Rove Concepts
Thursday
May172012

Stalking the small and cute 

Oh dear! That makes me sound quite inappropriate. That's not what I meant. What I do mean though is that I love this little worker's cottage in inner city Melbourne I found while real estate stalking. Bright and fun and quirky and cute. White walls bounce the colour pops around, the little girl's room is so hubba bubba bubble gum pink that I can almost hear waves of giggles, the backyard is pocket handkerchief size perfect. Who needs large when 2 bedrooms in the inner city is just right. Link here while it lasts.

P.S. A few of you may recognise this house but we'll keep it our little secret don't you think ;)

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Wednesday
May162012

Kerrie Kelly

Kerrie Kelly is an interior designer based in Northern California whose designs caught my eye while surfing the internet. Kerrie and her team of designers at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab have got what it takes - with various design styles in their portfolio they're pretty great at just about anything - from a bit traditional to more modern/contemporary. Kerrie and some of her projects may look familiar as she's been a featured designer and has consulted with several DIY and HGTV Network's "Crashers" shows. The garage conversion below (after the jump) is an amazing transformation - and it had me laughing. You NEVER see garage conversions up here in Canada. The garages of Canadians are precious and sacred spaces that save us from having to scrape ice and snow off our cars (which on bad days can take a half hour). 

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Wednesday
May162012

An exhibition in Sarajevo

Some of you may remember Belma's home in Sarajevo I blogged almost a year ago. She contacted me recently to share an exhibition called Bela Vida Gallery in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bela Vida Gallery represents a space which offers a dream home concept to its visitors. It does not just look alike, it can be felt, touched and perceived. Oasis or a perfect home, completely different from similar interior exhibits in the region, is placed in Importanne Center in Sarajevo, since 16th of February. Nowadays, when there is a lot of uncertainty and everyday changes, it is challenging to look for enough energy and to say out loud: Life is beautiful!!! Therefore, slogan of Bela Vida is celebrating everything beautiful, inspirational and qualitative in lives of all of us. By entering the gallery space, whose interior will be completely rearranged monthly, visitors will be able to experience all rooms of one stylish apartment. In that space, they can walk, sit, feel the scent, taste delicacies, get a free advice and simply enjoy the different interior cultures. It is a great honor for me to present you our May exhibition - Veni, vidi, viking. May is the month of Scandinavian design - with furniture and decorations from around the country. What a cool concept - I'd totally check out an exhibition like this here in Ottawa each month to see what designs they came up with.

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Wednesday
May162012

House on the island

Nestled amongst the trees on Barrier Island, New Zealand is this sustainably built home by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan. Opening out to the site it embraces the landscape, borrowing its beauty. It is a simple home but its simplicity sits strongly with the majesty of the surrounds. External walls mimic the tree trunks while walls of windows dissolve the barrier between inside and out.

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Wednesday
May162012

House at the beach

I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that New Zealanders build the best beach houses. This is a big concession coming from an Australian. We pride ourselves on understanding the beach culture and our architects are some of the world's best but it just seems that the Kiwi's just do it better with the bach. For those of you who don't know bach is the kiwi for beach house. But it means more than just the building. It's the memories. It's the summer days and the salt spray and the barbeques and the fun. It's about summer rituals and roughing it and making do and fishing and wet swimsuits and sandy towels. Even when it's a luxury bach. It's stunning but it is still not overly precious. After all it really is about the sand and sea and the view and those long days with family and friends. A series of connected pavilions on a dramatic site at Kuaotunu by Auckland based architects Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan.

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