Designer Spotlight: Mark D. Sikes

Alright. After mentioning his designs several times during my post about light blue rooms, I thought that Mark D. Sikes’ work would be perfect for my next Designer Spotlight post.

To start with, I would like to mention that his first book was the very first design book I bought. To be honest, before buying it, I didn’t get the point of design books—because, well, Pinterest. But, I am a convert and have started a collection of them. If you’re interested, links to both of his books are below.

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Now, let’s talk about Mark D. Sikes’ work, because that’s what we’re all here to admire. If you like blue and Chinoiserie, you’re in luck, because he uses both quite liberally.

Mark D. Sikes living room with blue couch and Althea pillow
Mark D. Sikes

He also frequently uses stripes—sometimes multiple striped patterns per room, like in the room below. He used stripes on the walls,bench, and the slipper chairs.

Mark D. Sikes living room with stripe wallpaper
Mark D. Sikes

This pretty room features another Mark D. Sikes signature item—wicker. And yes, that is indoors.

Mark D. Sikes entryway with wicker furniture and blue stripe rug
Mark D. Sikes

He is also incredibly talented at mixing patterns. I counted eight in the picture below—excluding solid colors.

Mark D. Sikes livingroom with Chinese Peony drapes
Mark D. Sikes

Similar to Bunny Williams, Mark is a little bit of a chameleon design wise. The room below looks more modern and monochromatic—but still has some of his hallmark elements.

Mark D. Sikes neutral bedroom
Mark D. Sikes

Skirted tables frequently appear in his designs. This one has a pretty greek key trim along the bottom.

Mark D. Sikes sitting room with skirted table

How fun is this room? So much pattern and so many different shades of blue.

Mark D. Sikes

Even when the room isn’t predominately blue, he finds a way to work in some blue and white pottery.

Mark D. Sikes lavender living room
Mark D. Sikes

I’ve always thought mirrored walls are a little dated. But, Mark D. Sikes makes this one look chic.

Mark D. Sikes

And, of course, I saved the best for last. This pretty vignette is the epitome of being “all about the mix.” Chinoiserie wallpaper and ginger jars look right at home with terracotta planters. Creating something like this is on my list for our dining room.Maybe minus the glass balls. We have cats.

Vignette with blue Chinoiserie wallpaper and ginger jars by Mark D. Sikes
Mark D. Sikes

Loving this style? Head on over to my to see one of these rooms get the Look for Less treatment. You can also check out some of my Mark D. Sikes inspired picks below.

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