Year: 2017

Conservatory Decor Ideas

Two Classic Recliner with Footstool from KETTLER's Classic Garden Furniture range in a conservatory.

A conservatory is the midway point between indoors and outdoors. Big windows to your garden are the backdrop to a second living room or dining room. But a conservatory can often be neglected or considered the “other” lounge where kids play or guests are sometimes entertained.

Conservatories or orangeries have evolved in recent years to become more snug and homelier. They can reflect the style of your home or be a completely new design, bridging the gap between your garden and home.

What’s your style?

The style of your conservatory can depend on many factors. An important thing is to consider it as both an extension of your home and of your garden.

Simple steps can be taken to create a vintage or contemporary look. A floral tablecloth, rustic furniture or using the brickwork of the house gives a classic look. Conservatories with solid roofs are the latest in modern design with folding, glass doors for a wide opening.

Flooring

Remember, a conservatory usually gets the brunt of dirt from the garden. A carpet is probably not the best idea. A wood/veneer flooring is easy to clean and includes modern and traditional options. For a warmer feel underfoot, sisal flooring is ideal or simply place a rug in the centre of the room.

The LaMode Corner Set in a rustic conservatory.

Sun Block

A conservatory or sunroom is brilliant for light as the windows create a bright, airy ambience. With such big windows, the inside needs to stand out at both day time and night time. Using light, pastel colour tones make the open space feel even more open.

Dark colours absorb the heat of the sun, unless you use UV glass or blinds. It is best to keep away from dark floors to avoid tip toeing across your conservatory.

Blinds or curtains ensure shade from the sun as well as privacy. A fretwork screen can also provide some privacy while still letting light through. This is a great way to keep the conservatory cool during the day.

Chilly Nights

Conservatories can be ignored over the winter months for being so cold. Yet a glass filled room could feel like a fun, human-sized snow globe on a snowy day. Add a throw or warm blanket as well as a rug and you can feel snug.

Infrared heating is a new, innovative form of electric heating, perfect for a conservatory. Check for drafts and fit window shutters to stop hot air from escaping.

Outdoors In

Indoor plants are a great way to blur the lines of indoor and outdoor spaces. Tall plants with a structural shape help fill spaces and brighten up the room. Fabrics with leafy designs, such as curtains or cushions, also help provide a natural feel to the room.

A man and woman enjoying the Palma Sofa Set in a conservatory.

Furniture

Wood and wicker seating and tables are popular choices for furniture in a conservatory. These feel natural and react well to the changing temperatures of a conservatory. Enjoy your garden furniture for longer by bringing it into your orangery for year-round use.

Most modern garden furniture is borrowing designs from indoor furniture. Use a dining table as a focal point with a vase of colourful flowers at its centre. A green or lemon table runner can also help bring the outdoor colours in.

View the Kettler Garden Furniture, made for outdoors and indoors here.

Kettler Sponsors Bronze Medal Winner at World Triathlon Championships

Mireille Cook wins bronze for GB at the World Triathlon championships.

Meet Mireille Cook: a 42-year-old working mother of 2. 2 years ago, Mireille discovered a love of triathlon. She now represents Great Britain on an international level for her age group (40-44 years) and Kettler Fitness are proud to sponsor her.

This summer she was crowned the European Champion for Standard Distance Triathlon and England Sprint Distance Champion in her age group.

Triathlon World Championships

Most recently, she represented GB in the World Championships in Rotterdam. Over 90 women took part from nations across the world; from USA to Mexico, Japan and Australia. Mireille crossed the finish line at the impressive time of 02:12:59.

Mireille swam, cycled and ran to a bronze medal!

She said of her win, “I am thrilled to have been able to represent my country and winning the Bronze medal was worth every second of training! I am extremely grateful to Kettler GB for their sponsorship which helped make competing for Team GB possible.

With the triathlon season coming to an end over the winter time, Mireille is currently training for Duathlon (cycling and running) as well as cross country events. She will be taking part in the Southern Masters Cross Country Championships on Saturday 9th December.

We wish Mireille good luck and look forward to checking in on her during her winter training.

Breathing New Life into a 50-Year-Old Kettler Truck

Close up of a 50 year old Kettler Truck turned into a mini garden.

It’s always exciting to hear about old Kettler products. We design our products to last and received a customer’s story about a DIY project with a 50-year-old Kettler truck.

From Kettler Truck to Garden Feature

As a family, we were stationed at R.A.F. Gutersloh, Germany between 1968 and 1970. Whilst there we bought the truck as a present for our three boys. It was much loved and used by not only our boys but other children as well for many years.

Over the bank holiday weekend we were clearing out the garage and came across the truck, very rusty, top of the handle missing but otherwise all intact – even the tyres were still in good condition. Having kept it all these years, I was reluctant to part with it. So we transformed it into a mini-garden and am hoping it will last another 50 years.

It shows how well made this truck was to withstand all the fun and games, and neglect over the years.

50 year old Kettler Truck turned into a mini garden.

As we sell both garden furniture and outdoors toys, this kind of ingenuity is great to see. Decoration like this would look fantastic in a traditional garden and includes a fun story to tell every new visitor.

Waitrose Summer Festival

Tents on the Waitrose Summer Festival in the sunset.

The third week of August saw Kettler and Everdure by Heston Blumenthal on show at the Waitrose Summer Festival. Held at the Leckford Estate, on the sprawling green fields of Hampshire, the 3 day festival included celebrity chefs, food stalls and cooking schools.

Waitrose Festival letters made from flowers

Delicious BBQ Food on Sale

Heston Blumenthal’s team at the Fat Duck restaurant in Bray cooked up a storm as queues and queues of people waited in anticipation. The menu included the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger and the Ultimate Smokey Hot Dog, all cooked on the HUB charcoal BBQ.

Burgers sizzling on an everdure by Heston Blumenthal barbecue.

Kettler Furniture on Display

Festival goers could rest on the Kettler Palma Corner and Palma Mini Corner sofas while beatboxers and soul singers from the streets of Covent Garden serenaded them. Gorgeous cocktails, designed by Heston Blumenthal, were on sale at the bar. Drinks included the wickedly tempting Cherry Bakewell Vodka (available at Waitrose).

Young man playing guitar.

After tucking into their meal, people could then take a closer look at the BBQ’s on display. Staff stood on hand to answer any questions. The full range was on show: from Force and Furnace Gas BBQ’s to the HUB, Fusion and CUBE charcoal BBQ’s.

everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ's on display at the Waitrose festival.

Despite the odd spell of rain and occasional patch of mud, the Waitrose Summer Festival was a success. We had so much fun showing off the fantastic Everdure by Heston Blumenthal charcoal and gas barbeques. We are sure that watching the professional chefs at work inspired the many who came to our stand. And yes, the food tasted amazing.

Kettler Customer: The 40 Year Old Go-Kart

Girl playing on a 40 year old Kettler Go-Kart.

We love to hear people’s Kettler stories. There’s nothing better than reading customer’s comments on how our garden furniture or our go-karts have been a part of their lives.

When we received an email from an owner of a 40 year old Kettler Go-Kart, we had to tell people. Here is their story:

Kettler Christmas Present

“I used to ride my Kettler go-kart 40 years ago when I was a kid.

It has been used by: My older brother, me, my 2 nephews and finally (as pictured) my own little girl using it (and eventually her sister!)…

Bit battered now, lost its front number sticker and its rear tyres would probably fail its MOT. But it has had a repaint and with a little bit of oil on the chain it lives on!

My dad still remembers building it in the early 70’s. It was Christmas eve; all the instructions were in German and there was a bolt missing. So, he rummaged around in his jar of spares to find one to fit so there wasn’t a disappointed boy on Christmas day!”

Tell Us Your Story

We believe in promoting the Best of Times and sharing magical memories through the years. If you have a 40 year old kettler go-kart or some classic garden furniture, passed on through the family, you can share your story with us. Go to the Contact Us section on our website or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and message us.

We can’t wait to hear more memories.

New 2018 Garden Furniture and BBQ Products at Trade Show

SOLEX (Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition) is an annual trade show Kettler attends to show off the new 2018 garden furniture coming next summer, as well as what will continue on from this year’s range.

Solex is one of the most exciting times of the year for us as we meet garden centres and retailers from around the country. Just like other years, this year did not disappoint. We felt delighted when we received the Solex Stand of the Year Award.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ’s

Kettler Everdure Exhibition Stand at Solex 2017

This year saw the first year Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ’s featured at Solex. It was fantastic seeing all the BBQ’s and accessories from the range on show for people to see. With new accessories for next year, we cannot wait to see how people push barbecuing even further.

New 2018 Garden Furniture

Unfortunately we cannot tell you what new products we showed at Solex just yet. But we can reveal our Casual Dining and Cora ranges will be seeing some exciting new additions…just don’t tell anyone.

Kettler Caleta Casual Dining Set on Solex exhibition stand

Competition winners

And the winners are…

Thanks to everyone that entered our Best of Times blogger competitions. We’re happy to announce the lucky winners of the Everdure By Heston Blumenthal barbecue below:

Everything Mummy – Winner: Danielle Vedmore, Merseyside

More Than Toast – Winner: Anna Weguelin, London

Mummy in the City – Winner: Lyn Burgess, Wolverhampton

North East Family Fun Winner: Kim Wallace, Surrey

The DADventurer – Winner: Kayleigh Manning, Cornwall

Who’s the Mummy – Winner: Debbie Johnson, Vale of Glamorgan

Congratulations to all our winners, we hope you enjoy your prizes and get some delicious meals out of them! If you weren’t lucky enough to win this time, there’s still a chance to win a stylish Caleta set in our Best of Times competition.


Looking for tips for making the best of times in your outdoor space this summer? Our Indoors Outdoors Hub has plenty of inspiration:

Planning the perfect family barbecue – Planning a family BBQ? Try one of our unique themes to make sure your guests have the best of times.

Growing your own vegetables – There’s nothing like the taste of vegetables that you’ve grown yourself. Find out how to grow great tasting veg in your garden with our handy guide.

A garden for all occasions – Organising a once-in-a-lifetime event this summer or just a casual get-together with friends and family? Our guide has all the tips you need to transform your outdoor space into the perfect venue for all occasions.

Kettler Videos Are Here!

Last year we wrote about our experiences making Kettler videos for some of our fitness and garden furniture products. You can read that post and see behind the scenes photos here.

Now our videos are available for you to enjoy. You can find videos on product pages as well as our Garden Furniture Videos page. We hope that our new videos will help bring our products to life for customers looking to see more of our high quality products. Below are some of the videos as well as more behind the scenes photos.

Ezra Corner Set

Find out more about the Ezra Corner Set here

K2 High Incline Treadmill

Find out more about the benefits of High Incline Treadmills

RHS Chelsea Garden Furniture

Find out more about the RHS Chelsea range here


You can see all Kettler Garden Furniture videos here

You can also watch our videos on Vimeo and YouTube where we post all Kettler videos from past to present.

RHS by Kettler…All in the Detail

Royal Horticultural Society Flower Shows are often the highlight of the summer. Due to the beauty of the Chelsea Flower Show, Harlow Carr or the Wisley Flower Show, it is always exciting to see the latest gardens. The RHS by Kettler garden furniture range has designs to fit into any award-winning garden. It is the little intricacies that make this range so special. Here are the finer details in the RHS by Kettler range:

Wood

RHS Chelsea Bench on a white background.

Chelsea

Rosemoor



Curved Back


RHS branding etched into wood


Comfortable armrests


Steamer Chair


Relax…


adjust the leg rest…


or detach it…


easy!


Adjust the back rest with a simple switch

Wicker


Harlow Carr Dining


Harlow Carr Lounge Set



Handwoven, weatherproof wicker


Glass top tables


Intricate RHS stitching on cushions


Protective Covers


Tailored to fit each product


Quick and easy to remove


UV resistant so won’t fade in the sun

Sharing the Best of Times giveaway

Today’s little moments: tomorrow’s big memories

We know how hard it can be in our hectic modern world to stop, savour the little things, and the people who go with them! Experts have told us for years that in a go-go-go culture we risk missing out on the small moments today that become big memories tomorrow.

With longer, lazier summer days approaching, we thought it was the perfect moment to celebrate the best of times. Kettler is giving you the chance to win our Caleta Corner Set worth £1,799, by sharing your best of times.

Keeping it in the family

Fresh bed sheets, tea first thing in the morning, something simmering in the slow cooker or a hot towel on the radiator as you get out the shower – the tiny ways our nearest and dearest say ‘I love you’ often don’t need any words at all.

A little help from my friends

It’s true that our friends are the family we choose – those wonderful, reliable people that help you move house or suffer in solidarity with you the day after your stag do. They’re a shoulder to cry on, a friendly face to sip glasses of wine with at the end of a long day, and the people we know will be there to share life’s big moments.

The friends we haven’t met yet

Baristas, supermarket assistants, bus drivers, mechanics, people on the street – a smile and a hello could make their day (or yours) that little bit better. Who doesn’t love it when the bus driver spots your mad dash to the stop and graciously waits for you, or when the barista gives you a size up on your coffee because you look a little sleepy?

Enter now

All you need to do is share your best of times with us, and remember, it’s the little things that mean the most. There are a few other entry options for you to choose to get bonus entries. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We’ll take your best of times and add them to our 100 little things page to celebrate – maybe you’ll spot something you’d love to do, too. We’ll be updating it regularly so make sure you check back to see if you’re featured.

As the days get longer and warmer, we can’t wait to savour the small things, knowing that they really do lead to the best of times. Why not check out our Indoors Outdoors ideas? From garden-fresh gin cocktails to toasting tasty treats in your very own fire pit, or stringing up the fairy lights for a garden party to remember – there’s something for every green space, and the best of times therein.

Pulled Pork Slider

Pulled pork burgers cooked from an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ recipe with decorative gherkins.

Outdoor cooking is more than just a taste experience. The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal pulled pork slider utilises the rotisserie of the HUB or Fusion for a visual experience to make mouths water.

Preparation time: 24h
Cooking time: 4h+
Serves: 4+

Ingredients

For the Suckling Pig:
1.8Kg Suckling Pig
3 Kg Rock Salt

For the BBQ Sauce:
15g Groundnut or grapeseed oil
3 Cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 Banana shallot, peeled and finely chopped
¼ tsp Ground ginger
¼ tsp Powdered allspice
¼ tsp Mustard powder
¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
¼ tsp Smoked paprika
210g Tomato passata
100g Cider vinegar
120g Demerara sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Golden syrup
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black pepper

Method

  1. Dry the skin of the pig. Using a sharp knife, lightly score the skin in a cross hatch direction. Using the salt, massage the skin of the pig ensuring that it is covered in salt.
  2. Place some of the salt on the bottom of a large container. Place the pig on top and sprinkle the remainder of the salt on top to cover. Allow to stand for 2 hours.
  3. After the time has elapsed, remove the pig from the salt and scrub off the excess salt. Dry the skin with kitchen towels and place in the fridge overnight.
  4. Set up the bbq by filling the tray with charcoal and igniting it. In the meantime, rub vegetable oil on the surface of the pig. Place the pig on the middle setting of the rotisserie function and allow to rotate for 1 hour.
  5. Move the rotisserie to its highest setting and continue to rotate for approximately 3 to 3.5 hours while topping up the charcoal as necessary, making sure the heat is evenly distributed.
  6. For the BBQ sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and sweat until soft (approximately 7 minutes).
  7. Put in the dry spices, and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring to incorporate them. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Pour the contents of the saucepan into a blender and blitz for 30 seconds until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve and allow to cool. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.
  9. Lower the pig on the rotisserie back to the middle setting for the last 30 min of cooking.
  10. Mix with BBQ sauce and serve the pulled pork slider in the Brioche buns.

A garden full of memories

Birds view of a dog standing in front of a red bucket with colourful water ballons.

Some of our most treasured moments often take place in the garden. Whatever your age, outdoor spaces are perfect for having fun and relaxing in, so it’s no surprise that they leave a lasting impression.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite nostalgic garden moments for you to reminisce about. Who knows, you might even fancy reliving them this summer!

Young boy in a striped sweater holding his eyes closed for a game of hide and seek.

Fun and games in the sun

There was a time when a tap on the shoulder and a shout of ‘Tag!’ was all it took to get everyone excited. The thrill of being chased by your friends through freshly-cut grass was a memory that lasted for years to come.

Once you were exhausted from all the running, you’d play a game of hide-and-seek to give yourselves a breather. Whether it was in the bushes, behind the bench or squeezed into an impossibly small space; the garden was full of great hiding spots – even if you had to risk scratches and stained clothes to be out of sight. And you never, ever forget your favourite hiding place.

Two children playing football in a field.

The family kick-about

The second a ball was out, things usually got competitive. Football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, or some strange mix of the lot; the rules didn’t matter but the scores certainly did. Even your grandparents produced unbelievable shots when it came down to the wire.

While you might not remember who won, the warm memories of playing your favourite games with your favourite people never leave you.

Blonde girl holding a bundle of cherries.

Hand-picked fruit

When you think of the garden, you probably picture it on a bright, sunny day. The flowers are in full bloom and you can almost taste the fresh fruit, homegrown veg and herbs picked from the patch by the fence.

The sweetness of the strawberries you helped your grandparents cultivate contrasted with the tartness of the gooseberries from the overgrown bush out back. Eaten on their own or dipped in sugar and cream, the flavour still takes you back to those childhood days if you close your eyes.

Young by playing in a rubber pool.

Splashing around

On a hot summer’s day, nothing could beat an inflatable pool filled with cool water from the garden hose. Despite the water rarely coming past your knees, this always provided endless fun.

Whether you were splashing around, playing games or filling your water gun with liquid ammo for an assault on unsuspecting victims, it didn’t matter if everyone ended up soaking wet when you could lie back and dry off in the sun.

Blonde girl reading in a wooden treehouse.

Clambering about

You were the king of the castle. High above everyone else, at the top of your climbing frame, you could survey the garden then make a quick escape from any invading parents via the slide. Or, with a single push of the swing, you’d soar through the air – higher and higher, before jumping off at the highest point.

Then there were the trees you climbed hundreds of times, and the wall that you just had to scale for a peek into the neighbours’ garden. It didn’t matter whether your garden was big or small – it was the experience of being outdoors with family and friends that made it special.

Burger, sausages and kebabs sizzling on a barbecue.

Get the barbie on

With the sun out, the smell of charcoal in the air and everyone over; what’s better for making perfect memories than the humble barbecue? Rustling up the burgers, sausages and kebab skewers was Dad’s time to shine, but the food didn’t need to be fancy as you lay back in the sun.

You’ll never forget those long summer days, when the sun never seemed to set and the party continued late into the evenings. Even when the weather took a turn for the worse; it could never spoil the fun. The fun and games aren’t just for the summer either, there are plenty of exciting projects that children and adults can enjoy together throughout the year and to reap the health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor living.