Today's Home: Woodbluff neighborhood

Jody Madden describes the decor in her Woodbluff home, which she shares with her fiancé, David Bishop, as a cross between shabby chic and travelogue.


“It’s just a mish-mash of stuff I picked up in various places,” she said.

An antique tea table stands in as a smaller version of a formal dining room table, as the latter would dwarf the room, she said.

The kitchen was decorated in the style of a New Orleans cafe. The deep red walls feature folk art, which she developed a taste for after serving in Malawi, Africa, in the Peace Corps in the 1970s.

Throughout the 2,007-square-foot home are treasures Madden acquired through her travels around the globe. In one corner of the living room is a small stack of Bedouin weaving and in another, a camel saddle, both souvenirs from her stay in the Middle East.

“You can’t go to Egypt without getting a camel saddle,” she said.

Between them, on the entertainment center, is an old Underwood typewriter with a label that reads “Herald News, Plain View, Texas” that she picked up at a garage sale while living in the Lone Star State.

In the sunroom, which Madden added, are prints of the old Bob-Lo steamboats, which once ferried guests to the Boblo Island Amusement Park in the Detroit River. The now-defunct park was near where Madden went to high school.


Who: Jody Madden and David Bishop

The home: 2,007 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sunroom


Subdivision: Woodbluff, on Skinner Mill Road near Boy Scout Road

Schools: A. Brian Merry Elementary School, Tutt Middle School, Westside High School



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