Interior designer and blogger Mark D. Sikes shares his picks for setting a casually sophisticated scene.
Known for his all-American interiors, tastemaker Mark D. Sikes reveals a few of his trade secrets.
What are your design staples? Antique blue-and-white ceramics, Merida Abaca natural-fiber rugs, Gracie hand-painted wallpaper, stacks and stacks of books and an eclectic mix of art.
What’s your weakness? Fabrics! There are so many I love, but I’m still searching for the perfect blue-and-white stripe.
Favorite paint color? Farrow & Ball colors in general: “Pointing” is a great white, “Skylight” is the perfect blue, and my new favorite is “Churlish Green.”
Ideal chair shape? A Billy Baldwin chair—every room needs one. I also love a Bielecky Brothers wicker lounge chair.
Preferred room scent? Santa Maria Novella.
Go-to china pattern? Transatlantica by Vista Alegre from Portugal.
Where do you stand on houseplants? A myrtle topiary in an old terra-cotta pot makes me very happy.
What’s on your Thanksgiving table? My grandmother’s gold-rimmed china; antique white embroidered linens from Les Puces in Paris; piles and piles of white gourds running down the center of the table and endless candles.
Since Hollywood Hills is home, what’s your favorite escape? My partner, Michael Griffin, and I have a few—on the weekends, the Sunset Tower pool a few blocks from our house. During the middle of the week, a cottage at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara is still a favorite. Our French bulldog, Lily, loves it there, too! markdsikes.com.
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Edited by Amanda Tisch Weitzman.
Written by Heather John Fogarty.