By Lucy Searle
As the UK’s first-ever home interest magazine, Homes & Gardens has been shaping British style for 100 years.
Our core pillars are inspirational interiors, stylish decorating, beautiful gardens and fascinating stories. With the values of timeless style and considered elegance at our heart, we show an affection for heritage whilst also championing the future, from emerging designers to latest trends.
Every month, the print edition features fabulous houses, seasonal ideas, desirable products, designer sources and insider insight.
Our website brings all our beautiful content online, with a focus on stunning room ideas, while you can join our social community for the latest news, moments of seasonal beauty and a glimpse behind the scenes.
Meet the team
Of course, we've assembled a crack team of experts in their fields to deliver all this stunning inspiration to you, and we'd love to introduce them...
Lucy Searle, Editor in Chief
I have written about interiors, property and gardens since 1990 when I started my first job at a magazine for the over 50s (that age seemed a long way off back then, and people were still regarded as old... an attitude that seems particularly alien now).
I spent the early part of my career working my way around the homes departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-nineties. I was houses editor on Your Home, associate editor on Ideal Home, and launch editor of 4Homes for Channel 4.
I took a short break to have my second daughter, and was then invited to launch and run Channel 4's flagship website, Channel4.com/4homes where, for five years, I worked closely with the channel's talent, including Gordon Ramsay, Kevin McCloud, Phil and Kirstie, Sarah Beeny and George Clarke, among others. From there, I launched my own social media business and continued to write for websites and interiors magazines.
In 2018, I was invited to take on the role of global editor in chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. When Future Publishing took over Time Inc, I was asked to repeat the success of Realhomes.com at Homes & Gardens – taking the website from a small concern to a global audience. I have also taken on the editorship of the magazine, which is a real honour – it's a title I've loved for years. Rest assured, I will continue to evolve the magazine as we rethink how we live in our homes, post-pandemic.
On a personal level, I love to travel – having studied languages at uni I've travelled extensively (and sometimes recklessly, now I look back). I've owned a property in the Old Town in Dubrovnik, Croatia for many years, which is my ideal spot to spend some down time. But, with two children and a dog, skipping off on a trip isn't that easy – and Covid hasn't helped. So, instead I turn my energies to tending my Edwardian home in London, a seemingly never-ending project, with a garden that I never quite gain control of.
Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director
I am Editorial Director of Homes & Gardens, Livingetc and 25 Beautiful Homes, and I am very passionate about creating beautiful multi-platform brands that deliver engaging editorial content to their audiences.
Although my background is words - I trained in magazine journalism at City University following a masters in English Literature at Edinburgh University – I am a visual person and have a strong opinion on creative direction. Prior to this position, I was working on Livingetc, as Deputy Editor and director of the Style team.
In my role, I work across all our content pillars, so it would be impossible to pick out any one subject as my speciality. I will say that personal experience of complex interiors projects has honed my expertise. I think it’s quite hard to write authoritatively about a design challenge until you’ve faced it!
I love Golborne Road for antiques and vintage finds – particularly Phoenix on Golborne. Jess stocks fabulous original European lighting from early 1900s. I like the lifestyle products and accessories in The Conran Shop, particularly the kitchenalia and linens. All the furniture made by Carl Hansen & Son is divine; I feel a frisson of joy every single time I sit in one of my Colonial armchairs. Fashion-wise, it’s the small boutiques on Westbourne Grove. And Smallable, Stella McCartney Kids and Caramel for my little girl.
Rose Uniake inspires me; she has a delightful touch. I like the playfulness of rooms by interior designers Beata Heumen and Sophie Ashby. In fact, I have something of an army of design heroes. I like Joseph Dirand, Jacques Granges, Hans Wenger... I love art by Chagall and Howard Hodgkin.
I don’t like a lot of stuff or clutter – I like simple, well-curated rooms with a few very beautiful pieces of furniture or details. I believe it’s important to give items space.
