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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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The House That Black Built Collaboration

Solus Decor Elevated Halo Fire pit

A look at the Solus Decor collaboration with the DIY Champion; The House That Black Built and their garden transformation.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the House That Black Built, it is an interior designer and lifestyle blog featuring Chelsea and her husband, following the renovation of their Victorian villa. Chelsea and her husband are DIY enthusiasts with an excellent sense of style in both their home and everyday lives. They document their DIY projects through the blog and wonderful Instagram feed, which has captured the attention of over 55 thousand followers!

Elevated Halo fire pit

One of the most recent projects that The House That Black Built have undertaken is the garden to their Victorian villa; a place they could enjoy all year round and take a rest from all the hard work inside the house.  After seeing the progress of their work and their design inspiration for the garden we knew a Solus Decor fire pit would be the perfect addition to this cool, contemporary space.  The House That Black Built have incorporated our Elevated Halo fire pit in Shiitake in their low maintenance outdoor living space. The fire pit is complimented by the Everscape Limestone tile from Topps Tiles and outdoor furniture from Maison du Monde, which brings this whole space to life! We love the finished design and how Chelsea has teamed the Elevated Halo with these elements to create a contemporary outdoor living space.

Solus Decor Elevated Halo Fire pit

Chelsea takes you step by step through the renovation process through her blog and Instagram stories; showing both the highs and lows. This warm and approachable demeanor is exactly why she has gained such a huge following and has been recognised by the Amara Interior Blog Awards. If you are thinking of undertaking a garden renovation be sure to check out The House That Black Built.

 

 

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Contemporary Garden Design in Essex

outdoor fire pit in Essex

A look at a contemporary garden design in Essex. M King & Sons have created a warm and inviting space using a Solus Decor fire pit as a focal point.

Today we are looking at a fantastic project in Colchester, Essex, which was a complete make over by M King & Sons who have created a fantastic outdoor space that can truly be used all year round.

M King and Sons, who specialise in ground work and construction in the Essex area. They have used their expertise to create a wonderful outdoor retreat for their client. By removing all the existing hard landscaping they have completely transformed the outdoor space. New ground work, hard landscaping, electrics and gas has created a warm and inviting space for their clients.

 

 

fire pit in Essex
Outdoor Living space with Elevated Halo fire pit

 

Working closely with the client they have created a wonderful space for entertaining. They have worked with mixed textures of grass and and stone and added relaxed outdoor seating around an Elevated Halo fire pit to create a welcoming space.

 

 

The Elevated Halo fire pit is ideal for this style of space as it offers the warmth of a fire along with the functionality of a table when used in conjunction with outdoor seating. With their clean profiles and soft curves the Halo Elevated fits well into a wide variety of outdoor environments. The elevated halo fire pit works in traditional and contemporary settings. The Elevated Halo is available in two sizes 36″ and 48″ and 10 different colour options. This variety makes it ideal for residential and commercial installations.

 

Solus halo elevated gas fire pit
Elevated Halo Fire Pit

If you would like to create your own outdoor retreat get in touch with us to find out more about our range of fire and water features.

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Outdoor Living Inspiration

Solus Outdoor Living Inspiration Janus et Cie

With the Bank Holiday weekend coming up we’re looking at how we can improve the garden and create a space that will work as we move into the cooler weather.  The fire pit is the perfect answer for outdoor living all year round.  Take a look at our outdoor living inspiration schemes; teaming our fire pits with some of our favourite outdoor living brands.

 

Classic Contemprary Outdoor Living Inspiration

This look features furniture from Janus et Cie and engineered decking from Silvadec teamed with clean lines and simple planting and our Hemi fire pit in Halva to compliment the darker tones in the flooring and furniture. A low maintenance look that will look good for years to come

 

Solus Outdoor Living Inspiration Janus et Cie

 

Mediterranean Outdoor Living Inspiration

This two schemes takes inspiration from the Mediterranean in two different ways with furniture by Indian Ocean and Dedon . The first scheme inspired by some of the installations we have seen in the south of France with lighter tones set against a backdrop of sensory planting; olive trees, lavender, mint and rosemary complimented with our elevated halo fire pit in portland to keep you warm as the sun goes down. A relaxed garden ideal for outdoor entertaining.Solus Decor Outdoor Living Indian Ocean

 

A more contemporary take on the rural retreats found in the Italian countryside with this stylish outdoor sofa from Dedon teamed with the Elevated Halo in Shiitake with olive trees and a warm stone floor.

