When we focus on what we want, we have always wanted them yesterday.
During the last 12 months, the world has seen a different side to everything that was ever once normal to all of us. It changed us all. It changed the way we think, the way we deal with situations and the way we treat others. It also gave us a chance to slow down and reflect on ourselves. What do we want as individuals?
The pandemic put us in the most important place and around the most important people in our lives….. At Home with our Families.
So, to get through the Pandemic (Which we think we did…) and to look towards a brighter future, we have put together some keys points that you could use to move forward on a positive note!
Every few weeks we will be sharing our tips and ideas to help you see things in a different way. Starting with the heart of the home,(or should we say, The Stomach!) – Your Kitchen
- Upgrade your Kitchen without excessively eating away at your pockets.
They say a change is as good as a holiday. But, did you know, that, our oceans contain almost 200,000 different kinds of viruses?
So, considering what we have been through, we think it’s best to say …… “STAY HOME AND REDO YOUR KITCHEN!”
Here are some ideas you can use to change, upgrade, or modify your prepping space:
- Swap out lighting — Beacon Lighting have consistent sales. Look at this Leconic 1 Light Pendant in Ashwood. Being less than $250.00, it won’t break your budget. Best to go for the industrial look as its bold style can add warmth and character to a bland kitchen.
- Add new hardware – Did you know, Brass knobs disinfect themselves. The ions in the metal have a toxic effect on spores, fungi, viruses, and other germs, eliminating the infections within eight hours. WOW! In addition, Brass colours go well with an Industrial approach, bringing out a modern feel.
- Repaint the cabinets. Sage Green is the new colour, making it a versatile choice that goes with any accessory or different material finish. Or you could even go out on a limb and paint half your cabinets dark grey and some cabinets White. Here’s one we prepared earlier….. (kidding)
- Window Coverings – ok, this is where we come in. Don’t be shocked when we say two words….. “Aluminium Shutters”. Yes – you read correctly. ALUMINIUM SHUTTERS!
Just because they’re Aluminium, doesn’t mean they belong only in an Alfresco or external area. Aluminium Shutters can also be used for inside the home. Nothing will bring out that technical look more than these images below!
And another “did you know” fact – Curtains and Blinds installed over a cooktop can cause fire and damage to your home. Seems quite straight forward we know, but the number of enquiries being asked today about having Blinds installed over a heated area is nothing short of a joke.
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Since Covid took over so has staying at home, streaming movies, and eating in.
The family Theatre room has been the place to be in our crazy world of isolation. So why not bring your theatre room to life with sounds, systems, and Shutters! (or any blockout window covering)
Many of today’s builds, clients request that theatre rooms are just as important as the master bedroom. Bringing so many benefits to the table which include increasing the value of your home. You also get to have the cinema feel without the hassle of going out or waiting in line and best part is, you get to sneak in as many snacks as you want!
Here’s how you can turn your theatre room into the seventh wonder of your home.
Choose Dark Colours for your walls and flooring
If you really want that cinema experience, whether it be watching a movie or game interaction then the last thing you want is a brightly textured room to spoil the mood. Dark charcoals, greys and even the straight black can set the room and make you want to stay in on a Friday night. Dark carpeting creates a much cosier comfort zone as well as choosing dark colours for any tv units or shelving. Not a carpet person? Dark tiles are easier to keep clean and you can always place a rug down if the kids want to lounge out on their beanbags.
Get in touch with surround sound operated wirelessly
If you want to be in the middle of all the action, save the car crashes or remember the tune from your favourite you tube video then surround sound is the best choice.
It’s almost a necessity now to complete your home theatre. It delivers the sound based on where it’s coming from. Front, left, right, to give you that cinematic feel and bring your visual to life. Modern Technology has made Surround sound systems much more affordable and different variants make it simple to meet the needs of all types of budgets.
Block out as much natural light as you possibly can
This is where JHS Blinds and Screens Sydney come in! Sit back, relax, and be entertained with no glare on your TV Screen or no natural light peeping through from outside. The best option for window coverings in your Home Theatre room are Block out Curtains. Choose Dark colours to match with your dark walls. When the lights are off and the room is closed, should nothing get in your way of late-night entertainment and home comfort!
