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Silver-leaved fruits and pink: pepperberries fill a 19th-century blown-glass bowl at Martha's East Hampton, New York, home.

Tiny Forest: In Martha's Bedford, New York, kitchen, she places little Christmas trees beneath a glass dome.

Delicious Trimming: Holiday candy is often set around Martha's house in Bedford, New York -- creating an edible display of color.

Green Christmas Tree: In the corner of Martha's green room in her Bedford, New York home, a glittering tree welcomes guests.

On the grounds of her Bedford, New York home, giant kugel balls hang from the branches of the farm's old apple tree, which is strung with white lights; a mixed-greenery wreath adorns the corn crib.

These basewood buildings, displayed at Martha's home in Maine, are painted to look old and weathered. Birch twigs make door and window frames, and the church even has birch doorknobs. Three houses and the church are shingled with pinecone scales, while the rear house has a pine-needle roof. The ground is covered with moss and balsam sprigs; a little path, made from pink granite pebbles, rambles through the village.

Under Wraps: Holiday gifts are trapped beneath Victorian smoke bells in Martha's East Hampton, New York, home.

Shining Centerpiece: For a traditional English Christmas dinner at her home in East Hampton, New York, Martha decorates with silver fruits reflected in a Venetian-glass mirror.

Gilded Pinecones: Giant pinecones dipped in gold paint hang from Champagne-colored ribbons tied to polished brass sconces at Martha's Bedford, New York, home.

Festive Light: A French candelabra from the 1930s presides over the mantel in Martha's East Hampton, New York, home during the holidays.

Christmas Glow: Delicate beeswax candles are clipped on the the sturdier branches of Martha's Christmas tree in Seal Harbor, Maine. They are only lit when people are in the room.

Evergreen Tree: This light green tree, shown in the green room of Martha's Bedford, New York, home, is not vintage but is several years old. It's decorated with silver and green ornaments and a tree topper made from tinsel stars. The base is covered with a coil of beaded garland.

The holiday table at Martha's East Hampton, New York, house. The branch is embedded in a large, heavy floral frog, placed in an antique footed bowl, surrounded with green floral foam (oasis), and covered with moss. Polystyrene fruits are wrapped in mint- and teal-green metallic leaf, and they are tied to the branches with silver ribbon. Delicate silver leaves, which are glued to the branches, glimmer in the candlelight.

At Martha's East Hampton, New York, home on Lily Pond Lane, she sets a simple elegant holiday table decorated in soft pinks and silvers rather than red and green.

Martha and her niece Kristina wrap presents and trim the small spruce.

In Martha's former home, Turkey Hill, a small spruce is placed on a table and decorated with green glass balls, eggshell ornaments in shimmering gold tones, and wheat decorations that have been given a burnished glow using metallic powders in a range of hues, from light copper to a deep verdigris.

  • Betty Riordan

    @ In Poland ornaments are fashioned from straw to symbolize thanksgiving for the harvest and hope for good things in the coming year. Eggs represent the promise of future prosperity.

Table Trimmings: For Christmas Eve dinner at Skylands, Martha's Seal Harbor, Maine, home, the table is set for six with Art Deco cranberry-glass stemware and American sterling flatware. Italian 17th-century chairs with silk velvet cushions are poised at either side of the table. The Venetian-print tablecloth has Victorian-style gold thread trim.

This modern tree, which has been placed in Martha's Bedford, New York living room in years past, has lots of full boughs, allowing for many ornaments. Standing in a faux-bois basin filled with deer moss and mushroom ornaments, it's trimmed with owls, polar bears, acorns, pinecones, silver and bronze balls, and more mushrooms.

At Skylands, Martha's Seal Harbor, Maine, retreat, the porch is trimmed with a garland and giant wreath, studded with gold and natural pinecones, and tied with a gold ribbon bow. Pink rose hips adorn the garland.

Rustic Holiday Touches: The mantel and tree at Martha's Seal Harbor, Maine, home are decorated with pinecone garlands and ornaments. The beautiful hand-blown glass balls on the table near the sofa are old fishing buoys, which Martha collects. The stockings are made from ingrain carpet remnants.

Faux Silver Tree: This tabletop tree stands on Martha's kitchen counter at her home in Bedford, New York. It's placed in a large, ruffled galvanized-metal tray that's filled with artificial snow and finished with a still-life scene of deer figurines.

Machine Embroidery: Martha's sewing machine is hooked up to a computer, which reads a CD-ROM of patterns that she purchased and translates them into thread, as on this set of napkins.

Thin metal shelves slide out easily on old-fashioned bird's beak supports (the small notches on the sides), giving Martha easy access to papers in a range of colors.

Organizers for Paper and Fabric: Flat-file drawers house fabrics and papers sorted by color and type -- in this case, cotton fabrics, both vintage and new, which Martha buys whenever she spots ones she likes.


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