Solus Decor Outdoor Living Inspiration

 

 

Beach Retreat Outdoor Living Inspiration

Solus Decor Outdoor Living Inspiration Dedon

A fun and colourful take on outdoor living teamed with the hugely popular Hemi Fire Bowl. A contemporary take on the classic woven outdoor seating from Dedon. This colour adds the extra wow factor. Patterned encaustic tiles and simple grasses add texture to the overall scheme.

Feeling inspired? Why not get in touch with us to create your own outdoor living space with a Solus Decor fire pit.

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Solus Decor at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Solus Decor fire pit at RHS Hampton Court

Solus Decor have collaborated with the award winning garden designer Rosemary Coldstream at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this month.  Rosemary’s Best of Both Worlds Garden won a gold award at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

The Best of Both Worlds Garden was designed for an imaginary couple who have a small garden but differing tastes. To keep each other happy, they’ve split the garden into two equal halves. One side has a country-garden feel and a palette of blues, purple and pinks.  The other side is more contemporary with a simpler mix of green foliage and golden grasses.

About the Best of Both Worlds Garden

Rosemary Coldstream has incorporated Solus Decor’s elevated halo fire pit in the contemporary side of the garden in a sunken seating area.  The planting in the contemporary area in a more simplified palette of yellow, green, blue and hints of red.  The landscaping is linear in its design in contrast to the country style garden.

The garden was created by landscaping apprentices, trainees and students on BALI’s GoLandscape initiative which is supported by the RHS.  BALI’S GoLandscape initiative encourages young people to pursue a career in horticulture. The young designers, landscapers and contractors have been mentored by designer Rosemary Coldstream and David Dodd of The Outdoor Room as part of the Best of Both Worlds Garden project.

Elevated Halo Fire Pit

Rosemary Coldstream has incorporated Solus Decor’s elevated halo fire pit with biofuel in the contemporary side of the best of both worlds garden. The elevated halo fire pit is available in 36″ and 48″ sizes and with three different fuel options; natural gas, liquid propane and biofuel as seen at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.  The fire pit is ideal for both commercial and residential installations.

Solus Decor Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Cinder

To see the garden in action take a look at this snippet from the BBC commentary on Hampton Court Flower Show with Adam Frost.

Solus Decor elevated halo fire pit at Hampton Court Flower Show
Solus Decor Elevated Halo fire pit in Best of Both Worlds Garden designed by Rosemary Coldstream at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

To find out more out more about the elevated halo fire pit or any of our other products get in contact with us.

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Feature Project: The Brass on Baltimore, Kansas City

Our feature project is the sensational event space, Brass on Baltimore in Kansas City

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Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club
The Brass on Baltimore Club Kansas City
Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club
Brass on Baltimore Kansas City
Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club

The Brass on Baltimore is a unique event space, which seamlessly combines the old world charm of a historic social club with the modern luxury of society today.

The Kansas City Club as it was formerly know was originally formed in 1882, one of the premier social clubs in the Midwest. Like many clubs at the time the purpose was to cultivate social and business relationships between leading businessmen in Kansas City.  So historic is the building and architecture that is is appears on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was designed in the Gothic Revival style by the Kansas City architectural firm of Smith, Rea and Lovitt, construction of the Kansas City Club Building was started in 1918 and completed in 1922.

The club has now been given a new lease of life to create a unique event space by the Kansas City based architects, Helix Architecture & Design.  Helix have beautifully mixed both old and new in the club to create a luxury event space, whilst retaining the history of the building and looking to the future with contemporary elements.  The majority of the spaces have retained the period features from the early 1900’s where hand-hewn walnut, carved stone, stained glass, and gilded plaster were often used.

The contemporary elements of the building are exemplified on the fantastic roof terrace with expansive views across the city, which also features a Solus Elevated Halo fire pit to create the perfect location for cocktails and canapes, an after dinner drink or a quiet spot for a bride and groom to reflect on their special day.

