Today, this is where I’d like to be, in Isaac Mizrahi’s bathtub (sans Isaac Mizrahi, of course). His Manhattan home, a historic 1931 building (hence the radiator in the bathroom), was featured in Architectural Digest not too long ago. Although the rest of the home reflects his modern, colorful essence, I love the simplicity of the bathroom, the modern rigid lines and natural light. See more, here.
I’m quite mad for trelliswork in general, I love how it can exude such sophistication in spectacular gardens and facades on grand buildings, yet it can stand alone casually and timelessly in a beach home like the above retreat in Lyford Cay. At the request of interior designer Amanda Lindroth, the elaborate design, featured in House Beautiful, was commissioned by Philippe Le Manach from Accents of France. Based in California, Accents of France specializes in custom and decorative treillage inspired by 18th century French Designs. The company has worked on projects around the globe and aside from breathtaking work with custom interior and exterior spaces, the group also designs custom planters, jardiniéres, obelisks, vases, urns, lighting and furniture (see portfolio here).
Below, a note from Accents of France’s site that speaks to the history of treillage:
It wasn’t until the 17th century, under the reign of Louis XIV, that the art of treillage would rise to unseen heights. The King hired emerging landscape architect André Le Notre to design his garden at Versailles; an elaborate design that would soon become the most impressive formal French garden the world had ever known.
Le Notre and other landscape architects like him, relied heavily on forced perspective to bring a sense of grandeur to the garden. While it would have taken years for hedges and topiaries to grow to full maturity, treillage brought instant architecture, impressive scale and elegant formality to a newly built landscape.
The above home in the village of Sag Harbor was mostly a renovation project, however it remains to be one of my favorite projects by interior designer Steven Gambrel. Built in 1835, the home is just one of Gambrel’s country portfolio projects. (My other favorite is Red Craft, a 19th century estate in Southampton). You could lock me in that wine cellar and throw away the key as far as I’m concerned, that room is a thing of genius design.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to share with you a fun Q&A with Mark D. Sikes. I’ve followed Mark’s lifestyle blog for ages and can confidently say he is a true connoisseur of chic. His daily record of “chic people, glamorous places and stylish things” is part of my morning reading routine and Mark’s narratives and imagery always make my heart pitter patter. His home in the Hollywood Hills, one of my personal favorite interior and exterior spaces (and also above), was featured in Veranda Magazine’s 2014 July-August issue (including the cover!). Stay connected to Mark by subscribing to his blog, following him on Pinterest and Instagram. Read-on, below:
C&C: For starters, Mark, I love your blog! We both know that it takes a lot of work to curate and compile content, but that’s easy with being inspired. Tell us about your methodology in collecting content for the blog.
Mark: Well, I really don’t know if there is a method to the madness, I just save images and ideas as I find them, my desktop on my laptop is quite full! I do read a lot and I do stay on top of everything in design, fashion and news daily- I have come up with a daily routine that seems to work….
C&C: You studied finance and economics in college with the intention of having a career in international business. By the looks of it, that career path didn’t exactly take shape! When or how did you discover you had a different path ahead of you? (Was there an “aha” moment?)
Mark: When I got out of college, I started to look for jobs…I was living in Nashville with my parents…I got a few part-time jobs, one at a fashion retailor and another as an assistant at an interior design firm…I enjoyed both and felt connected…when you love what you do, you are happy…from there things fell into place…I guess that was my “aha” moment- it’s truly been a beautiful and fun journey!
C&C: One of my favorite components of your blog is the “MDS Interviews” feature. I won’t ask you to pick your favorite interviewee…any hints as to who might be on deck for your next feature?
Mark: There are a few interior designers coming up, If I tell you who they are that will spoil the surprise, and then a few ladies whose style and elegance I admire…. And who knows there might soon be some actors, actresses and editors coming up too…
C&C: You write about your favorite “Glamorous Places”. If you were to magically slip into a scene from one of your most cherished glamorous places, where would you be and with whom?
Mark: Most definitely to La Colina, Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s home in Punta Cana…it’s the most beautiful place…it’s my ideal…and I would want to be there with dear friends….
C&C: Is there a particular (fashion) item you are looking forward to coveting this Fall?
Mark: I guess just more navy and grey cashmere crewnecks… I kind of have a uniform, I tend to collect more of the same…boring I know, but I love what I love….
C&C: I swooned over the photographs (and cover!) of your home in Veranda’s July-August 2014 issue. Is there a particular space in your home you adore most?
Mark: To be honest I love every room, we use every room, but if I had to pick one it would be the tented library…the room is full of all my books and magazines. There is a day bed in the middle of the room, I find myself in there a lot….. it’s a space that I feel inspired in!
C&C: Those that know the true essence of Mark D. Sikes are well aware of your affinity to all things blue and white. I’ve asked you to share with us some blue and white items from your Instagram account you so adore (photos above). Can you please speak to those pieces and your connection to each one?
Mark: I’m mad about antique blue and white ceramics, I have a very large collection, I love blue and white Portuguese tiles, and there has never been a blue a white stripe I didn’t love- I love to wear blue and white stripes and I love to decorate with them!
C&C: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to decorating or manners?
Mark: I don’t have many pet peeves when it comes to decorating, I have my own rules, but that doesn’t mean they are right or wrong, and you know rules are made to be broken…everyone has there own taste, that’s what makes the world interesting and beautiful. In regards to manners, just be thoughtful, considerate and kind, it’s not hard!
C&C: What’s currently on your nightstand at home?
Mark: A picture of my partner Michael and lily (our French bull dog, better known as HRH Lily), there’s always a stack of magazines, possible a new design book, hate to say it but my phone and computer charger is always present, a carafe of water, fresh cut flowers, an ivory shagreen box with a pen and post its- I make lots of notes in the middle of the night!Images above are from Veranda Magazine, Mark’s Instagram and property of Mark D. Sikes.
In true Hermès fashion, they have brought play and style to e-commerce. Their graphics and font provide a well-rounded web experience. Meredith Melling and Valerie Boster’s creative consultancy has a sharp but concise web presence. I suppose that is to be expected for the former Vogue editors…
The chic San Francisco interior design firm Elizabeth Swift Design just launched their site and I’m loving the graphics and font on their “contact” page.
I’m working on a new project for a client and love exploring different typefaces. Typography, the art and craft of arranging and designing type to make the written language most alluring, can have a dramatic influence on how the brand or product connects with the consumer. Above are a few typefaces and designs I’m currently coveting.