Rove Concepts

Stalking two for one

Behind this beautifully restored Edwardian facade is a house with two personalities. There is little to forewarn you as you stalk on by this Hawthorn, Melbourne home. Through a purple door the original rooms of the house give a hint at an owner who, while respecting the past, embraces modern design ... the chairs, a light here and there, the colours. But then as you break through to the rear of the house a second home awaits you. Clever and contemporary, sleekly modern and  definitely 21st century. But wait there's more! The garden. OMG the garden! Did I say two for one? Make that three! If you need to ask the price you cannot of course afford it. It even has it's own website for the sale and definitely more after the jump.

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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!)

"Here is Stella blending right in to the sheep skin on our Bertoia Diamond chair."
- Iris

"While Mario the cat (named for Mario Batali due to his both coloring, his rock n roll 'tude and his gourmet tastes) isn't technically on people furniture, I thought the fact that he had confiscated Shiloh's dog bed still counts. After all, it's a pet on a (pet's) piece of furniture!"
- Emily

"Please find attached a picture of our British shorthair cat "Dulce". Her name means "sweet" in Spanish and that really defines her very well."
- Anne-Cécile & Juan Antonio (Brussels, Belgium)

"This is Mose, he is fat. I think it’s the ice cream."
- Jacob

"This is Stefy on her favorite pouff. I've found her five years ago, very sick, sad and with her three small kittens. Now she's very healthy and happy, and so are her babies ...i have kept them with me all three of them. I have a total number of eight cats, all rescued from terrible situations. My house is small but extremely fun!!"
- Bobbi

"Here is Flynn enjoying a nap on his favorite chair!"
- Lisa

"Pumpkin resting on my newly upholstered outdoor sofa. He looks great in orange!"
- Danielle

Because I didn't get very many pet entries for this post I thought I'd include some gratuitous photos of some of my cats on various pieces of furniture.
We've got Milo on my old dining table, Phoebe on an African camping chair a friend gave me, a plethora of cats scattered about my office, and Edgar asleep on the Ikea-hacked baby changetable.


Alistair Nicholls


Alistair Nicholls loves architecture. Alistair Nicholls loves interiors. Alistair Nicholls loves design. Alistair Nicholls loves photography and quite frankly is more than pretty bloody good. He's fab. It's the Brit effect. He cuts though the affected, feigned and faux. Rooms are real and their beauty is genuine. And all this revealed through a talented photographer's eye. Enjoy!




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An extra WINK

A sponsor of ours, Kristen Devries, sent me a sample of a new product her shop (Kir Devries) is carrying and I wanted to plug it because she's been a great sponsor to us for some time now, her product is such a great idea, and she's going through a really rough time these days (I won't get into the gory details because she might kill me but let's just say that some men are scum) and it sounds like she could use a little extra help. So, this product she sent me is an all in one household & laundry cleaning ultra concentrate.

Do you know what this stuff does? It replaces 48 bottles of household cleaner or washes 95 loads of laundry. It's such a fantastic concept because I have a zillion bottles of cleaners (why I don't know) and every time I look under the sinks at all of them I get irritated. According to Kristen this cleaner works on carpets, shampooing pets, cleaning jewelry, making hand soap and so much more. I decided to use some to make a glass cleaner (mixed with water and vinegar) and a general household cleaner (mixed with water). I bought some water bottles at the dollar store and mixed them up in those so they're ready to use. (I forgot to get cute labels).

Since a little of this concentrate goes a LONG way, I might even try it as a laundry detergent. It works wonders and I am stoked to try it out on everything. (P.S. It's non-toxic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic and ph neutral). Get your own bottle of goodness here. And while you are there, check out all the other great products she carries...I just found the CUTEST bento and snack boxes! Thanks Kristen!!!


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