Design Q&A with Mark D. Sikes

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Last year, Mark D. Sikes, the-Creative-Director-of-Banana-Republic-turned-Interior-Designer, and I had a full-on conversation about his design work as well as his amazing resource of a blog, Chic People, Glamorous Places, Beautiful Things. Mark's interiors are like his blog, chic and glamorous, but they also possess two elements that are often forgotten in that equation: comfort and function. Think of a great pair of jeans, the perfect white shirt, a great pair of loafers, a beautiful navy cashmere blazer. Simple, elegant, classic, yet, ulimately, highly wearable and easy to live in every day. As in clothes, so in interiors. Mark's are timeless.

What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles?

My favorite residence is Michael and Alexandra Misczynski’s Hollywood Hills Home. Of course I love the Chateau Marmont, and The Getty is my favorite public space in LA.

Let’s pretend you have $400 to update a 250 square foot space — how do you spend it?

I would get a gallon of Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue (HC-144) paint and paint the entire room, trim and all. Then I’d find an inexpensive linen fabric in the same color and slipcover everything with it: cheap and chic!

Tell us a little bit about your window for the LCDQ's (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of La Cienega event?

The blue-green space is full of all my favorite things: hand painted Gracie wallpaper, Carolina Irving textiles, a Billy Baldwin chair, signature blue and white ceramics, eclectic lighting, modern art and accents. Not only are these my favorite things, they’re also beautiful things which transcends the past, present and future.

What 5 things would you put in a time capsule?(NOTE: The theme of this year's LCDQ event is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design).

It's a lot more than 5!! I would put in my entire fashion and interior magazine collection from over the past 20 years. (Note: It takes up a whole, beautifully decorated room in Mark's home!)

What period of history would you most like to have lived in?

England in the 20s — think Brideshead Revisited!


What would you bring with you if you were time traveling? NOTE: The theme of this year's LCDQ event is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design).

I'd bring what I was wearing, which would most likely be a blue oxford shirt, my favorite 15 year old military jacket, white jeans, Birkenstocks, and Ray Ban Aviators. And of course I’d have to bring my French bulldog, Lily!

What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests?

Fresh flowers — always! A pitcher of iced tea and homemade chocolate chip cookies. If they’re spending the night, fresh pressed sheets and Santa Maria Novella Toiletries.

What’s your biggest design or home-related indulgence?

Gorgeous fabrics — always!

What’s your favorite home from a movie or TV show?

Any of Valentino's homes, offices, yachts or jets from the documentary “The Last Emperor.”

What do you love most about LA?

The weather, the people watching and the shopping.

What’s your favorite cheap design trick or tip?

The first thing that pops into my head is books. I love stacks of books anywhere, everywhere, and on anything! My best advice is a buy a great book every month. Before you know it, you have a collection and you have the best accessories!

For more about Mark, click here. For Mark's blog, click here. To read more about Mark on Apartment Therapy, click here and here. For more information on LCDQ, click here.

(Image: Courtesy of Mark D. Sikes)

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