Making the most of your outdoor assets

June 17, 2016

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It’s been exciting seeing some sunshine over the past couple of months, and it’s made us think about our outdoor living space.

In recent years our outdoor space – however small – has been transformed into a genuine extension of our living area, perfect for eating, relaxing and playing.

If you’re lucky enough to have a good-sized garden, you’re in the perfect situation, but even with a tiny outside courtyard or terrace you can still create a welcoming place with a little planning, the accessories and some colourful plants. Continue reading Making the most of your outdoor assets

Spoilt for choice when it comes to the the great outdoors

April 26, 2016

As soon as the sun started shining this spring (through the snow showers, of course) the Great Outdoors re-entered our lives.

houseofbath_110142155040856smallLike daffodils tentatively unfurling a bloom, we ventured back out in the garden, sweeping patios and throwing wide our bi-fold doors to the elements.

And now the snow flurries have finally ceased, it’s time to take stock of our outdoor situation and add extra living space to our homes. Hurrah!

The sun room or conservatory is a year-round pleasure, but at this time of year they beckon ever more powerfully, and you’ll have already been making the most of the sunshine and thinking about new blinds or shutters in anticipation of a long, hot summer. Continue reading Spoilt for choice when it comes to the the great outdoors

Step out boldly if you’re buying someone a Christmas gift for their home.

December 8, 2015

We’ve all become domestic deities in recent years, thanks to the staggering success of TV shows such as The Great British Bake Off, Grand Designs and The Great British Sewing Bee.

So it’s probably fair to say that a gift for the home will probably go down very well with most people this Christmas — no matter what style their home is.

We’ve been tracking down some home-themed gifts ranging from the fun and funky to the truly beautiful to ease your gift shopping along and fill those empty stockings effortlessly.

Continue reading Step out boldly if you’re buying someone a Christmas gift for their home.

Traditional or contemporary Wooden Venetian Blinds made to measure

June 9, 2014

M2M blinds wooden blind 50mm Paperbark mapleFrom traditional to contemporary, there is a wooden venetian blind to suit any interior and the result is a subtle yet effective solution to dressing a window.

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing with their clean lines and natural wood finish but a fantastic feature of this style of blind is that by way of a simple adjustment the horizontal slats can be tilted to control the amount of daylight that passes through, letting in as little or as much light as required. Generally they would be opened during the day to maximise the daylight and closed at night time to keep in the warmth, as this feature is also a contributing factor to regulating the temperature within the room, particularly during the summer months. When tilted the sleek lines cast an attractive linear shadow effect within the room.

Venetian blinds can be used in any room, however some rooms may be more suited than others. A personal preference is that they are better situated within lounge and living areas rather than bathrooms and kitchens. Increased moisture levels in bathrooms and kitchens will result in the blinds requiring extra cleaning and maintenance to keep them in pristine condition. Take a look at the range of blinds available from ‘made to measure’ which are specifically treated for use in rooms with increased moisture levels.

M2M blinds Carden 50mm wooden blindThe interior design scheme of a room should influence the style and colour of the blinds. There are a wide range of natural wood finishes available to suit any interior design scheme. If you are spoilt for choice, consider a close match to other natural woods within the room, perhaps the furniture or flooring. If you are looking for a warm colour scheme, choose the mid to darker wood tones, a personal favourite is Paperbark Maple (see image above). Alternatively for a cooler and somewhat fresher look, go for a lighter shade like Carden (see image to the right). When choosing your blinds do not forget you also have a choice about the width of the slats as there are varying sizes available.

The natural wood finishes are ideally situated within traditional interiors however if you prefer the modern look, black makes quite a statement and would suit a modern/contemporary interior. If you are undecided then white will almost certainly fit in with any interior scheme and produce an attractive result for a crisp and bright interior. Something to bear in mind is that black may require more regular cleaning as it will reveal the dust more clearly than the textured wood finishes.

So whether your design preference is contemporary or traditional, with wooden venetian blinds you simply cannot go wrong.

Blog post written by Claire Taylor BA Hons – Design Manager

Made to Measure Blinds UK Blogger Outreach Program: FAQ

April 8, 2013

You might have heard us talking in our social networks, on Facebook and Twitter about opportunities for guest posts or reciprocal content as part of our blogger outreach program.   We thought we’d take a moment in our own blog to discuss guest blogging, what it entails and what we hope to achieve through our monthly blogger outreach initiatives.

We are excited about the opportunity to connect to talented interior designers as well and brands and products that accentuate home décor.  There are a number of advantages for both Made to Measure Blinds UK as well as the host blog to participate, and we’ll start by answering a few questions.

Do You Pay For Blog Posts?

We don’t pay writers to participate in our blogger outreach program but there are a number of advantages for individual interior designers or home décor businesses to participate.   One of the cornerstones of successful digital marketing is regular content writing.  Adding new posts to your website will support SEO efforts for your domain, and help you improve your results in Google or Bing Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs).  Sourcing good quality content can be difficult.  This is a successful way to augment your current business blog, and generate new readers.

Check out this great video “Guest Blogging Strategies” by SEOmoz for more information.

How Does It Work?

If your blog meets our guidelines for the blogger outreach program, we will provide you with a free topical article that is geared toward your current audience.   Without being advertorial, we will discuss interior décor inspirations, tips and ideas that are useful for individuals shopping for a new look for their home.

The post will be more than 350 words and will contain a hyperlink to our website that is blended well in the natural text of the article.  The result?   Your readers get a great article, you get more traffic to your website and we have the opportunity to benefit from the ‘link-back’ value of the article.    Once the article is posted we will cycle it into our social media announcements, helping you drive additional visits to your domain.

The Criteria

  • Alexa web ranking of less than one million
  • Themed to interior design or home/commercial design projects, décor or accessories
  • No objectionable material on the website, nudity, profanity etc.

Does a guest blogging opportunity sound like a good fit for your business?  Contact us for more information about participating in our blogger outreach program.