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Outdoor Living in London

solus decor elevated halo gas fire pit as seen in UK Simon Orchard Garden Designs

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.


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A wonderful example of fantastic London design spearheaded by LXA architects. LXA have combined contemporary and traditional architecture to create a luxurious space for modern living. LXA Architects transformed a building of five flats into one large, prestigious home. The building is over 8,000 square feet with a swimming pool and beautiful outdoor living space.

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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.

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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. You can sit back and really enjoy the outstanding 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 Halo elevated gas fire pit


The elevated halo fire pit is perfect for outdoor entertaining and 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 Garden Design website 

If your feeling inspired and want to create your own little slice of London 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 launch a New Metal Table Top

Solus Decor, outdoor gas fire pit, metal table top and fire ring, RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Solus Decor launch a new metal table top and fire ring as part of their accessory range for 2018

Solus Decor launched the new metal table top as part of their gas fire pit accessories range at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London last month.  The new metal table top is part of the growing accessories range from Solus Decor’s contemporary outdoor fire pit range, providing additional function to the outdoor fire pits.


Solus Decor, outdoor gas fire pit, metal table top and fire ring, RHS Chelsea Flower Show
New Metal Fire Ring on Hemi Fire Pit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show


New Metal Table Top and Fire Ring

These tops come in two styles. The metal ring tops are designed to fit a Hemi 36″ or 48″ fire pit and the top for the Hemi 26″ is disc shaped without a ring.  The centre of the ring top removes so the fire pit can be lit, leaving a ring table that can be used for drinks, perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Our new metal table top and fire ring is constructed from noncorrosive aluminum and stainless steel. Like all Solus Decor products it is designed to be outside and withstand the elements.

The aluminum is hard anodized to create a scratch resistant surface that is integral to the aluminum itself. The dual purpose design and material is ideal for both commercial and residential environments.

You can get in contact with us find out more about Solus Decor’s accessories for existing products and the full range of Solus Decor’s fire and water products.  We can help you find the perfect product for your commercial and residential outdoor space.



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An Interview with International Garden Designer; John Wyer to discuss garden design trends in 2017

We sat down with John Wyer from Bowles and Wyer to look at what 2017 has in store for their UK based design practice and garden design in general.


Based on the Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire border in the UK, Bowles & Wyer have become leading landscape and garden designers and contractors, working in their UK base and internationally for both commercial and residential clients. John Wyer officially founded Bowles and Wyer with Chris Bowles in 1993 and since then the business has continued to grow year on year.


Bowles and Wyer have an excellent reputation in both commercial and residential landscape design. Currently their work is 60% residential and 40% commercial with a focus on prime central London, which brings its own challenges with both access restrictions and interesting and unusual spaces where one needs to consider not only the horizontal but also the vertical space as with any city garden.





City Garden, Belgravia, London by Bowles and Wyer




Commercial Landscape Design


2017 looks to be an exciting year for Bowles and Wyer with 3 prestigious commercial projects in the pipeline in prime central London; working with the Cadogan Estate on the Kings Road, Park Crescent West in Regents Park, and Audley House in Mayfair. As always, they will be combining these projects with their residential projects both in the UK and internationally.  As we talked about the projects for 2017 we discussed the differences between commercial and residential and the challenges that they both bring.  John says that “commercial and residential are very different but not always in the way you think”.  In commercial projects, there are many more meetings, more drawings and more information required due to the larger team that you are part of.  This tends to be a more decisive process due to the super structure in place but given the nature of large commercial projects developers often have bigger worries to focus on meaning the landscaping decisions can be pushed down the priority list.


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The Lancasters, Bayswater, London



Residential Garden Design


On residential projects, it is always about finding the balance between budget and design, Bowles and Wyer make it a priority to spend time educating their clients prior to the design phase; looking at their database of designs and costs per sqm, allowing the client to understand the true cost of each design.  John finds this key in helping clients understand what they can expect from their project based on their budget.


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Roof Terrace, Hampstead, London by Bowles and Wyer


Garden Design Trends 2017


Looking at 2017 John Wyer is optimistic for the London market post Brexit. He thinks the effect will be neutral if not positive as he believes foreign investment in London will rise and this will likely be reflected in garden design.  Looking back over the last few years garden design has been very much about twin trends: on the one hand right angles and minimalism, and a second trend for upcycling and stripped back finishes. John believes these trends for were partly caused by the influence of design software such as SketchUp and also the effect of the recession.


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Chelsea Flower Show Winner 2016 by Andy Sturgeon


In 2017 John believes that we will be looking at a different kind of geometry, moving away from the right angles, incorporating more curves in design and an introduction of more luxurious surfaces; etched metals and coated finishes.  The advancement in porcelain has also made a significant impact on design and we will likely see more of this in 2017 with substantial developments giving many more options for outdoor floor surfaces.


The use of fire and water in landscape design is something that is here to stay.  Bowles and Wyer have seen an increase over recent years in clients looking to incorporate fire pits into their designs, where they might have previously requested a hot tub or Jacuzzi.  The “plug and play nature” of a fire pit is something that appeals to clients. The biggest challenge with incorporating fire into the design is always about matching the cost to client’s expectations.



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London Roof Terrace by John Wyer


It’s safe to say that it looks to be another successful year for John and the team at Bowles and Wyer and with designs like this it’s not hard to see why.  To find out more about Bowles and Wyer and their work take a look at their website or you can follow John on Twitter.