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Magical moments in the garden with the right outdoor lighting

outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting makes all the difference when it comes to creating magical moments in the garden – be it on summer evenings, rainy autumn afternoons or lovely spring nights. But which garden or patio lights to choose? Don’t worry: with these three pointers, you simply can’t go wrong.

Tip 1: little things make a big difference

It’s obviously perfectly possible to pimp your garden with a flood light that would not be out of place in a football stadium, but that’s not exactly our idea of cosy… If you want to add a magical touch and a holiday vibe to your garden, you should go for a lot of little lights. And there are many ways to make the most of these:

  • Dress up a few trees or your pergola with a light garland – a small touch that immediately takes you back to summer festivals, garden parties or authentic funfairs. Nostalgia at its best!
  • Ground lights lining the garden path or the patio are not only atmospheric, but also very convenient. Even when the sun goes down, they add some structure to your garden.
  • Finally: Christmas lights are the one thing you simply cannot do without in the holiday season!

Tip 2: warm outdoor lighting is key

Cold, blueish lights are an instant mood killer. Like your interior, your exterior really comes to life with warm lighting. This makes perfect sense, as we tend to associate warm lights with all the good things in life, like the evening sun or a warm fireside. Are cold colours an absolute no-go then? Not really, but if you use them, use them as accent lighting in well-chosen areas.

Tip 3: go for led lights

When deciding on your outdoor lighting, you should not lose sight of the technical details either. All the experts agree that led lights are by far the best choice. Led lights use up to ten times less energy than incandescent or halogen bulbs, and three times less than energy-saving bulbs. Because most people tend to keep their garden lights on for hours at a time, energy-efficient solutions are definitely the smartest choice.

Fortunately, garden and patio led lights are no longer synonymous with a ‘cool’ look: they come in all sorts of warm shades that will instantly lift your mood. And how about adapting the colour of your outdoor lighting to your garden furniture? That’s perfectly possible thanks to the rgb technology. A Renson patio cover and led lights are a match made in heaven. Simply go to our website and discover for yourself how you can subtly integrate lighting and even heating elements into your patio cover.

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Wellness at home? The garden is the place to be ...

wellness in the garden

Nothing beats winding down in the comfort of your own home. Yes, spending a day at the spa can be heavenly, but deep down we all dream of kicking back in our very own hot tub or sauna. Preferably one that is located in our own little green sanctuary, of course. Because there’s nothing quite like relaxing and enjoying that blissful Zen feeling of wellness in your garden.

Relaxing Finnish style: a sauna in the garden

A sauna in the garden may sound like a crazy idea, but in Finland it's the most normal thing in the world. Did you know that Finland – home of the sauna tradition – counts more than three million saunas, while there are only five million Finns? Many of these saunas are located in private homes, often in gardens. Which isn’t all too surprising, really, because like a Jacuzzi, a sauna in a garden shed or outbuilding sure has its benefits:

 

  • The green surroundings, located far away from household chores and everyday problems, make you automatically relax.
  • It is very healthy to let your body cool off after fifteen minutes in the sauna or Jacuzzi. Enjoy the fresh air or take a quick dip in the pool. The transition from very hot to very cold is not only an invigorating sensation, it also helps your body fight colds. And after a few minutes you simply pop back in!
  • There’s no need for major renovation works for you to enjoy your private spa all year round.

 

Warm winter blessings …

Wellness at home is pure bliss every day of the year, but the winter season is when you will really count your blessings for having your own spa at home. Imagine enjoying …

  • … a private sauna in your garden.
  • … your own Jacuzzi or hot tub under the canopy or patio cover, so no rain or snow can ruin your precious me-time. And if you combine a Camargue louvered canopy with gorgeous Loggia sliding panels, you don’t have to worry about nosy neighbours looking in either.
  • ... unwinding after the sauna or hot tub in a garden pavilion with integrated heating elements.

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Winter is coming … Is your garden ready?

garden ready for winter

The winter season is a winding down time in the garden, provided you take the time to get your garden winter ready when autumn is coming to its end.

