Madeline Stewart at home in Santa Barbara.

I had the pleasure of meeting acclaimed Southern California interior designer Madeline Stewart many, many years ago while getting my start in the interior design field. Since then, I have always admired her interiors, particularly those of Spanish style. But she also has a very bohemian quality about her which often translates into her interiors resulting in a portfolio of work in a myriad of styles. Madeline Stewart definitely has a true talent for decorating given the fact that she doesn’t relegate herself to only one specific type of design.

Madeline Stewart’s design office is located on the westside of Los Angeles not too far from the Hollywood Hills home she shares with her husband, writer Steve Oney, and their two Jack Russell terriers, Beatrice & Mr. Peabody.  Their home in the Hills is darker and more formal in contrast to their Santa Barbara home which is lighter and much more casual.

The current issue of C Magazine features the Santa Barbara home and was invited in for an evening with Stewart, Oney and several guests. Their home seems very cozy and inviting. I am sure a good time was had by all! Now, if only next time I could snag an invitation to share a meal with Madeline and her husband….and Beatrice & Mr. Peabody, too!

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Given the fact that the temperatures soared into the 80’s today in Southern California, I can definitely appreciate still being able to enjoy eating outdoors in February! With our mild weather here in California, the patio lends itself well to essentially becoming an extension of the home to allow for entertaining.
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Adorable dogs: Beatrice and Mr. Peabody

Interesting side note:

Madeline Stewart is the daughter of the late Mel Stewart, producer and director for film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory produced in 1971. Madeline was the inspiration for the making of the movie having said “It was my favorite book at the time, and I told him this would make a great movie.”

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Above: Madeline’s inscribed copy of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory signed by the author Roald Dahl.

Below: Madeline and her brother Peter on the set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1970.

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All images photographed by Trevor Tondro for C Magazine with the exception of the Willy Wonka photos which were photographed by Los Angeles photographer Jonathan Becker for Architectural Digest.


  1. Karen B. says:

    Her home is wonderful. It is inviting and has the right amount of casual California comfort coupled with lovely design. Doesn’t the dining photograph make you wish you were there?!
    Willy Wonka is such a great movie, although I prefer the early movie over the Johnny Depp version.

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