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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living March 2015

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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in this issue

1 min.
martha’s month

TIP Snowdrops are a welcome sight in the garden this time of year. Martha creates mini bouquets of the diminutive flowers in small antique glasses, or nestles them among larger blooms in full-scale arrangements for a delicate touch. MARTHA’S WORKOUT Reverse Sit-Ups 1. Sit on a mat with your legs together, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Position your hands behind your thighs. Draw your navel to your spine, and slowly lower your back toward the mat until your torso forms a C. 2. Look into your midsection as you lower your back. Hold; then slowly return to starting position. For more of Martha’s workouts, pick up a copy of Living the Good Long Life (Clarkson Potter, 2013). PHOTOGRAPH BY MARIAN PENTEK/GETTY IMAGES; ILLUSTRATION BY REMIE GEOFFROI, REPRINTED FROM LIVING THE GOOD LONG LIFE, WITH…

2 min.
out & about

AMERICAN MADE MARKET Get the whole family cooking with this kids’ apron set by Odette Williams, and look out for other sweet goods at our American Made eBay Market. ebay.com/americanmade LIVING BOOK CLUB We love discovering first-time novelists, so we’re excited to read screenwriter Stephen Metcalfe’s debut book, The Tragic Age (St. Martin’s Griffin). This coming-of-age tale about the ways our friends define us has garnered great buzz. Sign us up! marthastewart.com/book-club COLLECTING The best vintage patterned scarves are a cross between a fashion statement and a work of art, which is why so many become treasured finds. Look for colorful styles at thrift shops and online. You might come across a classic like this mod ’60s red-and-pink Vera Neumann square, second from right, collected by senior style editor Naomi deMañana. eBay search term: vintage silk scarves ON THE…

1 min.
editor’s letter

My favorite color is gray. (Yes, gray is a color!) It dominates my wardrobe and reigns in my apartment. But in March, after months of concrete city skies, even I need more variation and brightness. Which is why I absolutely love this issue devoted to color. For our decorating story, Martha, a color expert in her own right, interviewed celebrated interior designer Steven Gambrel to find out how he uses the spectrum to create wholly unique yet incredibly livable spaces. You can read about his creative way with palettes—and see one of the gorgeous homes he decorated—in “Lessons in Color,” starting on page 80. Bringing more color into your world doesn’t have to mean overhauling your entire home, though. Smaller gestures, like rotating in a bright new kitchen towel (find our editors’…

1 min.
for a more colorful life . . .

Get inspired. Visit a museum, or watch a visually sumptuous movie or television show. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been inspired by the gorgeous color schemes in Downton Abbey’s wardrobe and décor, especially this season.) After all, art begets creativity and vice versa. And much as a chef might browse farmers’ markets to brainstorm new dishes, I love to peruse garden centers for color inspiration. In nature, there’s no such thing as clashing hues. Get decorating. Swap in colorful new throw pillows, bed sheets, towels, and other home accessories. Think of them as tools for an inexpensive mini makeover. Get cooking. Re-create our cover. When you steam vegetables like rainbow Swiss chard and carrots, their colors remain rich, and you’ll feel what you eat—that is, lighter and brighter. (Bring…

4 min.
a refreshed routine

For the past few years, I have been working with makeup artist Daisy Schwartzberg. We collaborate with hairdressers (James Vides did my hair for this shoot), photographers, and directors to keep me looking my best. Daisy and I are constantly looking for new colors, products, and ideas that will subtly but nicely change the way I look. Of course, it is up to me to keep my skin and hair healthy and vibrant, with a good diet and exercise, but I marvel at how a bit of eye shadow, a few false eyelashes, or a new shade of lip color can radically change my appearance! I love shimmer and use Tom Ford Illuminating Primer ($74, tomford.com) on my cheekbones, under my eyebrows, and on my collarbones. For the first of my…

7 min.
early bloomers

CRAFT HOW-TO Découpaged Floral Trays For the trays on the previous page, we cut out some of our favorite images of flowers from the pages of Martha Stewart Living. Find our picks at marthastewart.com/mslflowers, or use photographs from your own archive. Supplies Lacquered tray Flower images Découpage finish and paintbrush Sources Lacquered tray, in White, $11, containerstore.com. Small Rectangle lacquered tray, in White, $39, westelm.com. Découpage Durable gloss finish, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $10 for 8 oz., michaels.com. 1. Wipe tray clean with a damp cloth. Let dry. 2. Collect photos of flowers from magazines, or print out our clip art. Cut out flowers, trimming away any background imagery (for intricate blooms, use a pair of detail scissors). Arrange placement on tray. 3. Paint découpage finish onto back of a printout. Paste onto tray. Repeat for each cutout. Let dry,…