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2017
2017
SEP
05

Bubbles All Year Round

Create the perfect spa space in your garden.

Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Outdoor Living, Lifestyle

The summer is nearly over but it doesn’t mean your outdoor living lifestyle should totally change. Whilst you may have to make some slight adjustments to allow for the inclement weather you can still maximise on the time you spend in your garden or patio area. Your home is a place of relaxation, your private sanctuary where you can enjoy quality time with friends and family, so why not create a space that you can use all year round with features that everyone can enjoy.

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2017
AUG
22

Garden Tables

Tables to suit every outdoor living space.

Wood, table, Outdoor Living, alfresco dining

Wood

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2017
AUG
08

Harmonise With Your House

Outdoor design ideas to make your garden an extension of your home.

Cushions, Outdoor Living, Garden

Cushions

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2017
AUG
03

Relax and Take a Seat

Outdoor Furniture Ideas to Transform your Garden Space.

Garden, Garden Furniture, Blog, Outdoor Furniture

During the summer most people will be relaxing and making full use of their outdoor living space, but for some this is a time for transforming, updating and upgrading the garden retreat. The garden is a private outdoor bubble that is the focal point during the hotter months which is why many will be working hard designing and digging deep to landscape their ideal haven. We have put together an inspirational collection of Outdoor Garden Furniture Ideas that will add a great touch to your garden design.

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2017
JUL
11

Gas or Charcoal?

Which way will you go this summer?

BBQ, Outdoor Living, Trade Open Day, Burgers, Meat

One of the best things that we love about summer is the BBQ smells that linger on every street corner, nothing beats that distinctive smell of meat being grilled over a hot fire. As the summer gets into full swing so do the social gatherings and there is no other way to host a party then to invite your loved ones over to gather in your outdoor space to drink, eat and laugh. Most will agree that hosting a BBQ party is the perfect way of getting people together. If you are yet to initiate your summer with grill fest and have not yet purchased a grill or looking to upgrade then let’s take a look at the two main types on offer.

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2017
MAY
16

2017 Top 4 Smart Gadgets So Far

Make your home smart, safe, secure and happy.

Smart, Tech, Phone, App, Smart Hub, Caribbean Blinds

Technology has advanced so far and so quickly over the past few years and it is great to see new innovations making their way into our homes. A lot of products we are seeing have been designed with specific reasons, either to make our busy lives a little less busy or for peace of mind. We have put together a list of 4 Smart Home gadgets that are worth considering.

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2017
MAY
09

Traditional Vs Contemporary

We take a look at the differences that set these pergolas apart.

Pergola, Louvered Roof, Wood, Outdoor Living, Caribbean Blinds, Canopy

A pergola is an elegant feature that will add a different aspect to your garden whilst providing shade for your retreat. They can come in all shapes and sizes to fit your exterior requirements, making this an appealing option no matter what kind of space you have. If you are contemplating your options for a pergola then your first obstacle would be to choose what type of material would be best.

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2017
MAY
04

Garden Water Features

4 water feature styles to think about for your garden.

Water Feature, Garden

Water features are a great way to add diversity to your garden, not only are they pleasing to look at but they are able to add sound and texture to the landscape. Adding this element will enhance the natural surroundings, attracting wildlife and improving your local ecosystem. An eye catching water feature will create a tranquil space, choosing which one is best suited to your gardens aesthetics is the next step.

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2017
APR
27

The Bi-Fold Movement

Extending the indoors to the outdoors.

bi-fold doors, bi-folding doors, bi-fold, doors, patio doors

A trend is emerging this year as the nation is spending more time in their outdoor space. This year 75% of homeowners will be out in the garden relaxing, entertaining and tending to the shrubs. We are becoming more connected to our natural environment as our weather warms up; new trends are emerging as lifestyle choices are changing.

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2017
APR
24

Light Up the Night

Is your garden looking a bit gloomy?

Lights, Garden, Solar, Green, Grass, Garden Lights

Garden lighting can sometimes be overlooked by many of us but adding this element to your exterior space will give you a magical atmosphere to relax in when the sun departs. By transforming your garden to a glowing retreat you can adopt the alfresco lifestyle and extend your outdoor leisure time.

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2017
APR
18

Fire Features

It’s time to turn up the heat.

Fire, Pit, Outdoors, Warm, Fire Pit

The long Easter weekend has given us a little taste of the summer; the weather is warmer and we are starting to spend more time in the garden relaxing or entertaining. Many of you may have already initiated the outdoor living lifestyle with a BBQ and I am sure these will be a regular occurrence as we get deeper into Spring.

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2017
APR
13

Unique Easter Ideas

These simple touches will go a long way.

Easter, Easter Sunday, Eggs, Table, Decorations, Table Decorations

As we start the transition into a colourful season with blooming plants and blue skies, there is a sudden sparkle in the atmosphere lifting our spirits. Easter for many is a time to appreciate what we have and to cherish life for its gifts it presents us. This weekend people all over the country will be celebrating with family gatherings, Easter egg hunts and long walks in the countryside. It is an exciting and pleasant time and I am sure that all the preparations are in order. For those that are a little on the drag or looking to do something different this year then take a look at our 5 inspirational ideas that you could implement into your Easter weekend.

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2017
APR
11

Artificial Grass

The grass may be greener on the other side.

