The talent and beauty of designer Mark D. Sikes’ work never cease to amaze me. Some of my favorite images in his recently released book Beautiful, All-American Decorating and Timeless Style (a New York Times bestseller) are photographs of a one-bedroom Montecito cottage. His talents are now proven all over the spectrum of different architectural styles and color palettes, from old world mansions and Spanish Colonial style homes to smaller, humbler size abodes like this one. I adore his entire work, yet this particular one stood out for me like no other. It is my love of small homes that makes this project especially interesting to me.

Sikes creates a serene beach cottage with a calming palette of blues and whites- his signature color mix- but carefully blends in drama with abstract prints and furniture chosen for both comfort and beauty. Designing is harder to do when space is an issue and I loved seeing his take on a small home.

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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!

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Happy Halloween, my dears! We are pretty low key with decorations this year, a few pumpkins, some friendly ghosts and homemade bat streamers (unlike my neighbors who nearly gave me a heart attack the other night with skeletons lounging on their porch…lol). And although it’s the spookiest day of the year (except maybe Tax Day), there’s nothing spooky about this cute little cottage I’m going to show you today.

Designer Schuyler Samperton took care of the interiors and brought all the cozy East Coast vibes into this sunny Sunset Boulevard home. Lots of color and pattern, wallpaper and vintage fabrics make the rooms feel happy and vibrant. No matter the season.

Let’s start with my favorite room of this house, the open plan family room. I love all the cheerful fabrics (Kathryn M.Ireland, Jasper and a Bolivian textile upholstery on the ottoman) and the overall flow of the space. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have all that gorgeous California light pouring in through the windows.

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Blue is my color, no doubt about it. Going trough my files of spaces I’ve collected over the years, I can’t help noticing the overwhelming number of blue rooms and fabrics I love. On Monday I wrote about a monochromatic house painted the perfect gray and this project by Lauren Liess came to my mind as another home designed around a client’s love for one specific color. Designer Lauren Liess of Lauren Liess Interiors calls this project The Blue Bungalow and mentions on her blog that it is a historic home she has worked on over the course of several years.  It shows as the decor feels collected over time and beautifully layered. Parts of it have been published in Country Living Magazine, as well as in Lauren’s book Habitat-The Field Guide to Decorating.

In the living area below, Liess replaced the usual sofa+chairs with one of my favorite sitting situations. I can’t think of anything cozier than four comfortable armchairs grouped around the fireplace. Grasscloth wallpaper and layered rugs intensify the inviting  feeling of the room.

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Let’s get this week started, shall we? Today’s home tour is something very special, different than the homes I usually write about. For one, it is a rental that puts all of us renters to shame. Second, it is entirely monochromatic-every room is painted the same gray color!!!!

Newlyweds Jill Sharp Weeks and Ray Weeks moved into this 1740s rental in historic downtown Charleston for a merely 16 months while their own home project is being completed. Famous for her creative direction in national ad campaigns, editorial styling and residential interior design, it is no surprise that Ms. Weeks got to work right away with the interiors. Using gallons of paint (Sherwin-Williams Pussy Willow) and a tonal approach that included black & white and textured neutrals, she transformed the interiors of this rental into a dream home. I would have a really hard time moving out! Lol

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