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Don’t Forfeit Style for Warmth this Winter

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What I notice most about Winter is how quickly we can forfeit style for comfort and warmth. When that first chill sets in, we’re suddenly donning mismatched beanies and winter socks and pulling out our bulky heaters and various coloured blankets and throws.

But your home’s style doesn’t need to suffer the winter blues, when you can make some smart design choices by focusing on the areas of your home that lose heat during winter… namely your home’s windows and door ways.

How Heat Is Lost In Your Home

- Glass windows and doors bleed heat outwards through heat conduction, thermal radiation, convection and air leakage.

- Clear glass windows that are not insulated absorb the warmth inside your home and radiate it to the exterior.

- Warm air leakage to the exterior can occur through openings and poorly fitted windows and doors.

Without proper window insulation, the majority of the heat within these homes would be lost via the glass windows.

The Solution

Put away those bulky heaters and mismatched throws and blankets in favour of a more permanent, stylish heat retaining window treatment.

Interior plantation shutters act as a barrier between the windows and openings, preventing heat loss, keeping the cold out, and the lovely warmth in.

Highprofile Timber Plantation Shutters

An ever fashionable permanent fixture to your home, timber plantation shutters offer a myriad of benefits besides style. Adjustable blades allow you to choose how much light or airflow you want in your home. During the winter days, open them right up to allow the sunshine in, while at night, shut the louvres to retain the warmth.

Highprofile Timber Plantation Shutters

Complementing all styles of home and interior decor, timber plantation shutters can be customised to your heart’s desire. Choose from standard paints, natural stains or custom colours as well as numerous applications such as bifold, multifold, fixed and hinged to suit all sorts of windows and doorways. 

To learn more and beat the winter chill without compromising your home’s style, contact All Shutters & Blinds today.

Bathrooms... Best Trends

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Just like kitchens, bathrooms have enormous influence on whether you love or hate a home. So when it comes to selling your home, it makes perfect sense to pay your bathroom lots of love and attention when building or renovating.

More than just practical and functional, bathrooms have evolved to become much more than just a washroom, playing an important part of the architectural design and more often than not, incurring the biggest financial investment.

Besides water and energy saving being key aspects of any bathroom build or renovation, we’ve compiled 5 of our favourite trends to guide you on the interior design and décor. 

  1. For the modern bathroom, go with clean simple lines and minimally designed sanitary ware, which is often hidden e.g. built in handles to cabinet draws.
  2. Copper is hot right now. Exposed brass taps, pipes bring lots of warmth and a traditional feel to your bathroom.
  3. Vinyl decals, wallpaper and mosaic glass tiles provide the right element for that impact feature wall.
  4. Pair bold colours with the neutral sanitary ware, for that personalised and dramatic look. Bold colours work well on painted walls and accessories.
  5. Create a wet and dry zone if the space allows e.g. include a small dressing table, make up table or small comfortable seating.

Of course don’t forget the windows in your bathrooms.  Considered a high-use and wet area, the best window treatment for this part of your home is shutters. Timeless, always on trend, shutters in the bathroom are the practical choice due to their durability and water resistance. Ideal for privacy, natural light and ventilation, shutters in the bathroom will simply beautify your bathroom and complete the look.

Here are some fabulous examples.


Corradi. Italian Designed Outdoor Living at its Finest.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

If you dream of having the ultimate outdoor entertainment area or a private sanctuary to relax in, look no further than Corradi's superior outdoor rooms.

Designed and manufactured in Italy, Corradi's outdoor rooms are a unique mix of functionality and art, with a patented waterproof, motorised retractable room system at the heart of every room.

Available in many styles to suit individual needs, Corradi's outdoor rooms will impress. Freestanding structures are great for entertaining away from the main home, and suitable for areas with swimming pools or beautiful vista views. Or you can choose rooms that attach to an existing structure. Perfect if you have an existing deck or courtyard that needs a little more protection from the elements. Which ever room you choose, you can be assured it will be an investment you will not regret.

Here are 3 popular models.



THE KUBO
  • Sleek geometric design
  • Made from aluminium
  • Motorised retractable roof has a unique multi-layered Eclissi fabric blocks UV rays and is 100% waterproof
  • Anti-drip technology and integrated gutters, channels water to manage run-off, ensuring your room remains dry
  • Built to withstand 50kph gale force winds
  • Available as a free standing room or as an adjoining module
  • Retractable roof fabric is available in an extensive range of colours


THE MOVE
  • Award winning hinge design allowing you to change the slope of the pillars for a unique look
  • Made from aluminium
  • Motorised retractable roof that is waterproof and blocks UV rays
  • Integrated lighting and audio comes standard
  • Can withstand gale force winds up to 74kph
  • Available as a free standing room or as an adjoining module
  • Retractable roof fabric is available in an extensive range of colours


THE PT100
  • Contemporary design
  • Made from PEFC timber
  • Optional side enclosures
  • Motorised retractable roof that is waterproof and blocks UV rays
  • Can withstand gale force winds up to 50kph
  • Available as a free standing structure
  • Retractable roof fabric is available in an extensive range of colours
 

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