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Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

This year RHS Chelsea Flower Show goes virtual as the rest of the world has in light of the current health crisis.  We’re taking the opportunity to reflect on our last four years of exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and looking back at some of our favourite show gardens.



2016 marked our debut at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show and we embarked on a collaboration with award winning designer; Jack Dunkley who designed a fantastic garden featuring a selection of our our fire and water products.  A selection of palms, lavender and ferns set against a white backdrop giving a mediterranean feel to the space enhanced by the sunshine that we were blessed with during the week.



Speaking to Brad Carpenter, CEO of Solus about the highlights of 2016, he recalls the fantastic field of poppies; a breathtaking display of thousands of handmade poppies adorned the vista from the showground to the Royal Hospital. This combined with the sheer scale of the flower show and the work undertaken by those building the show gardens was inspiring.



Solus make their second appearance at Chelsea Flower Show. An independent trade stand, working with outdoor living brands that compliment the Solus Decor brand and ethos. We worked with Greenmatters UK to create this fantastic green wall as the backdrop to our scupper waterfall, which was a huge talking point and many clients asking about how they could create the same design at home. We added this with an engineered decking from Silvadec, which provided a great anti slip flooring for our stand. All of this was built and installed by the fantastic TKE Landscaping.


Chelsea Flower Show 2017


We took great inspiration from the best fresh garden winner; Kate Gould with this urban inspired garden. Showing how you can incorporate green spaces within the city and allow you to make the most of the outdoors.


A more contemporary look from Solus this year with striking dark panels from Screen with Envy, the launch of our metal table top and drinks ring, celebrity visits to the stand and beautiful sunshine throughout the week and the start of a sensational summer.


Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Looking at the show garden highlights from 2018, our team couldn’t help but celebrate the gold award winning feat of the Yorkshire garden featured in 2018.  The end result was incredible but having seen the build from start to finish, Brad recalls this – “It was herculean and I went by a number of times and marvelled, there were guys standing up to their knees in muck, digging away – it was incredible. ”


2019 marked the debut of our first combined fire and water feature at Chelsea Flower Show; The Pacific Rim and what a highlight it was for all of us. The Pacific Rim was a huge hit! We were blessed with beautiful weather and we met fantastic people throughout the week.

Chelsea Flower Show 2019


We asked Lisa from Solus Decor what her highlights were having been part of the show experience since 2017.  Lisa described the  D Day 75 garden, by John Everiss as a stand out. It delivered on all levels and was extremely emotive.

Another favourite of Lisa’s was The Silent Pool Garden. Lisa says ” I love the planting, water element, copper swing chair plus the gin!”

We’ll miss seeing you on the stand but we’re excited to share in virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020. We’d love to hear from you if your feeling inspired and looking to make the most of your outdoor space.



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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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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

solus decor chelsea flower show

We’re back in the office this week and have a chance to reflect on the highlights of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017; the planting and flowers, sensational gardens and the colourful characters visiting the show.


The weather is always a question mark over the Chelsea Flower Show as it is in the majority an outdoor event, this year we had been anxious as the build up had seen torrential rain almost everyday.  However as the show opened the sunshine arrived and stayed for the duration, we couldn’t have wished for better weather; showing the gardens and all the outdoor products at their very best and putting a smile on all the visitor’s faces.



Best in Show

The gardens are the big draw for most visitors offering inspiration and insight into the incredible hard work involved in creating the show gardens for Chelsea Flower Show.  The Best Show Garden was the M&G Garden designed by James Basson.  The designer’s vision of a garden was created from a disused limestone quarry including a large botanical range of flora from Malta. Designed with great impact it delivers a hard message about the vulnerability of Malta’s natural landscapes and resources.



M&G Garden designed by James Basson
Best Show Garden designed by James Basson


The Best Fresh Garden was designed by Kate Gould, City Living showing a an imagined space in an urban apartment block, providing the occupants with attractive and useable small gardens.  These multi-level gardens highlight the importance of greening inner city spaces, not only for residents’ enjoyment but also to benefit the environment as a whole.


Best Fresh Garden designed by Kate Gould


The Best Artisan Garden was the Walker’s Wharf Garden supported by Doncaster Deaf Trust and designed by Graham Bodle. The garden reflects the beauty of industrial decay embellished by restrained plantings of conifers including pines and larch as well as lush woodland perennials.


best artisan garden 2017
Best Artisan Garden deigned by Graham Bodle




This year we decided to collaborate with WaterAid by selling our concrete tea light holders at the show with all proceeds going to WaterAid, this proved a huge success and we are pleased to announce that we have raised £1,200, which will enable WaterAid to supply a school sanitation block for 250 children (£1050) and three wheelchair accessible toilets (£50 each) in Bangladesh.


