Posts Tagged: Wallpaper


There were so many amazing new introductions at DecoOff that it is hard to know where to begin! One of the most whimsical and charming collections was “Ardmore” by Cole & Son based on Ardmore Ceramic Art celebrating African traditions and culture. Cole & Son describes the collection:

“Drawing inspiration from Ardmore’s colorful and quirky ceramics the collection explores Africa’s exotic flora and majestic fauna: from rare birds to big cats, elephants, rhinos and mischievous monkeys; as well as the beautiful patterns of Zulu beadwork and woven basket ware.Color palettes are drawn from the natural landscape: from the chalky, ochred desert plains and sun-bleached shimmering outcrops to the vibrant fresh greens of water-kissed rain forests and exotic coloring’s of native flora and fauna. The result, a strikingly sophisticated collection of wallpapers that includes soft and subtle explorations of the majestic landscape as well as colorful creations capturing the vibrancy of traditional African culture.”

Cole & Son always does an incredible job teaching the designer about the inspiration behind each of their creations. Every paper tells a story. In addition to their fabulous story telling skills, they also do a fabulous job showcasing their papers in a variety of interiors from traditional to contemporary and the varied methods in which their papers can be applied. 


“I create so I know I am alive.” -Florence Broadhurst


One of the most highly anticipated launches at High Point Furniture Market was the Florence Broadhurst Collection for Selamat Designs. Best known for her whirlwind personality and extraordinary creativity, Florence was constantly reinventing herself. She spent the roaring 20s singing her way throughout the Far East, served as headmistress in a Shanghai finishing school, became “Madame Pellier,” French couturier to London’s elite during the 1930s, and moved back to her homeland of Australia as an aristocrat, buisnesswoman, society maven and painter.


At the age of 60, she launched her bespoke internationally renowned wallpaper business. Her archive containing over 300 designs consists of stylized flowers, textured graphics, dramatic abstracts, overscaled patterns and metallic inks.  Her experimentation with layering pattern and color helped her designs to remain relevant through the years. Her biography says that “Florence Boradhurst is to Austrailia what Missioni is to Italy, Marremeko is to Scandanavia, and Liberty is to London.”Florence+Broadhurst+Patterns





The “Mayfair Crossing” collection reflects Florence’s love of nature reinterpreted with a lively color combination.

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The palette of “Shanghai Nights” is saturated with jade teals, greys, and metallics. The Art Deco influences are seen in the mirrored finishes, exotic birds and fretwork.

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The “Sydney Mod” collection is inspired by the Brutalist and Cubist movements with 1970s styling. Black, white and gold enhamce the sculptural and graphic shapes.



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I can not think of another designer more glamorous and fun loving than Mary McDonald. Anyone who has lived vicariously through her Instagram feed knows she always travels in style (with great company!) and absorbs the local culture wherever she goes. I love seeing her inspiration manifest itself into her latest collection for Schumacher. Every detail reflects her recent adventures to Bora Bora, Puka Diamond and Moorea.  The shapes and colors of the South Pacific blended with Mary’s love of fashion make each fabric, trimming and wallpaper extremely unique. The scale and pattern placement of the fabrics allow for maximum versaility to create banding and borders with just the fabrics alone. The exquisite details such as fringe, beading and embroidery are the perfect finishing touches for her collection as well as her wardrobe for the photo shoot below…


Schumacher describes the collection as being “inspired by the South Pacific, the cotton-linen prints and embellished fabrics and tapes include primitivist geometrics and a breezy floral. The colorways are effortless—Lava, Sea Oyster, and Marine pair beige and sandy tones with hues of black, gray, and indigo. McDonald tapped into her background to incorporate distinct dressmaker details. Fringes, embroidery, and beading come together to create a couture-worthy collection that’s at once casual and sophisticated—exuberant and fabulously easy.”

