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Please Hold, Exciting Changes Afoot…

Friday, January 24th, 2014


Demystifying Design is evolving, we are taking the blog to the next level… It’s going to be bigger, bolder, and brighter. So stay tuned! We will be back this spring with a fabulous and frisky new look.

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Spend a Long Weekend with the Madcaps!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Meet Us in Manhattan!

Enjoy a long weekend of fabulous lifestyle-themed events, tours, lectures, and insider "hotspots" in New York City with the Madcap Cottage gents this September 19-22!


John and I have lived in New York City for more than twenty years, and, truly, no one knows NYC better than the two of us. Don’t forget that I was the Editor in Chief of Gotham magazine, the city’s Bible for glamorous living, for almost ten years… We are constantly sniffing out the latest and the greatest.

Hence, it was only natural that John and I decided to celebrate the city in which we live by offering a lifestyle-themed long weekend during which we open up our little black book.

Think design.




Insider tours.


Meet and greets.

A glittering dinner at Madcap Cottage in Brooklyn.

A fabulous hotel…

And lots of surprises!

Is this a so-called “design camp?” Hello, no! It’s a long weekend for folks who want to enjoy the best that NYC has to offer. This is open to anyone, from designers to NYC aficionados to style mavens and foodies.

Thursday-Sunday. September 19-22.

Contact us at for more information and pricing.

It’s going to be one Madcap and Marvelous Weekend! Join us!

Let's Be Madcap!

See you in NYC come September!



Transforming Your Dining Room Table!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Dining by Design!

Why not transform your dining room table when it's not in use by loading it up with lots of delicious objects. Here, a stunning table that I spotted at The Rug Company showroom in NYC's SoHo neighborhood.


Are you ready for Memorial Day? I sure as heck am. Give me a bottle of rose wine and a daybed, and I will be conked out in the shade with Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia. I need some serious sleep catch-up time.

If you are a Facebook follower, you know that last Sunday I guided a terrific group from WithIt, Professional Women in the Home Furnishings Industries, on an afternoon-long tour of NYC’s bustling SoHo neighborhood. We started our tour on a drizzly and dark day at one of my most favorite outposts, The Rug Company, on Wooster Street. The Rug Company is the genius British company that crafts the most delicious rugs in all sorts of amazing colors and sizes. Plus, the Rug Company folks have developed relationships with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith for fashion luminaries to bring their vision to the floor, literally.

As I was looking about the stunning Rug Company showroom, I noticed their wonderful displays upon a dining table and a library table, and that got me thinking. Why not “prop” your dining room table when it’s not in use… Add gorgeous coffee table books, a few glass garden cloches, some objects, and maybe a gorgeous orchid… Transform that barren landscape into a whimsical wonderland.

Here are a few ideas.

Wonder Full!

I am obsessed with the cheap-and-chic items to be had at C Wonder. Here, the Monogram Geo Plate emblazoned with an "N." Yummy! They have all sorts of colorful finds for the home.

Table Talk!

If you are starting your dining room from the ground up, Arhaus is a wonderful source for inexpensive dining tables. Here's the Kensington Small Dining Table, on sale for $1,999.


Turn to the folks at Terrain for glorious accessories, such as this bell jar cloche, a steal at $32.

Natural Selection!

Taschen is a great source for wonderful coffee table books, such as the color-packed and very graphic Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.


Round We Go!

Use this library table that I spotted at The Rug Company as your style inspiration, and have fun (and confidence!) with your selects. This is the perfect project for the Memorial Day weekend...


How to Spend 24 Hours in NYC!

Saturday, January 12th, 2013


Happy weekend!

John and I are happily ensconced at Madcap Cottage in upstate New York, and it’s deliciously snowy. I am blaring Ellie Goulding and drinking Southern Comfort, and John is watching the original Brideshead Revisited series that ran on PBS back in the day. We are a study in contrasts.

On another note, the fabulous Mandarin Oriental, New York hotel recently asked me how I would spend 24 hours in NYC, and they graciously featured my responses in the “Fan Mail” e-mail blast that goes out to their database.

