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Up Cloche And Personal With Mark D. Sikes

By: Laura Nell Burton
Photography by: Christin Gish

Each year the San Antonio Kappa Alumnae Association invites hundreds of lovely ladies to gather together at “Kappa Tablescapes,” its primary luncheon fundraiser. Proceeds fund a different local charity each year, with 2017 benefiting SAReads, a project of Literacy San Antonio, Inc. founded to increase literacy and educational attainment. This year the event was held Tuesday, November 14th and Cloche had the incredible privilege of designing the keynote speaker’s table—none other than THE Mark D. Sikes!

Now in its 21st year, the speakers at Kappa Tablescapes amaze. Past keynotes include Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens and AD100 acclaimed interior designer Jan Showers. This year starred the extraordinary and accomplished interior designer Mark D. Sikes promoting his fabulous new book: Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, a celebration of American style today, showcasing chic and accessible ideas for every home. P.S. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for any design lover, this book is it! Buy it through his website here (the only place online to get a signed copy).

Beauty is indeed the focus of Mark’s book and blending decorating styles and creative endeavors comes naturally to him. Texas-born, Mark grew up in the Midwest and the South before a career in visual merchandising took him to San Francisco and finally Los Angeles, where he transitioned to interior design and began making his, Mark! His work has been featured in AD, House BeautifulThe Wall Street Journal, and Milieu magazine, among others. He delivered a delightful address to a sold-out roomful of San Antonio ladies-in-waiting. To get to know him better, tour his home here, or get inspired by how he celebrates the holidays here. Also, if you’re not following him @markdsikes on Instagram you’re missing out!

So how does one design a table worthy of a modern-day design icon? Well, our first thought was that Mark is a lover of all things blue and white. But then because of that, we decided to go with an unexpected design since there would likely be lots of other blue and white tables. So, we dug into his classy blog for other color inspiration. Mark regularly blogs about chic people, glamorous places and stylish things and we hit our bullseye in his September 2017 post called “Yellow Now,” check it out here.

Yellow is a bit unexpected in the middle of November, but we found the perfect balance of color and winter texture in a cut velvet linen from Luxe Event Decor, who partnered with us along with Peerless Events and Tents contributing elements to our table. The fabulous napkins were custom Julian Mejia Design monogrammed by our friends at Lettrefina in Houston. Here are all the beautiful pictures from the day…

The heartbeat of our brand is curating details that are infused with love, and special touches to the table included “Mark’s Menu,” personalized citrus place cards, and personalized Cloche favors filled with an overflow of treasures (yes, but of course we spoiled our table guests!).

We received such kind, complimentary feedback from Mark via text and Instagram and we totally swooned when he even reposted our table!

Here are a few other tables we loved! We adored the lovely table featuring Leontine Linens napkins by interior designer Shelby Ames Steed, LLC. Follow her beautiful Instagram here!

We appreciated this crisp blue and white table by Marcia Harris Antiques & Estate Sales, LLC. All of the gorgeous blue and white pieces pictured can be purchased at an estate sale on December 1 & 2 from 9:30 until 4:30 at 614 Castano Avenue in San Antonio. There’s an abundance of art, furniture and accessories. For more information contact Marcia at

Finally, we relished the simple, pretty details of this table designed by Allegra Interiors and McNamara Linens & Gifts (Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf always delights)!

Founded in 1995, Kappa Tablescapes features unique, elegant table settings and centerpieces created by San Antonio’s premiere designers as well as boutique shops and the city’s landmark retail names. More than 400 invited guests, underwriters and sponsors attend the beautiful Tablescapes by Candlelight evening event and the Tablescapes Luncheon, held at the San Antonio Country Club. This year’s fabulous event chairs were our darling friends Hilary Hamilton, Julie Dorbandt and Jill Peavy. The keynote speaker’s hostess with the mostest was Kappa alumnus Maria Beck. She did an absolutely re-Mark-able job touring Mark around town from his post at the Hotel Emma including meals at The Argyle and Paloma Blanca, and a shopping trip to Dos Carolinas at The Historic Pearl where he selected a handmade guayabera (a gift from Kappa!).

Other beneficiaries of Kappa Tablescapes throughout the years have been Kinetic Kids, Sunshine Cottage, Avance, Youth Alternatives, Respite Care, Good Samaritan Center, the Children’s Shelter, Warm Springs Rehabilitation, Girls Hope, Boys Hope, Christian Assistance Ministries, Communities in Schools, SAMM, Visitations House Ministries, Bexar County Detention Ministries, Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), Battered Women’s Shelter, Seton Home, Mission Road Ministries Soar and More Program, the Children’s Bereavement Center, St. PJ’s Children’s Home and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

“Seems like yellow is everywhere and I like it…
You don’t have to wait for next Spring,
it’s all about yellow now!”
—Mark D. Sikes, September 2017 “Yellow Now” Blog

Thank you, Mark, for making the world more beautiful—just by being #makeitbeautiful you. From the bottom of our #clochegirl hearts, we adored meeting you!

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