Rhoda Parry: Editorial Director
With over 30 years of working in journalism on women's home and lifestyle media brands, Rhoda Parry is the Editorial Director, Homes Content, at Future. She is the Team Content Lead for the UK’s leading homes and gardens portfolio including Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Livingetc, Ideal Home, Style at Home, Woman & Home, 25 Beautiful Homes, Amateur Gardening and Easy Gardens. Her 22-strong team comprises best-in-the-business editors, writers and stylists that plan and produce content from print to digital, syndication to commercial.
Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor
Hello. I am the Digital Editor of Homes & Gardens online. My adoration and love for interiors started many years ago, and before starting this position I had completed various short courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes, Country Homes & Interiors, and Style at Home.
When the opportunity to work on such a prestigious, influential brand came up, I just couldn't pass up on the offer. Homes & Gardens is the most beautiful and inspirational home interiors magazine, and what better year to launch than during its glorious centenary year.
I absolutely adore Rockett St George for eclectic, quirky finds that are guaranteed to make a statement. And, Liberty London for beautiful fabrics, high-end fashion and luxury beauty.
I also collect fashion illustrations; Blair Breitenstein, Rosie McGuinness, Cecilia Carlstedt and Manuel Santelices are my go-to artists. And, I have recently fallen head over heels for Fabled Thread Embroidery Kits. Though my sewing skills leave much to be desired.
I have always admired the work of florists Aesme. The sisters create unique whimsical arrangements using home-grown and foraged flowers and foliage. Another favourite is Lucinda Oakes. Her paintings and hand-crafted silks are simply magical.
Botanical and animal motif designs are personal favorites of mine. Imagine living in a house where the décor makes you feel like you are on holiday all the time? Dreamy!
My perfect space would be a grand Georgian property somewhere in the South of the country. Georgian homes are some of the most desirable properties on the market, and it is easy to see why. It is an architectural style that I admire greatly.
In terms of design, my style varies wildly from anywhere between elegant, classic design to modern, farmhouse simplicity. If I could give one piece of renovation advice, it would be to stay true to your buildings' roots. I think it is hugely important to pay homage to your existing structure – and make the most of original features –in a sympathetic way. If I could pick one interior designer to redo my home, it would be Beata Heuman. Her classic yet quirky interiors is unparalleled.
Laura Crombie: Brand Development Editor
My favourite pastime when I was little was drawing my dream home (complete with marble staircase, swimming pool and stables), so writing about property and interiors felt like my natural calling. En route to joining Real Homes, I was a newspaper reporter, Editor of a regional magazine, and Editorial Manager for a travel company (who doesn’t love a free holiday?). I started at Real Homes in 2015 as Deputy Editor and then become Editor before taking on my current position, which focuses on video and events. In case you’re wondering, I’m still waiting for that dream home... but these days I’d settle for a pantry and utility room over stables and a pool!
I’d like to say my interior style is simple and elegant, but since our baby daughter came along it’s more like a Worcestershire branch of Toys R Us (RIP). I love the textures and pared-back palette of Scandi interiors, but also like to experiment with colours inspired by nature, especially sea blues, foliage greens and sky greys. I think the secret to great style is investing in classic pieces of furniture and then adding colour and personality through artwork and accessories, but I won’t be achieving that until mini me leaves home sometime in her mid twenties.
Louise Roe: Contributing Editor
Louise Roe is a journalist and TV presenter specialising in fashion and lifestyle. She began her career writing for womens glossies including Elle, In Style and Vogue.com, before moving to Los Angeles. She stayed for 11 years, presenting MTV’s makeover show Plain Jane, and reporting from the red carpet at various awards shows, including the Oscars and Golden Globes.
Louise now lives in London with her husband and their two daughters, where they are currently renovating a townhouse. After beginning her Interior design-focused Instagram feed @LouiseRoeHome, decorating has become one of her favourite things to research and experiment with.
