This month on the blog we are featuring Catherine Clancy; who has long been a trusted garden designer by Solus Decor.
Catherine is based in London and designs residential projects throughout London and the South East. Catherine’s garden style is based around beautiful, careful and considered design with a simple aesthetic and a focus on quality to ensure longevity. Catherine works closely with clients to create a garden with a wow factor that also fulfills the needs of everyday life whether for a family or an individual.
We are focusing on a recent project completed by Catherine Clancy, The project is located in Greenwich in south East London. The starting point is the client brief, which then allows Catherine to then move forward with the design process.
We have a small back garden in Greenwich that we had not really used in the four years since we moved in. An old shed took up much of the space and the rest of the garden was planted with large trees and bushes, leaving little available space to enjoy. We asked Catherine to design a patio garden that we could spend lots of time in and have various areas for entertaining.
Catherine worked with Bes Landscapes to create the perfect outdoor living space for her clients to enjoy with friends and family. Catherine has carefully combined dark grey stone with squid ink paint softened with beautiful planting to give a contemporary look and feel to this outdoor space.
The seating area in this garden is centered around our Elevated Halo fire pit in cinder, which compliments the garden tones perfectly and allows Catherine’s clients to make the use of the garden throughout the year. The elevated halo is available with natural gas, LPG and bio fuel, making it adaptable for a variety of outdoor spaces.
If you are looking to make the most of your outdoor space get in touch with Catherine to see how she can help you.
Last week saw the return of the Chelsea Flower Show in its traditional place in the month of May and Chelsea Flower Show 2022 did not disappoint. Guest were met with an array of colours, beautiful blooms, complex planting and well considered garden design as they entered the gates in Chelsea.
This year saw the first collaboration between Solus Decor and Cedar Nursery. As we marked the second anniversary of our first UK showroom at Cedar Nursery it seemed fitting to show how the two brands fit together to provide the ultimate location for planning and sourcing for outdoor living.
This year at Chelsea Flower show also saw the debut of the new Water Box, the latest addition to our product range. The Water Box is a fresh take on the water dome; still self circulating, still plug and play just a different shape. It was fantastic to see the reception to the new design and we look forward to adding this to our outdoor living showroom.
The water box wasn’t the only water feature getting the attention at Chelsea Flower Show. We were fortunate to have been asked to be a part of the Mandala, Meditation & Mindfulness Garden designed by Nikki Hollier, who incorporated a Solus water dome to provide the calming sound of water within this garden design.
Nikki created a fantastic space to escape to as a way to relax and unwind, which was inspired by the events of the last two years and the judges though so too. We were thrilled that Nikki was awarded silver for her container garden design. To find our more about Nikki and her clever packages to help you get the most out of your garden planting take a look at her website.
We will be posting some of our highlights from the show on Instagram and Facebook over the coming weeks.
We will be displaying the ultimate in outdoor living as we team up with Cedar Nursery at Chelsea Flower Show 2022
For Chelsea Flower Show 2022 we are teaming up with Cedar Nursery where our UK showroom is based. Cedar Nursery provides the one stop shop for everything you need for outdoor living. Our UK showroom at Cedar Nursery is surrounded by everything you need to create your outdoor living space; outdoor kitchens, decking, planters, plants, outdoor furniture, garden rooms and of course fire pits and water features.
We are thrilled to be able to feature just a slice of these outdoor living components at Chelsea Flower Show this year.
We thought we would share some of the key questions we ask when people visit our UK showroom at Cedar Nursery to ensure they invest in the right fire pit that works for their lifestyle and location. These questions apply whether you are installing a fire pit in London, Vancouver, Maui or Marbella, we ship to all locations!
Pipework -The very first thing we ask – are you planning for a gas fire pit and if so, have you thought about the pipework. If you are in the planning stages of your garden, we always say “lay the pipework and better still lay electrical cables too”. Having this infrastructure in place allows to have not only a gas fire pit but the option for electrical ignition to light the fire pit.
We have talked to countless people who discover that they would love to have a fire pit, but the porcelain tile or concrete base has already been installed. Having this infrastructure in place at the beginning opens up your opportunities later down the line. There are solutions for this but if you have the opportunity “lay the pipes” even if you don’t install the fire pit for a year or two. Future proofing by laying the pipework and cables gives you so many more options when you come to eventually install a fire pit in your garden.
