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.
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.
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.
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.
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.