Alt NYC – A Look Inside Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Studios

Welcome to the inside of Martha Stewart Headquarters in New York City!  Here is a snapshot peek at some inspiring and interesting aspects that make up the Martha Stewart empire.  I was told there are about 500 employees in the building, and it was pretty amazing to see so many people working so diligently to make every detail you see spectacular.

On the ninth floor, a long hallway of bookshelves filled with every cookbook imaginable leads to the test kitchens.

The books are all labeled and organized by genre, of course!

This is the test kitchen for Martha Stewart Living and is the largest, while the one for Everyday Food is smaller and next door.

If you look closely, you can see the back of Lucinda Scala Quinn, of “Mad Hungry” fame.  She is the Executive Food Director at Martha Stewart, and actually spoke at the conference, a real treat.

This is where my heart started beating fast – the Prop Room.  This is where they pull things from for magazine shoots, sets for the Martha Stewart Show, etc.

I heard a few people got shooed out of this area later on in the day.  I must have gotten lucky – the person there at the time was very gracious.  I asked if they accept temporary tenants – “not at this time”, she said.

I want this whole clock collection for my living room.  Love them!

Thursday evening, we attended a rooftop party at the studios so we had to walk through all of the offices to get there.  It was so interesting to see the spaces creating the Martha Stewart magazines you buy at the store!

A lot of the boards looked like this.  Rumored to be the holiday issues.

I fell in love with this petite set of books in one office.  I was told who the office belonged to, and now I can’t remember!  Her job title made sense when you connected her and this beautiful shelf of books, but I am still drawing a blank.  Hmmm…must find these books!

There were several beautiful collage boards.  I wonder if this is an in-office competition.

This gorgeous large board belonged to Darcy Miller, the lovely Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings.  She was probably the most gracious of anyone I met from the MS franchise.  Welcoming us into her office, answering questions, encouraging our pictures, and all of our hopes and dreams.

A wall of Martha Stewart Food magazine covers tiled one wall of their main office area.

Then we headed down a long hallway full of inspirational quotes, a creed of sorts for Martha Stewart and Company.

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Photo by Justin Hackworth

The party was so much fun, I was one of the last ones to leave.  Oh, and the food they served us?  To. die. for.  More to come on that tomorrow!

2 Responses to “Alt NYC – A Look Inside Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Studios”

  1. Kelly September 8, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    How incredibly inspiring! So glad you got to go so you could bring back your seeds of knowledge to plant throughout this blog!

    • Grace September 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Me too, KK! I’ve been back two weeks, and I still feel all tingly. :)