Fuels – What will work best for you, your lifestyle and location? If the amount of heat is important and candidly in most countries heat is important and one of the key reasons for installing a fire pit then you should be considering natural gas or LPG. Natural gas is the easiest and least expensive but requires pipework to go in before patio or decking is installed. LPG is the second choice and if you are working with an existing garden design it is possible to surface mount with a quick disconnect hose across the surface that can be concealed beneath outdoor furniture or within planting. Alternatively, if you are looking for ultimate flexibility, perhaps space is at a premium or maybe you’re renting a property then you have ethanol fuel as an option. As much as everyone loves a wood fire you cannot escape the mess, smoke in the eyes, and the lasting smell of the wood fire caught in your clothes and hair at the end of the night.
Warranties– Consider warranties and what the warranties cover. Many fire pits are made overseas and candidly the certification standards are somewhat suspect. The warranties are very short, in some cases non existent and often it does not cover every element of the fire pit. If anything is going to fail it will be the ignition system, the burner or the vessel (or bowl) itself. Certification costs where we make them in Canada are $100 – 150 per unit. If you are looking at something online retailing at £400 – 500 you must question the durability and safety of these products. How you can provide a warranty for something that that costs next to nothing in comparison to certification costs. Ask yourself how safe is it? How durable is it? How sustainable is it? What sort of warranty does it have – if any?
This year at Chelsea Flower Show we created an Autumnal outdoor sanctuary as the show was held in September. We opted for warmer tones and materials, which gave us more of a woodland feel. Here’s a look at our trade stand and how we created this sanctuary.
We collaborated with some fantastic brands to add the design elements to the stand that really brought it to life. We were fortunate enough to work with Artizans of Devises, which inspired the woodland element of the stand. Artizans of Devises launched their National Trust tile range earlier this year and we were thrilled to be able to use the Woodland Glade Porcelain tile as part of our stand. The Woodland Glade tile was the starting point for the overall look of the stand and fueled the mood board.
With a move to a more autumnal, woodland feel we knew that we wanted to go with warmer tones with both paint and decking. Having previously worked with Envirobuild at both Chelsea and our UK showroom we were keen to incorporate their Hyperion decking into the design. Having previously opted for their grey tones we knew that we needed to add warmth with the decking on this occasion and opted for their oak Hyperion decking which compliments the colour palette of the Woodland Glade tiles perfectly
For the overall framework of the trade stand that created the all weather cover we used venetian fence panels painted with Little Greene Tom’s Oil Eggshell paint in Livid. This Little Greene paint is designed for outdoor use with excellent coverage and the colour complimented the woodland autumnal feel.
We teamed these outdoor living range products with a range of products from our high performance concrete fire and water products; including the new Tavolo fire table and the bio fuel Pacific Rim combined fire and water feature to give the wow factor and heat to our autumnal outdoor sanctuary.
We were very privileged to work with the very talented artist; Carrie Anne Funnel on a bespoke glass dome for our 36″ water dome. Carrie Anne worked with the colours in the Artisan of Devizes tiles to create a beautiful bespoke element to our outdoor sanctuary.
Get in touch with us to find out more about the range of products on display at Chelsea Flower Show
We are focusing on Royal Pacific Landing; a landscape architecture firm based in Vancouver. The team is headed up by founder Lu Xu and they specialise in Executive Residential and Multi-family Landscape architecture design. With an East meets West aesthetic. They seek to create a harmonious balance to your outdoor living space that is grand, elegant and refined.
We have been drawn to Royal Pacific Landing and the way in which they incorporate both fire and water into so many of their designs for outdoor spaces, creating the perfect sense of balance in the spaces they create. We are thrilled that they have incorporated a number of Solus products within their designs.
This development by H20 with landscape architecture by Royal Pacific Landing blends the fire and water harmoniously in this boutique garden. A contemporary design using natural textures to bring the outdoor space to life.
Royal Pacific Landing have incorporated our elevated halo fire pit in cinder which combines perfectly with the concrete stepping stones and Mexican polished black pebbles. Take a look at the full project.
This project was a full garden renovation to both the front and rear sections of the garden. The design creates separate spaces for outdoor entertaining and places for children to play. They have incorporated our halo low fire pit on the decked area which connects flawlessly with the inside entertainment area. Take a look at the full project.
