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My Favorite Designer’s California Home Tour

If I could choose any interior designer to help me decorate my home, there is no doubt in my mind who I would call first.  As you may have guessed from the number of designs of his that I include in my posts, Mark D. Sikes is my favorite interior designer.  It occurred to me recently that although I have included many of his designs in my posts, I have not yet shared his home in its entirety on this blog. Today, I am remedying this surprising omission!

Mark D. Sikes and his partner Michael Griffin live in this beautiful 1920s home in Hollywood Hills, California:

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House Beautiful

Sikes decorated his home in a relaxed traditional style that emphasizes indoor and outdoor living.  He uses a mix of styles, textures, and finishes throughout, which creates a casual yet elegant and polished home.

The spacious and light-filled entry:


Below is the fairly neutral living room with pops of black. Notice the mix of finishes that Sikes uses; for instance, the unusual pairing of rattan chairs and an ornate gilded table.


Sikes is a masterful stylist. He began his career in fashion as a visual merchandiser and you can see those skills in the styling of his home.  He has many collections — boxes, art, books, vintage ashtrays, and blue and white porcelain — which he uses liberally throughout his rooms.

HB_Sikes_LivingRoom_Details-033.jpgA more recent shot of the living room with some changes that emphasize the beautiful arched window and the lovely garden outside:


The gracious dining room:


I adore the Gracie chinoiserie wall paper combined with the less formal gingham upholstery on the chairs and the bamboo window shades. It is refined yet approachable.

via House Beautiful


The open white kitchen and family room below with french doors leading to the terrace:



Two different stylings of the breakfast table:


The built-in bookshelves in the family room add such a cozy and warm feeling to the white space:

via One Kings Lane

The powder room features hand-painted Portuguese blue and white tiles and a bone inlay mirror:

HB_Sikes_KitchenBRoom02-018.jpgThe chic and neutral study with its walls and ceiling covered in Patmos Stripe fabric by Carolina Irving:

via One Kings Lane
via One Kings Lane

The pale blue serene and refined master bedroom is covered in Gracie wallpaper and full of pretty chinoiserie pieces:


A dramatic old Hollywood style bathroom:HB_Sikes_GuestBathroom-037.jpg

The guest bedroom:

via One Kings Lane
via One Kings Lane

The tiered garden and terraces are connected to the home by french doors which make a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. Outside, we see creeping fig climbing the walls, potted boxwoods, blue and white porcelain, robin’s egg blue furniture cushions with white trim, a herringbone brick floor, and a black and white striped awning–what’s not to love?



exterior-174.jpgexterior-105-1.jpgThe designer, Mark D. Sikes, in his living room:

via One Kings Lane

Sikes’s timeless and classic style is inspiring.  He incorporates many design features that I admire–blue and white, chinoiserie, and natural elements to name just a few.  He is a master at mixing, and creates rooms that always feel fresh and modern, yet traditional and elegant.

If you would like to see more designs by Mark D. Sikes you can visit his portfolio here.

Photos are from the portfolio of Mark D. Sikes unless otherwise stated.

14 thoughts on “My Favorite Designer’s California Home Tour

  1. Thank you for sharing, Elizabeth! You beautifully captured what life in California is all about… He’s one of my favorites too and his home is such an inspiration! Also, rumor has it he’s redecorating 🙂

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