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A Behind-the-Scenes Peek at “Board Games”

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Did you see the beautiful cheese plates that Martha and others created for the latest issue of Living? I recently collaborated with the digital team on my own take: a roundup of the finest boards on the market, decked out with flavorful accessories from Murray’s Cheese. It was a joy to work with friends new and old, and I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot. Enjoy!

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We had done our homework, as you can see from this giant inspiration board.

1 We had done our homework, as you can see from this giant inspiration board.

There were plenty of hands-on challenges, though. We were stumped over what to do with this hunk of Le Chevre Noir.

2 There were plenty of hands-on challenges, though. We were stumped over what to do with this hunk of Le Chevre Noir.

So sculptural.

3 So sculptural.

Thomas did some artful deconstruction and was instrumental in the selection of cheeses and their pairings.

4 Thomas did some artful deconstruction and was instrumental in the selection of cheeses and their pairings.

Mike, the photographer, made a few tweaks of his own.

5 Mike, the photographer, made a few tweaks of his own.

…And check out the after! I love having friends who are food stylists.

6 …And check out the after! I love having friends who are food stylists.

Sarah also stopped by to work her magic on an agate board topped with Cremont.

7 Sarah also stopped by to work her magic on an agate board topped with Cremont.

I never would have thought to stack the crackers that way. It was a total game-changer.

8 I never would have thought to stack the crackers that way. It was a total game-changer.

Working with my talented friends is one of the best parts of my job.

9 Working with my talented friends is one of the best parts of my job.

A gorgeous smoked cheese wrapped in maple leaves was a perfect match for this wooden board from Martha’s line at Macy’s.

10 A gorgeous smoked cheese wrapped in maple leaves was a perfect match for this wooden board from Martha’s line at Macy’s.

We decided that just one of these beauties could hold its own.

11 We decided that just one of these beauties could hold its own.

And of course, samples abounded. Let’s just say none of us went hungry.

12 And of course, samples abounded. Let’s just say none of us went hungry.

Can’t wait to share the rest of our picks with you soon!

13 Can’t wait to share the rest of our picks with you soon!

All photos by Janelle Jones

Behind the Scenes at Martha Stewart Living: Prop Library

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One of my very favorite parts of this office is the prop library. I could spend hours in there just admiring all of the objects that Martha and all the stylists here have collected over the years. I couldn't begin to count the number of pieces we have there –– we've amassed all manner of objects and homewares, all organized by item type and color, cataloged, and stocked on metal racks. There is a bar code system to track and inventory each item, and employees have to sign out pieces in order to use them in photo shoots or television segments. In other words, the space is a literal library, with two librarians who help us find the items we need and keep things in order.

I thought I'd take you all on a little tour of the prop house and document just how colorful and inspiring this tiny corner of our office is. Enjoy your sneak peek into the world of props!

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Dishes in nearly every style and hue line the shelves of this aisle.

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Textiles are organized by type and color. Here is an entire wall of napkins in different shades.

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Filing cabinets hold drawers upon drawers of silver. These three drawers contain contemporary and modern silverware, knives and spoons with decorative beveled edges, and sets with a beaded pattern around their handles.

More Behind the Scenes

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Today, I wanted to post even more behind-the-scenes photos from my column in the September issue of Living, which is out on newsstands now. This month, I'm sharing my favorite New York City design shops with you, including Ankasa, Wyeth, and L. Becker Flowers. Take a look at some of the photos that you won't see in the magazine from my shoot at Wyeth . . .

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I love everything in the store, located in New York City's SoHo neighborhood.

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I liked these nested bowls.

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Wyeth is curated much like a museum. Every last detail is considered, right down to the vintage fondue sets, still in their original boxes.

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Another chair—this one mid-century modern—that I think is quite attractive.