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Ten Ways to Keep Your Home Safe Whilst You’re On Holiday

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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It’s the time of year where we jet off to far-away places and escape the worries of day-to-day life. The safety of your house should be the last thing on your mind as you relax by the pool, so made-to-measure blinds specialist Apollo Blinds has put together its top tips on how you can keep your home safe whilst you’re on holiday.

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1) Don’t Broadcast

Be honest. Would you trust everyone on your social media feed with your most valuable possessions?

We all want to share our holiday snaps but if you want to protect your home when you’re abroad then keep the social media posts of you on the beach to a minimum.

Once you have published something on social media, it is in the public domain, meaning you no longer have control over who sees it. Try to resist checking into the airport or hotel with Facebook or flooding your news feed with excited status updates about when you are leaving the country. If you must share then keep it vague and don’t give away details of your travel dates, where you are going or how long you will be away.

And whilst you’re being careful in the virtual world, it’s also an idea to watch where and who you talk to about your trip in the real world. You never know who is listening so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2) Install Window Blinds

According to the Metropolitan Police, windows are one of the most common entry and exit routes for burglars, as well as being a showcase for your valuables. Fitting window blinds is a cheap and easy way to add an extra layer of defence to your home, especially if they are made of a noisy material like aluminium that could help to raise an alarm. Venetian blinds, made up of numerous wooden slats held together with cords or tapes, are also easy to become tangled in when trying to get through a window. Just the sight of a noisy venetian blind can be enough to put off an opportunistic burglar.

“Blinds can be a great home security hack” – Apollo’s Mike Stephen explains how drawing your blinds can be a simple way to deter intruders.

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3) Add A Motor

Mostly security is just common sense but there are gadgets available that can help to make your house looked lived in, giving the impression that somebody is home even when it is empty.  If you really want to ramp up the security, then add a motor to your blinds. Apollo Blind’s Somfy® automation systems allow motors to be controlled via a timer or light sensor meaning they can open and close dependent upon the time of day.

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4) Fit A Good Burglar Alarm

Protecting your home is all about making life harder for criminals; if they spy a potential obstacle it could be enough to make them move on to the next (easier) target.  A good burglar alarm is an investment in the safety of your home and family, even if it may seem like a lot of money initially.

There are different types of alarm to choose from including, bells only, speech diallers, wireless and non-wireless, so do your research before you commit to paying any money. Always buy from a reputable and use an installer that is affiliated to an inspectorate, such as National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security System and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).  For more information on comparing burglar alarms see the Which? website.

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5) And Use It

It’s surprising how many people have burglar alarms but don’t use them.  Did you know that some household insurers won’t pay out if you have a burglar alarm fitted that’s not been set?  They see this as failing to take reasonable steps to protect your property, so make sure you’re covered and set the alarm before you jet off!

6) Check, Check And Check Again

Sometimes it pays to be paranoid.  It sounds so simple but open or unlocked windows and doors are an invitation to burglars. Check and double check that you have shut all of your doors and windows before you leave the house.  If you are leaving in the middle of the night, do it the night before when you are less likely to miss something.   Studies have also shown that burglars are more likely to break into your house if the front gate is open, so don’t forget this vital detail.

7) You’ve Got Mail

There’s no better way to signify that a house is empty than a growing pile of unopened post behind the front door.  Cancel any regular deliveries and don’t order anything to come whilst you are away. Ask a friend or relative to call in and pick up your mail or use the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe service, which can hold on to letters and parcels for up to 66 days and deliver them when you return.

8) Neighbourhood Watch

Having somebody to watch your house whilst you are away can really help to protect your home. Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on things or hire a professional house sitter.  Use a reputable company such as Homesitters, which guarantees its service because it directly employs and vets its 1,000 plus sitters.  If this is too costly, then try a matchmaking service like TrustedHousesitters.com.  It takes a little more leg work because the onus is on you to vet a potential sitter, however, many of them work for free in return for a break away.

