Martha has a birthday this week. Whether you like her or not, you have to admit that she has made a mark on the world of homemaking. From room decor to furniture to gardening to food (to jail, okay, yes.) She has done it all. I wanted to do a post today on all of her homes and discuss which one we like the best, but glory, she has a lot of them! It is going to take 30 pictures to do just a few of her houses here today. So I am afraid you are going to have to put up with me through two Martha posts.
I was going to show them to you in chronological order of ownership, but I changed my mind and decided we would start with the smallest and move up from there. Let’s begin with her little one bedroom flat on 5th Avenue in Manhattan that she purchased in 1988. There are not many pictures of it on the internet, but here is what I could find for you to see. Here is the kitchen:
And this is another view of the kitchen with all its metal cabinetry.
Here is a view of the dining room.
I think this is the living room in the apartment, and it shows her view of Central Park.
Now let’s look at her first home, Turkey Hill Farm as she named it. It is located in Westport, Connecticut. This is the home where she started to build her empire.
It had 9 rooms, but the new owners have added on a major addition. This is the old center hall.
Here is how the parlor with its stenciled floors looked at one time.
This was Turkey Hill’s mudroom. Wouldn’t we all like to have a mudroom like this?
And this is the mudroom being used for a place for entertaining.
Do you remember this kitchen from long ago when the fully accessorized country look was in style?
And finally, this is a dining area in the newly renovated kitchen at Turkey Hill Farm showing some of its beautiful storage space.
Now let’s look at her home on a 1 acre lot on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton, New York.michaelpenneystyle.com
At one time, it had mostly white walls, but recently she had the interiors painted darker colors. This is the dining room.
I believe this is the living room. Apparently, taxidermy was/is a big decor item in the house.marthastewart.com
The kitchen had white walls and a teal colored ceiling before the latest redecorating was done. You see the darker walls here, and the teal ceiling is now a neutral color (but doesn’t it look like the floors are painted teal?)
Here is another view of the kitchen.marthastewart.com
This is the library. The big table there was originally white and used in another room before making its way down to this room and given its new color.
If you were invited to stay at Lily Pond Lane for the weekend, perhaps this would be your guest bedroom.
This is Martha’s bathroom. I believe I had a picture of this vanity in its white version in my post on furniture in the bathroom.
Martha’s bedroom here has pink accents.
Three houses toured…one more to go for today. This is Martha’s home in Bedford, New York called Cantitoe Corners. It has 153 acres with it and many separate outbuildings – some that are “normal” sized homes. It is her primary residence and has many gardens – flower and vegetable. When Martha was introducing a new furniture line of hers recently, she was quoted as saying, “I collect houses because they are really laboratories for all of us.” Cantitoe Corners is one huge laboratory then.
This is the front entrance.
Here is the parlor at Cantitoe Corners.themarthablog.com
I am not sure where this room called “The Brown room” fits in the house.themarthablog.com
This room is used for dining, and it obviously has birds (canaries I believe) that reside there.themarthablog.com
The much photographed kitchen is next.marthastewart.com
Here is one of the bedrooms at the farm.
There are also stables and beautifully fenced pastures at Cantitoe Corners.
Well that brings us to the end of our tours for the day. I’m saving one more for later in the week. I hope you have enjoyed taking a look inside some of Martha’s homes. Do you have a favorite among them? I do, and I bet you can guess which one it is. 🙂
One last thing before I leave you today. Martha, as you know, has authored many books – most of which I have read. There is one that I think is her best with the most gorgeous photographs of dinners at her assorted homes. So if you want to see more, this is the book you will enjoy.
Until next time…