Red or dead!

Trend Alert: Pugs are the New Llama!


A few years back, llamas started appearing everywhere in home design–just as succulent plants had become ubiquitous at about the same time. We noticed llamas upon pillows and wallpaper and marching across bedding and textiles.

John and I are the proud parents to three pound-rescue pups, Weenie, Amy Petunia, and Cecil, and we have decided that pugs are the “new llama!” But we see pugs as a more timeless trend and less “of the moment,” let’s say. After all, the Madcap Cottage brand is all about timeless and never about being too “trendy,” but rather about always being “on trend.” There’s a big difference.

Pugs are scampish, have an amazing history (Hello, China, Marie-Antoinette, Andy Warhol and Valentino!), and are playful and wonderfully silly and soulful. Honestly, you really cannot have enough pugs in your life…

So we have put a design flag in the sand. It’s all about pugs. In fact, we recently discussed this very topic with our friends at Country Living magazine.

Join the fun…

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were mad fans of pugs and had so many of the winsome creatures during their lifetime. Here, the Windsors’ pugs are queued up at the family home in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne. Look at them with a dashing liveried footman attending to their daily walk!

Here’s Weenie, our first pound-rescue pug. Named for Eloise at The Plaza’s pug, Weenie is about 10 years old now and always gets her way. She is the alpha amongst the group and can be very pushy–but, yet, she is also always sweet and lovable. Are you following Weenie at @meetweenie on Instagram? Here, Weenie wears an especially fetching bowtie crafted of the Madcap Cottage for Robert Allen fabric Mill Reef.

Meet Amy Petunia, our second pound-rescue pug. We adopted Amy from a shelter in downtown Brooklyn, and she was in very bad shape. Her right eye was badly infected, and the little girl looked miserable. We were told that she was 10 years old at the time, but that would make her 16 now, so knows? John and I immediately took Amy Petunia to our vet where her eye was removed and 16 teeth. She came home and soon received her first bath, above. Amy is slowly losing her eyesight in the one eye–even with constant medicated eye drops–but she is as chipper and game for adventure as ever.

Cecil is the third pound-rescue pug to join the Madcap Cottage mix. Cecil came from a local pound rescue in North Carolina and, apparently, had been owned by a military family that had to move abroad. Cecil is the perfect gentleman and loves a good scratch and tummy rub. He and Weenie have really bonded and are absolutely partners in crime. Cecil is slowly going grey–he looks like a wizened old gentleman. Such a cutie!

Amy Petunia and Emma!

Amy Petunia bonds with our little pal Emma in the House of Bedlam foyer. Amy loves meeting new people.

Amy Petunia and Weenie!

Amy Petunia and Weenie get cozy in the House of Bedlam kitchen after a long walk through the neighborhood.

Manor Born Fabric!

Weenie poses majestically upon the Madcap Cottage for Robert Allen Manor Born printed-in-the-USA fabric in cheery Cherry. A splash of timeless Chinoiserie chic!

Red or dead!

Amy Petunia poses upon a sofa wrapped in the Madcap Cottage for Robert Allen Blossom Dearie fabric next to pillows covered in the Manor Born fabric that showcases the impish Weenie. Amy Petunia–like the other pugs–loves a photo shoot.


The Madcap Cottage Manor Born wallpaper from York Wallcoverings was inspired by the Robert Allen fabric of the same name, but the wallpaper has some differences to the textile of the same name. Here’s the paper on the walls of our former cottage high in New York’s Catskill Mountains. And you can now find the paper online at Anthropologie.


The Manor Born novelty scatter rug by Madcap Cottage for Momeni has been a big hit. It’s the perfect rug for anywhere that you need some pizzazz. After all, a pug has heaps of pizzazz.

Pug patrol!

John is quoted in the September 2019 issue of Country Living magazine exclaiming that “Pugs are the new


Meet Cecil, one of our fantastic pug-inspired statuettes from our accessories collection from Port 68.

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