anyone else fits in the bed but it’s a super cute view to wake up to.

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This sleepy kitten, sent to us via Instagram, looks so snuggly.

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You’ve really showcased what a beautiful country we live in.  The sunset in Newquay could rival anywhere in the world.

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And what about this view of the beach at Whitby? A place that, we are sure, holds very special memories for @SLStevo.

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@DLHidderley sent us this gorgeous view of a bandstand at the local park.

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We love this shot of a snowy Central Park in New York.

 

 

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And this picture from @mrsbagnall2b of a 93-year old lady meeting her newborn great-grandson is just beautiful.

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There’s still time to enter our fabulous competition. So send us your views now to be in with a chance of winning a weekend away at Carden Park Hotel and Spa in Chester.  We’ll also print your image onto an Apollo digi blind so you can enjoy it all year round.

Remember, your view can be anything that makes you smile.  It can be what you see from your window or a glimpse into your home; a picture of your favourite countryside vista or a holiday snap taken beachside; it might even be a nostalgic view that is special to you, or just something or someone you look forward to seeing. Your entry could be a person/pet as well as a place. The choice is yours!

Simply share your photo(s) with us via our Facebook page or Twitter profile @ApolloBlindsHQ using the hashtag #MyApolloView and our clever Tagboard will capture all the entries (to be entered your entry must be posted with the words #MyApolloView).

Find out more about the prize and how to enter here.

 

 

 

Apollo Blinds’ top trend tips for 2015

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Apollo Blinds’ top trend tips for 2015 include a fresh take on florals, muted pastel tones and watercolours, plus some updates on existing looks to evolve window treatments in 2015.

2015’s Colours

Dulux and Pantone’s colours of the year are quite similar, and in fact could both be worked nicely into the same room scheme, with Dulux opting for Copper Blush – a dark pinkie shade that looks fabulous with mustard tones, woods and metallics, especially copper – and Pantone predicting a stronger richer pinkie/red-based shade in its Marsala colour reference.

 

 

Indulgent greens for this year are Aquamarine, pantone’s Lucite Green and Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green. Aquamarine is a fabulous colour for our homes, evoking thoughts of soothing tropical waters and its ability to co-ordinate with other popular 2015 colours.

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Plus look out for moreish custard yellow and toasted almond.

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The Birds, The Butterfly’s & The Bees

In 2015 the nature theme will continue from 2014’s obsession with birds, bees, critters and all things nature!

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Classic Blue And White Bone China-inspired Fabrics

The classic combo of blue and white is interpreted across wallpapers, bedding and lamp shades. Designs range from traditional Chinese patterns and bold blooms to geometrics and cool circles. Think cobalt blues and denims, associated with vintage crockery and antique dinnerware, for this look.

 

 

Homespun Gets Even Bolder In 2015

Heavy textiles – such as rich weaved tapestries and hand died finishes – in bold graphic designs, printed in bright colours will deliver an instant update to living spaces; evolving the homespun folk and tribal theme for 2015

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Add a Touch of Bling to Neutral Rooms

This trend adds a new dimension to a neutral scheme and is ideal for those who follow more minimalist codes. Create calming sanctuaries and escapes with clean lines and neutral hues, but inject crystals, gems, metallics and shiny skin effect fabrics, as well as subtle tones to stark white, to update the home for 2015.

 

 

Muted Pastels

2015 sees an update on the sugary sweet candy colours of previous years to a more complex, dusky and rich colour palette. Colours within this trend are soft sage / leaf green, muted pale blue and palma violet.

 

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on trends. Please get in touch with us via our Facebook page with any ideas or pictures.

New Product Round Up

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

We’re always innovating here at Apollo Blinds. Two new-to-market products we’ve launched recently include Intu Micro blinds and Bespoke Wood Blindsmicro 1 copy micro 2 copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bi-fold and tri-fold doors are on the property wishlist for many perspective buyers and are fitted to nearly a third of all ground floor refurb projects at the rear of a house.

Their popularity is largely down to their ability to connect rooms seamlessly to outdoor living spaces and to allow light to flood into the home.

Apollo’s new range of made-to-measure Intu Micro blinds are tailored to deliver the final, practical touch to a bi-fold door investment.

The new Intu Micro blind offers a clean fitting solution for light control and privacy into the home. The system sits in the door frame, not the recess of the door area, so when doors are open and in a concertina format the blind is attached to the door – delivering a neat look and the fact that they are held under tension prevents blinds flapping around in the wind.

