Interior designer and bestselling author Mark D. Sikes emphasizes comfort and individuality in his designs, so he understands that homes must feel comforting and inspiring during a pandemic.
“People are finding their homes to be their sanctuaries,” Sikes told Paper City Magazine. “What is important now is that people feel comfortable in their homes and that they surround themselves with what they love.”
It’s essential to refresh your home after a year of quarantine. We’ll help you transform your home into the sanctuary you deserve with tips and decor from Sikes’ Blue Pheasant collection, available at Irwin Ribera. You might recognize Sikes’ blue and white aesthetic from his work for Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James boutique. Architectural Digest also recognized him in the latest AD100.
Clear the clutter
Before bringing in new pieces, clean out any decor you don’t love. Answer these questions to determine what needs to go, and donate anything that fails the test.
- Have I used this item in the past two years?
- Am I going to use it in the next three months?
- Does it have sentimental value?
Revitalize your space
Replenish your home with a small selection of curated pieces you love. For Sikes, a blend of modern pieces and antiques strikes the perfect balance. “I firmly believe that if you have a bunch of things you love, you can put them in a room, and they somehow work just because there’s this personal connection to them,” he told Coveteur.
Follow the tips below to refresh your home for 2021.
Bring the outdoors inside. California-native Sikes loves the indoor-outdoor vibe. Achieve the look with pieces like this bamboo flatware set or picnic-ready cloth napkins. Incorporate nature with fresh-cut flowers, and complete the look with airy window treatments that welcome the sunshine.
Let sentimental items shine. “Making things your own and being surrounded by the things you love is what makes it a home,” Sikes told Coveteur. Mix modern pieces with antiques for an inviting, lived-in vibe.
Try using an antique table as the focal point of your room, and dress it up with modern dishes like this Sconset serving bowl with bright blue speckles that keep it fun and fresh.
Draw inspiration from around the world. If you like multiple styles, borrow elements from each to create a look of your own. Sikes blends East Coast, West Coast, and European styles for the timeless, feel-good style seen in pieces like the Ojai serving platter.
Dine in style. It’s time to use your fancy dinnerware year-round, not only while entertaining guests. Dining at home should be a pleasant experience, and small touches like these rattan napkin rings and utensil holders help set the right mood.
Play with texture. Sikes uses natural fibers to add texture, depth, and dimension to his designs. Spread this Americana-inspired cotton table cloth over your dining table, and top with woven rattan placemats to incorporate texture into your home.
Refresh your home, lift your spirits
Even a slight home refresh can help you reset and refocus. This year especially, take the time to create a space you love. “Beauty is so subjective, but it’s powerful,” Sikes told Coveteur. “It can alter your spirits. It can lift you. It can sustain you.”