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Fire Pit Feature Project with Marlene Lento Design Studio

hemi fire pit Kent

This month in our fire pit feature project we have Marlene Lento Design Studio. Marlene designs gardens in Kent and East Sussex. Her designs range from traditional to contemporary with an emphasis on creating outdoor living spaces that are usable and beautiful throughout the seasons:

 

“There is really nothing that you can’t do outside, even in our UK climate”

Marlene Lento

 

 

We are focussing on a recent project that Marlene undertook for a client in Otford, Kent.  When discussing the client brief with Marlene it was simply to design a spectacular entertainment area at the top of their steep garden overlooking the Kent countryside. Looking at the end result she certainly fulfilled the brief and more!  A garden of this nature needs the help of a designer to realise its true potential and really give it the wow factor, which Marlene has definitely done with her design.

In order to fulfil the brief  Marlene designed two circular decks that are set into the slope, one of which is a lounge area and the other a dance floor! The centre piece of the lounge area is a large Solus fire bowl which is surrounded by cosy upholstered outdoor furniture. A cantilevered heater adds further warmth making it a year-round destination. The elaborate lighting scheme and mature planting, some of which were helicoptered into the garden create real impact and luxury within this Kent garden.

hemi fire pit

Marlene has incorporated our Hemi fire bowl with gas connection and drinks ring.  The gas pipework has been carefully concealed beneath the decking; a key part of the planning process and something that we are on hand to help with along with any technical questions.

We are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic garden transformation. Get in touch with Marlene Lento Design Studio to see how she can help with your garden project.

The Look Book 

Plants/ Trees – Architectural Plants 

Decking – Millboard

Cantilevered Heater – Cuckooland

Outdoor Furniture – Indian Ocean

Fire Pit – Solus Decor 

 

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Winter Sun Inspiration

Solus firepit shown lit outside at monarch beach california

Looking for some Winter Sun Inspiration? The Solus Decor team have been taking some inspiration from our installations around the world.

The days are shorter and the winter coats are out, winter is on the horizon if not already here and it has us dreaming of some winter sun.  Looking at the travel experts advice we have fire pits installed in some of the best winter sun destinations around the world. Here’s a few few winter sun recommendations if you are looking for some inspiration.

California

Solus firepit shown lit outside at monarch beach california

Looking to keep a hold on to warmer days but still enjoy a gentle breeze? Look no further than California, ideal for those looking for a more gentle climate and you won’t get bored with so many things to see and do.  This a shot of our Elevated Halo fire pit at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica with fantastic view of the famous Santa Monica Pier. More than 7 million visitors a year come to Santa Monica as one of the most famous beach cities, noted as one of National Geographic’s top ten and its close proximity to other Los Angeles attractions. Santa Monica Beach offers on average more than 300 days of sunshine a year and has some of the best sunsets on the West Coast.

Hawaii

A wonderful haven with a fantastic climate for those in search of winter sun. You can hop around the islands to see the vast  flora and fauna and learn about the rich culture and history of the islands.

This is an installation at a residential property for a Canadian client, who built their dream vacation home in Maui, Hawaii so they could make the most of the winter sun every year.  They have framed the house beautifully using our halo low fire pits. A wonderful oasis of calm to enjoy the winter months.

Three Solus halo low fire features near modern home and swimming pool in hawaii
Private Residence with Halo Low fire pits in Maui, Hawaii

 

For those looking for a little more excitement and entertainment with their winter sun then the famous Waikiki Beach is what you need. Waikiki beach is on the island of Oahu and is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you will find world class shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and resorts.

With so much in the surrounding area the Hyatt Regency Hotel Waikiki is the perfect beach place to base yourself to enjoy all that Honolulu and the rest of Oahu has to offer. After a day of exploring, the hotel has created the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the views with a a drink around the fire in the evening. The hotel have used the Hemi fire pits as part of the outdoor area in the Regency club area.

Bahamas

Looking for all inclusive luxury without the children? Look no further than Warwick Paradise Island  An all-inclusive resort hotel in the beautiful setting of the Bahamas.  All-Inclusive takes any stresses out of your vacation, leaving you to simply enjoy yourself. You can relax on the resort’s private harbour beach or take in some of the best views of Nassau Harbour.

 

St Barths

The definition of beach side luxury, Hotel Le Toiny is a five star luxury resort on the exclusive island of St Barths.