9) Vary Your Routine

It may sound neurotic to think that somebody is watching you but it pays to try and vary the times you leave the house so that it’s less obvious when you’re not following your normal routine. Get up early and walk the dog rather than doing it when you come home. Perhaps drive some days and walk others or take an alternative route to work so that you leave at a different time.

10) Give Your Valuables A Holiday

Leaving everything on show is an open invitation to an opportunistic robber.  Hide your high-worth items around the house or better still ask somebody you trust to look after them whilst you are away.  We’re not talking bulky goods like televisions but smaller portable items that you can’t live without, such as jewellery or tablets. Finally, hide your car keys rather than hanging them on a hook behind the door.

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For more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048

Sources

Which? comparison site – http://www.which.co.uk/

Metropolitan Police – http://content.met.police.uk/Site/crimepreventionbumblebee

Royal Mail – http://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/keepsafe

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/jul/15/find-housesitter-for-free

http://www.homesitters.co.uk/

http://www.TrustedHousesitters.com

Introducing You Choose!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

 

 

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Personalised, Coordinated or Designer Window Blinds Made to Measure from ANY Fabric

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‘You Choose!’ is our fabulous new service that offers bespoke Roman blinds or roller blinds, beautifully made to precise measurements in any fabric of your choice.

Our new blind-making service opens up an unlimited choice of fabrics, yet still allows you to benefit from our expertise and craftsmanship.

Mike Stephen, director of Apollo Blinds explains more:

“Homeowners are constantly searching for ways to put their own stamp on homes – it’s one of the reasons why made-to-measure blinds are so popular, as customers decide on bespoke blinds over the mass-produced products available from high street shops.”

And while the huge selection of 270 materials in our range of soft cloth blinds is impressive, we understand that the option to create unique furnishings that are truly individual is also very appealing; as is a desire to coordinate perfectly with existing pieces within a room.

We found that when they came to us, many of our customers had already chosen elements of the room, for example the sofa or cushions, and wanted to match their window dressings exactly to them.   So now, even if they can’t find the ideal pattern or colour material within our ranges, we can still supply blinds and offer expertise / advice every step of the way.

Through ‘You Choose!’, blinds are created in the UK then fitted and installed in homes by our craftsmen.  Mike continues:

“Window blinds aren’t easy to construct, measure and fit, especially not to the high standards that our customers are used to.  This new service allows customers access to our experts, along with the quality operating systems and the exquisite eye for detail that Apollo Blinds is known for.

“’You Choose!’ offers infinite possibilities to coordinate window blinds and opens up a world of options for customers looking to create their own pieces from designer or iconic fabrics without the worry of damaging fabric.  So if you’ve just fallen in love with a material that’s not in our range, we can still supply the blinds for you. 

“Whatever your preference – Josef Frank, Designer’s Guild, Kath Kidston, Orla Kierly – if you have the material (or even a lower cost replica to get the look) then we can make it into stunning window blinds, while also removing the fear of damaging expensive material in the process.”

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Image caption above: Made to measure blinds using the Apollo Blinds You Choose! service, fabrics by Designers Guild.

Find out more about You Choose! or find your nearest Apollo Blinds and book a home visit.

Browse our Pinterest board for more fabric inspiration.

 

 

How to Style Spring Florals in 2017

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Spring is the season to revive the home with a fresh new look and with Apollo Blinds’ gorgeous range of floral window blinds, an interior revamp has never been easier.

Bright, fresh and beautifully botanical, Apollo’s stunning range of floral designs are bang-on-trend for 2017.  Here are three ways to introduce some flower power into your home this spring.

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Green Floral Window Blinds

Evolving the trend to ‘bring the outside in’, spring florals in Apollo’s roller blinds collection are greener and more organic than ever. Encompassing delicate prints, mossy leaf motifs and bold blooms, green is a key colour for 2017 (well Greenery is Pantone’s choice for the colour of the year) and florals are the perfect way to bring the great outdoors into the home for a fresh natural look.

