Books: Decorating The Way I See It {Markham Roberts}

February 20, 2015

Fresh, modern, and layered,
Markham Roberts designs rooms that to my eye
have that je-ne-sais-quoi-elusive undecorated chic.

Markham Roberts

After training with the legendary Mark Hampton
for six years, he opened his design firm in 1997
and is celebrated in all these fabulous places:
Architectural Digest, Domino, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden,
Southern Accents, Town & Country, and The New York Times.

What a pleasure to light a candle and curl up with this volume.

Decorating the Way I See It (Vendome, 2014) is the
designer's new book which is a delicious compendium
of all sorts of daring, unexpected, lovely
combinations of color, texture, and artful style.

I admire how  this designer's rooms
never feel stuffy, and I'd like to think
this is partly achieved as a result
of his Midwestern roots.

Concerning the "American look," he told House Beautiful:

"In a Tudor-style house, like the one I was raised in, you could have an English library next to a French living room. Americans would blend all these styles, and the houses were very much like Americans themselves: a great mix."

What's your take on American style?

Have an opinion about what the American look
in design resembles?

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. Expect the unexpected :) I do like all the layering here as well as this designer's style. WE .. are a blend aren't we? Gorgeous photos the colors and layering. xxL

  2. Hi Michele,
    Its so refreshing to see colour used in patterns and in a mix of old. I love the tufted plum sofa, and that vintage zinc tin jello mold makes an interesting statement....something I would do :)

    Beautiful post, you know Michele, every time I see colour these days it makes me want to add a bit of colour, then I step back giving it some thought and say to myself the most colour I would add would most likely be black lol !

    See you soon dear,


    1. I know just what you mean! White is my favorite color...still!

  3. Have the book and love it, it is a winner from front cover to back...really enjoying it! Have a great weekend Michele!

  4. I love everything Markham Roberts and adore his design book - it's a favorite!! Happy weekend, Michele!!

  5. Looks like a must-have for my design library. I'm noticing all the fabulous, cool art in those rooms - very chic! Thanks for the preview, Michele. Excited to grab my copy. xoxo

    1. I would love to see a Roberts tone on tone room, Loi.


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