Rove Concepts
Wednesday
Jan252017

A contemporary blonde brick holiday home

Are you old enough to remember blonde brick? I am. Just the thought of it has me cringing. Many crimes against design sensibility were committed in the 70s in the name of the insipid blocks. Fortunately the 80s saw the popularity of blonde bricks wane, replaced by their chocolate counterparts. (Urgh! Dark brown bricks with tumbled edges ... that's a horror story for another time.) Back to blonde bricks or should that be that blonde bricks are back. Loving this contemporary home with a retro vibe at Sorrento on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. A series of pavilions make this holiday house just perfect for a getaway by yourself or with a crowd, this blonde beauty is by Melbourne-based residential design and construct company InForm.

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Tuesday
Jan242017

A blend of modern and classic by Kate Marker 

Last month I featured a home designed by Illinois-based Kate Marker and I had to share some more of her work because it's so fresh, bright and timeless and is the perfect blend of modern and classic styles that appeals to just about anyone's taste. I am not a big fan of all white kitchens but she won me over with this one. WOW!

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Modern extension by Heartly

Heartly designed and monitored the transformation of this dilapidated cottage into a much loved and admired family home. Careful consideration of flow and use of space was paramount to the success of this project on a small inner suburban Melbourne block.

It's what Australian architects and interior designers do so well. Take a small, older home with confused layout. Design a modern extension to create the much sort after open-plan, family living yet, importantly, retain the presence of the original home within the streetscape. And may I just say "Hello bike room!"

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Modern farmhouse

Canny Architecture's renovation of this house in the country meets sea town of Flinders, Victoria is dark and moody, chic and sophisticated, a contemporary take on a traditional farm house. Love the dark interiors, not only stylish but perfect for hiding from the blazing Australian sun.

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Monday
Jan232017

A pretty seaside home

Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co. sure do know how to add rustic, feel-good character to a home. This summer and weekend getaway in Long Island was about 10 years old and the only interesting element it had was wood beamed ceilings. This creative duo added a sense of history that would make you think this house had been in the family for decades. With pale pastels, a stunning kitchen and a bit of gorgeous Farrow & Ball wallpaper, this home now has all the character the homeowners could ask for. 

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