The contemporary elements of the building are exemplified on the fantastic roof terrace with expansive views across the city, which also features a Solus Elevated Halo fire pit to create the perfect location for cocktails and canapes, an after dinner drink or a quiet spot for a bride and groom to reflect on their special day.

The Elevated Halo fire pit is ideal for commercial outdoor spaces like the roof terrace at The Brass on Baltimore. With their clean profiles and soft curves the Halo Elevated fit well into a wide variety of outdoor environments, from traditional to modern. Both sizes offer the warmth of fire along with the functionality of a table and can be used in conjunction with standard seating. The Elevated Halo compliments the contemporary style of the roof terrace at The Brass on Baltimore with the historic architecture as a sensational backdrop.

Solus Firepits for Commercial Projects

Solus provides quality commercial grade firepits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our firepits 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 firepit for commercial projects. Contact us to discuss your project.

Get in touch with us to find out more about the Elevated Halo and our other fire pits

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Feature Project: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Poolside Cabana Loews Hotel Santa Monica

We are lucky enough to have worked with the renowned Loews hotel chain on a couple of occasions and each installation is different subject to the style and location of the hotel.

Fire Pit Loews Hotel Santa Monica
Elevated Halo Fire Pit at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, California
Loews Santa Monica Hotel California
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Ocean View Pool

Santa Monica is the perfect blend of sun, sea and surf and the Santa Monica Beach Hotel is at the heart of it all with beach side luxury. We love the beach side location and the relaxed setting of the Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The Santa Monica Beach Hotel is recognized as one of the best Santa Monica Pier hotels where you can relax by the ocean view pool with a cocktail and enjoy the spa and restaurants. When you are ready to venture out there is the ocean right on your door step and you can wander along the Santa Monica beach and find out what Santa Monica has to offer.

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. Unlike many areas of Los Angeles, Santa Monica is known as a walkable and bike-friendly town, so it’s easy to get around and experience the wealth of shops, restaurants and attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade.

Elevated Halo Firepits at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Poolside Cabana at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, California
Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Poolside Cabana at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, California

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel have used our Elevated Halo fire pits to add a warmth and ambiance to their outdoor areas for guests to enjoy as they watch the sun go down. The Elevated Halo fire pit is ideal for this setting with the coffee table height and large surround allowing you to rest a drink and small appetizer plates around the fire.

For those seeking out a romantic spot to enjoy an evening drink then you might want to opt for a poolside cabana with your very own Elevated Halo fire pit. The pool side cabana allows to relax privately with a cocktail or a glass of Californian wine with a fire pit to keep you warm as the sun goes down.

If you would like to enjoy a stay at the Santa Monica Beach Hotel get in touch with Loews Hotels or to find out more about the Elevated Halo or similar products get in touch with us.

Solus Firepits for Commercial Projects

Solus provides quality commercial grade firepits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our firepits 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 firepit for commercial projects. Contact us to discuss your project.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier, California
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Solus Elevated Halo featured in Telus Garden building

Telus Garden Building rooftop deck with Solus Elevated Halo firepit
Image: Telus – Solus Elevated Halo firepit on rooftop deck at the Telus Garden Building

We are thrilled to announce that the TELUS Garden building, Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum certified office tower, has chosen to include a Solus Elevated Halo 36″ fire pit on their rooftop deck.

There’s an extra special reason why we’re happy about this decision though and it’s not just because the TELUS Garden building is being billed as an architectural icon. Our luxury products are sought out worldwide by architects so we’re familiar with being included in architectural feats. We’re happy because like the TELUS Garden building, our products are also sustainable.

Telus Garden
Image: Telus

For starters, we make our concrete with post-industrial waste materials like fly ash and silica that would otherwise be landfill. As for our carbon footprint, we strive to keep it low so largely use locally sourced and manufactured materials cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions from transport . As for energy consumed, our products take very little to produce, in fact, most of the energy used is human powered. And with regards to the curing of our products, they’re cured at ambient temperatures, reducing the need for super heating. Our products off gas nothing more than trace amounts of water and we reuse wash water and all packing materials. We could go on but it’d be easier for you to read our complete sustainability practices.