Marc Lupo: Contributing Editor
Marc Lupo is an entertainment writer, producer, and host. In addition to contributing to Homesandgardens.com, Marc serves as a weekly co-host for iHeart Radio's 'Naughty but Nice' podcast.
Throughout his career, Marc has conducted hundreds of interviews with celebrities including Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman, Natalie Portman, Kristen Bell, Zac Efron, Charlie Sheen, Mandy Moore, Lamar Odom, and Laura Dern.
A native New Yorker, Marc has covered some of entertainment's biggest events, including The Grammys, Met Gala, MTV’s Video Music Awards, VH1’s Trail Blazer Honors and Variety’s Women of Power luncheon. He was even in attendance when Cardi B threw her shoe at Nicki Minaj during a NYFW event held at The Plaza Hotel.
Marc is credited as a supervising producer and on-air contributor for several Us Weekly produced documentary specials including Luke Perry: In His Own Words, which aired on The Reelz Channel in spring 2019, and College Admissions Scandal: Varsity Blues which aired in winter 2020.
Marc's other work experiences include – The Wendy Williams Show, BET’s Wendy’s Style Squad, The Tyra Banks Show, The Nate Berkus Show, The Apprentice, Bravo’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, The Montel Williams Show and Live! With Regis and Kelly.
Lindsey Davis: Ecommerce editor-in-chief, Future Homes
I made my first foray into writing about homes seven years ago when I joined the Homebuilding & Renovating team as web editor. In 2015 I was asked to also look after Real Homes' predecessor Realhomesmagazine.co.uk and the Period Living website which has now found a new home on Homesandgardens.com. In 2020 we invited a host of successful interiors brands to join us here and Future and I now oversee product content for them all.
When I bought my first house seven years ago my love of interiors suddenly became a lot more hands on. It is an ongoing project but I have put our advice to good use, tiling a bathroom wall and converting my loft.
I love the simplicity and cosiness of Scandinavian interiors so most of my home is painted white and accessorised with textiles, wood and colourful accessories. That said, I am a big fan of dark inky colours, so painted a wall of my lounge the deepest, darkest green I could find (a low budget version of Farrow & Ball Studio Green). I live in a Victorian cottage so I have decorated in a way that lets the period features do the talking, without the place feeling like a living museum.
Rebecca Knight: News Editor
I'm the News Editor on Homes & Gardens covering everything from the common mistake you're making when decorating a room, to handy tips about how to sell your home to hunting down celebrity homes. I have been covering all things homes and gardening for two years across Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home. There isn't a single trend that passes without me knowing about it.
Ginevra Benedetti: Associate Editor
I'm the Associate Editor across the homes titles at Future and have worked for the majority of Britain’s monthly interiors titles, such as Ideal Home, Country Homes & Interiors and Livingetc, as well as for websites HomesandGardens.com and Gardeningetc.com.
I've written about every area of the home, indoors and out, from shopping and decorating, appliances and home tech, wallpaper and fabric, kitchens and bathrooms, even extensions and conversions.
Ailis Brennan, Digital Writer
Ailis started out at British GQ, where a month of work experience turned into 18 months of working on all sorts of projects, writing about everything from motorsport to interiors, and helping to put together the GQ Food & Drink Awards.
She then spent three years at the Evening Standard on the GO London team, covering restaurants and bars, and getting to eat and drink a veritable smorgasbord of wonderful things around the city. She left the paper in 2020 and went freelance, writing about food, drink and homes for publications including Conde Nast Traveller, Luxury London and Departures.
A little less than a year later, Ailish started at Homes & Gardens as a Digital Writer, allowing her to fully indulge her love of good interior design.
Jo Bailey: Shopping Editor, Homes & Gardens magazine
Jo is News & Shopping Editor across Homes & Gardens and Livingetc magazine. Before joining Future Plc, she worked as an interior stylist and set designer, specialising in editorial and commercial photo shoots as well as installations, exhibitions and events. Her background within this field means she has a particular interest in the creative ways to make a house a home, as well as hunting down the best places to source beautiful things.
