20 Questions for Mark D. Sikes

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Mark D. Sikes

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If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Fashion designer

What are you most inspired by? Beauty

Who’s your ultimate style icon? Bill Blass

What’s your go-to hostess gift? A myrtle topiary



What’s your favorite movie interior? I Am Love

Favorite album? The soundtrack from Out of Africa

Favorite museum? The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Favorite restaurant? Tower Bar

Favorite hotel? Hotel Lungarno in Florence

Favorite bedding? D. Porthault

Favorite flower? Pale pink peonies

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Where do you go to find fabric? Hollywood at Home

Where do you go for amazing flowers? Empty Vase in L.A. and Plaza Flowers in New York

Who do you call for catering? Hedley’s on Robertson

Who is your go-to upholsterer? Valley Drapery


What paint color are you obsessed with? Skylight, Farrow & Ball

Do you have a favorite room to decorate? The living room

What pattern are you currently loving? Stripes

Is there a decorating trick you swear by? Using the same pattern on the walls, curtains, chairs… on everything.

One decorating technique you’d never use? Never say never!

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I live in California and really believe in indoor/outdoor living—the inside should connect to the outside and the outside to the inside. Most important, I believe that everything should be beautiful.

— Mark D. Sikes

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4 Responses to “20 Questions for Mark D. Sikes”

  1. Kimberly B Stone says:

    Coral in the fireplace is quite interesting.

  2. Nancy Pennebaker says:

    The chair is too close to the fireplace to be comfortable.
    i get balance to the eye, but comfort is imperative and that chair is not a place someone would sit. It’s placement ruined the room. the rest I liked. There is no grounding to it which i would need personally…I would have chosen better options just as inviting

  3. franklinb23 says:

    It’s not the “sleek, mod” look, but I like it. It’s warm, inviting and architecturally interesting.

  4. Shirley Patrick says:

    I love this guy’s ideas!!!

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