We look forward to providing warmth in a beautiful environment to those visiting this rooftop deck throughout the year.

Solus Firepits for Commercial Projects

Solus provides quality commercial grade firepits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our firepits 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 firepit for commercial projects. Contact us to discuss your project.

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Disaster Decks features Elevated Halo for ageing deck reno

Picture a beautiful, century old, brick schoolhouse that was converted into a home for a family of 5. Sounds like an architect’s dream, right? Now imagine the shape of its 100-year old rotting deck. Not great, huh? For Linda & Asad Hates, this was the embarrassment that took away from the charm of the home they adored. Their rotting deck had holes, a broken hot tub and benches with makeshift railings. Fortunately, in the Linda & Asad Hates episode of Disaster Decks, Paul Lafrance came in to help give this charming schoolhouse’s deck a dream renovation job which included the Solus Elevated Halo 36″ fire pit.

A LITTLE ABOUT OUR ELEVATED HALO FIRE PIT

The Solus Elevated Halo 36″ Fire Pit is a modern interpretation of the primordial campfire raised to coffee table height to invite conversation and to place a drink or canapé on the surrounding table surface. Handcrafted in smooth high-performance concrete, this serene outdoor fire pit cradles its flame in a beautifully, sculptural concavity. A peaceful floating slab, the Solus Elevated Halo’s glow invites reflection and intimate gatherings.

Enjoy these images from the Linda & Asad Hates episode on Disaster Decks

Disaster Decks features Elevated Halo

Disaster Decks features Elevated Halo

Disaster Decks features Elevated Halo

Disaster Decks features Elevated Halo

Disaster Decks features Elevated Halo

Disaster Decks features Elevated Halo

If you’d like more info about the Solus Elevated Halo for your outdoor space or upcoming renovation, talk with one of our design consultants at 1 877 255 3146 or visit www.solusdecor.co.uk.

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Solus featured in Taste of Life magazine

We are very pleased to be featured in the October 2014 issue of Taste of Life magazine. They featured our Elevated Halo fire pit in their Better Living section on fireplaces.

The highlight for us was this comment:

One of Solus’ customers shared the elemental appeal that fire has over even the most impenetrable of personalities: “When I turn my firepit on, my teenagers come sit around it and spend time with us all by themselves. It’s the only time they do that. They put down their phones, their games and their computers and just watch the fire.”

Taste of Life magazine
Solus featured in Oct issue of Taste of Life magazine
Elevated Halo in Taste of Life Magazine
Elevated Halo fire pit featured in Taste of Life magazine
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Our top 3 fire pits for entertaining large groups

Although all our fire pits will fit this bill, we have 3 in particular that create an ambiance best suited for entertaining large groups of people; the Firetable, Firetrough and Elevated Halo.

1) Maximize heat
The linear shape of these fire pits allows for a line of fire that is not only aesthetically pleasing but maximizes heat, great for keeping larger groups of people warm.

Solus firetable
Solus Firetable in Portland colour with Flame Lava Rock
Crystal Teal FIREGLASS in Firetrough with bio-ethanol burner
Firetrough with Crystal Teal Fireglass with bio-ethanol burner

 

2) Table space
The flat surfaces of these fire pits allows for table space so guests can place their plates, drinks or even sit on some of them lending to a more comfortable social experience during the soirée.

Elevated Halo 48"
48-inch Elevated Halo in Cinder colour

3) Large outdoor furniture

If you have an outdoor sofa or a sectional, the Firetable, Firetrough or Elevated Halo are the perfect shape to match your furniture allowing you to maximize space and get more people around the chosen fire pit.

Sectional around Elevated Halo
Sectional around 36-inch Elevated Halo

4) Larger spaces
These fire pits are very conducive to larger spaces allowing you to best plan your outdoor spaces for seating, dining, entertaining and games etc.

Elevated Halo in Traditional Home
Elevated Halo in Traditional Home proves perfect for this large space

Designing your outdoor space should almost be as exciting as enjoying the finished result. Should you feel it has become daunting, let our design team experts help you get the best result for your space. Don’t ever hesitate to call and talk with our friendly team – 1 877 255 3146.