Taking care of your plants

Chances are most plants in your garden are frost-tender. If you want to keep your garden from looking bare and drab in spring, now is the time to take precautions:

  • Remove dead branches and leaves from your lawn and compost them. You can use the resulting humus as a protective layer. Another way to protect your plants against frost is covering the soil with straw.
  • Autumn is the ideal time to trim fruit trees, ivy, and boxwood shrubs and hedges.
  • Move potted plants indoors.
  • Refrain from fertilizing your plants. You don’t want them to have a growth spurt when it’s freezing.
  • Plant flower bulbs before the first frost. When winter ends, they will turn into beautiful spring flowers.

Getting the garden ready for winter: protect your garden furniture

Since you won’t be using your garden furniture from November to February, it’s best to store it away safely. Move all tables and chairs inside or under the patio canopy, so they won’t get damaged by the winter weather. Don’t forget to store away the garden hose as well, and shut off all valves and drain all the pipes to avoid irrevocable damage once the frost kicks in.

An inviting winter garden

Does your garden look dead and deserted every winter? It doesn’t have to be that way. Creating a beautiful and inviting winter garden isn’t all that difficult:

 

  • Birds make your garden come to life. Hang up a few fat balls and lay out some crumbs and fruit this winter to attract wrens, titmice and sparrows.
  • Not all plants hibernate. Plant winter-flowering plants across your garden to have it looking cheerful even on the bleakest and coldest days of the year.
  • Don’t let low outdoor temperatures keep you from enjoying your garden. A few cushions and a warm blanket instantly turn your terrace into a cosy spot for you to bask in the peace and quiet of winter. Evidently, a patio canopy with glass sliding panels and heating makes it even more delightful to enjoy the beauty of the winter season – without freezing cold feet!
  • One last tip: invite some friends over for a winter barbecue. We’re sure they’ll gladly oblige and cherish the memory for years to come …

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A garden room that’s warm and dry in the fall? You’re not dreaming

A garden room that's warm and dry

Do you love spending time in the garden? Then June to September is probably your favourite time of the year. Why not try and extend that lovely period? Thanks to your very own garden room you can enjoy some family time and me time in your garden even in the fall.

Outdoor living: not just for summer days!

There’s magic in every season, so there’s no need to get grumpy when autumn is at your doorstep. Deciduous trees dress up in the most beautiful colours from September till November, turning nature and your garden into works of art. And autumn has even more up its sleeve, allowing you to enjoy beautiful, warm daylight and mild temperatures that lure you into taking an evening stroll or having an after-work drink on the patio.

High and dry in the ‘Camargue’ garden room

However, let’s not get carried away: autumn is pretty, but fickle. And chilly draughts and rain showers aren’t exactly the most inviting outdoor conditions. Fortunately, there are many ways to accommodate this problem, like a garden room.

The name of the room is self-explanatory: a garden room is an area in your garden that you can easily close off when the weather turns bad, while not completely separating you from your environment. Most garden rooms begin their lives as patio covers. Take the Renson Camargue: in the summertime, this stylish louvered canopy shelters you from the sun. When the leaves start to fall, you simply close the louvres of the canopy to create a waterproof roof. By adding moveable walls to the sides of the Camargue, you’ll be out of the wind as well.

Garden room cosiness and comfort

Perhaps contrary to expectations, bringing a garden room up to temperature is easy-peasy. The design of Camargue, Algarve, Algarve Roof and Lagune allow you to subtly integrate heating elements that distribute the heat evenly across the room. You’ll love them all the more for being practically invisible!

And that’s not the only touch of comfort you can add to your garden room. With the right lights, speakers and lounge furniture, you can easily convert your patio into an extra living room. Get ready for afternoon tea with a view…

Tip: why not make a garden office in your garden room?

 

 

 

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Garden trends: design and minimalism meet in modern gardens

A beautifully designed house – a cube-shaped house with a green roof or a handsome seventies bungalow – simply can’t do without a statement garden. But designing a minimalist garden doesn’t mean you can put in a minimum of effort. To help you out, we offer some expert tips, based on the latest trends in gardening.

