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
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.
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.
Beach Retreat Outdoor Living Inspiration
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.
Solus Decor had the opportunity to collaborate with award winning garden designer Leon Davis at this year’s RHS Tatton Park Flower show this month. Leon Davis won gold and best in show for his garden.
The garden design for RHS Tatton Park entitled From Hop to Glass was sponsored by JW Lees brewery in celebration of the 190th anniversary of the brewery . The design draws inspiration from the brewing industry, interpreting materials, features and processes in a contemporary style and composition.
The design is in part framed by glass screens, providing a foil for grasses, which are mixed with deep red and amber perennials to represent the inviting flow and texture of a freshly-poured pint.
Within the planting is a circular shallow stream, which encloses relaxing spaces to sit and relax combined with the familiar textures and elements that are synonymous with a traditional pub. The curved bench gives the feel of the serving bar and the warm and inviting atmosphere is provided by the Solus Decor fire pit and the brass details around the garden.
Leon Davis has incorporated the Hemi fire bowl in the garden design. The Hemi fire bowl is available in three sizes, three fuel options and ten colour options. The Hemi fire pit converts into a table with a hardwood table or metal table top depending to suit your style.
To find out more about the Hemi fire pit or any of our other fire and water features get in contact with us.
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.
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.
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.
It is in memory of the life of Jordan Thiessen who was a student at the university. During his time at the university Jordan felt that the unloved and uncared for Douglas Courtyard could be a beautiful space. With some planting and a fire pit it would offer a place for students to relax and enjoy on campus. Something he shared with his parents during a campus visit.
When Jordan sadly lost his life on October 18 2012, just 12 days after he married his university sweetheart, the family wanted to do something in his memory. His parents, Shirley and Carey set up the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship endowment but they wanted to do more. They recognised the deep impact that the University had on Jordan’s short life. They felt that making over the Douglas courtyard would not only honour Jordan, but it would also benefit all future students. Shirley threw herself into raising funds for both the scholarship and the courtyard project. The Jordan Thiessen Memorial Courtyard was dedicated September 14, 2013. On what would have been Jordan’s 24th birthday.
The memorial garden is now a wonderful place for students to enjoy, which gives great pleasure to Jordan’s parents. If you would like to give to the courtyard project, or to the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship, please email Shirley Thiessen at [email protected].
If you have a roof terrace or balcony, how can you make the most of it? There are some inspirational ideas out there to add value to your outside space.
Create warmth and use your outside space all year with a fire pit.
In a small space, it is still possible to add a functional but stylish fire pit that is safe to use. The Firecube is ideal and with different fuel options, it can conform to safety requirements. An optional table top also means it is multi-use.
For larger terraces or balconies, fire pits and tables will create a social area with seating positioned around. The Elevated Halo is a great example and used in residential and commercial spaces.
The Gwen Hotel, Chicago featuring a Solus Decor Elevated Halo fire table
Water features are also an option on a terrace and can create a calm and tranquil environment. They can be an oasis in the city and integral as part of the mindful living trend for 2018*. Look out for self-circulating and “plug and play” products. This means there is no plumbing and water is not being wasted. The Dome is a great example.
There are many designers who are experienced in designing roof top and terrace gardens which do tend to be in cities where outside space is at a premium.
With offices on both sides of the Atlantic (North America and the UK) Solus gets a unique insight into the plans of designers and architects.
This always leads to some interesting observations and noticeable trends. Such as water conscious gardening, embracing imperfections. As well as smart home and garden automation.
Water conscious gardening is the more considered use of water for outdoor settings. This extends from understanding the most efficient uses of water. During droughts and to the most elegant uses in water-rich environments. In drought prone areas, outdoor landscape designs are using more appropriate plants, storing and re circulating rainwater. Also being installed are irrigation systems, that water the roots directly. In more water-rich environments gardeners are using water features and water gardens as part of the design. These features will maximise the ambience of their gardens and outdoor patios.
Smart home automation has been a major trend that is being seen throughout Europe and North America. Products like Amazon Echo and Google Home (that allow you to control everything in your home from your thermostat to your lighting) have made home automation achievable in any home or setting. This trend has been carried outdoors into gardens and outdoor spaces. Firepits, water features, hot tubs, irrigation systems and outdoor lighting are all examples of products that can now be controlled by smart devices. The water features and electronic ignition fire pits by Solus can be hooked up to home automation systems.
