C California Style

Sikes in the garden of his Hollywood Hills home. PHOTO: Darren Ankenman.
Sikes’ living room reflects an easy elegance where old mixes with new using classic pieces such as a gilt console table from J.F. Chen, a garden stool from John Rosselli, a Hickory Chair slipper chair and a vintage Ralph Lauren wicker armchair.


by C California Style

Interior designer and blogger Mark D. Sikes shares his picks for setting a casually sophisticated scene.

PHOTO: Darren Ankenman

PHOTO: Darren Ankenman

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.





Edited by Amanda Tisch Weitzman.
Written by Heather John Fogarty.