Happy Friday, friends!

I must admit that lately I’ve been a little obsessed with the work of designer Mark D. Sikes and, judging by his enormous success, I’m not the only one! His LA home is utter perfection, I’ve posted about it here and here. For today, I thought we can take a closer look at his West Hollywood gardens as they were featured in House Beautiful and Veranda over the years. In addition to the magazine photographs, I’ve corralled some candid images of this dreamy space that Sikes often shares on his Instagram account.

The outdoor furniture is in one of my favorite styles. The sleek, black metal frames are timeless while the ample cushions provide comfort. Sikes reupholstered his Restoration Hardware Catalina set in a soft blue with a white banded trim. Personally, I love both iterations. The elegant furniture set is complemented beautifully with a stone table that displays chinoiserie blue and white porcelain bowls and vases. Garden stools, potted boxwood and geraniums surround are everywhere. Lime washed brick laid in a herringbone pattern covers the terrace and the stairs, fig ivy covers the terraced walls – a blanket of greens that augments the garden experience. So charming!

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Since the early days of the Roman Empire, Capri – a tiny island in the Gulf of Naples- has been a stylish and sough after destination and today’s tour takes us on a dream trip to one of its private residences.  With panoramic views of the sea, right above the Blue Grotto, this chic villa belongs to a Neapolitan lawyer who carefully restored it with the help of architect Francesco Della Femina and interior designer Pasquale Capasso. The interiors reflect the island’s vernacular – thick, white walls and vaulted ceilings, and an assortment of rooms and alcoves connected to the outdoors. The gardens, filled with orange and lemon groves, are divided into small spaces that are an extension of the interiors. It is truly a dream holiday destination and now I’m in the mood for Italy! Enjoy!

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Nothing like natural wood and lots of white to create a relaxed beach house feel. Rustic elegance can be achieved with whitewashed cedar walls, an edited choice of woven-raffia chairs and layered natural textures. Keeping the palette to whites and sea blues makes these spaces look fresh and very coastal. Here are some wonderful rooms that celebrate comfort at the beach. Enjoy!

Cafe Design | AlanWanzenberg


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With summer in full swing, 4th of July is just one week away and holiday decor has taken over the design blogosphere! Summer is one of my favorite times of the year yet it always feels too short… Where did the time go? What are your plans for next week?

Understandably, beach house decor is the hot topic right now and I’m in my usual mood for coastal blues, stripes and woven goods. Victoria Hagan is the authority on coastal decor and I’ve had this living room she designed in my mind since late March (2008)! It is barely decorated with subtle nautical accents here and there. Delicate sheers let the stunning views take over and I can almost feel the breeze creeping through the open windows.

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Happy Friday, dear friends! I’m just quickly checking in with some amazing shots from the latest issue of Veranda that took my breath away! Make sure to pick up your copy, it has some fantastic exterior & garden shots – like the Nantucket home of artist Cathy Graham which left me craving for more, or the Long Island home of Thomas O’Brien and David Fink. We’ve seen the later in Architectural Digest a while back but this time we get a glimpse of the outdoors as well… Fantastic curb appeal!

Cathy Graham’s Nantucket Home:

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