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Looks We Love: The Magic of Mark D. Sikes

A collection of timeless pieces that work beautifully in any space.

When we teamed up with Mark D. Sikes to create his “Coast to Coast” collection, we knew Mark was a perfect partner because he is a decorator’s decorator—the kind of designer who has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of design and cultural references that make his interiors seem effortless and timeless. Mark knows what it takes for a rug or a bedding collection to work in a wide range of rooms.

Mark’s concept was to create a capsule of rugs and bedding that would work anywhere in the country–literally from coast to coast. Says Mark of the collection, “The collection is all about how to mix the East and West Coast styles. The East Coast traditional checks, stripes, and florals mix with the West Coast bohemian paisleys, embroideries, and batiks. This mix and the layers are what make this collection or any room feel comfortable, casual and inviting.”

Seeing how Mark’s collection has been used by designers and influencers has been a delight. You can truly see Mark’s “coast to coast” concept in action when a rug appears in an upstate New York farmhouse and a Nashville kitchen in the gorgeous rooms featuring Mark’s signature collection that follow:

Mark gave the classic jute rug a fresh look with a weighted border of proportional contrasting stripes. The design of the Ipswich design is simple, but impactful.

Creative Consultant Hanna Seabrook used the Ipswich rug in her boho-neutral living room. “The exaggerated spacing on the stripes is my favorite part.”

The Harwich rug is a clever play on a classic checkerboard floor pattern. The pattern of huge white diamonds is dhurrie woven in braided jute on a natural undyed base.

Marian Parsons, the blogger behind Miss Mustard Seed, used Harwich as the foundation for her dining room. Says Parsons, “I gravitated towards that pattern because of the mural, which has a bit of a Rufus Porter feel to it.  In many images I’ve seen of Rufus Porter murals, they are accompanied by a wood floor painted in a checkerboard pattern. To me, this rug mimics that, emphasizing the traditional (and a hint of historic) feel of this space.”

I Spy DIY’s Jenni Yolo used the Harwich rug two ways in her Barnhouse renovation: In the living room and the loft space. In this 145-year old house, Harwich shows how it can bring the gap between antique and modern elements.

A fresh spin on a classic awning stripe, Hampshire gives rooms a tailored, preppy element that pulls a room together. With a refined seed stitch and an edge bound border it is a refined version of a woven cotton rug.

In this warm, neutral living room by Elizabeth Wilson Design, Hampshire is layered over a woven natural fiber rug for double the texture. The white and wheat stripes lighten up the room, adding to its airy yet traditional feeling.

With a graphic, geometric pattern, the Ojai rug is among the most contemporary of the rugs in Mark’s Coast To Coast collection.

Nashville interior designer Sarah Bartholomew gave her kitchen a whole new look by bringing in the Ojai. The classic cabinetry and roman shades seem to loosen up a bit when paired with this rug.

Ojai looks young and fresh in the living room of Chassity Evans, the Charleston-based author of the Look Linger Love blog. In the white-walled and light-tiled space, it becomes a design focal point.

The Big Sur rug is one of the more modern creations from the design collaboration. With a twist of east meets west, this effortless blue and ivory wool rug was inspired by an antique Kasuri indigo weaving.

In decorator Rachel Shingleton’s entryway, the Big Sur goes graphic preppy when paired with a blue console table and a floral blue and white wallpaper.

In Melissa Michaels’s dining area, Big Sur takes a more boho chic style. The Inspired Room founder’s rug choice is the backdrop of wicker, slipcovered seating, and vintage accessories.

With La Mirada, Mark took a Dash & Albert classic: the wide striped cotton rug, and tweaked it by reimagining the usual solid stripes as wide bands of micro stripes. The result is modern and subtly textured.

In her living room, Pencil Shavings Studio’s Rachel Shingleton uses La Mirada as one of many striped textiles, “I will forever love stripes,” says Shingleton. “Stripes can be playful or sophisticated; they can be nautical or preppy—there are so many variables, but there’s always a stripe that will work.”

In this chic bedroom, designer Laura Christian uses La Mirada to add pattern to a range of solid-hued pieces and cleverly cover up boring wall-to-wall carpeting. The resulting room is layered, laidback, and quietly masculine.

In her dining room, designer Michaela Beel used La Mirada beneath a custom table of her own design. Along with the artwork, the rug brings some of the only color to this neutral, Scandinavian-inspired space.

Mark’s bedding collection is a celebration of blue and white, with many of the pieces inspired by antique textiles. The different patterns are all meant to be mixed and matched.

Gen Sohr, the creative force behind Pencil and Paper Co, used two of the Coast to Coast bedding patterns to create a crisp blue and white bed. Mark’s La Mirada rug is the foundation layer for the room.

The Inspired Home’s Melissa Michaels makes the most of a petite bedroom with the Pasadena Resist coverlet and Julian sheeting and shams. “Just because a space is small doesn’t mean you can’t have fun decorating it,” says Michaels of this room. “Play with a variety of patterns, shapes and textures. Stripes, pom pom trim, checks, florals, beads, basket weave, curves… they can all hang out together in one little but fun and welcoming summer guest room.”

Anne Wagoner Interiors created a calming guest bedroom for her clients by pairing the Newbury decorative pillow with shades of palest blue and ivory. The overall look is sophisticated, but still feels right for this room that doubles as a baby’s nursery.

There must just be something about blue and white that makes the perfect backdrop for adorable puppy pics. In this inviting snap (above right) by designer Chloe Heath, the Newbury quilt and Montebello Asiatic Blue pillows look homey against a backdrop of a ticking stripe wallpaper.

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