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10 Reasons to Attend the Chelsea Flower Show with Solus Decor

Step into a world of blooming beauty and horticultural wonder at the renowned Chelsea Flower Show, where Solus Decor proudly presents its exquisite fire pits and water features amidst the floral extravaganza. Join us on a journey through the top ten reasons why attending this prestigious event is an unmissable experience for garden enthusiasts, professionals, and nature lovers alike.

Immerse Yourself in Floral Displays:

Lose yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and scents as you explore meticulously curated floral exhibits. Each stunning display demonstrates the power of nature’s artistry.

Solus Decor’s waterbox display at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2022.
Solus Decor’s display at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2022. The Chelsea Flower Show is held annually in May at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

 

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Indulge your green thumb with a visit to the bustling marketplace, where treasures abound. Explore Solus Decor’s booth and marvel at the exquisite collection of fire pits and water features, each crafted with precision and elegance to be a work of art.

Celebrate Tradition

Join a tradition that spans over a century, celebrating the timeless beauty of gardens and outdoor living. Join in the celebration, where history, artistry, and the wonders of the natural world converge in a harmonious symphony of beauty and tradition.

Gardening Inspiration

Wander through enthralling garden designs that ignite your imagination and stir your soul. Witness firsthand how Solus Decor’s fire pits and water features serve as focal points, infusing each landscape with style and sophistication.

Solus Decor's Water Box featured on display at Chelsea Flower Show
This display was featured at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2022, using Solus Decor’s Dome Water Feature.

 

Learn from the Experts

Engage with seasoned gardening experts and landscape designers as they share invaluable insights on cultivating thriving outdoor spaces. From plant selection to layout design, these sessions offer practical tips to enhance your garden’s beauty and functionality.

Embark on a Botanical Adventure

Explore a treasure trove of rare and exotic plants from around the world, each more captivating than the last. Experience the magic as Solus Decor’s fire pits and water features harmonize with nature’s wonders, creating captivating outdoor environments.

Connect with Fellow Plant Lovers

Connect with fellow garden enthusiasts, professionals, and industry insiders as you share your passion for all things green. Whether you’re a seasoned horticulturist or an admirer of botanical beauty, you’ll find valuable connections and shared experiences to enrich your gardening journey.

Solus Decor Waterbox modern outdoor water feature
This year’s Chelsea Flower Show will be held on 21st-25th May 2024, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

Spot the Celebrities

Keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings as famous faces mingle among the blooms. Experience the star power of Solus Decor’s designs as they capture the attention of celebrities and influencers, such as Lucy Willcox’s recent spotlight on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh’s Gardening Club.

Get Hands-On

Dive into interactive workshops and sensory experiences that engage all your senses. Participate in immersive workshops led by experienced gardeners and artisans, where you’ll learn practical skills and innovative techniques to elevate your gardening game.

Feel the Love

Experience the warmth and camaraderie of fellow attendees who share your passion for all things green. Connect with Solus Decor enthusiasts who have transformed their outdoor spaces with our fire pits and water features, united by a love for beautiful gardens and stylish outdoor living spaces. The versatility of Solus Decor’s fire pits and water features lends it creating cozy gatherings around the fire to tranquil moments by the water that soothe the soul.

Final Thoughts

As you immerse yourself in the breathtaking displays and vibrant atmosphere of the Chelsea Flower Show, let Solus Decor’s stunning fire pits and water features inspire your outdoor dreams. Join us in celebrating the beauty of nature and the joy of outdoor living, where every garden becomes a masterpiece with Solus Decor’s signature touch.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, the Chelsea Flower Show 2024 promises an unforgettable experience. Join us from May 21st to 25th as we celebrate tradition, innovation, and the timeless allure of botanical excellence. For tickets and to plan your trip, visit the Royal Horticultural Society.

For more information on our fire pits, tables and bowls
info@solusdecor.co.uk | 020 8819 1495

Visit our UK showroom
Cedar Nursery, Horsley Road, East Horlsey,
Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3JX

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Angela Two Stars’ Ockiyapi at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Ockiyapi by Angela Two Stars at The Walker Art Center

Ockiyapi – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, The Walker Art Center

 

Solus Decor was very pleased to be incorporated into the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and proud to be a part of Ockiyapi, a thought provoking sculpture representing the beauty of Dakota culture. 

Okciyapi (pronounced OH-key-YUP-ee) was designed and inspired by the talented Angela Two Stars. The Native American artist and member of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, completed the commission and unveiled it to the public in the Fall of 2021. 

