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Thursday, 12 August 2010

{Martha Stewart Living, August 2010}

For many of us summer is nearly out, but it's not quite gone yet. Nope and Martha's August issue is perfect for helping us make the most of these last few weeks of heat. It's all about simplifying summer; from simple 'colour soaked' crafts projects to tips and ideas for laid-back summer entertaining, the team have pulled together an issue that really does ode to kicking back, relaxing and soaking up the steamy summer months. Throughout the issue there's plenty of easy-to-replicate ideas for adding those little details that will make your home - and your al fresco entertaining - stand out from the crowd. There's a cocktail stirrer in every shade (2) and tips for sprucing up refreshing drinks. Next up there's fun ideas for making beach trips easier (3) and a feature (4, 6) called 'Take A Dip', which details different ways to dip-dye products around the home. If you are entertaining before the summer is out, then the editorial, 'A Toast to Summer' (5) is a must read - the best drinks, dishes and party suggestions you can find. Finally, the soft blue, white, orange and green hues displayed in the 'Bottles & Jars' feature (7) have reminded me how much a simple vignette can transform a centerpiece, tablescape or sideboard. So, before the fall breeze comes back, call up your best buddies, crack open the champers and make the most of summer, friends!

Magazine itself Martha Stewart Living. Photography and styling for this review by Bright.Bazaar.

19 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the play-by-play and am really digging those striped cups w/ yellow straws :)

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  2. Bit of a yellow thing here. Those cups are great

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  3. I love your styling Will, the yellow makes the magazine pop!

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  4. I browsed through this a couple of weeks ago... now I need to go buy a copy before it's too late.

    Thanks Will.

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  5. great review, Will and your lay-out here was the BEST!

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  6. Great mag, but I'm enjoying your styling even more. You are so energetic and fun!

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  7. I purchased this issue for all the reasons you feature.

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  8. Hi Will,

    Wow, we really were of like mind yesterday :)
    I love what you wrote and how you styled your post... you are really talented! It was interesting to see that they dip dyed in gray for the UK!
    I really want to try one of these projects, how about you?
    xo

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  9. Darling,I love your use of yellow and black, and those paper cups are pretty happy.
    Martha/her team really know how to do it up right. You've made me want to pick up this issue....haven't bought one for awhile now.
    Have a lovely day!

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  10. I used to be such a faithful Martha subscriber, then I lost interest. I've started to pick up an issue here and there and I have to say I've been enjoying them once again. I may even have to re-subscribe. There is plenty of inspiration in this issue and I'll be heading out to find a copy for sure after seeing your post! Thanks Will!

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  11. Oh yes the striped cups with the yello straws and the bight yellow table have completely stolen my attention! Love this post, you did a great job with your presentation! Love it!

    Luvs!

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  12. oh dear, Martha can do no wrong... well, except for that time she went to jail ;)

    Love your photos in this post!

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  13. gotta love Martha - she always knows how to do it! probably why I named my dog after her... :)

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  14. Oh Will.. this looks amazing. I love the colors!!

    Thank you Martha for keeping the spirit of summer alive. :)

    Yes- that cake is so bright.bazaar! :) See, I'm learning a thing or too from you. :)

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  15. I recently used cocktail picks in place of a toothpick in a BLT sandwich. It was cute.

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  16. Martha has really stepped it up. I like to think that Blueprint (may it rest in peace) is still somewhat alive now in Living. I LOVE those striped cups, too, Will. Such a styling genius.

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  17. Love how you did this review - the presentation, the pages you chose - perfect!! And YES to continuing the summer feeling as long as possible...

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  18. Ooh I love the bold yellow!! This looks like it's a great issue, I will have to pick up a copy, thanks for the heads up Will!
    Nancy

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  19. Thanks, gang. I'm a big fan of the stripy cups, too!

    Terri - the dip dye was blue in the UK issue, too; I just shot these using greyscale as a styling effect!

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