The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Influential Interior Designers in L.A.
Madeline Stuart is as masterful with fresh takes on old-world elegance as she is facile with words. “There is nothing trendy or outre about the work I do. It’s rooted in classicism but not stuffy,” says Stuart, who is inspired by “European early modern around 1910 and 1912 and Marrakesh, but the real deal like Bill Willis and his work for Yves St. Laurent.” It follows that her choices for antiques from Maison Jansen to Jean Prouve are authentic and elevated and that she’s a snappy vintage dresser (she collects YSL) who yearns for more formal times: “I rue the fact that I live in such a casual town.
There are options aside from jeans and a T-shirt for people who are representing the world of design — I don’t even wear that on a Saturday.” She and her husband, journalist Steve Oney, live in a “1930s house in the Hollywood Hills built as a rustic outpost — originally the hunting grounds for Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, the founder of the Los Angeles Times.”
Can’t live without: “Books; Beatrice, my Jack Russell; and then my husband — perhaps not in that order.”