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Research shows the rise and rise of numbers of homeowners wanting to have gardens that really make them feel great and relaxed thanks to 'therapeutic' tools.


Surfing the trend, Duravit have opened a dedicated section on their site and have very interesting  pools/outdoor bathing systems you can explore.


THE DREAM OF LIVING IN NATURE. What could be better than having your own patch of green for recharging your batteries, relaxing and simply enjoying life. Everyone can "furnish" even the smallest area of nature just the way they want it. The outdoor area increasingly becomes a "green living room", organised and furnished like a room in the house but just without a roof. Thanks to recent innovations from the bathroom world, this garden living room can even become a wellness oasis. Manufacturers such as Duravit are moving the indoor spa pleasure out into the open air with weather-resistant bathtubs and pools.

A "spa concert" for body and soul

The outdoor variants of the Sundeck and Blue Moon pools from Duravit combine comfortable tub design with sophisticated spa technology. Inside the pool, a system with three relaxing cycle  by shoppi">OPTIONS transforms the green area into a private spa. The heart of the installation is the "Emotion" cycle, which features 24 Durapearl jets built into the tub's floor. Large air bubbles or thousands of tiny pearls rise to the surface, gently caressing the skin. The "Power" cycle uses large jets to produce a powerful jet stream massage that relieves tense muscle groups. The force of the massage jet can be adjusted by opening and closing the jets. The feet and back area require a more gentle massage treatment, which is provided by the third cycle. These jets, some of which rotate, provide a more gentle massage jet in order to act upon as large an area as possible. The "Relax" cycle is particularly soothing, and its more dispersed action is an ideal supplement to the effect of the targeted "Power" cycle. All cycles can be operated separately or together. The bather can use the waterproof remote control to adjust the individual feel-good program. A LED coloured light with fixed colours or programs ranging from a splash of varying hues to a pulsing display create a more atmospheric effect - both in the pool and in the garden in the evening. 


Weatherproof wooden surfaces and white upholstery


Everyday life is quickly forgotten when breathing in the healthy fresh air in your own private relaxation area...

With white acrylic panelling or various wooden surfaces, such as Wengé and Cherrywood, the pools are comfortable decorative pieces that can be covered with robust upholstery.  This hand-sewn, white upholstery quickly converts the pools into a large sunbathing area, reminiscent of a maritime deck. The cover is simply removed or folded away for bathing. A tarpaulin protects them against environmental elements; this can be simply pulled across the pool and is, in turn, equally easy to remove. The pool itself offers round-the-clock bathing and maintains a constant water temperature. A permanent water connection is not necessary as the pools can be filled with a garden hose. So there is absolutely nothing to stand in the way of a truly pleasurable experience. Enjoy balmy summer evenings with family and friends or simply gaze up at the starry night sky. Everyday life is quickly forgotten when breathing in the healthy fresh air in your own private relaxation area...

January 29, 2015

Sheds for work, fun & income

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Our recent posts have generated a lot of queries about SHEDS designed for work and   renting.

In answer to these queries, we highly recommend you visit and subscribe to the best blog on the topic.

Shedworking, described by the blog itself:

Shedworking is a daily updated guide for people who work in garden offices and other shedlike atmospheres.

It is edited and published by Alex Johnson who is part of The Independent newspaper's online team (where he writes on property, including a daily blog) and the founding editor/publisher of two internationally popular blogs, Shedworking and Bookshelf. His book Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution is published by Frances Lincoln. He is also a judge for the annual National Shed of the Year competition.

January 28, 2015

OASIQ heads to Europe

Oasiq is one of the pioneers of outdoor room decor. 
The brand  was created in the US and is now available in Europe.
We love their new Coco chair, sold online at JARDINCHIC.

