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How to decorate a garden where everyone feels right at home

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Preparing your signature snacks, folding the perfect napkins, lighting candles, putting together the ultimate playlist, ... Don’t you just L-O-V-E hosting a good party? So do we! If you’re looking for ideas to decorate your garden in such a way that it makes all your friends and family feel right at home, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to get inspired!

Lighting the path to party success

Your guests are having a great time chatting the evening away, and … Hey, what happened to the sun? When you’re hosting a party that’s likely to continue after dark, make sure your garden is well-lit. A romantic light garland is an easy means to set the right mood, but don’t forget to illuminate your (main) garden paths as well to keep your guests from tripping.

Kicking back under the patio cover 

If there’s one thing no garden party guest can resist, it’s a cosily decorated patio cover. Next to offering a lovely view of your garden, a decent patio cover shelters everyone from the wind and rain – so there’s never any need to rush back inside when it starts to pour. You can complement your Renson patio cover with all kinds of extras to make it even more comfortable and inviting. By opting for integrated LED lighting, heating and side walls, for example, you make sure your guests can party hardy in the garden all year round.

Tip: a patio cover with built-in speakers turns even the simplest get-together into an unforgettable party at the touch of a button.

A touch of luxury

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of luxury from time to time, right? Don’t hesitate to complete your patio cover with an outdoor fireplace and install a self-serve minibar filled to the brim with frosty drinks for your guests. The latter is especially convenient when you’re entertaining from under a free-standing patio cover that’s not adjacent to the kitchen.

Plants and flowers – in the right place!

It goes without saying that a garden without (hardy) plants and flowers can never look cheerful. However, spare your guests from wasp attacks and mosquito bites as much as possible by making sure not to plant things too close to your patio area. 

Decorate your garden for children, too

Your friends and family will be happy to know there’s a play area for their children, too, so let your imagination run wild! Just make sure to keep it safe and easy for parents to keep an eye on things at all times.  

 

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Glass sliding walls take your patio cover to the next level

glass sliding walls for your patio cover

We all love a home with large windows that make the room look bigger and let in plenty of sunlight, right? Then why not add them to your patio cover! There’s nothing quite like a patio cover with glass walls to get the most out of your outdoor space all year round.

Retractable glass walls for patio covers

When it comes to customising your patio cover, Renson offers plenty of possibilities, including retractable glass walls to shelter you from the rain and the wind – or let in fresh air if needed. You can open or close the glass sliding panels whenever you want, or simply leave them half open.

Tip: combine your glass sliding panels with a vertical sunscreen to keep the temperature on your patio from skyrocketing – and to avoid unwanted gazes from nosy neighbours. If you want, you can even have the sliding panels fitted with a lock for extra protection.

Enjoy your garden to the fullest

Do you take pride in your beautifully landscaped garden? Are you blessed with a stunning view? Or do you simply like to sit around and watch the birds explore your little piece of paradise? Thanks to a canopy with glass walls, you get to enjoy all that and more! And don’t you agree a glass patio cover looks so much more elegant than one that’s completely made of heavy materials?

A cleverly designed patio cover

A Renson patio cover with glass walls is a fine example of the amazing things design can achieve. The glass panels come with a built-in drain and you can effortlessly detach them for easy cleaning. What’s more, they slide both ways, which makes them all the more practical.

Glass sliding walls are currently available for the Camargue Line, Toscane and Lagune.

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6 tips for creating the garden design of your dreams

Garden design

Do you feel your garden isn’t much to look at? Do you want to enjoy your little piece of nature to the fullest? That means it’s high time for a makeover! Discover our tips for a successful garden design and you’ll be spending your time relaxing in your beautiful garden before you know it. 

1. Keep your eyes peeled

Surely there’s lots of inspiration for your new garden to be found online or in magazines, but nothing beats getting a hold of some real-life examples. Take a stroll around that friend’s garden you’ve always admired, and don’t hesitate to participate in open garden days in your area. And why not visit a botanical garden or take a walk in the local park? Be sure to bring your notebook to jot down which types of plants you really like. And, above all, don’t forget to snap as many pictures as you can.

2. Create a floorplan to scale

A bit of measuring and some simple calculations are all you need to draw a floorplan of your garden to scale. Tip: Google Maps allows you to easily measure distances by right-clicking.

3. Get your thoughts together

Can’t wait to skim garden centres and buy all the plants and trinkets that take your fancy? Slow down. First things first! Collect your thoughts to come up with a well-defined plan. What’s your budget? What do you believe is the most important thing about a garden? Make a list of everything you definitely need and try not to deviate too much from it as you go along.

4. Take the seasons into account

Chances are you want to be enjoy your gorgeous garden all year round, and not just in the spring. It pays to keep flowering periods in mind when purchasing your greenery, as does integrating some hardy plants into your garden design. That way, you’ll always have something beautiful to gaze at no matter the season.

Tip: If you wish to spend time in your garden even in the winter, consider installing a (free-standing) patio cover with side walls. Opt for integrated LED lighting and ditto heating, and you’re all set! 

5. Don’t forget about outdoor lighting

The right outdoor lighting instantly immerses your garden in a fairytale atmosphere. Combine your patio cover’s integrated LED lighting with ground spots illuminating your garden paths and with special spotlights aimed at your most beautiful plants and trees.

6. Opt for a low-maintenance garden design 

Why make things difficult when you can simply choose plants and a patio cover that require little maintenance? Material-wise, aluminium is an excellent choice for your patio cover as it is much more maintenance-friendly than wood.

 

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Enjoy your 'indian summer' with some well-deserved me-time!

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Late summer – or 'indian summer' as they like to call it in New England – is the short period between summer and autumn during which nature is undeniably at its best. And during which your life, of course, doesn’t stop being busy. How to take full advantage of the Indian summer without messing with your schedule? Discover our three steps for having the best me-time.

Step 1: savour every moment

"Just let me finish this, and then I’ll ...", "Once this deadline is met, I’ll ..." Sounds familiar? Before you know it, autumn makes its appearance and your chances of enjoying a wonderful late summer are over and done with. So allow yourself to savour every moment of it, being mindful about your bike ride to work, your morning walk to the bakery on Sundays, and so on.

Step 2: spoil your body and mind

Summer is over, winter is approaching. Late summer is your final chance to treat yourself and prepare your mind and body for those merciless winter months. Here’s how!

  • Indulge in a full day of wellness – at the spa, at home or even in your very own garden. Relaxing in the sauna and soaking in the Jacuzzi or hot tub do wonders for the skin – and the mind.
  • Try to eat healthy and balanced meals. Warm summer evenings and eating ice cream may go hand in hand, but now is the time to start paying attention to your health again.
  • Adopt a regular sleep routine and get up at the same time every morning. This habit will help you sleep better and feel rested – despite the days getting shorter.

Step 3: immerse yourself completely in the 'indian summer'

Finally, head outside and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Take your time to gaze at the beautiful colour palette the forests offer at this time of the year, or take a trip down the coast to catch a breath of the wonderful sea air. Not in the mood for travel? Your very own garden can be just as gorgeous to watch!

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Complete your roof terrace with a beautiful patio cover

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If you’re not blessed with a cosy garden but do have a fantastic roof terrace with a gorgeous view, you have every reason to use it to the fullest. Looking for ways to make your roof terrace even more impressive? Dress it up with the right accessories and furniture and you can be sure to enjoy it all year round. Discover our tips! 

1. Add luxury with a patio cover  

Thanks to a patio cover you get to spend time outdoors no matter the season. Enjoying those warm summer evenings among friends becomes all the more attractive, and even in the winter you can invite people over for a drink or two on the terrace. Especially if you opt for a patio cover that comes with side panels and built-in heating – a perfect means to create extra living space, particularly if your apartment is on the small side. 

Did you know patio covers also serve as sunscreens? They will keep the sweltering summer sun out while still allowing some warm sunrays to sneak through your windows in the winter. If you opt for a louvred canopy, you can even control the amount of sunlight coming in. 

2. Go green! 

Your roof terrace may be located high in the sky, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look like an actual garden. Our tip? Try to incorporate as many different types of plants as you can to make your roof terrace look like an oasis! How about planting a small herb garden against the wall? You also can’t go wrong with an array of plants in high-quality pots and a hip plant hanging from the canopy. 

These plants will feel right at home on your roof: 

  • Ornamental grasses 
  • A (small) olive willow 
  • Black bamboo 
  • Strawberry plants 
  • Garden herbs (thyme, rosemary, ...) 
  • Lavender 
  • A fig tree 
  • Mexican orange blossom 

roof terrace patio cover

3. Stylish lighting  

Decorative lighting is the key to an appealing terrace. Hang a few lanterns and fun light garlands – and don’t hesitate to have LED lighting integrated into your patio cover. 

