Meet Our Small Cool Judges:
Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage

Meet Our Small Cool Judges:
Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage

Janel Laban
Jun 3, 2013

Our judges have been hard at work over the weekend, reviewing the top entries in each of our divisions to select our finalists. This afternoon we'll be introducing you to each of our lovely panel members one by one, talented designers and small-space lovers, all. First, meet Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage...

Jason's own little Madcap Cottage

A little bit about Jason:

Jason Oliver Nixon is one half of the Brooklyn, NY-based interior design firm, Madcap Cottage, which he co-runs with his partner, John Loecke. The former Editor in Chief and Editorial Director of Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, and Aspen Peak magazines, Jason Oliver Nixon has also worked at Condé Nast Traveler and Four Seasons Hotels magazines and served as a producer at E! Entertainment and the Food Network. 

When not creating beautifully scaled interiors, Nixon travels the world as the Global Lifestyle Editor at Delta Sky magazine, the in-flight publication of Delta Airlines. 

The Madcap Cottage duo recently launched their custom pillow line collection of colorful, made-in-American creations at the Spring 2013 High Point furniture market. When co-creating a Madcap Cottage interior, Nixon is all about mixing the highbrow and the low. “I love nothing more than pairing a wonderful flea market find with a hand-painted wallpaper from Zuber,” says Nixon. “Expensive does not necessarily equate good taste. Plus, I am all about having fun and never taking anything too seriously.”

...and his thoughts on small space living:

John Loecke and I are crazy about small, cozy spaces—they really speak to us. We love a wonderfully diminutive scale… In fact, we named our firm and our tiny vacation escape in New York’s Catskill Mountains “Madcap Cottage,” and the 800-square-foot 1840s former schoolhouse is perfection. We have had to be very clever about the use of scale in our home, and we can never have too much stuff sitting about. Madcap Cottage, our home, teaches us to constantly edit, edit, edit but to enjoy the ride. We are constantly moving new pieces in and old pieces out. Clever paint, wallpaper treatments, and built-ins make the home seem much larger than it really is. And don’t negate the power of the disco ball that is always turning on our kitchen ceiling. Frankly, I have never waned a really massive house… I’d rather have sprawling gardens with a ha-ha.

Discover more about Jason and his wonderful, colorful design work: Madcap Cottage

Thanks, Jason!

Our Other Small Cool 2013 Judges:

(Image: via Jason Oliver Nixon/Madcap Cottage)

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