This Is How Southern Designers Make Clashing Prints Look Chic

While I've always loved pattern visually, bringing it into my own space is another thing entirely. Fusing prints can be scary. You can love a floral or a stripe in the store, but put them together when you get back home, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Or at least I thought. That was before I visited the gorgeous home of Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, the design duo behind the celebrated firm Madcap Cottage and authors of Prints Charming: Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns

Based in Brooklyn, New York, for 27 years, the pair eventually moved to North Carolina where they are now based, and their signature prints are right at home. But theirs is no ordinary print clash; it's a pattern-packed mashup from floor to wall and quite often the ceiling too. (Here's a photo of me in their home that will help paint a picture of the extent they go to.)

Their penchant for pattern is now a huge trend in fashion. "From the pattern-packed runways at Gucci to prints-covered T-shirts at H&M to patterns appearing prominently on the cover of Pottery Barn and the recent Instagram campaign for CB2—pattern is back," Nixon tells me. "Join the train before it passes you by."

Ahead Nixon gives us the lowdown on perfecting the patterned look at home.