4. Fancy patio furniture 

By choosing a lounge set that perfectly matches your interior and the style of your roof terrace, your indoor and outdoor space will blend into each other whenever you open the door to the terrace. By the way, did you know that they even make carpets specially for terraces these days? Ideal for creating that bohemian atmosphere! 

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Can a screen roof ever be truly stylish? Why, yes! Discover Lapure

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Have you been delaying installing a patio cover because you’re not quite sure whether a screen roof would add value to your home? That’s understandable. But let us reassure you: screen roofs can be a perfect combination of comfort and style. Don’t believe us? Read on to learn all about Lapure

Enjoy your garden all year round ... 

Whenever the sun gets too bright or a rain shower is imminent, all you need to do is press the remote control for the Lapure screen roof – a windproof, sun and water resistant Fixscreen – to roll down. Combined with elegant (and optional) side panels, Lapure not only shelters you from wind and rain but also makes your patio as private as can be. You can even have the side panels integrated into a sliding mechanism called the Loggiascreen Canvas, so that you can easily access your patio from the side, even when the panels are down.  

Did you know you can link up to three different Lapure screen roofs to each other to create one extra-large screen roof?   

Lapure: not your typical screen roof 

Why settle for just any screen roof when you can have one that is incredibly practical and stylish to boot? Once installed, Lapure looks like it’s always been there. The frame follows the contours of your home while the colour matches that of your windows and doors perfectly. Lapure’s aluminium structure comes in all RAL colours and the Fixscreen is available in different shades as well. In short, Lapure offers everything you need to match your patio cover to the rest of your home. And when the canvas is rolled up, you get to enjoy your beautiful garden to the fullest as there is no disturbing cross bar obstructing your panoramic view.  

In love with country style homes? Then you’ll love the new Lapure Classic Line. A classic rendition of the already stylish Lapure, Lapure Classic Line features columns with a spherical or diamond-shaped look. 

The ultimate place for cocooning 

Well-chosen accessories make your Lapure screen roof the ultimate place for cocooning. If you, for example, prefer to spend your evening relaxing under your screen roof with a wonderful view of the garden, having cosy LED lighting invisibly integrated into an additional cross bar is definitely something worth considering.  

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About to buy a patio cover? 3 things to bear in mind

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If you want to enjoy your garden all year round, installing a patio cover is a smart move. But how do you know which patio cover is the best choice for you? And who to buy it from? There are three things to bear in mind. 

Make sure you buy top quality

First and foremost, make sure you pick a patio cover made of a durable material that is easy to maintain – it will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Are you, for example, in love with wooden patio covers? Then why not opt for a maintenance-friendly alternative like the Camargue Wooddesign? It looks exactly like wood but is in fact made of aluminium. The Camargue Wooddesign requires no maintenance and will continue to look gorgeous through the years.

Choose from an extensive range

The more extensive the range you get to choose from, the more likely you’ll find a patio cover that suits your garden and home perfectly. Renson offers various models with plenty of accessories, allowing you to customise your patio cover down to the smallest detail. Have your pick from our elaborate colour palette varying from off-white to warm grey, and be sure to ask about our Fixscreen vertical side panels. Made of glass fibre cloth, you can easily have them printed with a personal photograph. Let your imagination run free! 

Buy a patio cover that comes with a warranty

Finally, don’t forget to take service into account. For example, how many years of warranty will you get? The longer the warranty, the more confident the dealer is about the quality of the patio cover you’re about to buy. That’s why Renson offers no less than five years of warranty on all defects that may occur under normal use conditions. In some cases, you even get fifteen years of warranty on colour fastness and lacquer gloss. Read more about the extended lacquer warranty!

 

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How to control the sunlight coming into your home? With a patio cover!

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Everybody loves a room that bathes in daylight, but there are also times when the sunlight coming into our homes is simply too bright. Few things are lovelier than watching the autumn sun rising when you’re having breakfast on Sundays, but a low standing sun peeking in is something else entirely when you’re trying to read a book or watch TV. Fortunately, that’s where your patio cover with sun-controlling feature comes in …

Here comes the sun

The amount of sunlight we prefer coming into our homes depends from season to season. In summer, we want to keep the sun out as much as possible to enjoy a cool indoor climate, whereas in winter we’re almost desperate for some warm sunrays sneaking through the windows. A patio cover or louvered canopy sure comes in handy then, allowing you to control the amount of sunlight coming into your home just as you please. 

