The Really Good Get: A Fab Dress for Spring


Toward the end of last summer, I began to notice these incredibly chic dresses with tie waists and embroidered bell-sleeves.  The dresses were an undoubtedly literal interpretation of the traditional Ukranian dress, but somehow now made extraordinary through an infusion of a hip bohemian edge.  First in the Instagram feed of Amanda Brooks (a harbinger for sure) and then on Leandra Medine’s blog,  Then Amy Astley followed suit and then several fashionistas those whose names are well-known and other faces I don’t recognize except to note that they, too, are early adopters.  And, then, Mark D. Sikes did a post. I did some investigation when I first spotted Amanda in hers and determined the dresses were by Vita Kin, a native Ukranian, through her line of traditional Ukranian clothing, Vyshyvanka.  (Find […]

#frf . . . kips bay show house


today’s installment of fab room friday takes us to the granddaddy of all design events, the 2015 kips bay showhouse, which opened yesterday in new york city.  each spring for the past forty-three years, the best designers in the land vie for a spot on the chosen list of this storied event to test their mettle.  if they are lucky, and also extremely talented, they get an opportunity to demonstrate to the city, the states, and the world their own personal design alchemy. this year, mark d. sikes wins my prize for the most captivating and inspiring of all the rooms.  first, i cannot get over how crazy good the checks are.  as a child, my mother, a colonial williamsburg-o-phile, decorated the walls and furniture of our den and kitchen with the same checks, large […]

#frf . . mark d. sikes


mark d. sikes has taken the design world literally by storm in about five years flat.   while others may toil away for years seeking meager notoriety, mark, a virtual “no one” some five years ago, has since seen his personal residence twice published in three years, once in house beautiful (see the story here) and once again after a major re-design in veranda (see the story here).  mark developed his design chops over the course of two decades by first starting out in retail visual merchandising for banana republic and gap stores.  he worked his way up the ranks to eventually helm the store’s visual impact strategy.  he entered the design world when he transitioned to head pottery barn’s visual merchandising and marketing and help overhaul the brand. lucky for us he […]