I am fascinated by the idea of Zeitgeist, particularly when designers happen to start to vibe with a shared aesthetic. For many years, I myself have been personally inspired by the work of the interior design master, Renzo Mongiardino, as well as the impossible chicness of Marella Agnelli. When my friend, interior designer, Mark D. Sikes shared his ravishing room with me at this year’s Kips Bay Show House, I was quite overcome with joy since Sikes has imbued his creation with so many of my own favorite influences. Really, I am absolutely blown away by Sikes’ brilliance. His room entitled “Up in the Villa” is a tremendous tribute to Mongiardino and Marella Agnelli — it’s the most terrific take on uptown-New-York-City-meets-California with a super stylish Italian sensibility. Sikes’ masterful mix of Bennison’s Malabar with a red gingham from Schumacher on the walls provide a rich backdrop for a collection of modern art, blue and white porcelains, as well as classical paintings and antiques.
His room also provided Sikes with the opportunity to showcase his new line of wicker furniture for Soane – conjuring up images of Marella Agnelli’s beloved wicker which she uses in almost all of her homes. There are also the most divine club, slipper, and dining chairs, as well as tables and much more. I just want ALL of it!
I am sure this room is destined to go viral, much like the room created by Alexa Hampton at last year’s show house, but you should definitely see it for yourself, as photos simply can’t replace a first hand viewing in the round!
I’m pictured with Sikes in his “Up in the Villa” by artist Boris Glamocanin. Here I’m sporting a Tom Ford era jacket in white, black and saddle leather, a bespoke shirt by Bruce Cameron Clark in a mini Liberty of London floral print with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, vintage Gucci python belt with sterling double horse head buckle, Uniqlo slim jeans and red sox, and Tom Ford saddle leather loafers. My fragrance is Creed Cedre Blanc and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.