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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living May 2013

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2 min.
on our radar

where we’re shopping Designer Steven Alan brings the same approach to his home-goods collection that he’s always had with his fashion: Offer small-batch, often handmade products created by passionate craftspeople. We foresee stocking up on cotton baskets by Brooklyn-based artist Doug Johnston, Brahms Mount day blankets made on antique looms in Maine, and classic Fouta towels by Scents and Feel, all of which are great for beach picnics and hostess gifts. We’re also excited to see Alan’s upcoming line of sofas in luxe fabrics. stevenalan.com. garden tour Kick off Mother’s Day weekend with a trip to one of the 500 green spaces across the U.S. celebrating National Public Gardens Day, on May 10, part of a national campaign to raise awareness of plant and water conservation. Take guided tours at venues such as…

2 min.
editor’s letter

the new heirlooms BY THE TIME my husband and I were married, we had already been living together for six years in an apartment that looked more like the culmination of 20 years of nesting, collecting, and entertaining than a twentysomethings’ pad. Then again, we weren’t your usual twentysomethings: We were both highly domestic at a young age. Much to my college roommates’ surprise, I bought my first good knives before my freshman year, and my husband, an early adopter of eBay, became a collector of Danish midcentury-modern furniture and ceramics in the mid-’90s. Once we’d met, we had cookware, bakeware, and dishware well covered between us. And because of our limited New York City apartment storage, we were even hard-pressed to fill out our limited wedding registry, beyond the requisite…

1 min.

vintage pinwheels and gift wrap Swedish transplant Lova Blåvarg is a 17-year-old crafting prodigy—she started practicing origami at age 5 and fashioned the projects shown below from vintage books. See more at marthastewart.com/lova. read it. win it. Check out Good Things (page 62) to learn how to plant an evening garden with white bulbs that glow in the moonlight, such as acidanthera, gladiolus, and calla lily. Then enter our giveaway for a chance to be one of six winners of three packages of evening-garden bulbs, left, and a hand cultivator from the Martha Stewart line at the Home Depot. Enter at facebook.com/marthastewartliving by May 12. Instagram love See what’s inspiring the editors of Living at instagram.com/ms_living. BTS (behind the scenes): a look at the styling process from our “New Heirlooms” story (page 114). We love our pets…

4 min.
living the good long life

My newest book is a guide of practical things you can do now to live a long life that’s as good and healthy and carefree as possible. Whether you are 40, 50, 60, or beyond, these lifestyle changes are an investment—money in the bank—in staying active and healthy throughout your “platinum” years. Here’s a sneak peek of my book, on sale this month. I RARELY THINK ABOUT how old I am or how old anyone else is—age is just a number. What matters most to me is how engaged, curious, and interesting a person is. I’ve watched certain people age and admired their approach. Take my friend David Rockefeller: He’s 97, but you would never know it because he is so full of ideas. His closest associates are 50 years his junior,…

1 min.
mystic knotwork

In New England, it has long been as sure a sign of summer as the ocean temperature’s edging into the 60s: putting on a sailor bracelet—which would then bask in the sun and surf until it was cut off your wrist the day before school started. If you’ve worn one at any point since the 1950s, it’s entirely possible that the iconic braided rope was made by someone in the Beaudoin family. “I’ve tied at least 150,000 of them so far,” says Matt Beaudoin, 42, who started tying them (at a dime apiece) for his grandfather Alton, founder of the company that is now MysticKnotwork.com. The elder had learned knot-tying during his time in the merchant marines in the 1930s, first selling pieces in New York City to pay off a…

1 min.
pitcher perfect

ON THE DOT This wide-mouthed jug from sunny Provence is as functional as it is fun—use it to serve lemonade or to mix and pour pancake batter. $145, lefanion.com. GLASS ACT Handcrafted by Vermont-based Simon Pearce’s master blowers, this classic Cavendish ewer is at ease holding peonies or pouring OJ. $195, simonpearce.com. ONE OF A KIND Frances Palmer is known for inventive, whimsical pottery like this Claude vessel, influenced by 19th-century American pots. $325, francespalmerpottery.com. POISED AND POLISHED Georg Jensen’s sculptural stainless-steel HK decanter will become a keepsake, adding elegance to parties for generations to come. From $315, georgjensen.com. RUSTIC APPEAL Peter’s Pottery stays true to its bayou roots—the mottled jade glaze is an ode to the earth tones of the Mississippi Delta. $58, themississippigiftcompany.com. SLEEK CHIC Designed in 1954 by modernist icon Eva Zeisel, this lidded Porcelain Icebox carafe features…