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the GUEST room: MARK SIKES
We welcome renowned lifestyle blogger and designer Mark Sikes to our GUEST ROOM this season - both the one you’re visiting here and the one in Suzanne’s guest cottage in Atlanta. Suzanne will be hosting Mark while he’s in town for DESIGN ADAC’s lineup of spring events and stylish fetes. Mark’s keynote presentation, ”Breaking Boundaries: How To Expand Your Brand By Refining Your Focus And Prioritizing Your Passion” promises to offer great insights into his successful path as well as his signature take on “chic people, glamorous places and stylish things.” We caught up with Mark as his new book BEAUTIFUL was coming off the press. It’s an exciting time for our talented friend and we’re glad to share his inspired thoughts and passionate outlook with you...
What inspires you?
I think you can find inspiration in just about everything, but I do love beautiful things. What’s beautiful is different for everyone, but for me a lush green garden with boxwoods, a blue and white room, a Cy Twombly painting, a pink peony, a Valentino couture collection… these are a few things I find inspiring and beautiful.
Tell us about YOUR favorite guest room
I have a guest room in our house that is in Pierre Frey’s Branquenie Tree of Life fabric. The entire room is in this red printed fabric with accents of robins egg blue and black lacquer. It’s glamorous and comfortable.
Tell us about your most recent favorite find…
I just discovered CONNECTICUT…I’ve never lived on the east coast, so I haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time there. The landscape, the trees and the red barns are quite beautiful. If I lived in NYC I would most definitely pick Connecticut over the Hamptons.
What is one thing about you that would surprise people?
I’m actually not a very social person, I love being home or with a small group of friends. I’d prefer to be piddling in my studio or working than being out at a dinner.
What is your definition of TIMELESS STYLE?
Anything now that would have looked beautiful 50 years ago and will look just as great 50 years from now.