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Entries from the ‘Good Things’ Category

The Best Holiday Scents

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The sugary scent of grandma’s cookies, the brisk pine needles of evergreens, the toasty scent of crackling wood in the fire—they all make up our favorites. Nothing says Christmas quite like those iconic holiday smells. Being in the city this holiday season has presented some olfactory problems for me. My apartment doesn’t have a fireplace, [...]

An “Extraordinary Ordinary” Holiday Exhibit

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Looking for home goods with a little extra flair? Divine Details is a shop and exhibit of the “extraordinary ordinary.” With creative twists on everyday household items, this compilation highlights products that are as beautiful as they are functional. I want so many of these objects for my own apartment, but with the holidays right [...]

Summer Cocktail 2013: The Botanical

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Last week we asked readers for help in coming up with a cocktail for this summer. It was hard work mixing and tasting the different suggestions, but, well, someone had to do it, and we’re nothing if not thorough. We decided on the Botanical Spritzer (which we shortened to “the Botanical”), submitted by reader Kristina. We [...]

Rediscovering Good Old-fashioned Buttermilk

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In the May issue we visit Animal Farm, the small Vermont dairy that produces some of the best butter in the country. In recent years, the farm’s founder and owner, Diane St. Clair, has started to bottle and sell buttermilk—a natural by-product of butter-making that was once a staple of American kitchens. “Good old-fashioned buttermilk [...]

Demystifying Ramps

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I know that spring is truly under way by the lovely bundle of ramps that our executive editor, Yolanda Edwards, gathers upstate and brings back to us city folk in the office. Last year, I waited too long to do anything more than sauté the wilting ramps in some olive oil and eat them with [...]

Let Them Eat Cake (& Cupcakes) This Easter!

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After an uninvited snowfall earlier this week, we’re welcoming the first day of spring with open arms here at MSL. Whether you’ve already begun donning warm weather wear or you’re still humming “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during your morning commute, it’s certainly possible to celebrate springtime indoors with a lovely Easter dessert your family and [...]

American Made Series: CHEERIUP Thickets

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  We caught up with Kelly English, founder of the company CHEERIUP and the creative dynamo behind these amazing dwellings that she hand-weaves from recycled native willow. We are so intrigued by your magical play nests, how did you come up with the idea for them? Thanks so much! CHEERIUP was born from a perfect [...]

Tastemaker: Nora Abousteit of Kollabora

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Nora Abousteit is the founder of Kollabora, the new fashion-forward DIY community that connects makers with inspiring projects, helpful tutorials, and the best supplies. Tell us a little about your background. How did you get to where you are today? There are so many elements that have played into where I am today. First of [...]

Martha’s Advice for Recent Grads

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Every day when I walk into the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia offices, I pass a wall painted with some of the company’s mottos. One that has always resonated with me is “When you’re through changing, you’re through.” Yesterday, while meeting with the interns working at MSLO this summer, Martha herself reiterated that sentiment. As a [...]