A patio cover with sun-controlling feature 

Being able to keep the sun out – or let it in – is a must for comfortable living, but not every solution is equally well suited. Curtains and blinds, for instance, may keep out the light but still let the heat in. A louvered canopy, however, stops UV rays from heating up your home.

Catching two birds with one stone

A patio cover with sun-controlling feature allows you to catch two birds with one stone:

  • You get to have lunch while basking in the sun on your very own patio. Or while it rains, breathing in all the fresh air your garden has to offer – without getting wet.  
  • Thanks to a patio with sun-controlling solution, you can control the amount of sunlight coming into your home all year round. Easy-breezy!

 

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Garden games that are both fun and safe

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Looking for fun garden games? We’ve lined up some great ideas that will keep your children entertained for hours.

“Mommy, I’m bored!”

Your children always look forward to the holidays … only to scream “Mommy, I’m bored” on the second day because they simply don’t know what to do with so much time on their hands. Time to step in!

3 surprising garden games

1. The gunpowder game

The gunpowder game is a kind of hide-and-seek, but with a ball. One of the children kicks the ball away, after which the seeker goes and fetches it. Meanwhile, the other children hide. Once the seeker has returned with the ball, they start looking for the other players. If they spot someone, they have to run to the ball and tap it before the other child kicks it away.

2. Water games

Children love playing with water. But unless you can keep an eye on them at all times, giving them water balloons to play with is much safer than letting them play in the pool. Just make it clear to them that throwing water balloons at someone’s face is a no-no.

Here’s another fun idea: why not let your children make a water tower or a viaduct from one side of the patio to the other using perforated plastic bottles and tape? The perfect way for them to let their imagination run free!

3. Chalk city

Another classic outdoor activity is curbside drawing with chalk. Even older children love to create their own chalk city on the curbside, with plenty of streets for their matchbox cars to cruise around in.

Bring the indoors outdoors

Not every child likes to play sporty and active games, and that's okay. But even more quiet children can enjoy the outdoors when the weather is great. Simply let them play the games they’d otherwise play indoors like drawing, playing with their dolls or Legos, … on the patio, on the lawn or in the shade of a patio cover.

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5 barbecue trends from all over the world

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Each country has its own culinary traditions, some of which have become popular all over the world.  Barbecuing, for instance, originated in the United States in the 18th century and has now even gained ground in North Korea. In fact, it seems every country likes to barbecue with its very own twist!

1. Grilling it German style with ‘Bratwurst’ 

Bratwurst’ served with sauerkraut, potato salad or a bun is part and parcel of Germany’s culinary heritage. If you’d like a taste of this German tradition at home, remember to always cook the sausages until they’re half done before putting them on the grill. That way, the outside won’t get burnt before the inside is done.

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2. Bulgogi

Both North and South Koreans love indulging in bulgogi: thinly sliced pork or beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and pepper. Bulgogi is best barbecued on a fine grill rack (or you can simply bake it in a pan). 

3. Yakitori

'Yakitori' is Japanese for 'baked chicken' and a typical Japanese delicacy. Making yakitori yourself is pretty easy. Select small pieces of meat (chicken, pork or beef) and then bake them over a charcoal grill. While baking, season the meat with salt or with a salty-sweet marinade made of sweet rice wine (mirin), soy sauce and sugar.

4. Straight from the USA: smoked vegetables and meat 

In recent years, people living in the United States, South Africa, Australia and Jamaica have taken a liking to smoking instead of barbecuing. Smoking means cooking your meat and veggies slowly and at a low temperature to give them a smoky flavor and preserve as much of the juices as possible. It’s best done on a pellet barbecue which allows you to easily control the temperature.

5. The vegetarian barbecue trend 

Veganism and vegetarianism is on the rise. Consequently, more and more people opt to barbecue without meat, choosing healthy alternatives like vegetable satays, halloumi cheese and corn on the cob instead. What’s your favorite veggie barbecue dish?  

Discover the ideal outdoor kitchen for foodies and pleasure seekers

 

A barbecue is all the more fun if you don’t have to worry about the sun, rain or wind.

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