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Sun sun sun

Thursday, 5 July 2018 15:23:08 Europe/London

Now I’m going to stick my neck out here, and say that summer has arrived. (Fingers crossed I haven’t jinxed the weather for the rest of the summer)! ,

Forget about bringing the outside in! To make the most of your outside space you need to treat it as another room and take the inside out.

Liz's Hammock

The time has come to move outside, arrange the garden furniture, buy a hammock maybe? Bring out the cushions and lanterns then sit back and enjoy that glass of Rosé.

Mediterranean feel

Keep it informal, adding vintage finds, thoughtfully placed lanterns, flowers and throws to create an eclectic relaxed feel.

Pick up a rug for all seasons, in-store at Rosara. The current trend in these polypropylene rugs, which are terrific for high-traffic areas, and muddy messes are also hoseable, scrubbable, bleachable and UV-treated for outdoor use. Aside from looking great, these woven rugs will stand up to most foot and paw tread both inside and out!

Pop into rosara and be inspired!

Posted in News By Oli Ong

Meet the Manufacturers - Fleur Enser

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:12:19 Europe/London

Fleur had always wanted to be a potter, but as life would have it she was sent on a different adventure, training first as a fashion designer and then juggling 4 children along with working from home. She has made wedding dresses, designed greeting cards and her creative flair also stretched to interior design. 

Forty years on she has achieved her initial dream - potting happily in North Oxfordshire!

Her ceramic designs are made to compliment interior schemes and be used around the house.

“I hope my work can be inspirational, but also practical; not so special that it becomes too precious but useful and enjoyable.”

Come and see her wonderful creations for yourself, displayed in our showroom...

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Meet the Manufacturers - Indonesia

Monday, 18 June 2018 15:10:40 Europe/London

After years of feeling frustrated that they couldn’t find quite the “right” look, Liz and her team got the drawing board out and designed their own outdoor collection. This elegant, but robust range of teak garden furniture was brought to production in a small sustainable factory in Jepara (Indonesia)

Following the ecological footprint, when considering manufacturers, ensures that Rosara is a vanguard retailer on trend with today's’ ethical principles.

Deforestation accounts for an estimated 17 per cent of global carbon emissions created, more than from all the worlds’ air, road, rail and shipping traffic combined. (The Ethical Organisation Company Ltd)

We all know that living forests are vital to mitigating climate change because they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, nowadays the small factories exporting to the EU are signed up and have the SVLK accreditation required by Indonesian law.

Freddie, our furniture designer has been visiting this creative group of furniture makers since 2016 and has forged a strong friendship with the family-run company he works within Jepara, Central Java.  

Bruern

Responsibility for logistics, warehousing and general admin is taken care of by 3 brothers whilst packaging and storage is run by a team of women, old and young working side by side. There is regular communication with the team in Jepara, discussing designs and checking the authenticity of the SVLK endorsement. This means customers can be certain that the Bruern and Henley ranges, part of the Rosara collection of outdoor furniture, are manufactured from legally harvested wood... sit back and relax!

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Meet the Manufacturers - Italy

Monday, 11 June 2018 07:53:45 Europe/London

The Italian collection at Nicholsons…for everywhere, every day and every season…..

Why we love it…………..simplicity, beauty, and comfort, a collaboration of craftsmen and designers with the help of technological innovation to create a sophisticated collection that challenges previous notions of “traditional” outdoor furniture.

Montpellier

When Liz Nicholson first saw the Montpellier chair in Châteaux de Gourdon, conveniently stacked away for winter – stylish and chic … with an edge of modern as a contrast to the ancient venue – she realised it would suit all palettes’.  A quick phone call to the buyers back in the office and the hunt was on to track the manufactures down…

Established 23 years ago in Brescia, by the Levrangi family whose initial core business was in smelting non-ferrous Mont Extmetals,

 the family saw an opportunity to create more versatile solutions to outdoor furnishings, made with aluminium so they would be durable and robust enough to stand the test of time.

Last year saw the Montpellier chair sitting comfortably alongside oak and teak tables in the Rosara range, works of art in their own right that work both inside and out. The design draws its’ inspiration from the shapes found in nature.  “Nature teaches us”, explains Robby Cantarutti, one of the designers.

Building on the success of the Montpellier chairs our buyers have new designs, new colours, and a selection of tables.

The highly versatile Montpellier Grand Table, in stock at Rosara comes in powder grey and metallic grey.

The extendable version comes with an extra 50cm extension in the same colour housed beneath the table top, if you are hosting a crowd you can request, the second extension in a different colour.

