I finally got a chance to sit down and read my copy of the September issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine pictured below.
No doubt you have noticed it is no longer called the Special Decorating Issue but rather The Home Issue. It’s been The Home Issue for 2 years but in 2011…
...the cover simply read ‘Love Your Home – Style Ideas for every room of the house.
The First Home Issue was published in September 2012 and it featured Alexis’ Stewart’s apartment.
Back in 2000, another one of Alexis’ Stewart’s apartments was also featured. I especially remember that both issues pictured the same kind of terrazzo flooring. That was a great Special Decorating issue which had decorating ideas, collecting and displaying collections, and beautiful pictures of the inside of Skylands. I almost wore out the pages from viewing the entire magazine several times. Martha featured a lot of great artisans back then like Amanda Depew who makes beautiful band boxes.
Many of you probably remember this 2000 Special Decorating Issue
I don’t know about the rest of you but I no longer wear out the pages from viewing the magazine over and over again. Not to be harsh but the magazine is just not what it used to be. Years ago I used to think that everything was Martha’s doing such as showing us how to make a fold-out plant ledge to display our plants in front of the window or how to make a headboard from a door. Every picture was so beautiful and I was motivated to do the projects. Now it seems everything is about organizing, we all need to organize; that we’ll be happier people if we get our stuff in order. Seeing numbers on a bunch of boxes, (September 2013 cover), does not make a beautiful picture in my opinion. Anyway, I think we’d be happier people if we just quit buying and holding on to so much stuff. I’m actually downsizing and that is making me pretty gleeful! Good old Solid Waste Authority is now doing my organizing in their recycle department!
When I put things in containers, boxes or whatever, unless I mark every little thing that is in the container, I will never find what I’m looking for. I do not want to mark everything in containers. By the way, did anyone else notice that the contents of the September issue indicated that Organizing was on page 128, but then page 134 was titled ‘Organize with Style’ and page 135 was ‘A place for everything…and everything in its place’?
And another thing…I had mentioned in an earlier blog that I didn’t like pages of small numbered pictures with corresponding numbered captions. What I forgot to mention is that sometimes you need them! I just didn’t like seeing a LOT of pages printed with small pictures and numbered captions. On page 134, Classic velvet photo albums, Vintage leaf-spray wreath, Zinc trays, Gulf Coast Sea Animal prints and Wire Mesh Organizer were all signaled out in a column on the right from what was pictured. I thought I was playing ‘Where’s Waldo’ when I went to look for each item on the shelves among a hundred other items! When you have hundreds of items, then yes, the few you talk about need to be numbered and captioned or circled and captioned.
I like the shelf on page 138 but when I went to page 165 to learn how to make it, I was immediately stumped with MDF. What is MDF? I apparently missed the definition somewhere.
I have to say that I am not thrilled with Martha Stewart Living magazine of late. Martha Stewart has always been about beauty and style but there is very little of that in the pages of her magazine anymore although I find ‘What’s For Dinner’ a lot more appealing and I feel more familiar with the ingredients.
There is some decorating in the 2013 September issue and a lot of flowers that are nice, although most people can’t afford to have flowers daily throughout their house. Also, I don’t care that people such as Jill Dienst “lives in Sami bracelets” or uses Dove beauty bar soap! Was that to bring her down to earth from the other expensive items that she likes such as blackened flatware at $79.00 a setting? Not impressed.
The East comes West article about a Japanese garden was nice to see but not practical. I think younger families today want a big back yard for their kids to play in rather than a time consuming beautiful landscape. I’ve looked through the magazine and read what interested me but tomorrow I probably won’t remember much of it except maybe the glass jar on the cover with spools of thread in it. I might put my wooden spools of thread in a glass jar.
Decorating still interests me because our house is getting up in age, 35 years, and we have done very little remodeling. I’m always looking for ideas on how to make it more modern looking without breaking the bank like should I paint over the old-fashioned popcorn ceilings or try to remove the popcorn? Do I have to redo all of the bathrooms or could I just put in new sinks? I have a neighbor that spent about $50,000 for a new kitchen and I almost fainted when she told me. I am such a cheapskate that buying a new fridge is an ordeal. But, I’ve heard that some of the newer models don’t keep food cold so why should I give up a perfectly good COLD refrigerator just so I can have a newer model. I like to stick with what works and sometimes those old appliances just keep on working!
In the meantime, while I sit and ponder what needs to be done, nothing gets done because I’m no longer motivated the way Martha used to motivate me. I don’t like saying that and I’m sorry but the current Home Issue did not jump start me to do anything. I think I’ll have another look at the past decorating issues starting with the 2000 issue. Now that was a fabulous Decorating issue! It was the first one I had ever seen published by Martha and I fell in love with it!