Introducing Iron Fire

0 Written by Lisa on 1st May 2018 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

I’ve recently been introduced to Iron Fire, a Wiltshire-based company who use an ancient Japanese technique for preserving wood called Shou Sugi-ban.

The process, traditionally used for cladding, makes the timber extremely durable, which means that it can stay outside all year round.  It protects it from rot, parasites and UV and it’s also fire resistant.

Each table is made using sustainably sourced FSC approved Douglas Fir.  The process involves burning with traditional hand waxing, painting and turning which means that each piece of furniture is unique. – which preserves the wood and protects it from rot and parasites, and ironically makes it UV and fire resistant.

I have a couple of garden bugbears, washing lines being left out when not in use being one of them! The other is covering up garden furniture in the winter or taking it inside.

Garden furniture is made to stay outside – it’s an integral part of any sitting area so it should be there even when you’re not.  When you look out, even on the bleakest of days, you should be drawn outside.  Looking at a lump of tarpaulin or an empty terrace probably won’t have quite the same effect.

Perhaps this furniture from Iron Fire provides the perfect solution. Even the cushions for the chairs have undergone rigorous waterproof testing, although I might forgive taking the cushions in over winter as long as you leave the chairs outside!

So much of the garden furniture on the market has a similar look and feel so it’s really nice to find something a little bit different.

In addition to the furniture, Iron Fire also make industrial style fire pits, planters and pendant lights of which you can see a full range on their website.

 

(Images: Iron Fire)

 

From the drawing board – Cheshire garden under construction

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Mar 2018 in From the drawing board

I’m very excited to be able to share some pictures of my Cheshire project which is well into the construction phase.  You may remember me sharing the design with you some time ago but, if not, here’s a reminder… Read more

How to budget for your new garden

2 Written by Lisa on 23rd Feb 2018 in Design Tips

Working to budgets is part of what I do, but it’s not always easy when there are so many choices available and if make tweaks along the way.  We’re undertaking a small building project at home and it’s exhausting making decisions, even though we’re doing some of it ourselves and therefore don’t have any time pressures. Read more

From the drawing board: A walled garden near Bridgend

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Jan 2018 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a client in Laleston, near Bridgend.  The house is really old and they’ve spent some time since they brought it a couple of years ago, lovingly restoring it. Read more

Winter berries

2 Written by Lisa on 15th Dec 2017 in Design Tips, Plants

I don’t know about you, but I love foraging for foliage at this time of year.  I’m lucky now that we have holly and ivy in the garden, the hedgerows are full of hazel and the woodland up the hill has an abundance of pine cones.  Now that the snow has disappeared, I’ll be cutting some holly at the weekend for Christmas decorations. Read more

From the drawing board: A new garden for a listed barn near Cardiff

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Nov 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a couple near Cardiff who live in a Grade II list barn near Cardiff.  They’ve lived in the house for years but, having recently renovated the inside, now want to make the garden at the back of the house much more inviting and inspiring. Read more

A tour of the quarry at Forest of Dean Stone

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Oct 2017 in Design Tips

A couple of weeks ago I visited the quarry and production plant at Forest of Dean Stone. I organised the trip for the local Society of Garden Designer’s “cluster group” I coordinate and it was well worth the visit. Read more

Wild County Kerry

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Sep 2017 in Inspiration

I’ve just returned from a week in Ireland where we had the most fabulous weather and were properly able to enjoy the amazing rugged landscape. Read more

A Dewy August morning in South Wales

1 Written by Lisa on 11th Sep 2017 in Inspiration

It’s been feeling quite autumnal in South Wales over the past couple of weeks and we’ve had some gorgeous dewy mornings where the light has been catching the water droplets and lighting up the landscape. Read more

From the drawing board – concept design for a new build house

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Aug 2017 in From the drawing board

I have recently been working with a local Monmouthshire client who is in the process of building their own house.  It took them years to find the right plot and to get the house plans all signed off, but now that the build is finally underway, they’re ready to start thinking about the garden. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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