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And It’s Showtime!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Fabulous Fabrics!

As you know, the Madcap Cottage gents are simply mad for wonderful fabrics. Here's a room that we designed a few years back that serves as a testimony to our passion for texture, pattern, and color. See you at the ITMA Showtime Market this weekend in High Point, NC to scope the latest and greatest in textiles and trims.

Gang:

John and I love nothing more than looking at fabrics… Honestly, it’s perhaps our favorite pastime after drinking cocktails and hanging out with the dogs and doing interpretive dance to the dulcet tunes of Miss Olivia Newton-John in her “Xanadu” days.

Says John, “Fabric gets my heart racing. I love the colors and the patterns and the possibilities. Fabric is transformative… And transfixing.”

I concur as I swirl the blue cheese-infused olive in my vodka martini and peruse the Madcap Cottage-designed living room in which I sit that features about 23 unique fabric patterns and about 63 different trims.

“Fabric and trims are just the best,” I note. “Give me some brush fringe and a blowsy cabbage rose on a fabulous linen, and it’s like the gates of heaven have opened and Mata Hari is doing the dance of the seven veils as liquor flows from the skies like pennies from heaven. I mean, fabric is maybe not so great as winning the lottery, but that has yet to happen, n’est-ce pas?”

As you can see, the Madcap Cottage gents like fabric. And how, and how!

So the Madcaps are over the moon to have been invited to attend this weekend’s ITMA Showtime Market, the twice-annual fabrics show hosted by the International Textile Market Association in our new favorite city of High Point, North Carolina. Convenient, n’est-ce pas? The ITMA Showtime Market takes place from December 8-11, so you can expect the Madcap Cottage boys to be bopping about from showroom to showroom as we take in the latest and greatest in textiles.

“Hello, Covington! Hello, Classical Elements! Hello, jobbers!”

I am still not exactly sure what a jobber is, but I am sure that I will like them.

Tra-la-la!

Oh, how we cannot wait to see what’s trending in textiles right now. Will there be graphics in abundance or bouquets of florals? And will Radiant Orchid rear her purple-clad head?

Stay tuned, and do check out our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook posts on all of our finds. From a rundown of which fabulous flower patterns we spotted where to who drank too much and who ran amok, the Madcap Cottage social media plan will keep you covered.

See you in High Point, toots!

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Gorgeous! Glamour! Glitter! Get Ready!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Think Pink!

A pair of stunning and custom ikat-upholstered chairs that we are offering at our next One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale on November 13th. Think pink, folks! This sale is going to kick some major ass.

Gang:

Have you marked your calendars for our next One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale on November 13? It’s going to be an extravagant extravaganza, and how, and how!

NOVEMBER 13.

NOVEMBER 13.

Crank up the Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Dear Prudence,” and get ready to shop. Think gorgeous. And there will be LOTS of small and affordable holiday gifts, too!!!

Cocktail sets. Mirrors. Chairs. Lamps. Out-of-this-world objects. Sofas. Tables. Whimsical wonders.

Here’s a taste of our stash… We have 300 items going into the sale.

Shell Seekers!

Vintage brass seashells and a shell box to add some briny brilliance to a table in your home.

Floral Fever!

A vintage floral-embellished coffee set with a matching tray. Total fetch!

Get Lit!

Our One Kings Lane sale will offer gobs of gorgeous lamps, like this pair of beautifully detailed Chinoiserie table lamps.

Winging It!

John and I crafted this wingback chair in marvelous Indian-inspired fabrics. Anchor a room that lacks pizzazz with this perch. Who needs pie when there's India?

Think India!

A pair of armchairs upholstered in multiple Indian-influenced fabrics... Comfort. Check! Clever. Check! Totally unique! Naturally.

Bench Set!

A Chinoiserie-styled bench with a fetching floral pillow that the Madcap Cottage gents crafted from a fabulous retro fabric. Jason's mom had this fabric in her bedroom circa-1975.

Game Face!

A wonderful burled wood card table with Chinoiserie chairs done up in a pink upholstery that are totally bananas.

Petal Pusher!

A gorgeous armchair with all sorts of floral patterns as only the Madcap Cottage boys can do. Push some petals, blossom dearies.

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A Very Nifty Mention in the New York Post!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Paris, Please!

