Anthony Carrino & John Colaneri of HGTV's Kitchen Cousins
Now, you know Anthony Carrino as one-half of The Cousins from their multiple hit HGTV shows, as well as the web series Chill & Grill on ULive.com and AOL's MANuscript. However, when he's not breathing new life into homes alongside his first cousin and best friend John Colaneri, this television personality, business man, master craftsman, and New Jersey native continues to follow his entrepreneurial muse.
Along the way, Anthony and his cousin became regular special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, helping her surprise deserving fans with full home makeovers. This led to their most recent project, an original new ellentube series, Grand Design where they surprised viewers by re-creating a room for 1,000 dollars! Season 2 of the hit digital show will launch later this year.
Building businesses is something that Anthony has been doing since college. While attending Babson, Anthony founded his own web development company, Intricate Design, which eventually boasted a roster of over 30 Boston-based clients. Anthony currently does private interior design work and construction consulting as ‘Anthony Carrino Design.’ It was his unique design perspective, diligence, and dedication that initially helped catch the attention of HGTV in 2011.
The Cousins quickly became the network's breakout phenomenon. Whether revitalizing kitchens on Kitchen Cousins, resurrecting outdated homes on Cousins On Call, or surprising the families of local heroes with massive renovations on Cousins Undercover, Anthony and John continually delivered. They segued into web series with an alternative and sharply clever cooking show Chill & Grill and their own guy's life manual, MANuscript. Anthony even launched his own ULive.com show focused on his passion for riding motorcycles and finding adventure, appropriately titled Out Of The Way.
The Cousins also own and operate a restaurant in Jersey City; Talde.
When he's not expanding his personal empire, Anthony can be found either cruising long distance on one of his motorcycles or snapping striking and stunning photos. However, he's undoubtedly got some other brilliant business plan always in the back of his mind. anthonycarrino.com
In addition to being one of The Cousins on HGTV, John Colaneri stands out as a dynamic business maven in his own right. You've already seen the New Jersey native beef up and bolster homes across the U.S. with his cousin and best bud Anthony Carrino on their multiple hit shows as well as starring in the online series Chill & Grill on ULive.com and AOL's MANuscript. John's journey has seen him build an extraordinary professional acumen along the way.
Graduating from Penn State in 2003, he immediately entered the corporate world at Fortune 500 company Fisher Scientific. Within a year, he joined international entity Faital S.P.A. as the United States Operation Manager. From spearheading organization to accounting, he proved instrumental to this OEM speaker manufacturer. John worked for his family construction business starting in 2007 as a senior project manager managing projects that would range from $2 million-$7 million.
HGTV came calling in 2011 and offered The Cousins their first show. Over the course of Kitchen Cousins, Cousins On Call, and Cousins Undercover, this powerful and precise pair saved countless homes with John remaining instrumental to the vision. They moved into the online realm with the funny and fiery cooking show Chill & Grill and a guide to being a guy—MANuscript. In 2015 the duo debuted their much-anticipated show, America's Most Desperate Kitchens. Along the way, they became regular special guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Rachael Ray Show. This led to their most recent project, an original new ellentube series, Grand Design where they surprised viewers by re-creating a room for 1,000 dollars! Season 2 of the hit digital show will launch later this year.
In Fall 2018 The Cousins are excited for the launch of their first children’s book What Can You Do With A Toolbox. The book is being published by Simon and Schuster and illustrated by Maple Lam. The Cousins are depicted as themselves in the book and hope this will be the first of series to follow.
Beyond these endeavors, John is a highly devoted family man. He and his wife Jennifer welcomed their first child Lilyan Belle in December 2014. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, he also hosts his own exercise and wellness channel on YouTube, Colaneri Extreme Fitness. You can also check out his personal design business on johncolaneri.com
Jason Nixon & John Loecke of Madcap Cottage
John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the duo behind the North Carolina-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, the Madcap gents—along with their pound-rescue posse, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia—scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint. Imagine a British country house that pairs stunning antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a dash of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.
“If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree,” quips Jason. “We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are bespoke, sophisticated, and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly livable. John and I have dogs and nieces and nephews—we get it.” Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter; and a Georgian estate just outside of Washington, D.C.
Find the Madcap Cottage-curated selection of vintage and antique finds on One Kings Lane, 1st Dibs, and Chairish. The Madcaps will launch their third fabric collection, A Life Well Lived, for Robert Allen @ Home in Spring 2018. The gents also have licensed programs with Smith + Noble, Howard Elliott, York Wallcoverings, HSN, and RM wall décor. The Madcaps’ latest book, “Prints Charming: Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns,” published by Abrams, has just hit shelves.
The Madcaps have been published domestically and internationally in publications such as InStyle, People, House Beautiful, Country Living, Coastal Living, House & Garden UK, Architectural Digest Russia, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine, among many others.