From her award-winning magazine, Martha Stewart Living, to
her bestselling product lines, Martha Stewart shares the
creative principles and practical ideas that have made her
America’s most trusted guide to stylish living. Millions of
consumers rely on Martha Stewart as their arbiter of style
and taste and their guide to all aspects of everyday
living - from cooking and entertaining to decorating and
home renovating, and much more.
Inspiration surrounded Martha at an early age. Raised in
Nutley, New Jersey, in a family with six children, Martha
developed her passion for cooking, gardening and
homekeeping in her childhood home on Elm Place. Her mother,
a schoolteacher and homemaker, taught her the basics of
cooking, baking, canning, and sewing; her father, a
pharmaceutical salesman and avid gardener, introduced her
to gardening at the age of three in the family’s small but
orderly backyard garden.
While earning a bachelor’s degree in history and
architectural history at Barnard College, Martha worked as
a model to pay her tuition. She was married in her
sophomore year, and upon graduating became a stockbroker on
Wall Street, where she gained her early business training.
After moving to Westport, Connecticut, in 1972 with her
husband and daughter, Alexis, she developed a catering
business that showcased her remarkable talent and
originality. Her unique visual presentation of food and the
elegant recipes she created for her catered events were the
basis for her first book, “Entertaining,” published in
1982. One of the most beautiful and influential books ever
published, “Entertaining” has become an American classic.
Martha's unique business sense and creative vision is the
blueprint for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the
expansive multimedia portfolio which includes award-winning
properties such as the Martha Stewart Living magazine and
widely syndicated television show; Martha Stewart Weddings
magazine, the Everyday Food magazine and the PBS television
show; Martha Stewart Everyday mass-market merchandise sold
at Kmart; and Martha Stewart Signature Furniture with
Bernhardt. Her current television projects include the
syndicated daytime television series, Martha, and the
primetime reality series, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.