Mi his penchant for prints with an overall classic vibe through streamlined chairs and mahogany coffee tables, is defining what it means to be a maximal traditionalist. But how exactly does one manage this without a room feeling overdone or preppy gone wrong? Here, Sikes lays out some of his go-to tips like playing up patterns, or adding new style elements to your coffee table. Plus, with his new clothing & home decor line , and a best-seller book, ", you can glean all the inspiration yourself and take traditionalism to the max.
"I love to layer patterns and textures. In this breakfast room, I mixed more than four blue and white patterns on the banquette pillows. It works because each pattern is in the same color palette and because they sit on a solid, which breaks up the pattern from the walls. To offset the colorful patterns, I love to bring in natural materials like wicker and rattan. We also found a zinc-topped table to bring in another natural material. It's all about balancing the different materials to layer so many patterns in a small space."
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"On bookshelves, on entry tables, or on a coffee table, I like to think beyond books. I think it adds more interest to include an assortment of boxes and bowls. On a bookshelf, the negative space it creates makes a more interesting composition. On a table surface, it looks more thoughtful and orderly and the boxes are perfect for holding practical things like TV remotes."
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"Like boxes and bowls, another staple for me is baskets in natural fibers. I love to put them beneath consoles and tables. It adds an extra layer and brings a new material into the mix. A motto for me is "wicker always works." I even think it works in formal settings, even though you might think of it as a casual material. I also have a clothing line, , and we recently introduced a basket handbag which I think is a timeless piece and great for spring and summer."
MDS Stripes basket, $295, .
"When I am bringing the final layer into each room I design, I always like to add something living into the space. This could be a tree that stands in a pot on the floor, or even a topiary tree that sits on a table. A favorite variety for me is the myrtle topiary, but I use all types of living plants in my client's houses."
August Grove myrtle topiary, $120 (for set of 2), .
"If you've seen my work, it will be no surprise to hear that I cannot get enough of blue and white. In my eyes, it's the perfect color combination. I love blue because it is a color with a lot of range. For example, a robin's egg blue can be used in a more dressy and formal room, and a denim blue is great for a more casual space. It can be formal, casual, restful and in some cases, even cheery. It's a timeless combination that the eye never tires of because it appears so often in nature."
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"There needs to be plenty of chairs in every room. I even put chairs in hallways. It's most functional when you have company over and you need extra seating. If you're not using the chairs, you can place books on the cushions, but when friends are over, it's wonderful to have an extra chair you can pull up!"
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