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Vintage Rose Floral Window Blinds

Vintage blooms transcend floral trends year on year. Perfect for creating a country classic feel, Apollo Blinds’ range of pretty rose prints are vintage and beautifully British on Roman and roller blinds, a classic look for all homes.

Dusky Pastel Blooms

We’ve moved away from candy shades to duskier pastels which will are ideally suited to floral Roman blinds.

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Has this post inspired you to add some beautiful blooms to your home?  Then why not book a free quote and measure now.

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Or browse our Pinterest board for more blooming marvellous inspiration.

 

 

Decorating with the colours of the year: Greenery and Denim Drift

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Every year industry experts at the world’s leading colour authorities and home interest brands make predictions about the trends they expect to see in homes.  And arguably, the most influential of these are Dulux and Pantone.  Where both have cited colours seen in nature as inspiration, they’ve each picked very different shades for 2017.  Read on to find out more, along with some ideas from Mike Stephen on how to use these colours in the home.

Pantone recently announced Greenery as it’s colour of the year.  A youthful, rejuvenating shade of spring green that looks stunning on window blinds.

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Blurring the lines between home and garden, green is making its way indoors for 2017.

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“Green is a brilliant shade for homes, it’s a colour that signifies renewal and can restore depleted energy levels, so it’s ideal for a spring makeover,” says Mike.

“Interior fashion has been swaying towards a green revolution for a few years now, with many homeowners attempting to open up their homes to the outdoors, as well as bringing the outdoors in with houseplants that provide uplifting colour and natural health benefits.  Simply introducing green window blinds can create this indoor/outdoor effect with a hit of lush, revitalising colour at windows

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  • Chalky Blue and Earthy Neutrals

Blue is the colour favoured by the trends forecasters at Dulux, who hailed Denim Drift as the colour of the year for 2017. This translates as a chalky mid-tone blue with warm undertones for spring/summer, a colour that blends naturally with neutral earthen shades.

Mike Stephen, said,

“Dusky mid-blue is incredibly versatile, allowing us to drift effortlessly into spring and summer. On window blinds, natural tactile fabrics like linen and cotton weaves add to the hand-crafted feel that completes this look, where coloured shutters (another big look for windows next year) in rustic grey will add warmth and a homely feel.”

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2017 Colour Trends for Windows

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

 A new year brings with it the ideal opportunity to change up your interior. And where it’s always wise to decorate according to your taste, with colours that bring you happiness, staying ahead of the latest trends in interior design can give you inspiration to try something you’d never have thought of.

Here’s some of Apollo Blinds director, Mike Stephen’s top picks of the hottest colours for homes this year.

  • Ink Blue and Clay

Pastel blue makes way for an inkier saturation as 2017 progresses, yet the natural themes we’ve seen are still prevalent.

“Combining blue with terracotta as well as hand-made, organic and crafted materials lends a relaxed Mediterranean vibe to interiors. Introduce hand-woven fabrics, leather features, living ornaments, carved wood, handmade clay pots, earthenware and terracotta elements for a laid-back bohemian scheme.”

“This look celebrates sustainable living, making energy saving Duette® blinds by Apollo Blinds the ideal window dressing to complete the look.”

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  • Sunrise and Seascape Pastels

Carrying through more natural themes, a calming palette of pastels inspired by sunrise and the ocean will see peach, lavender, sky blues, aqua-marine and blush pink mixed or combined with deeper shades.”

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Enjoy some seaside escapism with our sunrise and seascape pastel Pinterest board:

  • Deep Purple

As we progress into autumn winter mysterious shades of deep purple will bring warmth and depth to interiors. Metallic silver highlights or jewel tones will lift the scheme, keeping it dark and decadent rather than gloomy and overcast.

Paint and colour specialist, Benjamin Moore selected a deep amethyst shade as its colour of the year, which can be introduced at windows with aluminium Venetian blinds in a rich shade of purple by Apollo Blinds.