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Stepping into the mad, mad, madcap world of John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon is like falling down the rabbit hole into a technicolor-ed design fantasy. Painted butterflies, Japanese paper lanterns and pachyderms donning top hats delightfully coexist with a treasure trove of vintage finds in their charming High Point design laboratory. Greeted by a glittery disco ball and my favorite dance tunes, I felt instantly at home as I entered their curated cabinet of curiosities. This creative dynamic duo only arrived in High Point eight short months ago, yet they have already coerced the community of the “Furniture Capital of the World” to dream big.

Why High Point?

After being in New York for so many years, we were ready for a change. We had been coming to High Point Market for almost 20 years and had gotten to know so many wonderful and welcoming folks in the High Point community. The size, the opportunities, and the untapped potential felt just right. Plus, the design talent is off the charts: We can make and tweak any piece of furniture in ways that we couldn’t do anywhere else in the US.


What has surprised you the most about High Point since your arrival last spring?

The more we dig beyond the surface of High Point, the more pleasant surprises we discover…. From tucked-away restaurants to amazing new friends to incredible design resources.


What are you most proud of in High Point?

The talent pool that is right here in our backyard. The artisans, craftsmen, and furniture makers are all the best in country. We can have anything in our imagination fabricated right here. And we have a BIG imagination.


What would you like to see changed in High Point?

The city needs to play off of the attention market brings to our community make it a year-round destination for the design industry. We need a design center here that speaks to the trade and to the public. Plus, we need a marketing plan and brand strategy.


How on earth do you juggle your thriving business including various locations, licensing agreements and design business?

We work with amazing people and rarely sit still (AUTHOR’S NOTE: ..AND an unlimited supply of boundless energy and creative ideas)


When did you know you wanted to pursue design as a career and how did you get started?

We grew up in the magazine industry working independently for several publications. We were styling photo shoots and working on our own houses and then it turned into working for friends who liked our taste.


What is your creative process?

We consider ourselves storytellers and are always asking who and why when designing a space. We travel constantly and are always observing. We like to stay true to the history of a place, but we are all also about pushing the boundaries. Vintage movies and design books are another vital source of inspiration. We think of ourselves as “Paul Smith meets Cath Kidston with a spirited dash of Auntie Mame and Bunny Mellon.” We are all about finding life’s special moments and figuring out how to make them more spectacular.


What has been the most pivotal moment in your career?

A publicist friend asked us to design her Southampton house that ended up being an 8-page spread in O at Home, the offshoot of the Oprah magazine.


Tell us about your current work.

We are fortunate enough to be working on our own House of Bedlam renovation in High Point, a Manhattan apartment, a London flat, and a home in Florida.


Can you give us a glimpse of what to expect from Madcap Cottage in the future?

We think of Madcap Cottage as a lifestyle brand that we want to share with the world. Of course, we would love to be big in Japan.


What do you want to be remembered for?

For our spark and energy and not taking ourselves or design too seriously. We want clients to walk away thinking “wasn’t that fun?”—whether that was working on a design project or coming into our shop or hearing us do a presentation at a conference.


Do you have any advice for budding designers?

Be passionate about everything you do, be interested, and be engaging.


Whose work do you admire?

Robert Kime, Mario Buatta, Oliver Messel, Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, Nancy Lancaster, and John Fowler.

Who would be your dream client and why?

We would love to reinvent a chain hotel to make the whole experience more enjoyable, memorable, and special. From the overall design to the check-in experience to the amenities. A hotel should have a good storyline.

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What is your dream vacation?

India… the color and light are mesmerizing. Every moment is an adventure and you never know where the day will take you or what will happen next… you may stumble upon the most glorious architecture with unexpected color combinations or a monkey could steal your breakfast …you just never know

What is your secret vice?


Jason Oliver- L.L. Bean Boat & Tote bags… I am obsessed with a great tote bag!

What is your idea of bliss?

Watching old movies like “My Man Godfrey” or “Auntie Mame” with a glass of wine in our Madcap Cottage for HSN-enveloped bed surrounded our dogs, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia.