View the full collection here...

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A Royal Month

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 11:28:31 Europe/London

The papers are full of it! May the 19th…The Royal Wedding.

Flowers, plants and foliage tend to play a big part in creating the tone of a wedding. As the historic day approaches, the much-anticipated wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has people around the world buzzing with excitement.

Beech, birch and hornbeam have been selected by Meghan Markle, alongside garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, for a free-flowing creative design. We thought it was very apt for us to comment on this as the three tree species she has chosen are very popular to buy.

If you are soon to be tying the knot or perhaps wondering what to give as a wedding present for an upcoming celebration, why not think more ‘outside’ the box for inspiration?

Riviera Set

Here at Nicholsons we have thoughtfully created a selection of ‘Wedding Gift’ ideas, this has been put together to inspire you. Either these items could be bought as a gift, but alternatively, you could ask your guests to contribute to one or more of these. To do this we have set up a system through which you can register with us and any of your guests who wish to contribute can add to the value. Then we can present you with a gift voucher that you can then spend in any part of the business. Maybe you wish for a new garden, some trees, a coffee or a beautiful Rosara bench?

 I take a wander outside at Nicholson’s to compile my list of ‘Wedding Gift’ ideas for you…

In keeping with the ‘wedding-theme’, just outside the door at Nicholsons, there is a rather aptly named small tree. A perfect gift for a soon-to-be happy couple that is certain to take them back to their special day every time it flowers in the spring.

“The Bride” (Exochorda x macrantha) - £42.95Exorchada

Commonly known as ‘The Bride’ or ‘The Pearl bush’, this majestic flowering shrub stays true to its name producing masses of white, pearl-like flower buds at the beginning of April. When coming into flower the buds resemble pearls amongst the weeping branches, it doesn’t get more appropriate does it?!

Of course, there are loads of other amazing trees and shrubs here - from roses to viburnum, Kumquat trees, Olive trees, and I know I keep harping on about them…but the Japanese cloud trees are simply stunning!

Olive Trees - From Young to VeteranOlive Tree

The Olive Tree is one of the oldest cultivated trees in history. The beautiful silvery-grey evergreen foliage was often used to make wreaths for a bride and groom - hence it is in my list of wedding gift suggestions. Usually seen growing in pots they are robust but may need a little extra warmth if the temperature plummets!

 

 

The Cube BBQ - £149Cube BBQ

This is definitely one of those things you didn’t know you wanted, that is…until you set eyes on it! Perfect for those romantic picnics and totally portable to Hyde Park or the Cotswolds. Heston Blumenthal isn’t just a chef, he is the name behind this innovative barbecue from Everdure.

 

 

 

Rosara Heart Bench - £435Heart Bench

Back to romance with the 1900 Bench, this bench is part of a range that is steeped in history, inspired by the long French tradition of romantic parks, gardens and bandstands since the turn of the century. A perfect perch for a moment with one’s significant other!

 

 

 

Rosara Dovecotes – from £95 (three Dovecotedifferent sizes)

We think these structures look great with or without the doves in residence, but add the doves (messengers of peace and love) and you have another dreamy gift!

 

 

 

Pink Espresso Cup & Saucer - £9.95Pink Espresso Cup

‘Pretty in pink’ but also come in Mushroom and Fennel colours.
Artisan handmade and dishwasher safe. For a double espresso or macchiato,
these coffee cups will be well-fitting for either!

 

 

 

Glasses - £6.95 & £3.95Glasses

Delicate but not fragile, these glasses are mouth-blown, making each
one unique, and most importantly, they go in the dishwasher!

 

 

 

Rosara Double Deckchair - £176Deckchair

Sit back, relax and enjoy a summer drink whilst lounging in one of our
bespoke Rosara deckchairs. Perfect for enjoying some alone time in a single,
or celebrating company with a double deckchair.

 

 

Happy Celebrating to all.

Until next time,

Kate x

 

 

 

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Rosara's new outdoor display area - Clarence

Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:33:48 Europe/London

Clarence

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.

Montpellier

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.

Porto

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.

 Kate x

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Rosara introduces A Pop of Colour

Thursday, 1 March 2018 15:00:46 Europe/London

Luxembourg Set

A Pop of Colour

Style guru Kate gives a sneak peek at the new trend for spring and an introduction to our colourful new collection...

Here we are on the first day of spring, with snow still on the ground and a bite in the air, we can only hope for warmer, dryer, longer days, please…

I can’t wait to climb out of the depths of comfort food and endless hours of watching just another episode of The Crown... so addictive!

