By Alexia Bacigalupi

Published on August 3, 2014

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There are places and spaces that just get it right: mixing high-spirited style with refreshingly authentic ideas. And there are certain designers who can masterfully bring that authentic, deeply personal part of decorating to life. Meet Madcap Cottage's Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, who took their talents upstate to give their charming cottage a true makeover. The 800-square-foot home in upstate New York, originally served as a schoolhouse in the 19th century, was in need of a little love. (Yep, it's truly adorable.) So with the help of Laura Ashley, the dynamic designing duo set out to revive the country escape with their signature dash of whimsy and color. Take a peek. 

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Here's a space that's made for entertaining. Time to turn the dining area's monotone color scheme around. Plus, the overcrowded shelves needed a little bit of attention, rearranging, and editing. 

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A dynamic wallpaper print coupled with a framed street flag from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, plays up the English country home's rustic aesthetic. Pretty without being too prim and proper. 
 
 

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The lonely foyer felt a little outdated. This space was clearly in need of some color therapy. When it comes to those smaller spaces, think about the impression you want for them to make before doing anything dramatic.    

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Guests now get a taste of the lively and imaginative style that pervades the cottage. Cheerful wallpaper, which is adorned with birds and flowers, gives the small area major personality. The invigorating salmon-toned molding adds an extra touch of flair.

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When you have a charming weekend retreat, it's natural to expect weekend guests. The duo decided it was time to rethink the parlor so that hosting would be comfortable and effortless. 

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The subtle Laura Ashley wallpaper and bright floral curtains instantly transformed the space. In order to establish a cohesive balance within the decor, Nixon and Loecke stuck to a minimalistic approach when it came to the furniture. Seriously, this room is just calling for company.

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A jumbled assortment of art and mismatched décor made this brown-walled storage space feel more cluttered than the pair intended. 

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After knocking down a wall to expand the space, Loecke and Nixon set out to give the attic den a cozy and intimate ambience. Oversized armchairs in color-blocked Laura Ashley upholstery complement the patterned Loloi rug and playful window shades. The rich plum walls give the space just the right amount of warmth.

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Loloi rug

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The soft green palette of the master bedroom was pretty, yet a bit too plain for this lively duo. Cue the vibrant details. 

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Vintage nightstands and delicately layered rugs preserve the room’s traditional essence. The spirit of the space comes from the mellow lilac-toned floral wallpaper and cheerful yellow accents. 

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See more home makeovers with Laura Ashley here and here