Markham Roberts is known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, bringing a fresh approach to traditional and cutting-edge contemporary styles alike. And that refreshing spirit informs every page of this book. Instead of the ordinary project-by-project or room-by-room organization, he has structured the book as he would a project, taking the reader step-by-step through the design process, beginning with the basic interior elements – floor plan and furniture layout, colour palette and fabric schemes, furniture selection and incorporation of accessories and artwork – and going on to the interface between interior design and architecture/landscaping. Finally, he puts all of the pieces together in a chapter devoted to his own country home. The key to Markham Roberts’s success, as can be seen in every one of the specially commissioned photographs by Nelson Hancock, is that he enjoys making his clients happy in their surroundings, and his finished projects are a heightened reflection of their tastes and desires. No matter where his clients are located – and they live all over the country, from New York City, where he is based, to the Pacific Northwest and many places in between, including Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and the mountains of Montana – Markham Roberts infuses their homes with his personal, and exceptionally personable, touch.