In conjunction with our recent collaboration with Mark D. Sikes on a collection of wool dhurries called California Stipes, Mark has released his first book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style. Beautiful showcases Mark’s take on classic American style and his love of layers, natural fibers, and crisp colors. Organized by his favorite colorways, the book moves from “Blue and White Forever” and “Timeless Neutrals” to “Red My Way” and “Sun-Faded Hues.”
We were thrilled—though not surprised—to see a number of Merida rugs anchoring many of the spaces in this book, and proving a base layer for an array of dhurries and antique rugs.
We asked Mark to select three favorite vignettes from Beautiful, and tell us why he loves each space.
Montecito guest room
featuring Varkala jute in Sunrise
“I love this casual guest room. The mix of indigos, natural textures and batiks are the perfect complement to the beautiful weather at the beach. I used a Varkala jute rug in Sunrise wall to wall and layered a vintage pieced indigo rug over it. The texture and softness of the jute adds to the comfort and ease of the room.”
Hollywood Hills living room
featuring Mayon abaca
“The large windows open up to the gardens creating the perfect indoor-outdoor space, which is what makes California living so great. The room has a mix of formal elements and textures from chinoiserie, gilt, and animal prints to blue and white antique ceramic. The Mayon abaca rug, with an antique rug layered on it, brings a casual sense of texture to compliment the elegant elements in the room. The mix of casual and elegant is inviting and feels easy.”
Marin County living room
featuring Merida abaca
“This neutral room is a mix of clean lines and textures like plaster, bronze and rattan. The abaca area rug is the perfect foundation to the room. The weave of the abaca in and of itself looks like a piece of modern art.”
Excitement has been growing on social media as well, with designers and creatives showing their artistic book styling skills with #topofthestack on Instagram.