Rove Concepts

Joan Lao

Sleek and sophisticated, a contemporary take on classic Spanish style. Welcome to the portfolio of Joan Lao. It's all about the contrasts.  Dark cocooning rooms providing respite from the strong Mediterranean sun. The clean crisp lines of furniture against voluminous drapes. Velvet against stone. It's spare but luxe. Cool yet hot.




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O Interior Design

Andrea Monath Schumacher created the Denver Colorado firm O Interior Design back in 1999 and is now joined by Laura Medicus and Devon Goldberg. Together they create contemporary spaces that have an air of Hollywood Regency but are comfortable and liveable, chic without being too over the top. Unless you consider wall-to-wall zebra print carpeting in a bedroom over the top....

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A girl can dream

It looks pretty certain that with my husband's new job (yay!) that we will be moving to the next city (not so yay!) in a few months. The house search starts all over again and in a new town, my old home town. Never thought I would be going back after I escaped left 30 years ago. One consolation though is that the real estate is cheaper and the place is full of gorgeous old timber homes. Today I'm stalking this home. Built in 1890 it oozes the old house charm I'm craving. Needs work though. Lots of painting, tweek the kitchen and bathroom, bring the garden back to life, fences, deck and of course it's much more than we can afford right now. Do you think it can stay unsold for say ... oooh ... 8 to 10 months? Then we could just about do it :) A girl can dream. More after the jump.

P.S. Because I really really want this house even if I can't afford it and no one else can have it until I can here is the general link to the real estate site but no direct link .... wouldn't want someone else to buy it! I know I've jinxed my dream already :P

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Holly Jolliffe revisited


Bright yet soft, dark yet bright? Personality shining through just as much as the light. These images are so calm, so everyday special! Don't you just want to soak in those tubs, curl up in that bed, reach up for a cup for your tea? Cosy, comfortable, family and friends. Inspiring and real. Sorry I'm just brain storming the portfolio of photographer Holly Jolliffe. It is just so obvious that Holly loves what she does. It shines in her work. I've featured her before but when the portfolio is updated then that's all the excuse I need to wax lyrical about her work again. Enjoy!







Monday's pets on furniture

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 and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"This is Mavi, my 8 month old kitten. He is really cuddly and loves sleeping on furry stuff!"

"This is Morgan. I didn't even pose him. Seriously. He was just sitting there."
- Maggie&John

"Here is a picture of my cat, Mary, watching tv in our living room. I think it was Law & Order (she used to like it, but lately she has stopped watching it). The art on the wall, listed in order clockwise from the top left includes: two cyanotype photographs by my husband Marek Warunkiewicz, "Float" by Charles Pachter, a small photo by Bill Schwab (sitting on the furniture), a photo taken around 1910 of my great grandfather who was a surveyor in Western Canada, and one of the famous Toronto streetcar prints by Charles Pachter. The vase was made by my husband."
- Jenny (Toronto)

"This is my golden retriever, Murphy, relaxing on one of the many chairs and couches that came with the house we kindly purchased for him to enjoy. The clock I found at a thrift store."
- Kira

"This is my three year old Pekingese Manny showing off his summer haircut. You can find him pretty much anywhere in the house when he wants to lounge, but he really seems to like the sofas where he can keep an eye on everyone :)"

"Meu nome é Alessandra Ayub. Sou do Brasil. Moro na Granja Viana,em São Paulo.Esse é o Nescau, o gatinho da família.Ele adora dormir no sol da manhã que bate na bay window, na sala de almoço. Espero muito que voces gostem. Obrigada."
- Alessandra (Brasil)

"This is a pic of our adorable fur baby; Cooper. He grown fond of our blue wingback. I wonder if he'll still like it when I reupholster with a houndstooth print..."
- Erin

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