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Mark D. Sikes’ Magnificent Living Room for Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas is Inspired by the Fabled La Fiorentina

The L.A. Designer Reinterprets a Legendary Cap Ferrat Villa With His Blousy Blues, Checks and Stripes

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photography Stephen Karlisch

Overview of the Living Room

Mark D. Sikes’ beautiful living room, dubbed Casa Fiorentina, was inspired by the iconic La Fiorentina estate in Cap Ferrat. Checks, stripes, paisleys, and tile motifs play together in this refreshing and rejuvenating space that honors the essence of the timeless La Fiorentina while being reimagined with a Texas twist. The fabled La Fiorentina has a rich history filled with legendary designers who played a role in its legacy: Rory Cameron, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks … Even Hubert de Givenchy and Bunny Mellon are a part of the story. Mark’s interpretation of this space continues the tradition of casual ease and elegance for which its namesake is known. A magnificent custom wallpaper by Iksel Decorative Arts creates the perfect backdrop: a decadent yet airy blue-and-white tile motif that engulfs the space with a worldly elegance. Layered within is a mix of Italian and Portuguese antiques from John Nelson Antiques, as well as pieces from Mark’s own new collection with Chaddock Home, upholstered in Schumacher fabrics and accented with Samuel & Sons trim. Hanging lanterns from Paul Ferrante punctuate the space. A special debut collaboration with Christopher Spitzmiller also makes an appearance, reinterpreting wicker onto a porcelain vessel. — Mark D. Sikes

 

Mark D. Sikes on his collaborations, favorite sources, and Tex-Mex every night:

Some favorite collaborations

I’m very excited to debut a collaboration with Christopher Spitzmiller. We designed The Mark Lamp and The Mark Wall Bracket together. It looks like a glazed basket, and it’s beautiful. I was also thrilled to partner with Iksel wallpaper on a custom wallpaper design. And, of course, I was thrilled to showcase my new Chaddock furniture collection .

Upholsterer: Chaddock. Painter: Louis Gloria Painting. Finisher, workroom: Valley Drapery.

 

Where did you shop in Dallas to pick up great items

Nick Brock Antiques and Grange Hall.

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Best restaurants while in Dallas

Mi Cocina, like every night.

 

A favorite piece in your room

A huge 17th-century Italian oil painting from John Nelson Antiques in Los Angeles. It makes the room feel like it’s 80 years old.

 

Biggest challenge

Doing it all from L.A. and not seeing the space until a week before install.

 

Highlight

Working on a house in Dallas. I truly love Texas.

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