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Martha Stewart's Historic Summer Retreat is as Classically Beautiful as You'd Imagine

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Photo by  <a href="http://www.pieterestersohn.com/">Pieter Estersohn</a> via <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/decor/2015-07/martha-stewart-skylands-maine-homes-article">Architectural Digest</a>
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In case you were wondering where decor queen and drone enthusiast Martha Stewart goes for the summer, the latest issue of Architectural Digest holds the answers. Over on Maine's Mount Desert Island, Stewart takes AD inside Skylands, her '20s stone-built retreat originally belonging to auto exec Edsel Ford. In 1997, Stewart purchased the three-story home with most of the original accoutrements still in place, including the Fords' silver, glassware, china, and linen. But Martha, being Martha, had to add a bit of her own touch. Collaborating with Kevin Sharkey, the executive editorial editor at her shelter magazine Martha Stewart Living, Stewart introduced eclectic details such as repurposed benches, Victorian papier-mâché chairs, gilded tables, and chromolithographs of regional birds.

Designed by architect Duncan Candler, the home sits on 63 acres and is surrounded by the divine work of Danish-American landscape designer Jens Jensen. Stewart, who spends most of July and August and various long weekends at Skylands, calls it her "favorite place." AD has the full story and more photos.

· Martha Stewart Opens the Doors to Her Historic Maine Estate [Architectural Digest]
· Drone Queen Martha Stewart Champions 'Artisanal' 3D-Printing [Curbed]
· Come Stroll Through Martha Stewart's Utterly Perfect Gardens [Curbed]