Should we all have a moment of silent thanks to Martha Stewart for nearly single-handedly boosting the trend of handmade, artisan-crafted, and otherwise homespun? Love her or hate her, she masterminded a media empire that tapped into our collective need to bring beauty and goodness into our domestic lives, forever changing how the average human approaches weddings, food, decorating, and crafting. (Seriously, would we ever have dreamed of having an entire room of our homes devoted to crafting and gift wrapping were it not for her?)
Oh sure, there were others before Martha: Kate’s Paperie, a veritable NYC institution for many years, comes to mind, as does The Silver Palate and Dean and Deluca, the NY catering powerhouses that became empires in their own right, as well as ABC Carpet & Home which brought high-end home furnishings and accessories to the retail market. But none of these, in my humble opinion, turned craftsmanship, home cooking, and aesthetics into a lifestyle like Martha did.
So, as an homage to Ms. Stewart, the diva of domesticity, I’d like to share some goodies I’ve found that are practical, charming, handmade, and beautiful (and, of course, sustainable).