Organic-yet-modern: gardens you’ll fall in love with

Close your eyes and picture your typical modern garden… Are you seeing rows and rows of neatly trimmed hedges and lots of ornamental grasses – a little wild, but not quite out of control? Think again! A contemporary garden comes in all styles. Take, for example, organic gardens, which are very much on the rise. An organic garden is characterised by plant beds in natural shapes, and flowers that look lively and original. Bye bye rigid simplicity, enter playful minimalism.

organic landscaping

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Warm materials – and ditto lights

One of the pitfalls of designing a modern garden is ending up with a sterile, lifeless and characterless patch of green. Concrete and steel – two modern materials par excellence – can come across as cold and clinical when used for landscaping purposes, which spoils the fun for everyone who turns to their garden for cosiness and warmth.

How to walk the tightrope? Complement your modern evergreens with warm and natural materials like wood, and add playful touches such as coloured concrete, multicolour brick walls or design furniture.

Are you looking to brighten up those shady corners of your garden? Garden lights will definitely do the trick, but do keep in mind that warm atmosphere you’re aiming for. Cold, blueish LED lights are an absolute mood killer; go for subtle lamps that glow a warm yellow colour instead.

warm garden lights

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An interplay of light and shadow

The interplay of light and shadow is another top trend in modern gardens. Many young and modern gardens flaunt their straight lines and create a feeling of spaciousness, but they tend to be uniform in height. Yet towering trees, pergolas and terrace coverings have a lot to offer, livening things up and adding a little edge to your garden view. What’s more: they subdivide your yard and hide those ugly trash cans or compost piles. Small wonder that these playful extras are starting to make their way into contemporary gardens.

If you’re not into dramatic eye-catchers, small differences in height are probably more up your alley. Add a little wall around your plant beds, or visually separate your patio from your garden.

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Patio cover, veranda or pergola? Comparison is key!

Patio cover, veranda or pergola?

Blurring the line between indoors and outdoors is the newest trend in construction and interior design. By bringing the outside in and by adding a homely touch to your outdoor living areas, you can make the most of the space you have and create inviting outdoor spaces you just don’t want to leave. Imagine the comfort of your couch, and add some lovely greenery, plenty of fresh air and a stunning view into the mix. Sounds like just the ticket, right?

Roof covers are indispensable if you want to enjoy nature from the comfort of your home, so verandas, pergolas and patio covers are definitely working the indoor/outdoor trend. But what’s the difference between those three? 

Veranda: pros and cons

A veranda is a kind of lean-to conservatory. Verandas become comfortably warm once the sun hits the glass, making them the perfect place to relax and recharge. 

 

Their biggest advantages:

  • Additional living space: a veranda is the perfect lounge area. You can have a seat to read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee anytime you like.
  • Plenty of natural light: treat yourself and your plants to a sunshine fix.
  • Available in all price ranges.

However, a veranda’s biggest plus can also become a bit of a bother. The glass structure can make the room become as hot as a furnace on summer days, heating up adjacent rooms as well (nothing that can’t be fixed with a sun awning, though). In the winter months, it’s the other way around: without heating, verandas become too chilly to use.  

Veranda

 

Pergola: pros and cons

A traditional pergola is a wooden structure or an archway that shades a path or patio. The framework is often covered with climbing plants. Pergola’s have both pros and cons:

 

  • The foliage adds shade to your patio. 
  • A touch of romance: a pergola sprinkles your garden with rustic charm. 
  • A pergola is not attached to your home, which makes extra heating difficult. 
  • The plants that line your pergola need regular grooming.
  • Pergolas offer no shelter from the rain, and are difficult to attach an awning to.

Pergola

Patio cover

While a veranda creates extra space indoors, a patio cover creates an additional, comfy outdoor area.

Renson Camargue

Benefits

  • Your patio is sheltered while you retain complete control over your sun shading system>. 
  • There are patio covers to match any style – from pastoral to sleek and modern. 
  • you can pimp your patio cover with heating elements, an audio system, LED-lighting and even sliding panels for extra protection against the sun, rain and wind.
  • An aluminum terrace covering that isn’t overgrown with plants requires less maintenance than a traditional pergola. 

Tips and trick

Make sure to keep these questions in mind when you’re buying a patio cover:

  • Is the material durable and strong?
  • Does thedesign complement your house and garden?
  • Where will you install your patio cover to make sure the sunlight hits it just right? 

