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Ready, Set, Transformation: Accessorize It!


It’s spring, so why not take a tired room and give it new life. And we don’t mean start anew. Rather, refresh, refresh, refresh! Never clean house: Layer on details and accessories that will really make a space sing. Good design should take what you have and only make it better.

Turn This…

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Into This…

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In this living room feature that we produced a while back for Better Homes and Gardens magazine (this is actually our House of Bedlam living room stripped to its bare bones!), we took a vanilla chair and sofa and gave them a new lease on life with the Madcap Cottage for Robert Allen @Home fabrics and some delicious details.

Here’s How, Tricks of the Trade:

  • Of course, layer-in throw pillows… But why not switch out your decorative pillows every season to keep a sofa feeling ever fresh and inviting? And don’t forget contrast welting on your pillows to add a visual punctuation mark.
  • Add tape treatment to your window treatments. Here, Cove End in Palm from our Robert Allen @Home collection took blue-hued curtain panels and gave them extra oomph. Ask your tailor or seamstress to tackle this project.
  • Switch out the seat and back cushions on a chair for some sparkle and pizzazz. Any Calico outpost from coast to coast can do this for you. And don’t forget to ask for contrast welting! Here, the Windsor Park fabric from our Robert Allen @Home collection, Into the Garden, makes a dramatic pattern-rich statement on this Toulon chair from Ballard Designs.
  • Slipcover an ottoman such as this pair from Ikea. Ikea, really? Oh, yes. Good design resides everywhere. We love how these petite ottomans tuck under the metal coffee table from Ballard.
  • Change out your art for something fresh and new such as this oversized piece from our friends at Z Gallerie.
  • Mix in vintage and antique accessories that you have picked up in flea markets and upon your travels. It’s all about a wonderful storyline and provenance when bringing your personal brand vision to life. Pier 1 is nice and all, but what can you really say about the back story of the sundry accessories that you loaded into your cart there, n’est-ce pas?

Share your accessorized spaces with us on Instagram at @madcapcottage!

madcap cottage for smith & noble

Welcome to Madcap Cottage for Smith & Noble


madcap cottage for smith & noble

The Madcaps make their Smith & Noble debut in the Early Spring S&N catalogue. We are thrilled to be in the mix!

The Madcap Cottage gents are so excited to announce our latest partnership, a collaboration between the MCs and Smith & Noble, the forward-thinking window treatments vendor!

“There’s no better catalogue- and online-driven source than S&N,” says John. “We have received the Smith & Noble catalogue—and used their product—for years, so the fit is absolute perfection. We are very lucky to have new partners with such vision and reach.”

Browse the S&N collection of window treatments—from drapes and shades to blinds—and layer-in the Madcap Cottage assortment of fabrics from our Robert Allen @Home collection, from tropic-luxe Bermuda Bay to garden-plucked Isleboro Eve and India-inspired Monsoon Palace.

“We believe in the democratization of good design,” notes Jason Oliver. “Fabulous interior design should be available to all, whether you have access to an interior designer and design center or not. Smith & Noble is the perfect vehicle to give élan to your windows without the need to ever leave home. And at a wonderful, accessible price point to boot! Who needs brick and mortar in this day and age.”

So get ready to take those tired windows and make them tip-top terrific!

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Here’s John at the Smith & Noble HQ in Corona, California.

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Our Windy Corner pattern in Oyster becomes a loose, gorgeous shade crafted by Smith & Noble in the kitchen at our cozy cottage in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains.

madcap cottage for smith & noble

Also at the Madcap Cottage cottage in upstate New York, window panels made of our Daffodil-hued Isleboro Eve fabric pattern with a rich teal-blue grosgrain trim. Thank you, Smith & Noble, for helping us craft such window treatment perfection!

A Collector's Eye

The Launch of A Collector’s Eye, Our 2nd Fabric Collection!


A Collector's Eye

Collection 2.0, A Collector’s Eye

February 20th, the Madcap Cottage gents’ second fabric collection for Robert Allen @ Home, A Collector’s Eye, launches at showrooms from coast to coast!

