Lately I have seen the designer duo of Madcap Cottage pop up in various places. It seems they are making a great national name for themselves at the moment. They have a highly playful, colorful and quite traditional style which, frankly, I am pleasantly surprised to see in this MidMod-heavy era. They describe their style like this- “Imagine a British country house that pairs Granny’s antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a soupçon of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.”
I always enjoy seeing a designer or firm get their 15 minutes after many years of hard work. It would seem the catalyst for much of their newfound recognition is from their move to North Carolina from New York. They still do work in New York, however, they opened a shop and completed a major renovation of their own home in North Carolina.
I believe one of the best ways for designers to show off their talents is do work on their own home. This means no clients to work around and the ability to show off your own aesthetic. It worked well for me when I did my own little condo reno seven years ago and won an ASID award for it It seems this has worked wonders for Madcap Cottage, as they went from small snippets in national design mags to a full spread in April’s Traditional Home. They have also produced a line of fabrics with Robert Allen, and products for HSN. Well done, boys!
Of course I also very much enjoy seeing a design firm that embraces a mix of styles and uses antiques and vintage pieces quite liberally in their interiors. Madcap may be a bit over-the-top for my personal taste on occasion, but I do love the whimsy and color of their projects. Here are photos from their North Carolina home, which is a touch too pastel and fussy for me, but quite fun and fantastic nonetheless-
To me, this house is just a bit TOO retro, TOO literal Sister Parish. However, some of their other interiors, the ones that are a bit more modern, richer in color and more masculine overall, are more intriguing to me-
I also love that they have a 1st Dibs site where they sell antique and vintage pieces-
And several of their Robert Allen fabrics represent their style but are still quite usable in a more subdued interior. A few of my favorites-
Looking forward to what these guys tackle next!