Monday, January 11, 2016

Tone on Tone in Martha Stewart Living

On a grocery run with my mother in the early 1990s, I picked up something to read while we were waiting in line at the checkout. That something was Martha Stewart Living, and that particular issue most likely showcased a collection of gleaming ironstone, homespun linens, or vintage finds scored at tag sales. I couldn't stop leafing through the magazine, so mom bought it.

After reading it from cover to cover, the beautiful images stayed with me. I knew I had to subscribe. Soon Martha would be my teacher for all things domestic and divine. I'd reorganize my closet according to Martha. I'd track down Guy Wolff's white terracotta pots after seeing her topiaries in them. In fact, I wholeheartedly blame my myrtle topiary obsession on Martha!

The magazine has always been about more than decorating. From recipes to crafts, the articles teach and inform. For nearly 25 years, MSL has inspired me to create, cultivate and collect. That's why I'm thrilled to announce our home is featured in the February 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Living!

Of course I need to acknowledge some very special people. I'm grateful to photographer Helen Norman for introducing me to the editors at MSL. Without my good friend Helen or her brilliant photos, this would not have been possible. Speaking of editors, I am thankful to the talented Lorna Aragon, MSL Home Editor, for producing our story with such care. Lorna's effortless styling made everything so beautiful. Thanks also to Ayesha Patel, MSL Design Director, for championing our project from the start. 

And, many thanks to Martha Stewart Living for such an incredible honor.

Here's a sneak preview. (Click on photo to enlarge.) Please pick up a copy to enjoy more photos plus the full article - on newsstands now.
Cheers,
Loi
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68 comments:

  1. Oh Loi! What a wonderful acknowledgement of your talent and style. And what a wonderful full circle experience. Congratulations!!

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  2. Wow! I love your wonderful childhood memory! I do remember the Guy Wolff pots, I bought one and still have it! Your home is gorgeous! Your topiaries are spectacular. I need to reach back into your archives to see if you've written how to care for them. Congrats, Loi!

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    1. Janine - You can find all of my topiary posts by clicking on "Topiary" under BLOG TOPICS. Thanks.

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  3. Dear Loi - I am delighted for you and not at all surprised that your stylish and beautiful home has been honoured in this way - big congratulations.

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS LOI!!! How fabulously exciting and SO well deserved! I can totally related to your 'Eureka' moment when you first set eyes on MSL magazine. I have had a few similar moments over the years that have inspired my interests and my style direction - your blog being one of them my dear! Congratulations and best wishes. xxx

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  5. This is wonderful, Loi!! I'm very happy for you. The photos are spectacular, of course. The styling perfectly showcases your calm style, with those little pops of green that are so special.

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  6. beyond thrilled for you, loi. we, your readers, can feel your genuine character and talent shining through your blog. you are a treasure! looking forward to the issue. donna

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  7. Congratulations!! Your home is stunning! I'll pick up a copy of MSL this week. Can't wait to see the full feature!

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  8. So deserving. Martha Stewart readers will love seeing your home. (If they have not yet visited your blog.) I have followed Helen Norman's work throughout the years, and there is no doubt that the best photographer captured your home. And kudos to your mom for springing for the 1st magazine!

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    1. Helen is the best! Watching her shoot, I always learn so much. Thank you, Isabella!

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  9. Oh Loi I am so happy and excited for you! I remember so clearly buying my first issue of the magazine and loving it so much!

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  10. Wow! Congratulations, Loi. You have worked so hard to create a beautiful space and life and now so many more people can see it . I'll be looking for the issue.

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  11. Hello Loi, You got scooped--I already saw the big announcement on Naomi's Coulda Shoulda blog! Congratulations on this major and well-deserved recognition of your talent; of course your regular readers know that this MSL article can only scratch the surface of the many things you do so well.
    --Jim

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  12. Dear Loi,
    What a dream for you to come true! I am buying my copy TODAY!
    Congratulations,
    xo
    Patty

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  13. Very nice and the result so luxury. Splendid job!

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  14. Congratulations, of course! Very well deserved story. Your taste, your home and your personal style are always a treat to see!!

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  15. Congratulations Loi - you really are a superstar! And happy New Year to you and Tom.
    xx
    Beth

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  16. Congratulations. The photos are gorgeous. I'll be getting my copy today. xoxoxo Mary

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  17. Congratulations. The photos are gorgeous. I'll be getting my copy today. xoxoxo Mary

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  18. How fabulous is this? I am thrilled for you. Nothing like good press. By the way, your home is spectacular!

