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Meet the designer: Decorating secrets from the N&O design team

Lisa Stewart’s master bedroom is her all-time favorite room. The two matching skirted bedside tables are clutter free. The smoky, mirrored table tops reflect romantic light from the ornate lamps.
Lisa Stewart’s master bedroom is her all-time favorite room. The two matching skirted bedside tables are clutter free. The smoky, mirrored table tops reflect romantic light from the ornate lamps. CAT WILBORNE PHOTOGRAPHY

Lisa Stewart

Lisa Stewart Design, Raleigh

919-275-2212 or LisaStewartDesign.com

My design signature is: Clean, contemporary and elegant. I enjoy working with those who have unusual collections that reflect their personality. My own home has a global chic, uncluttered, eclectic look that is as diverse as my world travels.

My favorite room: My master bedroom is my all-time favorite. The old English reproduction bed with its hand-forged wrought iron and linen-fold carved wood headboard is the star attraction.

On my bedside table: My two matching skirted bedside tables are clutter free. The smoky, mirrored table tops reflect romantic light from the ornate lamps.

What I learned (about design) the hard way: I learned to take my time on major purchases. Years ago, I bought furniture in a rush to fill an empty living room in time for my parents’ Christmas arrival in Hong Kong. I was never happy with the selections and wasted a lot of money.

What I dream about: I dream about purchasing and restoring the Château de Lamorlaye, France, where I met my husband. This classic French castle was built by Napoleon’s lieutenant and has fallen into disrepair. Dreams usually come true for me, but this one is farfetched, and my husband laughs every time I mention it.

My favorite Pinterest discovery: Contemporary furniture made from combinations of natural wood and modern plastic is trending now. My Pinterest search for “Log & Lucite Furniture” netted many intriguing designs that prove it. You’ll be surprised how these pieces fit any decor.

My secret source: I shop at architectural salvage yards wherever I go. The faux fireplace mantel in my bedroom was discovered in Maryland.

My must-have is: A modern mix that echoes a bygone era. I hold tight to storied antiques but am most comfortable when they are mixed with things that reflect a contemporary edge.

My next project at home: My mother-in-law suite needs redecorating. I rarely start a project from scratch. The process is rather organic as I purchase things I love that fit my budget and vision.

My best free advice: It’s OK to let your home evolve over time to tell your unfolding life story. Curate a collection of things you love. But avoid clutter, cliche and kitsch.

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