Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes

Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes

Anyone who follows Mark D. Sikes on his popular blog is familiar with his love of  “chic people, glamorous places and stylish things.” Mark has a great eye and recognizes the best in fashion, interiors and personal style. And now with his book Beautiful, he shares with us not only his inspiration, but about 15, almost all previously unpublished projects, that illustrate how his classic, all-American style successfully translates to his design practice.

Organized around his favorite color stories, Mark shows, as director Nancy Myers so succinctly explains in her foreword, “how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand.” Each chapter opens with an inspiration board and it won’t surprise readers to know that Mark’s #blueandwhiteforever hashtag inspired the first section.…

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Tilton Fenwick Goes Country in House Beautiful

Tilton Fenwick Goes Country in House Beautiful

Interior Design duo Tilton Fenwick and Quintessence were both born six years ago and, like friends from birth, we have grown up together in the world of design. As a fan of TF partners Anne Maxwell Foster’s and Suysel dePedro Cunningham’s colorful, pattern mixing take on tradition, I have followed their path avidly from the start. So I am thrilled today to offer a sneak peek of the duo’s first full feature in House Beautiful with the October issue. While the project is Anne Maxwell Foster’s own weekend country house in upstate New York, the team worked on it together. As Suysel explained, “We do everything together and have great design synergy.…

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2016 Biennale des Antiquaires and Robert de Balkany at Sotheby’s

2016 Biennale des Antiquaires and Robert de Balkany at Sotheby’s

This week and next are going to be a very busy couple of weeks in Paris for the world of interiors, collectors and design. This past weekend, the 2016 Biennale des Antiquaires opened as the Grand Palais was transformed into a luxurious display of masterpieces from Old Masters and modern works to antiquities, decor and design as well as haute jewelry.

In addition to selling exhibitors are three special exhibits. St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum is presenting “A Century of French Elegance,” including 35 important 18th century works, some on view for the first time.

Le Mobilier National, the organization responsible for furnishing the official palaces and various presidential residences of France, is exhibiting a history of 20th century furniture, “Tradition and Audace,” representing the antiques of the future.…

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Design Leadership Summit 2016 Preview

Design Leadership Summit 2016 Preview

One of the highlights of last year’s design calendar was the Design Leadership Summit in Los Angeles. Celebrating ten years of bringing together, informing and inspiring the country’s top design professionals, the Design Leadership Network‘s Summit has been instrumental in broadening the scope of what we think about in today’s world of design. I am very excited to be heading to Miami at the end of November for the Design Leadership Summit 2016 where members will experience the flourishing art community with exclusive looks and events preceding Art Basel and Design Miami.

Chad Oppenheim and Rafael de Cardenas

This year’s theme of Art Meets Design features an impressive blockbuster lineup of speakers for interactive, professional and cultural sessions.…

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Introducing Soane Fall 2016

Introducing Soane Fall 2016

I have written about Soane on many occasions in the past as they represent all that I love in the world in design. Their dedication to handmade craftsmanship, elegant designs and worldly point of view make them a firm without many equals. I am thrilled to finally be able to share with you some of the fabulous Soane Fall 2016 designs that I have been quietly coveting in my office.

Setting the tone for the collection is the exquisite new Paisley Parrot fabric, shown here on a drool-worthy custom bed treatment. The bold scale of the print, combined with its intricate “parrot within a parrot” design, is a testament to owner Lulu Lytle’s knowledge, imagination and creativity.…

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Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

As we bid goodbye to summer and usher in the unofficial beginning of fall, I wish you all a very happy Labor Day. We may be celebrating the contributions that workers have made to our country but let’s also enjoy the long light of summer before we hit the ground running for the fall season ahead.

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Friday Five Favorite Finds X Part II

Friday Five Favorite Finds X Part II

As summer winds down and flip flops and straw hats segue into less casual attire, thoughts turn to fashion for fall. So part II of this weeks’s Friday Five Favorite Finds includes two shops on island whose statement-making accoutrements can add a luxurious layer to your wardrobe.

In her third season on island, Jada Loveless‘ tailored elegant shop at 1 Orange Street is the perfect venue for her collection of handbags. In a jewel box of a space designed by fellow Atlantan Suzanne Kasler, Jada displays her handcrafted wares in style.

Following a career in fashion and design, working for notable names such as Neiman Marcus and Celine, Jada ventured out on her own, working with fine leathers and exotics.…

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Friday Five Favorite Finds X

Friday Five Favorite Finds X

As it turns out, my final Friday Five Favorite Finds for 2016 ends today on its tenth edition. Today’s first of my favorite finds starts in the charming village of Sconset. An island friend reminded me of The Sconset Foot Path, which I hadn’t taken for years. It is, as deeded by William F. Flagg in 1892, “For the residents & visitors of Nantucket to be used as a foot path or foot promenade for no other purpose or purposes whatsoever.”

Open sunrise to sunset, the path starts in the village among the area’s rose covered shingled cottages,

winding down the road set between the small houses.…

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Saying Goodbye to Summer

Saying Goodbye to Summer

It’s always bittersweet as I get ready to pack up and say goodbye to summer, especially this year when I was able to have a longer stay here on Nantucket. I leave you with a farewell collage for a taste of the Grey Lady’s allure. I hope you’ve enjoyed following my missives from here on island. Do stop back on Friday for the tenth and final Friday Five Favorite Finds.

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Milieu Magazine Anniversary Issue Sneak Peek

Milieu Magazine Anniversary Issue Sneak Peek

Three years ago, Texas based interior designer Pamela Pierce was ready for a new challenge. After thirty years of designing interiors, she decided to share her love of great design from another vantage point. Despite the closings of many beloved shelter publications over the years, Pierce still believed in the power of print and so three years ago this September, launched Milieu Magazine.

The upcoming anniversary issue, available later this week, celebrates the best of homes, style and sources around the globe. Travel with Suzanne Kasler to shop her favorite Atlanta haunts and then to a beautiful project she designed in South Carolina, visit with Pier Luigi Loro Piana at the Piazza di Siena in Rome and their facilities in northern Italy, learn more about the muti-talented Hutton Wilkinson and British designer Mary Fox Linton (her Fox Linton line of luxurious and understated fabrics were one of my Deco Off favorites) and many more behind the scenes treats.…

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