Montecito Home Designed by Mark D. Sikes

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.


Starting with the living area, the usual sofa and chairs layout is replaced with a fun four chair arrangement that keeps the space light and open. A black bamboo piece with delicate lines serves both as storage and writing desk. Blue-and-white stripes are everywhere- on the dhurrie rugs, the custom roman shades and textiles.


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Mark D. Sikes Chinoiserie Hutch

This four chair arrangement is one of the most successful ones I’ve seen. The color scheme and play of patterns are so on point!

Mark D. Sikes 4 chairs

The master bedroom is another beautiful space! Layered fabrics, textured furnishings and a collection of framed herbarium sheets make this cottage room incredibly pretty and sophisticated.


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This little window seat across the bed is dressed up in some of my favorite Carolina Irving textiles.


The bathroom looks bright and elegant. More blues and stripes in the accessories continue the color story.




Images are from Mark D. Sikes’ Portfolio. Photography is by Amy Neunsinger.




  1. January 24, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    This is so gorgeous, Eva. And how refreshing to see a Montecito cottage instead of one of the more typical Montecito estates. So much easier to relate to!

    • Eva Contreras
      January 24, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Exactly! Thank you, Elizabeth! I like everything that Mark Sikes designs but this home is chic and relatable at the same time…