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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.


Ra-Ra for Rue!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012


I hope you are having an absolutely beautiful week…

John and I are in Provence, France, and we are loving it.

And we are also loving the write-up that online magazine Rue has just published that features us… Click on the image, below, to read the story.

Rue, Who!

Many thanks to Rue magazine for their lovely write-up on us. Such a treat! Click on the image, above, to check out the story.


When Inspiration Hits…

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Tall, Tan, Terrific!

The February/March/April/May issue of Array magazine features former Domino editor in chief Deborah Needleman on the cover and what inspires the Madcap Cottage boys within its pages. Click on the image, above, to peruse the digital version of the magazine.


As I always say, you never know when inspiration might hit you, so carry a digital camera with you at all times that you can whip and snap away. And that inspiration might come in a fancy department store or at a design showroom or sitting at your local burger joint with taquitos in hand.

Case in point…

There’s a magazine in New York City called Array published by the fabulous New York Design Center that speaks to the design world and its fans, and those frisky editors at Array asked us to speak about what has been inspiring us of late.

Did the Madcap Cottage duo pick an important piece of furniture?

Perhaps a “moment” in a far-flung country?

A gorgeous museum?

No, no, and hell, no.

John and I talked about a gorgeous pink-and-navy garbage can at Howard’s Famous Bacon & Avocado Burgers on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. Howard’s is a total dive, and we love it. It’s the best. Their taquitos totally r-o-c-k. And the Howard’s crew have an amazing color sensibility at Howard’s, too!

Their deft use of pink, navy blue, and orange is remarkable. Transformative, frankly. And that garbage can has totally made us want to do everything right now in navy blue and pink. Thank you, Howard’s!

And, see, if we hadn’t been carrying our digital camera, we wouldn’t have been able to capture the absolute rapture of this classy can.


Burger Heaven!

Here's the page that features your favorite Madcap Cottage gents discussing their passion for the pink-and-navy blue trash can at Howard's in Los Angeles.