Inspiration: Gorgeous Garden Designs

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We're pretty big Pinterest addicts here at iola NZ. When we're not pinning spectacular images to our own boards, we're gazing in admiration at everybody else's - we follow a huge variety of people, from interior decorators and product designers to nature photographers and fellow New Zealanders.

Still, as you'd probably expect, our main area of (P)interest is outdoor design. Many's the afternoon that we've spent scrolling through stunning gardens and amazing outdoor ideas. In fact, we've seen so many great garden designs that we thought we'd share a few of the best with you guys - feast your eyes on these:

We love a good two-tier garden, and this design pulls it off perfectly, making the most of a relatively small space. The black and red chairs are interesting, but we personally think that the whole space would look a lot more 'zen' with a Nova Bench Set on the patio instead.

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Another small space with big appeal. That circular lawn looks lovely, especially framed with those bricks. Still, it does seem a little bare - we think that our Folio Dining Set would be a great way to fill the gap. Who wouldn't love to have their dinner in this garden?

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We'll finish with another two-tier design, although this space is a little more contemporary than the first. We actually love the bold, modern furniture designs in this garden, although that upper platform does seem like the perfect place to put a Sail Bed Lounger.

If you enjoyed this post, why not follow iola NZ on Pinterest? We've got loads of beautiful pins like these!

More Perfect Pairings

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Last week, we did a blog post about some of our favourite outdoor accessories (and the iola furniture designs that best complemented them). That blog was so well-received that we’ve decided to do it again – here are three more products that would look absolutely perfect with our hand-crafted rattan furniture:

 

Fire Table
(Alfresco NZ, Christchurch)

Alfresco NZ specialise in customised heating products, and the fire table is their pièce de résistance. We really like the table in the photo above – the modern look is very much in-keeping with the iola approach to furniture design, and the built-in firepit would be perfect for an evening outdoors.

We think that the fire table would be a great match for our Azzuro bar stools.

 

Bonsai Trees
(California Gardens, Miramar)

We mentioned California Gardens in the previous ‘Perfect Pairings’ blog, but we couldn’t resist a second visit to their wonderful catalogue. As you can see, their Bonsai trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes – we’re sure that any of the plants in the photo above would make a fine addition to your outdoor space.

We’d love to see a few Bonsai trees scattered amongst our Riviera furniture set.

 

Pebble Pillar
(The Water Garden, Christchurch)

We'll finish, as we did last time, with a water feature. As their name suggests, The Water Garden are all about water-based beauty, and this pebbly pillar is the perfect example. We particularly love the copper insert towards the top!

For a relaxing afternoon in the garden, we’d love to watch the water cascade down the Pebble Pillar while we lounge in our Aura Wing Chairs.

 

Perfect Pairings

Posted by adam

These outdoor accessories would look great with our rattan furniture!

If you're putting together a truly beautiful garden, you need more than just furniture. Our rattan products are a good start, of course, and an outdoor dining set or a couple of sun loungers can go a very long way indeed.

But that isn't the be-all and end-all. In fact, a handful of shrewdly-chosen garden accessories can make your rattan furniture set look even more beautiful! Here are three great products for your garden, each paired with an iola furniture design for maximum impact:

 

 Leaf-Shaped Planters
(California Gardens, Miramar)

These incredible-looking designs are more than mere flower pots! They're contemporary, yet natural-looking, and we think they'd look great with our Folio chairs (also leaf-shaped!)

 

Sculptural Firebowl
(John T. Unger, New York)

 That stunning firebowl was made by an NY-based artist called John Unger. We think it looks great by the pool (see image), and so it would be the perfect companion for our Seville Lounger!

 

Waterfall Water Feature
(Stone & Water World, Auckland)

Ever wanted a miniature waterfall in your own back garden? You can have one, and we love the idea of watching the water babble away whilst swinging gently in a hanging egg chair.

Outdoor Furniture Inspiration

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If we were asked to describe Iola's furniture in 3 words, we would struggle; luckily for us, a picture says more than a thousand words, and so here are some pictures of 3 of our most prized products to give you a flavour of what we're all about.

Hanging Egg Chair

Available with or without the stand, this Hanging Egg Chair is a stunning little pod that you can feel free to retreat to at any time.

 

Sail Bed Lounger

The unique design and shape of our Sail Bed Lounger is based on the Sydney Opera House, and so would make quite the landmark in your garden!

 

Lily Armchair

The Lily Armchairs represent all Iola are about: cutting edge design, expert craftsmanship, and a guarantee of certified luxury.