I'm still here!

Hi friends! Some of you have written to me and asked whether I've stopped the blog. I have not! I'm simply taking a break for the summer and will return in the fall. Things have been fairly quiet on the Martha front lately anyhow. Rest assured, I'm fine and still very much interested in the Martha Stewart brand. Have a wonderful summer and keep visiting! You can also find Martha Moments on Instagram @martha_moments and on Facebook!


Darcy Miller: Celebrate Everything!

Martha Stewart Weddings editor Darcy Miller will be releasing her first book this fall! The subject is one she certainly knows very well: planning for and decorating for all kinds of celebrations! The book is appropriately titled "Celebrate Everything" and it will be released at the end of October. Below is a description of the book. You can preorder it now at Amazon.com!

A beautiful, inspirational, and fun-packed resource by the celebrations expert and editor at large ofMartha Stewart Weddings, packed with more than 300 gorgeous color photos, creative party ideas, tips and inspiration, invaluable resource lists, and more.
Bursting with advice, inspiration, ideas, crafty projects, and recipes, Celebrate Everything is the definitive guide to help you throw an unforgettable party every time. Darcy Miller, the founding editor and editor at large of Martha Stewart Weddings—and one of the world’s most influential celebrations experts—provides the ultimate compilation of party ideas and resource lists to help people plan their parties from beginning to end, including chapters on Stationery, D├ęcor, Activities, Food and Drink, Cakes, Sweets, and Favors.
Darcy gives you full party coverage for lively, colorful events—from intimate gatherings for close friends and family to large affairs, featuring real parties such as a rainbow-themed birthday party, an elegant bridal shower, a woodland-themed baby shower, a heartwarming anniversary party—and many more! Darcy offers Instagram and Pinterest-worthy ideas that everyone ages one to one hundred will adore, with tips that will teach you how to personalize your parties and start your own celebration traditions.
Based on Darcy’s more than twenty years of experience, Celebrate Everything includes a wealth of advice, tricks, and suggestions to help you celebrate all occasions, and includes a list of her great finds for party supplies, from the best places to buy stickers and favor boxes to websites that let you shop for supplies by color and theme. Make every festivity special and memorable with Celebrate Everything!


Martha & Marley Spoon

Martha Stewart recently partnered with Marley Spoon to bring the pre-portioned ingredients of some of your favourite Martha Stewart Living recipes right to your door, complete with all the instructions you need to make your meals! The venture, called Martha & Marley Spoon, was officially launched yesterday.
Once you have subscribed, you can select the recipes you'd like to try at home from a list of six meals that are updated weekly. Martha & Marley Spoon will then send you the pre-measured seasonal ingredients (sourced from local purveyors) to make those recipes. You can select your preferred delivery dates and stop the service during any week that may not work for you.
Your food will arrive in a chilled, fully-recyclable cardboard box with the ingredients for the dishes you are planning to make separated into bags. Meat is kept separate, chilled with ice packs. You will also receive recipe cards with complete preparation guidelines on the back and large colour photographs.
The culinary director of Martha & Marley Spoon is Jennifer Aaronson, who used to work at Martha Stewart Living as a food editor. Click here to learn more about the service and try it for yourself! Marley Spoon ships anywhere in the contiguous United States (not to Alaska, Hawaii or the US territories) and delivery is always free of charge!

The Summer Issue

Just in time for the Summer Solstice, the July/August issue of Martha Stewart Living is arriving in subscriber mailboxes and will be on newsstands next week. I love the cover with its fresh berries and whipped cream. Inside promises to be a great celebration of summer themes. I can't wait to page through it slowly, sitting outside under a shady tree.


Martha is Working on a New TV Show!

According to the New York Post, Martha is working on a new television series based on her American Made initiative. The program will be one hour long and will show Martha working with American entrepreneurs to help them improve and grow their businesses. There has so far been no official announcement from Martha's team about the show.
Martha will be working with Amazon Prime to bring the series to air, however an executive producer has not been chosen and it is unclear how many episodes will be produced. According to the source quoted in the Post, the series will begin shooting in August with a planned debut for the end of the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.  The aim of the series will be to promote American entrepreneurs and to help sell their goods at Amazon.com through Martha's "American Made Market." Sounds like a great show!


Martha Stewart Weddings - Summer, 2016

The summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is on stands this week and it promises to be an excellent one. It's been awhile since the magazine has had a cake on the cover and I love this one - "naked cake", which is a growing trend at weddings, reveals the actual cake layers without a lot of fondant or icing. The one on the cover has layers of coloured cakes with minimal icing designs. It looks like a beautiful issue and I can't wait to see it! Click here to read more about it.


Martha's New Outdoor Furniture Collections

I've always had a special place in my heart for Martha's outdoor furniture lines. Ever since my parents bought one of her patio sets from the Martha Stewart Everyday line many years ago, I've been a fan of Martha's unique take on outdoor furniture design. What I like about it is that it is different from just about everything else on the market, employing design elements that are inspired by Martha's own personal collections of outdoor furniture. Martha has a new series of four new collections at Home Decorators, a subsidiary of The Home Depot: Lake Adela, Blue Hill, Deer Isle and Calderwood. You can view all the details of the collections here, but I've compiled some examples below:
The Lake Adela collection is made with Cashmere Wicker, a manufactured material that is weather-resistant, durable and comfortable. It is the most extensive patio line with numerous dining and seating options available, including lounge chairs, benches and even a curved sectional sofa!
INSPIRATION: The collection is based on outdoor furniture that Martha uses at Skylands, her home in Maine.
The Deer Isle Dining Set, made of distressed eucalyptus wood, is perhaps my favourite. I love the graphic modernity of the set and the very linear structure.

This bench from the collection is featured in one of the stories in the June issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine.
INSPIRATION: Martha based the dining set on her own outdoor dining set at Skylands, shown above.
The Blue Hill collection is another favourite. It is made of eucalyptus wood treated in distressed grey to look weathered and has beautiful design features. The tabletop features diagonal slats pointing toward the center, while the chairs boast intriguing fretwork backs and slatted seats.
 This bench would be a nice addition to a front stoop or porch.
INSPIRATION: Once again, Martha based this collection on one from her private collection, shown here on the patio next to the Winter House in Bedford.
The Calderwood Collection is ideal for small outdoor spaces: a small patio or an apartment balcony. Made of treated eucalyptus wood, the table and the chairs can be folded down completely for easy storage.