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In Conversation with Theron Horton Design

solus hemi fire pit

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

 

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

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

The Design Process

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

The Gibbons Project

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

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

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

 

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

 

Dealing with Covid19

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

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In conversation with: Patricia Fox from Aralia

Patricia Fox, Aralia

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

 

About Aralia

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

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

 

Projects in 2020

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

roof terrace design
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Trends for 2020

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

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

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The Top 10 Garden Styles for 2020

Belgian Garden Design

The Top 10 garden styles for 2020 to kick start the New Year. Fresh design, styles and ideas for the garden in 2020.

What garden styles can we expect to see in 2020 according to The Society of Garden Designers?

 

 1: Belgian Design

Mia Witham Garden Design

Mia Witham

Belgian design style, often described as luxurious simplicity, is expected to come to the fore in 2020. Mia Witham of Mia Witham Garden Design says: ‘I am seeing some great garden products coming out of Belgium, which are typically high-end and have great form. I particularly love the beautiful clay pots by Atelier Vierkant, the woven fibre fencing and screens produced by Forest Avenue and the striking garden lights by Wever & Ducre. I’ll be using a lot more of them in 2020.’

2. Less is more

Garden by James Smith - Bowles & Wyer

Garden by James Smith – Bowles & Wyer

James Smith MSGD, Design Director at Bowles & Wyer, thinks the philosophy of ‘less is more’ will become more prominent, saying: ‘I really want to focus on creating more pared back design schemes, but with high attention to detail and finishing.’

Tracy McQue MSGD of Tracy McQue Gardens shares this philosophy, saying: ‘I’m looking forward to planting multiple grasses and a simple palette of perennials to make the lightest of design touches to a very rural project I am working on in Scotland. It’s important that my design ties in with the extended and wild landscape.’

3. Edible Forests & Romantic Veg Plots

Eva Nemeth; garden by Libby Russell

Image credit: Eva Nemeth; garden by Libby Russell

With more people using foraged food for cooking, Mia Witham thinks that edible forests could become the new vegetable garden. She says: ‘I’m currently designing an edible forest for a chef in Suffolk. It is carefully designed, semi-wild ecosystem of plants organised in layers with trees making up the canopy layer, shrubs providing a middle layer and perennial plants covering the ground. It’s an exciting concept and unlike a traditional vegetable plot where annual plants are mainly grown, edible forests require minimum input for maximum output.’

Libby Russell MSGD of Mazzullo + Russell agrees, saying: ‘Productive gardens are still very much on trend’. Libby, with her design partner Emma Mazzullo MSGD, mixes fruit and vegetables together with cut flowers to give a romantic flavour to their productive gardens. ‘As long as there is a very clear underlying design in the garden you can overlay so many layers, provided they create beauty and romance’ says Libby, who sees romantic gardens having a revival in 2020.

4. Re-purpose & Recycle Mark Laurence garden design

Garden by Mark Laurence

Tracy McQue thinks there will more of a spotlight on repurposing of existing materials and recycling garden materials where possible. Mark Laurence MSGD whose consultancy creates adaptive landscape for a changing world, echoes this saying ‘repurposed items give a garden an individual look’, like this heating coil repurposed into a water feature.

5. Planting for Wildlife

Tracy McQue garden

Tracy McQue /Paul Johnston

Creating sustainable, wildlife-friendly and beautiful spaces needs to be at the forefront of everything we do no matter what size or location of the gardens we are designing, says Tracy McQue. She believes that the materials and plants we include, where we source them from and how we re-use elements already in the garden are becoming more vital considerations.

Jane Brockbank MSGD of Jane Brockbank Gardens shares this ideal, saying: ‘People are much more interested in making gardens that are good for wildlife. Awareness of the climate crisis and the loss of bio-diversity has grown enormously, even over the last year, and we are all taking our gardens far more seriously in regards to the important part they can play.’

Libby Russell of Mazzullo + Russell echoes this, saying: ‘Our planting is evolving to use many more ‘wild’ plants that are great for bees, birds, pollinators and invertebrates but without losing glamour or impact. Single roses, species plants, seed heads and grasses are all valuable.’

Tracy McQue garden design

Tracy McQue

Mandy Buckland MSGD of Greencube says she is incorporating ‘meadow areas, native hedging, gaps in fences for hedgehog movement and of course nectar rich planting’. While Tracy McQue advises that water features are integral to the wildlife-friendly spaces, and ideas such as bee-friendly boundary hedges are simple to incorporate into any garden.

Continuing this theme, Jane Brockbank says: ‘We are very interested in using shrubs in a more naturalistic way and we will be looking at how shrub communities work in the wild and take those principles to make them work in more designed settings, much like the ‘new perennial movement’ but for shrubs!’