Water Aid
Solus Decor collaborate with WaterAid at Chelsea Flower Show




People Watching at Cheslea Flower Show

Of course RHS Chelsea is mainly about the gardens and flowers but it’s also a great spot for fantastic people watching; whether that’s getting a glimpse of a Chelsea Pensioner in their full regalia, a celeb spot on press day or simply somebody with fantastic style to match the gardens.




Solus Decor at Chelsea Flower Show
Solus Decor CEO, Brad Carpenter learning about the history of the Chelsea Pensioners




Fashion at Chelsea Flower Show 2017
Fashion and Flowers; A glamorous couple spotted at Chelsea Flower Show





We have to give a big thank you to the fantastic suppliers who helped to create our stand for Chelsea Flower Show 2017; TKE Landscaping, Silvadec, Brooks Bros, Flybird Installations, Kyoto Design, Greenmatters UK and KG Lifestyle & Interiors.  Here a some highlights from our stand which showed our fire and water features in a great outdoor living space:




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Creating our stand at Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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

Solus Decor have spent the week in Chelsea building our stand for the opening of Chelsea Flower Show 2017 next week.


We are lucky enough to have worked with some incredible suppliers this year and as we come to the end of the build up today we wanted to share a little about some of our suppliers at for Chelsea Flower Show 2017. We are very grateful for their support, hard work and excellent products.


TKE Landscaping are our main contractor who have brought the whole design together from concept and through to the build this week.  TKE Landscaping are a landscape gardening company based in Essex providing a wide range of garden services including garden design, maintenance, creating patios, path and driveways and erecting garden buildings and gazebos.  The build up this week has been a pleasure due to the skill and hard work of TKE who have great attention to detail and great problem solvers due to their knowledge and experience in the field.




TKE Landscaping




Sourcing the right decking for our stand was a challenge when we were putting together the design for the stand.  We knew that given the English climate and the probability of rain at some time during the show we were keen to ensure that the flooring was anti slip, which led us to a composite decking.  The next challenge was finding the right colour, we were keen to ensure that the tone worked well with both our fire and water features and outdoor living seating area. Brooks Bros stepped in with their composite decking by Silvadec, which compliments all elements of the stand perfectly. Brooks Bros offer timber storage, ordering and selection services, added value machining and finishing.  With their state of the art facilities they are well placed to process your timber just the way you want it.




Brooks Bros






One of the keys elements of RHS Chelsea Flower Show is of course the the plants and flowers and we were keen to ensure that our stand reflected this and were naturally thrilled when Green Matters agreed to help us to add this element to the stand with a two living wall installations.  We are thrilled with the living walls supplied by Green Matters and the green element they add to our stand.  Green Matters provide a range of urban greening solutions including living roof, vertical greening, system development and supply and installation with their their experience and technical knowledge they are well placed to help you with your next project.




Green Matters




Given the temperamental nature of the British weather we were keen to ensure that we had some coverage to the stand to protect us from any rain showers and at the same time offering shade on the off chance that we have hot and sunny days for the duration of the show. Flybird Installations have provided a great awning that looks great and provides a great cover to the stand above our seating area;  great addition to our stand any outdoor living space.


Flybird Installations
Flybird Installations




Kyoto Design have added a special touch of luxury to our outdoor seating area with their bronze effect aluminium decorative screens, which create a great focal point with lighting behind to create a great atmosphere when the sun goes down.  Kyoto offer a wide range of designs that are perfect for indoor and outdoor use.


Kyoto Design




KG Lifestyle & Interiors helped bring the design together by offering with their design expertise to create a great outdoor living space for the show, specifying colours, finishes and textures to ensure our stand and products look great during the flower show.  KG Lifestyle & Interiors offer tailor made services in project management, interior design and lifestyle management to provide a bespoke service for each and every client.  From simple redecoration through to complex structural alterations they are well placed to offer advice on any alterations you may be considering.




KG Lifestyle & Interiors
KG Lifestyle & Interiors




Greenhalf Plumbing and Heating were on hand to install our fire features for the show.  We have a combination on show showing the fire pit powered by both ethanol and LPG. Greenhalf Plumbing were on hand to deal with the installation of the LPG fire pits.  Greenhalf Plumbing and Heating are an independent company based in Surrey specialising in new builds and refurbishments


We can’t wait to reveal the final design when the show start next week, be sure to keep up to date with us during the show on Instagram and Twitter