Artificial Grass, Grass, Green, Garden, Chair

Last week we took a look at the benefits of composite decking and how the trend of artificial replacements to your everyday products are becoming a common site around the average household. Another synthetic manufactured product that has seen an increase in demand recently is Artificial Grass, it has had a rocky past but it has progressed into a more respectable alternative to natural grass.

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2017
APR
04

Investing In The Future

Short term solutions do not always pay off.

Decking, Wood, Composite

As people start to diversify with their habits and opt for a greener lifestyle, we are starting to witness more environmentally friendly products appearing in the consumer market. The way we live and the products that we choose all have an impact on our climate, by breaking the norm and looking beyond the box we can make a difference.

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2017
MAR
21

Caribbean HD

Building the bigger picture.

Canon, 5D, Mark 3, Camera, Outdoor Living Pod, Outdoors, Fence, Wood

As we step into another busy season of shading the nation with the finest, innovative exterior blinds, we reflect on last year’s performance and analyse how we can make further improvements to continue to set ourselves apart. We take great pride in the service we deliver and how we deliver it, which is why we strive to surpass previous year’s achievements by setting the bar higher each time.

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2017
MAR
09

Adding Value

No need to move when you can improve.

Garden, Improvements, Plans

For many across the country it is proving difficult to secure a new larger home. With this being the case, instead of moving it is time start improving. Enhancing your outdoor space can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%. With spring just around the corner, now is the time start implementing your new development ideas so that you can utilise your garden to its full potential.

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2017
MAR
07

Opening the Roof on Outdoor Living

New & Exclusive Outdoor Living Pod for 2017

Since the launch of our award winning Outdoor Living Pod in July 2011, we’ve transformed 1,000’s of terraces up and down the country, providing a flexible, adaptable all weather living space that can be enjoyed all year round.

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2017
MAR
02

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Are you getting too much or too little sun?

Sun Bathing, Sun, Sun Lounge, Sun Tan

Sunlight isn’t limited to tans and good moods it is a vital part of our biological system and is an integral part of maintaining existence on earth. It is constantly delivering many UV rays to the earth, from light, to heat and of course UV (ultraviolet).

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2017
FEB
23

Staying Smart

Are you making smart moves in your home?

smart homes, technology, tablet, internet

In a world where we are surrounded by technology, we are becoming more reliant on it to increase our productivity. In the past decade there have been some technological breakthroughs which have impacted our lives and the way in which we function.

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2017
FEB
16

Inside or Out?

Are interior blinds fading away?

Roller Blind. blinds, sun, Internal Blinds, Interior Blinds

Window treatments are something that most of us will firstly think of as products to create privacy and block out the outdoor light. We will naturally select products to improve the aesthetics of our homes before we think about the other benefits. As important as this is to make a home feel comfortable it is also advisable to understand how they will impact your home. Internal blinds are the common household choice with a vast range to choose from - the most popular being the rollerblind. However does this option provide you with value?

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2017
FEB
09

Express Yourself

You design, we create

Pantone Greenery Awning Fabric & Hardware

Following last weeks blog on Greenery - Pantones Colour of the Year - we thought we would highlight the endless possibilities you have with our products, able to design and create your very own personalised external shading system. With hundreds of fabric designs and colourways to choose from coupled with an endless array of hardware (metalwork) colours in numerous finishes from matt to gloss you have a virtually unlimited scope to style your external blind or awning to suit your landscape and your lifestyle.

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2017
JAN
31

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

It’s all about the great outdoors

Pantone, Greenery, Colour, Swatch, Green

Since the year 2000, “The Global Authority of Colour” have always carefully selected a unique colour that reflects the Global culture. The selection process takes into account a wide variety of factors that include fashion, food, interior design, politics, travel, and this is just a few of many that have an influence on the new shade of the year. We connect colour with emotion which is why it is an integral element to how we can communicate.

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2017
JAN
19

Sky's The Limit

All weather solutions for an unpredictable climate.

Weather climate

The weather in Britain never changes but people in Britain are. Outdoor living is becoming more and more a part of our lives as we relax, entertain and dine in our extended natural spaces of our homes. The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey found that a large number of people in Britain are adapting their outdoor systems and equipment, a result from these changes have led to 75% of homeowners spending more time relaxing in their updated garden space.

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2016
2016
OCT
13

Five Golden Reasons To Consider A Passivhaus Project

Future-proof your home!

External Roller Blind Passivhaus

Passivhaus is a building standard that delivers a high level of occupant comfort whilst using very little energy for heating and cooling. Built with exceptional attention to detail through rigorous design and construction, Passivhaus properties incorporate a variety of features to enhance one's lifestyle. If you're yet to see a Passivhaus property, they're set to grow on a global scale, so one could be coming to a street near you soon!

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2016
OCT
11

How To: Enhance Aluminium Windows

Let the light in with External Roller Blinds!

External Roller Blinds Window

We've recently seen a rising number of homeowners choosing to give their home a sleek, modern makeover with the addition of stylish Aluminium windows. As well as looking the part, Aluminium windows offer a host of benefits, from impressive durability with long-lasting colour to a larger glass area to allow the maximum amount of light into the property.

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2016
OCT
05

How To: Winter-Proof Your Home

Stay warm, safe & energy-conscious this Winter!