Another option for window coverings in the theatre room can be Translucent Roller Blinds as well as the Blockout Curtains. Take advantage of privacy during the day with your curtains opened but your roller blinds down. This creates a cozy, yet secured feel during the day time when the theatre room is not being used. Add that extra luxury to the room and motorise your roller blinds. Contact us today to bring motorisation to your windows
Keep your Décor` to a minimum
The last thing you want is to have your favourite Vase accidently tipped over in the dark because you can’t see anything but the screen in your home theatre. Sure, the screen will give a little light, but the whole purpose for a home theatre is get that cinema experience. Do you see décor` at the movies?? Maybe left-over popcorn on the floor but no décor`. So, keep those fake flowers and candles for another room in your home.
For more information on Motorisation and Blockout Window Coverings, contact us today
Comfy seating, beanbags, snacks and nothing but the Remote control
Make sure everybody knows where the remote control is. Nothing left to do now but sit back and be entertained in the comfort of your own home!
When it comes to Plantation Shutters, every day, we get asked questions like – “What’s the difference between X product and Y Brand?”
It’s not an incorrect question at all. In fact, (Because JHS Blinds and Screens Sydney share only the facts) there are slight differences in all Plantation Shutters but we can’t answer your question until we question you in return – “What do you want out of, your Plantation Shutters?”
Water resistant – Most engineered poly material Shutters are ideal for wet areas. Benefits of this specification is that they will not rot, absorb moisture, delaminate (break into layers) or even promote mould. “Ok, Bathroom it is then…. NEXT!”
Fancy words – Do your research before obtaining a Quote. There are many types of materials out there on the market and doing some research in the raw materials of Plantation Shutters can help minimise the confusion. There’s nothing wrong with using fancy words to make you go WOW but at the same time it can help you understand what it is, you are actually paying for.
We’ll let you in on a little SECRET…. Reinforced Polymer Extrusion – AKA – PVC. AKA – Plastic. That fancy word you read right there? Plastic, that’s all it is…. plastic guys!
Sometimes you need the icing on top of the cake to make it look good, but at the same time that icing oozes a lot of benefits. Just like PVC Plantation Shutters, they carry heaps of mouth-watering points for the chosen window.
- As mentioned before – Water Resistant
- The real wood look with the benefit of poly materials
- Termite resistant and does not support any bacterial activity
- Will not crack, sag, warp or split
Well if Covid totally stuffed up your chance of travelling to North America, then why not bring North America to you?
This is where the next material comes in handy.
Engineered Premium Basswood – AKA – Tilia Americana. AKA – Timber Plantation Shutters.
Enjoy the view with engineered wood. Prevents twisting to ensure the lifespan of the Shutters to live its full potential and high-quality paint for a hard but flexible, long lasting finish.
JHS Blinds and Screens offer Sydney Plantation Shutter buyers the chance to choose from 10 painted colours and 12 stained shades.
The buck doesn’t stop there!
Special Shaped Shutters can be any other shape except square or rectangle.
Do you have an Internal window that looks out of the ordinary?
JHS, based in Sydney, can cater to your specially shaped windows and along with our FREE Measure and Quotes, we can consult with you the best way to go about covering your irregular shaped openings.
So, whatever the questions are – it’s best to do your research first. Ask as many questions as you can and prepare yourself during your next build or renovation.
JHS Blinds and Screens Sydney are always here to help you with any enquiries, problem solving and Free Consultations. So “Shutter up” today and Email us at email@example.com
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What are Veri Shades?
Made from 100% Polyester Woven Fabric – Veri Shades have the look and feel of curtains in addition to the versatility of Blinds. JHS Blinds and Screens can turn your home into a cord free, motorised sanctuary.
Different to other types of Blinds, Veri Shades can be installed onto large openings and can span up to six metres. And do not be too stressed with thinking ahead about maintenance. These beautiful shades can be easily taken down and washed separately then replaced as easy as 1,2,3.
What makes Veri Shades so enticing?
With no weights or chains, you can walk through them whether they are open or closed. Veri Shades move with you then settle back into place. Peacefully.
Speaking of peacefully, Veri Shades have close to no sound at all when being operated. With no cords, weights or chains, these curtains speak for themselves! (Get it?!)