 

Ockiyapi at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden

 

Previously, the site was occupied by the sculpture “Scaffold”. However, this piece was deemed insensitive as it trivialized a significant and traumatizing part of Dakota history. Originally conceived as a commentary on capital punishment, Scaffold depicted the gallows that were the site of the largest mass execution in US history in which 38 Dakota men were hanged following the Dakota-US war in 1862. Ultimately, the presence of this sculpture and its tactless concept made the sculpture garden an unwelcoming space to the Dakota people.

The project, consisting of seven sections of custom-cast concrete seating, gracefully encircles the Solus domed water feature to resemble the ripples a drop makes. These seven sections represent the Oceti Sakawin – People of the Seven Council Fires, or The Great Sioux Nation, each inscribed with Dakota value words. In an effort to encourage further interaction, visitors can use their phones to immerse themselves in the stories of tribal elders in English and Dakota, fostering a deeper connection to the culture. 

Ockiyapi’s Inspiration

 

Inspired by the artist’s grandfather, Orsen Bernard, a noted scholar and teacher of the Dakota language, Two Stars imbued Okciyapi with profound symbolism. The integration of Dakota words and phrases not only honors the culture, but underscores the importance of the language’s revitalization. Moreover, it displays how Two Stars intended Okciyapi as a metaphor for her grandfather’s teaching of the language throughout the community. 

 

Ockiyapi at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden
The Artist, Angela Two Stars

 

Every element of the sculpture serves to weave together the fabric of Dakota tradition and identity, foraging a bond between land, water and language. For instance, the central water bowl is a reminder that the name Minnesota derives from the Dakota phrase; Mni Sota Makoce (the land where the water reflects the clouds). Just as the bowl’s gleaming metal disk and the water that runs over its surface allow us to reflect upon this thought. Even the gravel around the structure serves to absorb light during the day and glow blue in the dark to resemble a surrounding pool of water. Furthermore, the surrounding landscape adorned with medicinal plants such as prairie dropseed and sage, evokes a sense of healing and renewal that mirrors the Dakota language as a form of medicine, healing those that enter the space.

Okciyapi stands not only as a testament to Angela Two Stars’ remarkable talent and vision but also as a site of progress in the heart of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Through her profound understanding of her Dakota culture and commitment to honoring its traditions, Two Stars has transformed a painful chapter of history into a space of beauty, reflection, and unity. Okciyapi invites visitors to engage with the Dakota language, to immerse themselves in its stories, and to connect with the land in a deeply meaningful way. In its design and symbolism, Okciyapi serves as a reminder of the resilience of indigenous communities and the power of art to inspire dialogue and understanding.

 

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Chelsea Flower Show 2024 – An Exclusive Look

Chelsea Flower Show - an exclusive look

 

The Chelsea Flower Show 2024, held in the vibrant heart of London, continues its legacy as a pinnacle of horticultural excellence and innovation. This illustrious event draws garden enthusiasts and professionals from across the globe, eager to witness the latest trends in garden design. As we explore the highlights and captivating displays at this show the Chelsea Flower Show once again proves to be a melting pot of creativity, sustainability, and groundbreaking garden aesthetics. It is an event Solus Decor is proud to be a part of and has been a source of inspiration, encouraging collaboration with numerous designers and clients. Consequently, it has enhanced our ability to deliver the ever evolving wants and needs for functional and beautiful products that the Chelsea Flower Show covets.

 

Exploring the Show’s Highlights

The 2023 show was particularly notable for its celebration of diverse gardening styles and the restorative power of gardening. From the meticulously manicured traditional English gardens to bold, contemporary installations, each exhibit offered a unique perspective on garden design. A significant highlight was the emphasis on sustainability, with many designers showcasing eco-friendly approaches to landscaping, including water-saving techniques and sustainable practices.

 

The Gardens and Exhibits – A Spectacular Display

The range of gardens displayed at Chelsea is always a feast for the eyes. Last year, Harris Bugg Studio, Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg designed Horatio’s Garden (https://www.harrisbugg.com) which was a standout, with accessibility being a key focus of their design. Meanwhile, Rosemary Coldstream’s, Feels Like Home (https://www.rosemarycoldstream.com) showcased a beautiful garden inspired by New Zealand. Carefully choosing plants and colours that reminded her of the natural landscape as well as her childhood garden.

