Sneak Peek: The Decorating Issue

Sneak Peek: The Decorating Issue

Janel Laban
Aug 12, 2008

The September issue of MSL features Martha on the cover, doing a little stenciling project. It's subtitled the Decorating Issue and the content is organized into a list of 75 "pretty and practical" decorating ideas. We got a peek at the issue today and its fun - a bit of a mashup of MSL and Domino - heavy on the pretty pictures and lots of luxe details.

The "75 Decorating Ideas" are pulled from the feature articles...

...which are definitely more interior-heavy than in recent issues.

Page142: Making a Mark is all about stenciling. We like the "reverse-stencil" screen with a lace motif, the mod lampshade and the really gorgeous, black-background floral wallpaper decorated with stenciled metaillic polka dots. (sounds crazy, I know, but wait until you see the photos)

Page 150: Living Patterns is a look at the home of Rebecca Robertson (Deputy Decorating Editor of MSL) and Marco Pasanella (Designer) - an amazing loft above the wine shop that they opened in NYC. It has one of my all-time favorite design details - shiny, white painted floors and white walls. Plenty of blue, red and gold patterned fabrics throughout balance all the white. It's a happy, very fresh and modern space - one for the clip file.

Page 158: A Light Touch shows off a Sag Harbor colonial done up in soft, powdery pastels and many tones of cream, white and gray. It sounds safe but comes off beautifully - the colors are unusual and subtle.

Page 176: California Cool features a 1950's home by Architect Victor Gruen, recently decorated for an French family by Chahan Minassian. It features lots of beige, cream and white furniture in organic, rounded shapes, both familiar and not-so-familiar, from Warren Platner stools to a Modernica sofa.

Page 184: The Workbook section features detailed How-Tos for the stencil projects.

Not part of the 75 Ideas Features, but included in the same issue: An article all about the Gropius House in Massachusetts.

The Martha Stewart Living September issue will be on newsstands August 18th.

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