Sunday, fun day! My friend Jason Oliver Nixon and his partner John Loecke at Madcap Cottage are here to share some advice about living life to the fullest — which is the only way to live, right?? If you’ve seen their designs you know they are sheer fun with a dashing sense of whimsy and a big dose of color! I hope their musings will inspire you to live boldly! Enjoy! xo, Tobi
More, More, L’Amour! When Tobi asked us to share some expert advice, John Loecke and I (we are the duo behind Madcap Cottage, and if you don’t know us you should because our parties are legend and we can sing every song on the Xanadusoundtrack backwards), dug deep and then we dug up about $5 bucks to purchase a fifth of Popov and then we sat down on the curb and amortized the hell out of that below-shelf vodka.
[Madcap Cottage, Our 1840s era former schoolhouse in upstate New York.]
And here’s what we came up with after our little From Russia with Love dans la rue cocktail session. John says that he learned everything from the film Auntie Mame. “I loved that apartment of Mame’s on trusty Beekman Place that morphed every few months from Marie-Antoinette to Chinoiserie and then to mid-century Danish… Um, genius!
[Our Brooklyn, New York dining room that was inspired by the Hotel Gritti in Venice, our most favorite escape.]
Change out your space. And again. And then do it again. Mame also declared, ‘Life is a banquet and most poor bastards are starving to death.’ And those are truly words to live by. Live, live, live, and always in color, and never take anything too seriously, and have fun doing it. Life is too short to notmake it one big adventure.
[John and I love going to St. Barths with my parents who generously invite us unless we are naughty.]
Jason and I look at life like it’s The Jungle Cruise at Disney World. You never know when you might meet an elephant in the river or encounter a native in a hut who jumps out when the boat goes by and scares the be-Jesus out of the tourists. That’s what keeps it fun. Keep your eyes wide open, and always be open to experience. Open in every which way.”
[We go to India all the time and love it.]
Jason downs another shot and concurs. “Hell, yeah,” says Jason. “Crank up the ‘Janie’s Got a Gun,’ and let’s get down. Huh, what? Oh, I didn’t realize this was live. OK, so nix that, we can turn up the Aerosmith later. I love Auntie Mame, but I tend to turn to Charlene and the lyrics of ‘I’ve Never Been to Me’ when I need expert advice. But I don’t take Charlene’s snooze-a-saurus advice to heart. Never! Instead, I am like the BAD Charlene and heed the stuff that she says you shouldn’t do. Forget ‘that little baby you’re holding, it’s that man you fought with this morning, the same one you’re going to make love with tonight.’ B-o-r-i-n-g!
Hell, no! Here’s what I learned from that one-hit-wonder Charlene:
-Get undressed by kings and see some things that you ain’t supposed to see.
-Go to Nice and the isle of Greece and sip champagne on a yacht.
-Take the hand of a preacher man and make love in the sun.
That’s right. Be big, bold, and try everything once. If not twice. Move like Harlow in Monte Carlo, honey, and show ‘em what you’ve got! For you won’t have it forever.
Frankly, I have no interest in going “to me.” No wonder Charlene tanked. We’ll see you in paradise with the preacher man.
In the sun.
– Jason & John