In her letter to readers in the March, 2012, issue of the magazine, Martha Stewart Living editor-in-chief Pilar Guzman makes an intriguing comment about looking back to former issues of the magazine in order to move forward. She writes: "...we will feature images on this page that inspire us from the magazine's archives. Sometimes it's important to look back in order to move forward." As a longtime subscriber, I felt like playing along! I'll be raiding the archives each month to showcase my favourite issue. Here is my selection for September.MY FAVOURITE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: 1999
The September issue of Martha Stewart Living has always been counted among my top three best issues of the year for that magazine. Its focus on decorating is the hook and the pages, filled with sumptuous photographs of beautiful rooms, inspire me to tweak my own humble surroundings to make them a little nicer, a little more special. One of the most classic September issues of Martha Stewart Living is the 1999 issue. Its main feature is the redecoration of Turkey Hill, Martha's former home in Connecticut. Photographs of the home are gorgeously lit, warm with gilt and pine. The essence of Martha's decorating style is perfectly captured and the hallmarks of her taste are perfectly portrayed: patina, neutrals, a mix of old and new. Also in this issue are the homes of two longtime Living editors: Margaret Roach's Victorian cottage and Gael Towey's Manhattan duplex. Both are gorgeous examples of interior design filtered through a personal vision. For Margaret, it's her love of red and green, nature and whimsy. For Gael, it's clean lines and pared-down city chic. I will go so far to say that any fan of Martha's who does not have this issue really should track it down. You can order it here if you don't have it. For the analysis of Turkey Hill alone it is worth it. Below are some photographic highlights from the issue.
RUNNERS UP: Below are runners up for my favourite September issue. (From left to right: 2000, 2001, 2002) It was very difficult to choose this month! In each issue below, there is a true commitment to the theme at hand: decorating. Other core-content areas are here but are kept to a minimum. The 2000 issue showcases the interiors of Skylands to great effect. The 2001 issue explores Martha's guest apartment at Turkey Hill and the 2002 issue is a must for its how-to and DIY lessons, from murals to kitchen renovations.