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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With so many fabrics and different patterns to choose from these days, being an interior designer (or anyone planning a home makeover for that matter) can be both exciting and scary at the same time. Luckily, there are a few textiles around that have become trusted staples as some of the most talented designers have been using them in their projects time and time again. One such exquisite print is Henriot Floral by Quadrille. Like many others, I am bonkers over this one and love seeing it used as much as possible, both on upholstery and draperies (wallpaper too). The pattern itself is a delicate, stylized floral with just the right size to make it eye-catching on chairs and window treatments alike. There are five color ways available, ranging from a cool mix of blues and turquoise to warmer colors like lilac, peach and pink, all on ecru. The designer approved way of using this oversized floral is by pairing it with subtler geometric prints and solids. But you know, we all appreciate different things so do what you love best 🙂

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L.A based designer Peter Dunham is undoubtedly a wildly talented and well travelled man. You can tell just by having a glance (and you’ll want more than that) at his vibrant and sophisticated fabric collection inspired by his travels around the world: India, Turkey and the Mediterranean to name a few. A Persian textile he found in Paris inspired the oversized paisley of his Isfahan fabric while his indigo Bukhara pattern is based on an old Turkish design.

Raised in France and educated in England, Peter Dunham moved to Los Angeles in 1998, launched his own line of hand-printed textiles in 2003 and took the world of interior design by storm. The reason I’m telling you this is because today I’m going to share with you his amazing L.A apartment. You know how much I love tiny houses and this home is further proof that small spaces can pack lots of personality and style. Of course, being a designer helps coming up with the right design vision but hopefully there are a few lessons for everyone to take away from this post.

The apartment is a mere 550 sq. feet Tudor-style abode (although size is relative, the same place would be considered grand in Paris, but according to U.S standards this is on the small-ish side) filled with all of his favorite things: fabrics and furnishings retailed in his Hollywood at Home shop as well as collected artwork and photographs from around the globe.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about wallpapered rooms lately and this beautiful Toile de Nantes print came to mind. In this ever evolving world of interior design we often get caught between following trends and choosing timeless classics. Great design is a fine blend of both and for all of us traditionalists to the core, it is comforting to know that though novelty surrounds us, there are still design elements that will stay true to their value. Elements that will be as fresh in ten years as they are today. It sounds like a cliché but time has provided it over and over again – good things, really great things will hardly go out of style (whether it’s a beautiful piece of furniture, or a very special friendship).

One of such valuable design elements that has travelled from a long lost past is Pierre Frey’s Toile de Nantes wallpaper and fabric. The ikat or stipple pattern is based on an 18th century design that originated in the French town of Nantes and, shockingly, still looks great three centuries later!

It looks breathtaking in this delicate bedroom.

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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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