BALLET STRIPES

sarah jessica parker is celebrating five years of being on the board of the directors of the new york city ballet. one of the things that sarah has brought to the ballet program is an annual collaboration between fashion designers and choreographers. this year designer rosie assoulin designed costumes for one of the world premiers at this weeks NYCB fall gala.

i love rosie’s designs and i can actually see how her clothes could be made for the ballet. here is look at some of rosie’s costumes. look closely and you will see some stripes, you know how much i love a stripe. enjoy!

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La Colina

A HOUSE BY THE SEA

the most beautiful house in the world now has it’s own book. la colina, the home of bunny williams and john rosselli, is the star of bunny williams new book, a house by the sea/ order here.

i have a special connection to this house. michael and i have spent the last three thanksgiving with bunny and john at la colina. there are no words to describe the beauty and wonder of la colina- it’s magical and special. beyond the beauty of this house is the beautiful relationship bunny and john have with the house. you must get this book. the story, the photography and the beauty is unmatched.

bunny and i both have books that have just been released. we are doing a book tour together (#bunnyandmarkbooktour). last night was our first event. LA is next. Bunny is the most talented designer of our time and is one of my best friends. sharing this time with her is like a dream.

i know you will enjoy the book, a house by the sea. i think you will find it magical and beautiful, and no wonder it was created by the great bunny williams.

i thought i’d share some pictures i took of la colina over thanksgiving. enjoy!

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Mark D. Sikes- Seduced by La Colina- April, 2014

 

#TOPOFTHESTACK

today is a very big day, a very exciting day. my new book, Beautiful- All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, is finally here.

today i celebrate all things beautiful. beauty has been pretty much my sole inspiration. my love of beauty has inspired this blog, my interiors, and this new book.

when i was designing and laying out the book i told my publisher, rizzoli, that i wanted it to be about 11 inches tall and 9 inches wide. i think they were surprised because this is on the smaller side for a book (i think most people want bigger books- many think bigger means more important).

you might ask why i wanted a book this size? well, i wanted it to be the perfect size to sit on top of the stack of books on everyones cocktail table… and it helps that it is beautiful.

if you haven’t ordered a book, get a signed copy of the book here. we will send you one. when you get it, i hope it finds a home on top the stack.

here are instagrams from many of my good friends showing the beautiful book sitting on #topofthestack. when you get yours, join the beautiful course, post a picture on intagram and tag it with #beautifulbook and #topofthestack. every so i often i will do a blog post like this with all my favorite instagrams.

thank you everyone for all of your love and support. everyday is a beautiful day, but today’s extra beautiful!

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