January 5, 2015

'DECORATING THE WAY I SEE IT' by Markham Roberts

Our second book review and give away is the outstanding decorative coffee table book on the life's work of renown designer Markham Roberts
 Known for his ability to work within any design vernacular, Markham Roberts brings a fresh approach to both traditional and contemporary styles
 It is the true art of the blend with varying styles in furniture, textiles in layered patterns and color in rich and bold combinations
 His work can be found around the world where he is often viewed as the very definition of chic
 Influences from across oceans combine in crafting a true global influence

 Orange happens to be my favored color for bold accents and Mr. Roberts seemingly agrees as you will notice repeated use of this palette.
This is a book to read and re-read as his richly textured designs reveal their individual nuances. This is easily my favorite design book in years!
Mr. Roberts crafted the book as a design process, layer by layer revealing the basics; floor plan, furniture layout, color palette, textile selections, with the incorporation of objects and art.
The book next leads the reader through a discussion on architecture, landscaping and gardens, showing the importance of the interrelationship between the interiors and the exterior. A man and principal I strongly eschew.
Finally he pulls all the pieces together using his own country house in the Hudson Valley
 You will be WOWED by this richly detailed book; learn from a master while enjoying Mr. Roberts personality and wit.
To win a copy you must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment. It will be difficult to part with this treasure chest of design empowerment.

So here I am in Atlanta with 2 weeks of shopping ahead of me and Day 1 was a winner. Seems as though my focus is natural wood, well for today it was. 

 These set my heart on fire. Would anyone have guessed that these are vintage draft horse mud shoes? No? Well I was baffled and intrigued. Apparently in regions where horses are working in a muddy/bog area these shoes prevent sinking
As a collection they make quite the statement, happily!
Often times you will see these trunks balancing on three legs. What to do when a leg breaks? GENIUS! But that is Lisa for you
A brilliant vignette, don't you think?!
The first two items already have a home with two interior clients but my trailer remains very empty

To win this wonderful book, simply be a subscriber and leave a comment

The winner of the Gardens of the Garden State is Debbie Freitag. Get in touch with your details!


  1. Debra,
    What fun, shopping in Atlanta for 2 weeks! I know it's for work but there has to be some fun about it, right?
    I am embarrassed to say I've seen this book but am not familiar with Markham Roberts. The rooms you've shared are wonderful.
    I hope you find some great treasures on this trip, my friend.

  2. I am a subscriber and would love to have this beautiful on my coffee table!

  3. I've seen this book many times, but haven't read it. Perhaps this is my chance!

  4. I would love a copy of this book! Thank you.

  5. I love Markham Roberts. What a nice giveaway!

  6. Would be a great way to spend this cold, snowy day - hope I win this wonderful book.

  7. I bought this book for my sister for Christmas and now want one for myself!

  8. Hi Debra.....just wanted to say hi and happy new year! I have been away but am back and catching up...this is one of my most favorite design books from 2014, just fabulous in every way!!

  9. Love your introduction to this beautifully detailed masterpiece. Certainly a treasure for all to enjoy. Perhaps I shall have my chance. Blessings.

  10. This book looks lovely! A talented designer! Thank you for hosting! Would be thrilled to win this!

  11. Debra,

    This looks like a great book. I'm hoping to win it and read it.
    Trudi R.

  12. Hi Debra, I've pinned a lot of his rooms, I admire his style and would love to have this on my coffee table. I've been meaning to stop by and wish you a wonderfully creative 2015. Sounds like you're starting the year with a great little trip, be sure to share your finds with us!

  13. Who knew horse clogs could set your heart on fire - Mr. Darcy and the kilts have been replaced.

  14. Would love to curl up with this lovely book TODAY - snowing and very cold in northern Virginia!! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  15. ms sharon

    i must inform you that kilts & mr darcy hold a permanent space at the top of the list, so no, they cannot be replaced!

  16. It looks like a beautiful book, and I'd love to be able to add it to my library. I can see several good ideas just in the pictures you posted.

  17. I had this book on my Christmas list this year and didn't end up asking for it. What was I thinking? the 'faces'on the bog shoes are interesting. I can see them in a masculine setting or a modern space with ethnic accents. Now I want to see where they end up!

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  19. Hello, Debra -
    Happy 2015!! I've been so busy getting the house ready.....just coming back from a little blog break. Hope you are having a fabulous time in Atlanta. I already own that book, but would love to win a second copy for the shop :) It's one of my favorites!!!

  20. Happy New Year Debra! I already have this amazing book and it is indeed one of my favorites! So keep me out of the drawing to give others the opportunity!
    The Arts by Karena

  21. PS I have a new post I think you will enjoy Debra!
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  22. Yes, please! I would love to add this gorgeous book to my design library!


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