Markham Roberts

Notes on Decorating
By: Markham Roberts
Photography by Nelson Hancock
Foreword by Alison Levasseur
296 pages
10 x 
12 in. 
color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-86565-385-6
Hardcover with jacket
US $70 / 
CAN $85 / 
GBP £60
PUBLISHED: Sep, 2020

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Called a “master of timeless American style” by Vogue, Markham Roberts is renowned for his boundless creativity and ability to work in a wide range of styles. In this, his second book, he examines his working method, identifying the key elements of a project and explaining how he addresses them. He begins with his top priority-taking into account his clients’ point of view by interpreting their needs and reflecting their style, rather than imposing his own vision. In the process, he helps them focus and edit, respecting their wishes while making it work. Other elements include establishing a sense of place, layering and embellishing to make spaces more personal and interesting, acknowl­edging the need for practicality in the choice of materials, and doing the unexpected, from upholstering walls to mixing disparate materials and styles of furniture.

Throughout, specially commissioned photographs of his latest projects illustrate his solutions to the challenges each of the elements pose. Concluding with a single project encompassing all elements, this book a must-have resource for anyone interested in interior design.

Markham Roberts trained with renowned decorator Mark Hampton before opening his own firm in 1997. Since then, he has earned a reputation as one of the top decora­tors of his generation, his work featuring in leading international publications such as AD, Vogue, Town & Country and the New York Times.

Alison Levasseur is the Interiors and Garden Director at Architectural Digest.

Nelson Hancock works as a photographer, curator, and professor of photography and cultural anthropology.

Robert’s latest monograph builds upon his often jocular, always informative teachings for designing interiors that are timeless, yet decidedly one of a kind.

Architectural Digest

In really listening to his clients, Roberts helps them edit and focus, and, in so doing, he helps them establish a sense of place at home. . . . The book concludes with a single project that encompasses all of the design elements most important to Roberts. Take notes.


Every project is a welcome, and seemingly very fun, challenge for this designer who refuses to be pigeonholed. This monograph is a testament to that fact, and a visual ode to the embellishment, color, and pattern that recur throughout his work.


“To see Markham Roberts’ new book as merely a collection of pretty rooms is a missed opportunity. His notes that accompany the photos from his favorite projects are lessons in design.”

Houston Chronicle

Anointed as a master of American style by Vogue, Roberts’ feel good homes are all about layering and embellishment, though he also acknowledges the needs of practicality as well as prettiness.

The Gloss

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