Podcast, Ep. 23: The Madcap Cottage Gents, Part Two

Jason & John, the Madcap Cottage Gents, invited us over to their home in High Point, North Carolina to talk pattern, prints, and decorator details

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit down with Jason & John, the Madcap Cottage Gents, at their home in High Point, North Carolina. They graciously invited us over for dinner, and before we dug into their spread, we discussed all of the gorgeous details in their home, their upcoming book Prints Charming, and much more.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Taryn shares her trial — putting toilet bowl cleaner in her dishwasher!
  • Her triumph was successfully getting her dog’s drool off her car’s leather interior
  • I share my newest go-to appetizer for entertaining
  • Karen’s triumph was getting some new goodies from Etsy for her summer vacation
  • We talk about Jason & John’s upcoming book, Prints Charming
  • The guys talk about why you should always talk to the antique dealer to hear the story of the piece
  • We discuss many of the details in Jason and John’s home — like the way they hung art in their library
  • So many pieces in their home have special details they’ve customized themselves
  • We talk about creating seating areas — you can likely fit in more seating than you think
  • We talk about the lost art of entertaining and why you shouldn’t stress
  • Lighting is so important — you likely need more than you think
  • We talk about the challenges of renting
  • We talk about why you should mix styles in your home

The Den in Jason and John's home in High Point, North Carolina

Show Notes:

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    July 1, 2017


    I have been bingeing on your fun podcast episodes while I work on summer sewing and painting projects (I am a teacher so summer time is decorating time). It has been incredibly fun getting to know y’all as well as so many amazing designers I have long admired and fabulous ones new to me. Two things I want: your appetizer recipes and a peek into your homes. I found the article on Karen’s gorgeous kitchen reno (that chevron tile really is the bomb) but there’s so much more I want to see. Like juju hats! Taryn’s bathroom! And the Kent pendant in Karen’s guest room! Are these gems and others searchable on the blog???

    Keep up the delightful, inspiring work!

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      Caroline McDonald

      July 6, 2017


      Thank you so much for listening! I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the podcast. We love hearing feedback. We do typically add photos when we can to the podcast show notes for each episode. You can get a teeny glimpse of the Kent Pendant in Karen’s guest bedroom here. It’s so hard to add pictures of our houses though! Some spaces are in flux and aren’t always photo-ready. We’ll try to get better about adding images of our houses though. You can definitely get peaks if you go through the show notes — we’ll often add iphone photos of our own spaces when we’ve discussed something in particular.

      Also, funny you should ask about appetizer recipes. My triumph for next week’s episode (with designer Maggie Griffin) is a new favorite go-to and we also talk about the one we usually make when we’re hosting guests in our houses. Listen out for that!

      Thank you again for listening. Maybe we’ll do some home tours of our own spaces in the future so y’all can really get a glimpse at our styles.