If you’re a perpetual nerd like myself who kind of misses having syllabi and required reading, consider Markham Roberts’ Decorating the Way I See It THE textbook for furthering your design education. I was lucky to receive an advance copy from Vendome Press and I haven’t been this excited about a design book since Tom Scheerer Decorates.
I’ve devoured it from cover to cover and can confidently say it is one of the most engaging, inspirational, and instructional books in my (large!) collection. Recently I was asked if I could work for any living designer who would it be and why. Without hesitation I answered Markham Roberts.
Why? Senga Mortimer hit the nail on the head in her forward: “I am most struck that there is never a recognizable stamp for which so many decorators become known. None of his projects look the same…There are no jaded formulas. Every project is approached with a clean eye, not to be pigeonholed by the strict restraints of the past or the trendy gimmicks of the fashionable moment.”
YES. The range of Markham’s work is truly remarkable–and well documented in Decorating the Way I See It. I find myself studying each project to ascertain how he layered each fabric and piece of furniture or art so skillfully. I’ve probably ventured into super fan territory at this point so buy it and let’s chat.
Cheers to design nerds!
Wasn’t the weather amazing this weekend? I split my time between NYC and DC and was so happy with the sunshine I didn’t even mind that my fall fashion choices were entirely overkill for the 80 degree temperatures. New York was a feast for the senses as usual and I’m happy to report that I checked my final dress fitting off the list–that baby is on its way to Cape Cod as we speak!
It’s completely crazy to me how fast the past 9 months have flown by. I keep saying to everyone that it’s felt like being in a time lapse film where the seasons have been changing around me but I’ve had my nose to the grindstone completely unaware (okay, maybe hyper-aware these past few weeks!)
With less than two weeks left, I find myself letting go of the little things–the custom cups that weren’t ordered in time, the linen that came in from India a few yards short–and just feeling overwhelmingly excited to have found this amazing human who wants to spend the rest of his life laughing with me.
With that said, I know we’re both looking also forward to the dust settling. Personally, I can’t wait to re-direct all the creative energy I’ve been pouring into planning back into design. And I think I’ll start with these fantastic African baskets hand-woven by Ugandan artisans that I have grand plans for!
A few months ago I announced my participation in a contest sponsored by French fine furniture company, GRANGE. I was asked to design an ambiance featuring GRANGE’s beautiful Directoire console for a chance to win a trip to Maison et Objet in PARIS for myself and one of YOU, my wonderful readers!
I designed my heart out in hopes of getting us one step closer to the City of Light, and now it’s judgment day…
Voting is open on the GRANGE Facebook page and I would be so grateful for your support! Become a fan, like my ambiance, and we could be saying: “Bonjour, Paris” in a few months!
A little background on my submission…
I sent the GRANGE team my design plan and they brought it to life in the beautiful rendering above (I wish I had the original, isn’t it frame worthy?) The allure and exoticism of the Far East during the 17th and 18th centuries inspired the fanciful chinoiserie ambiance.
The blossoming Tree of Life patterned paper, ornate gilded pagoda mirror, marbleized lamps and zebra hide combine to create a statement making entry that is just as beguiling today as it might have been in the home of an East India Company merchant.
My design selections:
Win or lose (but obviously I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a win!), it was such an honor to partner with GRANGE throughout this competition. Their 110 year heritage of expert craftsmanship speaks for itself, and their focus on classically designed pieces with modern sensibility is something I fully embrace.
Don’t forget to head on over to the GRANGE Facebook page to cast your vote, and Paris here we (hopefully) come!
What do you do when you’re antiquing for wedding decor and come across an inlaid beauty like the one above? You stop dead in your tracks, call your client and say you simply can’t leave it behind and that you’ll find a spot for it somewhere–this technique works especially well when the client happens to be your mom.
While they’re slapping on the sold sticker, you design an entire room around it in your head and start to selfishly think maybe you should keep it for yourself. Once you reconcile with the fact that you have zero storage space, you thank the antique gods and decide that the guest room will be the perfect home so you can visit it often.
And that is my latest adventure in antiquing!
DC design friends, I hope to see you tonight at the opening of Farrow & Ball’s new showroom! Looking forward to chatting design and celebrating a beautiful new space!
P.S in case you missed it, check out the Washington, DC Palette I curated for Farrow & Ball and learn more about my inspiration in my interview on The Chromologist.