 

Chelsea Flower Show - an exclusive look

 

In-Depth with Garden Designers

The garden designers at Chelsea are the stars of the show, and their insights provide a deeper understanding of the art and science behind each garden. These conversations often reveal the inspiration behind the designs, whether it’s a personal story, a particular landscape, or a global issue like climate change. The designers also share their challenges, from dealing with unpredictable weather to sourcing rare plant species.

 

Trends and Innovations

Trends at Chelsea often set the tone for the gardening world in the coming year. Last year, we saw a surge in the use of native plants, reflecting a growing awareness of the importance of supporting local ecosystems. Another trend was the integration of outdoor living spaces within the gardens, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors and reflecting a lifestyle that embraces nature. This falls within Solus’ expertise as we strive to provide warmth and ambiance with modern gas fire pits that extend the usability of a garden throughout the year.

 

Focus on Sustainability

A significant aspect of the 2023 show was its focus on sustainability. Gardens showcased creative ways to reduce environmental impact, such as using drought-tolerant plants and creating wildlife-friendly spaces. This focus aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and promotes gardening practices that are not only beautiful but also beneficial to the planet.

 

Chelsea Flower Show - an exclusive lookThe Art of Garden Design

Another highlight was the sheer artistry displayed in garden designs. This year’s show featured gardens that could be considered outdoor galleries, with intricate layouts, stunning color palettes, and innovative use of materials. These designs pushed the boundaries of traditional garden aesthetics, offering visitors a fresh perspective on what a garden can be.

 

The Role of Solus Decor

At Solus Decor, the Chelsea Flower Show is more than just an event; it’s a source of inspiration that influences our fire pit designs and product offerings. We take cues from the show’s trends and innovations to create outdoor fire features that resonate with contemporary gardening and outdoor living styles.

More information on the Chelsea Flower Show can be found here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

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Exploring the Artistry of Gardens: A Nod to the Society of Garden Designers

Exploring the artistry of gardens - a nod to the society of garden designers

 

In the realm of exquisite outdoor spaces, the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) stands as a beacon of creativity and excellence. At Solus Decor, we understand the transformative power of a beautifully designed garden and how a contemporary fire feature can complement any outdoor space. It is our pleasure to celebrate the work of SGD members, who are reshaping our landscapes into works of art.

 

The Society of Garden Designers, rain chain
Solus Decor at Chelsea, the Rain Chain water feature

The Society of Garden Designers: A Brief Overview

Established over three decades ago, the Society of Garden Designers is the UK’s professional body for garden design practitioners. Boasting a diverse membership of new talent and seasoned professionals, the SGD is committed to maintaining high standards of practice in garden design. Members undergo a rigorous accreditation process, ensuring that they meet the Society’s esteemed criteria for excellence and creativity.

Why Garden Design Matters

Gardens are more than just outdoor areas; they are extensions of our homes, reflections of our personalities, and spaces for relaxation and rejuvenation. The work of a skilled garden designer can turn a simple backyard into a sanctuary, blending elements of nature with bespoke design to create an environment that complements both the architecture and the spirit of the place.

SGD and Sustainable Practices

In today’s environmentally conscious world, SGD designers are at the forefront of sustainable garden design. They incorporate eco-friendly practices, such as water conservation, use of native plants, and organic gardening techniques, ensuring that our gardens not only look good but also contribute positively to the environment.

 

 

Award-Winning Designs

The SGD Awards, an annual event, showcase the crème de la crème of garden design. From small urban spaces to sprawling country estates, these awards highlight the innovation and artistry of SGD designers, offering a glimpse into the future of garden design.

 

Collaboration with Solus Decor

At Solus Decor, we share the SGD’s passion for exceptional garden design. Our range of modern outdoor fire pits, water features, and accessories are designed to complement the visionary work of garden designers. Collaborating with SGD members, we strive to add that final touch of elegance and functionality to their stunning garden creations.

 

Conclusion

The Society of Garden Designers represents the pinnacle of garden design expertise in the UK. As enthusiasts and professionals in the realm of outdoor aesthetics, we at Solus Decor are excited to support and collaborate with the talented members of SGD. Together, we aim to transform ordinary spaces into extraordinary gardens that leave a lasting impression.

More information can be found on the Society of Garden Designers here: www.sgd.org.uk

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Discover Serenity: Transforming Outdoor Spaces with Solus Decor’s Water Features

Discover serenity - transforming outdoor spaces

 

Welcome to the world where water meets art – Solus Decor’s water features. These pieces are not just outdoor elements; they are transformative creations that bring serenity and elegance to any space. In this exploration, we delve into the art of outdoor tranquility through our stunning water feature designs.

The Art of Water in Landscape Design:

Water has been a symbol of tranquility and elegance in landscape architecture for centuries. Solus Decor elevates this tradition by integrating modern design with the timeless appeal of water. Our diverse range of water features including sleek, minimalist designs adds a touch of sophistication to any outdoor setting.

 

Discover serenity - transforming outdoor spaces

Why Solus Decor Stands Out:

Craftsmanship and Quality: Each water feature by Solus Decor is a product of superior craftsmanship, made with durable Ultra high-performance concrete to weather all seasons.

Innovative Designs: We blend aesthetic appeal with modern functionality, offering designs that complement both traditional and contemporary outdoor spaces.

Simplicity in Installation: We value your time and ease. Our water features are designed for straightforward installation, seamlessly fitting into your existing landscape.

Commitment to Sustainability: Our eco-conscious approach ensures that our water features are not only beautiful but also responsibly made, with efficient water usage.

Enhancing Wellness with Water Features:

The presence of water in your garden or patio isn’t just visually pleasing. The sound and sight of flowing water have therapeutic benefits, helping to reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being. Discover how a Solus Decor water feature can become a sanctuary for peace and relaxation in your home.

Designs for Every Taste and Theme:

Understanding that each individual has unique tastes, Solus Decor offers a range of water features that cater to various styles and themes. From beautiful, contemporary designs that resonate with modern aesthetics to more classic, timeless pieces that exude traditional elegance, there’s something to suit every preference. Our contemporary water features can complement a minimalist and modern garden just as beautifully as they can enhance a more rustic or nature-inspired setting.

 

Discover serenity - transforming outdoor spaces

Integrating Water Features in Small Spaces:

Introducing a water feature into a small space can dramatically change the ambiance of the area. The gentle sound of water adds a serene and calming effect, creating a tranquil retreat right in your home. It’s a simple yet effective way to transform a confined outdoor area into a peaceful sanctuary, where you can relax and unwind amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Maintenance and Care for Longevity:

To ensure your water feature remains a timeless addition to your garden, we provide guidance on maintenance and care. Easy to follow tips will help you keep your water feature in pristine condition year after year.

Conclusion:

A Solus Decor water feature is more than an addition to your outdoor space; it’s an investment in tranquility and style. Visit our website solusdecor.co.uk to explore our exclusive range and take the first step in transforming your outdoor space into a haven of peace and beauty.

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Feature Designer: Take Root Gardens

water dome take root gardens

Take Root Gardens is an award-winning garden design and build firm based in Vancouver.

Take Root specialises in creating residential garden spaces that meet their client’s need both functionally and aesthetically. The focus for Take Root Gardens is naturalized gardens; combining lush planting with natural stone, wood and concrete elements that complement their clients’ homes. They are a small company that allows them to have a keen attention to detail during design and installation that has earned them a fantastic reputation.

 

Water Dome
After

 

Take Root Gardens
Before

 

Project :

The client reached out to Take Root Gardens to help with an under-utilized front garden at their home in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. The area was overgrown shrubs with a small plot of grass and the client wanted a more functional space that was visually more in keeping with the clean lines of the architecture of their home. The intention was to create a contemporary landscape, combining a patio space for entertaining with a low maintenance naturalized plant palette with an emphasis on texture and bold foliage.

Low maintenance was high on the client’s list of priorities, so plants were selected specifically with this in mind. Large format boulders were craned in to the site to provide contrast to the planting and to give year-round interest to the space. Take Root have incorporated a Solus water dome adding the concrete element to the naturalized garden. The water feature is not directly visible on entry to the property, but it can be heard giving an added calmness to the space. The additional benefit of the water feature is that it masks the city noise and the sound of water can be heard in other areas of the property.

 

Water Dome
After

 

The Water Dome is part of our water feature range, made from high performance concrete and is available in our full range of colours with a brass or stainless-steel dome. The water dome is self-circulating with no plumbing required, simply plug and play. The self-circulating element gives greater flexibility, and it can be installed both indoors and outdoors.