Wow, what a treat to craft 60 gorgeous SKUs that offer surprise and delight, that deliver magic at a very accessible price point, and that feel hand touched and special. Think patterns and bold colors, paired with exceptional linen slub neutrals.

Each piece in the new collection layers beautifully with the patterns in our debut offering, Into the Garden, so build upon the fabulous fabric foundation to craft a home that sings with style and bespoke brilliance.

Welcome to a brave new world, the Madcaps are storytellers, so here’s the inspiration behind our vision:

Adventure takes flight upon the road to Canton. A boatman crosses the river, and it’s a Technicolor dreamcoat adventure and fretwork and fabulous and eau de Nil-hued birds chirp in the violet hour. It’s a vintage Opium ad and Rupert Everett beckons, and all is well in the world.

Vintage embroidered pillows collected upon a trip to a fabled Irish castle estate inspire a wonderful “work with” pattern, and, yes, we will have another martini, olives on the side.

Settle into a banquette at a fabled Hollywood nightclub of yore, and hear Miss Peggy Lee croon an especially spirited rendition of “Fever.” What a delicious way to burn, n’est-ce pas?

The scent of magnolia in the air, Fracas upon the wrist, a candle fluttering in the garden on a cool February night and hello, Carmen Miranda, it’s all just a bit bananas, n’est-ce pas?

Stroll the streets of Venice, and get lost between Canareggio and the Arsenale: Soak up the sights, and take a seat canal side with a glass of Prosecco, the lilting of gondoliers in the distance offering up “Volare.”

We carry you to the fabled Cloud Club high atop the Chrysler Building and, yes, it’s Alaia, we transport you to the English countryside and especially favored country estates and verdant gardens such as Hidcote and Rousham (Hello, Angela, do take us upstairs!), and we traverse the byways of Beyoglu in Istanbul.

Hello, Mrs. C.Z. Guest, would you like a Southside, and where’s Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness kicks back in Balenciaga and Millicent is rocking out to remixes in Charles James gold lame and Doris Duke will take you to Shangri-La and how.

It’s Jamaica back in the day and Harbour Island, and don’t be late, dinner is at 10pm under the stars, and has anyone seen Slim Aarons?


We are in Palm Springs, and there’s Dolores Hope and Sunnylands is just grand and John Lautner just fell in the pool.

But this Pan Am Flight 001 is taking off, dear friends, so let’s wrap up this postcard. Wish you were here.

It’s a magic land where the elite meet to greet. Tall, tan, and terrific. Won’t you join us?

View the entire collection, and the story behind each of the exceptional fabrics here.

We hope you enjoy the new collection as much as we do!

To purchase the fabrics, find your nearest retailer and, be sure to send us photos of how you use A Collector’s Eye in your own home…

Auntie Mame!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Auntie Mame!

There’s nothing like a little Auntie Mame to make the holiday season sparkle.


The Madcap Cottage gents wish you and your family a festive and glittering Thanksgiving holiday… we’re here to share our Thanksgiving Flick List this year!

We are hunkered down in North Carolina and will be spending Thanksgiving with dear friends at their very chic farm in nearby Thomasville. Think turkey and trimmings and heaps of crisp white wine paired with gorgeous conversation and plenty of shenanigans.

A favorite Madcap Thanksgiving annual tradition is watching heaps of stylish vintage movies that transport us to other worlds and glamorous climes–paired with loaded-up turkey sandwiches and Champagne, naturally. There’s nothing like a throwback movie to add a bit of glitter to the holiday season.

Here are ten Madcap Cottage holiday silver screen staples, movies that pack plenty of style, wit, and interior design bliss:

  1. Auntie Mame
  2. Now, Voyager
  3. Evil Under the Sun
  4. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  5. The Women
  6. Shampoo
  7. The Philadelphia Story
  8. A Single Man
  9. How to Marry a Millionaire
  10. A Room with a View

What are your holiday traditions? And do you have any essential holiday flicks?

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and be safe!