They are a little Auntie Mame paired with a splash of Carmen Miranda by way of England. In this Q&A, Madcap Cottage’s John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon talk about small space living hacks and their best outdoor decor tips!
Q: What are your best small space living hacks?
: "Go to the Container Store.
Q: What’s something folks should watch out for when working with a contractor or interior designer?
: "Have a realistic budget. If you have $5k and want a new kitchen or think you can refurnish your whole home for $10k, think again. HGTV has created a myth that home renovation is almost free, and that’s the furthest from the truth."
Q: What decor items are worth splurging on?
: "Find pieces that actually fit your room. If you can’t find a sofa that is the right size for a space, turn to places such as Calico Corners for a custom piece that will be perfect. You will be surprised how reasonable a custom piece actually can be."
Q: What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
: "Invest in Apple."
Q: Would you rather upgrade your closet, bathroom or kitchen?
: "Bathroom. A wonderful bathroom is a mini vacation."
Q: What are your best outdoor decor tips?
: "Think small. Create an area with a patio chair perfect for reading and several large pots filled with plants. The rest of the yard can come later."
Q: Could you live in a tiny home?
: "A cottage, yes, but not one of those tiny, tiny homes."
Q: What’s your best organization hack?
: "Clean out the fridge, freezer and pantry monthly.
Q: Which HGTV/DIY Network star would you most like to work with and why?
: "Magnolia Home. We want them to ditch the black and white and farmhouse look and embrace florals and chintz."
Q: You’ve been interviewed many times. What is the one question you always wish someone would ask?
: "We just feel lucky to be interviewed at all!"
Madcap Cottage designers John and Jason Oliver appear at the Home Show on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24 with design dos and don’ts, try this tricks and more!
JANUARY 18-27, 2019.
INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS