It's no surprise that lil Jude Stewart's first birthday celebration wasn't filled with the typical smash cake and bumbling clown. When you're Martha Stewart's first (and only) grandaughter, your party is sure to take a more sophisticated route (just peeking into the tot's Arctic-inspired bedroom and a colorful playroom is proof enough that things are different there). So when it came time to plan Alexis Stewart's daughter's first birthday — just two days after she welcomed her son, Truman — Grandma put her special spin on it and created a whimsical stuffed-animal-themed party at one of the family's favorite NYC restaurants, Perry Street. Keep reading to see all the details woven into Jude's sweet birthday luncheon.
When your grandmother is Martha Stewart (shh, don't call her Grandma, though), you can rest assured that your bedroom and playroom are more than just spaces to throw a few toys. Jude and Truman Stewart, 17- and 5 months old, respectively, are living the high life in a serene NYC triplex that their mom, Alexis Stewart, decorated as an urban oasis. An entire floor is devoted to her daughter and son, including an Arctic-inspired bedroom and a colorful playroom that is packed with wooden toys. In true Stewart form, both rooms are not only beautiful, but also practical, with furniture that can stay with the kids well past their infant and toddler stages.
Alexis's entire apartment is unveiled in the September issue of Martha Stewart Living, but Kevin Sharkey, the executive editorial director of decorating for the magazine, gave us a sneak peek into the tots' living space and some tips that we can incorporate into our own kids' rooms.
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On the Today show this morning, Savannah Guthrie peppered Alexis Stewart, Martha Stewart's daughter, with questions about "controversial" quotes from her new book Whateverland: Learning to Live Here. "Martha does everything better! You can't win! I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head . . . If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again. So I learned quickly," read one passage. Alexis responded defensively, saying it was supposed to be funny and that she doesn't have an issue with her mom's perfectionism.
If Alexis doesn't want to get into any drama with her mama, there was some serious tension between Alexis and her cowriter and former best friend, Jennifer Koppelman Hutt. Sitting next to each other on the couch, the two awkwardly discussed their "friend breakup," while avoiding eye contact. When asked about writing "I love getting rid of friends. It's so much fun," in her book, Alexis cooly answered, "If you want to punish somebody, never talking to them again is a really good method." Jennifer on the other hand, said she loves Alexis and it was clear she would be friends with her if Alexis would take her back. Watch part of the uncomfortable interview below. Have you ever had a similar friend breakup?