One of our Manhattan projects of the moment includes a gentleman’s study.  While pulling inspiration images I came across this gorgeous example by interior designer Markham Roberts.

{ Interior Design via Markham Roberts Inc. and image via domino: the book of decorating }

This navy and camel palette is as handsome as it is timeless:  the warm texture of the grass-cloth wall covering, the tiger-print-upholstered accent chair, and the glossy polish of the wood screen and desk are all aspects of the room that we love.

Our sparks really start to fly, however, when we zero in on the pair of Anglo-Indian étagères side-by-side against the wall: they absolutely make this room.

These open bookshelves (called étagères) are classic examples of type of campaign furniture used by traveling armies dating back to at least the time of Julius Caesar.  Particularly during the rise and expansion of the British Empire in the 18th and early 19th Centuries there was a need for high-quality portable furniture to accommodate both military and business travelers.

The bookshelves are referential of the past and high style, as well as hardworking: able to house books, paintings, and office accessories nearly to the ceiling.

Inspired, we looked for something similar, and lo and behold, Anglo-Indian étagères we have located!

{ English Colonial Étagère from Williams-Sonoma Home }



Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.