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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

Posted in News By Oli Ong

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

Posted in News By Oli Ong

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!)

Posted in News By Oli Ong

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!  

Posted in News By Oli Ong

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 !

Posted in News By Louise Lister

Christmas Opening Hours

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:58:21 Europe/London

If you are struggling for gift ideas in the run up to the big day, you could always pop in and see the ROSARA team at Nicholsons Nursery. Our candlelight, tableware and throws have been particularly popular this month, but we are more than happy to help with specific enquiries. Alongside us, The Oxford Christmas Company have been selling their artisan hand-blown glass baubles as well as their gorgeous Grade A Nordman Fir Christmas Trees so there is just about everything you might need to adorn the lounge and dining room this Christmas.

Our December opening hours are as follows:

Monday 12th December to Wednesday 21st December

Monday – Wednesday: 7:30am to 5:00pm
Late Evening Trading: Thursdays 7:30am to 7:00pm
Fridays: 7.30am to 5:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am to 4:00pm

Thursday 22nd December to Tuesday 3rd January

Thursday 22nd December: 7:30am to 4:30pm
Friday 23rd December: 7:30am to 4:00pm

Closed from 4:00pm on Friday 23rd December.
Open again from 7.30am on Tuesday 3rd January

We look forward to seeing you!

Posted in News By Louise Lister

ROSARA meets Christmas

Friday, 25 November 2016 15:29:09 Europe/London

After a little planning and preparation, we are pleased to welcome The Oxford Christmas Company, who have taken up temporary residence at our ROSARA showroom. It's lovely to see the festive baubles and tree decorations here, and as we knew they would, our candlelight products look really lovely with a festive spin.

Christmas at Nicholsons

 Here's a preview of how the atrium is looking here

ROSARA and candlelight

Our candlelight range works really well for Christmas

Christmas Tree Nicholsons

... And here's a Christmas Tree we decorated earlier ...

Posted in News By Louise Lister

In The Market Zone (or more dates for your diaries)

Friday, 25 November 2016 15:20:11 Europe/London

For those of you relatively local to us, our products will be making a guest appearance in various locations throughout the festive season, and we would love to see you if you're around.

Our first stop is at North Parade Market in Summertown. Open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, this lovely street fair is held at a great location with local organic and artisan stallholders selling their produce.  Ronnie and the team will be joining our friends from Nicholsons and The Oxford Christmas Company this Saturday 26th November between 10am and 2pm. It'll be our first time there and we are loking forward to getting to know both the stall holders and visitors to the market.

We will then be at The Advent Fair at Winchester House School in Brackley on Saturday December 3rd from 10am until 1pm. And finally following a successful stint at the Cheltenham Market pop up shop in Bath Road we were asked to go back just before Christmas. So, we shall be packing our bags and heading down there for Monday 17th December until Friday 23rd December.

More details to follow shortly.

Posted in News By Louise Lister

ROSARA at Nicholsons

Monday, 24 October 2016 19:57:51 Europe/London

It became very clear to us early on, that whilst people were getting to hear about us, many wanted to get a feel for our ROSARA products in a physical setting. And so we began to take over the small tree and hedging nursery shop that comprises the retail wing of Nicholsons in North Aston so giving us the physical presence we needed. The results over the Summer spoke for themselves, people came in, loved and bought our products but we soon found that the space wasn't quite big enough to showcase our special range. 

With the development of the Nicholsons site now underway to include an atrium area, covered walkway and yurt café, we will now have the much needed breathing space we need and plans are now to use this extended space from this week. We will start adding photographs below to give you a flavour of our new extended space, but if you are in the North Oxfordshire vicinity, do pop in and see us the ROSARA team would love to meet you!

So here's before ...

ROSARA Atrium at Nicholsons

... we decided to fill it with beautiful ROSARA furniture ...

... and accessories ...

ROSARA Atrium at Nicholsons

 

Posted in News By Louise Lister

ROSARA at Winchester House School Advent Fair

Monday, 24 October 2016 17:29:50 Europe/London

After a small period of calm following a busy Summer season, ROSARA is excited to be getting out and about again! One of our next destinations will be the pretty market town of Brackley on Saturday 5th December.

 

Advent Christmas Fair

Join us at Winchester House School

High Street Brackley

Northamptonshire

NN13 7AZ

On 3rd December

From 9.00am to 1.00pm

For details on how to find the school: http://www.winchester-house.org/Contact-Information

 We look forward to seeing you there ! 

Posted in News By Louise Lister
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