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good music. Lots of candles and fun people. Easy, relaxed.

Jason: Tacos and rose wine in the back garden under a crazy assortment of paper lanterns with the Sonos speakers cranked up and hurricane lanterns everywhere and the dogs scampering about. High-low. Honestly, I could eat that lowfat shredded Mexican-style taco cheese from the deli section at Lidl all day long but I tell party goers that it’s organic from Vermont or Idaho and that adds an exotic spin to the “Night of the Iguana” or “Charro in Chihuahua” theme or whatever.
 C&D: If you could design any room for a celebrity from the past, who would it be and which room?

John: The Queen Mother. We would lap up the chintz and the gin. We would not discuss Wallis Simpson but would toast the bodacious bonhomie that Princess Margaret celebrated on the isle of Mustique. “On that note,” the QM would say, chuckling, “Fill ‘er up, I need a double.” Jason: Nero. The dining room. Oh, the opportunities and nuances. “Whilst Rome Burned” custom wallpaper from Gracie Studio and maybe a lovely sectional upon which the libidinous Agrippina could luxuriate and air her grievances while being fed grapes. Have you seen the Catullus console table, I would offer. Follow Jason and John on Instagram @madcapcottage

I love curating a space that can take you anywhere in the world in a wonderful arm chair thanks to the pile of books sitting beside you. John Loecke www.cocoanddash.com | 09

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