Rove Concepts
Monday
Jun202016

Citrus punch

Something to kick start your working week. A little citrus punch. Hello yellow ... and hello piles of books. Don't thank me. Thank MARK + VIVI, an interdisciplinary design-build studio based in Montreal, Canada.

Monday
Jun202016

Monochrome mastery

Like a modernist sand castle this Malibu house by Jamie Bush is a master class in monochromatic palette and texture. The colours of shell and sand and stone are repeated and enhanced in this sea side retreat with rough and handmade juxtaposed with the modern and clean lined. The perfect counterfoil to all limited colour palette is, of course, the endless blue of the sea and the sky.

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Sunday
Jun192016

My top 5 online furniture stores

I came up with a list of my top 5 favourite online furniture stores conveniently located in Ottawa and Toronto and wanted to share because you all need to know about these shops. Why? Because they are awesome and owned by awesome Canadians. And you can shop them online! 

The first in the list of best online furniture stores is Furniture Maison. This is a new-to-me online store whose focus is on clean design with a simple aesthetic, including Scandinavian, mid-century modern and industrial influences. Furniture Maison develops direct partnerships with furniture designers that own their manufacturing facilities, eliminating the middleman and unnecessary mark-ups. Also, their online-only approach minimizes overhead which allows their relatively small operation to offer their products at affordable prices without compromising on quality. I know this for a fact because they sent me a sofa and it is FANTASTIC and incredibly well made. Here are some pieces they carry that I am a big fan of:

Concrete coffee table

My sofa! Part of their collection of mid-century modern furniture. The Ruby reversible sectional sofa

Not your granny's rattan! The Aloha chair

The Louvre TV cabinet. For all your stylin' media component needs. 


I need a room to fit this in. Seriously in love with the simplicity of this loveseat. The Leo 2 seater sofa. A great course for Scandinavian furniture online - check out more of their Scandinavian furniture best sellers

Another Scandinavian-vibing piece is the walnut media unit

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Saturday
Jun182016

Stalking leftovers

Hello my name is Jo and I'm a real estate addict. I stalk listings hoping to find the perfect property I can't afford anyway. Oh well a girl can dream. There is one problem though. I'm fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can't quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding "yes". This week I've found my usual modern extensions to old houses, two church conversions, a little farm getaway and a luxury commercial office. Click on the photos to go to the listings. All via realestate.com.au.

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Friday
Jun172016

The home of Barbara Í Gongini

I have an unhealthy love of avant-garde clothing, most notably from 2 designers, one of them being Barbara Í Gongini (the other is Rick Owens). One day I discovered Femina had done a story on Barbara's home in Copenhagen and I was pleased to see her minimalist home was as stylish as her clothing. I love the simplicity of it, the contrast of black and white and the subtle textures and patterns. 

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