Rove Concepts
DHgate has all for travelling


Loads of colour and character

1850 Flat Fronted Georgian/ Victorian cottage/ townhouse semi detached (now terraced). Yellow London Stock Brick/ Slate roof. Interior contemporary mainly white walls with strong colour feature walls. Floor wide boards, white, and maple in Kitchen/ conservatory. South East facing rear garden Good natural light Fireplace in sitting room Fully landscaped contemporary garden with reflective pond large workshop/ shed and water feature. mainly laid to box squares. Large coloured walls. Large outside oak/ zinc topped table/ eating area. Large deck area. Located in London SW15 ..... HOW CUTE AND COOL IS THIS HOME?!?!



Dan Marty


It's a daydream of mine. Live in a designer showroom after hours. When the clients and staff go home I'd pop out of my hiding place, put on some music, dim the lights and live in my perfect "home". Imagine living in Dan Marty's showroom. I could be very comfortable here. Dan, a talented L.A. interior designer travels the world bringing home exquisite pieces that he displays in "rooms". A line of chairs against a wall, a wall of fabric samples, a big box store mentality just doesn't cut it here. The clever Mr Marty knows that his clients can't resist a flawlessly arranged room filled with treasure after treasure.  Spaces like these are overflowing with inspiration.





Lucy Interior Design

"Inspired by textiles, fashion and art, I love to add energy, scale and drama to a space." Lucy T. Penfield

This interior designer from Minnesota creates soothing spaces that are a cohesive mixture of modern and traditional elements that blend seamlessly and effortlessly. I love her strong yet subtle colour palettes. I also am madly in love with the hanging sofa and the slide-out shelf that creates an impromptu office.



In the press

The blog has had a bit of press out there recently that we're really stoked about (ok, particularly me being the Canadian). Today on the Canadian House & Home website a gallery of photos went live that I selected as DTI's favourite interiors. So go check it out here and find out what our 10 favourites are.

Another biggie is a story I was contacted about for the Toronto Star newspaper. The subject was wall murals and I was interviewed by one of their reporters who ended up using a photo of my living room! Check the story out here.

A huge thanks to Lisa at H&H for including us in their blogger galleries and Paola at the Star for including me in her mural story!!


The Great Gift Challenge - part 2

As Jo explained last Monday, we are taking part in a special campaign with Martha Stewart and eBay where we have to hunt on eBay for the perfect Christmas gifts at certain price points. Last week Jo blogged about her $25 purchase for her niece and this week it's my turn. I had to select a gift for a loved one costing $75 (excluding shipping). I am not sure why but this price point was VERY tough for me. I was able to find all sorts of great items for less or more than this amount. But I am all about the thrill of the hunt so IT WAS ON. I had my twin sister in mind for this one. Julia and I, go figure, have very similar tastes and I wanted to find something for her home that was vintage. She is a fan of mid-century and Hollywood regency styles (she has a couple amazing mid-century credenzas in her home), and has an Asian themed bedroom. She has 2 children who are 1 and 3, so she never gets to go thrift shopping with me anymore as she's always stuck at home minding my niece and nephew. Here are some of the things I managed to find  that were contenders:


I love lamps so of course I assume my sister loves them as much as I do. :) I found a couple that would have looked really great on Julia's teak credenzas, and a tension pole lamp that was just so funky and  would look fab next to her vintage armchair. Then there was a mirrored table that had such a fun shape and required a little bit of TLC. I figured if she needed a break from the kiddies this table would be a good excuse to hide out in her garage for a couple hours. I have recently acquired a love for cloisonne so I was stoked to find the cutest set of lidded spice jars. And lastly there was a coat rack/shelf that would be really useful in Julia's front entrance. In the end I was completely undecided, until I found these:

I thought for sure there would be multiple bids and I'd start having a panic attack. I mean, these are the most gorgeous blanc de chine porcelain lamps ever! And the price was SOOOO right - if no one else bid. And to my shock no one else did. They are going to be perfect on either end of the large/low dresser in Julia's bedroom. The seller was a pleasure to deal with and apologized for the $24 shipping cost which I thought was more than reasonable. They should be arriving any day now from the U.S. and I'll have to figure out how to wrap them. I'll probably leave them in the box they are shipped in, and I was thinking of getting some glossy black wrapping paper and a very thick white ribbon to wrap around the box and tie at the top in a huge bow. And voila, one gift done.

So folks, don't forget that part of this challenge involves you! If you are a resident of the U.S., head on over to this site and enter to win a $1000 eBay gift voucher. What I could do with $1000.....