Rosara's new outdoor display area - Clarence
Style guru Kate walks you through Rosara's new Outdoor display area...
There is a spring in my step as I walk through Rosara to the new outside garden furniture showroom, a work in progress, situated in what we Nicholson’s folk fondly refer to as “Clarence”.
Clarence is the polytunnel that used to house some of our plants and trees here at Nicholsons and is now our "piece de resistance” showing off numerous furniture combinations in garden settings amongst olive and citrus trees, and my absolute favourites - cloud trees!
Don't think of this as a shopping experience, but more like being on holiday in Tuscany!
With the hive of activity that has been going on, things are now beginning to take shape; it's so exciting! Strolling up and down, my eyes are drawn this way and that as I take an inspirational trip - gathering ideas for my own outside project at the rear of my house. I can't call it a garden yet, but Rosara is the place to come for the "indoor/ outdoor" living look, and it's a far cry from the old deck chairs and UVPC furniture thank goodness! (I wouldn't expect anything else though...)
Essentially, this is a garden lovers heaven; but you don’t have to be a green-fingered gardening fanatic to enjoy this “Shangri-la” says she, who definitely is not. Of course, those true gardening gurus won't be disappointed either.
As I walk, I come across the "Long Compton" part of our Rosara collection, with curved oak struts and solid legs. This is a stylish table with a modern twist. Crafted in oak, the Long Compton is narrower than most; I do like to be able to hear what my opposite neighbour is saying. But immediately a small voice pops into my head - "hold your horses Kate”. Had I not replaced my old rickety table last year, this would have been the “one".
The Compton is paired with Montpellier chairs in metallic grey (also available in white), powder-coated and totally weatherproof, they are stunning and surprisingly comfortable.
Moving on through Clarence, nestled at the end, I find this super cool swinging seat known as the “The Egg Chair”. Swing, snuggle or sip your G & T in it and enjoy the spring bulbs popping up around the garden…tempting and teasing us with the thought of the warmer days to come - if you have space indoors it would make a cool addition to any open plan living area and a great conversation piece! That's if you manage to bag a slot in it, it will undoubtedly be popular with the teenagers of the house!
For a more relaxed dining solution, and totally conversation inducing, there is an obvious option, the “Porto" stylish circular seating for up to 10 is a whitewash set that includes a round table, two curved benches and a sofa.
If you are off to Aintree for the Grand National or Badminton Horse Trials, you won’t need an excuse to pop this barbecue into the car boot for easy cooking on the go. The portable barbecue from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal is just the ticket.
Made from lightweight durable steel, a food grade storage tray and bamboo preparation board are cleverly integrated into the design. The Cube can be used almost anywhere and with a built-in heat protection shield, the chrome handles remain cool to touch, even while cooking - don’t worry! Despite the elaborate reputation of the creator – do feel free to cook the simplest of meals on them, even just plain sausages!
Pop into Rosara to see the gas and charcoal full-sized versions available in graphite, khaki, and orange.
That's all for now.