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A Walk in the Woods

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The natural beauty of wooden blinds remains a winning look for all styles and types of home – from modern to traditional decors.
Real wood and timber looks are making a huge comeback in homes as we head towards 2017.
We’ve updated our wooden Venetian blind collections with exciting new looks and materials to ensure that wood blinds continue to stand the test of time – and the products can be ordered, tailored to specific measurements and professionally fitted in homes within weeks.

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Wood combined with natural textures and blue grey pastel walls makes for a simple yet chic scheme that will stand the test of time.

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Wood Venetian blinds offer a contemporary look for homes, plus they’re durable and easy to clean, which makes them a great choice for family homes.
Find out more about our wood Venetian blinds. Or browse our Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Colour Codes – Use colour theory to create the perfect scheme

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Sometimes we stumble upon a colour scheme that just works – two colours that either complement, clash to create impact, or work in perfect harmony with one another.

Our colour specialist Mike Stephen explains the reason why certain colour combinations will work better than others and it’s all very scientific.

Trained artists and interior designers learn the many multi-faceted strands of colour theory, so they understand how to place colours together to create mood or impact,” says Mike.  “When decorating a room it helps to know the basics as a basis for creating harmonious, toning or complementary colour schemes in the home.”

The Colour Wheel

The colour wheel is a visual representation of how the three primary colours are mixed with one another to create secondary and tertiary colours, along with how white will create varying tones of the same colour.

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Depending on where they appear in the wheel, colours can then be described as Tonal, Complementary or Harmonious

Complementary Colours

“Complementary colours which sit opposite one another on the colour wheel and are often seen in nature (meaning they naturally go together) – think the red and green of an apple or blue and yellow of an iris.” 

“Our pick for 2016 would be Coral and Blue. This vibrant duo works together so beautifully because they are complementary colours and can form a natural pairing – think of the coral reefs set against the deep turquoise of the ocean.”

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“This scheme works beautifully with pastel shades, keep the colours coordinated by selecting shades of the same intensity from the colour wheel.”

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Other ways to use the colour wheel:

Tonal Schemes – “Using one colour from the wheel in varying tones throughout a room.  My tip here would be to introduce pattern into the room on window blinds or soft furnishings to add depth and interest.”

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Harmonious Colours“These colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel.  Choose colours of similar intensity from the colour wheel to balance this look and ensure that one colour does not dominate the room. “

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Why Choose Intu Blinds from Apollo Blinds

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Vacuum cleaners, drills, radios and phones – they’re all better when they are cordless. And it’s no different in the world of window dressings as homeowners are embracing the cordless window blinds trend with our innovative Intu blinds.

Duette® Pleated, roller and Venetian blinds all look sleek and uber stylish when fitted with the Intu system which, as well as its many practical benefits, looks sleek and neat at windows.

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Intu Explained

Our innovative Intu system is a unique design fits neatly into the bead of your windows and doors. The ‘Click-to-Fit’ system blinds push into the brackets without using screws and a unique tension system prevents the blind from rattling against the glass when the window or door is opened.

What are the benefits of Intu blinds? 

  • Neat and simple control options
  • No need for free-hanging cord loops
  • Designed to fully integrate with all modern windows including ‘tilt and turn’ and glazed doors.
  • Blinds can be clipped in place in minutes.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Choice of Roller fabric, Venetian slat, Pleated and Cellular fabric, in an extensive range of colours, designs and finishes.

Above: Brown Intu Venetian blind starts at £72.

Cool for Kids‘ Rooms 

“The fact that there are no hanging cords means it is one of the safest ways to install a blind on the market, making them a popular choice for children’s bedrooms,” says Mike Stephen.

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And Conservatories 

Designed to fit seamlessly within the frames of most modern windows, bi-fold doors, tilt and turn windows and conservatories, the blinds won’t flap around like ones fitted at the recess of the window and they won’t get damaged. The snug fit of Intu blinds reduces drafts and minimises light gaps. 