Being a family company, we understand how important it is to keep our little ones safe. Another benefit in having Veri Shade installed in your home by JHS Blinds and Screens is that there are no cords or chains attached. Operation and control is done by using the wand which means it keeps our loved ones and pets safe!
Motorise your Veri Shade by JHS Blinds and Screens and reap the benefits of luxury and admiration from all who enter your home (or office).
Being Australian owned and made, the creators of this magnificent product knew exactly what to incorporate into the fabric to make it durable and resistant to fading. The fabric is UV stabilised and Fire retardant Veri Shades are also available.
JHS Blinds and Screens, based in Sydney, Supply and Install Veri Shade. We offer a wide range of fabric colours and tracks that you can choose from to suit your lifestyle or interior design needs. Choose to motorise your Veri Shades by JHS Blinds and Screens for added comfort and style. We offer a FREE Quote on all Veri Shade Installations, including consultations from our highly trained technicians. Mention our website and get a further 10% off your Veri Shade quote.
Contact our friendly team today to get Veri Shade!
A second-hand victim of the Corona Outbreak – JHS
If I could take a screenshot of what I was looking at before I started writing this article, then the only thing you would see would be a blank page.
This is exactly how a lot of us are feeling like right now – GLOBALLY…
We feel Blank. Lost. Helpless. And all we want to do is fill up the page.
We want to fill it up with information, answers and confirmation.
JHS Blinds and Screens has not written a personal Blog for a very long time – Most of you have always read about our work, our history and our commitment to the Blinds and Screens Industry in Sydney. You have read about our professionalism, coming firsthand from the woman of the business.
Today, I write differently. Today, I get personal. (with a twist of selling).
Most of you now have come to the realisation that things are different. People around us are different. The world has turned into one massive ball of fire. A fire that continues to spread when embers get thrown around with the wind, travelling from one tree to the next.
The only way to stop these embers from travelling is to stay indoors. So, welcome to my home readers. It is now day 3 of Isolation at the JHS Family home.
Along with my two young children and amazing Husband (which is still working), the JHS family continue to stick together to dodge any obstacles we encounter. We continue to service our customers until being told otherwise from the “big guys”.
Whether it be a simple FREE Measure and Quote or a simple phone consultation. JHS Blinds and Screens are still here to service our Sydney community.
From home-schooling a 6-year-old to controlling an active 4-year-old, running a business and household is not plain and simple. JHS, on the other hand, create a plain and simple transition for your next new build, renovation or extension.
From the first point of contact (Keep it 1.5 metres distance please) to the day of installation, JHS Blinds and Screens will make your home stand out from the rest. (Gloves and Face masks included).
Another reason why staying at home these days to avoid the Coronavirus is not a bad idea. You get the best views of the best workmanship JHS has to offer. We will take necessary precautions when entering your home, keeping your health a priority as well as your Blinds, Shutters and Security Doors.
So, from all of us at the JHS Family home we wish you all to stay safe, stay home and stay positive.
You can also contact us for Free virtual quotations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are Smart Homes the ‘New Build’?
An overall look at homes with intellectual technology
(That’s somewhat smarter than man!)
Those were the days when calculators were in our kids’ school bags and not Iphones…
Those were the days when we wrote everything by hand from an overhead projector in classrooms and not research the internet using our laptops.
Oh, how things have changed in today’s modern world. Most of our everyday items used by mankind is automated, compact in size and a whole lot smarter. Smarter than mankind, actually!
So, what is it that’s starting to make our lives easier?
Well, seeing as we are JHS Blinds and Screens; let’s take Blinds for example.
Most owners that are building new, luxury homes are requesting more information for Roller Blind Installations that come with automation. Automated Roller blinds are getting much more attention due to their ease of lifestyle concept and enviousness.
Some “Smarty-Pants” facts:
According to Telsytes Technology analyst firm, Australian households will be looking at having more than 37 connected devices by the year 2023. While, at the end of 2018, the average Australian household had 17 connected devices, mainly made up of smartphones, computers, tablets and other gadgets. While, their latest digital consumer study has found “convenience” is overtaking price as the number one factor for purchasing “smart” goods.