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  19. Congratulations Loi! I found Martha in the late 80's when I was newly wed. I learned so much from her and like you discovered a whole world of collecting and curating. I can only imagine what a thrill it is for you to be featured in a magazine that had such a huge influence on you. I'm so happy for you and cant wait to see you home in the pages of MSL.

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    1. Karen: I had never heard of Ironstone or Jadite until Martha featured them. She's been such an inspiration. Thank you.

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  20. LOVE her brand, books, and magazine--she only includes the best so of course, you are in there. gorgeous images, loi, and i'm so so happy for your good fortune. if you are invited to be on the show, give us a big heads up so your buds can be in the audience! peace.

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  21. I am so thrilled for you Loi!!!! Who would have thought way back when you saw your first copy of MSL! I am picking my copy up today to thumb through your home and read. Hugs and congrats to you our dear Loi!

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  22. couldn't happen to a nicer person + so happy for you! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  23. IT'S HERE!!! Hurray!! Congrats, friend! I am so happy for and proud of you!! Well deserved! oxox, K

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  24. Dear Loi, Congratulations! And so well deserved! Your beautiful home and styling are an inspiration. Bravo!

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  25. OH Loi,
    I got my copy at Barns and Noble and was amazed to see you in such good company, your the best and such a great fit....
    in sorts with all the keeping you do to your homes and grounds you my dear are the male version of Martha Stewart, a fabulous compliment here.
    I could so move into your home and style with ease.
    See you soon,
    A wonderful new year to you and Tom

    Xx
    Dore

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  26. Hi Loi. Your home continues to captivate - I relive the time that I visited you, Tom and the doggies over and over again. Can't wait to pick up a copy of the magazine!! Happy, Healthy New Year to you, Tom & doggies!!

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  27. Just picked up the issue at the bookstore - it is absolutely fabulous, Loi! Gorgeous photos of your inspiring interior design and styling, and I like the 'lessons!' Congratulation on a great story in an iconic magazine! xoxo P

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  28. Congrats...the photos are gorgeous! I do follow you on Instagram...

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  29. Loi,
    Congratulations! What an honor, well deserved, but still. I'm so happy for you. That first image is sublime. I could lose myself in that room! I'll be purchasing that issue this week!
    xo,
    Karen

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  30. Well you know there are many out there who knew you before Martha! I think that's quite a feat actually! :) congrats once again but your garden needs to be featured next! Xx

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  31. LOI! Beautiful, and kudos to you and Helen!

    Dean

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  32. What an honor for you! I, too, am a lover of all things Martha Stewart, always appreciative of her showing us the smallest of details from using a bone folder on paper to making stock from simmering vegetables. Years back, I recorded all her t.v. shows on VHS and watched them on weekends to catch up and learn from her. I will look for this issue.

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  33. That is such exciting news Loi, I am so thrilled for you! Your house is truly stunning, and not only that, it is the perfect aesthetic for MSL. I am not at all surprised to hear that you have always loved that magazine, as so have I. The visuals are perfection, which is why your home fits in perfectly!

    Heartfelt congratulations to you!

    Best,
    Sheila
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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  34. Loi, that is just awesome! I can't wait to get my copy.

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  35. Congratulations! I too am a Martha Stewart fan and have learned multiple dishes through her recipes. My French macaron would not be perfect without her...

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  36. I can't wait to get my hands on it!! Your home is spectacular - congrats

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  37. Hello Loi,
    Congratulations and well deserved. I am sure MSL is thrilled to have your beautiful home featured.
    When you spoke of the first time you picked up a MSL Magazine, the expression "be careful what you wish for came to mind"

    Well done and I shall pick up my copy tomorrow.

    Helen xx

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  38. I am so proud of you, Loi! Your home could not be more perfect for the pages of MSL.

    I consider Martha Stewart to be the favorite teacher of my life. When we were raising our kids and they became school age, I counted the minutes until her original show was aired each morning and sat down to devour each minute, it all was just so delicious and I soaked its all up! I was so upset when the show came to a halt after her conviction. The newer talk show that followed was never the same.

    When I discovered your blog in your early days, it was another delicious discovery! Your aesthetic is unparalleled. I am excited to head out and find your home in the pages of MSL magazine today!

    Best wishes to you, Tom, Panda and Mocha!

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  39. Dear Loi, Congratulations! I cannot imagine a more gorgeous home to grace the pages of Martha Stewart Living!!
    These images are breathtakingly beautiful!


    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Life Lessons: So Honored!

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  40. Loi, Your aesthetic is perfect for MSL, and as is so often the case, you have surpassed your teacher in many ways.

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  41. Congrats, Loi! Next trip to the store I will pick up a copy.

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  42. Loi,
    MSL magazine arrived last week and had been sitting in its plastic on my countertop until I could relax amd enjoy it. Seeing your post I flew and opened the issue and was wowed by your feature. Your sophiscated aesthetic is always beautiful and now you've graced the pages of MSL.
    Congratulations Loi truly beautiful photos.
    xo,
    Vera

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  43. Loi this is so exciting and I'll be out shopping for my copy tomorrow! It may be one of the only magazines I keep forever - along with my UK Country Living - the others don't really interest me anymore. I recall that Tom was at home washing the windows in readiness for the MSL crew arrival when we visited with you at the shop last Spring - and I didn't breathe a word to anyone, cross my heart!
    Looking forward to seeing more beautiful parts of your home - perhaps they'll be photographing in Castine some day too - that would be awesome.

    Congratulations - bet the windows are still sparkling, haha!
    Hugs - Mary (and Bob)

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  44. Loi, this is a "good thing"! I can't wait to see the full feature, because as usual, your surroundings are so aesthetically pleasing. A well deserved feather in your cap!

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  45. I bought 2 copies Loi....one to flip thru and read over and over again and one for your "autograph".... The feature of your home is beyond amazing...every page, every inch is stunning....You speak about Martha being your mentor. I want to say that you have become a mentor to so many people...enriching their lives with such inspiration, beauty and friendship. You are the real deal Loi!
    I am so very excited for you. An honor so well deserved....a true standing ovation!!!....You are the best!

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  46. Hello Loi!... how wonderful! I have already read through the article and it's so great! Your Myrtle topiaries are simply incredible!... I cannot believe how they grow and stay looking so healthy in those small pots!... Please would you write a post on how you care for them to help all of us out here who would love to do the same.. ! Always love your posts! Jenny xxx

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  47. All I can say is I am beaming with pride and just bursting with joy for you and Tom dear Loi! Such a great honor indeed, I drem of getting my home featured in a magazine, but I know Martha would be the ultimate dream. You and your home just deserves it so, I will have you sign my copy when we see each other some day! CHEERS and I can't wait to see your house in Maine featured someday!

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  48. Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments, support and friendship. You all are the best!! xoxo

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  49. What an honor to featured in Martha Stewart. Congratulations! Much deserved. These images and your spaces are pure perfection!

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  50. What a lovey story about your love of MSL. Your home has raised the bar for so many is us and I am so thrilled for your national exposure. You deserve it all and more. Love to you, Nancy

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  51. Amazing and well deserved my friend!! xo Karolyn

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  52. Congratulations, Loi! I'll be looking for the February issue! And I want to add that just as Martha Stewart has inspired you, you are an inspiration to me!

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  53. Fabulous, Loi! I am certain they were thrilled to have access to your beautiful home! Every photo is inspiring, especially during this dark season when your use of clear whites and shimmering accents feels so right.

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  54. Fabulous, Loi! I am certain they were thrilled to have access to your beautiful home! Every photo is inspiring, especially during this dark season when your use of clear whites and shimmering accents feels so right.

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  55. Loi I was flicking through an online copy of MSL and thought "I recognise that house"… and then found it was indeed yours! I can't even imagine how proud and excited you must feel (and justifiably so). Congratulations a hundred times over, your house and beautiful collections looked stunning.

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  56. Wonderful! I recognize the green desk from (I Think) a very old issue of Traditional Home. It is still a favorite. Something about it speaks to me. Your style is so relaxing, comfortable and filled with grand style all at the same time. Wonderful to see your home published again.

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  57. Soooooo happy for you friend! and SOOO happy to have found your blog....following now:)

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  58. what an honor indeed......for martha!
    soon after following you loi, i thought to myself, "this man will be discovered and the sky will be the limit". well on your way dear friend, and i am overjoyed for you loi.
    i must get to the store and pick up a copy, i have just returned from antiquing travels and hope i am not too late
    congratulations!
    debra

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  59. I recently discovered your blog (and am spending hours going through all your posts) and the spread in Martha Stewart of your fabulous home. I noticed in the article it says you used BM Classic Gray throughout. Is the wall color of your kitchen and dining room Classic Gray? And would you be willing to share our kitchen cabinet color? Your home is fabulous and I understand it is sold so I am eagerly anticipating your next renovation. Thank you!

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  60. Everything is so lovely, particularly fond of the french mantle and surround in your old bedroom...must have been hard to let it go. I do understand the excitement when looking for a new place to make your own however. xo

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