Project Materials:

Water Dome: Solus Decor

Manhattan Paving Slabs: New Stone Group

Basalt boulders: locally sourced

Stone and Concrete supplies: Northwest Landscape Supply

Lighting: Kichler

 

Water Dome

 

The result of this garden overhaul is transformational and has created a truly usable space that the clients can enjoy for years to come with family and friends. The design compliments the architecture of the home perfectly giving additional wow factor as you arrive at the property.

To find out more about Take Root Gardens and their projects get in touch via their website or instagram.

 

 

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Solus Decor collaborate with Border in a Box at Gardeners’ World Live

Solus Decor at BBC Gardener's World Live

Solus Decor have collaborated with Border in a Box to create a sensory garden for BBC Gardeners’ World Live.

Solus Decor worked with Border in a Box to provide the water element of the sensory border at BBC Gardeners’ World Live entitled the Jar of Life.  The border had a focus on wellbeing using sensory plants with inviting scents, taste, touch and feel. Border in a Box incorporated the Solus Decor water feature as part of the design to contribute to the feeling of calm and wellbeing in this sensory space.

Solus Decor at BBC Gardener's World Live
Solus Decor Water Dome pictured in the garden created by Border in a Box at BBC Gardener’s World Live with a backdrop of screens by Screen with Envy

 

This inviting space created by Border in a Box proved to be a big success at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, winning a platinum award from the judging panel.

 

What is Border in a Box?

Not familiar with Border in a Box?

Border in a Box provide garden border template kits to enable anyone who is new to gardening or time poor the confidence to buy the right plants and know where to put them. Border in a Box allows you to achieve a beautiful border easily in less than a day.

To celebrate the border created for Gardeners’ World Live they have launched the new wellbeing border.

 

 

Solus Water Dome

The Solus Decor water features are made from high performance concrete. They are designed to withstand all the elements whether indoors or outdoors.

The Water Dome is a self circulating water feature making it both simple to install and environmentally friendly due to the recirculating water.

The soothing and relaxing qualities of water are well known. Water evokes the idea of wellbeing and self care that are so important in today’s fast paced lifestyle.

 

Solus Decor Water Dome at BBC Gardener's World Live
Solus Decor Water Dome at BBC Gardener’s World Live

To find out more about Border in a Box at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, why not have take a look at the feature on the BBC presented by garden designer Mark Lane.

To find out more about Solus Decor water features get in touch.

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Solus at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Launch New Modern Accessory for the Outdoor Gas Firepit.

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 exhibiting fire pits, fire bowls, water features and accessories in London, England

We are looking forward to once again showcasing our fantastic garden terrace fire pits as we preview what else is in store for visitors at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London.

This year Solus Decor are excited to launch a new accessory for the Hemi fire bowl. The metal table top  can convert into a drinks ring for the 36 and 48 Hemi fire pit and hence adds a new dimension to the use of this contemporary and sculptural firepit. A simple disk table top is also available for the 26 Hemi. They are constructed out of noncorrosive aluminum and stainless steel. Therefore they are perfect for social gatherings in residential or commercial settings.

Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.
Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.

Chelsea is at the forefront of the shows for the garden industry. This year is no exception and we are excited to see the CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen. Naomi is working with HIV partnership CHERUB to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Featuring a Solus Water Dome, Naomi has designed a space that could be recreated within a home garden context. The garden uses specialist planting and design to take visitors on a powerful symbolic journey helping to promote acceptance and understanding about the condition.

Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.
Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.

Another must-see garden will be The Myeloma UK Garden, designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell. It will highlight the work of Myeloma UK. A bold 7 tonne, 12 feet high sculpture will rise from the garden as its centrepiece and as a result, promises to be unique and contemporary.

Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.
Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.

On the Solus Decor stand on Pavilion Way PW/608, we will of course be displaying and demonstrating a selection of our best-selling fire pits and water features.

Next to us will be Chilstone on stand PW/607. This year Chilstone are proudly celebrating 65 years of handmaking cast stone in Britain and always have a fabulous display.

If you are visiting this year, please come and see both stands. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact us for more information on Solus products. Or visit our website: www.solusdecor.co.uk. Made in Vancouver, Canada. Shipped worldwide.

For more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show visit: www.rhs.org.uk

 

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

We are looking forward to setting up the Solus stand and seeing everyone at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show was a great success on the Solus stand next to the main Pavilion.

We had a perfect view of all the comings and goings, the amazing show gardens, insight into the gardening trends and of course meeting all the lovely visitors!