If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Murder on the Dancefloor” by Sophie Ellis-Bextor (“It brings out our competitive side!”) or Carmen Miranda’s “The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat” from the film “The Gang’s All Here.”


What do you collect?

We have a revolving tablescape on our cocktail table of 1930s-era miniature British lead garden figures that includes plants and gardens. Our “garden” is always evolving based on what we find upon our travels.

What is your favorite color?

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John-Fowler Pink


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Favorite design trick?

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Jason Oliver-A good cabana stripe always transports me to Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Capri, or any other Slim Aarons-ish setting.



FEBRUARY 12, 2015


Wallpaper Seminar:
“Next Stop, Wallpaper Wonderland!”

Madcap Cottage~ 128 Church Avenue, High Point, NC

Free and fabulous! Sip wine, learn about the wonders of wallpaper, and shop our Valentine’s Day wares. Gifts galore… Join the fun!

To register, please click here.


FEBRUARY 25, 2015


ADAC Digital Day: “From Rogue to Vogue”

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center~351 Peachtree Hills Avenue Atlanta , GA

In conjunction with the 2015 Design Bloggers Conference, ADAC invites you to a series of complimentary educational programming. Designed to inspire and develop your brand in the world of digital media while you gain practical advice from interior designers, bloggers, media innovators and magazine editors.

Hear from John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage on how two kids from Iowa and Florida followed a circuitous path—from magazines to television and with a few stop-offs along the way (temping!, cooking school!)—and emerged as interior designers with a line of products and a star turn on HSN. And how they got there. From building a brand to the role of social media and the power of the bespoke and unique in that process, the Madcap Cottage gents will discuss their fun, color-filled, and whimsical journey.

To register, please click here.

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“Trend spotting is getting harder. There was a time when it was easy to identify a set of clearly defined palettes, prints and products that were updated each season, making a neat progression from the design studios onto the high street.There are still trends, if you look carefully enough, but they’re more fluid than ever – suggestions and themes, rather than strict rules. This year more than ever, versatility is key.Reinterpreting classics and blending trends, especially traditional, contemporary and rustic, will add to the eclectic nature of our interiors, with mix-and-match furniture and multiple prints still going strong. Buying only that which you really love will help ensure you hit the right notes by creating a look that’s unique to you.”

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Trend spotting is a huge business for any design industry. Being able to forecast what will be “IN ” helps fashion, fabric, furniture, accessory, jewelry and technology designers create their palette and motifs from one season to the next. Click here to read about trends from 2014 to see what changed and what remained “on trend” for 2015.

Design preferences are incredibly subjective. As consumers are becoming more savvy and exposed to global influences which is making tastes becoming more individual and unique. They want their interiors and fashion to reflect their personalities and not look like everyone else. Customization and versatility have become very important to the consumer….rugs and wallpaper that also function as works of art, items collected from travels becoming decorative accessories for the home, and being a part of the design process in creating everything from furniture to tile.

As I reviewed the thousands of images I took last year, these still caught my eye as “trends” I would love to see  continue. They celebrate the creativity of the artist/craftsman as well as offer endless opportunities for customization to make each work truly unique.


 Wallpaper As Art


Several artists such as Lindsay Cowles, Amanda Talley and Hunt Slonem have turned their works of art into bespoke wallpaper collections. This paper is by Flat Vernacular, the Brooklyn-based design duo Payton Cosell Turner and Brain Kaspr. Their works are playful, original, hand drawn and hand printed.

Mother Nature


Slabs of petrified wood, agate, quartz and other minerals reveal the intricate beauty of Mother Nature’s artistic hand.

Customized Tiles


The customization possibilities are endless with Mirth Studio’s hardwood floor tiles. The tiles can be used for floors,walls. ceilings,  tabletops and more.

Global Chic


Decorative tribal textiles and rugs provide a bohemian touch to any interior.

