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The Many Homes of Martha Stewart

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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.

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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:

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And this is another view of the kitchen with all its metal cabinetry.

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Here is a view of the dining room.

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I think this is the living room in the apartment, and it shows her view of Central Park.

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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.

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At one time it was part of a 4 acre parcel with several outbuildings.  It is the gardens there that I just love.

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It had 9 rooms, but the new owners have added on a major addition.  This is the old center hall.

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Here is how the parlor with its stenciled floors looked at one time.

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This was Turkey Hill’s mudroom.  Wouldn’t we all like to have a mudroom like this?

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And this is the mudroom being used for a place for entertaining.

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Do you remember this kitchen from long ago when the fully accessorized country look was in style?

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She had it professionally renovated and updated in the late 1990’s.

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And finally, this is a dining area in the newly renovated kitchen at Turkey Hill Farm showing some of its beautiful storage space.

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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.

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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?)

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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.

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If you were invited to stay at Lily Pond Lane for the weekend, perhaps this would be your guest bedroom.

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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.

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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.

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This is the front entrance.

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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

My favorite room in the house is this wonderful craft room with all its green furniture.

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Here is one of the bedrooms at the farm.

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There are also stables and beautifully fenced pastures at Cantitoe Corners.

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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.

Martha Stewart A Year of Entertaining

Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations

Until next time…

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Holly Golightly - September 12, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Martha Stewart has done an impeccable job with all of her residences. Her homes are indeed “laboratories” and she is fortunate enough to have the income to make them all beautiful. Kudos to her. Although it was not featured, my favorite is her Maine home, Skylands.

Thank you for this web site. I enjoyed it.
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I’m so glad you enjoyed the post Holly. Martha seems to do a good job with anything decorating related for sure! If you like Skylands the best, you need to check out this post: http://www.talkofthehouse.com/happy-birthday-to-martha-and-me/ It is featured in full there. 🙂
Kelly

Darrell White - December 16, 2014 - 1:18 pm

I just had a tour of marthas Bedford farm about a month ago.

Karen D. Jones - October 23, 2014 - 1:03 am

Yes, I am, a Martha watcher,too!! From her earliest shows. One of two shows I never missed (the boys from “This Old House” being the other). Ever since I was a kid, I’d crafted, cooked, gardened & built things.
Hey Martha, I just convert my old gas lamps at the end of the driveway to solar power. Sanded, painted, and hooked up the system.
Through Martha’s programs, gained lots of inspiration & how to. It’s fun!!!!
My favorite house – Turkey Hill – it’s so charming, warm, and inviting.
Thank you for the great help in knowing that yes, I can do just about anything on my own with some direction from a friend.

Kate Sterly - October 5, 2013 - 1:31 pm

I can’t remember exactly how long I’ve been watching Martha Stewart,it has definitely been a long time. I have enjoyed both her shows and magazines. I love the specials she made for Halloween,Thanksgiving, Christmas, and especially April Fools!she really got me with the “cutting her finger off” joke.it took me a few minutes to recover from that. I can imagine how all the people working there felt. I miss you on tv Martha! Good luck!

JOANNE - September 4, 2013 - 4:27 pm

THANK GOODNESS FOR MARTHA. COOKING, GARDENING, CRAFTS, WHAT
A GAL!!! I AM A FLORIST BY TRADE AND ABOUT THE SAME AGE AS
MARTHA. NEVER LIKED COOKING, SEWING, ETC. BUT SHE CHANGED
THAT. SHE WAS INSPIRING TO SAY THE LEAST. I LEARNED TO COOK,
DECORATE, AND CRAFT ALL FROM WATCHING HER SHOWS, THE OLD ONES.
I HAVE ALL OF HER SHOWS TAPED SO THAT I CAN REFER TO THEM
WHEN I NEED INSPIRATION. I WISH SHE COULD GO BACK TO THE
FORMAT SHE HAD IN THE FIRST SHOWS…..WE LOVE TO SEE HER HOMES
HER GARDENS, AND ALL OF HER PROJECTS. PLEASE STAY ON TV
MARTHA, WE LOVE YOU.

