First lady Jill Biden Selects An Interior Designer To Re-imagine Her East Wing Office

First lady Jill Biden chose an interior designer to re-imagine her East Wing office: Los Angeles designer Mark D. Sikes.


“I’m so excited to announce and share that I will be working with First Lady Jill Biden to refresh and redecorate her East Wing Office. This is an honor of a lifetime and I am both humbled and thrilled. To create beauty has always been my passion and I’ve also come to realize it’s my purpose. Thank you to The First Lady, her team and to those who came before her and those still to come.”

According to The Washington Post, Sikes is the first design professional the Bidens tapped for any work in the White House’s public rooms or private residence (New York designer Victoria Hagan carried out the task when the pair were living in the vice president’s official residence). Sikes previously designed for high-profile clients like Reese Witherspoon, and favors a blue and white color scheme in his creations, paired with fabrics in stripes, gingham and prints.

Mark D. Sikes is an interior designer based in Los Angeles, California. He’s best known for his blue and white patterned designs. Below are some of our favorites of his designs:

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“A skirted table adds a feminine and sophisticated touch to a room,” says Mark. “And they’re practical—you can stow things out of sight.” The bust was found in Charlotte, NC; the bowls are from San Francisco; and the books are a small part of a sizable library. “We have books everywhere,” he says. “They’re under tables, used as side tables. When I try to find a particular one, it’s quite the hunt.”
interiors by Mark D. Sikes
The dining room had a racy wallpaper,” says Mark. “I took it out and mirrored the space so it would feel bigger and reflect the outdoors.” Adding extra character are leather-covered chairs, a cheetah-print rug, and an antique chandelier. “Everything kind of glistens and shines in here.”

“There are things that just work in design—natural-fiber rugs, striped dhurries, chinoiserie. Beautiful textiles and great texture work no matter if it’s a traditional interior or a clean, minimal space.”— Mark D. Sikes

interiors by Mark D. Sikes
The guest bedroom feels like a chambre in a French château thanks to the resplendent Pierre Frey Braquenié print. “I’ve actually slept in here a few times, and waking up in it is really spectacular,” says Mark. “It’s fun and glamorous, but it still has a sense of California ease because of the nature just outside.”

“I want what I’m doing not only to look good today but also to feel it would have looked good 20 years ago and will look good in 25 years. A sense of timelessness is really important.”— Mark D. Sikes

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Mark’s beloved collection of fashion and design magazines is housed in built-in bookshelves. “I’m embarrassed to say some go back as far as the mid-1980s.” The banquette is a cozy spot to flip through a British Vogue, Town & Country, or Vanity Fair.

“I’m happy to be known for blue. There’s something optimistic and all-American about it. And I’ve never, ever had anyone come to me and say they don’t like blue.”— Mark D. Sikes

A courtyard, framed by ficus hedges, makes a lush spot for relaxing or dining year-round. “I love this antique stone table, even though it’s crumbling, and designed the entire space around it,” Mark says. “We use it for dining, as a bar, or just as a focal point.” A straw tote is filled with sun hats; garden stools are used as both side tables and seating.
A courtyard, framed by ficus hedges, makes a lush spot for relaxing or dining year-round. “I love this antique stone table, even though it’s crumbling, and designed the entire space around it,” Mark says. “We use it for dining, as a bar, or just as a focal point.” A straw tote is filled with sun hats; garden stools are used as both side tables and seating.

Shop Our Handpicked Mark D. Sikes’ Collections:

Area Rugs

La Mirada Handwoven Rug, Navy

La Mirada Handwoven Rug, Navy

Handwoven of cotton with a simple stripe design, this rug is ideal for bringing a casual-chic vibe to any room in your home. We recommend a rug pad to extend the life of the rug and keep it securely in place.

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Hampshire Stripe Handwoven Rug, Cobalt

Hampshire Stripe Handwoven Rug, Cobalt

Handwoven of cotton with a textural seed-stitch design and awning stripes, this reversible rug is ideal for bringing a casual-chic vibe to any room in your home. We recommend a rug pad to extend the life of the rug and keep it securely in place.

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Harwich Handwoven Rug, Natural

Harwich Handwoven Rug, Natural

Handwoven with a lively diamond design in versatile neutrals, this jute-blend rug is ideal for enriching your space with casual pattern and hearty texture. Jute rugs are softer underfoot than other natural-fiber options like sisal and sea grass, though just as strong and durable. You should expect some shedding with all jute rugs. We recommend a rug pad to extend the life of the rug and keep it securely in place.

Harwich Handwoven Rug, Natural

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Lighting

Classics, Mark’s debut lighting collection, mixes traditional shapes with fresh finishes and textures to create a refined, all-American look. Effortless details and universal forms are woven together, forming approachable yet elegant fixtures for all interiors.

Mark D. Sikes Classic No.1 8 Light Chandelier – Distressed Bronze

Mark D. Sikes Plaster No.2 3 Light Large Pendant – Aged Brass and White Plaster

Mark D. Sikes Plaster No.2 3 Light Large Pendant - Aged Brass and White Plaster

Mark D. Sikes Classic No.1 2 Light Wall Sconce – Aged Brass with Metal Shade

Mark D. Sikes Classic No.1 2 Light Wall Sconce - Aged Brass with Metal Shade

Bulb wattage 60. Number of bulbs is 2.

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Mark D. Sikes Sphere No.2 3 Light Large Pendant – Distressed Bronze

Mark D. Sikes Sphere No.2 3 Light Large Pendant - Distressed Bronze

Bulb wattage 75. Number of bulbs is 3.

Mark D. Sikes Metal No.2 1 Light Swing Arm Wall Sconce – Antique Distressed Bronze

Mark D. Sikes Metal No.2 1 Light Swing Arm Wall Sconce - Antique Distressed Bronze

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Furniture

Henredon Mark D. Sikes Blue Leather & Fabric Brentwood Wingback Chair

Henredon Mark D. Sikes Blue Leather & Fabric Brentwood Wingback Chair
33”w x 35”d x 47”h

Henredon Mark D. Sikes Blue Leather & Fabric Brentwood Wingback Chair

Sale includes one wingback chair as pictured. Henredon Furniture with California designer Mark D. Sikes pair casual style with traditional elements to create the perfect wingback accent club chair on casters. Working in a California classic style, the confluence of his collection launch allows designers to use his pieces and collections together, putting their own spin on his traditional classics. As a big proponent of blue and white and interiors that reflect the crisp, tailored side of indoor outdoor California living, his perspective is inspired by great design of the past, and he cites Mark Hampton as being particularly influential in his look.

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Henredon Mark D. Sikes Eggshell White Hollywood Wingback Chair

Henredon Mark D. Sikes Eggshell White Hollywood Wingback Chair

Henredon Mark D. Sikes Eggshell White Hollywood Wingback Chair

Sale includes one wingback chair as pictured. The Henredon Mark D. Sikes Hollywood Wingback Chair features an updated take on a classic chair design. Upholstered in Hollywood blue which is a silky textured fabric with a cocoa bronze background, creamy smooth eggshell white finish and Black/Silver nailheads this chair pulls out all the stops and will be a statement piece in any room it is showcased. 

Modern Mark Sikes for Henredon Green Velvet Side Chair

Modern Mark Sikes for Henredon Green Velvet Side Chair

Stylish modern Mark Sikes for Henredon Side Chair, slatted ebony finished wood frame with green velvet upholstered seat, showroom floor sample

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