The 23rd Annual Design Inspiration Fundraiser

2016 marks the 23rd year for Design Inspirations, a fundraiser supported jointly by volunteers from the Fort Worth Alumnae Associations of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi. Gill Children’s Services, Inc. and Child Study Center have been chosen as this year’s charities.

The event itself features over 60 elegantly designed tables, creatively designed by local designers and individuals. Seeing the tables and the amazing character of each one will inspire you to do more with your own beautiful things at home! Guests may view the tables at the Preview Party on Wednesday, March 2nd or while enjoying a presentation from our guest speaker and lunch on Thursday, March 3rd.

We are pleased to announce this year’s speaker, Markham Roberts ( Markham Roberts is known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, bringing a fresh and modern approach to classical design. His work, which has been described as “the very definition of chic,” is known for its inventive combination of layered pattern and color as well as its bold juxtaposition of fine furniture and works of art. Above all, Markham Roberts enjoys making his clients happy in their surroundings, and his finished projects are a heightened reflection of the tastes and desires of his varied clients. Markham Roberts works primarily in and around New York City, but takes on projects throughout the country and abroad as well.

Be the FIRST to View All of the Beautifully Designed Tables at the Preview Party
Featuring Dinner, Cocktails and Entertainment! Join us for a SNEAK PEEK of all the fabulous tables decorated by our best local designers and supporting businesses. At the Preview Party, you will be among the FIRST to catch a glimpse of the inspiring, creative, beautiful tables while enjoying a scrumptious dinner and refreshments. Come be inspired and entertained with fun music and plenty of time to chat with friends and the designers themselves! Wednesday, March 2nd, 7-9pm at Ridglea Country Club.

Markham Roberts

A New York based interior designer, has been called “a master of timeless American style” by Vogue. Known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, Markham brings a modern approach to classic design. His work is not defined by signature gimmicks or design trends, but rather by a distinct refinement and subtlety that is largely unknown today. Using an inventive combination of layered pattern and color as well as a bold juxtaposition of fine furniture and works of art from around the world, his interiors have been described as “the very definition of chic.”

Born in Indianapolis, Markham graduated from Brown University, and trained with the late Mark Hampton for six years, before opening his own firm in 1997. Markham has earned the reputation as one of the top decorators of his generation. Markham Roberts and his work have been published in Architectural Digest, Domino, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Town & Country, and The New York Times. He has been named to the AD100.

Markham’s monograph, Decorating: The Way I See It, published by The Vendome Press, showcases his refreshing approach to interior decoration, taking readers step-by-step through the design process. In vast New York City apartments, historic estates on Long Island, ocean-side Florida mansions, stately Southern and Mid-Western houses, rustic Montana ski retreats, and modern Puget Sound compounds, readers will see his diversity and sophistication as a decorator exhibited through forty distinct examples of his work. Finally, Markham puts all of the pieces together, using his own country house, a nineteenth century gentleman’s farm in the Hudson Valley, as example.

Whether working on private projects or for clients across the country, Markham infuses interiors with his personal and exceptionally personable touch. According to Senga Mortimer, the noted editor, “There is a distinct refinement that runs through all of his work and is, indeed, emblematic of his personality... Markham, with his unflinching ease, his assured eye, his natural understanding of how a house should function, and his total lack of pretense, creates rooms that are timeless.”

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Markham Roberts