The Japanese philosophy of embracing imperfection, called wabi-sabi, has become an industry buzz word of late. For gardens using or recycling materials like concrete, stone and wood and avoiding the use of plastics or synthetics wherever possible. These natural materials are all beautiful because they are not perfect. They also help reflect the organic nature of a garden. At Solus we embrace this philosophy. Our concrete product features are hand cast and imperfectly perfect.
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.
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.
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.
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
Finalists for New Product of the Year Award – Chelsea Flower Show
Solus Decor UK is very pleased to have been selected as a finalist in the New Product of the Year Award 2016 at the Chelsea Flower Show.
A Fire Pit for Everyone
This is our very first year displaying at the Chelsea flower show. We are pleased to be participating in this prestigious event. We met so many people who visited our display – all with different sized gardens and patios. Our Firecube 16 is versatile for all of these applications. Small enough to fit a cozy apartment or small garden, this fire pit has the advantage of a biofuel (ethanol) burner. For larger gardens and outdoor spaces, the Firecube looks wonderful displayed in tiered clusters of 2 or 3 or placed in a seating area in multiples. The Firecube is also available with a Natural Gas or Propane burner. This makes it very convenient to burn for extended periods of time. Firecube 16 is compact and modern with a surprising amount of heat output for its small size. Clean-lined and functional, it fits easily into gardens and spaces of any size. It also transitions into a table when paired with its concrete lid.
About 3 million outdoor firepits/fireplaces are installed every year in North America according to the Hearth Patio & Barbeque Association, as part of an overall trend toward more extensive outdoor living spaces”
Reinforcing this growing popularity is the results from a recent Residential Landscape Architecture trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which found that fire pits are the 3rd most popular outdoor feature after lighting and dining.
“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”
When considering a firepit you can expect to see a range of costs – from a few hundred dollars for a small portable fire pit that will last for a few years, to a few thousand for a luxurious fire pit that makes an architectural statement and will be a permanent feature of your home. There are also several fuel options for your fire pit – such as natural gas, propane or ethanol (bio fuel).
The convenience of natural gas or propane gas fire pits are well known. In many communities wood burners are either not allowed or banned during many parts of the year that you would probably want to be outside by a fire. The mess a wood burner creates can be substantial.
Other considerations include non combustible clearances to overhangs, the amount of heat you may or may not need and how your outdoor seating may interact with the firepit.
Like fireplaces, there are numerous questions about firepits and a Solus Decor Design Consultant would be happy to assist you with your project.
Give us a call at 1+ (877) 255-3146 or visit our firepit gallery at www.solusdecor.co.uk/photos/
Earlier this summer, we launched our fire products into the UK at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London. Since then, Landscape Architects around the UK have been enamoured with the idea of our fire pits due to the warmth, ambience and conversations they bring to the world renowned British gardens.
Recently, an article was published in The District Post in the UK about our fire products and we’re very excited for what the Brits are saying about us. Read the entire article here:
Fire pits are a relatively new feature in the UK design and gardening world. They came over from warmer regions such as California, where the trend started, and are a luxury accessory that can easily be incorporated into garden designs in the UK as they are perfect for generating some warmth in our chillier alfresco lifestyle.
Solus Decor is a Canadian company founded 17 years ago by Brad Carpenter. They are unique in that their products are crafted almost entirely by hand and their ethos is very much geared towards sustainability. “The design is obviously a key feature of our fire pits,” says Brad, “but it’s also really important to us that they are sustainable. We strive for a small footprint – we use certified lumber, recycled materials and draw the bulk of our energy from human power. We believe sustainability and longevity go hand-in-hand.”
From humble beginnings, Solus Decor have now shipped their products all over the world to continents including Asia, Australia, Africa, North America and Europe. They launched the British arm of the business at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this year and hope to expand their business all over Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa in early 2016, with plans to include Australasia in 2017.
After the discovery of fire many hundreds of thousands of years ago, it’s believed that fire pits were created by our ancestors to control the flames and the output of heat. They were initially holes dug in the ground, fuelled by wood and were designed for warmth, to ward off predators, to be a signalling beacon and later to cook food on. Fire pits in 2015 are – as you would imagine – far more sophisticated. Solus Decor fire pits can be fuelled by natural gas and bio fuel and are products of real beauty. They don’t need to be fixed into the ground and can be moved.
Before their launch this year, Jack Dunckley met with Brad and was really taken with his products. He is now incorporating them into some of his landscape designs. “The British are world renowned for their garden design, however the one thing we don’t tend to do is incorporate heat into our gardens, which is surprising considering our climate!” says Jack. “I think they are a great conversation starter, providing atmosphere and warmth and can really add a dimension to a garden.
