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Madcap cottage in london and venice
Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke of Madcap Cottage regale us with their travel tales.

The Madcap gents have just returned from two weeks in London and Venice. And, yes, we braved the Venetian floods. And while not quite Biblical in proportion, the pervasive puddles left us thanking the lord that we had packed our Hunter boots even though the extra 30 pounds in our suitcase practically gave us a hernia at Gatwick...

Travels and design inspiration from Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke's latest adventures! 

Christina Henck one of a kind wall art
Mixing photos, artwork and three-dimensional pieces on a gallery wall can add to the originality of a space.

From one-of-a-kind antiques to personal photos, wall art is personal and can tell an original story about a space's inhabitants.

Stacy Garcia's Color Crush: Zeus
Image Shown from Clockwise from Top Left: Kyle Johnson via unsplash, Josh Rose via unsplash, Stacy Garcia Commercial Textiles Kaleidoscope Collection – Emphasis (Night Fall), Ryan Phillips visa unsplash
Envision the dark night sky as it illuminates from a single crack of lightning…the mysteriously endless nature of this dark and absorbent color gives off a sense of power and strength. Inspired by… more
Artwork created with Light
Oh! So Pretty by Dave Meeker. Photo by Randall Whitehead.
The idea of light as art is not new. There was Dan Flavin who used fluorescent lighting and there is James Turrell who uses natural light.  Plus, there is plenty of neon art, but the idea of using… more
Stephanie James and Patti Allen are award-winning designers and co-owners of Allen and James Interior Design in High Point, NC. The designer duo has specialized in building personal relationships… more
No matter the industry, everyone has some cringe-inducing memories they look back on from early in their careers where they learned something the hard way and added another thing to their mental “do… more
How to sell more furniture is actually pretty simple, but you may have been hiding your retail gold. I meet a lot of furniture retailers who have a valuable team of designers but they aren’t showing… more
tips for design selection process
Help clients make interior design selections with these 7 tips.
For many remodelers (and these practices apply to interior designers), this process has become extremely protracted and complicated; so much so, that a group I work with in California found that the… more
Attendee Gathering Space at BDNY
Gathering spaces for attendees at BDNY were crowded and outfitted by sponsoring exhibitors.
It was fall… and winter… and maybe even a little summer in NY this past week as we headed up for BD|NY, which was held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.  While what to wear proved a little… more
High Point fall 2019 Universal
(From left to right): Courtney Garrigan and Teddie Garrigan of Coco & Dash and Ciao, Coco!, Nancy Price of Nancy Price Interior Design, Joni Vanderslice of J. Banks Design Group and Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editor-in-Chief Diane Falvey in the Universal showroom at fall High Point Market. The panel on bridging the retail-design gap for a one-stop experience brought together creative minds for an eye-opening conversation.
Before a recent trends panel at Design Chicago, I had an interior designer tell me she enjoyed the panel because it connected her to like minds. “We tend to work in vacuums,” she said, adding that… more
Unsplash mug
(Photo: Unsplash user Danielle MacInnes)
It’s almost time for goal setting for the new year! The final quarter of the year has launched. What were the goals you set back in January? Are you on track? Did you back your goals up with… more
Stacy Garcia Studio 11 Summer in NY Coconut Lounge
Coconut Lounge W Downtown. Photo by Marc Richardson
As much as we try to get excited for a change into the cooler seasons, we all know how much we still crave those warm summer days…especially if you’re a New Yorker. But it’s not only the radiant… more
Stacy Garcia Golden Hour Color Crush
This month's Color Crush, Golden Hour, is an energetic yellow hue.
Soak in one of nature’s most glorifying moments with the invigorating feel of our Color Crush, Golden Hour. A vibrant, warm gold, this color is reminiscent of those fleeting moments right before… more
Randall Whitehead Lighting Doctor Accent Lights
Avoid Museum Syndrome by using the right balance of lighting fixtures.
As I have mentioned before, there are four functions of light — Task, Accent, Decorative and Ambient.  Each one plays an important role in creating a cohesive lighting design. Here is an explanation… more
Bobby Berk kitchen
(Photo: Tessa Neustadt)
“Queer Eye” designer Bobby Berk isn’t afraid of going bold, and this kitchen in the Vista Santa Fe community in San Diego is no exception. See how Berk layers textures to create a space that feels… more
pexels blank notebook
It's up to you to tell the story of your brand and connect with your ideal consumer. (Photo: Pexels user Tirachard Kumtanom)
Branding. It’s what differentiates one company from the next. It’s also what connects us to our customers. “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room,” says Amazon's… more
Kristi Hopper nursery
(Photo by Michael Hunter)
When a Texas couple planned to adopt a baby, they needed a nursery that was as comfortable as it was functional. Designer Kristi Hopper created this neutral-yet-playful space that pairs muted colors… more
Increase your interior design revenues
Raise your interior design rates to reflect the true value of design.

Five simple, fast strategies to boost your bottom line.