Designer Crush: Mark D. Sikes

The home of interior designer Mark D. Sikes and his partner Michael Griffin was beautifully editorialized on the December/January 2012 cover of House Beautiful. "Since then the phone hasn't stopped ringing," Sikes says. His work has also been covered by the likes of Luxe magazine, Lonny, C magazine, Apartment Therapy, and more.

After working in retail in visual merchandising, marketing, styling, and store design for many years, Sikes recently made the switch to residential interior design. "Believe it or not, merchandising a store or concepting a marketing campaign isn't much different than designing the interiors of a home or accessorizing and styling a room," he says. In addition his interior design company, Sikes also consults on retail.

Anything blue. Cy Twombly paintings, hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper, Gil Shafer architecture, Coromandel screens, armless sofas, animal prints, ikats, natural fiber rugs, anything designed by Alberto Giacometti, and gardens.

The glamour of his traditional-gone-Californian design style. We also love how the livable and lively outdoor spaces feel like such a natural extension of his interiors.

"My blog, Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things, is more like a side job. I write for it at about 8 p.m. every single night, and it's probably been the most personally fulfilling thing I've ever done," Sikes says. The designer also recently completed a small renovation on his own home and is writing a book -- "a lifelong dream." Additionally, Sikes is designing his own fashion and home products, recently launched a curated webshop for men, women, and the home, MDS Store, and hopes to open a brick-and-mortar store next year.

The designer is working on homes in Marin County, San Francisco, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Manhattan. He is also working with celebrated film writer, director, and producer Nancy Meyers. Sikes will also be designing windows for the Legends of La Cienaga design event in Los Angeles this spring.

"I'm inspired by everything around me. My eyes are always wide open. I'm obsessed with Instagram. I'm constantly finding beautiful and inspiring things there. You definitely get more absorbed in the details. I'm also very inspired by Pinterest. I love fashion and interiors, and I love how they influence one another."

GardenStool TheGreatAmericanHouse JonathanBurden
Blue and White Garden Stool, $185, Furbish Studio The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now by Gil Schafer III, $38, Amazon Cream-Painted Georgian Style Chair, $4000, Jonathan Burden
Panel ChristopherSpitzmiller AgnesMartin
Handpainted Chinese Scenic Wallpaper, $1350, Gracie Studio Garniture Lamp, Price Upon Request, Christopher Spitzmiller Untitled #10 by Agnes Martin, Price Upon Request, PACE Gallery
Photographs: Amy Neunsinger for House Beautiful, Patrick Cline for Lonny (4th image) -- By Julia Millay Walsh