“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.