Rove Concepts


Cruisey Saturday. Coffee, thrifting, shops, got some great bread, chatting to friends. Thinking linen for my black bedroom curtains. Can get a good deal on the fabric (yes those are napkins but I can get the linen by the yard). Natural or ecru. Not sure. I'm leaning towards the ecru except now I don't want to call it ecru. It's more grey natural. Anyway .... that's my vintage suzani that will be my bedspread. Maybe some tortoiseshell cane blinds behind the linen drops. Reminds me I better buy a sewing machine. My old one is dead. Oh ombre! Maybe I can dip die the ends of the linen drops to get an ombre effect. Maybe not. There will be an awful lot of curtain!

I can't get enough of these inspiration images of Scott Newkirk's Brooklyn home on Michael Mundy's An Afternoon With ... but with black walls and a slightly more grey natural (let's not call it ecru) linen.


Back in black

I can't stay away from taking photos of my black room. I'd say it was because I was practicing with my new camera but you wouldn't believe me. Still haven't got the perfect picture yet. I'm sure you'll get sick of it soon :) The painter did the stairs today. I'm stuck upstairs on the computer listening to Adele and blog surfing. When the stairs are dry I can clean up the dust in the room and wash the floors. Didn't want to risk dust floating through the air and settling on my new old black stairs. Treads and risers only. Cedar rails, balustrades and stringer just tidied up with a matt estapol. Love love love love love. Everything stinks but hey that's the price you pay :)


The dark side

I got home late. The sun was down. I couldn't find my tripod. I had to use flash. The floor is dirty. Etc, etc, etc. Still couldn't take a decent photo. It looks fabulous in real life. Dodgy in this out of focus flash photo. Think I'll wait until the weekend. Clean up. Move some furniture in and snap again. Welcome to the dark side.

P.S. That board across the corner is the old clothes hanger. Think wooden pegs shaker style.

UPDATE: I got home earlier today. Found my tripod. The sun was setting so still not great. I took these photos. A bit better. God those floors need a wash!


I see a red door and I want it painted black

Apologies to the Rolling Stones but I have always wanted my burgundy doors to be black. Now they are. Lovely gloss black. You'll see in the post below that my office has gone gallery white but my bedroom has turned to the dark side. Black, black and more black. Walls, trims all black. The ceiling is starting white but may just go black as well. We'll wait and see on that one. Once again the ugly ceiling fan combos are going but I'm not sure what light fitting will replace it just yet. You can see the befores and my original ideas for the room here.

And here's one of the early morning light flooding into my office across the hall. Our bed is currently jammed in there along with all the other furniture. Can't wait to start putting things together at last (the distressed orange cupboard is normally to the left of the fireplace). 10 months since we moved in and finally ..... finally my "treasures" will find a proper home.


We have progress!

The painter has started upstairs ... office, master bedroom, hall and stairs. I snapped these on Saturday. The office is finished. Completely white. I'm using this as my art studio as well so a gallery style white was in order. The floors will need to be refinished but I'm used to them now and it helps that I don't have to be too careful with paint spills when I'm working on a canvas. (That's the excuse I am using at the moment anyway.) I can't set it up again because we have now moved our bed in as Paul the painter starts on the bedroom tomorrow. Things have changed since I snapped these photos. The doors and architraves are now gloss black. No burgundy anywhere and the window at the top of the stairs is also a sexy black gloss.  I'm going to have Paul paint the stair risers and treads black too but keep the rails in the original cedar to match the original floors. I need to put up more of the white silk lanterns and change out or cover the strings that are holding them.

The back of my front door is, guess what, black gloss. Everything looks so clean and bright but I kept the walls imperfect so their age shows through. The ugly brown fan light combo in the office is going but for now I'll be use a vintage fish trap as a shade. New light fittings are not in the budget right now. Who knows I may keep the cane trap if it looks cool enough. The plan drawers will get a coat of paint. I'm tossing up about window covers. Once again a long term plan as money is tight. The sofa stays and I have several other chairs and a great coffee table. My desk is to the left. Art all over the walls and I'll feel right at home.

Look at those old tongue and groove (bead board) ceilings! So high! So white! I saw the sun shining into this room on Sunday morning and it was perfect! Next is the bedroom. Can you guess what colour? Definitely not white. The black gloss doors should give you a hint.