I know I've told this story before, but I'm going to tell it again...A long, long time ago on West Jefferson in one of those enormous apartments that cost next to nothing and no longer exist in West Central, I stuck some white peonies I had found in the alley into a jar. "Very 'Martha Stewart'," my dearest friend, Erin, commented upon seeing it. What? Martha who???
Of course my older sister was already a subscriber to Martha Stewart Living, and after a flip through one issue I was hooked. It all just clicked! Cooking, gardening, decorating, entertaining, even cleaning! This lady was teaching me how to do everything the fastest way and with the best results. It was a Good Thing, indeed!
Any reader of my blog already know how nuts I am about Martha and her aesthetic. The ideas she and her editors, designers, gardeners, chefs and house keepers have shared and continue to share for the past 35 years (if you go way back to the publication of Entertaining) has inspired me in countless ways.
|The Jadeite led me to Wedgwood drabware. My collection is tiny, and I say that it is now the only thing I will buy (to try and curb my Plate Collecting Disorder)...but everyone knows that is not true.|
|The kitchen is where a lot of the "Good Things" come into play-like my pots taking the place of curtains, and hung on a simple rod.|
|Of course the legendary "original" Good Thing-decanting dish soap into a glass bottle. (Martha Stewart Clean products make my life easier, as well!)|
|Martha first taught me about faux bois...and my small but growing collection of concrete or terracotta vessels designed to look like wood is a new interest.|
|Of course color is a constant inspiration, and ever since her paint was available at K-Mart I have had a paint chip board above (or near) my desk.|
|And the books and magazines. Some think my keeping the magazines is ridiculous, but I promise you I still flip through them (usually pulling all of the past issues of the current month to go through) all the time.|
|So this post wouldn't be complete without some pics of two separate "Drive-Bys". My friend Christina's childhood home was pretty close to Turkey Hill ("where it all began") in Westport, Connecticut.|
Driving to Connecticut last April, I tricked Contractor into driving by Martha's farm in Katonah, New York. Here is the approach of the Summer House.
It always surprises me when I am reminded of just how close to the road all of the buildings are. The Summer House is used for entertaining, as well as a repository for Martha's vast library.
|The original owner of the property would move to the 18th Century Summer House in summer, and back to Martha's primary residence, the Winter House (which was presumably better insulated), in the colder months.|
|Here you can clearly see the deer fencing that surrounds the property.|
|Next up is the little Tenant House built toward the end of the 19th Century.|
|The large glasshouse Martha commissioned for her extensive collections of tropical plants. In addition there are several hoop houses as well as a vegetable greenhouse where Martha grows vegetables in the ground year round.|
|I absolutely love the little pond house built into the wall and painted Bedford Gray like every other building on the property.|