Check it out, you might discover a few design-driven spots that you don’t know.


Fan Mail!

Click on the image, above, to read the story that the Mandarin Oriental, New York hotel did on me and my favorite must-visits in New York City.


Come Visit Us at 1st Dibs @ NYDC!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012


Happy holidays!

As you might know, John and I have just unveiled a retail space at 1st Dibs @ NYDC, situated on the 10th floor of the New York Design Center on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The floor is a treasure trove of 1st Dibs dealers, and there is something for every taste and sensibility. Best of all, the floor is open to the public AND is open on Saturdays.

If you are looking for glorious holiday gifts, the Madcap Cottage space at 1st Dibs @ NYDC offers loads of colorful and bespoke options.

Here are some shots of us pulling together the vest pocket-sized space.

Come pay us a visit!

Small Slice of Heaven!

Here's our tiny "booth" at 1st Dibs @ NYDC. We painted the white walls a creamy hue and then set about giving the walls horizontal stripes in jaunty colors to make the space really magical!

Paint, Please!

After taping the walls with painter's tape, John and I painted the space in Madcap Cottage signature pink-and-orange stripes. We plan to change the booth monthly to give it a very fresh and editorial quality.

Stripe Tease!

Here's our booth with the painter's tape removed. The stripes look amazing, n'est-ce pas? Why not stripe a room in your own home--it's easy!

Mirror, Mirror!

John installs a groovy rug from Urban Outfitters that perfectly matches our sensibility. The mirror on the wall is for sale and is truly a stunner.

The Best of Everything!

Our Madcap Cottage goodies are in place. All that is missing is our logo upon the wall.


John installs our Madcap Cottage logo upon the walls of our booth at 1st Dibs @ NYDC, and we are open for business! The two vintage Venetian-style chairs are from Baker Furniture, and note all of the beautifully priced objects upon the whimsical side table.


London Calling (Or, Hello, British House & Garden)!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Think of England!

Our Chester Court home is featured in the glorious pages of the April issue of British House & Garden magazine... Run, don't walk to your nearest newsstand that carries international editions. John and I are so thrilled: In fact, we are doing a small jig as we type this blog installment.


And how was your weekend? Any good design projects going on? Do tell!

And did you check out our new Madcap Cottage website?

John and I are so lucky to have our projects written about in the press, and we are especially thrilled that British House & Garden magazine has featured our Chester Court home in their April issue. Wow, we are over the moon.

And they had me write the story! How’s that for drop-dead gorgeous?!

Here’s a little sneak peak of the feature…


A Top Editor Talks!

Sue Crewe, British House & Garden's amazing Editor in Chief, opens her April "From the Editor" by discussing our house. I love that she calls our home "bonkers." Brilliant!

Hello, Chester Court!

Here's the opening spread to the story on our Chester Court home in British House & Garden. Jasper and Weenie get some major play in the feature... Jasper loves to pose.


Access to Design!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Access to Design!

Get some Access to John Loecke, Inc. at the New York Design Center on June 29th from 2pm-5pm. FREE!


You all already have all access to the John Loecke, Inc. duo. We are here night and day to address your design issues as we kick back the Champagne and decide whether to put Gorillaz or Cut Copy on the sound system and whether to dine upon sushi or Mexican.

But don’t you want to see us in person? John and I have been invited by the fabulous New York Design Center to be part of their “Access to Design” program, and we are thrilled and honored. The Access to Design program hosted by the NYDC will include a very select group of design professionals available for any project, no matter the style, size, or budget. Part of the deal to be involved is that designers have to do office hours at the NYDC at 200 Lexington Avenue at 33rd Street in Manhattan.

So I have my first office hours on June 29th from 2pm to 5pm at the NYDC on the 4th Floor. And I want company!!! Come visit!

Bring design projects, bring booze, bring bunting, bring Nicki Minaj, bring your boyfriend and dog… I want to answer your burning design queries.

Best of all, it’s FREE.

WEdnesday, June 29th.



4th Floor.

Be there.



Tip, Top, Terrific Tastemakers: 2Michaels Design!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Michaels twins.