Painterly Rugs

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Like the artisan wallpapers,several artists are turning their canvas into painterly rugs. This silk/wool abstract rug from Marc Phillips certainly makes a statement. The rug is a tribute to action painting characterized by being both naughty and smart, the same combination artist Juegen Dahlmanns likes in people.

And some more trusted trend-spotters share their 2015 predictions…



Mixed Metals

In London, designer Kelly Hoppen says mixing warm metals, such as copper and rose gold, with cool ones like silver is particularly hot right now. Los Angeles designer Jamie Bush agreed, saying he is no longer interested in matching every metal finish in a single room: “It’s too staged.” New York designer Thom Filicia suggested a “strategic, layered mix” of silvery, gold and black metals as a “riskier and more stylish” option. A great example: Arteriors’s Nolan Pendant, a brass-finished iron light with a dark bronze band.

Moody Indigo

Several designers are developing a case of the navy blues. Paris-based Stephanie Coutas said dark navy, as a counterpoint to white marble and mother of pearl, is a growing trend in luxury projects in the City of Light. Los Angeles designer Sasha Emerson hailed the color’s versatility: “It plays so well with other colors, such as pink, cream, gray, coral and sage.” Architect Barbara Bestor ’s tried-and-true: Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy mixed with a little black.

Painterly Rugs

Whether it looks like a Motherwell or a Monet, a rug “that is visually fluid with irregular patterns breaks the grid of rectangular rooms and furniture,” said Mr. Bush. (See examples from Marc Phillips’s collection here.) “They are true art pieces,” said Sydney designer Thomas Hamel, especially those rendered in silk “that shimmer and constantly change color.”

Smoky Glass

“Clear is so last year,” quipped Mr. May. Instead, Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler opts for smoked glass to “strike a tension between raw and refined, masculine and feminine.” That smokiness “adds a sense of mystery and intrigue to an otherwise typical material,” she said. For Mr. Harris, the effect, as seen in Sebastian Scherer’s Isom tables for Neo/Craft, “exudes a sultry 1970s vibe that reminds me of an intimate club that serves really good Manhattans.”

Graphic Tiles

Thanks to the allure of indoor/outdoor living, colorful concrete tiles (such as these from Amethyst Artisan shown here) continue to move from commercial to home spaces, said Los Angeles designer David John Dick : “It’s a perfect combination of graphic design and interior design.” Sam Allen, a Connecticut designer, views them as a sneaky image-booster. “These unusual ethnic tiles give the appearance that you are well-traveled,” he said




Almost every new textile collection and furniture debut seems to be awash in a much more saturated hue than we saw in the early 2010s. I know there’s been a great deal of online fretting about Pantone’s “Marsala” trend, but I like to see that prediction as more about deeper hues and more vibrant colours! Look for deeper, darker colours – and more playful combinations of hues in interior design.


I’m seeing that the pared-down, minimal rooms of the first part of the 2000s are going to start moving seriously “off trend.” Many of the spaces that I’ve been seeing have been layered with amazing trims and contrasting textiles more than the limited colour palates of the last few years. Keep an eye out for contrasting drapery linings and applied trimming for sofas and arm chairs.


Keep a sharp eye out for brass to become one of the major players when choosing finishes for lighting, drapery hardware, and kitchen/bath hardware.  We’ve suffered through a long drought of only polished or brushed chrome/nickel for long enough. But, this “new” brass is also a decidedly “old” one – it’s not a highly lacquered brass of the late 1980s. This new option tends to be more of a worn, un-polished brass of the 1880s! Much less Brady Bunch and more Downton Abbey.


Wallpaper is still coming back strong – and I think the next year is going to provide even more options and expansions in the wallpaper market.  Look for more bold patterns (and those aforementioned saturated colours) on walls (and ceilings and doors!) in the next year. This image from Steven Sclaroff is a perfect example – maybe not for everyone … but, an inventive and bold use of a classic botanical wallpaper applied to walls, doors, and casings!


