Crazy About Calico!


John and I are mad for Calico and their 60+ outposts that stretch from coast to coast. As a child down south, my mom and I would visit the local Calico (then officially known as Calico Corners) branch, and we would stock up on fabrics. As did John as a boy in the Midwest.

So the Madcap Cottage gents have a long, long history with Calico.

Fast forward to today, and we are thrilled to have partnered with Calico and have them showcase our Madcap Cottage for Robert Allen @Home fabrics collections, including Into the Garden and our just-released A Collector’s Eye. So you can find our fabrics everywhere from Birmingham, Alabama to Westport, Connecticut, Laguna Hills, California, and Wilmette, Illinois.

The Madcaps look to Calico as our mobile Madcap Cottage workroom, and we rely upon their talents for everything from recovering furniture to crafting completely bespoke window treatments, custom bedding, and gorgeous decorative pillows. The Calico crew can do it all, and they stand behind their creations 100%. And, should you not have an interior designer, you can also tap Calico’s in-home design teams to come into your home and transform it from nice to knockout.

“Good design should be available to all, “ says John. “Find our amazing, beautifully priced fabrics whether you have access to an interior designer or not. And chances are there is a Calico near where you live, so tap them for all of your home decorating needs. Exceptional product AND exceptional service. Sadly, that’s such a rarity today.”


So be sure to give Calico a look over. In this day and age when bespoke and special have largely flown out the window, Calico is a godsend.

Custom bedding for our client in Sarasota, absolutely! Calico has amazing bespoke bedding capabilities, so look to them for everything from bed skirts to bedspreads and comforters, pillow shams, and duvets.

Calico crafted panels from our Windy Corner pattern to replace the clunky closet doors in the Sarasota, Florida “Fast and Fabulous” project. We had the panels trimmed in our Cucumber-hued solid Linen Slub fabric to finish off the treatment with delicious dressmaker details.


The Madcaps have worked with the incredible team at the Calico outpost in Jason’s hometown of Tampa, Florida on numerous occasions, and each project has turned out swimmingly. Here we are with the outpost’s super manager Ginny VanOsdol, far right, and associate Kerry Henry, center, picking window hardware and Madcap Cottage fabrics for a design project in nearby Sarasota.

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  1. Hildie
    Hildie says:

    I’ve been shopping at Calico Corners since I was a little, too! The really frustrating thing about Calico now is that you can’t buy the fabric on display. You have to order it! I’m sure it’s much cheaper for them but it’s super frustrating when you want to get busy sewing a project RIGHT THAT SECOND!


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