Last week I visited the Coastal Living Idea House in Newport RI to see the house that Mark did. Designer Mark D. Sikes that is. It was everything I could have imagined and it came as no surprise to hear that the house has been sold along with most of the furniture, drapes and decor. The lucky new owner scored big and will take possession of a blue and white dream house.
Mark Sikes is known for both his love of blue and white and his use of stripes and the idea house has it all wrapped up in one beautifully designed coastal home. I took lots of photos on my iphone and in a few cases the lighting was not optimal (as in really terrible) but I think you can still see the rooms fairly well.
My friend and I started our tour in the kitchen and loved the on trend two toned painted cabinets in blue and white. Bright white quartz counter tops on the perimeter kept the kitchen light while the oak stained island brought in some warmth and an organic touch.
There were thoughtful custom details throughout the house such as the pleated fabric shade on the kitchen chandelier.
and fabulous white pompom trim on the buffalo checked drapes.
Every detail was carefully thought out.
The living room is open to the kitchen and was designed with casual entertaining in mind. White sofas with blue welting and plenty of blue and white pillows signaled to sit down and relax.
The patio and pool is just off the living room.
The hallways were decked out in navy blue and white stripes and iron lanterns.
All the bedrooms were chock full of personality with lot’s of prints, patterns and gorgeous window treatments. Just like the kitchen and living room, they were all done in blue and white.
Decorating a room with lots of odd angles and eves can be challenging. I loved that Sikes embraced the sharp angles and wrapped blue and white buffalo check fabric all around.
The girl’s bedroom was equally as energetic with navy and white trellis wallpaper and a roomful of blue and white botanicals.
I understand that all this pattern might be too much for some, but for a second home like a beach house I think it’s a lot of fun.
The bathrooms were also blue and white and again, had interesting details. The stripes on the floral window fabric became inspiration for outlining the ceiling, walls, and even the tile floor with a matching blue stripe.
The basement is all set for game night and the fabric upholstered walls made it so cozy.
The landing between the second floor bedrooms was probably my favorite space in the house. It looked out directly to the ocean and between the art work, the sofa and the carpet it hit all the high notes for me.
It really is an amazing home and if you are local I urge you to check it out and see it before the new owners take possession.
How about you? What is your favorite room?