Carol - June 27, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Gee, I thought I was the only one sentimental about Turkey Hill. Remember the swimming pool with all the credit cards in the bottom, the front door at Halloween time,the wreaths in each window at Christmas time and the lovely gardens blooming in spring and summer. Every thing in that house, from the floor stencils to the chandleirs and all in between were Martha. I learned that great quality could be found at flea markets and garage sales, thanks to Martha. And hard work with a goal at the end could creae a beautiful home.

Martha often had her Mother on the show cooking along and it was a comfortable program. I did learn many things from Martha and would love to personally meet her.

Thank you for the tour!

Julie - June 10, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Thank you for this website! I admire Martha Stewart for the paths she has taken in her life. I’ve read her magazines and was able to watch the earlier TV show from the beginning and learned something new each time. I’ve always been curious as to how many homes she had and what they looked like; when I heard she moved or had a summer home it wasn’t clear as to whether she had sold her previous properties or not. Turkey Hill I agree was the best property but I think the publicity and filming got to be too much for her neighbors. Now that the show is filmed in a studio I wonder if she regrets selling? When I was home for a few years when my children were babies I would be inspired to do projects like hers – I was so productive and had so much fun!

Thanks Martha!!
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Julie, there is no telling how many people Martha has inspired. Her reach goes on and on, doesn’t it? I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Her houses are just amazing to me. I bet Turkey Hill holds sentimental value to her, and it would not surprise me if, one day, she doesn’t buy it back. Please come back to visit the blog again if you get a chance, and thank you for your kind comment on the post.

Kelly

Kim - May 19, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Hi Kelly,
I just found this site and was looking for Martha’s house in Bedford. I love my Martha. How dare anyone say Martha is not a people person! She IS a people person and much much more. Wish they’d keep their comments to themselves and show her the respect she deserves for her hard work and passion as well as her role model for women. Wonder, do those individuals believe they are adorned by their friends who have nothing negative to say about them behind closed doors? hehe..

lane herrington,m.d. - March 5, 2013 - 12:10 am

I was one of Martha’s earliest fans. Although my medical career came to a premature halt due to illness, with her inspiration my creative side was unleashed. I was able to assist and spearhead several charities before the bad genes took control and her genius and your article have given me a great trip through my memories. I also was able to create on a shoestring budget. Never underestimate thrift stores nor think your life is over when your dreams are dashed. You know and can do more than you think. I’ll bet Martha did.
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Oh my goodness, Lane! You have no idea what a wonderfully timed comment this was. We never know what is down the pathway of our lives that is different from what we had planned, do we? I am happy the post was able to give you a trip through your good memories! I think “unleashing your creative side” was a beautiful thing to happen to you – or to anyone else either. (I have a high regard for creativity. :)) Thank you so much for reading one of my old posts and for taking the time to leave your thoughtful comment.
Kelly

kim @ whitebarnbasics - August 2, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Oh Martha, Martha, Martha (Jan Brady with a lisp)…sorry:-)
I remember watching what I think was one of her first tv shows with that country kitchen on steroids. It was a Thanksgiving special and I called my mom and said, “Mom, there is the coolest show on, hurry and turn it on!” Well, I can’t remember exactly what I said, but I’ll bet a lot of women were saying the same thing! I like the exteriors of Turkey Hill the best, then Lily Pond Lane. Can’t say I’m super fond of Cantitoe Corners, though…I think because of all the grey. I do love all of her kitchens and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next time! Love her or hate her, the woman is amazing!
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“Country house on steroids” is a great way to describe it, Kim! After looking at all the photos of these interiors they all started to look the same to me…guess it was because of all the muddied colors in each. Turkey Hill appears to be more of a home (complete with staff I know.) She has done amazing things. Glad you dropped by to join in the talk!
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - August 2, 2012 - 12:51 pm

