Book Notes: The World According to Martha Stewart

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]

The World According to Martha Stewart by Bill Adler

Introduction

*Like Oprah andCher, needs only be called by her first name

*Hallmark characteristics

*Drive for perfection

*Pride in accomplishments

On Herself

*“What I try to do every single day is learn. I learned that from Barnard.”

On Fans

On Her Critics

On Customers

On Being a Perfectionist

On Entertaining

On Decorating

*“Edit. Decide what you really want in a room. Don’t get cluttered.”

On Holidays

On Fashion

*“Buttons are the fossils of the sartorial world, enduring long past the garments they were designed to hold together.”

On Food

*“The dining room is a defunct room in the house these days. People eat in the kitchen.”

On Style

On Weddings

*“The cake defines the style of the wedding almost as much as the bride’s dress.”

On Her Business Philosophy

*There’s very little patience for failure.”

On Branding

On the Internet

*“There is no such thing as an instant business.”

On Kmart

*“How else could I reach 77 million people.”

On Her Magazine

*“There is always room for another good thing.”

On Fame

On Home

*“Home is where we live. It’s where we do most of our thinking, eating, also practice most of our hobbies.”

On Marriage

On Pets

On Family

On Household Chores

*“I want to elevate the role of the homemaker to a higher level. Homemaking shouldn’t be a drudgery.”

*“Some people don’t know how to take care of their houses anymore. Mothers forgot to teach the new generation.”

On Some Pet Peeves

On the Stock Market

On the Inclone Debacle

*“I want to finish my salad!”

On Serving Time

*“Wished to be in a prison near her home so her mother could come and visit.”

*“I don’t really miss material things at all. It was kinds of nice having a rest from material things.”

*“I didn’t miss cappuccino. I missed the idea of cappuccino.”

On Her Deal with Sirius

On Television and Her TV Show

*“There is a hope on the part of Mark Burnett, my executive producer, that my sense of humor will come out a bit more.”

On Other People

What Other People say about Martha

*“Perfectionism is her greatest strength and greatest weakness.”

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