Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Merry Month of May

The May issue of Martha Stewart Living is a burst of vibrant colour. It is the fourth annual special colour issue for the month of May, filled with bright and useful tips by the editors at Living on how to effectively colour your world in a way that is courageous, enabling you to achieve tremendous results.

May has become the spring edition of a decorating issue, in many ways. It plays little sister to the the bigger, more in-depth special decorating issue the editors release each September. For this, I'm grateful, since it gives readers the chance to explore more vibrant palettes, as showcased this year in this issue.
The cover is a delightful depiction of a neutral sofa layered with colourful cushions. Mounted on the wall is an abstract spectrum design made of Martha Stewart Living paint chips. Inside, on the splash page, there is a rainbow of Martha Stewart Living coloured pencils, which I'm now desperately seeking for my collection. This issue also marks the first letter from the new editor-in-chief, Vanessa Holden, who did a fabulous job on her debut issue.

There is so much going on in this issue. My favourites include a story on using "superneutrals" - a new term to define those neutral colours that go with anything and can be multiplied, layered and combined to create a space that feels calm without being static. An article on my favourite flower, the tulip, is a welcome spring read and several Mother's Day crafts will get you inspired to make mom something special this year.

Learning something new is one of the main reasons why I read the magazine. This issue I learned all about collecting Spritzdekor, a bright, modern German dinnerware that reflected a resolute sense of optimism between two devastating World Wars in the 1920s and 1930s.

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