The formidable Michaels twins. They define tall, tan, and terrific!

Recently when I was taping a segment for the fabulous folks at Editor at Large on 1st Dibs@NYDC I met the glorious sister/twins design duo Jayne and Joan Michaels of 2Michaels Design. They are not only statuesque and fabulously nice, but their work is incredible and they have an impeccable eye.

2Michaels interior.

A glorious, spare interior by 2Michaels. Um. Chic!

And anyone with a Jayne Mansfield moniker is A-OK in my book, n’est-ce pas?

The sisters are currently at work on a table installation for DIFFA as I type this blog installment, but they very graciously answered my questions in spite of the late hour and the stress of pulling together something marvelous for such a good cause. If you are headed to the DIFFA cocktail party tonight (March 17th), check out their work and laud these hard-working lasses.


Head's up! Jayne Mansfield gives a big ole thumbs up to Miss Jayne Michaels.

Here’s a brief on what to expect from Les Mademoiselles Michaels:

The Michael sisters have teamed up with Roche Bobois, the perfect partner to set their unique table, which pays homage to natural tranquility. Roche Bobois’ Horizon table and bench embrace rustic elegance, nature in the city.  Adding the Syntaxe chairs creates a wonderful mixture of industrial undertones that offset the pure lines, a theme that is further emphasized with the bold Shakti floor lamp.  The table setting, inspired by 19th-century industrialization, will motivate each guest to participate in a labor of love for the good cause. Once again, the 2Michaels have used their peaceful designs to touch and inspire visitors.

Bravo, Jayne and Joan!!! You inspire us.

Here are a few question for these tantalizing twins:

1. Tell us a little bit about your involvement with DIFFA.

Through a friend and fellow designer, we were asked to participate last year in Dining by Design, and we couldn’t resist when we were asked again this year. The people involved are sublime human beings,  gracious, giving, generous, supportive, etc. The cause is vitally important to everyone: helping those afflicted with AIDS.

2. What look or sensibility did you want to create in your installation for DIFFA.


Support DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS!

We came up with a concept of an industrial sewing room at the turn of the century. We created a wall collage using FLOR carpet tiles and plywood. Joan came up with the “totem poles ” which are spools of threads. The gigantic floor lamp was just the right gesture for the space.

3. What do you love about Roche Bobois?

The variety of styles of furniture.  We were obviously well aware of Roche Bobois as a major source for modern furniture, but, I confess, we were astounded by the depth and variety of choices. I’m also amazed at the iconic pieces that they carry, many of which are in design museums.

4. What other projects do you have on the table?

We are working on an apartment on the Upper West Side, a country house in New Paltz, and a TriBeCa loft.  I’m also re-doing my apartment.

Gio Ponti.

Gio Ponti: The Complete Work. If it's good enough for a Michaels sister, sign us up!

5. Favorite design book?

Gio Ponti: The Complete Work.

6. Please pick an item from that you love.

Bronze Age Flatware.

Fabulous Bronze Age flatware from Anthropologie, a Michaels must-have item.

Bronze Age Flatware. It’s utterly chic, simple, and just offbeat enough to make it interesting.

7. What are your summer plans?

Amagansett, can’t wait!

DIFFA 2010.

The 2Michaels table from the 2010 DIFFA event. Don't miss their latest creation for this year's DIFFA to-do!

8. Dream project?

Designing a home for an artist.



TV Land times Two!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Jason talks TV.

Jason talks design turkey. As long as HE doesn't look like the turkey, that is...

Whew, a long, fabulous day out to Palm Springs to shop for clients…

Gobs of purchases then lunch at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club then more shopping then UPS then dinner at the fabulous Purple Palm at the very chic Colony Palms Hotel then back to LA and LAX for the, ahem, Four Points Sheraton (slumming, and big time!, but I like my Starwood points). Tomorrow, Thursday, it’s a 7am flight to NYC, so zip, zip, zip!

Since I am too tuckered-out to write a whole installment, amuse yourselves with my latest appearance on EditorTV from Editor at Large. Click on the video, above, and let me know what you think!