Doting over Details

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When a New York couple fell in love with the charm of this cozy 1930s Brentwood California home, they called on designer Madeline Stewart to play up its quaint character.  The home was featured in Veranda Magazine back in May of 2007, and is filled with elegant and enduring design.  A mix of 19 century pieces, some deco, and a collection of furnishings designed by Stewart herself create a seamless balance.
  

This incredible dining room is covered in hand painted blocks of purple tea paper.  What is traditionally a cool colour is warmed by gold accents in the table, wall art, and light fixture, and complimented by the perfect shade of yellow in the draperies.  A 19c buffet paired with a 1940s mirror below.


 The home has a very traditional feel to it, but it is certainly updated, polished and incredibly comfortable.  Plenty of effort went into perfecting details, like the walnut floors which were refinished 5 times, no visible televisions and no bare bulbs.  The home owner also insisted on flat head screws only (no phillips heads anywhere) and he insisted they all be set horizontally.  A little crazy, perhaps, but it's a detail Stewart now insists on especially on hinges.  Her uncompromising attention to detail, went above and beyond the expectations of the homeowners, and it paid off when they asked her to redesign their New York apartment. 
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