Rove Concepts
Wednesday
Jan302013

Joanna Laajisto

Helsinki based interior architect and designer Joanna Laajisto's philosophy is "not to clutter this world with unnecessary things but to find the hidden beauty of each space and to enhance it by creative solutions." Two inspiring projects. The first Bar&Co, a modern take on a 1920's bistro. Think marble, oak, leather, wrought iron and copper. Love the hand forged copper candle sconces. The second a dark and brooding minimalist home. A modern interior of rich woods and contemporary furniture.

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Tuesday
Jan292013

Lovin' some neutral

This 2-story Swedish apartment showcases my favourite colour pallette. Neutral all the way. I'd add some funky vintage/industrial pieces and the rest is perfection. Via Folkhem (via My Paradissi).

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Tuesday
Jan292013

Leinster Gardens

Check out this stunning property, the latest on the roster of London estate agents Domus Nova. It's a DREAM home - the architectural details, the high ceilings, the herringbone hardwood floors.... 
Leinster Gardens in Bayswater is the home of independent developer Ivo Hesmondhalgh who bought the building just three years ago. Looking for a complete change, the high ceilings and vast spaces of some of the rooms were what wooed his family and work began in ernest to restore the building to its former glory whilst finding a way to also create a very 21st Century home. The end result is a beautiful family home over four floors that has three bedroom suites and three further bedrooms, one of which is used as a teenagers lounge space. The open plan kitchen combines a sitting room and dining area with a more formal drawing room and dining room located elsewhere. 

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Tuesday
Jan292013

Maison Rika

Climb the stairs above the boutique and gallery space to find the bijou guesthouse. Maison Rika is the creation of Ulrika Lundgren, fashion designer and founder of the Rika label. (In a previous life she was an interior designer - of course!) Classic, elegant, warm and with a twist of vintage, the two bedrooms are stylishly comfortable. A perfect base to explore Amsterdam's "9 streets" area.

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Tuesday
Jan292013

The hidden kitchen

"The design brief was simple:- Fit enough appliances in that would service a small commercial kitchen; cater for a family of five that entertain a LOT, a ten seater table was a MUST! Make it stylish with no visible appliances ..."

A clever kitchen design from Darren Genner and Minosa Design. A sixth floor apartment, a small space, and the need to find a home for 13 small appliances. Yes, 13. The solution? A bank of storage over 7 m with a "pop and slide" door system to conceal the wall ovens and steamer, cabinet for all those small appliances, a second appliance cabinet with tea/coffee making facilities and breakfast supplies and an ingenious scullery. And, of course, the dining table. Understated and yet bold. With the click of a remote and a flick of the wrist it extends from 8 seats to 12. Talk about a show stopper. You can find out more about the design process here

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