Thursday's New York Post featured an article about local up-and-coming designers and mentioned your favorite gents at Madcap Cottage. The Post also included an image of the Paris When It Sizzles armchair that John designed... Click on the image, above, to read the entire story.

Gang:

John and I woke up on Thursday to have a very chic mention in the New York Post… And the story featured an image of the Paris When It Sizzles armchair that John designed.

What fun!

The Write Stuff!

Here's the blurb about us in the New York Post. I think they captured our spirit and sensibility perfectly, n'est-ce pas?

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Shop Our New Boutique on 1st Dibs!

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Madcap & Marvelous!

Click on the image, above, to visit our just-opened "One of a Kinds" boutique on 1st Dibs. John and I have searched the world for an amazing selection of goods that will transform your home.

Gang:

As you know, John and I love doing sales, both online and off…

We are constantly scouring the globe (and we mean, the globe) for fabulous finds… We have unearthed divine textiles in Turkey, furnishings in India, and table lamps in the hinterlands of Florida. Each of these items receives the Madcap Cottage tweak and twist, and then we offer them up to you to bring some magic, color, and verve into your own home.

So bring on the sales!

John and I are hosting a Tastemaker Tag Sale on One Kings Lane on May 8th, so MARK your calendars.

And we will be hosting our World-Famous Annual Yard Sale over Memorial Day weekend at Madcap Cottage in Hobart, New York, smack in the center of the Catskill Mountains.

And, now, drumroll please…

The Madcap Cottage boys have unveiled our “One of a Kinds” boutique on the fabulous 1st Dibs website. I am sure that everyone is familiar with 1st Dibs, but if you aren’t it’s the most divine collection of antiques, real estate, fashion, and jewelry to be found under the sun. We are truly honored and excited to be included in the 1st Dibs mix.

Here are some of the fabulous items that John and I have collected and are now offering up through the 1st Dibs portal. Each item is truly unique and special. So get ready to shop!

Look us over, and tell your friends!


 

Wicker, Didn't Even Know Her!

John and I unearthed this simply stunning vintage wicker hood chair in Pennsylvania, and we poked and prodded it back into shape. The chair is amazing, and now boasts Tony Duquette fabric and signature Madcap Cottage flourishes such as shocking pink welting. We are sort of sad to part with this lovely looker.

Shell Seekers!

A vintage shell-shaped console table with a glass top. Does your front entry need a terrific table to create some visual verve? Um, this plucked-from-the-sea beauty would fit the bill, and how.

Tip, Top, Tole!

A vintage tole metal lamp shaped like a delicious leafy plant with a bold black shade. Every room needs a whimsical and wonderful table lamp, and this oversized beauty is a stunner.

Deer Me!

A nearly life-size brass deer with Asian flair and flourishes that would make a real impact in the corner of a room, perhaps a den or library. This piece is really special.

Tweet, Tweet!

A fabulous vintage table with a tree trunk-like base and utterly charming feet in the form of birds. This table is just so unusual and stunning, n'est-ce pas?

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Loving Liberty of London!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Liberty of London!

John heads for the entrance to Liberty of London on Great Marlborough Street. The department store's mock-Tudor architecture is stunning!

Gang:

John and I are passionate about gorgeous, inspiring department stores, and, sadly, there aren’t many of them left. Marshall Field’s in Chicago has become a dumbed-down Macy’s, and don’t even get me started on the lack of service at Barneys New York.

In our opinion, London has the best selection of emporia anywhere around: Londontown’s department stores pair innovative creations along with terrific service. There’s Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, House of Fraser, and, best of all, Liberty of London.

Wait, you might be asking: What about Harrod’s? I find Harrod’s to be all flash and glitz and it’s so packed with people that I don’t find the shopping experience to be worth the hassle. And Harvey Nichols is fun, but it’s more about the clothes and I want more home and design options in a department store experience.

So that brings us back to Liberty of London. Founded in 1875 by Arthur Liberty, this fabled emporium occupies a glorious mock-Tudor edifice just off Regent Street. Famed for its flower-print cotton fabrics, Liberty has branched out in recent years and has totally refreshed its look and merchandise without betraying its history and roots. There’s incredible, cutting-edge fashion for men and women; gorgeous home furnishings (both new and vintage); fabrics; a barber; several cafes; and a flower shop from the folks at Wild at Heart.

Here are some images from our recent visit…


 

Wall Treatment!

