Martha's Brown Room in Bedford: A Thanksgiving Masterpiece
Imagine you're invited to Martha Stewart's house for Thanksgiving. You step into her dining room in Bedford, New York, and your breath is taken away by its stunning presence (it's hard to believe this room was once the tractor garage of the farm!). The posh room is adjacent to the kitchen but removed from the rest of the house -- Martha's winter house.
The walls are lined with open shelves that showcase Martha's antique glassware collection, which is primarily American, but a few European examples are scattered throughout. You see a covetable assortment of jars, compotes, vases, tumblers, and other pieces, which were all created in the 18th century. They give the regal room a crystalline sparkle.
Beneath the shelving, you see that the walls are lined in faux bois cupboards. Inside, Martha stores silver, glass, and serving pieces. Imagine how big a collection you can have with so much storage space!
Not seen in this photo are the stunning floor-to-ceiling triple-hung windows, inspired by Thomas Jefferson. Walk up to them and get a view of Martha's verdant farm.
You turn around to see that one wall houses a fireplace (also not seen), where you and other guests are invited to gather and get cozy after enjoying a festive meal.
And if that's not enough to leave you speechless, you suddenly notice Martha's red canaries; a large wooden cage full of these beautiful birds sing songs that serve as the soundtrack to your meal, which is served on an extra-long dining table topped with richly veined marble.
What's Martha serving? A heritage turkey, of course, which was raised locally in Connecticut. And, of course, many other mouthwatering dishes.
For the particular Thanksgiving seen here, Martha spared no expense. At your place setting, early flatware and handblown early glassware are accompanied by wide-bottomed goblets. The glasses have broad bases that prevent them from tipping over. (Fun fact: They were designed to be used on sailing ships!) Your plate is from an early English Staffordshire collection.
Scattered across the table are interesting-looking pumpkins, squash, and gourds, which serve as a table-wide centerpiece; a cornucopia of sorts. Martha spends all year collecting tear sheets of beautifully designed tables to use as inspiration for her own, original creation. And because she's Martha, her presentation never disappoints!