Rove Concepts
Tuesday
Dec182012

GASS

Individual designs that fit individual needs. Sustainable, contemporary, with an emphasis on local materials and respect for site. Two projects from GASS Architecture Studios, located in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa. The first, Westcliff Pavilion is a steel framed structure located on a ridge in Johannesburg. The two bedroom dwelling lightly touches the ground while its floating stone wall is a play on the local stone building materials and the notion of wall as sturdy and grounded. All in all a beautiful modernist box that sits softly in its surrounds.

The second project is the renovation of a flat in the Johannesburg suburb of Killarnery. Working within the existing constraints of the building but celebrating the beauty of its wall of windows, it is the new kitchen, though, that is a triumph. Oak and black tile ground the room and play against the light bright views from the windows.

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Tuesday
Dec182012

Franchesca Watson

A garden is evolving, never really finished as it grows and matures. South African landscape designer Franchesca Watson, who trained in the performing and decorative arts before embarking on her lifelong love affair with plants and gardens, brings drama and beauty, sophistication and casual elegance to her outdoor canvases. She connects owners with their little piece of nature through stylish contemporary and neo-classical designs. A beautiful art form perfected by this artisan landscape designer.

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Monday
Dec172012

Tina Hellberg

I have always been jealous of interior stylists who have an incredible knack for uniting a bunch of often random objects into some type of cohesive theme that results in the most gorgeous vignettes that become even more magical when captured by a lens. Swedish stylist Tina Hellberg is one of those stylist (as Jo demonstrated a couple of times before here and here).

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Monday
Dec172012

Monday's pets on furniture

If you'd like to send me photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow my 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 then it may not make the cut. Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet! Thanks!

This is Madalena (also known as Madalove) sitting in her favorite armchair, besides my brand new Saarinen side table! She was found on the streets some years ago, looking for some love and some food... now she is the cutest dog I have ever known!
- Helena

We just got a new sectional that we're thrilled with. Apparently our cats, Dexter and Lily, are too. In the pic our boy cat Dexter is in his "bird cat nest" we created out of a chenille blanket. He loves it. Lily loves sitting on our window bench because the heater is underneath it.
- Tony

Meet Tulsa (aka the princess). I met her the other day while photographing a friend's home. Of all the places to sit in the house, she of course sits on the fur and also where the light would hit her just right for her close-up. Her father is very proud of his girl! 
- Marcia (Los Angeles, California)

Thanks for the post! I also saw your post on the Pets on Furniture and thought I would send you this too! He wandered into our photoshoot.
- James (Toronto)

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Monday
Dec172012

Treehouse Porch

A quiet strength. A love of history and community. A celebration of the everyday, of life, of nature, of the handmade. A circle of use and re-use. It's simple. It's beautiful. It's real. It's a porch. A humble structure that turns its face in welcome to the neighbourhood, provides extra living space for a young family and reclaims the front yard from cars and driveways. It's by Texan architect John Grable.

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