The One Decorating Essential You’ll Never Find in Martha Stewart’s Home

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Martha Stewart is the original multi-hyphenate: She’s a media personality, cookbook author, owner of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and more. Though she’s 80 years old, she’s still an incredibly savvy businesswoman—just recently, she collaborated with Baccarat on a line of beautiful crystal glasses that act as the perfect vessel for a batch of homemade Martha-ritas. Among her many business ventures and talents, Stewart is known for her enviable interiors and gorgeous gardens, so we were surprised when she revealed the one piece of decor she’ll never put in her home.

When asked about the one design trend she was ready to see go away, Stewart said, “I don’t think curtains are totally necessary.” Though you won’t catch Stewart having curtains or drapes on the windows in her country estate in Ketonah, New York, she doesn’t leave her windows completely unadorned. “Fabric designers and fabric makers may not like me, but I like shades,” she says. “I have shades on all my windows to protect the furniture, the fabrics on my bed, and my rugs from fading. But I really don’t care about having a lot of draperies, curtains, or fancy window treatments.”

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of window treatments here at VERANDA. We love utilizing boldly colored curtains, patterned drapes, or even matchy-matchy window treatments to make a room come to life. So when domestic queen Martha Stewart said she wouldn’t put them in her house, it stopped us in our tracks and made us momentarily reevaluate all of our interior design decisions.

Thankfully, Stewart was quick to ease our curtain concerns. She says, “They’re beautiful, I don’t have anything against them, I just don’t live with them…I like to look outside. Every window [in my home] looks out to something nice, and it’s just all open to the view.”

Since Stewart’s estate is situated on over 150 acres of lush land that boasts perfectly manicured potager gardens, cutting gardens, shaded fern gardens, a woodland full of hundreds of Japanese maple trees, and more, we can’t exactly blame her for wanting to forgo the window treatments and stare at these stunning vistas all day.

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