Rove Concepts

Amoroso Design

Abby of San Francisco design firm Amoroso Design emailed us recently wanting to share this firm's work - a combination of easy elegance and eclectic funk she calls it. I was happy to oblige as their portfolio is FILLED with stunning dream kitchens, cozy and timeless living rooms, sophisticated and modern bathrooms....and did I mention the dream kitchens?? Here's a little eye candy I selected to end your work week. Happy Friday! (Thanks Abby!)



Ending the week with a whimper and a bang


What a week! As I publish this it's the end of the working day in Australia. Thank goodness the week is over. My day job is frantic at the moment but incredibly satisfying (that's for my boss if she's reading!). I'm taking the easy way out today and posting a house from my stalking files. (That sounds quite weird as I re-read it ... stalking files, the girl needs help.) Another Woollahra, Sydney house. Darkly gothic from the outside, super bright white and modern on the inside. Just sold for $1.5 million. Ah Australian house prices! What GFC?


Wall to wall

We received this request via email last month from Eileen: (and I finally found some time to scour my photo stash)

"I've always lived in older homes with wood floors, but I recently purchased an 80's tract house with wall-to-wall carpet. The carpet has to be replaced now, but it's going to be a few years before I can afford to put in wood. Can you pull together some photos of inspiring living rooms with carpet? Is there such a thing?"  I have selected some photos of living rooms with wall-to-wall carpet (and if it's not wall-to-wall, pretend it is) to help give Eileen some ideas. I'd suggest a very neutral (cream or very light grey) berber or a sisal-type carpet (but not a rough sisal) and then layer some fun area rugs on top (kilims and cowhide are my favs). Being the owner of a plethora of cats, carpet is my worst enemy. So might I suggest something a little zany. If your subfloor is plywood and is in decent shape, how about sanding it smooth and then painting it in the meantime? I've seen this a few times and think it looks great considering the inexpensive material. (If you don't believe me check out this post by Erin of Design Crisis).

Eric Roth
Eric Roth
Jackson Aaron
Robert Kaner
Eve Robinson
Mabley Handler
Rachael Smith
Point Click Home
Apartment Therapy
Janet Lohman
House Beautiful
House Beautiful
Architectural Digest
Chicago Home + Garden
Todd Romano
Living Etc.

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Michael Bechara

I love Vogue Living’s Before & After special edition. So inspirational. Such stunning homes. And one of my favourites in this year’s edition is an apartment by Sydney interior designer Michael Bechara (last two pictures). A quick click over to his website and I was in love. Bechara’s work is sleek and über cool, midcentury combined with contemporary. It’s young and fun and hot. Great art, great furniture, great rooms. Keep an eye out for more of his work. His star has definitely risen.






Roman and Williams

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors (based in New York City) are my new favourite design duo. I absolutely love every photo in their portfolio. TO DIE FOR. They rock all sorts of styles - there's a bit of mid-century, vintage industrial, Moroccan, contemporary country,'s all freaking gorgeous and looks so effortless, and timeless. I'm taking many notes and saving many photos.