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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,


*photo credit: Nelson Hancock and courtesy of Vendome Press


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Read full story By on September 30, 2014 in Bedroom, bedrooms, book, book review, bookshelves, color, dining rooms, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments

Sneak Peek :: San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013

In the last few months, twenty-seven leading West Coast interior design firms have transformed 2800 Pacific Avenue  into the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Known as “Herbst Manor,” the iconic 8,000+ square foot Georgian mansion is located atop San Francisco’s coveted Pacific Heights at the corner of Divisadero and Pacific. The elegant home features sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. Truly spectacular in and of itself.

Herbst Manor Showcase House 2013

Herbst Manor was built in 1899 by Ernest Coxhead, the architect for San Francisco’s Holy Innocents Episcopal Church as well as several other homes in Pacific Heights.  The estate has had four owners over the past 114 years, but was originally built in for Sarah Spooner, an avid art collector from Philadelphia. Spooner filled the home with her art collections which in most part was bequeathed to the San Francisco’s deYoung Museum following her death in 1914.  The home was purchased in 1906 – just before the great earthquake – by Herman Shainwald, a co-founder of Buckbee Thorne & Co., one of the primary real estate companies in the Bay Area.  In 1914, John MacGregor, president of Union Iron Works, purchased the home.  MacGregor was active citizen, serving on the Board of Supervisors and the Parks Commision and supporting the San Francisco Symphony and Boy Scouts. Abraham Gruhn and his wife Lee Herbst Gruhn, avid art collectors and supports of the deYoung, purchased the house in 1967.  Today, the home is owned by the Gruhn’s nephew and his wife, Mark and Karen Montoya.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Entrance

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the 24 spaces which have been decorated for the 2013 Showcase …
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Foyer(Grand Entry & Staircase designed by Alex Ray – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Living Room
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Dining Room
(Dining Room designed by Heather Hilliard- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase The Salon
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Patio Garden
(Garden Courtyard designed by Davis Dalbok- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Master Bedroom
(Master Bedroom designed by Phillip Silver – above)
SF Decorator Showcase Bath with live plant wall
(Master Bath designed by Kevin Hackett and Jessica Weigley- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Sitting Room
(Master Sitting Room designed by Zoe Hsu – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Teen Bedroom
(map ceiling detail in Teen Bedroom designed by Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Teen Closet
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Office
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Playroom
(“Danger Zone” Playroom designed by Martha Angus and Eche Martinez – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Her Office
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Man's Room
(The Atelier designed by Antonio Martins – above)
Water Closet with Kelly Wearstler Fabric
(Water Closet designed by Kelley Flynn- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Bubble Bath
(Soaking Bath designed by Emilie Munroe and Willem Racke – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Terrace Sculpture
(Bespoke Sculpture Scape designed by Katharine Webster MLA – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Penthouse Retreat
(Penthouse Retreat designed by Karen Villanueva – above)
Stunning designs, don’t you think? Be sure to drop back by these next few weeks, as I will be focusing more on these spaces.
This year’s Showcase runs from April 27 – May 27 on Tuesdays through Sundays and will also be open on Monday, Memorial Day.  Tickets are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors and are available at the door or online at www.decoratorshowcase.org/tickets.
*photo credit: Cristin Priest, Simplified Bee
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Read full story By on April 24, 2013 in Bathroom, Bedroom, bedrooms, Garden, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, maps, office/study, Playroom, teen rooms, Uncategorized, wallpaper