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Blue Man

Reese Witherspoon’s Go-To Designer Pulls Out all the Stops in Dallas

BY // 11.28.16
photography Mark Nelson

Decorator Mark Sikes feels blue, almost all the time. Not sad, just intoxicated with blue stripes, cerulean chinoiserie, cobalt checks, and indigo chintz.

A rocket in the design world, he is the creator of one of the most photographed rooms at Kips Bay Show House, designer of MDS Stripes womenswear, has new collections of fabrics and wallpapers through Schumacher, and is featured in umpteen spreads in decorating magazines.

He’s also the designer for Reese Witherspoon’s new shop, Draper James, and designer for director Nancy Meyers’ sets for The Intern, as well as Meyers’ own home in Beverly Hills. And, lest we forget, he’s the author of the new best-seller Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style (Rizzoli). And that’s just this year.

Schumacher heads pulled out the stops at the Dallas showroom for their new baby blue with cocktails and book signing for the entranced design world. At the end of the evening, after every book was signed, Schumacher’s pres Benni Frowein, creative director Dara Caponigro, Steve Kleiner, Whitney Rogers, and Karine Robinson — all in from New York City headquarters for the evening — retired to Bilboquet restaurant for an intimate dinner, where they talked decorating until the wee hours. At the signing, throngs of stylish types lined up to snag a signature from the talented MDS.

Spotted: showroom manager, James Campbell; Susan Palma, Brad Alford, Maureen Bridwell, Lynn McBee, Matthew Wilson, Kari Bentley, Bob Gibbs, Muffin Lemak, Lisa Henderson, Christina Dandar, Lauren Holden, Laura Lee Clark Falconer, Susan Leath, Cheryl Van Duyne, Susie Kwiatkowski, and Steven Mackenzie.

“HAVING BEEN EXPOSED TO SO MANY DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES HAS HELPED ME FIND BEAUTY IN MANY DISTINCT AND VARIED ENVIRONMENTS.” — Mark Sikes

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