Oh, my all-time favourite issue is here: the September issue! It is always, without question, the issue of Martha Stewart Living I most look forward to - even more than the December issue, which I must admit is a very close second. (Digression: My favourite issue does not necessarily make it the best issue. You'll have to wait for my annual round-up in December to see my pick for the best issue of 2011!)
The September issue always heralds a return to the cozy comforts of home, a focus on design and interiors and many of my favourite subjects. This year's issue steadfastly holds true to the hallmarks of a good Martha Stewart September issue. There is a lot of emphasis on interior design, rustic late-summer/early-fall dinners, DIY design ideas and articles on collecting. There is a nice touch of the outdoors in this issue, too. Martha takes us through the process of planting spring bulbs at her Bedford farm and an article on how to maximize your outdoor living spaces offers 12 easy steps to help you beautify and enjoy those areas before the colder weather truly descends. Below are some highlights from the issue.
Martha Stewart Living editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán takes us through her Brooklyn brownstone where she lives with her husband and two children. The home is breathtaking and filled with charm, personal touches and a wonderful sense of warmth. It is also featured on the cover.
Alexis and Martha Stewart are both insatiable collectors of jadeite dinnerware, identified by its pretty green hue of thick glass. Their enormous collection, which contains pieces dating back to the early 1930s, is now housed primarily at Skylands, Martha's home in Maine, where this story was photographed.
Bored with your doors? The decorating editors provide all kinds of inspiring design solutions to spruce up any door in your home, from the front entrance all the way to the bedroom closet, shown above.
How nice it is to have just one pan to clean up after dinner. The food editors give us several pages of mouth-watering ideas for one-pan meals that are sure to please.
A story on outdoor living spaces is a refreshing tribute to late-summer respites on patios, benches and other backyard hideaways.