 

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Put the extra into the ordinary: a luxurious terrace in just 4 steps

a luxurious terrace in just 4 steps

A beautiful terrace really boosts the value of your property. And a perfectly decorated terrace means fun all year round. Precisely because you’re spending so much quality time outdoors, a little dash of luxury may be a necessity! Discover how to pimp your terrace in just four steps.

1. Design garden furniture

The look-and-feel of your terrace largely depends on your selection of garden furniture. No matter how sturdy and well-maintained your terrace covering may be, and no matter how breathtaking the view, it only takes a pair of white plastic garden chairs to completely ruin the experience. A stylish lounge set in tropical wood, aluminium, stainless steel or high-quality plastic are really worth the investment. They are the key to years and years of garden fun.

2. Heating – never too chilly for that late-night barbecue!

The best part of having a luxurious terrace is being able to enjoy it every time of the day, and every time of the year. Sipping a deliciously silky cappuccino in the morning sun? Grilling away with friends and family till the wee hours? Freezing to death on your terrace is clearly not an option! The solution: terrace heaters, an authentic terrace stove or a fire pit. 

3. Music maestro, please!

Your favorite tunes to liven up the atmosphere on your terrace? It only takes a set of waterproof outdoor speakers to add some magic to your outdoor experience! Surely enjoying music is not just for indoors. Do you have a Renson terrace covering? Then you’re in luck, because the design beams of Camargue, Algarve, Algarve Roof and Lagune allow you to subtly integrate an audio system. Sounds like music to your ears, right?

Integrated speakers in your terrace covering

4. A luxurious terrace: frame your outdoor experience

The proper covering ties your terrace together and puts the finishing touches to your favorite outdoor spot. A cover or a pergola frames your terrace – literally so – and provides some much-needed protection from the wind, the rain and the sun. Enjoying your terrace all year round? That’s perfectly possible!

decorate terrace

Tip: adapt the style of your terrace cover to that of your garden furniture. Modern furniture asks for a sleek design pergola, while more classic models like Algarve Classic Line or Lapure Classic Line are a better match for rustic furniture.

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Working without interruptions? Retreat to your garden office!

Working without interruptions

Do you run your own business and do you work from home all the time? Or do you often take work home with you? Whatever your situation, a garden office – a relaxing office space in the middle of your own garden – is perfect for working without being interrupted and delivering the best performance possible. Read on to discover everything you need to know about your own gorgeous garden office!

A garden office – uh, come again?

Perhaps you’ve seen them on television or on the internet: garden offices are the hottest trend of the moment. 

A garden office or garden studio is a home office in a separate building in the garden. It’s a place that allows you to stay completely focused, a hide-away from phone calls that take you out of the zone, noisy colleagues, chores or other visible reminders of that growing household to-do list. What’s more, with its views of the garden, your office is an environment where inspiration can flow freely. Last but not least: you’re only a couple of meters away from your home, so bye bye daily commute to work!

Creating your own garden office

The sudden popularity of garden offices has got designers, do-it-yourselfers and other creatives improvising. They have come up with a wide variety of options for creating a garden office:

  • Transform your screen porch or sun room into a home office. It’s not really a garden office, but it takes you very close to the real deal anyway.

  • Set up your garden office in your garden shed. Though this solution is cheap and easy, it does not guarantee the most practical or high-quality working space.

  • What about an ‘office pod’, a home office tucked into a cozy, portable unit? These modules are quite pricy, but you do get a unique design and an unforgettable work environment in return.

  • If you want a large office space with all the trimmings, you can even put a freestanding building in your garden – think a garage with large windows, central heating and of course a beautiful desk. 

  • A fully closable terrace cover can also provide the perfect home office. Go for a high-end covering with mobile slats and sidewalls. In the summertime you can enjoy working outside, while the rest of the year you’ll be comfortably sheltered from showers and cold breezes.

Telecommuting and working at home, not just a phase

More and more people are working from home a couple of days a week or even every day. Governments and companies are putting their stakes on telecommuting and working at home, because flexibility becomes increasingly important for both employers and employees. Make sure your home or garden office meets the highest quality standards. This means using sustainable materials, installing a central heating system and air conditioning, and paying attention to ergonomics.

working at home garden office

 

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Turn your garden into a relaxing retreat with a pool and lounge area

Turn your garden into a relaxing retreat

Gardens owe much of their popularity to their calming effect. They’re the perfect place to de-stress after a hard day’s work. Make yourself comfortable on that lounge chair and feel the tension in your shoulders flow away. What better place to relax than a pool with lounge area?

Nothing beats relaxing at home

Are you always busy, busy, busy? Is your schedule getting the better of you? Are you overloaded with responsibilities, both at work and at home? You’re not alone. More and more people are struggling to cope with stress and unrealistic expectations. Expected to be available all day and every day, we’re finding it nearly impossible to have a minute all to ourselves. 

It’s no wonder de-stressing has become the new trend. We all need time to catch our breath every once in a while, relaxing and truly enjoying life to the fullest. A spa weekend or a romantic getaway are perfect to escape the rat race, but there’s an even better solution closer to home: de-stressing in your own garden!

Keeping it cool with a pool in your garden 

Do you love the outdoor life and want to spend your summer relaxing to the max? A pool in your garden provides everything you need:

  • Hours and hours of fun for you and your children, with no TV or tablet in sight.
  • An outdoor pool is a must-have to stay cool on hot summer days.
  • Swimming is a healthy workout. Your muscles will thank you!
  • Being near water has a calming effect: get into that Zen state of mind. 
  • An outdoor pool or swimming pond adds a luxurious, elegant touch to your garden.

Don’t forget to include a lounge area

To get the most out of your outdoor pool – and to de-stress completely – installing cozy lounge furniture near your pool is simply indispensable. A lounge area is perfect for sunbathing, devouring book after book, entertaining friends with cocktails, ...

lounge area garden

Decorating an outdoor lounge is easy-peasy. Go for stylish furniture that matches your pool and garden. A modern garden requires minimalist design furniture, while a romantic landscape garden looks its best with an elegant, rustic seating area. Do you want to enjoy your pool and lounge seats no matter the time of day? A few parasols, a canopy or a pergola and heating elements will do the trick.

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7 tips for a care free garden!

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Laying out a garden is not a one-time task but a growing process. You should see the lay-out of your garden as a path towards success.

  1. Plan ahead 
    Think about all things you need to do in your garden and all tasks you like and do not like. Things you do not like you have to avoid as much as possible. If you for example think it is annoying to weed out, than think about how to minimise the amount of weed (see next tip).
  2. Do not give weeds a chance 
    The most annoying and time-consuming task is weeding out. A solution for this problem is an adapted bottom covering. You can use synthetic or natural materials such as compost, wooden chips, stones or grind.
    By setting the plants as close as possible next to each other, you limit the amount of sunlight, which gives weeds less chance of growing. 
  3. Put the right plant in the right place 
    All plants need maintenance, but the right plant in the right place can reduce the amount of work. Take into account the plant’s needs: sun, shadow, lots of water, less water… Put the plants that needsunlight not in the shadow and put the thirsty plants close to the garden hose. 
    Avoid plants with thorns or sharp edges or put some softer plants nearby, so the passengers do not get scratched. 
    Put the big plants not in too small pots. This leads to additional maintenance and safety problems.
  4. Think twice about a pond 
    A pond can be beautiful in your garden, but you should also take into account many maintenance problems: spring clean, making the pond ice free in winter, leaks, water circulation, the fishes’ health…
  5. Provide paths and hard grounds 
    Lay out hardened paths in your garden that are broad enough for wheelchairs. Give small corners in your garden a hard ground. In this way, you create small terraces in your garden.
  6. Avoid small pots 
    Pots can be very time-consuming as they need water on a daily basis. Choose therefore for bigger pots and put these close to your garden hose. Moreover, you may not forget to call someone to water your plants when you are gone. 
    Luckily, there also exist pots with a water reservoir that catch the redundant water to give it back to the plants later.
  7. Choose bushes instead of flowers 
    Instead of flowers, you can also bring more colour into your garden by planting trees or bushes. Flowers are more difficult to maintain, as they frequently need water, need to be cut and need to be fertilized.

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