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!