Esteemed interior designer talks style, inspiration and his newest project
Designer Mark D. Sikes is known for creating beautiful and timeless interiors. As he prepares to launch his collection with Blue Pheasant, he shared his design philosophy:
When and how did you know you wanted to design interiors as a career?
I have loved design—both fashion and interiors—for as long as I can remember. I started collecting magazines and books on design years ago. When we moved to Los Angeles in 2010, I decorated our house which was then shot for House Beautiful. The phone started ringing with clients wanting me to do their homes. And so my hobby soon became a career.
How would you describe your signature style?
I like a mix of styles but if I had to summarize it I would say its traditional yet modern and comfortable.
What’s Hot? What’s Not?
My view is that good design looks good today; it looked good 20 years ago; and, it will look good 20 years from now. So, good design is hot. Trendy is not.
What are the design “rules” you love to break?
I don’t really think there are any true ‘rules.’ Most things can work together if you are just creative about how to approach it.
What advice do you have for designers who are trying to carve out their own niche?
Be authentic. Your design work should reflect who you are and what you love. If you are passionate and determined and stay true to yourself, you can make it work. It sounds cliché but its true.
What is the best thing you did for your business in the past year?
Move into a new space. We are outgrowing our current office and are just about to move into a new studio. All of us are looking forward to having a bit more room.
Tell us about your collection for Blue Pheasant.
I have loved to collect table top pieces from my travels around the world. I am always drawn to my favorite color combination – blue and white. So this collection with Blue Pheasant reflects some of my favorite pieces from Portugal and Italy as while as some collected here. Together they layer beautifully and I love the quality and the value!