More than 40 per cent of homeowners’ budgets is set to be spent on improving energy efficiency. One of the items are Automated Blinds. Motorised Roller Blinds boost the energy-efficiency of your home in two ways, insulation and light control. By setting your motorised blinds to open and close at different times, it means less reaching for the light switch. Less energy, less expenses. Smart isn’t it?
Why is JHS so smart?
JHS Blinds and Screens offer motorised Roller Blinds, most of which are powered by Somfy, and also some that can be operated by Battery power. Using battery operated automated roller blinds can also decrease your energy bills. Depending on the usage of opening and closing your blinds you may need to recharge the Batteries once every 4-6 months. Another reason to automate your home with JHS Blinds and Screens
Have you recently purchased a double storey home that isn’t too smart yet?? You can still enjoy the benefits of hands-free Blinds. Yes, battery operated. We thought you would never ask!
Consumers these days that purchase homes built without automated blinds tend to go for the Battery-operated Motors – Somfy of course… In saying that, you won’t need to disrupt any clean walls with holes and wiring.
Your home is so smart, it will sell itself!
The technological smart-home concept can bring another benefit for homeowners that are looking to sell their home. Because of the expected rise in 2021 to 1.6 million households implementing Internet technology, more Australian homeowners are making the decision to invest in smart wiring. Real estate feedback has agreed that implementing smart home factors does deliver that ‘wow factor’ to potential buyers. It creates a point of difference that makes your home stand out from the rest. Automated blinds can help to drive sales by adding value and making properties more appealing to buyers.
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How to Declutter your entire home in 6 Days! (Plus, save the environment.)
We all know how painful it can be when the household items pile up throughout the year and especially during Christmas. When the kid’s toys have doubled in mass, and when the fridge has had its last shelf standing with all the leftovers. It’s time to Declutter, rearrange and renew for 2020! (Not only that, it also helps with adult anxiety.)
Think of all the times you’ve spent looking for something that’s important because of clutter – makes it harder to clean too and can even impact your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
When it comes to decluttering your home, do it in a way that is eco-friendly and makes you feel better about the way you discard it. Keeping the environment in mind can also have its self-esteem benefits.
Day One – The Kitchen:
- Clean your fridge
- Throw out old food or expired condiments
- Clean your pantry
- Sell or donate any small kitchen appliances that you no longer use
- Make a list of any new condiments that need replacing
- Finally go through your junk draw and organise it (Come on! We’re all guilty of having one!)
Day Two – Dining Room, Family Room, Entrance
- Go through DVD/video game drawers and if you don’t love something either sell it or donate it
- Sell or donate shoes, hats, coats, gloves and scarves that have been outgrown or simply not being used anymore
- Sell any home décor that no longer brings you joy. Gumtree is a great way to sell unwanted items.
Day Three – Bedrooms
- Go through all the cupboards and donate or sell any clothing items or shoes that haven’t been worn in 6 months +
- Organise books, toys and stationery. You can donate any of these items to local day care centres or libraries.
Day Four – Bathrooms
- Clean out all cupboards under the sink
- Throw away all expired makeup or toiletries
- Throw away any makeup or creams that you don’t use anymore
- Label and use bathroom storage baskets for the items you continue to use
Day Five – Office
- Go through your to do ‘pile’ and don’t quit until it’s all clear
- Discard and shred all business and personal records if not needed. ASIC requires companies to keep their records for Seven Years, and the ATO requires you to keep records for five years. If your company owns any assets, then you may need to keep these records for longer.
- Even declutter your PC! Delete any old Files that are no longer needed and make sure you back up your important files on an external hard drive or passport.
Day Six – Garage
- Go through all the kid’s outdoor toys and keep only the items that they constantly play with
- Discard of any old paint tins, only if they’re completely empty. If they still have some left-over paint in them then you need to do a proper chemical cleanout. In addition to old paint, you can also discard of old fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fluorescent lighting, batteries and oils. You can find out more information on this at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/recycling-and-reuse/household-recycling-overview/find-crcs-or-hcco
Start off 2020 with a fresh, clean slate and don’t let the clutter reappear, (Until next year)
Happy New Year!!