According to the ASLA (American Association of Landscape Architects), fire pits are the number one design feature sought by clients for outdoor living spaces in America – who knows, in the next few years BALI (British Association of Landscape Architects) might be saying the same!
In the UK, you can order our fire products through Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery. Tel. 01273 494058
Last February, we launched our Solus Water bowls; the latest in West coast design. The feedback and sales have been incredible and complimentary but we felt it was necessary to address some common questions that have come up about them.
1 – Is there any maintenance to consider? Yes, the first consideration is to drain the bowl if you live in a climate that has a risk of freezing or even frost. The second is to to keep an eye on the water level as it will need occasional replenishment due to evaporation.
2 – Can the water feature be utilized alongside another pump or incorporated into a full pool or pond water feature?
Absolutely! The volume of water is going to dictate the pump that you may need to access if you are looking to incorporate it.
3 – Is the water totally contained within the vessel?
Yes! The domed Solus water bowl and water spigot with basin are totally self contained units where water recirculates on itself.
4 – How hard and how long does it take to set up?
Amazingly easy – set up time varies from 20 – 60 minutes.
5 – Does it come complete?
In North America, it comes with everything but the water. In Europe, due to CE regulations, it comes with the pump and cord but without a plug as specified by governmental regulations.
6 – Does it green or algae up?
The answer is, it depends – on your water, where you place it, if it is on all the time or sits and doesn’t circulate for some period of time. If concerned, there are simple, green additives you can add to the water to prevent algae build up.
Are you looking for the perfect contemporary piece to decorate a hotel lobby, entryway to a winery or patio on a golf course? Or perhaps a treat for yourself to accent your garden, walkway or the front of your house? Introducing the latest in West coast landscape design, Solus water bowls.
We launched the Solus water bowls at the Vancouver Buildex show in February and the response was so outstanding that we knew we had a new gem on our hands, and had to launch them immediately.
Solus water bowls not only offer the perfect, tranquil ambiance to your outdoor space, they are also easy to install. So easy in fact that we call them ‘Plug & Play’, as you just need to add water.
Currently we offer two styles; domed or scrupper (seen below) which come in different sizes. The scrupper water bowl is available with the 26″ bowl. The dome water bowl comes in three different bowl sizes; 26″, 36″ and 48″. The flexibility of sizes make them the ideal match for either a cozy front yard or a spacious outdoor space.
In addition to their beauty, Solus offers fantastic customer service. Just check out our testimonals.
For more information, feel free to call us toll free 1 877 255 3146 or visit us a www.solusdecor.co.uk.
Solus Decor is happy to have donated $500 to Qoola frozen yogurt bar in Vancouver. They are trying to raise $8000 for Habitat for Humanity to support the Philippines.
You might remember some 6 months ago on November 8, the strongest typhoon in world history, Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda) hit the Eastern coast of the Philippines causing massive floods, landslides and destruction. Typhoon Haiyan affected more than 10 million people across 44 provinces, that’s about 2 million families or one-third of the Canadian population. More than 1 million houses were also destroyed.
As of April 2014, Habitat for Humanity has distributed more than 17,834 shelter kits throughout Eastern Philipines. They have also raised 70% of the funds needed to supply their targeted 30,000 kits. More money is still needed.
if you would like to help re-build Philippines, please also consider donating to Qoola.
We are thrilled that Melissa Tolsma, from Nanaimo, BC, who won $10,000 in a Fortis BC renovation contest, chose to include a Solus Decor Hemi 36-inch firebowl to make her dream backyard design come true.
As one of three finalists in the contest, she received a rendering of her space by Sarah Gallop Design.This breathtaking design featured a multi-leveled deck, a hot tub along the back of the house and a fire pit area on the side of the house. This dream of a design inspired Melissa to get everyone she knew to vote for her, eventually leading her to winning the contest.
As reality would have it, however, Melissa knew that $10,000 wouldn’t be enough to cover everything set forth in the rendering. Thus, the big decision to choose a hot tub versus a fire pit commenced. Melissa knew that although lovely, the hot tub would eat up the majority of the budget taking away from the deck and other finishing touches. Plus, a strong benefit to having a fire pit is that entertaining is much more spontaneous, frequent and convivial around a round shaped firebowl which creates that campfire feel at home. Thus, she decided to go with a fire pit for the final design.
Melissa ended up contracting Jonker Custom Building who specialize in sustainable designs to redesign her backyard. As seen in the image above, our Hemi firebowl was made the star of the yard while leaving enough space for a vegetable garden on the side.