I think any list of trends would be greatly incomplete without at least a hearty nod to the future in technology.  The way our homes access and share information is changing almost faster than the marketplace can keep up with these days. Are we moving away from the traditional “media room” in the home – where are all sit and watch a movie together after dinner – to a more wifi-centric home – where we can all stream the latest online series right to our personal computers?  Personally, I’d love to hang on to the family gathered together and sharing entertainment as a group … but, I fear we may be moving away from this.




Chasing the Rainbow

Colour is very definitely back. But as for which shades to choose, it’s a case of pretty much anything goes. They will be used in every imaginable combination – tone on tone, contrasting, natural, exotic – with non-traditional blends scoring the highest style points.

There are a few hero colours, notably blue. Especially popular are the darker shades like deep navy, indigo and inky blue, which make a good alternative to black, as well as ocean-inspired tones from aqua to teal, which contrast well with 2014’s copper metallics.

Speaking of which, the copper trend has given rise to Dulux’s colour of 2015, copper blush, a soft pinky orange shade with plenty of depth. Pantone’s colour of the year, marsala, is also from the warm side of the colour wheel. This earthy yet sophisticated shade of red brown is ideal for kitchens and dining rooms. Add it into your existing colour scheme with tableware, work-surface appliances and linens throughout the home. Try painting walls with Jotun’s Bordeaux, from the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection.

The New Global Ethnic

Print is alive and well, with everything from paisley and plaid to kilim and ikat making an appearance on fabrics for 2015, often combined with a contemporary colour palette or used either oversized or in miniature to bring the look up to date.

Relaxed graphics, loose geometrics and blurred lines, all of which are coming across from the catwalk, are useful for softening a monochrome palette, while striking chevron prints continue to be popular in every room.

There’s a new wave of ethnic prints for this year, with a diverse heritage reflecting our increasingly global community. Strong graphics in muted palettes are particularly effective when combined with almost Nordic minimalism – lots of wood, raw metal, and whitewashed walls – creating a cool, sophisticated look.

Native American patterns will be particularly big in the next year, and can be layered up with sun-bleached wood, leather and animal hide, a desert colour palette and cultural motifs such as dreamcatchers and the American flag for a strong trend statement.

There’s also plenty of texture around; velvets, rustic weaves and even corduroy are all gaining popularity with designers, as well as details like appliqué and crewel, reflecting our interest in handicrafts and slow skills.

Big On Nature

Salvaged wood, stone and metal will be popular through 2015, while animal hide has been added into the designer’s toolbox of natural materials – not just for rugs, but also as upholstery and cushions.

But the biggest way to make a statement is using plants. Oversized interior landscaping reflects our love of nature, and if you have the budget, you could invest it in a “green wall” of floor-to-ceiling plants. If not, layer up pot plants into large groupings of varying heights and textures.

At the other end of the scale, the digital revolution continues to effect our home interiors. Photographic imagery looks set to get bigger, especially ­Instagram-style snapshots, printed onto everything from wall murals to cushions.

Finishing Touches

Although wallpaper continues to be popular, feature walls are out. Instead, zonal painting is the new way to add interest to vertical surfaces, using two or more block colours to distinguish whole walls or even segments.

Fibre art and other fabric, wool and mixed-media wall hangings have replaced the once popular metal “wall art” structures. Gain extra points by making your own, hanging it from a piece of driftwood and, naturally, uploading a picture to Pinterest.

Last but not least are the finishing touches, which we’ll be paying a lot more attention to this year. Drawer knobs and light switches will be chosen with as much care as bureaus and lamps, and kitchen fixtures are having their moment in the sun, with gold and other warm metals taking over from the regular stainless steel.

As we enter a new season, it’s exciting to look forward to the new ranges that will be hitting the shops. But even more exciting will be seeing how individuals interpret the colour, patterns, materials and items on offer, and discovering the unique looks they create.

Please contact the studio if you are interested in any of our design services. Let us make your design dreams a reality in 2015!

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