Winter Home

Following the recent decline in temperatures, it's the perfect time to embark on a few simple home improvements to ensure you can enjoy a stress-free Winter. From servicing your boiler to securing your home, get ahead with these simple maintenance tasks to save you both time and money in the near future.

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2016
SEP
30

6 Features Home Buyers Love

Consider these improvements for one hot property!

What Home Buyers Want

If you're thinking about moving soon or are wondering which property improvements add most value to your home, the search is over! Following research from a number of estate agents teamed with a study of potential buyers, these six features are a worthwhile investment as well as some great elements to look for within your prospective new home. 

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2016
SEP
28

Embrace Autumn With Our Interior Updates

Cosy and comfortable is all the range!

Autumn Home

With a new school term underway and Summer holidays a distant memory, it's time to prepare your home for the colder weather! We've rounded up five of our favourite new-season home updates to help you create a dramatically different interior this Autumn.

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2016
SEP
23

5 Ideas For Creating The Ultimate Outdoor Room This Autumn

Add style, space & sophistication!

Outdoor Living Pod

As well as offering a versatile extension to your existing living space, a well-designed outdoor area can add tremendous value to your home. Whether you own a compact space or have a vast area to work with, there's plenty of ideas that can be adapted to your balcony, patio or terrace to enhance your enjoyment of this outdoor space.

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2016
SEP
19

Could Gardening Give You A New Lease Of Life?

Getting outside is the key to good health!

Gardening for good health

Patients across the country have recently trialled a new 'green' prescription service in a bid to improve public health, with an overwhelmingly positive outcome. A recent survey found that 72% noticed positive changes to their health with more than half feeling stronger and fitter as a result of these lifestyle alterations.

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2016
SEP
08

How To: Integrate Indoor And Outdoor Living

Bright and breezy has never been so easy!

External Roller Blinds

An open plan living area which effortlessly connects to your garden is a popular way of enjoying your outside space whilst forming the perfect family-friendly zone. With a growing number of homeowners opting for this approach when remodelling their properties, consumer desire for these bright, breezy spaces is only set to escalate, and it's easy to see why. By combining architectural elements with carefully considered design, every home, irrespective of its size, has the potential to expand and blend with its outdoor space. Here's three ideas for making this transition possible: 

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2016
SEP
06

5 Top-Notch Home Trends To Try In 2017

Enhance your interior!

2017 Home Trends

If you're thinking about remodelling or renovating your home in the near future, chances are you'll want to ensure you're at the very forefront of current design trends. These five innovative ideas are sure to give you a head-start when creating a property that's the best looking on your street as well as tapping into 2017's hottest looks.

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2016
AUG
30

How To: Style Your Terrace

Make your zone your own!

Patio Awning

Whilst terraces were once seen as areas to merely sweep, plant and occasionally weed, they're rapidly becoming regarded as 'outdoor' rooms and essentially an addition to our existing properties. Make the most of your space this Summer with our five styling tips which are sure to add some substance to your space. 

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2016
AUG
24

6 Hot Tips For Surviving A Heatwave

Keep your cool this August!

Heatwave Advice

1. Pointing a fan towards an open window helps to push the warm air outside to generate a cooler interior temperature. Perfect if you're struggling to sleep in the heat!

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2016
AUG
19

How To: Establish Privacy In Your Garden

Seek solitude this Summer!

Patio Awning

Whether you're hoping to reduce noise pollution, prevent prying eyes or hide an unsightly view, there are plenty of clever landscaping ideas for introducing privacy to your patio, terrace or garden. Here's five of our favourite suggestions for creating an exotic escape this weekend:

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2016
AUG
15

Barbecues Are This Summer's Biggest Sell-Out

All aboard the barbecue bandwagon!

Outdoor Living Pod

The British fondness for barbecuing is only set to continue as popular barbecue brand Outback announced excellent sales figures earlier today, surpassing all of 2016's sales targets. Despite some initial post-Brexit uncertainty, Outback's UK chief executive explained how among top consumer preferences, barbecues in stainless steel were in most demand, as seen above beneath our client's Outdoor Living Pod.

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2016
AUG
10

A Conservatory Can Boost Your Home's Value By 10%

Glass with class!

External Roof Blind Conservatory

The first conservatories, formerly known as 'orangeries,' appeared during the 1660s, and whilst their purpose has evolved over the years, their popularity has remained relentless, with more homeowner's than ever before expressing a love for the classic glass room.  

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2016
AUG
05

The Many Uses Of An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof is the ultimate all-rounder

Outdoor Living Pod

Following this week's news that 59% of homeowners are making outdoor living a top priority, with 43% replacing the traditional lawn in favour of hard landscaping options, it seems the Brits can't get enough of their alfresco living spaces.

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2016
AUG
01

59% Of Homeowners Are Making Outdoor Living A Top Priority

The sky's the limit with an alfresco lifestyle!

Patio Awning

The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Survey unveiled an astonishing 59% of homeowners are prioritising outdoor living as the biggest influence in their overall outdoor project design.

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2016
JUL
29

Four Reasons To Treat Your Terrace To An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof never goes out of style!

Outdoor Living Pod

Thanks to numerous appearances on the highly-acclaimed home design website Homify, our award-winning Outdoor Living Pod has been attracting plenty of attention as of late, and it's easy to see why! Providing sun, shade or shelter at the touch of a button, our Outdoor Living Pod really is in a league of its own when it comes to transforming your outside. Here's four reasons to consider a louvered roof from Caribbean Blinds to overhaul your outside space:

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2016
JUL
25

Five Ideas For Bringing New Life Into Your Outside Space

Jazz up your garden this July!

Outdoor Living Pod

As the UK continues to bask in glorious sunshine, Brits up and down the country are flocking to their patios and gardens to make the most of the long-awaited warmer weather. However, if you feel your outside space could do with a little revamp ahead of the weekend, these five ideas are an instant way to breathe new life into your alfresco area.

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2016
JUL
20

Gardens Remain A Firm Favourite On Homeowners' Wishlists

Low-maintenance spaces prove most popular

Outdoor Living Pod

A report published today discussed the way in which homeowners' tastes are changing when looking for a new property. The article explained how the search terms 'garden,' 'garage' and 'detached' were the most commonly used words, along with a 51% increase in the phrase 'furnished' compared to last year.

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2016
JUL
15

Strawberries & Screen A Roaring Success

Our Outdoor Living Pod Pop Up Bar & BBQ Proved a Hit

Our award-winning opening and closing louvered roof pergola canopy - Outdoor Living Pod, housed a pop up bar and barbecue this Summer for the Wimbledon Strawberries & Screen event from Monday 27th June to Sunday 10th July at Granary Square, King's Cross, London. Run by The Lighterman, part of the Open House London group, tasty Wimbledon inspired food and drink were served beneath our Outdoor Living Pod to the 1,000's who gathered on the square to watch all the Wimbledon action on London's biggest and clearest screen.

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2016
JUL
07

Barbecuing's A Breeze With An Outdoor Living Pod

Licence to grill!

Barbecue Outdoor Living Pod

It's been another action-packed few months for the Caribbean team as we've been on the go non-stop transforming terraces up and down the country. With the warmer (albeit temperamental) weather upon us, attractive alfresco areas that can be enjoyed all year round, irrespective of the forecast, have never been in such high demand.Outdoor Living Pod Barbecue

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2016
JUL
03

Creating A Shady Oasis

Stylish awnings for all applications!

Courtyard Awning

In built-up environments outdoor space is limited and this typically occurs with courtyard-style terraces. Furthermore, these type of terraces tend to be the worse sun traps as there is nowhere to escape from the heat besides indoors, which of course is the last place you want to be on a lovely hot Summer's day! 

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2016
JUL
01

Wimbledon's Pop Up Bar & BBQ

Strawberries & Cream served from our Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor Living Pod Bar & BBQ

Calling all tennis fans! We're very excited to announce that our award-winning Outdoor Living Pod with waterproof opening and closing louvered roof, is housing a pop up bar and barbecue this Summer for the Strawberries & Screen event at Granary Square, King's Cross, London.

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2016
JUN
27

Tour This Iconic Grand Designs Property

A heavenly home!

Grand Designs Live

The highly unusual five-bedroom family home includes a 90ft stone tower with a spiral staircase along with five different floors. There is a master room, cinema room and guest suite located in the tower, whilst on the top floor there's an impressive roof garden, hot tub, gym and sauna. 

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2016
JUN
24

Outdoor Spaces Have Become Top Priority For Developers

Grand gardens top homeowner's wish lists!

Outdoor Space

Whether you own a private or communal, small estate or balcony-style outside space, one thing is for certain and that is that gardens have never been so important to homeowners and tenants in search of an escape from their increasingly busy lifestyles. 

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2016
JUN
20

Summer Set To Return Towards The End Of The Week

Barbecues at the ready!

Outdoor Living Pod

Today may signify the first day of Summer, but with heavy rain spreading across most of the UK, many of us woke up to a rather miserable Monday morning. However, despite the recent washout, all is not lost, as Summer is finally set to make its long-awaited comeback, with warm sunny spells and temperatures as high as 25°C predicted up and down the country towards the end of this week. 

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2016
JUN
17

Roof Blinds Are The Ideal Accompaniment To A Glass Roof

In a glass of their own!

External Roof Blinds

A recently published Houzz article featured some excellent advice about how to bring light into your home with the addition of a glass roof. The article explained that whilst a large area of glazing is guaranteed to make an impressive architectural statement, as always there is a number of factors to consider before undertaking upon such project, one of which is the importance of considering the correct window treatments for your new roof. 

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2016
JUN
08

6 Quick Tricks To Perfect Your Patio This Summer

Create an authentic alfresco retreat!

Patio Awning

As the glorious warm weather continues to sweep across the country, it's no surprise homeowners are keen to get outside and enjoy their outside spaces to their full potential. However, if you've neglected your garden over the Winter months or feel your outside space is in need of a little TLC, here's six quick tricks for transforming your area to an authentic alfresco retreat: 

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2016
JUN
02

Keep Cool With Smart Shading

Happy home, happy planet!

External Roof Blinds

When you think about altering your home's design, chances are you probably don't think about how it can affect the planet. With costs and other practical considerations to bear in mind, it's unlikely that environmental impact is a top priority- and you're not alone. Despite our growing awareness of global warming and the importance of leading a greener lifestyle, according to National Geographic's Greendex Survey, people's consumption habits are slower to come to fruition. 

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2016
MAY
31

Brits Are Loving The Alfresco Lifestyle

Outdoor living is all the range!

Patio Awning

Despite our famously unpredictable weather, Brits are keener than ever before to put their outdoor spaces to good use, often by introducing an alfresco dining area which can transform a previously unused space to one of the most popular areas of the home. In fact, a recent survey of 2000 people conducted by UK Estate Agents Strutt & Parker revealed that when it came to the most important factors for our dream gardens, 'privacy' and 'space for entertaining' came out on top. 

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2016
MAY
23

The Many Benefits Of Natural Light

Light continues to lead the way for good health

Natural Light

According to a recently published study, people who spend more time in natural lighting have increased productivity levels and alertness compared to those individuals that spend the majority of their day in artificial lighting. This is because light directly impacts the amount of Melatonin a person produces, which affects how awake we feel. 

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2016
MAY
20

5 Secrets To Hosting The Perfect Barbecue

Make it a party to remember!

Barbecue

As the weather finally begins to improve, many of you will begin to think about heating up the barbecue this weekend. After all, there's no better way to make the most of the warmer days than gathering friends and family for some alfresco wining and dining. Take a look at our top tips below for transforming your little get-together into a party to remember: 

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2016
MAY
18

Brits Waste £672m A Year On Their Gardens Due To Lack Of Knowledge

Invest in an Outdoor Living Pod this Summer!

Garden

Britons are wasting a staggering £672m per year on their gardens, according to a survey conducted by Gardena. Yearly, Londoners splash an average £1,000 on their gardens, but much of this expenditure goes down the drain due to garden calamities, often caused by a lack of knowledge. 

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2016
MAY
16

Protect Your Skin From The Sun This Summer

Young people are running the risk of Skin Cancer

Patio Awning

Reports published last week have revealed Skin Cancer is increasing amongst young people, with two-thirds shunning sunscreen in a bid to 'get a better tan.' Teenage sun-seekers admitted to regularly getting burnt, whilst one in ten 13 to 24 year olds said they'd never worn sunscreen in a poll conducted by the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

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2016
MAY
13

British Holidaymakers Are Going Green

Renewable energy hotels are big business!

External Blinds

New research published earlier this week has revealed concern for the environment is playing a big factor in Britons' hotel bookings, with one in five people saying they're more likely to stay somewhere if it uses renewable energy sources.

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2016
MAY
06

Alfresco Dining Has Never Been Hotter!

Establishments get set for the sun

Alfresco Dining

With long-awaited blue skies and temperatures expected to be higher than LA this weekend, it's only natural many of us will be looking to wine and dine alfresco style to make the most of the glorious Spring weather. 

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2016
MAY
03

Seize Summer With A Stylish Patio Awning

Caribbean have got it covered!

Patio Awning

Caribbean Blinds recognises that with the passing of a long British Winter comes the desire for quality time spent outdoors enjoying the warmth and sun-filled Summer days. With the addition of a stylish awning above your patio or decking area, you can create your dream outdoor retreat, enabling you to safely soak up the alfresco lifestyle whilst remaining fully protected from the outdoor elements. 

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2016
APR
27

Conservatories Are Making A Big Comeback

Glass rooms have never been so desirable!

uPvc Conservatory

First popular in the 80s, conservatories were an affordable and straight-forward way of increasing living space for families. However, as they were often built from cheap uPVC panelling, and prone to freezing cold temperatures in Winter and unbearably warm temperatures during the Summer, they added minimal, if any value to a home, causing a subsequent reduction in sales. 

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2016
APR
22

How To: Illuminate Your Space With A Roof Light

Let the light in this Spring!

External Roof Blinds

Whether you're extending, converting or renovating your property, roof lights are an excellent way of bringing light into your home, and generally speaking the higher the light source, the brighter the space will be. By providing up to 40% more light than a standard window installation, it's clear to see why roof lights have become such a popular choice for the modern-day homeowner.

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2016
APR
08

The Garden Room Boom

We investigate this modern-day must-have!

Outdoor Living Pod

With the London housing crisis showing no signs of subsiding, a growing number of the city's homeowners are dismissing the high cost of relocation in favour of a “garden room” which can provide that all-important additional living space.

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2016
APR
06

Spring Home Updates

Spruce up your home this Spring

Spring Home Garden

Now that Spring is emerging, it’s time to break out of that Winter rut and update your home ahead of the lighter, brighter days. We show you how to give your a space a fresh new look this April with our six quick tricks. 

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2016
MAR
11

March Gardening Guide

Spring is in the air!

March Gardening Guide

Following the cold, dark and sometimes uninspiring Winter days, many of us will be waiting in anticipation for the lighter and brighter Spring weather, and few things are more rewarding than enjoying the warmer climate from the comfort of your very own garden.

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2016
FEB
03

Overhaul Your Outside Space

Be inspired by these gorgeous garden ideas

Patio Awning

With Spring just around the corner, February is the ideal time to undertake any garden projects so you can enjoy your newly-transformed space to its full potential once the good weather arrives. With that in mind, here are some effortless-yet-effective ways for designing an elegant outside space that’s sure to be the envy of all your friends and family!

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2016
JAN
20

January Gardening Guide

Get your garden in shape this 2016!

January Gardening Guide

After the expense, excitement and over-indulgence of Christmas, January is the ideal month to get outside and catch up on any gardening jobs that may have been pushed aside during the festive period. With Spring just around the corner, this month is all about preventing damage from harsh weather conditions so your garden’s in tiptop condition when the new season arrives.  

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2016
JAN
13

Make The Most Of The Great Outdoors In 2016

Be at one with nature!

Outdoor Living

January is synonymous with New Year’s resolutions, and whether this entails shaping up, kicking a bad habit or keeping our homes more organised, many of us pledge to make a change for the better in the forthcoming year. In fact, despite almost half of all Britons making a resolution, by the end of June, 50% of us will have discarded our good intentions, but it needn’t be this way!

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2015
2015
DEC
16

20 Of The Best Home & Garden Design Tips

A round up of this year's best advice for a super-stylish space

Outdoor Living Pod

With 2015 drawing to a close, we felt it would be the perfect opportunity to collate our favourite design tips as featured on our blog over the past twelve months. From introducing contrasting colours into your interior to designing a space that truly reflects your personal style, our top tips are sure to help you create a desirable home and garden without the high-end price tag. Enjoy!

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2015
DEC
10

We Have A Winner To Announce!

Who has won our £250 cash prize?

However, there can only be one winner, and we'd like to announce that Sarah Price is the lucky recipient of our fabulous cash prize. Congratulations Sarah! A cheque will be on its way to you very soon, which is perfect timing ahead of the Christmas festivities. 

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2015
DEC
09

Garden Design Trends To Look Out For In 2016

Give your outside space a new lease of life in the new year

Patio Awning

Although many fashions come and go, outdoor living remains as popular as ever, particularly in England where consumers are keen to take full advantage of any warm weather as well as maximising their usable living space. This trend is set to continue in 2016, with more homeowners than ever before opting to improve their garden to create a desirable area that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

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2015
DEC
03

8 Home Design Trends To Watch In 2016

New year, new designs!

Home Design Trends

As 2015 draws to a close, it's only natural to look ahead and wonder what the new year will have in store. Whilst 1st of January inspires many people to eat right, save money and embark on a lifestyle overhaul, what goals will we set for our homes?

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2015
DEC
02

Natural Festive Decor

Fresh from the garden!

Plus, if you prefer an artificial Christmas tree, these suggestions are a great way to add real greenery to your interior without the hassle of dropped needles! And if you're outside space is looking a little scarce this time of year, why not look out for the following on your next Woodland walk? 

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2015
NOV
25

Timeless Tableware

Entertain with elegance this Christmas

As wining and dining plays a big part in the Christmas festivities, tableware is an excellent place to start. Be the hostess with the mostess this Christmas with our pick of the best decorative pieces. And don't forget if you're planning on taking the party outside this Winter, be sure to check out our guide to hosting an alfresco get-together with our Outdoor Living Pod.

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2015
NOV
23

Protecting Your Home & Garden From Frost

Don't get caught out this Winter

External Roller Blinds

Following a recent plummet in temperatures, Britain awoke to an icy start this morning as the first frost of the year made its appearance. Along with the need to de-ice our cars and grab an extra layer, there's a number of ways we can shield our property from the frosty weather conditions to guarantee a hassle-free Winter. Check out our top tips below for Winter-proofing your home and garden over the coming months: 

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2015
NOV
18

Harmonious Houseplants

Bring the outdoors indoors this Winter

Houseplants

Now that Summer has been and gone, many of us are planning to spend more time inside during the Winter months- but this doesn't mean we have to stop appreciating the wonder of The Great Outdoors. This can be achieved by bringing a taste of the outdoors indoors with the introduction of a classic houseplant.

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2015
NOV
16

Entertain Alfresco This Winter

Throw an unforgettable party over the festive season

Outdoor Living Pod

Whilst during the Summer our gardens are used to their full potential for relaxing and socialising, once Autumn is upon us, many of us allow our outside spaces to fall into disuse. Given the colder weather and longer, darker evenings it's only natural to spend our Winter evenings wrapped up indoors- but it needn't be this way! 

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2015
NOV
13

5 Simple Jobs To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Keep your home in tip top condition

External Roof Blind

With a recent dip in temperatures and Christmas rapidly approaching, now is a great time to embark on a few home maintenance jobs to ensure you can enjoy a stress-free festive season. From servicing your boiler to clearing out guttering, getting ahead with these 5 simple tasks will save you both time and money over the Winter months.

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2015
NOV
11

Let There Be Light!

Deck the halls this festive season

Following the recent unveiling of the iconic John Lewis Christmas advert, it seems the countdown to the 25th is well underway, and as ever there's plenty of preparation to be done.

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2015
NOV
06

Caring For Your Garden Furniture During The Winter

Keep your table and chairs in tip-top condition!

Outdoor Living Pod

As it's often exposed to a variety of weather conditions, it's no surprise garden furniture can look a little worse for wear if it hasn't been fully protected against the elements. Therefore, in order to keep your garden furniture looking its best for years to come, it's well worth taking a little time to ensure your furniture is properly cared for- whether that involves coating it with a special oil, cleaning it regularly or simply investing in a waterproof cover. 

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2015
NOV
05

Wrap Up Warm This Bonfire Night

Don't be left out in the cold!

When standing around for a prolonged length of time it's easy to feel the cold, but with the correct preparations and a few handy hints, it couldn’t be easier for you and your family to stay lovely and toasty this Bonfire Night and throughout the approaching Winter season. Check out our top tips below: 

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2015
NOV
02

How Our Homes Have Evolved Over The Past 50 Years

Changing with the times

Outdoor Living Pod

A recent article from The Guardian looked at the way our changing homes provide an accurate reflection of our changing lifestyles, and generally speaking, as our lives have become less functional and more about leisure, our properties have undergone a similar transition. 

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2015
OCT
28

Get Set For Halloween With Caribbean Blinds

The devil's in the detail!

Pumpkin Carving

Deathly Decor:
Be the talk of the neighbourhood this Halloween with our pick of the best hair-raising home and garden accessories, as shown above.

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2015
OCT
20

How To Style Your Outdoor Living Pod

Get set for Autumn with our favourite home updates

Outdoor Living Pod

With fewer daylight hours and the weather rapidly deteriorating, many of us overlook the idea of spending time outside during Autumn and Winter. Although being confined to the warmth and comfort of our living rooms may appear a very attractive proposition when temperatures plummet, there's no reason why we can't still enjoy our gardens to their full potential during the Winter months. 

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2015
OCT
16

Keep Warm This Winter

10 tips to heat your home for less

External Roller Blind

For many homeowners, this indecision is the result of one key factor- the rising cost of energy bills. Whilst it’s no secret we could all shop around more to find the cheapest energy suppliers, understandably, many families opt to stick to their existing plan in order to save time and hassle.

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2015
OCT
13

Autumn Home Accessories

Inject warmth & comfort into your home this October

Look forward to lazy days in front of the fire and of course the imminent festive season with our pick of the best Autumnal home accessories. 

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2015
OCT
07

Excellent Evergreens

Add some year-round greenery to your outside space

Additionally, evergreens are a great way to introduce permanent structure to your garden and work equally as well as stand-alone plants as they do as part of a mixed border. They can also be used for hedging which is a good technique for creating privacy and establishing an attractive boundary whilst welcoming wildlife to spend time in your garden.  

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2015
SEP
29

Brilliant Bird Boxes

Welcome wildlife with these chic designs

Autumn/Winter is a particularly good time of year to attract birds, as Winter is the most challenging season for wildlife to survive, primarily due to the lack of food. Best of all, with lots of new and emerging bird box designs there's plenty to choose from in order to create a stunning outside focal point. Check out our four favourite designs below:

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2015
SEP
23

Guide To Pressure Washing

It's time for a post-Summer clean-up!

This said, patios, terraces, fences and garden furniture quickly come up sparkling with the aid of a pressure washer, making them an essential tool in your cleaning up conquest.

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2015
SEP
16

Autumn Planting Guide

Start sowing for a stunning Spring garden

Because the soil is still warm from the Summer season due to slow heat absorption, it's much easier for bulbs to become established before the Winter frosts arrive. Within this type of environment, plants concentrate their energy on their roots to create a network that will last them a lifetime, hence why many gardeners believe "if you are ever going to plant a plant that will outlive you, chances are you'll do it in Autumn."   

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2015
SEP
14

Are Lawns Becoming A Thing Of The Past?

Homeowners opting for low-maintenance alternatives

Outdoor Living Pod

A recent news article revealed one in four gardens no longer has any grass, with a rising number of homeowners opting for low-maintenance alternatives such as decking, paving and AstroTurf in replacement of the traditional lawn.

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2015
SEP
09

Contemporary Patio Heaters

Enjoy your patio every season of the year

Therefore, if you'd like to comfortably enjoy alfresco meals and drinks with friends 365 days a year, patio heaters are an invaluable investment to your outside space. There's lots of different heaters to choose between, such as those that burn gas, the traditional chimenea and the recently-launched electrically-powered radiative heater.

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2015
SEP
07

Autumn Gardening Guide

Get set for the new season with our top ten tips

Patio Awning

As Autumn approaches, shorter days and much cooler temperatures are on the horizon, making it all too tempting to stop spending time caring for our gardens.

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2015
SEP
04

Grand Designs Live Special: 5 Ways To Create A Contemporary Outside Space

Revamp your garden with these top tips

Outdoor Living Pod

With “attractive spaces for entertaining and relaxing” appearing as the top priority for homeowners in 2015, a well-designed garden has never been so desirable. We were fortunate enough to chat to property guru Phil Spencer recently who echoed this approach, emphasising how you should “consider your garden as valuable as an extra room- it needs the same care, maintenance & decor as the home."

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2015
SEP
03

Grand Designs Live Special: A Guide To Eco-Friendly Gardening

Make your garden extra green with this useful guide

Patio Awning

We’re all aware we should try our best to help protect the environment. Whether this entails recycling, washing our clothes at a lower temperature or installing energy-efficient light bulbs, lots of us strive to live an eco-friendly life where possible.

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2015
SEP
02

Grand Designs Live Special: Merging The Outdoors With The Indoors

How to create a lighter, brighter & more contemporary living space

External Roller Blinds

Like many fashions, interior design trends come and go, but the concept of “bringing the outdoors indoors” is one that shows no sign of disappearing any time soon. This trend is one that can be taken at face value, and simply means blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor to give the illusion of one large, connected space.

