Fabulous Room Friday 06.27.14

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{Mark’s house embodies chic California indoor/outdoor living. Here, we get a peek into the recently transformed living room from one of the French doors leading into the garden. The stunning room is dressed exclusively in neutrals including a chic, custom skirted table, a pair of armchairs upholstered in Quadrille’s Veneto fabric, and an antique Tony Kitz rug.}

This week’s fabulous room is unique in the sense that I know it quite well and have actually spent time there.  This beautiful living room belongs to my dear friend, Mark D. Sikes whose chic home appears on the cover and in the pages of the July/August issue of Veranda. When I visited Mark last Fall, he mentioned that he would be redoing his entire home soon. Many of you probably remember it from when it was published in House Beautiful at the end of  2011. Since then, it has taken the internet by storm and has been featured on countless blogs, websites, and Pinterest boards.

When Mark first told me about his plans to redecorate his house, I panicked a bit. How could he think of ripping out the gorgeous Gracie wallpaper in his dining room? How could his home possibly improve? It was already SO good! Mark has been both my close friend and my design mentor for some time now and the result of the new iteration of his home is yet another lesson he has taught me– never get too comfortable, continually challenge yourself, and allow yourself and your style to evolve. This new version of his home perfectly captures that spirit and exudes the same graceful ease that both Mark and his partner, Michael possess in spades. You’ll see in the pages of the Veranda spread that the home is even more beautiful and has evolved into a more sophisticated or grown-up version of its former self.

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{Isn’t this room beautifully layered? It’s elegant, polished, and full of personality. Fun Tidbit: I was staying with Mark and Michael when Veranda came to shoot the house in May and was lucky to see all of this beautiful magic unfold. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy to resist posting any sneak peeks on Instagram since then! .}

Stay tuned! I will be sharing a lot more about Mark along with more images of his home’s incredible evolution on Tuesday when I interview him for the “Style Files”. In the meantime, be sure to check out this fun story about Mark and Michael’s adorable French Bulldog, Lily on Veranda.com and be sure to pick up the latest issue of Veranda on newsstands.

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{Images by Roger Davies for Veranda}

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