After 25 years of working and living in New York City, creative multi-hyphenates Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke were ready to make a significant change. Hoping to move somewhere warmer, more laid-back and less overpriced, they ventured south in search of a new home.
They made frequent trips to High Point, a small town in North Carolina that’s a one-hour flight from NYC and is dubbed the furniture capital of the world by the American media.
The High Point Market is the country’s largest furniture trade show that attracts design professionals and aficionados to make a bi-annual pilgrimage to the otherwise sleepy town in April and October in search of the freshest pieces and the rarest vintage.
Jason and John have been making that trip for more than 15 years. On one of their trips to the city in 2014, the couple hunted for a house and stumbled upon a 5,000 sq ft white brick 1930s regency revival house situated on almost 1ha of land with a meandering stream straight from their dream.
Partners in both work and life, Jason and John are interior designers, product developers and authors who practise under the banner of their studio, Madcap Cottage.
AT A GLANCE
Who lives here: A couple in their 40s and four dogs
Type of home: 1930s regency revival landed home in High Point, North Caroline, USA
Size of home: 5,000 sq ft
ID: Madcap Cottage
“We knew at once that we had unearthed the next Madcap marvel,” shares Jason. “Being diehard Anglophiles, we immediately fell under the spell of the home’s plucked-from-across-the-pond sensibility. The place appear to have stepped straight out of Bath, England, thanks to its elegant proportions and gracious flourishes.”
They bought it for one-sixth of the price they got for selling their Brooklyn townhouse, piled their four pound-rescued dogs into their Subaru, bid NYC adieu and spent the next year renovating the home they christened The Bedlam House.