House Tour: Madeleine's Restored Terrace

House Tour: Madeleine's Restored Terrace

Jenny Butler
Sep 12, 2008

Name: Madeleine Stamer
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Size: 120 square meters [1,200 square feet]
Years lived in: 3 months


Madeleine of Little Circus Design lives with husband Karl, beautiful daughter Wilhelmina and dog Elsie. Their home is an 1880's Victorian double story terrace semi-detached which was divided into 4 apartments in the 1940's and sadly most of the original interior features were stripped. After living upstairs for 13 years and over that time helping to restore the building to its former glory, Madeleine and family recently moved downstairs for the added benefits of extra space & central heating.


AT Survey:

My/Our style: Comfortable and hopefully inviting. Our decor is a little eclectic and quirky being a mix of preloved with a sprinkling of modern conveniences. I love pattern and texture and hope to reveal this in my art, through textiles and soft furnishings.

Inspiration: Stems from getting my hands on what I am attracted to and can afford to acquire! I adore Mexican folk art and try to surround myself with as many little mementos and Mexicana trinkets as possible.

Favorite Element: The high ceilings, polished floorboards, natural light, big sash windows and 120 years of history

What Friends Say: Cozy.

Biggest Embarrassment: Occasional dog odour.

Proudest DIY: My husband and I helped my father in-law as much as we could in restoring and replacing original fixtures about 8 years ago. The place had been neglected severely. After my father passed away my mother decided to move in (we were already living in the above apartment). Just recently though Mum decided to move closer to one of my other siblings and she insisted we should move in to save us carrying the bubs up and down the treacherous and slippery stairs, plus it has ducted heating which is an absolute luxury!

Biggest Indulgence: Restoring it which it deserved.

Best advice: I love the look of white walls, it's a sensible backdrop for artwork and ornaments and it brightens up a space. We've also learnt that with a young family it is more practical and safer to live on ground level. Also, if you have pets and children invest in a leather couch (so easy to clean!).

Dream source:
Wunderkammer for museum quality oddities, artifacts and natural history gems.

Market Import for Mexican ornaments and Marimekko fabric and gorgeous nic nacs.

Lamington Drive for an excellent selection of limited editions prints and art from the Jacky Winter artists.

Outre gallery for alternative Australian and O.S art and prints.

Izzi & Popo for pretty nic-nacs and gorgeous bits and bobs.



Appliances: Nothing flashy worth mentioning although we do try to buy local Aussie merchandise and products as often as we can but we are also suckers for German quality.

Furniture: Couch from Ikea
Most of our furniture has either been handed down to us, found, saved or reclaimed.

Lighting: Either existing or inherited or bought from Schotts

Flooring: Original floorboards & Cow hide rug from Lefflers

Window Treatments: Plantation shutters

Artwork: Personal art work
Friends work: Irene Grishin-Selzer, Nicole Durling
Michael Leunig print (well known Melbourne artist/illustrator)
Indigenous art: Mitjili Napurrula

(Thanks Madeleine!)


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