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Comfort + Performance

Comfort + Performance

Friends:

It’s the Madcap Cottage gents, Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, your Calico brand ambassadors and “hosts with the most.”

Let’s talk “performance.” And by “performance”, we mean performance fabrics.

Performance fabrics are the hottest category in the textiles industry right now; everyone is asking for these hard-working fabrics that perfectly accommodate today’s no-muss, no-fuss relaxed-chic lifestyles: stain resistant, easy to clean, pet-proof, childproof and odor preventative. Wow! But remember that far-flung performance fabrics haven’t been around for very long.

Let’s think back to the not-so-long-ago past when furnishings fabrics required major maintenance. When I was a little boy, for instance, my grandparents in Sarasota, Florida wouldn’t let me into the living room. And when they did—and only on very special occasions, like some great aunt had passed away or there was an organ recital—we stuck, literally, to the chairs and sofas as they were wrapped in very thick plastic slipcovers. “We don’t want to damage the furniture,” Granny scolded me, eying my wobbly cup of hot chocolate with a dishtowel perkily perched just so just in case.

 Spill a little red wine on a Crypton fabric? No problem.

Spill a little red wine on a Crypton fabric? No problem.

Fast forward to today. We all crave high-style homes that are packed with comfort where the kids can scamper about and the pets are allowed on the sofa. We drink red wine and eat bruschetta, and we don’t want to be fluffing the pillows constantly or thinking about having the upholstery professionally cleaned. Performance fabrics perfectly fit the bill. We use them all of the time in Madcap Cottage design projects.

Says John, “We recently designed an all-white living room for a client’s beach house, and we used Crypton fabrics throughout the space. We celebrated the reveal of the space with a fantastic bottle of a Super Tuscan red wine, and because of Crypton’s amazing stain-resistant capabilities no one stressed out. There was a moment of trepidation when we broke out the finger food-sized corn dogs and ketchup, but Crypton handled that scenario with spot-on aplomb.”

There are performance fabrics for every style and vibe at Calico, from contemporary to traditional.

 Crypton interiors look just as good as they perform.

Crypton interiors look just as good as they perform.

Think Crypton Home Fabric, for example. Soft, durable, and resistant to both stains and odors, Crypton Home Fabric is available in a wide array of textures and vibrant colors. And Crypton’s breakthrough performance technology is built into every fiber, so it won’t ever wear away. Spills and stains are easy to clean, and odors don’t cling. And Crypton offers enhanced abrasion resistance, too!

Other performance-fabric options include Sunbrella, Sensuede, Bella-Dura, InsideOut and Fortress Indoor/Outdoor. So many possibilities!

Stop in at your local Calico outpost for a crash course in which performance fabric fits your look and lifestyle needs best then invite the kids and dogs for a spirited pizza party upon your performance-covered sofa.

When in Rome...

When in Rome...

Red, White and Blue

Red, White and Blue