Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

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This New York Times bestselling book from interior designer Mark D. Sikes is a celebration of American style today, showcasing chic and accessible ideas for every home. Modern and unfussy, Mark D. Sikes’s interiors are classic takes on California indoor/outdoor living, with natural fibers and crisp coloration, informed and influenced by the fashion world where he began his career. In eight chapters, he explores approachable, stylish looks, from "Blue and White Forever," which features indigos, stripes, batiks, and wicker in casual rooms such as porches and pool houses; to "Timeless Neutrals," presenting semiformal rooms filled with chinoiserie, gilt, glass, mirrors, banquettes, and French chairs; to "Garden Greens," featuring happy, casual family rooms and kitchens inspired by the garden with treillage woodwork, rattan, and cotton. There are also "Beautiful Brights," colorful rooms that are eclectic, layered, and fun, with chintz, florals, and Middle Eastern influences; and "Sun Faded Hues," rustic coastal rooms with weathered fabrics and furniture. Each chapter presents light-filled images of the designer’s looks and offers the reader inspiration and advice. As famed film director Nancy Meyers writes in the book’s foreword, this is a book that shows design lovers "how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand."

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" The book is filled with elegant, comfortable rooms layered with Sikes’ trademark design elements — cheerful blue-and-white porcelain, wicker and rattan, and fabrics in stripes, batik, and ikat patterns."
—Papercity Magazine

"A showcase of chic ideas for every home, Sikes’s interiors are inspired by classic California living."
—The Society Diaries

"This is a book I know I will turn to again and again and I have no doubt that you will, too."
—La Dolce Vita

"Organized by color, each chapter examines Sikes'' passion for certain colors . . . and demonstrates how the designer uses these colors to imbue a home''s interiors with personality and style.  Alongside images of Sikes'' work, there are photos of vignettes and mood boards, all of which provide the reader with ample design inspiration."
—Peakofchic.com

"Sharing a glimpse into his world of California cool is his first bookBeautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style. . ."  
—Modern Luxury Interiors (Atlanta)

"Fall must haves." 
—La Dolce Vita

"We wrote about Mark Sikes in our prior summer issue and we continue to be inspired by his work. This is his first book—and it is a comprehensive look at his distinctive style, which derives from classic American motifs and traditions. Sikes presents ideas that are useable and adaptable for virtually any home, even if much of his aesthetic references classic California indoor/outdoor living, where he lives full time. He is an advocate for using natural fibers, choosing vivid colors, all the while remaining true to fashion as an inspiration, an arena where he began his successful career. Given his strong Hollywood connections, he had Nancy Meyers, the famed film director, write the foreword. She emphasizes that Sikes knows ''how classic can look fresh, how style and comfort go hand-in-hand''."
Milieu Magazine 

"Fall''s Must Read Deisgn Books"
Forbes.com

"Mark D. Sikes makes America  Beautiful (Rizzoli) again."
Vanity Fair

"Meanwhile, his newly published first book,  Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, has an entire chapter dedicated to — what else? — blue and white. ( $37, amazon.com) ''It works with everything,'' Sikes says, ''modern, eclectic, traditional.''"
House Beautiful

"The book offers a fresh take on American style."
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 

"Reese Witherspoon has "Beautiful" at the top of her stack"
New York Post

" Casually chic and unfussy, the applauded style of interior designer Mark D. Sikes is marked by his compositions of things with a forever appeal to make rooms livable. In Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timesless Style (Rizzoli), he chats companionably through eight chapters as he dissects his approachable style. “Blue and White Forever” features indigos, stripes, batiks and wicker found on porches and in pool houses. In ''Timeless Neutrals,'' chinoiserie, gilt glass and mirrors are married compatibly with Frencg chairs and furnishings. There are happy family rooms and kitchens in the “Garden Greens” chapter and color to make you smile in ''Beautiful Brights.'' Most of all, this is a book for people who like to really settle into their spaces."
360 West Magazine 

"His buzzy blog—Mark D. Sikes: Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things ( markdsikes.com)— inspired the idea for his first book. Rather than organizing chapters by projects, Sikes (whose clients include Reese Witherspoon and film director Nancy Myers) grouped them around his favorite color stories, such as ''Blue and White Forever'' or ''Red My Way.'' It’s proof of how any type of hue can transform a room."
Serendipity Magazine 

About the Author

Mark D. Sikes began his career in visual merchandising at Banana Republic/GAP. After two successful decades, he launched his interior design business and immediately attracted national publicity in publications from Veranda to Architectural Digest. His lifestyle blog— Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things—has become an inspiration and resource for design lovers all over the world.

Nancy Meyers is the director and screenwriter for several Hollywood blockbusters, including Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, and It’s Complicated.