The Solus stand at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The 2017 Solus stand, featuring our Dome and Scupper Water Features and Hemi and Elevated Halo Fire Pits

Setting up the stand is an important and time consuming part of the process. This year we are showcasing some fantastic screens by Screen with Envy as well as Silvadec flooring provided by Brooks Bros (UK) Ltd. But none of this is possible without Tarquin Ellington and his team at TKE Landscaping working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure our stand is ready to go and looking its best for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

If you ever wondered what goes into building a stand for Chelsea, take a look at our short time-lapse film which captured our set up last year: Solus at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

This year we are pleased to announce that our stand will be on Pavilion Way no. 608 and across from our friends Chilstone. We will be showcasing a new product; a metal drinks ring/table. This fits onto our Hemi fire bowl and creates a contemporary, multi-functional feature. We are also entering this into the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden Product of the Year. We have been finalists in this category in 2016 and 2017 and with any luck can make 2018 the third year in a row.

Solus metal table top with centre open showing fire ring on Hemi firepit
Solus metal table top with centre open showing fire ring on Hemi firepit

If you are visiting this year, please come and see us and our products, we look forward to meeting you.

Contact us for more information on 44 0208 819 1495 or visit our website: www.solusdecor.co.uk

For more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show visit the RHS website: www.rhs.org.uk

 

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Making the most of a roof terrace

If you have a roof terrace or balcony, how can you make the most of it? There are some inspirational ideas out there to add value to your outside space.

Create warmth and use your outside space all year with a fire pit.

In a small space, it is still possible to add a functional but stylish fire pit that is safe to use. The Firecube is ideal and with different fuel options, it can conform to safety requirements. An optional table top also means it is multi-use.

For larger terraces or balconies, fire pits and tables will create a social area with seating positioned around. The Elevated Halo is a great example and used in residential and commercial spaces.

The Gwen Hotel, Chicago featuring a Solus Decor Elevated Halo fire table

 

Solus Dome water feature

Water features are also an option on a terrace and can create a calm and tranquil environment. They can be an oasis in the city and integral as part of the mindful living trend for 2018*. Look out for self-circulating and “plug and play” products. This means there is no plumbing and water is not being wasted. The Dome is a great example.

There are many designers who are experienced in designing roof top and terrace gardens which do tend to be in cities where outside space is at a premium.

 

 

Amber Freda Landscape Design have created some amazing spaces in NYC and their website has a portfolio of these as well as offering informative blogs such as flowers for a city roof top garden.

The Garden Builders in the UK have also worked on transforming roof spaces in London and their blog 7 roof terrace ideas showcases some of them and offers expert advice.

For more information on Solus fire pits and water features please contact us. T: 44 0208 819 1495 E: info@solusdecor.co.uk W: www.solusdecor.co.uk

*Source: Country Living

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Outdoor Trends for 2018 including wabi-sabi…

With offices on both sides of the Atlantic (North America and the UK) Solus gets a unique insight into the plans of designers and architects.

This always leads to some interesting observations and noticeable trends. Such as water conscious gardening, embracing imperfections. As well as smart home and garden automation.

The Solus Dome water feature embracing wabi-sabi

Water conscious gardening is the more considered use of water for outdoor settings. This extends from understanding the most efficient uses of water. During droughts and to the most elegant uses in water-rich environments. In drought prone areas, outdoor landscape designs are using more appropriate plants, storing and re circulating rainwater. Also being installed are irrigation systems, that water the roots directly. In more water-rich environments gardeners are using water features and water gardens as part of the design. These features will maximise the ambience of their gardens and outdoor patios.

Smart home automation has been a major trend that is being seen throughout Europe and North America. Products like Amazon Echo and Google Home (that allow you to control everything in your home from your thermostat to your lighting) have made home automation achievable in any home or setting. This trend has been carried outdoors into gardens and outdoor spaces. Firepits, water features, hot tubs, irrigation systems and outdoor lighting are all examples of products that can now be controlled by smart devices. The water features and electronic ignition fire pits by Solus can be hooked up to home automation systems.

 

Elevated Halo fire table in Portland

The Japanese philosophy of embracing imperfection, called wabi-sabi, has become an industry buzz word of late. For gardens using or recycling materials like concrete, stone and wood and avoiding the use of plastics or synthetics wherever possible. These natural materials are all beautiful because they are not perfect.  They also help reflect the organic nature of a garden. At Solus we embrace this philosophy. Our concrete product features are hand cast and imperfectly perfect.

 

 

If you would like further information on any Solus product please Contact us.