Design Crush-Mark D. Sikes

Chic, delicate, stunning!  These are just a few words that come to mind when describing the work of LA based interior designer Mark. D Sikes. Ever since his Hollywood Hills home was published in House Beautiful 2012 (and created a shock wave in the design blogosphere), his name has become synonymous to the new classic, relaxed Hollywood glamour. Soon after that, his already perfect home underwent another renovation and was published in Veranda, in the August 2014 issue. Proof that perfection can be surpassed!

mds wallpaper

mark d. sikes

His design aesthetic is that of creating All-American, timeless interiors with a mix of modern and European elements. Trademarks of his style are his love of blue and white and chinoiserie but along with great talent, there are certain key elements that build up to create his successful interiors:

  • Statement wallpapers. Hand painted Gracie wallpaper with asian inspired motifs or Peter Dunham’s Samarkand paisley pattern are some of Mark’s favorites.

mds study HB

mark d. sikes

  • Layered, natural fiber rugs. Vintage wool rugs are often layered on a neutral backdrop of seagrass and jute.


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mds living HB

mark d. sikes

  • White walls and floors create that airy and light filled Californian vibe. Great tension with the dark doors and hardware.

mds entry

mark d. sikes

  • Bamboo shades add texture and contribute to the relaxed luxury feel.

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mark d. sikes

  • Canopy beds encourage the eyes to go up and are a great way to increase the vertical interest of a room. And the perfect excuse for introducing yummy fabric!

MDS bedroom VD

mark d. sikes


mark d. sikes

mark d. sikes

  • Dashes of leather and animal prints add contrast with a masculine touch.


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  • Crazy good pattern mixing skills. Okay, it’s impossible for me to decide which pillow combo is better, though I’m biased in the presence of a sweet pooch. Bellow is the first version, with all white upholstery and colorful throw pillows.

{House Beautiful 2012 via mark d. sikes}

The same nook, two years later! Though the furniture arrangement is the same and most of the changes are cosmetic (fabrics and rugs), the space looks totally different . Mark switched out the upholstery, pillows, rug and roman shades and the space feels like new.

mds kitchen VD

{Veranda 2014 via cote de texas}

 What do YOU think? Can you tell I’m a huge fan? 🙂 Mark D.Sikes ‘s first book is being released in September of this year so make sure to check it out.