January 23, 2015

Add Functionality To Your Garden With The Right Garden Shed

Most well-tended gardens are a source of joy to their owners, but no matter how pleasing their garden is to the eye or how relaxing it is to spend time in, for many, a garden isn't complete without a garden shed.
There are good reasons for this way of thinking. Garden sheds are lasting investments that come with endless gains because they are aesthetically appealing, durable, and easy to assemble. They're also very functional and can serve many purposes. If you're considering erecting a shed in your garden, make sure you know what it's going to be used for.
Choosing your purpose
You may already have an intended use in mind. It could be a convenient storage area for garden tools or bicycles. Alternatively, it could be put to far more interesting and rewarding uses. How about a place to indulge a hobby? Think of the freedom it would offer - your private refuge from the endless distractions of family activity. In fact, a growing number of people are starting to take their sheds a lot more seriously. From model railway enthusiasts to successful authors, these "sheddies" as they've become known often spend more time in their sheds than in their home.
Laying down the Law
Unfortunately, not all family members will see your shed the way that you see it. Rather than the haven of creativity that you know it to be, some will see it as a handy place to dump anything that they have no use for but can't quite bring themselves to throw out. The last thing you want is to enter your shed only to be met with piles of comics, outdated video games and assorted bulky items that have never had any use but that "might come in handy some day". Make it clear from the start that anything that enters without your express permission will be relocated to the rubbish bin with notice. Whatever the intended use of your garden shed, it should be used for that purpose only, and more importantly, it should be designed and furnished with that purpose in mind.
Designing your shed
The intended purpose of your shed will determine most of its features. For example, if it's to be used for storage, how much space will you require? If it's to be used as a workshop or an office, you'll need mains power, heating, efficient lighting, adequate ventilation and maybe even Internet access. If it's to indulge your passion for potted plants, a transparent roof would be an obvious advantage.
In short, know the purpose of your shed, design it accordingly, build it, or have it built, exactly to your specifications, and reap the rewards for many years to come.

January 18, 2015

January trade fairs

For all deco lovers, this is a great time of the year.
Three major trend-trade fairs are bringing together the best of the best. 

Click on the fair's name to visit their site and get their Twitter and photo feeds: 


January 17, 2015

Useful furniture looking like sculpture - affordable (-ish)

Outdoor design often works double duty. 
Designs are chosen to add va-va-voum as well as serving traditional roles.

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An example of this is the Stool Frame at Vondom, an architectural work in its own right. Its prismatic lines and its sweet and raw forms both give it a true personality. 
Collection Frame this is symbiotically: their particular forms merge, with which we can play in creating illusions. This outdoor furniture is available in several colour trend. He feels both indoors and outdoors. The design of this stool will delight the articulated front.

Available Colors: 

January 13, 2015

This summer's must have: the humidifier spray by Karcher


Continued from yesterday:

Alongside garden showers, Karcher also offers a range of sprays to keep you cool outdoors.

These too are very affordable as the come in at about 40 GBP

January 12, 2015

Clip-on Outdoor Shower by Karcher - Very affordable

Enjoying the outdoors.

If you are not that into outdoor showers but occasionally feel an urge to get one, this design is for you.

The design by Karcher is very affordable and easy to get via AMAZON (circa 35 GBP).



January 9, 2015

Contemporary design meets shaggy grass roof

Tempted by a Grass Roof Top?

Grasses, due to their rapid transpiration rates, are the best choice for green roofs when you are trying to quickly re-charge a rooftop storm water management system. The grasses also are very efficient at keeping a st.jpg

This 'contemporary design meets shaggy grass roof'  was seen at LANDARCHS's Facebook page and inspired many comments.
We loved one of them because it provided tips into how to make it work in 'real life' as well as the reminder of one key benefit of this option:

Grasses, due to their rapid transpiration rates, are the best choice for green roofs when you are trying to quickly re-charge a rooftop storm water management system. The grasses also are very efficient at keeping a structure cool based on the natural evaporative cooling effect they provide. 

Image: The Light House by W design architecture studio.

January 5, 2015

Parisian chic: an outdoor fireplace.

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Muuuz magazine has shared an inspiring design seen in Paris.
The result proves how much can be achieved with quite little.

From their site:

Michael Herrman Workshops

This apartment Place de la Madeleine is the result of the reunification of 12 good rooms on two floors. Directed by Michael Herrman Workshops, this duplex project has three bedrooms and retains an authentic character to the image of the pre-Haussmann building in which it is located.

Organized around a large open plan apartment is like a museum preserving the original features limestone stone walls and oak beams that meet the additions of the architect as the floor and glass walls . Playing on transparency, this choice allows to visually connect the parts to each other while opening the space on the outside.

In the center of the apartment is a courtyard open to the sky surrounded by high walls 5m glass. Furnished with a marble fireplace nineteenth, and a ceremonial mirror inserted into a living wall that covers a whole side of the court on 6 meters high, the court takes the appearance of an apartment living room . The interior and exterior design is high contrast but share a blurred boundary through the living wall that juts inward while vegetation seems to move through the glass walls. On the ground, the architect has created continuity between inside and outside, the real tiles extend towards the court in a vinyl coating Bolon the grounds designed especially for  ; Michael Herrman.

Photographs: & nbsp; © Marc Henderson


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