The Pat­tern Princes

Whether it’s time to re­vamp a room or com­plete a re­model, use pat­terns and prints to add char­ac­ter and sig­na­ture style to your in­te­rior.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Project House - BY JESSIE YOUNT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JOHN BESSLER

It’s a new year,

which means it’s time to re­fresh your cot­tage. Dress up your home in pat­terns, prints and tex­tures with tips from John Loecke and Ja­son Oliver Nixon’s new book, Prints Charm­ing. Oth­er­wise known as the

Mad­cap Cot­tage gents, John and Ja­son are here to help you pick the per­fect theme for any room in your house and add per­son­al­ized dé­cor to give your cot­tage a fresh, homey feel.

The de­light­ful duo, known for their blend of bright vi­va­cious pal­ettes and clas­si­cally rooted in­te­ri­ors say that pat­tern is not only what can take your rooms from vanilla to a rain­bow of fla­vors; it’s what can in­fuse your space with the time­less charm of cot­tage style. “All white walls and neu­tral furnishings and ac­ces­sories lack a his­tory or prove­nance,” they write. “Pat­tern is gutsy. In­te­rior de­sign is about bring­ing fan­tasy and story line to life: With a lit­tle vi­sion and in­spi­ra­tion, you can eas­ily cre­ate an al­ter­na­tive re­al­ity in which to—quite lit­er­ally—live.”

So if you’re stuck liv­ing in a beige world, where do you start? Here, they break it down into the big ideas.


To cre­ate a lively sto­ry­line in a room, start by pick­ing a pat­tern or print to func­tion as a theme. The pos­si­bil­i­ties for pat­terns are truly end­less. “Use painted fur­ni­ture to carry a pat­tern story from fab­rics and wall­pa­pers onto three-di­men­sional pieces, such as mir­rors and ac­ces­sories,” the de­sign­ers write. Not only does this ex­pand your op­tions for cre­ativ­ity, but it also gives you the op­por­tu­nity to add per­son­al­ized dé­cor to the room. For ex­am­ple, if your cur­tain pat­tern has brightly col­ored trop­i­cal birds, choose a com­ple­men­tary pil­low pat­tern of trop­i­cal flow­ers, and a sisal rug that re­sem­bles sand. Then add travel pieces to com­plete the look and em­bel­lish the room with your fa­vorite me­men­tos.

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