Solus Decor fire pit at Hotel Le Toiny
Solus Decor Hemi Fire Pit at Hotel Le Toiny

 

Bee Osborn has created a relaxed, light and airy space using soft creams with luxurious textures in the fixtures and fittings.  Hotel Le Toiny is  a 5-Star tropical paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the hills of St. Barthelemy The Resort is made up of 22 luxury one and two bedroom suites nestled in of a lush palm grove bordered by Toiny beach.  The hotel has been designed as a sanctuary for guests to relax both indoors and outdoors.

Solus Decor are thrilled to be part of this stunning resort.  They have chosen to incorporate our Hemi fire pits on their beach terrace, providing a wonderful space for guest to enjoy at night.  The Hemi provide gently warmth as the sun goes down and a soft light that adds to the ambiance of this unique setting

 

 

Get in touch with us to find out more about our fire pits at these winter sun destinations.

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Feature Project: The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells

solus decor fire pit at spa hotel kent

We have had the great fortune of teaming up with The Spa Hotel to help create this wonderful outdoor space in the historic town of Tunbridge Wells.

The Spa Hotel is set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds close to the centre of  historic Royal Tunbridge Wells, the spa town from which its name is derived. The hotel first opened in 1880 and since then has built a reputation for style, sophistication, relaxation and fine dining.

Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells

The Spa Hotel has a long-established history in the town, and with its recent refurbishment it provides a luxurious location to stay, dine and for weddings and events. With 70 rooms, an award-winning restaurant and a new, contemporary  Bar and Brasserie, there is plenty for guests to enjoy.

As part of the refurbishment of the hotel, The Spa Hotel have just launched the Spa Temple and new outdoor entertainment area. The Spa Temple is a beautiful piece of design from our friends at Chilstone, providing a focal point in this picturesque outdoor setting and a wonderful place to say “I do”.

solus decor fire pit

We are thrilled to see our Hemi fire pit with metal drinks ring incorporated into this quintessential British countryside setting. The Hemi is our signature fire pit and is popular in both commercial and residential settings.  The Spa Hotel have incorporated the Hemi into the new Temple.  The sculptural curves of the Hemi mirror the architectural curves of the Temple.

The Hemi is available in three sizes, twelve different colours and a choice of three different fuel options; including natural gas, LPG and Biothenol making it adaptable for any outdoor setting. We also have a range of accessories to customise your fire pit including the metal drinks ring at the Spa Hotel.

To find out more about our products get in touch with us.

Photo Credit: Penny Young Photography

 

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Outdoor Living Inspiration at Maison & Objet

outdoor living inspiration in paris

 

Solus Decor took the opportunity to visit the world renowned show in Paris and gain some outdoor living inspiration from the wealth of exhibitors.

 

Every year in January Paris becomes a hub for designers, architects and suppliers for commercial and residential design as they descend on the beautiful city of Paris for the Maison & Objet trade show held at the Parc des Exposition in Villepinte.  The exhibition runs for 5 days and given the scale many would say that you need full 5 days to ensure you don’t miss out.  For the duration of the 5 days Parc Des Exposition becomes home to more than 3,000 exhibitors making it a perfect melting pot of designers and brands from around the world to meet and connect.

 

 

We visited the world renowned Maison & Objet in Paris for inspiration and research, taking a look at what’s going on in the Design world for 2017. We have put together a selection of our highlights from the world of outdoor living that we discovered at the show.

 

Above is a small selection of the great furniture that can be used for both the interior and exterior by the Danish brand; Sika Design. They had a great selection of furniture, which is both stylish and practical for the indoor/outdoor lifestyle and in doing so create the perfect cohesion between the interior and exterior.  The Parisian style cafe chairs were of course a big hit!

 

Outdoor Living Inspiration

 

The Exteta stand was a big draw at the show with their exceptional stand, which created an inviting space for visitors to relax.  Already familiar with the Italian brand it was a great opportunity to see their new collections and look at their outdoor living concepts.  To see more of the wonderful Exteta Range click here 

 

Concrete Design and Inspiration

 

Of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to see what others are doing with concrete so we took the opportunity to gain some inspiration from others who value the concepts of concrete as much as we do at Solus Decor with our hand cast concrete fire and water features.  Here are our some of our favourites from the show featuring lighting by Opjet Paris and Kast Concrete Basins.

 

 

 

While in Paris we couldn’t resist exploring one of their own great outdoor spaces at Parc des Buttes Chaumont, featuring great elements of water and landscaping.

 

 

 

To find out more about our own outdoor living products get in touch