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Texas Flounder
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Extreme Blue and White Decorating
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020
Imagine if a home furnishings store sold only blue and white furniture, bedding, draperies, rugs, artwork, dishes, etc. Not blue OR white, but blue AND white- in every conceivable pattern. Now imagine if an interior designer had an unlimited budget, but could only purchase... See more
Imagine if a home furnishings store sold only blue and white furniture, bedding, draperies, rugs, artwork, dishes, etc. Not blue OR white, but blue AND white- in every conceivable pattern. Now imagine if an interior designer had an unlimited budget, but could only purchase things from this blue and white store. You now have the gist of Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style. I never knew rooms could be packed with so many different patterns of blue and white and only blue and white. I understand that most decorators like to use certain color schemes, but such schemes are generally subtle and well blended so that they can be appreciated without being overly obvious. The rooms depicted in this book are the equivalent of having your head pounded into the wall with the decorator yelling out, "THE THEME OF THIS ROOM IS BLUE AND WHITE! DO YOU LIKE THIS BLUE AND WHITE ROOM?!? DID YOU NOTICE THAT EVERYTHING IS BLUE AND WHITE?!? " I have nothing against blue and white color schemes, I would just prefer not to have my eyes bleed from looking at nothing but blue and white. In all fairness, this book does have two or three photos of rooms donned solely in brown and beige, but I can only assume the publisher did so to prevent lawsuits from readers claiming permanent brain damage caused by staring at incessant blue and white room photographs. Either that, or the publisher was trying to save money by limiting the book to four colors of ink. Towards the middle of the book, I stopped looking at the room photos and instead found myself searching for non-blue and white (or non-beige and brown) ANYTHING. Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed in my quest. Nevertheless, if you are one of those individuals that happen to like blue and white EVERYTHING in each and EVERY room, this book is for you! In the meantime, I can only hope the designer discovers additional colors in the spectrum should he elect to showcase another decorating book.
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random actor
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Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2020
Easy to have a great looking room when you have an extraordinary home to work with. Not much use to us more ordinary people. Also repetitive...the natural fiber rug covered by a dhurri rug...which is a sure way to fall. Furniture arrangement great for photos, bad for real... See more
Easy to have a great looking room when you have an extraordinary home to work with. Not much use to us more ordinary people. Also repetitive...the natural fiber rug covered by a dhurri rug...which is a sure way to fall. Furniture arrangement great for photos, bad for real conversation and communication. Also sick of book shelves with books all covered with white paper so they will go with the scheme. I guess this kind of unrealistic decor suits some people, but it irritates me to have spent 30 bucks for an idea book that has very few new or applicable ideas and they are are his, photo after photo...the same kinds of things and though he has named his style CA Elegant, I see little that is about California. Also, I don''t detect the preferences of a real life client in any of the home. Just the decorator. Sorry to have spent the money.
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C. Louise Krautheim
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Absolutely Beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017
This is one of the best decorating books I have gotten in a long time. Cannot wait til Mark''s next book is out. I love the way the chapters are done by color scheme, etc. I am a neutral person and I found so many decorating ideas that I hope to use in my new townhome. I... See more
This is one of the best decorating books I have gotten in a long time. Cannot wait til Mark''s next book is out. I love the way the chapters are done by color scheme, etc. I am a neutral person and I found so many decorating ideas that I hope to use in my new townhome. I was never a Blue person, but the blues are so beautiful and I hope to incorporate into my color schemes. I find green to be one of my favorites. These tranquil colors can be used in any room or sunroom of your home. His decorating style is exactly what I want for my new home. His arrangement of furniture and decorating ideas are outstanding. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for new and refreshing styles for decorating. I would give this book a 5-Plus. I cannot wait to incorporate a lot of Mark''s ideas into my home.
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Lacy
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Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020
Beautiful duel page photos and a gorgeous spine for bookshelf styling. Love this book inside and out.
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Edri
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Stunning
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
This is a stunning decorating book in every way. I am only on page 135 and needed to write a review immediately. This will be my new go to decorating book. Mark D. Sikes did an amazing job of organizing the book by interior color. I am a huge fan of blue. The color... See more
This is a stunning decorating book in every way. I am only on page 135 and needed to write a review immediately. This will be my new go to decorating book. Mark D. Sikes did an amazing job of organizing the book by interior color. I am a huge fan of blue. The color blue is represented well on the cover as well as throughout the book. The interiors are absolutely beautiful and layered in a masterful way. It was difficult for me to turn to page 18 because the room on pages 16 & 17 is beyond wonderful, especially the blue design on the draperies. The dedication of this book also touched me in that he honored his grandparents who stressed working hard and dreaming big. I can''t wait to see the rest of this book. Job well done! This book will be inspirational to many who love to live beautifully.
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Emi Joy
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Love it!
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
Love this book! The content is great and the cover looks so classic that I used it to decorate my coffee table :)
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Ann Ruggles
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Beautiful inspiring interiors
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2018
This is a book I will refer to again and again to be inspired. Mark D. Sikes knows how to create rooms that are beautiful and livable. There''s a nice mix of materials, with layers that create interest, and nothing too fancy or formal. I''d personally like to see more of his... See more
This is a book I will refer to again and again to be inspired. Mark D. Sikes knows how to create rooms that are beautiful and livable. There''s a nice mix of materials, with layers that create interest, and nothing too fancy or formal. I''d personally like to see more of his interiors where he uses less blue, but that''s just me. I feel like I can study these pictures to create my own beautiful interiors.
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RJ
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Idea-Provoking Photographs
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018
Whether Sikes is your style or not, this helps with thinking through the kind of environment you''d like to create, without just automatically going along with trends, etc. Furniture placement and reconfiguring rooms are thoroughly covered.
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Marianne Kaye
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Easy to read. Beautiful pictures.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2019
Great design book. Full of ideas and advice on Style and beauty in the home!
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2017
Awesome.
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Mrs. Geraldine H. Taylor
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Gorgeous Ideas
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2018
Gorgeous book full of lovely pictures of interiors to make your mouth water. Beautiful styling. Well worth buying if, like me, you are a house/interiors nut.
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Liane O'Neill
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As expected
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2020
Sooo good
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Daphne
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This is the most stunning interiors book I have ever ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2017
This is the most stunning interiors book I have ever bought! You can marvel at each picture for a long time.
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Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online

Beautiful: new arrival All-American Decorating and Timeless popular Style online