Due to the fact there are no hanging cords and they’re an ideal choice for conservatories, as the blind fits directly into the window frame, there is no drilling, screwing or mess on installation.

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Perfect for Pleated

Intu Duette® and pleated blinds start at £72.

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A Tangle Free Choice for Venetian Blinds

Intu Venetian blinds start at £99.

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Embrace Pattern and Colour with Intu Roller Blinds

Intu roller blinds start from £72.

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Sparkle and shine in time for Christmas with the latest trend for windows – dazzling diamantes and must-have metallics

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Christmas is a time to shine and come December the high street is always brimming with glamorous sequin and metallic clothing. But sparkle doesn’t have to be confined to fashion you can wear – glittery adornments are the must-have trend for soft furnishings too. It’s time to shine like a star with beautiful jewelled and metallic window blinds from Apollo Blinds.

Bejewelled: home accessories will twinkle all through winter with this shimmering trend

These Roman blinds from Apollo Blinds have been handcrafted and look stunning when teamed with a winter white scheme. POA.

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Create a perfectly polished home with marvellous metallics

Every blind has a silver lining with shimmering metallic finish roller blinds from Apollo blinds.  Geometric patterns, stripes, damask and leaf designs are all given the wow factor with a metallic makeover.

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Going for Gold

In its many variations, gold is the colour for 2016.  All metallics will add a glamorous luxe edge to homes but next year – gold wins the crown.  Get the look with gold sheen foliage roller blinds or glamour stripe gilded blinds.

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Apollo Blinds Unveils New Roller Blinds For A/W 2015 And S/S 2016

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The UK’s best-selling type of window blind, roller blinds are a versatile, affordable and practical way to instantly update a room.

Available to buy from retailers nationwide, Apollo Blinds has revamped its roller blind collection for the coming seasons and introduced a completely new collection of designs and range of plain coloured fabrics guided by leading trend experts. The refreshed collection caters for the latest trends and popular colour schemes with florals, geometrics, metallics and delicate sheer designs all making up the 200-strong collection.

Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind from Apollo Blinds. For stockist details and more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.

Customers who book an in-home design consultation with an Apollo Blinds designer will get to view the full collection book, but here is Apollo’s hand selection of fabrics predicted to be top sellers in UK homes this coming year.

Pearl 

This pearlesque abstract floral pattern (below) compliments a classic white on white scheme and creates a peaceful haven that’s ideal for relaxing in.

Pearlesque Abstract Floral Pattern

Or for those with a more playful taste in interiors, this Parisienne inspired roller blind (below) is the perfect partner for a classic roll top bath and blue accessories.

Parisienne Inspired Roller Blind

Blooming Marvellous

Apollo Blind’s new season florals are a breath of fresh air to interiors in need of a style fix.

2016 floral pick: Our pick of the bunch is this striking graphic fox glove design (below) in indigo blue and kiwi, which puts a modern twist on traditional florals and is a great way to inject the botanical interiors trend into homes in 2016.

Graphic Foxglove Design

Apollo’s versatile florals are a timeless addition to any room, be it a calm and relaxing study/home office or a luxurious and restful bedroom or living area.

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Pick of the Patterns

With such a range of textures and patterns on offer, selecting the perfect blind to dress your windows can be a daunting task, but help is at hand with Apollo’s pattern and texture favourites from the new range.

Bring the outdoors in with a vibrant and colourful butterflies design, which compliments a bright and modern kitchen, or for a more subtle way of merging indoors and outdoors utilise earthy textures like this bark-effect ‘tree house’ blind.

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Classic stripes will add flair to a home office, where colourful harlequin prints and on trend abstract geometrics create bright and modern bedrooms and living rooms.

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Prices start at £65 for a 610mm x 610mm made-to-measure Roller blind from Apollo Blinds. For stockist details and more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk or call 01924 413 048.