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Madcap Cottage Interview

Madcap Cottage Interview

I first heard John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon speak at the Digital Design Day in Atlanta about a year ago, and they made quite an impression. John and Jason are the dynamic duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, the Madcap gents scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint. 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. In my head, they are my new best friends. You know: the ones that have impeccable taste, throw the most fabulous dinner parties and have you in stitches with their stories and witty anecdotes.

So, imagine my delight when I found out Jason and John designed a fabric collection for Robert Allen, now available at Calico. It's time to get to know these two a little better. I decided to submit them both to the Proust questionnaire, made famous by the renowned French author – and by the back page of Vanity Fair. They emailed me their answers while vacationing in London (of course!). Here we go:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Jason: A dirty martini in a tub overlooking Venice

John: Tea at Fortnum & Mason in London with heaps of Damson plum jam

What is your greatest fear?

Jason: Being boring

John: A white room

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Jason: Not taking enough time off

John: Peevishness

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Jason: Not being considerate

John: Pushy people

Which living person do you most admire?

Jason: Martha Stewart

John: Iris Apfe

What is your greatest extravagance?

Jason: Smythson of Bond Street diaries

John: Paul Smith jeans

What is your current state of mind?

Jason: Forever thinking it forward

John: Forever thinking it forward

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Jason: Patience

John: Patience

On what occasion do you lie?

Jason: When it makes a story more engaging

John: I don’t

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Jason: Lack of a waist and my thighs

John: My frog toes

Which living person do you most despise?

Jason: Anyone involved with ISIS

John: Same

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Jason: Mystery

John: Mystery

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Jason: Mystery

John: Mystery

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Jason: Bespoke.

John: Jiminy Christmas!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Jason: John

John: Jason

When and where were you happiest?

Jason: In the desert outside of Jodhpur, India on a terrace

John: Wandering the streets of London

Which talent would you most like to have?

Jason: Being able to play an instrument

John: Learning to drive stick shift

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Jason: Nothing

John: Nothing

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Jason: Never settling

John: Treating every day like a new adventure

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Jason: One of Valentino’s pugs

John: Cleopatra

Where would you most like to live?

Jason: The English countryside on a gentleman’s farm

John: The English countryside on a gentleman’s farm

What do you most value in your friends?

Jason: Honesty, wackiness

John: Honesty

Who are your favorite writers?

Jason: Patrick Dennis

John: Deborah Devonshire

Who is your hero of fiction?

Jason: Auntie Mame and Violet Newstead from “9 to 5”

John: Auntie Mame

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Jason: Caligula

John: Elsie de Wolf

Who are your heroes in real life?

Jason: Maggie Smith

John: QEII

What are your favorite names?

Jason: Emerald

John: Rhubarb

What is it that you most dislike?

Jason: Boring people

John: Boring people

What is your greatest regret?

Jason: Nothing

John: Nothing

How would you like to die?

Jason: Quickly

John: In my sleep

What is your motto?

Jason: Je ne regrette rien and Banish the Beige!

John: Is there more Cap’n Crunch?

Sitting Pretty!

Sitting Pretty!