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Are you fireplace ready for Christmas?

solus decor christmas

Get your home ready for Christmas with the perfect fire place ready to hang the Christmas stockings. Solus Decor design and manufacture a beautiful range of fire surrounds that will suit any any interior; both contemporary and traditional.

 

Cornice

The Cornice is an updated version of a traditional, grand fireplace surround. It’s design is drawn from classic mantels found in historical buildings and modernized by the use of polished concrete in place of stone. With a strong, visual presence Cornice forms the focus in more intimate spaces and provides a compelling, structured design element in larger architectural environments.

Fraser

Fraser is an adaptable modular surround with clean lines and a traditional profile. Its most distinctive feature is the ogee curve which frames the central opening lightening the visual feel of the concrete. The combination of its familiar detailing with its smooth, contemporary concrete finish make the Fraser suitable to a wide range of aesthetic settings.

Designed to be adjustable this surround comes standard with 5 pieces including 2 corners and 3 straight sections that can be cut to size on site. Additional straight and corner parts can be added for a picture frame configuration or to increase height and width.

 

Solus Fraser concrete fireplace surround mantle

 

Span

Pared down surrounds that emphasize structure and material. Our Span surrounds focus on the material qualities of concrete and on the structural relationship between cross beam and legs. The detailing on these minimal fireplace surrounds is limited to 1/16” chamfers on all edges allowing the organic surface variations and the mass of the concrete to speak for themselves. Available in four sizes and ten colours, the Spans are adaptable to a range of aesthetic settings.

For a more contemporary take why not try our span squared fireplace, a reworking of the span that defies gravity. Designed for use with wall mounted and widescreen fireplace inserts, the Span Squared is a variation on our original Span surrounds. With the same pared down design and minimal detailing as our standard Spans, Span Squared has a floating quality which works in contrast with the visual weight of the concrete to create a contemporary feeling.

 

Solus Span cast concrete fireplace surround
Span squared

Taper

A modern, modular fire surround that combines clean geometry with smooth concrete, Taper is adaptable, adjustable and sophisticated! Taper is a substantial, contemporary, modular surround with clean geometry and a subtle curve detail. Reminiscent of Deco forms the Taper is rectilinear and modern with a clean, ordered presence. This surround is named for the incline of its front surface which slopes towards the fire opening creating visual depth. The combination of its generous proportions with its narrow profile make it adaptable to rooms of any size.

Looking for the ultimate in Christmas decorations? Get in touch with our team for your ultimate Christmas .

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Winter Sun Inspiration

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

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 Halo Firepit outdoors lit Loews - Santa Monica
Elevated Halo at Loews – Santa Monica

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 views 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.

Solus halo low firepit set at a vacation home in Maui

 

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.

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Hemi fire pit at Hotel Le Toiny, St Barts

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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Solus Decor exhibit at The Independent Hotel Show in London

royal champagne hotel fire pit

Last week Solus Decor exhibited at The Independent Hotel Show in London and had the opportunity to discuss all things hotels with hoteliers from around the country and further afield.

 

Our fire and water features are used around the world by hotels in a variety of locations; a Caribbean luxury beach resort, a boutique ski Lodge in the mountains of Wyoming, a hip roof top bar in Portland Oregon through to a luxury resort in the champagne region of France. These hotels are all completely different in style and setting but there is one common thread that runs through them all hotels. All these hotels and any hotel around the world is looking to make the most of all their space, particularly outdoor space to ensure they have a profitable business throughout the year.

Hotels, restaurants and bars all want to make the most of their outdoor space and run at full capacity all year, however for many the garden or rooftop becomes a forgotten area when the summer is over. With our fire pits this is no longer the case, when the weather starts to cool at the end of the summer these outdoor areas or outdoor venues continue to be a warm and inviting space for guests to enjoy a cocktail or maybe mulled wine as we approach the festive season!

 

hemi fire bowl at royal champagne hotel and spa
Hemi fire pit at The Royal Champagne Hotel

Top questions from hoteliers at The Independent Hotel Show

What is the durability and longevity of a fire pit or water feature?

All Solus products are made from high performance concrete and are designed to withstand both extreme cold and heat that is not unusual for the Canadian climate where all our products are designed and made in our workshop in Vancouver. We have the best warranties in the business! We have been working with commercial designers for 20 years and know how important this is for any commercial project and our burners have a 25 year warranty. Click here for full details

Flexibility?

