Book Review :: Decorating The Way I See It by Markham Roberts

Book Review // Decorating The Way I See It // Markham Roberts #design #book #interiors

New York-based interior designer, Markham Roberts is bringing a fresh and modern approach to traditional and contemporary styles alike. Known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, Roberts trained with legendary decorator Mark Hampton for six years before launching his own design firm in 1997. Since then his career has skyrocketed. His work has been described as “the very definition of chic” and published in Architectural Digest, Domino, House Beautiful, and House & Garden – just to name a few. Roberts was also named to the elite AD100 earlier this year. For these reasons you can imagine how eager I was to get me hands on his newly released book, Decorating: The Way I See It. Simply put, it’s extraordinary.

First, I love how the book is organized. Rather than dishing out decorating advice, Roberts takes us step-by-step as he would a design project – from the floor plan to the color and pattern scheme to the furnishings and accessories. The 250+ pages showcases his work ranging from New York City apartments to sprawling country homes. The diversity, sophistication and exceptional personable touch he delivers project after project is truly outstanding. With over 300 stunning images, selecting ones to share with you was the hardest part of of this review, however here are a few of my favorites:

velvet turquoise walls // formal living room // markham robertsdecorating advice // Markham Roberts #designblue bedroom // designed by markham roberts #designblue formal living room // designed by markham roberts #blueformal dining room // markham roberts #interiors #dining

Markham, with his unflinching ease, his assured eye, his natural understanding of how a house should function, and his total lack of pretense, creates rooms that age well and are timeless. – Senga Mortimer – Editor at Large at House Beautiful

family room in earth tones // beams and wood plank wallsgreen velvet sofa // library // markham robertsgreen velvet settee // great room // markham roberts #design #greendaybed reading nook // home office // design by markham roberts

 

This last image with cozy daybed in a rich velvet is perhaps my favorite. Roberts designed the colorful office for a mom with four children, three dogs and a husband that works from home. The inviting niche sits is directly across from her desk and provides a quiet place of her own. I long for such a space!

I know you will adore this book and fall in love with Roberts’ work like I have. It’s an absolute must have for any design library. Don’t pass on this one!

happy decorating,

cristin

*photo credit: Nelson Hancock and courtesy of Vendome Press

 

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7 Responses to Book Review :: Decorating The Way I See It by Markham Roberts

  1. Lisa Mende Design September 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    Great review Cristin! Can’t wait to see the book!

    • admin October 1, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Lisa!
      It truly is special and one you’ll want for your library.
      Hope you are well!
      xo
      cristin

  2. megan September 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    this looks like a great read! i’m ordering this one for sure. thanks for the suggestion! 🙂
    M

    • admin September 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      Hi Megan,
      You are going to love it!
      xo
      cristin

  3. Shelley Beckes September 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    The cozy daybed is my favorite also. It such a lovely escape. Overall, I love his design style. I may have to purchase his book.

    • admin September 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Shelley!

      You will not be disappointed!

      xo
      cristin

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    […] "The diversity, sophistication and exceptional personable touch he delivers project after project is truly outstanding. . . . I know you will adore this book and fall in love with Roberts' work like I have. It's an absolute must have for any design library. Don't pass on this one!"—Simplified Bee […]