Blue and White Forever

As far as color combinations go, nothing gets better than blue and white together and I have a feeling L.A. designer Mark D. Sikes wouldn’t want it any other way.  Known for his affinity for blues and whites, many of his interiors exude that California cool, all-American mood.

In the past I’ve written on more than one occasion about Mark’s fabulous home that was featured in 2012 in House Beautiful (and again in 2014 in Veranda). The publication of his home has launched his career as an interior designer and four short years later, he can count Reese Witherspoon and Nancy Meyers (The Intern; Something’s Gotta Give; It’s Complicated)  among his clients. Not to mention that this fall he debuts  four new product collaborations: a furniture line with Henredon, a fabric line with Schumacher, a striped dhurrie collection with Merida and a line of accessories with Maitland-Smith; and his newly published book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style is a New York Times bestseller.

I think it’s safe to say he’s the design world’s man of the hour and no wonder today’s post is dedicated to another one of his projects, featured in this month’s issue of House Beautiful. The magazine’s 120th anniversary edition is an ode to blue and white, Sikes’s signature colors, and this Beverly Hills home is right on point. Decorated entirely with blues and whites, it reflects the designer’s new take on traditional interiors as well as his excellent pattern mixing skills. Enjoy!


I can’s help loving all the beauty in this space! Relaxed elegance, drama, color and pattern, everything is right in this grand entry!


Most of my favorite fabrics are corralled in this home… The family room is a bit more pattern-quiet but still filled with charm. I’m loving that high-back chair and its oversized paisley.


The dining area is as dramatic as can be. The turquoise leather upholstery on the dining chairs brings in the freshness of green.


In the kitchen, rattan pendants and French bistro chairs keep the décor relaxed and casual.


The master bedroom is a departure from the rest of the home’s color and pattern scheme. It feels calming, with mostly whites and creams, and only subtle hints of blues. It feels soft, comfortable and without it being overly feminine.


And now onto my favorite part, although I still can’t deal with this awesome media room. I simply CAN’T! Dark textured walls that make everything feel cozy, perfect choice of artwork, cool mix of fabrics, comfortable furniture layout, lots texture with the seagrass and layered rugs, lighting on point… and lilacs!!! PERFECTION!


For the full story, resources and an interview with the designer, head over to HB.