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Martha Stewart Living

May 2019

We've expanded our magazine to bring you more of the ideas you want for organizing, entertaining, cooking, and decorating- all in one place. Plus, our special Gardening issue, Entertaining Issue, Decorating Issue and Holiday issue are all yours to enjoy as a subscriber.

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martha’s may

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve been charmed by lilacs. I grow many varieties at the farm, and love to bring the fragrant flowers inside. For long-lasting bouquets, clip stems with vibrant, healthy-looking foliage and blooms, and then gently crush the ends with a hammer to help them draw in more water.”—Martha(ERIC CRICHTON/GETTY IMAGES)…

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little leaps

SOMETIMES GOOD THINGS can come out of bad things. I first dove into Martha Stewart Living the winter my father died, nearly 30 years ago. I was 16, and the loss was a wake-up call. At first, lots of things just felt frivolous: Fashion trends suddenly seemed silly; juicy gossip, not so juicy; and the news of the day, well, not always so newsy (or uplifting).But when I cracked open Living—then my mom’s magazine—or watched Martha’s show, it took me to a different place, one that gave comfort, but also taught how to give it. I could get lost in dreamy gardens and creative projects, and I found those ideas could make life a little better. Helping my mom pick up around the house, for example, began to feel like…

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out & about

ON THE ROADDOWN SOUTHWith its grand antebellum architecture and Spanish moss–shaded streets, Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, is a timeless charmer. But a chic hotel-and-food scene is making it a modern getaway. Grab a pulled-pork-and-pepper-relish sandwich at the Grey Market’s convivial lunch counter (right), then start exploring.STAY at the Alida hotel for quick access to the riverfront and downtown—that’s if you can pull yourself away from its cozy-cool décor and cabana-flanked rooftop pool.SHOP boutique-lined Broughton Street. Duck into the Paris Market and Brocante to get lost among artfully curated antique chandeliers, leather goods, and jewelry.STROLL through historic downtown with a bourbon-peach Savannah smash from the hotel (it’s legal to sip on the go), then picnic under the grand southern live oaks at Forsyth Park.ON OUR BOOKSHELFMy Mexico City Kitchen (Lorena Jones…

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martha stewart

FOUNDER AND CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER MARTHA STEWARTEDITOR IN CHIEF ELIZABETH GRAVESEditorial General Manager Meesha Diaz HaddadCreative Director Abbey Kuster-Prokell  Executive Editor Jennifer TungEDITORIALCopy Chief/Articles Editor Myles McDonnellFeatures & Garden Editor Melissa OzawaHome Editor Lorna AragonSenior Editor Elyse MoodyResearch Director Ann SackriderAssociate Editor Claire SullivanEditorial Assistant Erica SloanDIGITALExecutive Editor Jennifer CressDeputy Editor Gabriella RelloSenior Food Editor Victoria SpencerSenior Home & Style Editor Tina ChadhaEditor Alexandra ChurchillAssociate Editor Zee KrsticSocial Media Manager Christina ParkFOOD & ENTERTAININGEditorial Director Sarah CareyDeputy Editor Greg LoftsEditor at Large Shira BocarSenior Editor Lauryn TyrellAssistant Editor Riley WoffordARTArt Director James MaikowskiSenior Associate Art Director Laura LutzDesign Production Manager Judy GlasserArt/Photo Assistant Madeline WarshawSTYLEDirector Tanya GraffEditor at Large Naomi deMañanaEditorial Assistant Jaclyn DeNardiPHOTODirector Dawn SinkowskiEditor Joanna T. GarciaCONTRIBUTORSEleni N. Gage, Melañio Gomez, Thomas Joseph, Fritz Karch, Ryan McCallister, Hannah Milman, Michelle Shih, Alexis Stewart, Silke StoddardVice President, Group Editorial Director Liz VaccarielloDirector, Editorial Operations & Finance Alexandra BrezSVP, PUBLISHER CHRISTINE GUILFOYLEADVERTISING SALESNEW YORKSales Director Susan SchwartzmanIntegrated Sales Directors Taryn Guillermo, Deborah Maresca, Taylor TheissSales…

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shape shifters

There are so many reasons to grow boxwood: It’s gloriously evergreen, fragrant, deer-resistant, and long-lived. The plants can be large or small, and are easily shaped into hedges, borders, topiaries, and accent plants. And their history is rich. The ornamental shrub has been cultivated for millennia: It appears in The Epic of Gilgamesh, circa 2000 BCE; was discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs; and later figured in architectural plans for English, French, Belgian, and Italian gardens. When Europeans brought the plant to North America in the mid-1600s, it quickly flourished up and down the Atlantic seaboard, including at the homes of our founding fathers.When I devised the plan for my farm almost two decades ago, I started by laying out boxwood hedges and accent shrubs. I was lucky to be introduced…

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good things

CELEBRATESPECIAL DELIVERYKnock, knock. Who’s there? A spring tradition dating back generations. In the 1800s and early 1900s, kids would mark the first of May by hanging baskets of flowers on neighbors’ doorknobs, ringing the bell, and dashing. For a modern spin, surprise a friend on your block—or a coworker or teacher—with simple stems wrapped in paper, and bundled with treats in a net bag they can reuse at the greenmarket for seasons to come.INSTANT UPGRADEFlat-Out GeniusHere’s an off-the-wall idea for self-adhesive wallpaper: Choose one in a natural-stone pattern like marble, quartz, or this speckled terrazzo, and customize a shelf or coffee table. It’s fast and foolproof to apply. Measure the area you want to cover, trim the paper to fit, remove the backing a little at a time, and press…