At this time, Stewart began to hone and develop her business skills. In 1967, she became a stockbroker. She was very successful until she left the profession in 1973, in order to focus more time on her daughter and restoring her new home in Connecticut. It has been suggested that a scandal involving the furniture company Levitz may have contributed to her decision to leave the firm of Monness, Horstman, Williams & Sidel. Several principals at the firm allegedly received kickbacks from Levitz for selling stock in the financially troubled company.
Stewart and her husband moved to Westport, Connecticut, where they decided to settle down and make a home for their family. They purchased and undertook a massive restoration of the 1805 farmhouse, Turkey Hill, that would later become the model for the set of the Martha Stewart Living television program. Stewart and her husband undertook the entire venture by themselves. During the project, Martha’s passion for restoring and decorating became apparent. Stewart's mother now occupies Turkey Hill, while Stewart currently lives at her new home in Bedford, New York.
In 1976 Stewart started a catering business in her basement with a friend, and later business partner, from college. The venture quickly became very successful, and when her partner soured on working with Stewart, who was becoming increasingly perfectionist, Stewart bought her portion of the business. Stewart opened a retail store, where she sold her home entertainment kits.
From there, word spread of her skills and business grew rapidly. Shortly thereafter, Martha received a publishing deal to write a book on catering. She co-authored a best-selling book, Entertaining, with long-time fashion maven Elizabeth Hawes.
Rise to fame and career名利双收
Entertaining quickly became a success. Soon thereafter she produced dozens of books, newspaper columns, and other pieces on homemaking, and made several television appearances on programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show. She eventually became the spokesperson for K-Mart, specifically for the home department. She divorced her husband in 1990; Stewart's successful book, Weddings, was released that same year.