Rove Concepts
Wednesday
May292013

A kitchen that has it all

I came across this kitchen by Barry Rice and found it intriguing....in a mostly love/little bit 'o hate way. Here are some details: The kitchen of this single-family brownstone in Brooklyn’s historic Clinton Hill neighborhood underwent a dramatic transformation. Small windows were replaced with accordion-folding glass doors that open to a screened dining area, and a warren of pantries was removed to create a large, open cooking and entertaining space. The working side of the kitchen features distinct zones for prep, cooking, baking and clean-up, and the guest side includes a bar, counter seating and a built-in sofa. Stainless counters and subway tile are practical and easy to clean, while walnut cabinetry and a stone island and baking top add warmth to the space. 

The amount of space is a dream. I am a lover of subway tiles (but with darker grout, and maybe not on every wall space). Great idea to line up all the ovens/microwave etc. down on one end so when you're taking food in and out you don't get in anyone's way. Cooktops in the island is great for the cook so they can stir and chat. The rod for pots and pans is handy (as are TWO SINKS) if you keep them clean. Another dream - having enough room for a coffee/bar area, built-in sofa and shelving for dry goods/spices. I don't think I would ever do a stainless counter - the scratches would send me over the edge (although seamless counter/sinks would be awesome when cleaning up).  3 types of counter material and all those stainless cabinets is too much in my opinion. I'm curious to know what you all think.....

Wednesday
May292013

Still stalking

I'm in St Kilda, Melbourne and I'm so attracted to the bones of this old building. A great blank canvas to create the dream apartment. A bit more layering, a touch more colour (but not too much), a rug or two to showcase the beauty of those old floors and a look that is less "home staged" and more stylin' home. Yes please! Link here while it lasts.

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Wednesday
May292013

Arthur Casas

An overdose of exceptional architecture with today's firm. São Paulo and New York based Studio Arthur Casas draws inspiration from Brazil's history of modernist design, takes a considered approach to the environment and a holistic approach to the many layers of their designs from furniture to urban planning. It's cosmopolitan, contemporary and just a little sexy. It was hard to narrow down which of the projects to feature. Finally I chose the Qunita Da Baroness house in São Paulo. I think you will understand why.

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Tuesday
May282013

Not your ordinary bathroom

I have another luxurious, statement bathroom for you with a serious WOW factor by Royston Wilson Design & Minosa Design. This one is pretty bold, with a larger than life Mr. Bonaparte checking you out while you bathe. Black colour scheme, LED lighting that changes colour, and a disco ball over the tub, this is definitively not a bathroom for the faint at heart. Did I mention WOW? (Read more about it here)

Tuesday
May282013

Mark D. Sikes

Mark D. Sikes is an interior designer from West Hollywood, California and these photos are of his spectacular home in the Hollywood Hills. The cream and black colour scheme is dramatic and classy (my favourite combo) and his backyard is so dreamy that I had to feature it first. 

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