I am THRILLED to host Madcap Cottage on the Lycette Blog. A few months back a message popped into my inbox, an invitation to talk needlepoint with John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the gents behind the interior design megahouse Madcap Cottage. My first reaction was, “NO, who would be mean enough to play this joke?” I had been following, and admiring, the careers of the Madcap men for years, including their recent cover of “House & Garden UK.” It turns out the message was not a joke, and I have been pinching myself ever since. John and Jason Oliver are vivacious, eloquent, and passionate about their love of needlepoint. The duo is dedicated to making “gorgeous needlepoint an interior design essential once again,” a cause I also share. Please join me as I explore Madcap’s passion for needlepoint, why John and Jason Oliver believe needlepoint is a staple to interior design, and how to incorporate needlepoint into your own home.
Since I started Lycette and began working from home I have gained weight. And no, I’m not whining about 5 lbs or even 10 lbs, I am talking closer to 20 lbs! You may ponder how that could have happened without me noticing at the 10 or maybe 15 lb mark? Well combine a natural love of food, a penchant for emotional eating, and a personal style that mirrors Mrs. Roper and suddenly it’s ten months later and my jeans won’t zip without a generous greasing of crisco. In an effort to lose weight I have been eating vegan and not drinking. In other words I am a barrel of fun, and a hostesses’ worst nightmare. However, I still have one outlet for my sugarplum dreams and that is the fabulous “The Great British Bake Off.”