Garden House Design have a busy showroom in Ferring, West Sussex, but they moved north this month when they took their annual stand at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
DesignBoard Luna sits under a Renson canopy on Garden House Design’s 2019 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival stand
Creative Director Debs Winrow is an enthusiastic cheerleader for living outdoors and their stand provided plenty of ideas, with the message that we can definitely use our outdoor spaces so much more than we do.
“We’ve still a lot of teaching to do,” says Debs. “People are still looking for the perfect evening or sunny day. You can change your garden for the seasons – put in a firepit, have hot food. It’s not about finding the perfect moment to be outdoors, it’s about finding any moment.”
Contemporary decking is an ideal component of a space you want to use all year round. On the stand, DesignBoard Polar was laid in the outdoor kitchen area, creating a bright, light-reflecting ambiance with a cool, Scandi feel. Under the Renson canopy DesignBoard Luna added warmth and comfort. “It gave a softer feel under the canopy,” explained Debs “butting up against porcelain outside, and showed how you can have a mix of materials in the same design.”
‘Live outdoors’ is the ethos shared and promoted by the team at GHD, and with such wonderful products and expert styling; it’s easy to see why!
Trend-wise, Debs has noticed a move away from greys and white towards beiges, creams and, in paned windows, pure black. It’s clear that if you ever want a stylist on your side, you’d be silly not to make it Debs. She’s an avid trend-spotter.
“I follow fashion, interior design,” she says. “Abroad too. Australasia are ahead of time in outdoor living. Everyone’s using decking boards and cladding on their houses and fences.”
She follows the High Street brands too. “Obviously they have professional buyers, and I look at the Pantone colour of the year.” Hers is not a slavish approach, though. “I look for the feel of a trend. Now there’s a lot of wood, with an industrial look – minimalist. And the colour trends are coral and blush, so I put a lot of those through the stand.”
The wood she refers to may not be all it seems. Garden House Design haven’t had a request for timber decking for a couple of years. That’s because composite decking has so many advantages. The sleek, contemporary look of DesignBoard has other plus points too. “It’s good flooring for coming straight out of the house. It’s got a soft palette and a very useful array of colours so you can mix and match, and keep the tonings together between house and garden.”
London Stone’s Slab Khaki porcelain sits in harmony with DesignBoard Luna on the GHD stand at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival 2019
You can see the pieces that Garden House Design showcased at Hampton Court on their website and, now that the show is over, they can be viewed up close at their West Sussex showroom. You’ll find a DesignBoard composite decking area which, as Debs says, “you’ll simply need to get barefoot on”.
If you’re in the Sussex area and would like more information on DesignBoard or free samples, just contact Garden House Design on 01903 774774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know you’re coming, and they’ll put the kettle on!