Annie Collyer: UK Online Shopping Editor
I've been Shopping Editor at H&G's parent company, Future, for three years now. I spend a lot of my time testing products – often small appliances – but mostly I'm talking to industry experts, PRs and company marketing departments to try to ensure that we're always featuring the very best deals on all the products our readers would expect to see. As for my love of interiors, a couple of years ago I moved into a flat with my boyfriend and my love of all things decorating/DIY and smart home has grown from there. When I’m not shopping online for new homeware I’m usually snapping photos of my house for Instagram, or just *casually* moving furniture around.
My interior style is... white, always. My house has white walls, wooden flooring and pops of gold, black and wooden accessories, always paired with a statement colour. I usually go for mustard, but sometimes a deep red or maybe even a bright orange makes an appearance. I’m kind of obsessed with cushions and tend to over-purchase them, so my six seater sofa is basically impossible to fit on. I’d say my interior style overall is Scandinavian inspired with a dash of boho.
Jenny McFarlane: Senior Digital Editor, Future Homes
I'm Jenny McFarlane and I'm Senior Digital Editor working across Homes and Gardens, Livingetc, Ideal Home, Gardeningetc and Real Homes. I also work on the brands' homes video show, on the Future Homes Network, which is packed full of ideas to help you make the most of your home and garden.
My love of interior design began way back when I was, at a tender age, glued to Changing Rooms on BBC. Fast forward 10 years and I was studying for a degree in textiles at university.
After my degree, I lived and worked in the arts in Washington DC. On returning to the UK I kickstarted my career on women's and lifestyle titles such as InStyle, Red, Handbag.com, SUITCASE and LUXE City Guides. 5 years on and I was heading up the content strategy and digital presence on interiors brands Good Homes, Grand Designs and ICON.
When it comes to my home's style, I relish finding unique pieces and collecting wall art. I love finding bits that remind me of home (Ireland), places I've visited and things that inspire me or make me feel happy, interspersing them with photos of my favourite humans and postcards from here, there and everywhere.
I'm not interested in my home being really trendy but I want to be surrounded by gorgeous things that remind me of points in time or a good memory or somewhere I want to go. It's more connection for me than looking of-the-moment. Saying that, I pick up a lot of amazing bits and bobs from wonderful high street stores, like Zara Home, Anthropologie, Arket, Habitat, H&M Home, Rockett St George, Trouva... the list goes on...
On a personal note, I'm really into travelling the globe whenever I can and I have a baby daughter who keeps me on my toes, on the daily.
Millie Fender: Ecommerce Editor
I've been writing for Homes & Gardens since the beginning of 2021, covering all things product-related. A lover of al fresco dining, I'm always on the hunt for the best barbecues and pizza ovens for entertaining friends and family. I'm also a firm believer that everyone should have their own herb garden, and can often be found taming my over-zealous rosemary plant.
Caroline Preece: Ecommerce Editor
I have worked on Homes & Gardens with the ecommerce team since the start of 2021, bringing my background in technology and enthusiasm for interior design with me. I’m passionate about incorporating smart devices into the home without compromising on style, and my own interior design style has evolved over the years to reflect this.
I work across the site on reviews and buying guides, offering expertise on all of the devices and gadgets that readers might want to try out in their space, all whilst hunting for the perfect smart speaker for every room of my own home.
Brittany Romano: US Online Shopping Editor
My first job right after college was as an intern for Kelly Cutrone at People's Revolution, where I learned how to market brands and strike emotions within consumers. Once leaving there — and a few quick stints at MLBAM and the Weinstein Company – I landed at Marie Claire as a marketing assistant. There I discovered my distinct eye and how to cater to different products to specifically targeted demographics.