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Simply book your FREE measure and quote by calling us today and enjoy the benefits of a quick installation plus the extra savings.
Contact our friendly team on 0451 000 547
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7 Mistakes to avoid when organising for Christmas in December
1. Don’t leave your Christmas shopping to the last second…
Christmas is here… Even if it means you’re wanting to start your Christmas Shopping in July – best to plan ahead. You will most definitely beat the Christmas rush, the inappropriate language from other customers and not to mention babies in trollies with their high-pitched screaming because their mum didn’t buy them a Kinder Surprise at the checkout.
Speaking from experience it’s always great to be organised. Create a Wish list for whom you want to buy for and mark off as you go.
Helpful Tip: When buying multiple gifts in one shop always write the person’s name on the products box (or clothing tags) right after you leave checkout. This will be a huge help when wrapping up all the gifts – it will remind you which gift was for which receiver.
I cannot tell you how embarrassing it can be when you have nieces and nephews that are in similar size clothing and you’ve labelled the wrong gift for the wrong child! OOPS!
2. Avoid purchasing bulky items in store and lugging them back home – Shopping online these days is the way to go!
So, you have a perception of how Christmas should ‘look’ in your home. I know I do… a giant white Christmas Tree with mesmerising, crystallised ornaments and fake snow. Then I want the Nativity Set under my tree showing our love for the Lord Jesus Christ (YEP! Always at my place). Don’t forget I want the staircase draped and wrapped in endless metres of Wreaths and Garlands. Next, I’ll vision extra-large gifts, all tied up with gold ribbon, piled on top of each other sitting under our tree waiting to be unwrapped by our two adorable, patient, kind and loving children……. SNAP OUT OF IT!
Who do you think is going to carry all this back home AND who do you think is going to prepare all this???!!!
Shopping Online is the way to go these days. Online stores have been around for more than 10 years now, and with the chaos that we all experience during Christmas time – You would have to be communicating with Elves to not do it for at least half of your shopping!
Come on, we know you want to ADD TO CART…
3. Don’t throw out Christmas Gift bags from the year before – Recycle them and use them for the year ahead
Well, we are getting close to finishing off the year – so let’s Wrap it Up! If you’re the same as me and love to see a Gift Wrapped but don’t have the patience to wrap it, then re-using gift bags that you were given from the year before can be lifesavers. No Wrapping, no cutting and no folding!
4. If you want a smooth Shopping Run, best to Shop alone
Think quick! Get in and out of the shops as quickly as possible. Don’t speak to anyone, don’t make small talk with the cashier, and don’t conversate with people you have run into that you may know.
Avoid eye contact, head down and sprint through the shops like you’ve never shopped before! Maybe you can get your steps up on your Garmin while you’re at it.
5. Avoid wasting time in putting up the Christmas Tree year in and year out.
If you’re not big on getting everyone involved to put up the Christmas Tree – Wrap the Tree in Bubble Wrap, ornaments attached and all (Maybe remove the fairy lights) and store the Tree as is so it’s ready for the next year. You’ll Thank me later.
6. Avoid getting too wasted at the Work Christmas Party
We tend to work so professionally all year round, then boom! Work Christmas Party. Time to let your hair down and your liver explode… but to what extent?
Avoid becoming the talk of the new year ahead with pointless gossip and embarrassing moments. Keep it classy and simple at your next Christmas Party and remember, just have fun!
(Said, no Mother ever!)
7. Avoid being left alone
Worried about being Single at Christmas? If you’re concerned you don’t have that Plus One in your life, then best to do something about it now!
Organise to invite other single friends over for the holiday period or offer to host end of year events at your place. Try not to turn down any festive invitations from other friends. Christmas is a time to enjoy everybody’s company and to be thankful for what and who we have in our lives.
One more thing…
JHS Blinds and Screens would like to wish all our Clients, Partners, Family and Friends a very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Prosperous New Year for Twenty-Twenty.
We couldn’t do this without you and the support you have shown us throughout previous years.
JHS Blinds and Screens can’t wait to bring you a bigger and better 2020 with a lot more laughs and giggles.
Stay Safe and remember –
“JHS – I’ts a Family Thing”
Christmas Closure Dates:
25th, 26th December 2019
1st, 2nd January 2020