I'm sure you remember it from his book, Beautiful. It's also been shared a zillion times on blogs, instagram, and more. The book shows more photos of the house than Mark's online portfolio, but it did leave lots of rooms unaccounted for. I always wondered, did they do the whole house or only these few rooms?
Well, now we know because the house is on the market for just under $10,000,000.00. I also got to feel a bit better about not being able to find the house for this long! You see, the owner is a builder/designer and bought a ranch on the lot where this house now sits, and had this one built. I've been lucky enough to pull a few before pics from her website.
The new house built on the foundation of this:
When Mark was hired to come in and decorate the house, the house already had somewhat of a neutral identity:
White slipcovered furniture, sisal area rugs, and neutral colors throughout. Peeking into the dining room, the table has two hanging fixtures and you can see the arch into the kitchen.
From Mark's book. New upholstered sofa and chairs made it all a bit more sophisticated. A larger abaca rug, heavier curtains and the addition of some gorgeous banquettes and warm leather made this room my favorite to date. Mark reused the clients existing glass coffee table.
The banquettes had great little cigar tables scattered about for varied use. Swing arm wall sconces flanked antique mirrors above them. There were two, one on each side of the main opening into this room.
Mark reused the commode that the owner had there, but most everything else is new and more refined.
This sofa was actually the sofa that pushed me into doing white upholstered when I had that big tufted beauty in my apartment a couple years ago. I always wondered how this faired, and it appears it did pretty well!
In fact, it appears almost untouched, even the pillows and cashmere throw are in the same place as when Mark left the house. It's almost eerie how similar the house is to when it was photographed 8-years ago for Mark's book. The most notable difference is the absence of the antique area rug that Mark used to weight the main seating group. It definitely added something to this room, but I don't think it looks bad without it.
This room was featured in the book, and on Mark's website. But I never understood it. What was this room? A reading room? Seemed awfully small for such a large house. But the real estate pictures resolved those questions:
This small room is an office. And again, nearly identical to when Mark was originally finished with the room, down to the Queen Anne's lace in the vase in front of the mirror.
From the book, and the website, the dining room. The table and chairs belonged to the owner, as did the bar that is being used in front of that Gracie wallpaper.
Again, nothing changes, and the styling stays the same!
There's no before of the kitchen, but my assumption is that it was not something that Mark worked on.
Off of the kitchen is this family room. This one may have been Mark? The mirror is one he's used before, and we know he loves a slipper chair. It could have been a simple reworking of the client's pieces.
A library area on the first floor.
We probably all remember this little library moment outside of the master bedroom, right? Well, when Mark first took on the project, the house had been styled with a center table in this room:
Again, Mark just came along and elevated all of this, beautifully.
The real estate photo shows this looking nearly exactly the way that Mark left it, except for the framed family photos.
And the bedroom, which had a very large sitting area adjoining:
Wouldn't you love to have Mark come in and decorate and then have it be perfectly the same ever after? Part of the reason that this one is so "perfect" is because it's no longer the family's primary residence, and that's always why it's on the market.
And that's it. No additional rooms. The house has 6 bedrooms, but this is the only one photographed. You'd think with a $10,000,000 listing, they'd spent a little more time and money on photos. But ... this is where I leave ya. While the last big sale of a house Mark designed resulted in the old client re-hiring him for the new place, I don't think that the same will happen with this one. The homeowner has started her own design business, and the new place seems fully decorated!
Wonder what she'll do with this furniture?