John and I loved this blue wall at Liberty with its white plaster and china ornaments. What a fun way to create some major impact without spending a fortune. And so timeless, too!

Wild at Heart!

Inventive, elegant bouquets from Wild at Heart add a splash of color to Liberty's entrance. Can you think of an American department store that sells flowers? Um, no. Plus, Wild at Heart's selections are deliciously affordable. Divine.

Pillows!

A mountain of pillows and poufs take center stage at Liberty's rug department. Looks a bit like a shop in Turkey, n'est-ce pas?

Nikes!

Liberty has teamed up with Nike to create colorful, gorgeous sneakers that feature their wonderful, flower-rich fabrics. Super cool, huh?

Madcap china!

John and I fell in love with these whimsical bowls. Um, look at the little lamb sitting upon his bicycle. Looks sorta like Weenie, huh? These are SO John Loecke, Inc!

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Amp Up Your Lamps!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Lamp-o-Rama!

Here's a fabulous deep red lampshade that we picked up at Anthropologie. And, by the by, Anthropologie is a fabulous source for interesting lampshades.

Gang:

If I have said it before, I’ll say it again: There’s no better way to pump up a room than with a fabulous lampshade. A lampshade is like an amazing handbag–it pulls together an entire outfit and creates visual impact where perhaps there was none before.

But that doesn’t mean you have to run to an expensive custom lampshade store to craft some magic.

Why not decoupage a lampshade.

Or buy a wonderful fabric at a Jo-Ann’s or Calico Corners, and use that fabric to wrap a shade that you purchased in the lamp department at Target.

Bottom line: Have fun with your shades.


 

China Syndrome!

I am crazy about this frisky Schumacher fabric upon a pair of wall sconces in our den. I don't speak Chinese, but I hope these lampshades are scribbled-upon with all sorts of Pekingese poetry. Or, even better, what if the shades are printed with the lyrics to Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" in Cantonese. Oh, to dream the impossible dream.

Bird on a Wire!

John and I found these owl lamps in a thrift ship near Thomasville, North Carolina. The fabric on the shade is from Schumacher.

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Laying Down the Law!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Lay Down!

Here's a lay down of a dining room that we are designing in California. We have included not only fabric in this lay down but also wallpaper. A silvery taupe is the neutral tone here that runs through each of the various fabrics and papers.

Gang:

TGIF, n’est-ce pas?

Blog followers have been asking me how the John Loecke, Inc. duo is able to mix so many patterns in one room.

“What’s the secret,” questions Myrna in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

“How DO you do it,” ponders Shelley in Tacoma.

And…

“I am flummoxed,” notes Gloria in Portland, Maine.

So here’s a crash course in mixing patterns:

You can mix and match as many patterns as you want in a room, but you need to have a tonality that runs through the range. For example, if yellow is the dominant theme that you want in X room, choose fabrics that all incorporate a buttery tone whether they be exceptionally graphic or florals.

Then lay those fabrics down on the floor and see how they work together. We call this a “lay down.” Lay down the fabrics and then assign them to various pieces of furniture. Perhaps the exploded graphic would be terrific for the couch, the lattice would be spiffy on the lampshades, and the plaid would be sublime upon the armchair. Having all of the fabrics in front of you will allow you to create a road map of the room. Then you can fill in the blanks with solid yellows… Take painter’s tape and write down which fabric will go where–i.e. SOFA–and stick the tape to the assigned fabric: It’s easier than writing the fabric information in a notebook.

Once you have pulled together the fabrics and assigned them to the furnishings, don’t forget to use welting. Pull colors from the fabric to welt the furniture to give them further oomph. John and I think of welting as an exclamation mark. For example, if you are using a trellis pattern upon an ottoman that has a yellow background and green in the fore along with touches of purple, why not welt the chair in a similar purple shade to make the ottoman really stand up and get noticed.

And don’t think you have to have access to to-the-trade fabric showrooms to create a lay down. Mais non! Head for your local Calico Corners, and create some magic with their delicious wares: We love them!

Living Room!

Here's the lay down for the family room of the same home in California. A punchy purple/pink is the neutral here. See how laying down all of the fabrics gives you an overview: You can assign a different fabric to an individual piece of furniture in the room. By laying down everything, you can see what works and what doesn't. Create a visual road map, that's the key. Then edit down your selects and assign them to individual furnishings.

