Rove Concepts

Chris Connell Design on the MAP

Clean minimal lines. Beauty in simple form and enjoyment in function. Modern and fabulous. Chris Connell and his design studio are not only interior designers and architects but symbiotically are MAP International, classic contemporary Australian furniture. His spaces are elegant and at ease but as we all know less may be more but it's also a darn sight more difficult to achieve than more. It is all about well executed details, about making everything look effortless but always about the quality of design. I've included some of the design studio's commercial work after the jump. Those of you familiar with Melbourne's cafe scene will know and most likely already love these dining spaces. 




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Gary Spain

I came across the portfolio of San Francisco interior designer Gary Spain the other night and was immediately smitten with his work. He's like a less wacky version of Jonathan Adler. You may have seen him on a few blogs already (as I noticed when googling him) but I had to jump on the bandwagon because I really admire his funky spaces. A plethora of colour, pattern and furniture of different eras creating an ecelctic and modern vibe.



Retro going, going, gone

At last dear readers we turn the final pages of Storage, A House and Garden Book, Melinda Davis, Pantheon Books, New York, 1978. I'm sad to be finished. It was an interesting look at retro rooms that at times didn't appear all too retro. It just goes to show that good design is timeless (and bad design a giggle many years on). I would truly move into the first home in a heart beat and the second, the bedroom, is spot on for the latest rustic southern European look sweeping blogs and magazines. Even the vintage TV is a hot collector's item! There is the strangest fireplace after the jump that has me shaking my head. I think it's the gold leaf ceiling and I think I like it! So retro lovers and loathers which ones push your buttons?


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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 and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"Sophie & Sebastian on a vintage bergere covered in Dedar Ikat fabric. Brilliantly photographed by my dear friend Ursula -"
- Abigail

"This is SAM, a vizsla."
- Angie (Argentina)

"I should have know our Italian Greyhound Audrey would get the most enjoyment out of our new sheepskin fleeces! You can almost tell she's just waiting to be booted off... I had only hung them over the chairs a minute before this picture was taken and she made herself right at home immediately!"
- Louise

"Magnolia sitting on the desk I made from 3/4" plywood, cut to fit the bay widow, sanded then coated in white enamel and bracketed in place.  She loved sitting up there looking down at the street below in Beacon Hill, Boston Massachusetts.  Clear chair and sheep skin throw from IKEA."
- Sarah

"Mia loves her Eames stacking chair. Sometimes she even lets me sit in it."
- Anna (San Francisco)

"This is our boxer called Benia. As you can see in the back (no door) we are in the middle of a little make over in our living room. Befor Benia came to live with us from the shelter this red couch was completly fine and clean and pretty. Now it's a mess, she's treating it as her bed, she sleeps there, eats, plays and God knows what else."
- Anna

"Our boxer Raven on her 1 yr birthday. She loves relaxing on the couch."
- Jamie

"This is Harry and his favorite afternoon nap location!!"
- Sandy

"hi there :)"
- Charlotte

"This is my 4 year old blue heller, lab ,border collie mis Felix. The first picture is of him as a pup on our sectional couch which we have since replaced.  We just couldn't get rid of his couch so we kept the ends and made a love seat for Felix. As you can see Felix is allowed on all of our furniture. He loves being tucked in under the blankets. As far as he is concerned he IS people and don't you dare tell him otherwise. If you try he will give you the dirtiest look he's got."
- Tara


Paddington pad by SWAD

Scott Weston emailed with his latest project and as usual he included lots of pictures - before, during and after as well as his amazing presentation models in this case 4 options. (There are lots more pictures after the jump so don't forget to click through.) Scott always writes the best descriptions of his work so I'll let him take it away. "I thought you might like to see this jewel box of an apartment that is just 48m2 and was totally gutted and re-built within three months in Paddington, Sydney ...

We fly our Contractor/Builder out from Copenhagen to do these type of quality projects as he is much more cost-effective being a jack-of-all-trades and it saves time/money (and he's a perfectionist!). The tiniest apartment comprising existing entry vestibule, separate bathroom, living room (faces north) with small alcove kitchen and two bedrooms (one functions as an office) that both face east. We removed the wall between kitchen and study, removed the windows in the kitchen, living room and bathroom and replaced with shugg frameless sliding windows to maximise views/light. The whole apartment was gutted and the floor was partially removed and replaced then stained a deep walnut. Walls were chased for electrical and light fittings.




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