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Trend alert: Prints Charming, the book


It is a well known fact that Brits don't work the minimalist trend very well. There's a well documented interiors history that proves that more is always welcome around this country. Just have a walk around the beautifully restored stately homes with their often exuberant decor, colour, pattern and patina.

The English country home may be getting a 'toning down' lately but for me, it should not shy away from it's true identity. Wallpapers with bold patterns should be used in more homes, together with lush fabrics, trimmings, and lots and lots of antiques. Besides, the Collector trend is getting bigger and the UK is nothing if not full of antiques shops and flea markets with hidden treasures.

I think this is one of the reasons I have recently decided to turn the guest bedroom into a delightful "eclectic B&B with a twist" room, to reflect the extravagance of floral prints in what is going to be a riot of colour. I am really proud of that room, I really am, and cannot wait to share it with you. But do you know who truly is my inspiration for it? Read on!


The Madcap Cottage inspiration


Some time ago I came across a duo of designers based in North Karolina. They were big on florals, big on colour and big on pattern clash. So basically, everything I really like. John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon go by the brand name Madcap Cottage and are inspired by interior design legends like Dorothy Draper and Cecil Beaton.


John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon go by the brand name Madcap Cottage One Kings Lane interior designers

The Madcap Cottage duo, as photographed for One Kings Lane