Madeline Stuart, A good Designer has a Sense of Balance and Color.

Madeline Stuart is a L.A, California based designer.  She has a timeless approach to design.

She has a sense of balance and a keen eye for color.  Look at the patterns in the rug and how well she coordinated them with the pillows.  The navy pillows on the sofa  create a perfectly balanced background for the pillows in front of them. Every well designed room tells a story with patterns and color.

Here she has added a little color around the room so it has a soft and balanced feel.  If she would have added just one blue pillow it would have looked out of place.  By adding a couple of blue pillows on the ends of the sofas, it now works. Sometimes the simple secret is not too much and not too little.

The antique sconce and the beautiful details in the fireplace mimic the design in the hand painted border.  A good designer or artist will follow through with coordinating their project by adding similar details.  It is barely noticeable so it does not become excessive or too busy.

Look how well she coordinated the stripes and plaids.  At first you might not notice how important they are in making this room work, but they really do make this room!  A well designed room bounces the eye around the room where the designer has created interest and writes you a story through that design.  What does this room tell you?

Have you ever thought about how a room tells a story?  Like a painting, every eye might see a different story or they might have a different idea about how the artist created  his master piece.  The room as well as a great painting can evoke a myriad of feelings.  When you are looking for items for your home, what story do you want your room to tell?


  1. All beautiful rooms and you're right a room as well as a house tells a story about the owners. Hopefully ours says it's well cared for and the owners are relaxed but stylish. Excellent post!

  2. Omg, I didn't know her work before, but she's AMAZING! I especially love the first image. Thank you for the intro!

  3. These room are all beautiful and have such a serence atmosphere. Her attention to detail is amazing and they all feel more lived in than "decorated". Lovely post. x Sharon

  4. It seems like more and more often when I see a room that really impresses me it is her work! Beautiful selections from a very talented designer!

  5. Gorgeous! Thanks for the introduction to this very talented designer, beautiful "lived in" rooms which are always my favorite, stunning to look at but you can imagine sitting in there and enjoying them too.

  6. I love the way you described how a home should tell a story.
    Great post!

  7. What gorgeous images and information on such a talented designer! I am your newest follower via the newbie party. I hope you will follow me, too! Have a great day!

  8. Love this post! You say so much while saying so little! Sally and I often talk with our clients about the story they envision their home telling. How is it that they want their home to feel - both to them and to house guests? Story first - style and furniture will fall right in line.


  9. Oh wow, love this designer, and I want those orange leather ottomans! Timeless is the perfect way to describe her work.
    Thank you for sharing, and have a nice evening.

  10. for me, balance is essential for a well designed room and Madeline surely exemplifies this element...but I'm really drawn to the plaster in the first image as it's just stunning...

  11. I love her work. Each room is classic, warm and has lots of interesting and beautiful visual details.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Great description of her work. Beautiful rooms!

  13. You are right, every room does tell a story! Right now my kitchen is saying that I a little time to get organized after being away much of November! Such lovely rooms to be inspired by on a Tuesday morning -- a great way to start my day!

  14. Beautiful rooms. I love all the eye candy.

    Your new follower

  15. Beautiful and Inspiring rooms! Thank you for sharing.

  16. this post is lovely... i read your comment over at my friend jeanne's blog i dream of... and i agree with you... the hallmark specials are my favorite... esp this years... i hope to walk around with open hands the rest of my life..
    wishing you a wonderful week... xx pam

  17. Such beautiful rooms! I especially love the ones with the beam ceilings.

  18. These are beautiful! She is very talented.


  19. She's great! The first photo is my fave. xo


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