6. The Patterned Garden

Jane Brockbank garden design

Jane Brockbank

Pattern and texture will be creeping back into our gardens in 2020. ‘Cold minimalism is beginning to look pretty tired now,’ says Jane Brockbank ‘and it also begs the question – “how does this contribute to the wildlife locally and in the garden?”‘ Jane brings pattern and texture into her designs by creating faceted planting zones and by blurring the line between the hard landscaped and soft planting areas in the garden, using gravel planting to create the transition between the two.

Greencube Landscapes

Mandy Buckland

Mandy Buckland of Greencube Landscapes thinks the trend for creating an outdoor room will live on and we will move away from regular formatted paving. She says: ‘There are lots of outdoor ceramic tiles on the market now. We are installing them as garden ‘rugs’ or design features within landscaped areas to create pattern, contrast and textural changes. It is much the same decorating a dining and living room in the house.’

7. Curvilinear Forms

Mark Laurence Garden Design

Mark Laurence

After almost a decade of symmetrically ordered urban gardens, Mark Laurence thinks we’ll see ‘a turning away from the linear, contemporary town garden to something wilder and more curvilinear.’ Mark says: “Curvilinear forms appear more natural in a garden environment and they connect us back to the flow of natural forms in the landscape.” It’s a distinctive move aways from the style of crisp, linear raised beds set against horizontal timber trellis that we have become so familiar with.

Following a similar path, James Smith of Bowles & Wyer has been experimenting with sculptural wall claddings in wood, metals and stone in organic, naturalistic patterns. He says: “I think wall claddings will gain momentum in 2020. They are perfect for maximising vertical surfaces in tight city gardens.”

8. Render Revival

Mark Laurence garden design

Mark Laurence

‘Look out for Monocouche renders in 2020,’ says Mark Laurence. These renders are a rare application in garden design, having been used predominantly by the housebuilding industry. Mark says: ‘Monocouche renders are low maintenance, weather resistant and hard wearing plus they have great texture  but they need professional application. A different look can be achieved with conventional render using mineral pigments (which are applied whilst the render is still green) and layered on in colour washes and absorbed into the surface, keeping the render breathable. I think the red or yellow ochres tones work very well in a garden setting.’

9. Outdoor Play

Greencube Landcapes

Mandy Buckland

‘Young families want to encourage their children to get outdoors, prizing them away from laptops, tablets and TV’s,’ say Mandy Buckland of Greencube. ‘We have been asked to integrate outdoor play in many of our gardens in recent months and have been incorporating blackboards, sand pits, hammocks, balance beams, climbing frames and even mini wildlife ponds. We design them so that they are integral to the garden layout, repeating the material and use or colour.’

James Smith of Bowles & Wyer agrees, adding: ‘Gardens will increasingly become important for families, to connect at social gatherings and for mental health – a welcome antidote to technology and screens.’

10. Ways with Wood

Greencube landscapes

Mandy Buckland

‘It’s not a new material but I think there will be a focus back on using timber next year,’ says Tracy McQue. ‘In the past it has been viewed as a material to use at ground level or for basic fences, but there are many elements in the garden that clever design can incorporate timber into. We use a local Scottish wood supplier when we can and I love the possibilities it gives us when we’re creating a new garden.’

Mandy Buckland of Greencube agrees, adding: ‘There appears to be a continuing rise in popularity of charred timber for decking and the use of Shou Sugi Ban – the ancient Japanese wood burning technique.’

Are you feeling inspired and looking to be in style for 2020? Now’s the time to start thinking about your garden for the summer, get in touch with us to see how we can help with your garden style this summer.

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Outdoor Living in London

Outdoor living at its finest in South East London. A collaboration by LXA Architects and Simon Orchard Garden Design in the picturesque area of Blackheath in South East London.

 

A wonderful example of fantastic London design spearheaded by LXA architects; contemporary design working together with traditional architecture to create a luxurious space for modern living. LXA Architects transformed a building of five flats into one large, prestigious home. Covering more than 8,000 square feet, the property now boasts a swimming pool and numerous other leisure facilities.

With a building this size and specification it was crucial that the outside space reflected the same luxurious feel and Simon Orchard Garden Design did not disappoint.

 

 

Simon has created an outdoor oasis that works seamlessly with the architecture of the building.  As part of this design he has created wonderful outdoor living spaces from which one can enjoy the design of the building.  A part of this design he has incorporated a Solus Decor elevated halo to create a warm and inviting space.

 

Solus Decor Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Cinder

The elevated halo fire pit is perfect for outdoor entertaining. It truly embodies the idea of outdoor living all year round. Like all our fire pits it is available in ten different colours and three different fuel options; bio ethanol, LPG and natural gas making it compatible for all situations and styles.

To find out more about this project by LXA architects and see more details take a look at their website and to see every aspect of this enticing outdoor space take a look at the full project on Simon Orchard’s website 

If your feeling inspired and want to create your outdoor retreat take a look at our full range of fire and water features or why not get in touch with us to discuss your outdoor space.

 

 

 

 

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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