We are thrilled that Melissa chose to include our Hemi 36-inch firebowl amongst her design and make it apart of her lifestyle. We know she will be more than satisfied, as well as toasty warm during the September to May chilly months.
The renovation is currently underway and we will update you with pictures once completed.
Some of the best Solus products were designed by listening to our audience. When wind atop high-rises and near beaches was affecting our fire pits’ flame, we created the glass shield. When individuals had nowhere to put their wine glasses or plates, we created the Orbital ring. And now, we have listened again to landscape architects and designers who requested an accent fire piece that would hold its own, alone or in a series, by highlighting prominent spaces. Our answer was Spire; the latest from our fire pit collection.
Spire was pre-launched in early Fall 2013 and is now fully available for sale. They make particularly interesting fire points on the stairways, around pools, large decks or even as centering points to an entry.
Spire is available in both propane or natural gas and can be lit manually on the fire pit or controlled by an electronic start (wall switch, wall timer or integrated system). There is also a remote option allowing you to control it from a poolside lounge chair with a martini in hand. Talk with one of our sales reps for more info on this.
This beautiful and elegant conical fire pit flares from the bottom to the top and measures 24”h x 16” (at the base) x 20” (diameter at the top).
If you haven’t yet met Spire, drop by our showroom to see this conical beauty in action. We’d love to help you accessorize your outdoors with her.
What do you get when you mix wine, Lamborghinis and Vancouver philanthropists? You get Grape Juice and that is exactly where we were on March 6th. Grape Juice is a wine auction for the benefit of the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
Grape Juice was created by MAC Marketing Solutions and McNeill Nakamoto 7 years ago to raise much needed funds to facilitate the matching process for over 100 at risk young girls on the Big Sisters waitlist. It costs $2,000 to make and maintain one Big & Little Sister match for one year. Many of these young girls suffer from low-self esteem and social isolation due to poverty, abuse or neglect. For every Little Sister that is successfully matched with a volunteer mentor, a quiet revolution of hope takes place.
In true Solus Decor tradition, we participated by donating some concrete décor products for the auction to help raise money for the Big Sisters of BC. Kris (shown above) is our beloved sales associate that facilitated our involvement in the auction. We’re pretty sure he didn’t mind getting an opportunity to check out some fabulous Lamborghinis worth over $250,000 or tasting some wines from Roaring Twenties wine co. in the process.
If you’d like to become a Big Sister or donate to this charity, please contact Jessica for more information. And of course, there is always Grape Juice 2015 which you can attend, so make sure to keep an eye out for when tickets become available next year on the Grape Juice website.
Over the past 17 years, Solus Decor has become synonymous with contemporary style, sophistication and of course, high quality. But what you might not know is that we operate very much under the adage of reduce, reuse, recycle. Often however, this kind of philosophy is met with logic and calculation, until now.
Recently, we were approached by renowned local artist, Robert Studer. He came to us wondering if there was a way to reuse our wasted concrete. Normally, we would recycle this concrete into road fill but he had the ingenious idea of turning it into artful Christmas trees for the Vancouver Circle Craft Show. Clearly, we agreed.
As you can see above, the base of the trees were made from leftover concrete from the end of our batches that we poured over the course of a few weeks for Robert. From this, he was able to make 40 trees in total. The bases have been covered with white tissue for effect.
The idea to make these Christmas trees was ingenious and we’re so grateful he asked us to be a part of this art project. This definitely ties in well with the Climate Smart program that we are a part which teaches us how to reduce our carbon footprint.
So you see, not only are our fire pits and fireplaces beautiful on the outside, they’re environmentally sound on the inside.
So tell us, what do you think of Robert’s Christmas tree art pieces?
On November 16th at the 2013 Crystal Ball in Toronto, Solus Decor raised over $7000 for the Reach for the Rainbow charity to benefit kids with disabilities. As mentioned previously, we donated 2 fire pits, one Hemi firebowl and one Halo fire pit.
The night proved a major success. Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles, was a smash hit engaging the entire audience for smiles and cheers.
Our beautiful Halva coloured Hemi firebowl stood majestic on stage waiting to be auctioned.
Our Portland coloured elevated Halo fire pit was a hit amongst the outdoor décor items.
Once again, a special thanks goes out to Jennifer Bannon of Bonavista Pools & Spas in Toronto for representing us at the 2013 Crystal Ball. They are one of our cherished dealers and we thank them for being there on our behalf.
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