To find out more about the products used by Royal Pacific get in touch with our team
The Solus team are excited to be preparing once again for Chelsea Flower Show, which is set to take place in September this year. After last year was cancelled we are thrilled to be able to able to show our products again at the world famous show and have the opportunity to collaborate with some fantastic brands that compliment the Solus fire and water features.
This year the RHS are breaking with tradition by holding the Chelsea Flower Show in September rather than the historic May date. This creates both challenges and opportunities for the designers working on the show gardens due to the change in season and the need to look at alternative options for plants in bloom at that time of year.
It’s lovely to see how garden designers are translating the challenges faced by the health system over the last year with tributes through their garden designs at Chelsea Flower Show this year. These gardens have an emphasis on calm and tranquility, with the idea of these spaces being a place of sanctuary.
Solus Decor will be creating our very own retreat for Chelsea Flower Show with a touch of a woodland escape inspired by the wonderful new National Trust range recently launched by Artizan of Devises. We have collaborated with Artizan of Devises for the show this year and can’t wait to use the woodland glade porcelain tiles. We have taken colour inspiration from the tiles, which we hope to continue in the planting set against an oak backdrop created by the decking from Envirobuild.
We can’t to see our fire and water products on display with this woodland retreat backdrop, we will be exhibiting a range of both fire and water and we are thrilled to be exhibiting our Tavolo fire table for the first time in the UK. We hope to see you there!
The last year has been unprecedented for any company on the outdoor world and like so many other businesses this has impacted Solus in many ways. As we move into the summer, we wanted to take the opportunity to update you on a few changes and how this impacts you as the client when ordering.
Solus designs, manufactures and ships all our products from our workshop in Vancouver, Canada where the business was originally founded. As we continue to ship our products to the UK, we can’t deny that the impact of both the pandemic and Brexit has had an effect on our lead times combined with a growing demand for outdoor living products in the UK.
As a business we have hired multiple new staff and are currently running seven days week to cope with the high number of orders. However, we are still impacted by increased shipping times. We know this is frustrating as a client so we are doing are best to provide as much information as possible to help you plan your garden projects and ensure you can place orders ready for the next shipment.
To assist you we have updated the website to include details of items currently in stock in the UK and items available in our next shipment arriving in August and available for immediate sale. Should the item you are looking for not be in stock or available in the August shipment get in touch with us now to ensure you secure delivery in October. Should you require faster delivery please contact us to discuss air freight options which we are able to facilitate.
Don’t miss out, take a look at our current stock page and get in touch to make the most of your outdoor space!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re inspired by Sabina Hill’s artistic retreat get in touch with us to help you make your own inspirational deck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 acovered 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I was impressed from my first contact with Solus. Martes answered all of my questions, and our samples arrived right away. Our firebowl arrived on time, in the most incredible packaging, without a scratch, and it looks fantastic in our yard and works great – exactly what we wanted! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Solus to anyone looking for a high quality firebowl.
Wendy DupreeEdmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2014
Excellent Service and product from Solus!
I was impressed from my first contact with Solus. Martes answered all of my questions, and our samples arrived right away. Our firebowl arrived on time, in the most incredible packaging, without a scratch, and it looks fantastic in our yard and works great – exactly what we wanted! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Solus to anyone looking for a high quality firebowl.
Wenday DupreeEdmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2014
With items like this I always try to buy the best products I can afford so they will last. My Solus fire bowl was expensive but it will look good year after year and is the centerpiece of my garden design.
Toby WarrenKent, UK
We purchased the most beautiful firepit from Solus Decor having seen a photo of it in the Sunday Times Home section.
The company was very professional from start to finish. All our questions were answered promptly and they kept us up to date about delivery and setup.
The fire pit came incredibly well boxed up and was delivered on time and with full instructions.
The product is really very attractive and acts not only as a great meeting point in the garden for family and friends, but as a focal point in itself.
Couldn’t recommend it and Solus more.
TatandlesCheshire, UK (2016)
We wanted a quality water feature. We found Solus to be extremely professional from start to finish in providing information and helping with sample, to ensure we had the right colour to blend with the rest of our landscaping. Solus provided unprompted updates re delivery and have helped with every piece of information that we have ever requested. their customer services is second to none. The end result is a beautiful water feature that is a centre piece in our garden, perfect to watch and lovely to hear.