b'justapersonalgoal.Hesellsonaveragetworoomsayear,maygiveanothertoafamilymember,andkeeponeinhisslowlygrowinginventory,simplybecausehecannotbeartopartwithituntilspaceordemandprovidestheimpetustosellone.Healsoconstructsseveraldisplaycasesandshadowboxestodonatetovariouslocalcharities.Robertsroomsarenotreproductionsofactualrooms,nordotheypurelyrepresentaparticularstyleorperiodofarchitecture.Rathertheyaretimeless,elegant,wellthoughtoutdesignsthatareacompilationofhismemoriesandimagination.Eachboxincorporatesvariousobjectsfrommylifethatcarryspecialmeaning,Robertsays.Theymightbeaspittoon,abowlofapples,awalkingcane,etc.Forinstance,theboxIamcurrentlyworkingon,FitzHughLanesBorrowedStudiocametomeasIwasresearchinghispaintings.Iwasoriginallygoingtocreatemyownversionofhisstudio,locatedoutsideBostonintheearly1800s.HoweverIlaterlearnedhepaintedseveralofhiscompositionsinCastine,MEwheretheIGMAholdstheirinternationalguildschooleachyear.Ithought,wow,thisistoogreattopassup!IchangedmyoriginalplansinordertofocusonaFederal-stylelivingroomwithtwojoiningrooms,featuringLanespaintingsoftheharborandoftheactualhouse,whichwillserveasthewindowviews.ItmaytakeyearstoaccumulatejusttherightfurnishingsandaccessoriestostageoneofRobertsvignettes.Withdozensofideasforroomboxesrunningthroughhismindallthetime,hebuysitemswhereandwhenheseesthem.Manytimeshewillbuyobjectsyearsbeforeactuallyusingthem.Andbecausehisroomscomefullyfurnishedwithpiecesfromsomeoftheworldsverybestartisans,theysellforseveralthousandpounds.HelovesshoppingatTomBishopsChicagoInternationaleveryyear;commissionsspecialpiecesfromartistshehasworkedwithinthepast;surfstheInternet;andoccasionallymakeshisown.ThisisparticularlytruewhenIneedtoachieveproperdepthperspectiveintheroombox.InthesecasesIrequireapieceoffurniturethatmaybelessthan1:12scaletomakethingslookright.'