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Mark D. Sikes in His Element
Los Angeles-based designer Mark D. Sikes combines purely Southern style — think beds hung with chintz curtains and floor sweeping tablecloths — with a slightly undone, California feel that attracts celebrity clients with traditional leanings. Namely, one Reese Witherspoon, with whom he recently designed the star's Draper James stores in Nashville and Dallas. Now, thanks to One Kings Lane, we can take a peek inside the designer's own inspiring home.
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How to Make an Entrance
His Spanish-style home, which is covered in ivy and accented by potted shrubs, is the perfect example of that classic-meets-SoCal mix. "I think that there's a traditional aspect to it, but there's also an easy elegance," Sikes explains. "Everything's casual and comfortable, but it's sophisticated."
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A Glam Take on Indoor-Outdoor Living
The dining room is lined in antiqued, mirrored panels, creating an ultra-glamorous feel, compounded by the animal print rug and crystal chandelier. But the inspiration for the reflective surface is actually beyond its walls. "It completely reflects all of the ficus and the block woods right outside in the front garden," says the designer.
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A Different Kind of Library
Sikes' striped "library" features a dramatic tented wall and ceiling treatment, matching day beds, and surprisingly few books. "I have this collection of magazines for that particular room that I've been collecting for 25 years," he says of the space's specific purpose. It also serves as a guest bedroom in a pinch.
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The Kitchen Reimagined
Before an extensive renovation Sikes' home featured "a galley kitchen with a maid's room behind it," he explains. "We knocked a whole wall out and made one massive space." Since he doesn't do too much cooking, he says it "serves more as a family room."
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A Peaceful Place to Lay His Head
The scenic wallpaper by Gracie is the subtle centerpiece of the master bedroom, which Sikes points out incorporates layer upon layer of subtle patterns. It's also his favorite spot in the house, because, he says simply, "It's just kind of the place I rest."
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A Plethora of Pattern
Low-key patterns give way to more riotous ones — or rather, lots of one in particular — in the guest bedroom, where fabric panels of a Pierre Frey fabric cover the walls and hang from the ceiling surrounding the bed. "I mean that room is glorious," says Sikes. "I actually slept in there a couple times and waking up there is really just spectacular."
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The Masculine Bath
"I kind of like dark black rooms," Sikes says of the moody and, once again, mirrored bathroom off the guest suite. The effect underscores the feeling of the whole house: aclassical framework with just enough undone charm to feel right at home in Southern California.