Our range of fire and water products are flexible and easy to use. Our water features are self circulating, requiring no water supply, simply plug and play! Our fire pits come with three different fuel options; bio ethanol, LPG gas and natural with the option of manual or electronic ignition. In addition to this unlike many gas fire pits our burners are designed so they can sit on any outdoor surface; grass, decking or stone, making them compatible with any style of outdoor space.

Health and Safety

Naturally in a commercial space the question of health and safety is a question. As with any gas appliance this should be installed by a registered gas engineer if you opt for the LPG or natural gas fuel option. Unlike wood burning fire pits a gas fire pit can be controlled and there is no danger of hot ash or uncontrolled smoke harming guests. We also have the option of a glass screen to surround the flame as an additional safeguard as shown here at The Hotel Eastlund in Portland.

 

Hotel Eastlund, Portland

 

Get in touch with us to find out how you can enhance the outdoor space at your hotel or commercial space this winter!

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The House That Black Built Collaboration

The house that black built garden makeover

A look at the Solus Decor collaboration with the “Home Improvement” Champion; The House That Black Built and their garden makeover.

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 in the UK. Chelsea and her husband are home improvement enthusiasts with an excellent sense of style in both their home and everyday lives. They document their home improvement projects through the blog and wonderful Instagram feed, which has captured the attention of over 55 thousand followers!

Solus Decor 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.

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 recognized 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  and why not get in touch with us to see how we can help your create your very own outdoor haven.

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Feature Project: The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

solus fire pit at royal champagne hotel and spa

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.

 

royal champagne hotel and spa terrace

 

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.

Hemi Outdoor Fire Pit Solus

 

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

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 in England, the spa town from which its name is derived. The hotel first opened in 1880 and since then has built a reputation for quintessential British style, sophistication, and fine dining.

Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells
The historic Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells, UK

 

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”.

Hemi fire pit Kent hotel

 

We are thrilled to see a little bit of Canada in this picturesque British setting. The Spa Hotel has incorporated our  Hemi fire pit with metal drinks ring into this beautiful British countryside setting. The Hemi is our signature fire pit and is popular in both commercial and residential settings.  The Spa Hotel has incorporated the Hemi into the new Temple, mirroring its sculptural curves with the architecture of the building.

The Hemi is available in three sizes, ten different colours and a choice of three different fuel options; including Natural Gas, Liquid Propane, and Bioethanol making it adaptable for any outdoor setting. We also have a range of accessories to customize your fire pit including the metal drinks ring seen pictured here.

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 on Alki, Seattle

Solus Hemi firepit at Salty's restaurant on Alki Beach - commercial project

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

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 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.

Solus Decor at Salty’s

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.

 

hemi fire bowl salty's seattle

 

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.

 

Hemi Outdoor Fire Pit Solus
Hemi Fire Pit in Cinder

To find our more about the Hemi and other commercial installations get in touch with the team.

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Solus Decor at HPB Expo

fire table

Solus Decor launch new products at HPB Expo in Dallas Texas; an exciting addition to the Solus Decor range.

 

About HPB Expo

The Solus team headed to Dallas, Texas last month to be part of the HPB Expo and launch some exciting new fire and water products at the largest indoor outdoor living event. HPBExpo is owned and produced by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), which represents, and provides professional member services and industry support, for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms, and allied associates for all types of fireplace, stove, heater, barbecue and outdoor living appliances and accessories. The HPBA is the one stop shop for any outdoor living product.

 

New product: Fire Table

Over the last year the team have mean working hard on new designs.  The result of this hard works is a new take on our existing fire table. The new table has a larger area for you to make the most of the table element of the design whilst still retaining the heat element of the product.  The social element of the fire pit has encouraged this design. The desire for outdoor entertaining and living spaces continues to grow.

To create this design we have incorporated a man made composite, which is traditionally used as exterior cladding to form the table top.  Yes we have added a new material to our traditional concrete products but we have stayed true to the Solus design principles.  The fire table is sleek, simple and functional in its design. It’s built to withstand the outdoor elements in both commercial and residential settings. These key design elements run throughout the Solus product range.

 

 

The new fire table takes on en element of the European glamour traditionally synonymous with french and Italian design.

Get in contact with the sales team to find out more about the new fire table and our other fire and water products.