This is fun – I didn’t know about some of these homes! I had never watched Martha until I was recovering from surgery many years ago. I was surprised to find her to be so calm and such a good teacher. It was the old show format which I loved rather than the talk show style (and before her troubles). I admit I cannot relate to wealth, huge houses, fine furnishings, gardeners, staff, etc., etc! I grew up in a tiny WWII surplus house and have lived most of my adult live here in our 1100 sf home. But like anything, we can be inspired and takes ideas from the very best whether it is home decor, artwork, craftsmanship, cooking. . .
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Barbara, I agree wholeheartedly that we can be inspired by the best of things and take what we can for our own lives. When I was recovering from a surgery I watched Paula Deen – quite a contrast in style from Martha! All Paula did was make me hungry! At least Martha could inspire all of us in so many different areas like you pointed out. Thank you for reading and being a part of the conversation here today!

Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - August 2, 2012 - 11:49 am

Kelly,
What a great, well researched post. Turkey Hill will always be my favorite due to it’s reasonable size. (I’m not a huge fan of massive square footage) but I would want the house at Turkey Hill moved to the grounds at Cantitoe Corners…such beauty with the horses and gardens.
I confess, I’ve always been a fan of Martha’s. I realize why so many speak of her with such disdain but I admire her spirit and appreciate her contribution to making the most of home life for people all over the world. I preferred her early television specials and series, including a Thanksgiving special where she used a barn to serve her guests several turkeys; one that had been smoked in the smokehouse her brother had built for her and one en croute. Hubby and I cracked up but at the same time she was very enthusiastic about her meal and put a ton of work into it.
Karen
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Thank you Karen. I so agree about the size of Turkey Hill, and that is a great idea to move it to Cantitoe Corners! Maybe we should suggest that to Martha. 🙂 I did not see her Thanksgiving special, but it may be on a vhs tape my mom gave me years ago. I will have to go look for that. Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful comments on the post today.
Kelly

Judy - August 2, 2012 - 7:56 am

I used to love watching Martha Stewart’s show when it was on late at night in the mid-1990’s. Every night my daughter and I watched it together and she collected her magazines. Have you read “Just Desserts” the unauthorized biography of her? She is truly talented but apparently not a real people person.

I’m with you Kelly…Turkey Hill is and always has been my favorite home. Thank you for sharing these pics.
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Judy, I think everyone liked the old format of her shows better. That is so neat that you and your daughter watched it together! I have not read that biography, but I bet it is a good one. Martha’s perfectionism would make it hard for her to be a people person. Glad you liked the house pics. Thank you for being such a faithful reader and always leaving such thoughtful comments on the blog.
Kelly

the farmer's wife - August 1, 2012 - 7:22 pm

This is my favorite post so far! Love it! Martha is great; although, I do realize we probably wouldn’t get along as best friends : )
We definitely live worlds apart.
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I love the “we probably wouldn’t get along as best friends,” Julianna. That is so funny! I doubt she and I would either – both too opinionated! I am glad this is your favorite post…I was really afraid that no one would want to see all of Martha’s houses. Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave your kind comments!
Kelly

JoAnne - August 1, 2012 - 12:17 pm

I’m not sure, Kelly, but I am going to guess that your favorite is Turkey Hill. Some of her more recent homes are beautiful, but I think they are almost too big to really feel like a home. Your posts are so well written and full of information ~ I can tell you put a lot of time into them ~ they’re wonderful. Thank you Kelly!
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JoAnne, you nailed it! And you are exactly right. Turkey Hill is smaller than the others, so it has a more home-y feel to it to me. Plus there is the sentimental value of knowing this is where it all started. Great guess! Thank you for your sweet words about the posts. I so appreciate it!
Kelly

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