He’s the king of making classic look cool and brilliant at reinventing blue and white. Here, four more reasons to love 2017 Trendsetter and L.A.-based designer Mark D. Sikes.

By Betsy Cribb
April 28, 2017

1. He’s designing our 2017 Idea House in Newport, Rhode Island!
Our 20th Anniversary Idea House may be our best yet: It’s got a classic shingled exterior, pretty landscaping, and water views for days. Plus, it’s going to be decked in Sikes’s signature –and oh-so-classic – blue and white.

Here’s a sneak peek of the living room:

Crushing yet? The Idea House opens July 1, and we can’t wait! The house is open for tours on Thursdays through Sundays from July 1 to September 4, and you could win a trip for two to visit our New England dream! Enter here for a chance to win.

2. He has a positively dreamy clothing line.

For Sikes, classic style and design go hand in hand, and nowhere is that more evident than his fashion line, MDS Stripes, which showcases his penchant for classic stripes and bright, beachy hues. Made in California from 100% cotton, the pieces, which range from tiered color-block dresses to striped wide-leg pants and wrap tops, are as timeless as the stylish women who inspired them, and we can’t get enough.

3. His new hotel in Palm Springs has us campaigning for a follow-up on the coast.

Originally opened in 1951 and designed by architect Herbert W. Burns, Holiday House, a 28-room boutique hotel in Palm Springs, California, was recently redesigned by Sikes in a pretty blue-and-white palette (of course!) with midcentury-mod sensibilities and plenty of groovy artwork. We’re not usually much for the desert around here, but we’d escape to this Sikes-designed oasis any day of the week.

4. His first book landed on the New York Times bestseller list!

And for good reason. Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style celebrates Sikes’s unique brand of cool, classic design and his natural blending of indoors and out, plus it features a foreword from director Nancy Meyers (the genius behind movies like The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated, which, naturally, feature the chicest homes ever.) It’s 256 pages of pure eye candy, and your coffee table is begging for a copy. You can score a signed copy of the book here.

Stay tuned for more Idea House fun with Mark D. Sikes!