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DEMYSTIFYING DESIGN

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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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Letter from London: Street Numbers!

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Sloane Ranger!

London calling! John and I are crazy for this big, bold, and bodacious address that we spotted painted upon a terracotta-hued column near Sloane Square in the heart of London.

Gang:

As you know, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of making a statement with your front door.

Paint your door a bright color.

Add interesting plantings in pots.

Hang up a big brass door knocker…

Or take a page from our perambulations around London…

John and I are in the British capital again this week shopping for a client, and we love the painted door numbers that your favorite two-some has spotted all over town. Simple, chic, and MAJOR impact!

Why not order a stencil kit from Martha Stewart, and create a totally bespoke door number with a little paint and a paint brush.

Genius!

Wine Me, Dine, 64 Me!

If you have a column or a planter in front of your home, why not paint a street number upon it? Or paint a big number directly upon your front door.

Big & Bold!

This number 47 was totally wow-ee! I love the use of a primary color and a background hue to really create an impact.

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Have You Shopped Our Madcap Cottage Finds?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Fabulous Finds on 1st Dibs!

Browse the Madcap Cottage selection of one-of-a-kind items for sale on our website. Simply click on the image, above, and get ready to browse an exceptional selection of fabulous finds, all of which are currently for sale courtesy of the Madcap Cottage gents.

Gang:

How’s everyone?

Any good stories to tell? Any dirt to dish? Bring it…

Meanwhile, I hope everyone has browsed our fabulous selection of one-of-a-kind finds on the “Shop” section of our website, www.madcapcottage.com… Um, you should be shopping, and how!

Click on the “Shop” tag, and you will be taken to our shopping portal that resides within the divine 1st Dibs website… If you want to know more about, say, the almost-lifesize brass deer or the gorgeous hood chair done up in a sublime Tony Duquette fabric, simply click on the product and then click through “Contact the Designer” and fill out the easy-breezy form. John or I will get back to you with details on the product and its price within minutes.

So look us over!

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NEWS FLASH: Our next One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale!!! NOW, November 3.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

One Kings Lane!

Get ready for gorgeous and glamour, courtesy of John Loecke, Inc. NOVEMBER 3.

Gang:

Our next One Kings Lane sale has moved from November 1 to NOVEMBER 3.

MARK THOSE CALENDARS!!!

We have OVER 200 simply kick-ass and killer items that will be on-sale, so get ready to stock up on holiday gifts as well as simply stunning home and decorative finds.

NOVEMBER 3.

Be there.

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Shopping the Spice Bazaar!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Spice Bazaar!

Here's John in Istanbul's historic Spice Bazaar. It might look like a madhouse, but the experience is actually surprisingly civilized and wonderful. The sights, the smells. Divine!

Gang:

We hope you are having a fabulous week! Any design projects in the works? Any “before” and “after” projects that you want to show us? We are a sponge: We want to soak it all up, so don’t be shy.

Yesterday afternoon John and I shopped the Spice Bazaar, the vast, historic covered market in Istanbul’s Eminonu neighborhood. Unlike the even more famous and nearby Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar is a bit less touristy and “actual” Turks shop here not just folks from foreign lands seeking carpets, knock-off Prada and Gucci handbags, and trinkets.

We are crazy about the Spice Bazaar and not just for the amazing selection of Turkish delight, floral teas, herbs, coffees and such, but also for the neighboring plant and pet markets. Where else in the world can you stock up on green apple tea and saffron and then peruse the pomegranate trees and consider buying a pheasant or a pug dog or perhaps a few leeches to do some blood-letting at home? Leeches? Yes, leeches in giant jugs of water.

Old Spice!

John and I lapped up the teas, nuts, dates, and such at the Spice Market like a two-bit hussy to the male clientele at the Four Seasons New York hotel bar. J'adore nuts!

Plants A-Plenty!

A wonderful selection of plants, seeds, and bulbs can be had just outside the main Spice Bazaar. You will find everything from gorgeous orange trees, cactus, and shrubs to fragrant perennials. Note the jug of leeches to the right of the photo upon the small yellow table, but more on that as you scroll down to the last photo in today's installment.

Chickens!

Chickens, ducks, pheasants, and other birds for sale just outside the entrance to the Spice Bazaar.

Leeches!

As you wander through the plant market, you will notice large jugs filled with leeches that swim about contentedly. Apparently, these pesky little creatures are employed in traditional Turkish medicine. Um. I think I will stick to the ducks and dogs should I need a Turkish pet.

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