Modern and unfussy, Mark D. Sikes’s interiors are classic takes on California indoor/outdoor living. Natural fibers, crisp coloration and his love for all things blue and white influence the aesthetic of his design firm, popular blog and eponymous clothing collection, MDS Stripes . This week marks the publication of his first book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style. Our team is excited to catch up with Mark on art, design and his latest venture.
The Artful Review: We love how you incorporate art in unexpected places, such as on a bookshelf, under a console or even on a bathroom floor! Can you tell us a bit about your process for selecting art for your clients, as well as some of your favorite places to hang (or lean!) art in your home?
Mark D. Sikes: My process for selecting art for clients always starts with the client and what they love. I like a mix of art: oils, drawings, photography, and abstracts. The eclectic mix lends itself to leaning, clustering or even stacking art.
AR: Who are some of your favorite artists?
MDS: Of course I love Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, or Ellsworth Kelly. For clients, I often choose Kayce Hughes, Kit Reuther and Susan Hable, who also happen to be good friends of mine.
AR: Ok, let's talk Beautiful! Huge congratulations--we can't get enough of it! We'd love to hear a bit about the underlaying design elements that appear throughout the book, whether applied to one of your classic blue & white rooms, your ode to old Hollywood design or a daring color combo in your glamour-infused homes. What advice would you give our readers for achieving your look?
MDS: It doesn't matter the theme, the style, or the color palette. I often rely on natural fiber rugs, blue and white, an eclectic mix of objects like stacks of books, beautiful fabrics, hand painted wallpapers and pillows in all shapes and sizes. I guess these are my tried and true staples that make any home beautiful.