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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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Feature Project: The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Hemi fire pit in Champage

A look at the new Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa; the height of luxury in the heart of the Champagne region in France and how they have incorporated Solus fire pits in their outdoor areas.

 

Terrace Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa

The Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa opened its doors in the summer of 2018 and has set itself apart as the first contemporary 5 star hotel  in the Champagne region. The original 19th Century Post House where it is said that King Charles X of France stopped over before heading to Reims for his coronation has been re-imagined by architect; Giovanni Pace and interior designers; Argenta Project .  The original property was purchased by Boston-based Champagne Hospitality collection, a group of boutique luxury hotels and spas that includes the award-winning Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa in St. Barths.

The Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa is the height of luxury and what one would expect for the enviable location in the middle of the vineyards in hills of Epernay, the capital of Champagne, and the historic villages of Champillon and Hautvillers of Dom Perignon fame. We are fortunate to have our Hemi fire pits to compliment this wonderful outdoor space with the breathtaking backdrop.

 

The Hemi fire bowl is a popular choice with both the commercial and residential market due to the sculptural design and the additional accessories available to customise the fire bowl.  The Hemi is available in a choice of 10 colours, 3 fuel options and the option to use a hard wood table top or metal drinks ring and metal table top, making it adaptable to all spaces and styles.

 

Get in touch with us to find out more about this installation and our range of concrete fire and water features

 

 

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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, ten 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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Feature Project: Salty’s Seattle

Salty's Seattle

A look at Salty’s, the hugely popular seafood restaurant on Alki beach near Seattle.

About Salty’s

Salty’s restaurant is located on Elliott Bay with sweeping views of the Seattle skyline. The restaurant has been hailed as having one of the best restaurant views by critics. Salty’s on Alki beach is part of a small chain of seafood restaurants with additional locations in Washington and Portland.  Salty’s on Alki beach was acquired by Gerry Kingen; founder of Salty’s in 1985 and from then it has gone from strength to strength. Salty’s offer a wonderful menu with a mix of charbroiled steaks and local seafood so you can be sure there is something for everyone, with a focus on local produce and sustainability.

Solus Hemi Firepit at Salty’s

Hemi firebowl with drinks ring at Salty's Seattle
Hemi firebowl with drinks ring at Salty’s Seattle

Salty’s have incorporated one of Hemi 48″ fire bowls on the terrace, a wonderful addition to this sensational space and the perfect place to enjoy the view with a drink on a cooler day. Salty’s have opted to accessorize their Hemi with a drinks ring; the ideal accompaniment to a restaurant setting. The drink ring allow space to rest a glass or small appetizer plate while you sit around the fire.

Salty’s have a number of spaces so they are perfect for a variety of occasions; a family dinner, happy hour after work or the perfect spot to celebrate a special family occasion in one of their three private dining spaces.

The Hemi is our signature fire pit and hugely popular in both the commercial and residential setting.  The Hemi is available in three sizes with three fuel options and a variety of accessories to make it adaptable to any environment, including our hugely popular new metal table top and drinks ring. To find our more about the Hemi and other commercial installations get in touch with the team.

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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Feature Project: Hotel Le Toiny, St Barts

Solus Decor fire pit at Hotel Le Toiny

A look at the luxurious island retreat of Hotel Le Toiny, rebuilt including a Solus firepit, on the exclusive island of St Barts.

Rebuilding Hotel Le Toiny and St Barts

Hotel Le Toiny
Entrance at Hotel Le Toiny

Over the last couple of years the hotel much like the residents of St Barts have proven themselves unwavering in their strength and ability to bounce back following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017.  The island of St Barts suffered significant damage and destruction much like the rest of the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Hotel Le Toiny suffered extensive damage but the hotel and interior designer Bee Osborn quickly regrouped and in doing so have created a resort that is even more outstanding than before. 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 with as a sanctuary for guests to relax both indoors and outdoors.

Solus Decor Hemi Firepit at Hotel Le Toiny

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.

The Hemi is available in 3 sizes, 10 different colours, 3 fuel options and a choice of accessories including a choice of metal and wooden table tops.  The Hemi is adaptable for the commercial setting whether that’s a restaurant or hotel.

To find out more about the Hemi and our other concrete fire and water features get in touch with us.  To find out more about the Hotel Le Toiny, why not book a stay.

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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Searching for some Winter Sun with Solus

Solus Hemi fire pit lit on wood terrace at Hotel le Toiny on St Barths

Have you had enough of the cold, grey weather and searching for some winter sun? Take a look at these hotels with the Solus stamp of approval.

Hotel Le Toiny is set on the picturesque island of  St Barths, a collection of 15 private villas set in the hills, providing a luxury private escape. With a private infinity pool and sun loungers across the terrace to provide sea views while you enjoy for each private bungalow. Guests can enjoy the spectacular views beside a Solus hemi fire bowl. The only thing to tempt you away from your private bungalow is the top-tier French-Caribbean restaurant, prime surfing beach below and warm shell massage at the Serenity Spa.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki is just steps from the azure blue waters and soft sands of Waikiki Beach, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa offers magnificent personalized services and luxurious amenities including world-class dining, award-winning spa, interactive cultural activities, 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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 Bahama.  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 .

These winter sun locations all feature the Solus Hemi Fire Bowls in a variety of sizes, which have proven to be an excellent addition to commercial outdoor spaces whether that’s a beach resort in the Caribbean or a ski chalet in the Alps. The Hemi is available in three sizes, three fuel options, a choice of ten colours and a variety of accessories making it adaptable and flexible to any commercial or residential space.

To find out more  more about the Hemi or any of our other fire and water products get in touch with us!

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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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Feature Project: Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Hawaii

A look at the Luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel just steps away from the world famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel is synonymous with luxury and the Waikiki Beach hotel is no exception.

The hotel is equipped with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range or the exhilarating city centre. This allows you to take in everything that Honolulu has to offer.  The hotel also features wonderful architecture and design to ensure the guests can enjoy the spectacular views wherever they are in the hotel. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private lanais.

The Hyatt Regency recently updated their club lounge terrace with Solus hemi firebowl firepits.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

The world-faThe faThemous neighborhood of Waikiki is located on the south shore of Honolulu and was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. It is known in Hawaiian as “spouting waters,”  and Waikiki was introduced to the world when its first hotel was built on its shores in 1901. Today, Waikiki 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.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki fire pits
Hyatt Regency Waikiki featuring Hemi Fire Bowls

 

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Club Lounge
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Club Lounge

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.

The fire bowl creates light and ambiance in the hotter months. The Hemi also provides the additional benefit of heat to the outdoor seating area on cooler evenings. It ensures that guests can make full use of the terrace throughout the year.  The Hemi fire bowl is available in 3 sizes, 10 different colour options and 3 different fuel options. This makes it adaptable to a wide range of settings, both commercial and residential.

To find out more about the Hemi or similar products we would love to hear from you. Or to book a stay in Waikiki get in touch with the Hyatt Regency.

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