Rove Concepts
Saturday
Mar242012

Beach shack stalking

Summer has gone but there is time for one last visit to the beach shack. The thud of surf decreasing as you walk barefoot back from a long day in and out of the ocean. Cicadas sing incessantly as you hop from foot to foot on the hot asphalt. Ouch! Casuarina seed pods are sharp. Don't forget to wash the sand from your feet and don't dump those towels at the front door! There's a nip in the air as the shadows fall across the back yard. Stalking two beach shacks at the oh so expensive enclave of Pearl Beach, north of Sydney where all the streets are named after gems and you need a king's ransom to buy a house. The first backs onto bush and is a stroll to the beach. A fibro shack with a price tag of just under $700K. The second, also a fibro shack, but in the best street in town, backing onto a lagoon and just across the road from the beach is ... over $1.5 million. Beach shacks! But super cool ones don't you think? We'll just dream about owning them and having all our friends to stay weekends. Or maybe you'll buy one and have me to stay? Links here and here while they last.

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Friday
Mar232012

Colour

Just another quick home before we head into the weekend. The owners of this one are not afraid of colour. The colours they chose for their walls are beautiful. But oddly enough they left the easiest rooms to bathe in colour (in my humble opinion anyway) in neutrals - kitchen, bathroom and dining room. My favourite is the magenta bedroom. SWOON! (Art & Décoration, photography: Christophe Rouffio)

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Friday
Mar232012

Belgian Villa

The following villa on the Belgian coast captured my interest immediately. I have always loved a home that is traditional on the outside and not-so-much on the inside. I love anything with a shock factor. And this radically transformed home is just that. Traditional on the outside (complete with thatched roof) with a modern industrial vibe on the inside. Totally unexpected. (Maison & Travaux, photography: Patrick Smith, architect: Lionel Jadot)

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Friday
Mar232012

Stalking warehouses with cute little courtyards

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE a warehouse conversion. I love the space and the industrial remnants, the soaring ceilings and the often inner city location. It's gritty luxury and oh so hip but ... sometimes, just sometimes you need a little green space, an outdoor area to sit and see the sky and smell the smog fresh air. Now this warehouse has the perfect courtyard. I'd like to see this one in person. I have a feeling that its limited colour palette is a lot more serene and elegant than the photos suggest. But maybe, just maybe I'd throw a little dash of colour here or there. Link here while it lasts.

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Thursday
Mar222012

Afternoon delight

In case the photography from the previous post wasn't enough to get you all hot and bothered, here is a little bit more eye candy to get you through the afternoon. Thank you Paul Raeside.