Today the latest issue of Hamptons magazine hits the newsstands and Examiner just got a delightful sneak peak at the cover. Known as the queen of elegant entertaining and home improvement, Martha Stewart glows on the cover of Hamptons magazine’s Home & Garden issue. With the sale of her namesake company underway and a book to be released this fall, Stewart chats with Samantha Yanks, the editor of Hamptons magazine, about her freshly redesigned home in East Hampton, her favorite destinations in the Hamptons and more.
Stewart shared the history of her home and why she fell in love with it. The house was the oldest one on the Lily Pond Lane and had 25 tiny rooms. It was built in 1878 by a minister who came to East Hampton in the summer. He would travel by train to Bridgehampton and then by horse and buggy to East Hampton. Stewart says, “It appealed to me tremendously because I like the wrecks of the best street.”
She found her home after getting lost in the Hamptons. Right after she got married in 1961, “We were staying in Westhampton at my husband’s sister’s house, and I went for a drive and ended up on this beautiful street with a pond, wonderful hedges, and a perennial garden.” She thought it would be great to have a house on the street. When Stewart bought the home, it did not occur to her until later that it was the same place.
According to Stewart, it is the most beautiful street to walk on in the early morning with her dogs. There are very few cars and just a few surfers with their CB radios on to find out where the waves are. She finds it very pleasant to go to the beach for awhile and states, “Everybody with a dog is on the beach, and those are the people you want to talk to early in the morning.”
As the diva of gardening, Stewart also talks about her garden and her desire to have a farm on the sea. She redid the garden with more green and more trees. She started a Japanese maple collection because she loves the hues of dark red and orange. Stewart reflects, “It seems larger than it is, too—it’s an acre. I live on 150 acres in Bedford, and I feel like that’s what I wish I had here; if only I had that much land out here, it would be so much fun to have a real farm on the sea.”
In the fall, her 85th book will be released, “Martha Stewart’s Appetizers.” She admits she does not serve many hors d’oeurvres when she has a dinner party because the dinner is usually quite hearty. But if there is a light dinner, she serves cold soups in little cups, deviled eggs, open-faced tarts and spicy shrimp. Stewart says, “They’re not fussy; they’re not what you’d get at a benefit or in New York City, but they’re delicious.”
Stewart also shares some of her go-to healthy recipes, such as grilled tofu. Stewart says the kids love brown rice cakes. Stewart eats a lot of frittatas because she has her own eggs. When she has people come over for lunch or she has a photo shoot at the house, Stewart puts a big frittata in the oven with 36 eggs. Juices are important to her diet because that is how she starts her day. Stewart states, “I grow spinach, mint, cucumbers, celery. That’s what I juice with.”
With entertaining in mind, Stewart admits she never misses Lally Weymouth’s party in Southampton, and reveals, “If you don’t go, you never get invited again – that’s the joke! But it’s a lovely party, and you get to see pretty much all the friends you’ve made out here.”
Martha Stewart visits a variety of Hamptons nurseries and gardening stores and indicates there are quite a few along the highway to stop and see. She feels it is always worth stopping as not everybody has the same stuff. Stewart reveals, “I go to Marders, of course. Charlie has been my friend since I came out here 25 years ago.”
To find out more about Martha Stewart’s many talents and how she appreciates life in the Hamptons, pick up the latest issue of Hamptons magazine, available on newsstands now, or visit the Hamptons magazine website.