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JUL-AUG 2019

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O ON A STEAMY SATURDAY IN HIGH Point, North Carolina, the air feels just right for stirring up a late-afternoon summer storm, the kind that locals welcome for the relief it gives from the heat and the revival it brings to lawns wilted from too much sun and too little water. Welcome, that is, until Mother Nature becomes an unruly guest who crashes a party, like the one that John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the masterminds behind the design and lifestyle brand Madcap Cottage, have planned in their garden today. Visions of friends strolling their almost three-acre property with highballs and hors d'oeuvres in hand will have to wait for another time. The men, always quick on their feet, shift gears and move the festivities inside their 1930s-era Regency Revival home, which they've dubbed The House of Bedlam. While Loecke makes a few last- minute floral arrangements from an armful of zinnias he brought in just before the rain, Nixon mixes pitchers of refreshing libations and turns up a little Blossom Dearie on the sound system. As friends start to wander in—it's a casual, come-and-go sort of affair—the party begins. A garden of delights of the interior variety awaits exploration in rooms that seem transported out of an eccentric English country manor, with a riotous fusion of color, florals, geometrics, and textures enveloping almost every surface, be it the tented ceiling, chintz sofa, or decorative mural. With a name like House of Bedlam, one certainly wishes the walls could join in the lively conversation already underway. And in a sense they do, speaking of Loecke and Nixon's passion for vintage prints purchased on eBay, historical design references gleaned from treks around the globe, and their pack of rescue dogs named Weenie, Jasper, Amy Petunia, and Cecil, who scamper underfoot and whose likenesses playfully appear in the custom chinoiserie wallpaper in the living room. Eclectic art and antiques picked up at markets and auctions mingle with collections amassed along the way—layers that seem to belie the fact that the couple has been here only a few years. "We like a house to have a sense of personal history and look as if it has evolved over time," says Loecke. "Good decoration always 78 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9

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