March 22, 2019

A Cleaning Project in My Pantry at Skylands

Spring cleaning is now underway, especially at Skylands my home in Maine - it is growing busier there as we prepare for the coming season of entertaining.

Cheryl and Gretchen, who help me care for Skylands, are in the process of cleaning the shelves and washing all the precious crystal and china I store in my butler’s pantry - beautiful pieces left there when I bought the home, as well as my own antique and vintage collections. It’s a tedious chore, but an important one that's done every year around this time - I host a lot of gatherings during the summer months. I can't wait until my next visit.

Enjoy these photos.

March 21, 2019

Mulching the Pinetum at My Farm

As many of you know I am very fond of trees. Since I purchased my Bedford farm, I’ve planted thousands and thousands of them, and I am so happy most of them have thrived.

Behind my Equipment Barn and near a grove of weeping willows is my pinetum, an arboretum of pine trees and other conifers I developed about 12-years ago. This pinetum collection has grown extremely well, and I continue to plant additional specimens every spring. Recently, I decided to replace the grass surrounding these trees with mulch. Doing this better regulates the soil temperature - keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down, and helps prevent the growth of weeds. Mulched areas also don’t need regular watering or mowing like lawns do. Fortunately, we are able to make lots of mulch, and compost, right here at my farm. The new layer of mulch has transformed the pinetum, and it looks great.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

March 20, 2019

Celebrating My New Lifestyles Collections

I can't wait to hear what you think about my new Martha Stewart Lifestyles Collections inspired by each of my four well-loved properties - Bedford, Skylands, Lily Pond and New York City's Perry Street. I love them all, and I know you will too!

Earlier this week, we celebrated the launch of my new line with a party at our New York City headquarters. More than 300 friends, business colleagues and partners, as well as members of the media, attended the event to get a glimpse of select items. Our own EVP Design Director at Sequential Brands Group, Kevin Sharkey, also joined me in a special Facebook LIVE - I hope you caught it, but if you didn’t, just click anywhere on this highlighted link to watch. These collections include home furnishings and accessories, gardening tools, apparel and footwear, crafts materials, pet supplies and kitchenware - and we’re adding more and more products all the time. I am so proud of what we've developed and designed - everything is created to encourage more beautiful and more functional everyday living.

In a previous blog, I shared behind-the-scene photos of our preparations. Here are some photos from our event. Enjoy.