Step inside some of the busiest rooms in Martha's current and former homes. See how she has decorated, organized, and reorganized her kitchens over the years.
Martha's kitchen at her farm in Bedford is a model of efficiency mixed with warmth and decorative details. Two islands offer seating and storage. An overhead steel rack keeps pots and pans reachable but out of the way.
Martha keeps a vintage juicer near the deep vegetable sink, where she rinses and preps produce. She has a few paper towel holders around the room, and old enamel brackets with milk-glass shelves hold kitchenware. The windows let in sunlight, which at times is tempered by translucent shades.
The small dining room can be accessed through the double doors in the servery. The space includes freezer drawers for storage, plus an ice maker and warming drawers for entertaining. Two dishwashers ease cleanup, and the marble floor can be vacuumed and washed with a damp mop. The wall color matches to the cupboards, and the gentle, cool tones make a cohesive whole of many diverse features.
Martha's rugged summer home on the coast of Maine boasts a less formal yet highly functional cooking space.
Here, Martha created her own Great Wall of China by taking every white dish she could find out of the cupboards and putting them on display. A porcelain fishmonger's table blends in perfectly to create an intriguing composition in an unexpected place.
Martha's former Westport, Connecticut, home saw many renovations. Her kitchen underwent two major ones; Martha and her husband, Andy, took on the first one, and a more professional renovation took place in the late 1990s.
Martha originally concentrated on creating a large kitchen with a dining area; the sycamore wood for the cupboards came from Massachusetts, and she found the pot rack at a tag sale -- a nearly identical picture served as the opening spread of Martha's 1982 book, "Entertaining."
Martha Stewart proves the versatility and suitability of medical furniture in the home by constructing her New York apartment kitchen with Duralab components from top to bottom.
"It's basically a service kitchen," Martha says. "I wanted dishes, linen, and silver for entertaining -- 40 people for a stand-up buffet. But it had to fit in this long, peculiar space; I call it a 'galley alley.' " Space-conscious Duralab cabinets create maximum storage.
In 2003, Martha completed a "re-" project at her East Hampton, New York home: It involved repainting, reorganizing, removing, reacquainting, and resolving that everything that remained worked beautifully with everything else.
She had new metal cabinetwork built to make the most of the available space in the kitchen. The soft brown of the walls and lighter, more golden color of the ceiling unified the whole room. New wall shelves hold Martha's teal McCoy pottery and brighten an expanse of wall. A 16-drawer metal buffet provides plenty of room for flatware, napkins, and serving pieces, which makes entertaining so much easier.
Because Martha's collections -- of dishware, cake plates, domes, pottery, and so on -- have grown over the years, she needed to create more room for them and utilized the vertical space in the pantry. The old shelves, which are now painted the same color as the kitchen ceiling, keep everything organized and accessible. The counter is covered in zinc-coated tin.
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