Craft Critique Meets Martha Stewart: Part Two: The Offices

What could be more exciting than meeting Martha Stewart?  How about a tour of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Offices?  Yes please!  Editor Jodi Levine and Deputy Design Director Megen Lee were happy to show us around!

Dana, Sarah and Simone glow in front of the Martha Logo!

We were delighted back in November to be asked to join MSLO editors Jodi Levine and Hannah Milman in the Caribbean to test run the new Martha Stewart Craft Studio classes by Beaches resorts.  Now we are happy to call them friends in craft. So when we visited New York for a show taping, they graciously invited us for a tour of the offices to see where the magic happens!

There was a lot we were not allowed to snap pictures of: the individual offices, including Martha’s clean glass office, the yummy smelling test kitchens, the dozens of inspiration boards all over the building… but we were bestowed the honor of being allowed in the prop room, with cameras!

A place for everything, and everything in it’s place!

This is the room where all the props are curated.  There is a small staff that oversees this office, and we imagine they must always be dusting and organizing.  When Martha says, “Bring me that jadeite cake stand that we used on the cover in March of ’93,” they know exactly where that cake stand is!

It was so fun seeing items we remembered from the magazine!

We think that many of you would pay actual cash money for a trip to the prop room… we know we were overwhelmed!

Candlestick anyone?
Christian didn’t touch a thing.  We swear!

A duvet for every day!

Simone chills out with some colorful glass!

Look!  Drawers full of linens!

Ooh! Ahh!

Cake Stands for everyone!

The mixing bowl and canister department
Jodi shows off a wall of walls!

Everything accomplished at MSLO happens here, the editing of the TV shows, the content of each magazine, testing recipes, designing products for Macy’s and developing new crafts products.  We even got to see (hush-hush) new stamping products in the works.  We were so impressed with the hands-on approach and the real ownership each staff member seems to take over their area of expertise.

Jodi Levine, Simone Collins, Dana Vitek, Sarah Moore, Megen Lee and Christian Tamez

They’ve shared some wonderful stories with us about what it’s like to work at MSLO.  Did you know there are only about 600 employees in the MSLO family?  Most employees wear multiple hats and seem to really love the work environment.  The open layout makes it possible for someone working on designing a new craft tool to just jog over to the design department to grab a color swatch, or for the cooks to get opinions on a new recipe.  What a dream environment to work in!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this fun peek into the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia offices.  Later this week we will be sneak peeking some new products and beautiful samples being debut on HSN!  We know things!  Shh!!

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2 Responses to Craft Critique Meets Martha Stewart: Part Two: The Offices

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    Karen March 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Looks like you had a great time!!!

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    Susan April 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes!