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Which Fire pit is best for you?

Hemi Fire Pit

Are you looking to install a fire pit to bring warmth and comfort to outdoor meet ups in the garden but not sure what you need and what will work in your outdoor space? We have a quick guide to help with some of those initial decisions.

 

Balcony and Small courtyard garden

When space is at a premium that does not mean you can’t have the benefit of a fire to keep you warm on chilly days on long summer evenings.

The ideal fire pit for you would be a  Hemi 26”.  In a smaller setting we would recommend using bio fuel, which eliminates the need to any pipework and no need to find extra space to store an LPG tank.

 

Relaxed Seating Area

The height of outdoor sofas and armchairs pairs perfectly with both our Elevated Halo and Hemi fire pits.  Both of which are coffee table height and have the dual function to work as a coffee table when using the metal table top or hard wood table top when the fire pit is not in use.

 

Both these fire pits have the option of LPG fuel, natural gas and bio fuel. Using a fire pit in an outdoor seating area gives more flexibility in concealing pipework. Pipework can be concealed behind or underneath the furniture or if planning ahead the pipework be run under decking and stonework. Thinking of where the LPG tank goes? LPG tanks area available in a variety of sizes, so you can create bespoke screening for the LPG tank; conceal it in a box made from your decking with ventilation or screen with planting.

 

Outdoor Dining Area

For outdoor dining we would recommend our linear fire pit, they are our thinnest fire pit allowing the maximum amount of space for seating and they can be joined end to end ensuring the whole dining area is heating. The linear lends itself particularly to a commercial outdoor space as it also creates a fantastic divider between areas.

Linear fire pit

 

We recognise that there are a multitude of things to consider when installing a fire pit, we have more guidance in our FAQS and we are on hand to answer your queries if you are thinking of installing a fire pit.

Get in touch with us to talk through your outdoor space

 

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Garden Trends 2021

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What will the big Garden Trends of 2021 be? We’re looking at the top trends to inspire and and watch out for in 2021. The garden is set remain a place of sanctuary and these ideas will help you make the most of your outdoor space in whatever shape or form it comes in.

 

Balcony Gardens

Recent research found that one in eight households in the UK have no access to private or shared gardens. Those living in urban areas are looking for for clever ideas to incorporate nature in the home environment. Balcony gardening is set to be on the rise in 2021. According to Country Living there is plenty of choice to make a functional space really come alive, whether you opt to make the most of any wood on your balcony, go for minimalist design, or choose to go all out wildlife oasis.

The plants required  for this garden trend will depend on your style, but by opting for plants like jasmine, lavender, foxglove, bamboo, eucalyptus, snake plants, and peace lilies, you’re on the right track

 

Wild Gardens

For many people this year, the days of pruning, mowing and meticulous garden maintenance are in the past. Whether you opt for wildflowers or leave a patch of your lawn unattended, wild gardens are brilliant for creating a haven for bees, butterflies and hedgehogs to thrive. Some of the plants to get your hands on include single-flowering varieties of plants and open flowers, too.

Inside Outside

This  garden trend was big in 2020 and it looks set to continue in 2021. It’s all about make your outside space an extension of the home, creating a natural flow between the two.

Tiny Gardens

Many of us may not have a large outside area, but 2021 will see a trend for households to make the most of what they do have — regardless of size. In previous years these spaces have been disregarded in favour of visiting large open spaces.  People are learning to make the most of whatever outside space they have. Some of the plants to have on your radar include long-flowering perennials, evergreens and climbers. It’s all about making the space look bigger. Options include growing up to use your vertical space, laying borders, having clear pathways, and creating specific zones or outdoor rooms.

Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds are an asset in smaller spaces; you can control your soil better, reduce soil compaction and care for your plants much easier.

Raised beds
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Permaculture Gardening

Permaculture gardening means “permanent agriculture” and it’s defined as working with natural forces; wind, sun, and water  in order to provide food, shelter, water, and whatever else your garden needs. With more people working from home, a push to work harder to protect the environment this is a trend that looks set to grow in 2021. To achieve this look in your garden, opt for annual vegetables like beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers and squash, while adding in plenty of flowers and greens to create a permaculture look.

Permaculture Gardening
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White Gardens

Dazzling white flowers and bright white furniture have been growing in popularity over the recent months. They add an air of calm and tranquility in your outdoor space. Key steps to create a white garden, include choosing a dark backdrop, varying up the foliage and changing up shapes and sizes, repeating form, and finally adding some eye-catching white flowers to fill the space.

Windowsill Gardening

A windowsill garden is ideal for creating a kitchen garden to add a little something extra to your cooking and ideal to add some nature to your home if you don’t have a garden.  Think herbs, chilli, kale,  pea shoots, spinach. You might not have a sprawling space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow fresh plants and flowers in your home.

Grey Gardens

A Pantone colour of the year for 2021 and one of the most popular paint colours for the home, but it has also been making its way into the garden. Whether you opt for grey patio paving, fence paint, gravel, or garden path, there are many ways you can tap into one of 2021’s biggest trends.

Cottage Gardens

The charming feel of an English country garden has a warm and inviting feel that many are looking to create in their own gardens this year. If you are looking to create this at home  consider planting roses, foxgloves, poppies, sweet peas, and delphiniums.

cottage garden
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Looking for some extra help to make the most of your outdoor space? Get in touch and see how we can enhance your outdoor living space in 2021.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2021

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Pantone have announced the colour of the year for 2021 and we couldn’t think of a better combination of the soft grey of Ultimate Gray and sunshine yellow of Illuminating. The combination of these Pantone colours is ideal for an outdoor space as we move into the New Year!

 

 

We’ve put together a little inspiration to show how you can combine these colours in your own outdoor spaces together with our fire and water products. We have a wonderful range of colours for all our fire and water features and we think that Nori is a great match to Ultimate gray.

solus decor pantone 2021

Shop this look and add a little sunshine to your own outdoor space

If you’re looking for a little place to relax and unwind with the calming sound of water why not combine these Pantone colours with a Solus water dome.  The perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee while you sit at this charming bistro table set.

 

Solus decor pantone moodboard

Shop this look and add a little sunshine to your own outdoor space

We’re all looking forward to 2021 and a fresh start after a difficult year.  Get in touch with us to help you add a little bit of wow to your outdoor space and start the New Year with a little ray of sunshine.

 

 

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Feature Project: Sabina Hill Live in Gallery and Studio

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We take a look at the picture perfect Sea Forest Guest Suite; a self contained holiday rental providing an immersive experience for art, design and nature enthusiasts.

The Sea Forest Guest Suite is part of the live in gallery and studio owned by the Canadian artist and designer; Sabina Hill. The Sea Forest Guest Suite is located in Madeira Park overlooking Pender Harbour. Sabina has created a spectacular deck complete with hot tub and fire pit to allow guests to appreciate the breathtaking views all year round.

Solus Decor Hemi fire pit

 

Sabina Hill creates art, interiors, limited edition furniture and custom textiles which merge the rich mythology of the Pacific Northwest Coast with a contemporary design aesthetic. Sabina is creating an immersive experience for collectors and appreciators of art, design and nature. Guests staying at the Sea Forest Guest Suite can see the inspiration that runs through Sabina’s work in the interior details that makes this a truly special property.

 

Sabina has incorporated a Solus Hemi fire pit on the deck to ensure guests can enjoy this space and the views all year round.  The Hemi fire pit is available in three sizes; 26″, 36″ and 48″. Solus offer the ultimate in flexibility with a choice of three fuel options allowing you to choose a fire pit that suits both your lifestyle and your outdoor space.

solus hemi fire pit

 

If you’re inspired by Sabina Hill’s artistic retreat get in touch with us to help you make your own inspirational deck.

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Case Study: Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Lakesside Hotel and Spa

In a recent blog we looked at the benefits of a fire pit in a commercial environment.  Due to the Covid19 crisis this subject gained a lot of traction within the hospitality business. We have decided to delve further into this with a case study of the Lakeside Hotel and Spa.

 

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa overlooks Lake Windermere, a mere stone’s throw from the water’s edge; a 4 star superior hotel in the Lake District World Heritage site. Priding itself on giving a warm welcome and 5 star service to all who pass through their doors, there is no better location from which to explore the southern Lakes.  Lakeside is fortunate to have the only Aveda Destination Spa in the England. Treatment rooms and relaxation areas, alongside a beautiful 17m pool with views out to the lake and beyond, are exclusive to residents and spa day guests. Visitors can also enjoy a newly-enhanced Spa Garden with its unrivaled lakeside position, allowing you to wander from the Spa to the water’s edge. The addition of a stunning fire pit and warming heat domes makes this garden area a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the panoramic views.

Most bedrooms & suites benefit from a stunning lake or garden views to wake up to. Contemporary design meets classic country house in a rich blend of colour and texture that feels stylish, warm and welcoming.

 

 

A Word From The Team At Lakeside Hotel And Spa

“We are delighted to be back open for resident guests, it’s a pleasure to be able to offer a tranquil haven for folks that have had a difficult few months. Although we have had to adapt our operating procedures to comply with guidelines, ‘keeping it simple’ has been our motto. In order to be confident we are operating a safe environment for both our guests and Lakeside team:

–          We have adjusted our opening hours to 5 nights each week for residents only. This allows for weekly deep clean and for bookings of 4 or 5 nights the room will only be used by one guest in any 7 night period.

–          We are only selling 50% of our rooms over the five day period, making social distancing easier and more natural.

–          We have moved all our dining to be by the Lake, making use of our light and airy conservatory, with tables socially distanced and allocated to guests throughout their stay.

We are as ever promoting the fantastic outdoors activities and attractions nearby including great new walks from the hotel and of course our spacious outdoor terrace, observation deck and spa garden complete with fire pit and heat lamps perfect for Autumn nights.

We believe this is best operating practice for guests’ enjoyment and most importantly for safety of the Lakeside team and residents.“

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa incorporated a Solus Decor Hemi fire bowl with drinks ring into their garden in 2019 but the last year has really enabled them to truly see the benefits due to the current regulations in the hospitality industry. The Hemi is available in three sizes , three fuel options and a range of accessories to make it both customizable and adaptable to a variety of commercial outdoor settings.

 

We are thrilled to see the Lakeside Hotel and Spa’s guests enjoying this beautiful outdoor space with the benefit of the heat from the Hemi fire pit and long may that continue through Autumn and Winter.

 

 

 

 

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How to create your outdoor living space this winter

solus hemi fire pit

The last year has made us all acutely aware of the importance of outdoor space in both commercial and residential spaces. As we approach the winter months we need to create real outdoor spaces with heating and protection from wind and rain.

 

We’ve put together a  guide on how you can create the perfect outdoor living spaces to get you through the winter months.  We’ve taken inspiration from our outdoor living space created for Chelsea Flower show in 2019.   Whilst we were lucky with the weather last year, this is not guaranteed so any design needs to allow for protection from the rain. We’ve put together a shopping list for you to create this space at home this winter.

The Quick Fix

A combination of high street finds with quick delivery combined with the our sustainable and durable fire pits.

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  1. outdoor shelter, Jackson Fencing £1207.80  
  2. Artificial single boxwood tree, Blooming Artificial  £92
  3. Square concrete planter, Getspotted.com £30.99

 

  1. Patterned cushion cover, H&M £6.99 
  2. Murphy Bench, Wayfair £191.99
  3. Green linen cushion cover, H&M £8.99

 

  1. 36″ Hemi fire pit with LPG fuel, £4,074 inclusive of VAT
  2. Fire Table with LPG Fuel, £5,034 inclusive of VAT
  3. 36″ Water Dome, £3,354 inclusive of VAT

 

The Big Investment

This is a luxury space at Cedar Nursery that has dining and relaxing all in one space with the all important protection from wind and rain. This space includes investment pieces for outdoor living for the future, a bigger price tag with longer lead times but made to last just like our fire and water features.

 

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  1. Edge stackable dining chair, Cane Line £460
  2. Bio Sun Terrace and Patio Cover, Cedar Nursery from £7,325
  3. Drop Dining Table, Cane Line £2,750

 

  1. Flex Modular Sofa, Cane Line from £2,325
  2. 36″ Hemi fire Pit with LPG fuel £4,074 inclusive of VAT
  3. 90 cm Fiberglass pot, Primrose £171.99

 

Get in touch with us to create your own outdoor living space this winter

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Making the most of your commercial outdoor space

hemi fire pit

There has never been a greater need to make the most of outdoor space than now! We look at how some of our commercial clients have made the most of their outdoor space and how this has enhanced their business.

 

Solus provides quality commercial grade fire pits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our fire pits have the best warranty in the business and outstanding in-house customer service. We ship in museum quality containers almost anywhere in the world. We have CAD drawings for all of our designs and regularly assist architects, designers and developers in specifying a Solus fire pit for commercial projects.

 

We are proud to be part of wide range of hospitality businesses from cafes, restaurants, hotels, bars and event spaces; all of which have been able to increase business as a result of being able to use outdoor space all year round. As the Covid 19 crisis continues, the hospitality industry has been forced to adapt to new ways of working to ensure they can continue to serve their customers and keep their doors open. Outdoor spaces have been adapted to create a safe space for customers to enjoy meeting with friends and family.

We look at some of of our hospitality clients and how a fire pit has enhanced their outdoor spaces.

Hotels

We’re incredibly proud to be featured in a number of hotels in the luxury Fairmont Hotel collection. Our fire pits have been used in both contemporary and traditional settings within the hotel brand and look stunning within the setting and allow these outdoor spaces to be used throughout the year.

Bars and Restaurants

Our fire pits create a natural space to gather with the added benefit of a space to rest a drink. The Streeterville Social has used a number of our fire tables within their large outdoor space.  The Altabira Tavern at Hotel Eastlund has the Hemi fire pit with the glass protection for extra piece of mind and particularly helpful addition for roof terraces that are more exposed to high winds. Lastly we have the Eataly restaurant in LA with the welcoming Hemi fire pit with drinks ring; offering space for drinks and appetizer plates, ideal for bars.

Commercial outdoor space in Cafes

One of our most recent installs is at Armistice Coffee is Seattle, a much welcome addition for their customers who can enjoy their coffee outdoors even on a cooler day and taking you from day to night.

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Hemi fire pit at Armistice Coffee in Seattle

 

If you are looking to make your outdoor space work for your business this Autumn and winter get in touch with us to find our more about our products.

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In Conversation with Theron Horton Design

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You will have seen fantastic photos of Theron Horton’s design work on our Instagram feed and no doubt dreamed of transforming your own garden into a fantasy space for outdoor entertaining.  We have taken a moment with Theron to discuss his inspiration, design process and how he has been dealing with these unprecedented times.

 

The love of the garden and design started from an early age with Theron. He took it upon himself to help out in the garden, mowing the lawn, raking the leaves and even pruning the roses seemingly with an inbuilt knowledge of what to do. Not content with the practical side of gardening he took his creative flair inside the family house; rearranging and organising the furniture whenever his Dad undertook any redecoration project to enhance the space.  It was clear from an early age that Theron had an innate talent for design and his love of the outdoors led him to creating beautiful outdoor spaces.

After attending UBC Continuing studies programme in Residential Garden Design in 2013 he has seen his design practice go from strength to strength.

The Design Process

The design process is customer -centric. I focus on the client to learn what the well-appointed and arranged Outdoor Living Space looks like for them.  It is essentially a process of guided self-discovery. I help the clients identify what they do not like first.  As part of that process, some desirable elements are identified and those preferences guide our navigation toward more choices for preferences related to the selection of exactly the right elements that comprise the uniquely customized and well-integrated Outdoor Living Space; low-profile glass door and wall systems, pergolas with automated, retractable louvre systems, outdoor kitchen space, pools, spas, sound systems, other recreational and practical components and materials selections for finishing all of those. All of which, of course, relates to the budget.  Everyone has one.  Some are bigger than others but communicating early and often budget implications related to preferred materials selections is vital to a successful Design and Project.

The Gibbons Project

You will no doubt have seen this sensational project on our Instagram feed with the fantastic outdoor spaces that works for every event, dining, relaxed outdoor seating and even a spa area! The family had an irregularly shaped space and felt that it was not being used to its full potential and most importantly it needed to work for the whole family. Theron Horton Design worked with the family to understand key priorities for their project and came up with a list to work with.

In the end my directives were to provide a plan, making best use of space, that would allow for a covered but open air spa with surrounding deck, an open flex space that might be used for lounging on one or two chaise longues or whatever else, a fireplace gathering space with chairs but also some flexibility for additional seating in the circle, a covered but open air dining space for a large table that could be expanded to be even larger and a covered but open air outdoor kitchen with BBQ, large beverage chiller, in-cabinet storage and a comfortable seating/bar area for guest to gather near the person grilling without getting in the way.”

Theron Horton Design provides fantastic visuals to help guide clients through the design process and help them visualise the space, which can so often be the hard part for clients at the start of the design process.

 

We love this space and the materials used, which complement our Hemi fire pit perfectly.

 

Dealing with Covid19

As with every business the impact of Covid 19 has been stressful and worrying at times, however Theron has managed to navigate through this. The nature of the work means that social distancing can be done, and works can continue with relatively little disruption.  Now more than ever our gardens have become a sanctuary and one of the places we can still enjoy seeing family and friends.   They truly need to be an extension of the home and work on many levels and this is something that Theron Horton achieves with his designs. Theron is currently working on a roof terrace design and a hugely exiting development is the opening of his showroom, a great development for the design practice. We can’t wait to see these next projects come to life!

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Outdoor oasis in Denver

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This week we are featuring design studio Atelier Interior Design who created this outdoor oasis for their clients; a sanctuary in the city.

Atelier Interior Design

Atelier is a full service, award-winning interior design firm. Their designs are centered around vibrant color and pattern complimented with textural and sculptural details.  Their style can be described as eclectic taking inspiration from travel and cultural influences that inspire their work.

This outdoor area embodies the eclectic and global inspiration, which is exactly what the client wanted.  The client had moved from a large Victorian style property to this contemporary four story property.  The move was a chance for them to go for a complete style overhaul.  The client had a very eclectic style but wanted to combine this with a more contemporary look in keeping with the style of the property.  Atelier Interior Design was the ideal choice to help them with this style transition.

 

Outdoor Oasis

Atelier Interior Design described how the patio was a fun part of the overall project because the clients really wanted to make it their own oasis in the city with plants and vibrant natural colors like blue and green. They loved the clean style of the Solus Hemi fire bowl.  They customised the look of the Hemi fire bowl by purchasing extra bags of the fire stones to cover up the lava to give it a more natural look.

 

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Patio Solus Decor Hemi fire pit

 

We have a great range of accessories to help customise your fire pit including the fire stones used by Atelier through to table tops and drinks rings to make your fire pit multi functional.

 

 

Are you looking to create your own outdoor oasis? Why not get in touch to see how we can help with a fire or water feature to give that wow factor and create a space you can use all year round.

 

 

 

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Feature Project: Creekside, Washington

This week we are featuring the stunning Creekside development. A treat for the senses both inside and out with interior design by NB Design Group and landscape architecture by Land Morphology.

 

NB Design Group is a full-service interior design firm specializing in exclusive residences, condos and commercial spaces. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle and they worked with Land Morphology to create this luxury property for the ultimate in luxury living.  NB Design group have used a neutral palette in the interiors of the Creekside development combined with high end finishes which mix perfectly with the foliage that surrounds this property.

The beautiful master suite is a calming space complete with it’s own private terrace with a Hemi fire bowl.  A quiet place to escape at the end of the day or with a morning coffee.

There is a fantastic collection of entertaining spaces both inside and out. You can make the most of the beautiful spaces with family and friends.

Land Morphology have created a luxurious outdoor space that surrounds the Creekside property; linking the interior design style seamlessly with the outdoor space.  We love the variety of outdoor entertaining spaces.  From the breakaway seating for a quiet one on one, right through to the combined lounging and dining space for a full scale party.  Land Morphology are a landscape architecture firm with an emphasis on detailing, artful design features, sophisticated horticulture and sustainability all forming part of their design ethos. It is clear to see these elements in the Creekside project. On this project they worked closely with NB Design Group who supplied the outdoor furniture to ensure the perfect transition between indoor and outdoor living.

If you’re feeling inspired by this project why not get in touch to see how you can create your very own luxury outdoor space with a fire pit.  Make your outdoor space every but as important as the interior!

 

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Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

This year RHS Chelsea Flower Show goes virtual as the rest of the world has in light of the current health crisis.  We’re taking the opportunity to reflect on our last four years of exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and looking back at some of our favourite show gardens.

 

2016

2016 marked our debut at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show and we embarked on a collaboration with award winning designer; Jack Dunkley who designed a fantastic garden featuring a selection of our our fire and water products.  A selection of palms, lavender and ferns set against a white backdrop giving a mediterranean feel to the space enhanced by the sunshine that we were blessed with during the week.

 

 

Speaking to Brad Carpenter, CEO of Solus about the highlights of 2016, he recalls the fantastic field of poppies; a breathtaking display of thousands of handmade poppies adorned the vista from the showground to the Royal Hospital. This combined with the sheer scale of the flower show and the work undertaken by those building the show gardens was inspiring.

 

2017

Solus make their second appearance at Chelsea Flower Show. An independent trade stand, working with outdoor living brands that compliment the Solus Decor brand and ethos. We worked with Greenmatters UK to create this fantastic green wall as the backdrop to our scupper waterfall, which was a huge talking point and many clients asking about how they could create the same design at home. We added this with an engineered decking from Silvadec, which provided a great anti slip flooring for our stand. All of this was built and installed by the fantastic TKE Landscaping.

 

Chelsea Flower Show 2017

 

We took great inspiration from the best fresh garden winner; Kate Gould with this urban inspired garden. Showing how you can incorporate green spaces within the city and allow you to make the most of the outdoors.

2018

A more contemporary look from Solus this year with striking dark panels from Screen with Envy, the launch of our metal table top and drinks ring, celebrity visits to the stand and beautiful sunshine throughout the week and the start of a sensational summer.

 

Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Looking at the show garden highlights from 2018, our team couldn’t help but celebrate the gold award winning feat of the Yorkshire garden featured in 2018.  The end result was incredible but having seen the build from start to finish, Brad recalls this – “It was herculean and I went by a number of times and marvelled, there were guys standing up to their knees in muck, digging away – it was incredible. ”

2019

2019 marked the debut of our first combined fire and water feature at Chelsea Flower Show; The Pacific Rim and what a highlight it was for all of us. The Pacific Rim was a huge hit! We were blessed with beautiful weather and we met fantastic people throughout the week.

Chelsea Flower Show 2019

 

We asked Lisa from Solus Decor what her highlights were having been part of the show experience since 2017.  Lisa described the  D Day 75 garden, by John Everiss as a stand out. It delivered on all levels and was extremely emotive.

Another favourite of Lisa’s was The Silent Pool Garden. Lisa says ” I love the planting, water element, copper swing chair plus the gin!”

We’ll miss seeing you on the stand but we’re excited to share in virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020. We’d love to hear from you if your feeling inspired and looking to make the most of your outdoor space.

 

 

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How to make a family garden

Family Garden moodboard

Looking for ideas to brighten up the garden and make it a space for the whole family to enjoy. Take a look at look below to help you spruce up the garden so you can all enjoy the extra space as a family.

Top Tips to create a Family Garden

  • Bold splashes of colour to brighten up the garden and make the greenery pop, that will bring a smile to your face even on the gloomy days. Why not paint the shed, upcycle some furniture or paint the front door?
  • A teepee for the kids, a spot to read a book, offer a bit of shade or a place for you to hide !
  • Why not try your hand at growing some veg
  • Kinetic sand, there’s no mess it’s easy to mould and guaranteed to entertain the little ones and it’s a great stress buster for adults too!
  • Comfy seating to curl up in and a Solus Decor fire pit to keep you warm on a chilly day and as the sun sets at the end of the day.

Shop The Look

 

  1. Kinetic Sand, Argos  2. Play Tent, Hema  3. Veg Trug, VegTrug
  1. Carbon Copy Paint, Benjamin Moore  2. Belrue garden chair, Wayfair  3. Yellow Marigold Paint, Benjamin Moore

 

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Solus Hemi Fire Bowl in Cinder

 

If you’re feeling inspired and would like help to update your garden, get in touch with us to find out more about our fire pits and water features and make the most of your outdoor space this summer.

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Cool Contemporary Outdoor Living for the Family

Caneline furniture board

We want to help you make the most of your home and outdoor space at this time with this cool, contemporary space for the the whole family.

 

We’re all spending more time at home together as a family and now more than ever we want to help make your home a haven for the whole family.  We’re putting together simple DIY Ideas to revamp your outdoor living space with all items available with delivery direct to your door.  Whether you have a balcony, a small courtyard or a large back garden we know how important this outdoor space will become over the coming weeks and how it needs to work for you all as a family both day and night.

Here’s a cool contemporary idea for a family garden for those looking for that sleek modern style that still works with family life.

 

Caneline furniture board

Make Your Home A Haven

 

  • Comfortable seating to enjoy the garden with the family
  • Outdoor fire pit with Bio Ethanol fuel requiring no installation to keep you warm as the sun starts to set or on a chilly day
  • Side Table for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine!
  • Kinetic Sand, unlike ordinary sand means no mess, easy to mould and doesn’t dry out!
  • Moulds and a bucket and spade in this lovely scandi design
  • Stylish storage and a place to build those sandcastles

Shop The Look

    1. Mega Lounge Sofa by Cane Line – Cedar Nursery , 2. Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Cinder  – Solus Decor, 3. Area Side Table by Cane Line – Cedar Nursery 
  1. Dante Beach Set – Scandiborn , 2. Kinetic Sand – Amazon , 3. Conic Box Table by Cane Line – Cedar Nursery 

 

If you’re feeling inspired and want to plan your garden get in touch with us or  Cedar Nursery for your outdoor furniture to help you make you home a haven at this time.

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Make your garden a tropical oasis for the whole family to enjoy

Make your garden a tropical oasis

How to make the most of your home and create a tropical oasis for the whole family to enjoy.

 

We’re all spending more time at home together as a family and now more than ever we want to help make your home a haven for the whole family.  We’ve put together simple DIY Ideas to revamp your outdoor living space with all items available with delivery direct to your door.  Whether you have a balcony, a small courtyard or a large back garden we know how important this outdoor space will become over the coming weeks and how it needs to work for you all as a family both day and night.

 

jungle garden design

 

Make Your Home a Haven

  • A jungle play area for the kids with the palm leaf outdoor rug with jungle play set
  • Why not try your hand at growing your own herbs
  • Take a seat and relax around the the fire pit with a glass of wine at the end of the day

Shop The Look

 

 

  1. Julianna Palm Leaf cream/green rug- Wayfair  2. Gladom side table – Ikea  3. Jambi Natural woven chair – Habitat
  1. Jungle Animal Set – Hema  2. Oddrun dark green throw – Ikea  3. VegTrug Medium Wall Hugger Raised Planter – Robert Dyas

 

Solus hemi gas fire pit

Compliment this look with our Hemi fire bowl with Bio Ethanol fuel, which allows you the ultimate in flexibility with no installation required.  The best option for a DIY garden makeover and allow to to use your outdoor space even on a chilly day.  Get in touch with us to now to help you make your very own tropical oasis in the garden.

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Sustainability with Solus

Pacific Rim

A look at the growth for sustainability in garden design and garden products and how Solus Decor are working to ensure that this a clear focus in their products and business.

 

You couldn’t escape the desire for sustainability and more eco conscious gardens in the Society of Garden Designer style predictions for 2020; recycling and repurposing items,  planting for wildlife, edible flowers and romantic vegetable plots all featured in the 2020 design trends.  This comes as no surprise as climate change and sustainability is now part of every day discussion and we are all approaching lifestyle and design with a greater emphasis on the need for sustainability in all aspects of our lives.

We have been steadily improving our sustainability in both our products and the company as a whole as we recognise how important this is as an international business and this starts at the very core of the business and the products we create.  We believe that sustainability and durability go hand in hand so we create products designed to last a lifetime to counteract the throwaway culture that has become an increasing problem in today’s society.

We recognise that in the world of building products there is no such thing as a totally “sustainable” material. Rather, we can use materials in ways that provide for the best opportunity for sustainable use. We design our concrete and our products with this goal in mind.

