Dream Gardens, Dream Furniture

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It's all very well us showing you beautiful pictures of our furniture, but for you to really envision its presence you need to see the kind of gardens that would house it perfectly. For an even more alternative view, we've found some stunning garden designs at night-time - because our furniture can be enjoyed just as much when the sun goes down!

Here are some beautiful gardens at night, and the furniture we'd pick to make them even more luxurious:

We love this modern and sleek garden design, and especially how the addition of that fire turns it into a haven come nightfall. Though we see what they've tried to do with these black tables and chairs, we think our Nova Bench dining set would look far less clunky and obtrusive, as well as complement the cutting-edge design much more!

This next design again shows a stunning garden design that looks equally inviting at night! We love the mood lighting and oasis-esque design of the space, but what we think this space could benefit from is some of our long, luxurious Siena seating sofas - not only would their elegant and lenghty structure make for a perfect viewing point, but their superior quality would feel right at home in such a desirable environment.

Our final night-time nirvana again utilises under-water lighting and the clever use of plants! This design incorporates a deck that overlooks the beautiful water, but the loungers shown are just not worthy of their surroundings! We'd instead use our Ambrato sun loungers in Carbon Black - the contemporary design of these loungers is a much better fit to this stylish space, and the cool carbon colour looks striking day or night time.

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.

 

5 Ways Outdoor Furniture Can Change Your Life

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To say our outdoor furniture can actually change your life is a big claim, we know this, but we also truly believe it. It is not so much that our rattan outdoor furniture physically heals or mends you in any sense, but more about the opportunities and lifestyle it opens up for you.

To try and show you just how we believe our furniture can help you achieve a more fulfilled existence, here are 5 quick reasons:

Luxury

Whether you believe it or not, we all enjoy a bit of luxury somewhere in our lives – think of it as a reward for all that hard work you have been doing. Our outdoor furniture is most definitely luxurious, and sometimes it’s just nice to own something desirable and of quality.

Comfort

As well as luxury, our rattan furniture offers you a level of comfort that is truly delectable! Though quality features very highly on our agenda, it would all be in vain if our furniture wasn’t a comfortable and caressing place to sit.

Quality

We understand that when you purchase something you want to feel like you’ve had a fair purchase, and so our outdoor furniture has an unmatched level of quality. Everything from the materials used to the craftsmanship is of a superior class – this all means that your furniture will keep on amazing you for a lifetime!

Garden Gracing

If you take pride in your garden, you want the kind of outdoor furniture that reflects this passion. You wouldn’t accept cheap imitations in your favourite room in your house, so if your garden happens to be that you need Iola-quality furniture to reflect this!

Outdoor Living

This last one is a big one. You see Iola’s furniture is luxurious, comfortable, of a high quality, and perfect for gracing gardens but its biggest accolade is how it opens up a world of outdoor living to you! You may not use your outdoor space much at the moment and feel like you’re missing out – all you need to rectify this is the kind of furniture that makes you want to sit outside!

Our Favourite Outdoor Cocktails

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Azzuro rattan bar set

Pictured: Azzuro Rattan Dining Set

What's even better than relaxing outdoors at the end of the day? Relaxing outdoors with a drink in your hand! It's difficult to beat a good glass of wine, but if you fancy getting a little more creative with your drinks, here are some choice cocktails that are sure to go down smooth when enjoyed in an outdoor setting...

Mojito Royal
A luxurious twist on the standard Mojito.

Instructions (makes 1 glass):

  • Crush some mint leaves into a glass.
  • Add 2 shots of white rum.
  • Add 22ml of lime juice and 8ml of sugar syrup.
  • Fill the glass with ice and stir.
  • Top up with the champagne of your choice and serve.

Carpe Diem
A fruity favourite, ideal for warm days!

Instructions (makes 1 pitcher):

  • Put 10 strawberries, 30ml of lime juice, 90ml of apple juice, and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a blender/food processor and mix.
  • Pour the mixture over ice.
  • Add 150ml (six shots) of gin.
  • Tear up some basil leaves, add to the pitcher and stir.
  • Top with champagne and serve.

Strawberry Daiquiri
A sweet, moreish classic.

Instructions (makes 1 glass):

  • Put 4 strawberries, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 25ml of lime juice and one shot of strawberry liqueur into a cocktail shaker and muddle with a pestle or the end of a rolling pin.
  • Decant this mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Madras
Not a curry, but a refreshing orange and cranberry drink that's easy to make.

