Martha Stewart hits back at ‘harsh judgment’ of Maine summer house decor

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Martha Stewart is clapping back at the haters who called her home in Maine “bland.”

“I rarely read all the comments that come in after I post but because I was so happy at the transformation of my Maine living room I did go through many of the comments and was surprised at the harsh judgment so many displayed !!!” she wrote via Instagram Wednesday.

The former “Martha Stewart Show” host originally shared several snaps of the three main living rooms in her home, telling fans that she and her crew of helpers “spent three hours moving out the old furniture and putting in the new [pieces].”

Martha Stewart clapped back at the “harsh” comments she received about her Maine home’s decorations. Martha Stewart / Instagram
Stewart posted pictures from her living rooms and “was surprised at the harsh judgment so many displayed !!!” Martha Stewart / Instagram

Stewart, 82, defended her design choices and said she was “pleased” how it all turned out – despite not having a “professional” help her decorate.

“It was an attempt to change quickly and efficiently,” she further explained in her post.

“Making a house a home, or a room a beautiful livable space takes a lot more than three hours. Of course there will be color, plants, mirrors, a new rug or two and other art and objects Stay tuned!!!!”

“It was an attempt to change quickly and efficiently,” she explained. Instagram/@marthastewart48
The lifestyle influencer wrote the post after initially posting pictures from her newly refurnished living rooms. Martha Stewart/Instagram

In her original post debuting the look of the new living rooms on Instagram, Stewart also gushed over the Hamptons home on Lily Pond Lane she was once owned but sold in 2021.

“We switched the living room from grey blue upholstery to a creamy pale buttery yellow ( all the yellow came from lily pond lane which I sold two years ago!),” she told fans. “The library is much more comfortable now and the faux Bois table is now the card table I love the rustic yet elegant charm of this lovely 1925 house.”

The photos showed different angles of one long living room that featured brown wooden walls and beige furniture. In the center of the big living room, a beige leather couch faced two cream chairs and a black bench with a black coffee table in the front of the two seating areas.

“We switched the living room from grey blue upholstery to a creamy pale buttery yellow,” she wrote in the original post. Martha Stewart / Instagram
The three rooms all featured beige furniture and dark wooden furniture. Martha Stewart / Instagram

One side of the wall was painted cream with brown wooden crowning with a fireplace in the center. She decorated the wall with several drawings of birds hung individually in black frames.

There were two other similar setups in the long living room that featured several large windows to let in the light and views from her sprawling green yard.

A second living room featured a similar furniture color scheme with more light gray wooden pieces and tall plants.

The first living room included two different seating areas with similarly arranged couches and chairs. Martha Stewart / Instagram
One side of the long living room faced her backyard. Martha Stewart / Instagram

The third room resembled the first two with two cream couches, matching chairs, a brown coffee table and a dark brown desk.

Stewart quickly received an influx of mixed comments on the designs –– with some praising her old school look and others comparing it to a “furniture showroom.”

“Doesn’t look homey and inviting. Looks more like a furniture showroom than a home. Sad to see,” someone wrote.

The second room had similar cream furniture. Martha Stewart / Instagram
She also added light gray wooden accents. Martha Stewart / Instagram
The third room looked slightly darker with the brown wooden walls. Martha Stewart / Instagram

“Hate to say it… but I will. It doesn’t look like there is 1 comfortable chair…. The colors are so bland. Doesn’t look like a home, it looks like a very masculine men’s club lobby. I guess if you’re happy with it, that’s all that matters,” another person commented.

“Yuck. It looks like a Marriott suite living room in 1987,” one person shared.

“Not your best work. It feels empty like no soul empty,” someone commented.

Stewart’s post quickly received both praise and criticism. Instagram/@marthastewart48
“Stunning! The buttery yellow brings in a bright, fresh look into the room. Very elegant looking Martha. I’m sure you will enjoy it,” one user gushed. Martha Stewart/Instagram

“OMG @marthastewart48 I have so missed your interior decorating segments. YES YES YES to all of this,” one fan wrote.

“Such a beautiful and historical home. A gem,” another person added.

“Stunning! The buttery yellow brings in a bright, fresh look into the room. Very elegant looking Martha. I’m sure you will enjoy it,” a fan commented.


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