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2015
SEP
01

Grand Designs Live Special: Top Tips For A Low-Maintenance Outside Space

A gorgeous garden doesn't need to be time-consuming

Patio Awning

Low-maintenance gardens have become increasingly popular amongst homeowners in recent years. With many in search of an attractive outside space without the time-consuming upkeep, there are a number of tried and tested techniques, as well as revolutionary new products that can help keep this workload to a minimum. 

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2015
AUG
26

Alfresco Accessories

Wine & dine with sophistication this Bank Holiday

Whether you’re planning a family barbecue, garden party or simply enjoying a few evening cocktails with friends, our pick of the 20 best alfresco accessories are sure to give your get-together a stylish touch.

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2015
AUG
19

Outdoor Lighting Masterclass

Illuminate your garden in style this Summer

Essentially, there are four main types of outside lighting, ranging from security lamps to decorative lighting, portable fixtures and fitted designs. 

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2015
AUG
12

Self-Watering Pots & Planters Guide

Allow your plants to fend for themselves with these dynamic designs

This said, self-watering systems effectively solve this age-old dilemma and significantly decrease the demand for watering, from daily to as little as once a week.

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2015
AUG
05

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg

Enjoy a taste of The Great Outdoors fresh from your patio

What’s more, it’s very economical, eco-friendly and of course extremely healthy as home-grown food is bursting with far more vitamins, nutrients and taste than you’ll ever find on a supermarket shelf.

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2015
AUG
03

How To Holiday At Home

Enjoy a Staycation with Caribbean Blinds

Holiday At Home

Staying put this Summer? You’re not alone! Staycations have grown in popularity over recent years with a rising number of families opting to holiday at home rather than jet off abroad. In fact, 40 percent of Brits will not go on holiday at all this summer, exchanging long-haul flights, stressful airports and costly hotels for making the most of what’s on offer right outside their front door. (And who can blame them?)

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2015
JUL
29

Solar-Powered Water Features

Make a focal point with a fabulous fountain

From subtle, understated designs to features adorned with sophisticated LED lights, solar-powered water features create the ultimate centerpiece for your garden. With solar-powered features running entirely from free solar energy, there’s no hassle with plugs or cables unlike a mains-powered feature. 

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2015
JUL
20

Pave The Way

Contemporary paving ideas for a patio with wow factor

Paving

When it comes to paving, choosing the right surface material is key to bringing your garden to life whilst complimenting the aesthetics of your home. Not only do stylish paved surfaces enhance your outside space, they also create the perfect environment to enjoy some alfresco dining alongside our innovative patio awnings. Whether you are looking to create a whole new patio or just a small feature area, these contemporary paving ideas combine durability with wow factor for a space that'll shine for years to come.

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2015
JUL
20

Q & A Special With Professional Garden Designer Lisa Cox: Part 2 (Of 2)

Lisa unveils her top tips for a desirable outside space

3. How do you expect garden trends to evolve in the future?

Fashions change whatever the industry, but in the garden it tends to take a while to get going and feed out to the masses. For example, outdoor lounge furniture is now seen everywhere – ten years ago, this would have been something we saw on holiday, rather than in our own back gardens.

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2015
JUL
17

Q & A Special With Professional Garden Designer Lisa Cox: Part 1 (Of 2)

Lisa unveils her top tips for a desirable outside space

With paving, planting, shading and furniture to consider, it’s easy to dedicate as much time to designing your perfect outside space as you would the interior of your home. What with “attractive spaces for entertaining and relaxing” appearing as the top priority for homeowners in 2015, a well-designed garden has never been so desirable.  

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2015
JUL
03

Keep Your Cool

We unveil the best ways to stay cool during a heatwave

External Roof Blinds

What a week it’s been! With highs of 36.7°C in the UK and the good weather set to continue, whatever you’ve got planned this weekend it’s important to stay safe in the sun whilst keeping as cool as possible. We reveal the most effective ways to stay comfortable during a heatwave:

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2015
JUN
29

Keep Bugs At Bay This Summer

Make a stand against pesky bugs this Summer with our top ten tips

Patio Awning

With July just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to plan picnics, camping trips and garden parties to make the most of The Great Outdoors. This said, irritating ants, flies, mosquitoes and stinging insects are all at their most energetic during the Summer months, threatening to ruin your outside enjoyment. Make a stand against pesky bugs this Summer with our top ten tips, enabling you to soak up the sunshine bug-free.

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2015
JUN
26

Raise Your Glass

Whip up a delicious drink this weekend with our classic cocktail combinations

Cocktails

There’s nothing better than relaxing on a warm Summer’s day with a fruity cocktail in hand. Today’s post showcases our ultimate cocktail recipes so you can sip in style all Summer long! What's more, they make the perfect accompaniment to our delicious barbecue recipes. Enjoy on your patio, terrace or even better, in our Outdoor Living Pod for the ultimate alfresco experience. Cheers!

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2015
JUN
19

Gourmet Grilling

Get grilling with our ultimate Summer barbecue recipes!

Outdoor Living Pod

Nothing says Summer quite like a barbecue and with the weekend on the horizon and the sun (hopefully) set to shine, it’s time to get the family together and enjoy the great outdoors. Today we present simple-yet-scrumptious recipes so everyone can grill with skill!  

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