Hello, hello! We’re guest bloggers John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of interior design firm Madcap Cottage. We are thrilled to be designing the covered porch at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse in partnership with our friends at Frontgate.
About us: We’re known for our whimsical use of pattern and color. We scour the world for eclectic finds that capture our unique, 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. If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree!
We run our firm—an ever-changing design laboratory—from a former pharmacy in the heart of High Point, North Carolina, the hub for American decorative arts. You can shop the Madcap Cottage line of bedding, window treatments, and pillows exclusively on HSN and at HSN.com.
And here’s a bit about our vision for the Hampton Designer Showhouse covered porch:
Turkey! India! England! A splash of Hong Kong and a whirl through the hills of Tuscany! Mix, shake, then pour. Our design reflects a passion for travel and a desire to bring your adventures home. We love exuberant patterns and a high-octane color palette. Who says you can’t mix stripes and florals? Certainly not us … for the Madcaps are your resident Prints Charmings—that’s P-R-I-N-T-S, folks.
Let’s take a closer look:
Here are “before” photos of the covered porch. Wow, there’s a lot of work to be done … but, luckily, we have amazing products at hand to create our magic.
We sketched our vision for the covered porch. Note the mix of patterns, the global inspiration, and the punch of color. And this is just one side of the covered porch; wait until you see the far end—so chic!
A pair of chaise lounges with jade-green cushions will serve as a focal point. How fun to curl up in such style in front of the fireplace. We love the exotic lines of these chaises.
A pair of side tables will serve as the perfect perches for cool cocktails beside the chaise lounges. Blue and white—you cannot go wrong with this classic design colorway.
A stunning, handpainted dining table, festooned with lemons, will anchor the dining area of the covered porch. Sit down at this table, and you will be whisked away to a sunny lemon grove in the Italian hills.
This outdoor planter will hang above the fireplace and serve as a vintage-looking centerpiece to the space. We love pieces that have patina and weathering. You never want a space to look new, new, new, but rather accumulated over time.
Jaunty cabana window treatments will enclose the covered porch and give it a plucked-from-Southern-France sensibility that perfectly pairs with the room’s eclectic vibe. And, yes, you can mix stripes with other patterns—just find one consistent tone that you can carry among the various patterns. In this space, green and blue are the neutral hues that work amongst the various pieces.
View a video about the finished product. We hope you like it.