Essential life skills from America's most trusted lifestyle expert—together in one beautiful and practical handbook, with hundreds of ideas, instructions, and inspirations
Martha Stewart is America’s go-to source for the best answers to nearly every question. As an authority on the many worlds upon which she’s built her domestic empire, she can advise on everything from creating a cutting garden and setting the table to playing classic lawn games or building a campfire. Whether it’s organizing, celebrating, cleaning, decorating, or any number of other life skills, these are the time-tested, Martha-approved strategies for frequent challenges and basic how-to knowledge that everyone should have at the ready. Also included are plenty of solutions for the not-so-common conundrums, such as how to transport a decorated cake, bathe a cat, or fold an American flag. With hundreds of expert tips and useful insights in an easy-to-follow format, this is the manual you need to learn how to do everything—the Martha way.
Lifestyle maven Stewart (Martha's Flowers) offers an easy-to-navigate and attractive guidebook covering a wide array of topics, from organizing the entrance to one's home to traveling with pets. The book addresses common and several not-so-common how-to questions (" how-to' could be my middle name," she writes) and is not surprisingly exceedingly well-organized. The dozen major sections address how to "Organize," "Fix and Maintain," "Refresh and Embellish" (e.g., by re-covering a chair), "Clean," "Launder," "Craft and Create" (embroidering a pillow), "Garden and Grow," "Host and Entertain," "Enjoy" (hanging a hammock or practicing sun salutations), "Cook," "Celebrate" (birthdays, etc.) and "Care for Pets." Accompanying visuals further clarify the instructions: for example, readers will find diagrams on how to fold "oddball fitted sheets" for neat placement in a linen closet; the utilitarian "how to fix toilets" section includes a rudimentary "anatomy of a toilet" diagram as well as the warning, "don't panic." "Martha Must" comments throughout amplify Stewart's personal touch, evoking a cozy yet pragmatic mind-set (keep a basket of nonskid socks by the entrance for visitors as part of a no-shoe policy). Visually appealing and packed with inspiring ideas and lucid instructions, this delightfully useful manual will be a shoo-in for inclusion in any Stewart fan's home library.