From California comes an A-lister who gracefully blends couture and comfort.
By Marisa Spyker
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If Jeffrey Alan Marks had a slogan, it might be “couture design for barefoot living”—a happy contradiction he observed as a young designer living in England. “My taste tends to be elegant, very European, but I always take it back to being a California beach guy,” he says.
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Decorating doesn’t just revolve around what’s inside the four walls of your home. At the entryway of this shingle-style home in Malibu, Marks proves just how much of an impact curb appeal can make with an oversized, weathered anchor as a welcoming accent. “Right from the start you know that the style of this place is beach house playful,” he says.
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Marks renovated this Brant Point, Nantucket beach cottage with updated finishes and furniture to fit the sensibilities of its more modern owners. “It has a very easy, open floor plan,” he says. “We placed board and batten on the walls to give the room texture and personality. It is more architectural and modern in feel.”
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Rather than take his hue cues from the sky and sea, Marks opted for contrasting red cushions and pillows in this Laguna Beach garden hangout overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Black wicker chairs offer a dramatic pairing for the patterned fabrics, while a textured woven rug and side tables maintain the casual atmosphere of the space.
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Inspired by the serene, natural surroundings of this beachfront lot on Coronado Island, Marks worked with the architects to create a home that seamlessly blended into its environment. “We chose calming, modern interiors that would open up onto a garden and the beach beyond, blurring the lines between indoors and out,” he says.
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Instead of increasing the footprint of the master bedroom in this weekend getaway by the sea, Marks thought vertically. “We opened up the ceiling to enlarge the room and make it feel more airy,” he says. Design details like the natural, textured wallcovering and bright white statement chandelier further help to make the space feel grand.
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Marks brought a bit of edge to a work nook in this traditional beach cottage by choosing an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories, including a mirrored table lamp, weathered wood desk, black midcentury chair, and contemporary beach photograph. Floors painted Lamp Room Green by Farrow & Ball lighten up and modernize the space. Visit jam-design.com for more.