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JUL-AUG 2019

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"When we entertain, nothing is sacred, nothing is fussy, and it's a mix of high and low. Nobody wants to be in an ivory tower where they fear they'll be banished if they spill something." —JASON OLIVER NIXON 82 | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 provides clues as to who lives there." After two decades in New York, where Loecke and Nixon became serial movers, renovators, and decorators (including a historic schoolhouse in the Catskills that inspired the brand's moniker), these former magazine editors turned interior designers looked south in search of a less-frenzied, hospitable place where they could focus on expanding their business in new ways. They had both attended many a High Point furniture market, and the city's cadre of craftspeople and makers, as well as its laid-back sensibility, proved alluring. After a lightning-fast weekend spent with a real estate agent, they found the place where they could put down some permanent roots. "We're probably not the neighbors who can lend you a cup of sugar, but we always have a cup of bourbon on hand," says Nixon, with a laugh. Now, the house serves as a calling card come to life and a laboratory for all that the Madcap Cottage brand embodies: an intrepid joie de vivre; a skillful blend of high style with down-to- earth accessibility (much of the furniture, fabrics, and accessories that Loecke and Nixon design can be found through retail rather than trade-only showrooms), and a sense that nothing about life or decorating should be taken too seriously. Case in point: their new collection of hand-hooked rugs for Momeni includes a selection of Madcap-worthy bon mots such as "Children are wonderful, but dogs don't have to go to college." "We're all about the idea of fun, spirit, and whimsy. Bring the adventure home, and leave your cares at the front door," says Nixon. Come rain or come shine, that perfectly sums up their philosophy, whether it's in the way they entertain the friends they gather today, or in the products they design for the rest of us. It's a Madcap Cottage world, and Loecke and Nixon hope we'll all soon be living in it. For more information, see Sources, page 86

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