So here at Rosara, we are embracing the promise of spring. We aim to inspire and wow you with garden furniture and add a pop of colour to your gardens.

Our new French garden furniture collection with its palette of Mediterranean inspired colours is certain to add a little joie de vivre to your outdoor living spaces.  

Pop of Colour

Choose subtle dashes or big bold splashes, this armchair from the 1900 range in praline pink (a pink candy found in Lyonnaise’s praline tarts), invites you to stop for a moment and listen to nature and cocoon yourself in peace and tranquillity.

The neat roundtable from the Opera range, here in deep blue, is perfect for a classic or ultra contemporary setting. Mix and match the colours to create your look. Cup of tea or Cappuccino? You can buy the pretty cups in store, just ask for the ‘indigo drop’ range.Louisiane bench

Go forth and boldly plant the Louisiane bench in carrot, its timeless shape and sturdy slats provide a perfect seat, smart and slightly flashy with a contemporary feel that looks at home in any outdoor setting. If you want a more subtle approach, opt for the rosemary and plum shades, found within both the culinary and artistic culture from around the Mediterranean. For a sleek, formal look, anthracite is always a strong and trusted choice.

We love our new cushions and throws. Team the grey jacquard design with the Louisiane bench in carrot and grab the 100% cotton, machine washable, lightweight blankets,  perfect to wrap up on chilly spring mornings while inspecting the veg patch or contemplating the day ahead!

Speak soon... Kate x

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Rosara in India

Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:59:14 Europe/London

India

Rosara in India

 WorkshopIn October Rosara headed to India. Our aim? To find exciting new products, meet suppliers, and check out potential new ones. 

We scoured Delhi’s old bazaars and hidden treasures – some local knowledge took us a long way – finding everything from heritage pieces to some of the most gorgeous boutiques we’ve had the pleasure to visit, anywhere.  We were totally inspired!

We fell in love with urlis, trunks, cupboards and tables. We met craftsmen who painstakingly restore beautiful items. We talked to artisans and manufacturers. And we shopped. So keep a lookout when visiting Rosara HQ in the next few months for some of the gorgeous things we found! 

At Rosara we love to mix British, bespoke, handmade furniture and crafts with fine textiles and artefacts sourced more widely. This trip was to help us develop that mix and keep our styling fresh and exciting! 

Taj Mahal

Everywhere we went, we saw innovation and creativity in displays, incredible attention to detail and colour and thoroughly enjoyed wonderful customer service.

We had good reviews with our existing suppliers, who make our textile products and lights. We were also pleased to find new suppliers, who we want to work with so we can expand our range, after listening to what our customers like most about us.

We think our main learning from the trip has been how to use colour subtly, whilst enough to give the ‘wow factor’. India is the land of colour, after all!

(And of course, you cannot go to India without seeing the Taj Mahal: every bit as magical as we’d hoped!)

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Rosara wins 5 stars at RHS Chatsworth

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:17:00 Europe/London

Rosara was delighted to be awarded a 5 star trade stand award at the very first RHS Chatsworth show last week.  A lot of hard work was put in by our Landscapes team, creating a beautiful area to display Rosara’s range of hand built garden furniture.

The Chatsworth weather even brought out the best of the outdoor furniture – visitors could be heard delighting in how much the rain showed off the colours in the oak tables and the teak benches. Others were heard simply saying there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.  Not quite the blitz spirit, but certainly thousands of people intent of having a good time.

Rosara stand

Chatsworth was, for Rosara, filled with laughter, happiness and a touch of pride at the 5 stars!  Friends were made, ducks swam, stories shared, values reinforced: “exactly what we set out to do when we launched, and a perfect location in which to share it all”.

5 Star award

Visit Rosara next at Countryfile Live, where they show 3-6 August 2017.  Hopefully you won’t need your wellies!  

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ROSARA Returns to Cheltenham

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 12:58:36 Europe/London

Following an invitiation to return, we are looking forward to moving back into the Cheltenham Market at 252 Bath Road to run our pop-up shop again. Ronnie and the team will be setting up this Friday ready for a Saturday opening and they are really looking forward to it. We had a lovely time last Summer, and this time we will come bearing many gift items that have already proven so popular this festive season. So for a second time around here is our address and opening hours:

Opening Hours

252 Bath Road, Cheltenham,
GL53 7NB
Open Saturday 17th - Thursday 22nd December: 10.00am - 5.00pm and then
Friday 23rd December 10.00am - 2.00pm

We hope to see some of you there !

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