Oct 20, 2017

~ mark d. sikes



My last post reminded me how much I adored Mark D. Sikes when he was in Omaha for the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show last month. I feel like everyone already knows how great he is, but here's a refresher for fun :) 

For me, Mark D. Sikes paved the way to my love of Instagram. One of my first follows, he has continued to impress and inspire me, and I have been liking his posts for years! He is also the founder and editor of the well-known lifestyle blog: Mark D. Sikes: Chic People, Glamorous Places and Stylish Things. But this is only a taste of what Mark D. Sikes is all about. The man has created an empire for himself.

Mark began his career working in visual merchandising and marketing. After two decades of success, Mark started his own interior design firm. His style is classic, blending perfectly All-American and timeless interiors with both modern and European sensibilities.

Mark's chic home in the Hollywood Hills was first on the cover of the December/January 2012 issue of House Beautiful, and more recently on the cover of the July/August 2014 issue of Veranda.


It's easy to see how these images and his popularity went viral. 

Mark's first book, Beautiful All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, features several product collaborations, and multiple interior design projects throughout the U.S., including homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montecito, Nashville, and New York.


This is his dining room. I am in love with the Brunschwig & Fils leopard print (Les Touches) on the drapery. In fact, I used it for slip covers for my dining room chairs!

I love everything about this space!

Mark has decorated both of Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James stores in Nashville and Dallas in classic blue and white. 



Mark launched a clothing line, MDS Stripes, which celebrates his lifelong love affair with blue and white stripes. His clothing is sold online on his website, on other high end online retailers, and also at Club Monaco.


We loved having Mark in Omaha, along with Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful. Here they are with the Event Chair, who is wearing Mark's skirt.

During their presentation, they invited some local patrons up to the stage who were wearing Mark's clothes! Really cute.

Mark seems to be popping up all over. If you have the opportunity to meet him, don't miss the chance!



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Oct 18, 2017

~ kappa kappa gamma tablescapes



 Image from @tsgdallas

I reposted this gorgeous tablescape on Instagram this week. I loved the smaller containers of flowers in the center of the table, the tablecloth, (omg) and the linen napkins are TO DIE FOR. The glasses? All of it!! The post came from @amylberry originally, and she was encouraging Mark D. Sikes to arrive as quickly as possible. Turns out, Mark was the speaker at the Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes at the Dallas Country Club. 

Last month, I attended a Rehearsal Dinner at the Dallas Country Club, and wow. It is a really beautiful setting. I have been liking photos of the Kappa Kappa Gamma tablescapes on Instagram for years, and never realized this is where the event was held!

I searched and found a link with images of tables from past years... here.
LOVE the orange and blue!

Of course I am attracted to the most colorful and busy tables!



I mean these people go all out...




It looks like a fabulous two-day event, and I think I need to go next year.  Since 1995, the Dallas Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma has given back over $2.8 million to over 86 beneficiaries in the Dallas community. 

I'm sure Mark D. Sikes fit right in! 

He was just in Omaha in September at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show, and he is as charming as they come!



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Oct 16, 2017

~ fall inspiration... a little late


My fall decor this year consists of a lone pumpkin on my front door step. However, I recently managed to spend some time on Pinterest, and now that I am totally inspired to decorate, it's a bit late. So I will post my inspiration here, and perhaps reference it next year with plenty of time to follow through!

(I may or may not have said this last year about this same time.)

This is one of my favorite images from Instagram last year. From Southern Living... Talk about fall decor goals!

 I just love a planter stuffed with color...

Not sure I would have chosen that palm, but everything else here is sublime...




I adore the fall foliage framing the charming brick steps. And the crooked gate.

Pretty Pink Tulips posted this recently on Instagram, and I reposted immediately. This is my planter goal for next year!

Hope you are enjoying the crisp fall air!

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Oct 12, 2017

~ decorating with books


This photo from a past post reminded me how much I love decorating with books. I love that color coordinated stack!

I have an unusually large amount of books in my home. I was just visiting my mom in Florida, and asked her if she had gotten the new William Yeoward book, Blue & WhiteI just bought it and think it is amazing. 

My mom said she couldn't fit one more book in her house. (Yes she could..)  I get what she means, but I continue to buy the newest inspirational design books! 

I love this colorful collection of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks in my kitchen...




I enjoy the art of putting stacks together that make sense to me...






I love this collection of round boxes on this stack of books...







I love the pastel colors in this stack...


Yes, these are all in my house. This is alarming.















A lifetime of collecting really shows up in these images! Although I knew I had plenty of books to photograph, I didn't realize just how big of a role books have played in my decorating until I uploaded the pics to this post.

I have an entire page of inspiring book images on Pinterest... here
I just love these stacks arranged by color...



My friend has a darling space in her home with children's books arranged by color. It is so charming! I'll try to share a pic on Instagram some day...

I have had great luck mixing new, favorite design books, with deeply discounted books from the clearance table. You'd be surprised what you can find in the sale section at bookstores. Sometimes, I am just looking for the color of a binding, or a pretty cover. They are not always read from cover to cover...

Something about the crisp, fall air, makes organizing books sound like an exciting activity! 

Happy October!

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