Monday 14 April 2014

House tour: a 1920s Hollywood Hills charm

In my Hermès blanket post on Friday I wanted to include the above photo, and another one further below, but I couldn't separate them from this house tour that I have kept in my files for too long. This 1920s Hollywood Hills home belongs to interior designer Mark D. Sikes (his blog is a constant inspiration) and his partner Michael Griffin. I remember falling flat for that top image: the sunlight coming in through the window and the colours of the two patterned cushions styled with the neutral Hermès Avalon blanket.

Beautifully arranged bookshelves where every book and item has its place

Sikes and Griffin have created a stylish, elegant and balanced home with attention to details. Everywhere you look there are beautifully decorated shelves, tables and trays - so many wonderful details to take in. It is exactly details like these that help turning a house into a home. They make your home more personal. Note also the chinoiserie items throughout and the striped rugs.

As I'm using images from two different sources, Lonny and House Beautiful, I couldn't include all of them and rather chose to leave some rooms out. Simply follow the links at the bottom to view more.

The breakfast nook: a white tulip table and director-style chairs

Striped rug in the kitchen

The neutral colours of the living room, except for the blue and white flowerpot and garden seat, create relaxed atmosphere. The natural earthy elements - a fiber rug, a woven basket and rattan chairs - are clearly visible and on display are decorative objects and books. The faux-tortoiseshell and brass cocktail table is an Oscar de la Renta design.

The zebra rug on the floor and leopard-print cushion on the leather chair in the corner give an edge to the space. The chinoiserie cabinet and ornate console table add a contrast and complete the room.

Two of Sikes's interior style influences were the homes of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and designer Bunny Williams in the Dominican Republic. You only have to look at this space in Oscar de la Renta's home to see the influences clearly.

A tray of decorative objects

In the master bedroom there is a billowing blue canopy bed, and flowery patterns are mixed with stripes.

There is also a balcony with black and white striped awning

One of my favourite rooms in the house is the guest bedroom with flowing white draperies and crisp linen. Its walls look black but are actually painted with a deep brown colour. On the floor a striped rug is layered over a natural one. One of the accessories is the stylish Hermès Avalon blanket, which sits on the chaise lounge with stylish cushions. A noteworthy detail is the natural tray under the tufted chaise lounge stacked with books.

The black walls of the elegant guest bathroom

Pathway with boxwood

French doors lead out onto the balcony

The outdoor areas of Sikes and Griffin's residence are just as charming as the indoor spaces. The Italian-style backyard is filled with potted boxwood and white flowers. The neutral patio furniture is mixed with chinoiserie garden seats and flowerpots in blue and white.

photo credit:
1-2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13-17: Patrick Cline for Lonny, November 2012 (photo gallery) / 3-4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 18: Amy Neunsinger for House Beautiful via Domaine / 19: Amy Neunsinger for House Beautiful


  1. A Hollywood Hills charm indeed! So beautifully styled and so many inspiring ideas! I need some director's chairs in my kitchen. :) The kitchen, guest bedroom (that first image of the guest bedroom - the colours work so beautifully there) and the outdoor areas are my favourite parts here.

    1. In my mind that first image of the guest bedroom is perfection! I want to recreate that look!

    2. the guest bedroom is beyond words!!!!!

  2. This place is so pretty! I adore its breezy feminine freshness :)


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