Madcap Cottage Wallpaper Chat


York: How did you come up with the name – Madcap Cottage?

Madcap: We wanted to create a lifestyle brand that captured our passion for sophisticated fun and whimsy- whether speaking to the home space or fashion and accessories. Stay tuned: There might even be a Madcap Cottage hotel in the works! Madcap Cottage is an invitation to a rollicking good time where style is aspirational but also affordable and attainable. Everyone is welcome, so pull up a seat and join the festivities.

York: What makes you both so unique?

Madcap: We see the world a tad differently than most, and we say that humbly. We keep our eyes open and soak up everyday adventure and instill what we see into our designs. The Madcaps are lucky enough to travel to the Indias and Chinas of the world, but we also lap up our frequent road trips with the pound-rescue pups to places such as Iowa, Florida and Maine. We were just inspired by a shopping trip to our local Publix supermarket and a stripe we spotted amongst the banana display. A fabled Vogue editor once said, “The eye has to travel,” and we cannot agree more. Never, ever be boring or beige. And always have fun. Life is too short to not enjoy the ride.

York: When decorating a home, what signature piece do you feel is necessary to tie everything together?

Madcap: A home should always feel lived in and never like a museum. So fill your home with pieces that aren’t perfect so you don’t have to worry about putting your feet up or allowing the dogs to jump up on the sofa. A home needs antiques and vintage pieces with history and a storyline too. Who wants a home to look like a showroom?



York: How would you describe your style?

Madcap: Our personal style is English country house meets a relaxed, easy-breezy American sensibility. But we have crafted homes for clients that are modern, traditional and bohemian. As designers it’s up to us to get inside our clients’ heads and bring their vision to life. We are storytellers capturing our clients’ brand stories.


York: If your walls could talk, what would they say?

Madcap: Thank you for lavishing us with wallpaper! Our walls are happy campers.

York: What’s next for the Madcaps?

Madcap: We have just released our new book, “Prints Charming: Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns,” from Abrams as well as our York Wallcoverings wallpaper collection, a grouping of wall art from RoomMates that was inspired by our travels and collections, and an upholstered furniture selection from Chapter 3 Furniture that is beautifully detailed and scaled, extremely affordable, and made in America. Stay tuned for Madcap Cottage lighting and rugs! And there might be some fashion in the works, too!


View the full Madcap Cottage Wallpaper Collection here!

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Bring the Adventure Home with Madcap Cottage


Friends! Welcome to Madcap for York Wallcoverings!

We are the Madcap Cottage gents, John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, and we are mad, mad, mad about wallpaper! Based in High Point, North Carolina and known for our whimsical use of color and pattern, along with our pound-rescue posse; Jasper, Weenie and Amy Petunia (see photo above). Imagine a British country house that pairs with Granny’s antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a dash of Morocco-meets-India. Shake, stir, then pour.

We’re so excited to announce our partnership with America’s oldest wallpaper firm, York Wallcoverings, to bring our vision to life. We count wallcoverings amongst the top tools in our go-to design arsenal. Says John, “There’s nothing like wallpaper to bring architecture and drama to a space where none existed before – and without the need for expensive construction”. Wallpaper will transform any space by bringing a storyline to life.”- whether you seek an indoor garden, a virtual trip to India or Morocco, or a slice of Park Avenue Panache.”

In our new wallpaper collection, think fantastic florals, bold stripes plucked from a beachside cabana, balmy bamboo flourishes and a heaping dash of sophisticated fun inspired by the Madcap Cottage gents’ travels and collections. Take your walls from Ho-hum to “Hello, gorgeous””

At Madcap Cottage, we believe that decorating should be fun and never grim and glum or filled with rules. Decorating should be an adventure- one whose end result are rooms that burst with personality, that put a smile up on your face the moment you step through the front door. Forget white walls and neutral furnishings, it’s time to dream big, and transform your home with the wonders of pattern!

Discover the full collection here:

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The Young and the Restless

The saga of how one edgy young artist discovered the wonderful world of wallpaper.

Amanda Wilson is 23. Armed with intelligence, talent, enviable organizational skills and an Associates Degree in Special Technologies and Multi Media Design she stepped out to meet the world, and found us.

Amanda’s picks: modern clean lines with pops of sunny color, like pattern “Alessa”

“When I started almost a year ago at York Wallcoverings I knew absolutely nothing about wallpaper. I had no idea it was still being used, let alone the mass market appeal, but what really surprised me was the art side to these designs. There’s just so much my generation does not know about this media, but I’m telling all my friends about it.” Seeing beautiful images in roomsets from York’s collections have changed the way she sees wallpaper.

Much like may of her young “Gen-Y” counterparts, Amanda fell into the “mauve trap”. “I thought wallpaper was dated and the kind of thing you matched to your drapes in the 1980’s, but what’s happening here is all about the very best in color and design. I would definitely use wallpaper myself now, particularly for an accent wall or a full bath.”

Something calming with a gentle spa effect in soft green sculptured ink, Fonatine, has a hand applied artisan feel for an Amanda top choice.

As a Pre Press Specialist here at York, Amanda sees a wide range of creative ideas and on trend color palettes that inspire. “I love variety and never do the same thing twice, plus, I get to work with color and design every day. It’s a good company, my contributions are always appreciated and I’m proud to work here.”

Vintage updates and anything with a natural feel like archival choice “Bengali” are also favorites. Designs based in nature are Amanda’s real joy. “It is an unending source of inspiration, and it’s all around us.”
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