Sustainability at Solus:

Recycling

  • Wood is recycled into wood pellets for high-efficiency stoves
  • Containers are recycled into various consumer products
  • Paper and cardboard are recycled
  • Rejected concrete is crushed and used as aggregate and fill
  • Wash water is filtered,  treated and then reused

Power

Our manufacturing is largely human powered. Concrete is cured at ambient temperatures with no superheating required

Indoor Air Quality

When cured, our concrete off-gases nothing more than trace amounts of water

Local Materials

We utilize largely locally sourced and manufactured materials.

Embodied Energy

When initial and recurring embodied energy are considered together, (i.e. the overall energy to produce and maintain our products) our concrete performs better than most other materials in comparable use according to Canadian Architect.

Office Materials

Wherever possible we use recycled, reusable and refillable office products.

 

Solus worker smooths fire pit

Sustainable Solus Products

Water Features: Traditionally any water feature is another way of wasting water as they require a constant water supply.  However the Scupper, Water Dome and new Pacific Rim is the exception to this, all our water products are self circulating  and simply require a power supply to allow the small amount of water to circulate and provide the tranquil sound of flowing water.

 

Fire Pits: We offer a variety of fuels for our concrete fire pits; natural gas, LPG and bio fuel. Our gas fire pits provide a more energy efficient alternative to a wood fire pit.  They provide a clean flame, that is quick to light, efficient and designed to last as gas burns more cleanly and produces fewer emissions into the atmosphere. The use of gas also eliminates the release of fine particles caused by wood smoke that can cause respiratory issues and prolonged exposure can cause long term health issues. For those looking to avoid gas completely we also offer a bio fuel option eliminating the need for any gas supply but still providing the same warmth and ambiance provided by the gas fire pits with the ultimate in flexibility within your outdoor space.

As we continue to design and produce our signature concrete products, sustainability and durability remains at the forefront of the process and we continue to evolve our processes throughout all aspects of the business.  Get in touch with us to find out more about our products and approach to sustainability.

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In conversation with: Patricia Fox from Aralia

Patricia Fox, Aralia

Meet Patricia Fox, the founder and managing director of Aralia; a top class, award-winning landscape design practice. We sit down to discuss the ethos of the design studio, upcoming projects and discuss trends for 2020.

 

About Aralia

The Aralia design practise take on a wide range of projects of all scales; a large country estates, contemporary roof terraces and outdoor entertaining spaces for both commercial and residential clients. Their aim is to embrace the clients dreams and create high quality, innovative and inviting outdoor spaces that are designer for modern living and stand the test of time.

With a team of experience designers and landscaped architects Aralia can guide you through the whole process from design to construction and tailor their services to provide a bespoke service for every client.

 

Projects in 2020

2020 looks to be an exciting year for Patrica and her team at Aralia. They will be working on their first international project in Pakistan; a luxury development of over 300 Acres. Patricia and the team are hugely excited about this opportunity to take the brand overseas but the rest of the details remain top secret at this stage on this exclusive development.  Meanwhile in the UK they continue to delight clients with their inspiring designs for both contemporary and traditional settings. The building work will commence on a large private estate in Hertfordshire this Spring where we can expect to see a lake, outdoor kitchen and dining space combined with water features and contemporary planting.  There is also a mix of old and new within the other projects for Aralia in 2020;  restoration of a Walled Garden, including new grand water feature leading into existing pond to add the wow factor , a contemporary garden set against the backdrop of a castle on the south coast and a large garden for a listed property which requires both renovation and designing of new contemporary spaces.  An impressive mix projects working with a variety of materials and a famous rock star client in the mix.

roof terrace design
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Trends for 2020

Patricia believes we will continue to see a move towards the inclusion of more contemporary planting, perhaps with a looser style, and with consideration for sustainability and bio-diversity.  Clients will no doubt continue to desire entertaining features such as Outdoor Kitchens & Outdoor Lounges, which has played a significant part Aralia garden designs in recent projects.  Patricia and the team will look to encourage a softer approach, to offset these outdoor living areas with the inclusion of beautiful planting spaces.  Patricia say “lighting we feel will continue to grow at quite a pace, it really delivers and provides clients with not just one, but many ‘garden looks’ that also have merit all year round, even when a client may arrive home well after dusk has fallen.

If you would like to find our more about Aralia and how they can help with your garden project don’t hesitate to get in touch.