Coastal Living Idea House: Blue and White all over

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.

Blue and white cabinets: Linda Holt Photo

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.

Kitchen: Linda Holt Photo

There were thoughtful custom details throughout the house such as the pleated fabric shade on the kitchen chandelier.

custom lamp shade: Linda Holt Photo

and fabulous white pompom trim on the buffalo checked drapes.

kitchen window seat: Linda Holt Photo

Every detail was carefully thought out.

drapery detail

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.

great room: Linda Holt Photo

The patio and pool is just off the living room.

Linda Holt Photo

The hallways were decked out in navy blue and white stripes and iron lanterns.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

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. 

Linda Holt Photo

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.

Linda Holt Photo

The girl’s bedroom was equally as energetic with navy and white trellis wallpaper and a roomful of blue and white botanicals.

Linda Holt Photo

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.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

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.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

The basement is all set for game night and the fabric  upholstered walls made it so cozy.

Linda Holt Photo

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.

Linda Holt Photo

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?




21 Responses to Coastal Living Idea House: Blue and White all over
  1. Darla Powell Reply

    Now that’s a commitment to blue and white! I do love the striped hallway.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Yes, you have to REALLY love blue and white to want to live there. There isn’t even a room with an accent color!

  2. Marie Mouradian Reply

    Oh, how our love affair with blue and white is ingrained in us. I loved the tour (Mark Sikes is a creative genius) and your photographs all look like they’re from a magazine.
    I’m heading there next Thursday to experience it myself. Anything I should know?

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Two things Marie, it’s free to tour the house and there is no parking! We took our chances and pulled off the street and parked on the grass but did risk getting towed.

  3. Angela Taylor Reply

    Beautiful photography Linda. I’m a fan of blue and white but in moderation, I think you can have too much of a good thing;)

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Angela, My friend and I agreed that for a show house it is perfect. To live with it every day is a bit much.

  4. Patti Allen Reply

    Great photos and blogpost, Linda. Thanks for sharing!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks for commenting Patti. The house had so much to look at and the location was incredible.

  5. Remya Warrior Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. Love the blue and white, and the details especially the pom poms on the window treatment and the striped wall.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Remya, the window treatments were my absolute favorite thing about the house. I am going to do another post just on that!

  6. Sarah Reply

    He did an excellent job!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  7. Tammy Reply

    So fun ! I do love the window treatments but I feel for the wallpaper installer !

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Ha! I agree Tammy, especially in the checked bedroom!

  8. Elle Reply

    The buffalo check fabric wrapped around all those eaves was pretty mind-blowing and done so well.

  9. Carla Aston Reply

    Lots of beautiful pinnable images here! This post will bring you traffic for a long time from Pinterest!

  10. Pat ONeil Reply

    Love these photos. I cannot wait to visit this house. What are the remaining dates and times that the house will be open to visitors?
    Thanks very much.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Pat, it’s open Thursday though Sunday until Sept 4th. It’s worth the trip!

      • Pat ONeil Reply

        Thanks very much.

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  12. Choice Furniture Superstore Reply

    Love all these pictures. White and blue color combination is looking elegant.

  13. Bobbi Reply

    I love the classic blue and white coastal look. Keeping the palette simple allows you to really get crazy with patterns. This home is beautiful!

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