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Martha Stewart Living November 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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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
present perfect

A LOT OF EFFORT goes into Thanksgiving—and for good reason; it’s a time to come together and celebrate. Over the years, however, I’ve refined my approach to enjoy this holiday even more. I used to tackle it by traveling, making last-minute lists, turbo-shopping, and ultimately delegating too little and taking on too much. (My pie-to-people ratio was comical.) I’d cook, bake, and stir the day into a blur, and when I finally sat down to dinner, I felt happy and relieved, yet also a little what-just-happened? I realized I was missing out on the whole “relaxing with family” part. The truth is, I (like so many of our loyal readers and Martha fans) love all the chopping, stirring, blending, whirring, setting, and arranging, just as much as indulging in the fruits…

2 min.
out & about

WHY NOT? PEEP A LEAF When cooler temps send a golden ripple across treetops, a drive on the Great River Road—a 10-state National Scenic Byway hugging the Mississippi River—becomes a glorious getaway (experiencemississippiriver.com). Pull over at Pere Marquette State Park, in Grafton, Illinois, to stretch your legs on a Technicolor hike. Or take in one of these seasonal vistas. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY Trees lining this 469-mile Appalachian attraction go scarlet in succession, highest-elevation first. Cruise past a cascade of sunset tones. blueridgeparkway.org LOGAN CANYON SCENIC BYWAY This northern-Utah path shows off the varied terrain of Cache Valley, from limestone formations to rolling farmland, and peaks at an overlook of bright-turquoise Bear Lake. visitutah.com CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY Protected natural zones along this winding waterway (visible from Routes 154, 82, and 434) stay vivid well into November. ctrivervalley.com ON OUR BOOKSHELF In…

7 min.
farm to tabletop

1 FRINGED SKIRTS Snip a yard of fringe trim from the crafts store into seven-inch pieces, poke a hole at each end with an awl, wrap them around rolled-up napkins, and secure with screw-back brass clasps. 2 SHELL CELLARS Gather small sticks that lie flat, and hot-glue two walnut halves onto each. Fill them with salt and pepper, and place them around your table—one for every two people. 3 STARRING ROLLS Forgo the usual communal basket, and treat all your VIPs to personal bread boards. Add a ramekin of butter, so they can lay it on as thick as they like. 4 CHIC CIRCLES A leather washer used in bike repairs is the thing of beauty here. Just attach a leather cord to the ring using a lanyard hitch, and knot the loose ends around a napkin. DIY…

5 min.
ready to revel

Kit Out Cabinets To double your storage in deep cabinets, add pull-out drawers. “We installed four, and they changed our lives,” says Living home editor Lorna Aragon. “You can reach things in back without having to take everything out.” At the holidays, that means grabbing the stockpot or turkey platter won’t feel like a spelunking expedition. Available in wood or metal, the sliding drawers come in a range of sizes to fit standard cabinets. Measure and mark the sides, factoring in the height of the items you’ll store; use a drill to attach the glides; and pop in your new space savers. Reach for the Top There’s a time and a place for plastic wrap, but let’s be real: In the heat of the moment, it’s more likely to stick to itself (and…

3 min.
the curator

Amanda Brooks Owner of Cutter Brooks, Chipping Norton, England After carving a chic swath through New York City’s style world—she was creative director for Tuleh and consulted for Chanel and Tory Burch before rising to the role of Barneys fashion director—Brooks jumped across the pond for more pastoral pursuits, choosing to settle into a quiet and charming English farmhouse. Since then, she’s penned two books, including Farm From Home (Blue Rider Press), and enchanted Instagram followers with shots of her bucolic life: a newborn lamb, a favorite mare, and perfectly imperfectly set tables. Last year she opened Cutter Brooks (her maiden and married names), a shop in Stow-on-the-Wold, so that we, too, can have a piece of the dream. “I want to support people who have the courage to start businesses…

3 min.
hydrate yourself

1 | WASH GENTLY High-lathering soaps can strip skin of moisture. Pick a cream or an oil-based cleanser, says Patricia Wexler; leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing. FOR DRY SKIN Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser has nourishing coconut oil and a frothy whipped texture that helps your face feel supple, not tight, after use. $28, peterthomasroth.com. FOR THE DRIEST SKIN Extra-arid? A rich oil-based formula, such as BeautyCounter Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil, binds to impurities, so you can rinse them off without impairing skin. $49, beautycounter.com. 2 | MOISTURIZE Hard water, caffeine, and some medications (decongestants, certain antibiotics) exacerbate dryness. Choose creams over lotions; they’re less watery—and less likely to evaporate, says Naissan Wesley. FOR DRY SKIN Hyaluronic-acid molecules, which can hold up to a thousand times their weight in water, are…