Moving my #textbooktuesday weekly book review a day earlier to share a sneak peek of Mark D. Sikes new project, 'Beautiful' before it's official release tomorrow. When I received my copy and began to pour over the details I quickly realized that beautiful is an understatement! The book is simply stunning, and is a must-add to any design library. I'm not sure how he does it, but Mark manages to marry traditional formality with inviting and effortless comfort. Trust me when I say you will want to examine the details of every featured space!
The book even arrived in chic packaging:
I was so impressed by the number of never before seen projects and variety of styles of Mark's work featured in 'Beautiful.' What an incredibly genius idea, in our oversharing/social media driven world, to hold back 15+ unseen projects and publish them all together in this way.
I also love the way in which the book is divided into 8 chapters, sectioned by color. He makes you focus on what that color can bring and perhaps see it in a way you've never seen it before! With titles like, "Blue and White Forever," "Garden Green," and "Red My Way," you can't help but keep turning the pages to see what's right around the next corner. It's all we have come to know Mark for and more; indigo porcelains, rattan furniture, layers of stripes, relaxed crisp cottons, chinoiserie panels and formal skirted round tables.
We've fallen in love with his fashion endeavor MDS Stripes, his fabric collection for Schumacher, his stunning designs for the two store locations of Draper James, furniture and rug collections on the way, and now comes 'Beautiful.' I think it's safe to say Mark can do it all - and can do it all so well.
The book will be released tomorrow, September 20, and the only place you can preorder a signed copy from Mark is here, or an unsigned copy can be purchased through Amazon here. It's already #1 best seller in interior design and I think we can all see exactly why! As the famed movie producer Nancy Meyers states in her foreward for the book, "He not only shows us, for the first time, the sublime work he's been doing, but he shares his views on how classic can look fresh, and how style and comfort go hand-in-hand ..."
Photography by Amy Neunsinger courtesy of Rizzoli.