Rove Concepts
Tuesday
Oct262010

Risa Boyer

We recently received the following email from a reader named Cheryl: "I am an avid read of your blog and happen to know a very talented architect that you might like! Her name is Risa Boyer and she has an amazing talent for incorporating clean, modern architecture with mid century elements while maintaining the original integrity of the home. Her 35th Ave and 3806 projects are my favorite." I checked out Risa's website and completely agree that she has amazing talent. Below are photos from Cheryl's favourite projects of Risa's (they're my favs too) and a couple other projects. (Thanks for the tip Cheryl!)

  

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Isabel López-Quesada

You know when you first go to a website and you get that stomach twist, that gasp as you realise what you are seeing? You know when you realise that a particular designer has somehow read your mind and created your dream home but it's someone else's home? Do you know that feeling? Isabel López-Quesada creates homes that just do it for me. They are rustic and simply stylish. They are elegant and sophisticated. They are big on personality but not pretentious. Love the first home here. I could move right in. (If I knew the address I would!) Isabel you are a genius.

  

  

  

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Monday
Oct252010

Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. (Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"This is Bear. He usually just likes sitting on laps, but looks pretty good on this red chair."
- Hillary

"This is Max, our oldest cat sleeping in the sun on an old chair (one of a pair) that my husband rescued from the trash.  All I did was strip the layers of brown paint off the arms and legs.  The pleather is awesome--way easier to clean off the cat hair!"
- Cheryl (Halifax, NS)

"This is 'Puce' (meaning 'Flea' in French) my parents little dog in Cognac, France. Here he is sitting on this lovely little chair in the garden of their home."
- Zoe

"Slightly chewed Dux armchair + Oliver and Flora"
- Leah (Oakland, CA)

"My gals Ripley and Scout, ten years old and ladies of leisure..."
- Sarah

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Monday
Oct252010

Monday's pets on furniture - part 1

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. (Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"Here's my dog Chewbacca on a suitcase-turned-petbed I recently made."
- Judy (Ventura County, California)

"My English Bulldog Vixen, is obsessed with squirrels. When she isn't sleeping, she's usually perched here planning her next attack on the squirrels in the back yard."
- Jennifer (Charlotte, NC)

"Lily Pearl Bibb Glynn, (a Coton de Tulear), lounges perfectly on the upper west side in Manhattan."
- Kathleen

"This is Norman, my 5 year old Bernese Mountain Dog. He loves my new plush leather furniture, especially the chair, which he barely fits into. He's size XL for a Berner, around 120 lbs of luv but he squeezes himself in to this thing every night and snores away."
- Lisa (St. Paul, MN)

"I've been meaning to take some shots of my Chihuahua Pete on various furniture for consideration of your Pet's on the Furniture feature – in the last few shots he's on an antique dining chair."
- Carrie

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Monday
Oct252010

Can Never get enough of ... Graham Atkin-Hughes

New week new inspiration. After featuring Graham Atkin-Hughes location house last week it's time to dig into his portfolio. Kim and I have both sung his praises before but his website is jammed with juicy interiors, many more than our last visit. Think some of your favourite blog photos and chances are Graham is the snapper behind the lens. Nick Olsen's red lacquer pad, Rita Konig's home, Abigail Ahern and The Brooklyn Home Company's fabulous white dream of a house. Graham is the photographer that brought those rooms to life through his lens. His work is one moment moody and intimate and at others exuberant and in your face. How sexy is the OTT bohemian vintage home with the touches of red? Clutter yes but never boring! One of my favourite photographers!

  

  

  

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