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Dinner at Commander’s Palace!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Commander's Palace!

John and I are just crazy for Commander's Palace restaurant in New Orleans. Just look at that jaunty paint job and frisky awnings! Jaunt-o-rama! You just know that fabulous things await inside...

Gang:

As you know, John and I been bopping about our most favorite city (well, London is right up there, too!), New Orleans, for a feature story I am writing. We have been pounding the pavement and have unearthed some wonderful treasures, all of which will be displayed in the October issue of Delta Sky magazine.

Host Stand!

Perhaps not the finest of photos, but John and I love the host stand at Commander's Palace. The room is paneled in fabric that has been embroidered to add some color to the black-and-white ground. The result is whimsical and unexpected. I have never seen this treatment before, and I just love it.

A ritual on each visit to Nola is dinner at the fabulous, splendiferous, lovely, and gracious Commander’s Palace, the fabled Garden District eatery owned by the Brennan family. Did I gush sufficiently? Well, it’s all true.

Embellishments!

Another view of the wonderful embroidered embellishments at the entrance to Commander's Palace. So fun, n'est-ce pas?

Not only is chef Tory McPhail’s cooking terrific, but the service could not be more lovely and engaging, and the decor is absolutely splendid.

We lapped it all up–and we lapped up a few cocktails, too!

Streetcar Named Desire!

Post-dinner, Jason awaits the arrival of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to carry us from the Garden District back to the French Quarter.

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Tales of Carmaggedon!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Carmaggedon!

Everywhere we looked in LA there were signs announcing the approach of Carmaggedon, the two-day closure of the 405 Freeway this weekend. John and I drank plenty of dirty martinis--which we re-named "Carmageddinis"--in honor of this upcoming event.

Gang:

Riffing off my last, thrown-together blog post…

John and I are just back from a week in Los Angeles where we are working with a terrific new client. We spent a few days taking measurements, selecting fabrics (we flew out with three huge suitcases full of fabric swatches), and met with a slew of architects, contractors, and AV specialists… Plus, we had meetings with our custom furniture makers and checked out a few antiques shops for inspiration.

Coffee Shop!

John and I love hitting the Googie-styled coffee shops in LA, including Norm's in West Hollywood. Here, John strikes a pose with his cup of Joe as he waits for his whiskey down, aka rye toast.

LA is all abuzz about so-called Carmaggedon, this weekend’s two-day closure of the 405 Freeway, so it was good to get in to LA and then get out before the Big C.

And now we are back in New York, but we zip off to New Orleans tomorrow morning. I am writing a feature on the Crescent City for Delta Sky magazine, so expect loads of sazerac-fueled updates and missives.


 

Asian Deer!

Here's a duo of delicious brass deer that John and I picked up in Venice Beach for our One Kings Lane sale on November 1. Aren't Bambi-san and Thumper-san just so chic? Have you marked your calendars for our sale? It's going to rock your world and make you see stars.

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Add Interest to Your Lampshades!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Pierre Sans Cap!

Pierre thinks his white cap is tres dull. He wants a life that's bananas.

Pierre Avec Cap!

Pierre adores his new hat from Sister Parrish. He plans to bang his drum and cause a ruckus.

Gang:

A wonderful, easy way to add oomph to a room is via a dramatic lampshade. White lampshades are just so boring, n’est-ce pas? Why not take your lighting to a whole new level with colors, patterns, and plenty of panache? Your lampshade is a jaunty hat atop your fixture, and you want your hat to say, “Howdy, sailor!”.

But don’t think that you have to use a very expensive custom lampshade store to craft that shade of your dreams. Why not use fabric from your local Calico Corners and apply it to your shade with fabric glue. Or attach grosgrain ribbon at the top and bottom of the shade with fabulous Sealah Tape… Or maybe use rhinestones to bestow a frisky je ne sais quoi. Or employ fringe… Or decoupage the lampshade with fabric cut-outs.

Have fun with your lampshades, and light up your life.

Mr. Owl!

Our Mr. Owl lamp thinks his boring white lampshade sucks. He wants some drama in his life, some zip, some zap.

Owl-o-Rama!

Mr. Owl says, "Zowie!" He just loves his peckish new hat from Decorators Walk, done up with hydrangeas. "Hello, birds," he says!

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