We have been living in our home around 4 years now (how times flies!) and I have found that it isn't until you've 'lived' with a house for a while that you begin to see a few little issues that are kind of annoying- do you know what I mean?
So our little 'problem' was with the Velux windows in our kitchen. If you have been following along on my Insta Stories, you may have heard me talk about this! If not, I will fill you in now. I love our open plan, vaulted ceiling kitchen but it has a problem in extremes of weather!
In the summer time as the sun moves itself to the highest point at midday it shines directly into our kitchen and you'd need sunglasses just to sit in it and it gets super warm (I know in Northern Ireland this is a very rare and enviable issue haha) but its not ideal and I am also a bit concerned of my painted kitchen changing colour with time and exposure to the sun.
On the flip side in the winter months, it does get a bit chilly and all the cosiness escapes through the sky lights and we all know how expensive it is to heat our homes!
So that's when the folk at Bloc Blinds came to the rescue.
I was invited up to their studio a few months back and had a good chat with Julie the studio manager about my problem with the skylights and she had just the solution. She took me on a tour of the gorgeous open plan studio on the Lisburn Road in Belfast and I got to see all the ranges of blinds that are on offer- it was very clear from talking to Julie that she was very knowledgable.
So at the end of my consultation with Julie, she penciled in a date for a free in-home window dressing consultation for her to make sure the measurements were as they should be and that everything we discussed around design and colour was on the track! So I left the design studio with a number of fabric samples to see what was the best fit with our kitchen.
Julie popped out on a Saturday morning at a time that suited us and we found the in-home consultation was so helpful as Julie knew what would work and what wouldn't and to double check measurements! She recommended that the black out solar powered velux blinds would be the best for our kitchen due to the height of the ceiling and over all logistics! The solar powered blinds are operated by a compact remote control and there is no wires needed to keep it all looking seamless. So it was back to the office for Julie to set the ball rolling! Oh and we ordered the colour 'Bog Cotton' and it was the perfect neutral shade that would stand the test of time for the kitchen.
She also measured up for black out roller blinds that will be for our bedroom, for a little project in the new year.
So the day of fitting arrived after only a few weeks of the blinds being ordered. The fitters (Andrew and Rodger) arrived promptly and were very professional. They needed a special lift to get up to the dizzying heights of our kitchen but it was no problem to them both, they got them installed in super quick time and even had time for a quick coffee and took all the packaging with them too before their next job.
They showed hubby and I how to use the remote control for the solar powered blinds too, which was simple (after Simon showed me again after they left haha). So, the blinds can all be opened/closed at the same time or they can be operated separately.
How cosy does our kitchen look now?! We noticed a difference straight away with the warmth or our kitchen which is perfect timing for all this snow we are having.
If you are planning a new build, renovation or undertaking a bit of redecorating I couldn't recommend Bloc Blinds enough. You can find out a bit more about them here and if you would like to see where your nearest stockist is, you can find that here.
Heres to cosy evenings and shaded summers!
*Blog post was in collaboration with Bloc Blinds who kindly gifted me my super duper solar powered Velux blinds. All words and images my own.