The snug fit also reduces drafts and minimises light gaps. To raise or lower blinds simply move the bottom rail up or down. Safe by design, safety features are integral to the blinds – no free hanging looped cords.

The Micro range follows the popularity of Apollo Blinds’ Intu system for conventional windows and conservatories.

There are two colours for the Intu Micro hardware to match the most popular colour of door frames offered by the main bi-fold door manufacturers. Then homeowners can choose from a selection of SIX Micro pleated fabrics to compliment a room’s décor – from white through neutrals to black all with a pearlescent coating on the back to reflect as much heat and light as possible.

Bespoke Wood Collection

Wood venetian blinds remain one of the most popular choices of window blinds in UK homes, delivering a timeless, classic look to compliment a wide range of interior decors.

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Apollo’s new Bespoke Wood Collection offer more options than ever; totally made to order to homeowner’s exacting requirements, the combinations in terms of slat colours are almost endless, plus they will fit unusual sized windows too.

It includes 100 colour options, incorporating exciting block colour variations new to the UK, available in a choice of four slat widths, colour co-ordinating or contrasting tapes and a brushed aluminium valance.

For either creating a timeless look in a classic styled room, or adding to a sleek modern ambiance, wooden blinds impress from the moment they are installed.

NEW venetian blind trend: Colour blocking

Enjoy a classic venetian blind look with a modern twist achieved with a standout stripe – providing a pop of colour to match a statement wall or home accessories. Add another dimension with coloured tapes too!

From brilliant blues in the games room or perfect pinks in the office, there are one hundred colour options to choose from to match the style and colour of any home.

Coloured tapes add extra personalisation to the bespoke wooden blinds. The tape colour can match the statement stripe or offer its own colour pop on a neutral white gloss or natural wood stain finish.

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Self-closing toilet seat tops women’s wish list, while men would rather motorise the sofa

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

When it comes to dreaming up motorised household gadgets and gizmos, women want practical things like an automated toilet seat and motorised wheelie bins to help with daily chores, while men just want to maximise their relaxation time by adding a motor to the sofa.

Most men would motorise their chair or couch to whizz them to and from the kitchen or toilet in comfort. The second most popular automated accessory in men’s homes would be a remote control beer fridge. This was followed by a remote control for operating wheelie bins and the dreaded task of putting them out on bin day.

Women, on the other hand, appear to be much more practically minded. They want to motorise things that will help them with the domestic chores. The most popular item was the toilet seat that closes automatically when it’s been left up for more than 10 minutes. Women would also like to be able to automate bed making – with a mechanism to straighten bed clothes daily. Third most popular on the women’s list was a cot rocker.

 

The Top Five Things Men Would Motorise

  1. Chair/couch
  2. Beer fridge
  3. Remote control wheelie bin
  4. Window blinds
  5. Garden weeder – no more kneeling

The Top Five Things Women Would Motorise

  1. Toilet lid shutter/flusher/cleaner
  2. Motorised duvet and sheet straightener
  3. Pram or cot rocker
  4. Dishwasher emptier
  5. Wheelie bins/recycling – moving them outside the house when it’s bin day

 

Mike Stephen said: “The findings on what to motorise also support our research into the current gender split regarding housework.

“In our 2015 study, of more than 1000 UK households, we found that women are still doing more housework than their spouses or male counterparts.”

When asked how long they spent a week doing household jobs like cleaning, laundry, cooking, tidying rooms (excluding childcare) the average for women was a massive 16.5 hours per week.

The largest proportion of domestic time was spent on laundry. Around 6 hours a week is spent loading, unloading, ironing and putting clothes away. Second was ‘cleaning’ rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens and dusting where we spend around 3 hours a week cleaning; this was followed by cooking, just under 3 hours. Also in the top five were grocery shopping and changing beds.

Men on the other hand said that they estimated that they spend just a meager 6 hours doing domestic chores. When asked to list what domestic chores men typically do the top 5 most popular jobs they do were:

Putting the bins out

Mowing the lawn

Ironing

Loading and unloading the dishwasher

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Very few were responsible for cleaning bathrooms, with just 6% including this in their regular jobs.

Mike Stephen added: “When we delved deeper into who typically does what inside UK households it was clearer as to why women want to motorise toilet seats as it’s women who generally clean the bathroom. Both men and women want to automate the wheelie bin as this appeared to be a more shared job among married and co-habiting men and women.”

The survey was carried out by www.apollo-blinds.co.uk