John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the dynamic duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, the Madcap gents—along with their pound-rescue posse, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia—scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint. Imagine a British country house that pairs Granny’s antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a dash of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.
“We are a little Auntie Mame, and a helluva lot of Carmen Miranda in one of those delicious Busby Berkeley films,” notes John.
For life should be a little bananas…
“If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree,” quips Jason. “We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are bespoke, sophisticated, and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly livable. John and I have dogs and nieces and nephews—we get it.”
Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter; and a gracious, Georgian-style estate outside of Washington, DC.
The Madcap Cottage gents run their firm—an ever-changing design laboratory—from a former pharmacy in the heart of High Point, North Carolina, the hub for American decorative arts. Find the Madcap Cottage-curated selection of vintage and antique finds on One Kings Lane and 1st Dibs. And shop the Madcap Cottage line of bedding, window treatments, and pillows exclusively on HSN and at HSN.com. The Madcaps recently launched their debut fabric collection for Robert Allen @ Home, a grouping full of whimsy, fun, and travel-inspired motifs. The Madcaps are currently writing a book entitled “Prints Charming” for Abrams on how to bring color and pattern into your home; the book will be released in Fall 2017.