THE NEW TRADITIONAL- Mark D Sikes- Part 2

one of my favorite homes, of course, is our 1920’s Mediterranean bungalow in the hollywood hills, just recently featured in house beautiful, photography by amy neusinger. my style is traditional, with a fresh and modern approach- the new traditional! the decorating and designing of the house was easy, i just created what i love with simple signatures, easy formulas and filled the house with all my favorite things!

simple signatures- influenced by the colonial and Caribbean aesthetic- lots of white paint, white washed floors, raised ceilings and windows that open out. the open air and light filled california in-door out-door lifestyle was paramount. all the white is balanced with black accents, adding drama and details to the design. we expanded the kitchen to make a great room, renovated all the bathrooms and added bookshelves, moldings, mirror insets and paneling throughout to add warmth and detail.

easy formulas- the mix of old and new, traditional and modern, high and low, masculine and feminine, rough and soft, light and dark- the combination of this gave us the casual refined lived-in style we love. the design philosophy was based on carrying consistent threads throughout to create a flow, beautiful lighting, symmetry balanced with scale and an eclectic artful arrangement of furniture. finished off with lots of accessories stacked, clustered, leaning and grouped. details, details, details! the focus and intent was that everything intersect and highlight our collections- the things we love!

my favorite things- for the interior- ivory belgian linen everywhere, wicker, black lacquer, bamboo shades, chinoiserie anything, saddle brown leather, gilt, canopy beds, occasional chairs, asian accents, camel hair, mirrors, ikat’s, apple matting rugs, animal prints, baskets, fresh flowers, anglo-indian bone in-laid antiques, hurricanes, myrtle topiaries, eclectic art, boxes, books, blue and white Chinese porcelain, coral, hérmes everything! for the gardens- boxwoods, wisteria, hydrangea, fig ivy, ficus- simple, classic, timeless, refined, elegant-just pretty! and if i say so myself- chic!

this home, the next home and our last home might not all look and feel the same but they will all have these simple signatures, easy formulas and be filled with all our favorite things- because it’s simply what we love!

 

 

the all white entry with a black lacquered door and an 18th century chinoiserie table from jf chen - basket from saint barths

custom designed wrought iron gate and tiered boxwood garden at the entry of house

all white living room with bamboo, chinoiserie, blue and white chinese porcelain and gilt accents- artful and inviting arrangement of furnishings

leaning of art on mantle with flanking hurricanes and cachepots- easy formulas for accessorizing

wing-back chair and ebony bone side table from john rosselli - belgium linen drapes leading out to bricked terrace- in-door out-door living refined!

dining room with gracie chinoiserie wall paper, custom venetian mirror by john rosselli and black lacquered christiansen dining table

blue and white porcelain, coral and crystal spheres clustered beautifully on an antique asian console in dining room

hand painted portuguese tiles in the powder room- indian bone and teak mirror by john rosselli and antique garden stool add detail and dimension

knoll saarinen table and directors chairs in kitchen- baskets with straw hats for easy access near doors to terrace

the traditional white on white kitchen with cotton stripe rugs and visual comfort lighting

another view of kitchen

blue and white spode dinnerware and potted herbs grouped next to farm-house sink

family room with custom lacquered cabinets to house book and box collection, bielecky brothers wicker chairs and saddle brown leather george smith ottoman- lily, our french bulldog, holding court!

bricked tiered terrace with lots of potted boxwoods, blue and white porcelain and comfortable seating

creeping fig ivy, climbing wisteria and potted boxwood, along with restoration hardware furniture, create a lush green out-door in-door living space

a view from the terrace into the living room

the upstairs hallway with custom wrought iron railings and eclectic stacked art on walls

blue and white master bedroom- a mix of blue and white prints and patterns- raoul textiles linen on walls

oly canopy bed with china blue linen bed hangings, carolina irving coverlet and rogers and goffigon stripe on chairs- glass platner table adds a modern element

stacks of books, shells and hérmes ashtray on antique adirondack table- love the shades of blues with a pop of red

moldings, paneling and aged mirror insets in the all white master bath- hérmes saddle brown leather stool adds warmth and a touch of luxury

the library and guest room- custom book shelves to house a 20 year magazine collection- peter dunham's samarkind fabric on walls, serge mouille floor lamp and apple matting rug

custom belgium linen canopy bed in guest room- george smith chaise with raoul textiles floral and ikat pillows

everyone's favorite room- black lacquered guest bath! pretty chic!

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