“I had this home decorated even before we found the house” Mark D. Sikes will tell you of his beautiful Hollywood Hills home that he shares with his partner Michael Griffin.
How is that even possible you may ask—it is easy to see that there is pure execution behind this talent and vision that interior designer, Mark D. Sikes, applies to his projects to make this statement a reality. The house is affectionately called a “traditional gem” and is multifaceted much like his own professional experience. Sikes hails from a background of retail merchandising and consulting (he worked in visual merchandising for GAP/ Banana Republic for over 15 years and formerly served as Vice President, Visual Merchandising and Store Marketing for Pottery Barn) and his ability to hone details to create an overarching experience or emotional sensibility in the home is uncanny. Entering his house you feel transported to another time of classic elegance–that serves California cool with a dash Medici and a side of Versailles.
Every door knob, fabric, grommet, and chaise has been uniquely chosen to layer the space and create a cohesive flow throughout the house—ultimately creating a unique traditional space. While embarking on new client projects in Marin, Hawaii and the Pacific Palisades, Sikes found himself as the client, anew, in the expansion of his studio.
Sitting beneath the house, the studio fulfills the flexible tenets of Sikes’ design philosophy of functional luxury. The space features details in the textured fabrics, wickers (which is an ode to Sikes’ affinity to bringing the outside-in) exotic skins, white lacquers, marbles and leather.
This concept of ‘functional luxury’ is carried into one my favorite rooms in the main house which used to serve as his studio–the library. The library houses the archive of all of his prior issues of fashion, architecture and interior design magazines. The devil is definitely in the details, as all issues are color coded and cross-filed in a Excel spreadsheet that Sikes maintains to catalog his inspirations for both his design work and his cleverly classic blog Mark D. Sikes: Chic People| Glamorous Places |Stylish Things
Enjoy this inspiring look at the details in this amazing home.
Photos: PLATFORM et cie