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Clean Slate

My husband has been complaining about our overstuffed cottage, and my housekeeper spends 80% of her time dusting. Short of moving to a stripped-down space like this one, I think it’s time for a massive cleanout.

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Art

Art On The Line

My friends at The Line keep expanding their offerings and now you can buy art on the site. Seems like an natural addition since the artist Max Snow is married to The Line co-founder, Vanessa Traina.

You can also visit The Apartment, home of The Line, to see the works in person.

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Make A Note

Like Sofia Coppola, I’m a stationery nut and have a “wardrobe” of different cards. My go-to stationery is by Smythson, engraved Nile blue cards and envelopes, but I also have ones that I cherish from Cartier and The Printery. The above page, from the special issue of W edited by Coppola, shows a few of her favorites.

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Still My Favorite

Next to Rosemary, Abd el Kader by Cire Trudon is my favorite candle scent. I love how Cire Trudon candles are displayed– placed under glass domes to trap the scent. The heavy, green glass container, gold label, and pale green or white box is the ultimate in packaging.

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Spring Cleaning

With our seemingly never-ending winter and three dogs, I am itching to throw open the windows to let in some fresh air. Until that can happen, I rely on all natural, great smelling cleaning products. Method makes some of the best, especially their  Squirt + Mop (the only natural version I’ve found) and dryer sheets. I like Mrs. Meyer’s laundry soap in lemon verbena, but I’m not a fan of all of their scents. For riding clothes, I use half unscented Tide and half Mrs. Meyer’s. Dishwasher soap has been my bugaboo. My dishes weren’t getting clean with the one’s I tried. Now I use Palmolive Eco, it’s phosphate free and works like a charm.

I’m always looking for natural products that do the job, let me know if you have any to recommend.

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Interior Designer & Blogger

Mark D. Sikes

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Mark D. Sikes photographed by Agnes Baddoo for KiC.

A few years ago, a number of my interiors-obsessed friends started mentioning Mark D. Sikes’ eponymous blog, and were raving about his posts. When I visited his site, I knew instantly why it was generating so much buzz– MDS is the perfect mix of “chic people, glamorous places, and stylish things”.  An L.A.-based interior designer with impeccable taste, Mark had created a must-follow blog.

And follow I did.  As it turned out, Mark was following me. After commenting on each others’ posts, an email exchange, and my begging him to join me at an event with Deeda Blair, we became fast friends.

Besides my favorite MDS posts on vintage imagery, iconic women, and envy-worthy interiors, I love that Mark uses his blog as a platform to promote other designers, illustrators, and creative folks. This sharing is the hallmark of his generous spirit. Henry James’ famous words “[t]hree things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind” pretty much sum up my dear friend.

Mark and his partner Michael kindly let us photograph them (and beloved Frenchie, Lily) at their drop-dead, and newly renovated, Hollywood Hills home.

The best part of profiling a tastemaker is getting them to divulge their must-haves and inspirations. Mark shares his list below.

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MDS inspiration board: top interior Carolina Irving’s old NYC apartment, bottom Oscar de la Renta’s home in Punta Cana.

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An Eclectic Mix

This American couple’s Belgian apartment, in the March issue of Elle Decor, caught my eye. Or rather, pulled my heart strings. I grew up in homes with a similar aesthetic– Eames, Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, and George Nakashima furniture mixed with antiques and Oriental rugs. When my oldest daughter was a toddler, I gave away my Barcelona chairs fearing the sharp edges. Today, a Mies chair would shake up my living room nicely.

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Like A Magpie

When I spy with my little eye something gilded, I’m like a magpie and want to make it mine. This gilded grapevine, in the dining room of 1rstdibs founder Michael Bruno’s Tuxedo Park home featured in the WSJ. magazine, is divine. The Eero Saarinen chairs are pretty good too, as are the animal dioramas.

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Dreaming Of Spring

The snow has melted and thankfully we are having a brief respite from the deep freeze. Seed catalogues are stacked next to the fall issues of fashion magazines that honestly, need to be tossed. When I saw this image in Vogue from a story on my neighbor Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler’s weekend home in Locust Valley, my first thought was, time to consider the garden.

It’s certainly too early to put anything in the ground, but it’s never too early to plan and dream about what to plant come spring.

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It’s in the details

© W magazine

White, black, grey, and navy may be my sartorial preferences, but in my home, I love color. However, it’s the details that I appreciate the most. Piping and scalloped edges make me very happy.

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