Instructions (makes 1 glass):

  • Pour 1 shot of vodka and 90ml of cranberry juice over ice and stir thoroughly.
  • Top off with orange juice and serve.

If you like the idea of hosting your own cocktail parties in the back garden, why not invest in an Azzuro bar set? This rattan bar collection is comfortable, weather-resistant, and all-around ideal for a few outdoor cocktails!

Your Garden is Just Another Room to Decorate!

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outdoor furniture set

Everyone wants their living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to look good, but fewer people are prepared to spend time decorating the garden. Putting oodles of effort into an area that's so open to the elements may seem like a fool's errand. but fear not - with so many stunning, weather-resistant outdoor products available nowadays, it's easy to a) make your garden look beautiful, and b) keep it that way.

And if you're looking for weatherproof ways to beautify your garden, you may as well start with the best! Iola's stunning outdoor furniture is specifically designed for open-air use - our rattan products will make your garden feel just as luxurious as your living room, while simultaneously staying strong in the face of bad weather!

If you want to make the most of your home, it's important to start viewing the garden as another room of the house. You can decorate it, personalise it, and cherish it, and whether you turn it into an alfresco dining room or a snug retreat where you can curl up with a good book, the results are sure to be well worth the effort!

Download an Iola NZ catalogue to see the full range of products that we can offer you and your garden!

Stunning Commercial Outdoor Furniture

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Iola supplies commercial outdoor furniture of an exceptional quality to a number of commercial establishments. Our beautiful woven furniture can be found in hotels, spas, restaurants, bars and resorts belonging to a number of 5 star brands - Four Seasons, Le Meridien, Sofitel and Melia to name but a few.

Indeed, we are the number one supplier of rattan furniture to the commercial sector – one Melia Resort chose Iola from over 18 other vendors to handle a 10,000 piece delivery. But what is it that makes our commercial outdoor furniture products so successful?

Our bespoke furniture is made from commercial grade alloy (1.6-1.8mm), German rattan fibre, 316 marine grade stainless steel, solution dyed acrylics from Sunbrella™ and top quality marine foam. Our German fibre is certified to 50,000 cycles which is a fundamental requirement for any furniture in busy hotels and restaurants. Oh, and it’s not just the materials that are of a phenomenal quality, but also the look, comfort, build and style of our commercial outdoor furniture. Factor in the vast variety of bespoke designs that we offer, and it’s clear that Iola furniture is head and shoulders above the competition.

If you pop over to our commercial outdoor furniture page you can see some examples of our beautiful premium products. Of course, these images – and even the images found in the Iola catalogue – are just a small sample of what we have to offer! We specialise in bespoke designs and made-to-measure products, so just get in touch if you have something in mind.

Please note that the prices on this website reflect our retail prices. If you are interested in our commercial prices, please contact us

5 Things to Do In the Garden

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While we are primarily a luxury outdoor furniture company, we also believe you should get full enjoyment out of your back garden, regardless of what furniture you happen to possess.

To celebrate this notion, we’ve come up with a short list of 5 activities you can do in the garden in a bid to get more people enjoying their space!

1. Be More Green

Some of you may already be avid gardeners, but for those of you who aren’t, you just might be missing out on something! If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to your garden you can pick plants and flowers that require little maintaining. Better yet, why not turn your attention to growing herbs so you have some fruits for your labour?

2. Dine Alfresco

Eating outdoors should be done whenever possible. There is something undeniably pleasant about using nature as your backdrop when dining, especially when having a barbecue, which is in itself a primal occasion. Even if you don’t fancy getting the grill out, why not make yourself a mini picnic and get the whole family involved (weather permitting, of course)?

3. Wildlife

Encouraging some wildlife into your outdoor space is a great use of your garden. Of course, there is some wildlife which you definitely wouldn’t want wandering around your garden, but installing a bird bath or some feeders would lure a range of birds to your home – which makes for fascinating viewing.

4. Games

This is another broad category and especially applicable if you have children (though you don’t have to be a child to enjoy playing games). From sports and personal pursuits, to crafts and water fights, there is a lot more you can get away with when playing in the garden as opposed to the house, so why not take advantage and enjoy yourself?

5. Relax

You’ll like this one as it involves doing a whole lot of nothing. We know the weather and seasons are going to have a lot to say about this last one, but there are few better ways to spend an afternoon than sprawled out the back with a good book – serene, satisfying, and soothing.