MY FAVOURITE MAY ISSUE: 2000
May is a beautiful month - one of my favourites. It is warm enough to forego any heavy outerwear but cool enough to be comfortable, even in full sunshine. Flowering trees and blossoming bulbs are everywhere in evidence and there are celebrations, too, like May Day, Mother's Day, Cinqo de Mayo, Memorial Day and Victoria Day in Canada. What's not to like?
The May 2000 issue of Martha Stewart Living brilliantly sums up everything May stands for. In its pages we find pinatas, Mother's Day crafts, breakfast ideas and the gentle reminder to invite the outdoors back into our lives. We learn that not all geraniums are created equally with a tour of Margaret Roach's fancy-leaf varieties at her home in the Catskills. We venture to Maine to visit the summer home of one of Martha's Skylands neighbours on Mount Desert Island. The rambling, three-story home is bright with floral wallpaper and children's artwork, summer-hued palettes and casual coverlets in its many guest bedrooms, ready for seasonal visitors. The value and collectibility of vintage plastic dinnerware is examined thoroughly, as are its beautiful designs through glorious photographs by Stephen Lewis. We stroll through an artist's garden, organize our sewing drawers and learn how to make whites whitest.
The magazine has always succeeded in distilling the essence of a month's domestic subjects to their most beautiful and informative presentations. The May 2000 issue ranks as my favourite May issue of all time for its understanding of the mood and themes of the month in question and the inherent interests of its readers.