I continued working my way up the ladder, landing a role as an Editorial Coordinator at Penske Media Company, later leaving to join AMI as a Content Creator. There, I worked alongside all of their top-performing brands including U.S. Weekly and Men's Journal (to name a few). In 2019, at the Awin and ShareASale's ThinkTank 2019 Network Awards, I took home the award for 'Content Strategy of the Year,' after a wildly successful partnership with Allbirds.
Following all of that excitement – and joining Business Insider's team as a contributor – I exited the AMI brands and joined Future as their new U.S. Shopping Editor.
Jaclyn Turner, US Online eCommerce Editor
I officially joined the Homes & Gardens team in January 2021 to manage buying guide content in the US, keeping tabs on what’s new and amazing, and trying those products out too to make recommendations about our top picks. As a savvy, price-conscious shopper myself, I always focus on both quality and value, with a discerning approach. I’ve previously worked on the commerce teams with Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, covering everything from major sales to new product launches. I credit my love of shopping and design to my mother, who really helped develop those habits at an early age, and now I get to make a living out of it… what could be better?
Megan Slack: News writer
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles, including Homes&Gardens, Livingetc, and Real Homes. Megan joined the team after a background in news at The Telegraph after completing her MA. She has experience in fashion, travel, and lifestyle journalism, working as Contributing Editor for a gallery-owned magazine after living and working for digital platforms in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about the latest trends and style pieces.
Megan's interior style is based around vintage pieces - she loves discovering antique gems, including her beloved typewriter. Her decor is also largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
Anna Cottrell: Online Consumer Editor
I moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space three years ago. I've always been interested in how people make houses into homes, and how our concepts of what's stylish change over time.
On H&G, I specialise in writing about property – buying, selling, renting, mortgages – sustainability and eco issues. These are areas that really interest me and I love nothing more than getting to the nitty gritty of a difficult subject. I rent my home and am always looking at ways to make it cosy without having to do major DIY.
Jennifer Oksien: Online Appliances Editor
In 2014 I secured the role as a Website Copy Producer for John Lewis (now John Lewis & Partners) in London. It was here that I made the break into tech and appliances; writing those product descriptions we heavily rely on for making informed purchase decisions, and an array of supporting editorial to help narrow down the choices.
After a few years I moved on to dip my toes in life at Future, then manage a small team in a B2B organisation, only to boomerang back to Future and what I love doing; writing about appliances and mattresses. It was meant to be. And the difference with this role as Appliances Editor is that I can put those products I write about to the test so our readers (and I) can buy with confidence when kitting out the home.
Vivienne Ayers: Houses Editor
Interiors have always been my passion – I’ve been through (and tried!) it all, from Changing Rooms brights to Scandi whites.
After studying English at Leeds University, I moved south and my first jobs were at the Financial Times, followed by Radio Times. I did an interior design course and then landed a job on Homes & Gardens (ironically I’m back there now), before working on other mags such as Country Living, House Beautiful and Ideal Home.
I’ve always loved reader homes and got a thrill from spotting an amazing house that I knew would be perfect for a magazine (I have been known to knock on the doors of houses with curb appeal!), so I moved from being a chief sub editor to a role as a houses editor, combining my writing and editing skills with styling and art directing on shoots.
I’ve worked on Country Homes & Interiors for 15 years now, before returning to Homes & Gardens when I took on the houses editor role there three years ago.
What I love most is travelling around the country to shoots and meeting some fabulous people, all of whom I’ve wanted to stay friends with (although they might have been glad to see the back of me!), as well as being inspired by all the fabulous interiors I’ve seen, from modern country barns to elegant townhouses. It really is my dream job.
Teresa Conway: Gardening Editor
I was part of a team which launched Easy Gardens magazine two years ago and I continue to edit it today. I am also the Gardens Editor on Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Ideal Home and Style At Home so I am lucky enough to see and write about gardening across all sizes, budgets and abilities.
What I am most passionate about when it comes to gardening are the positive effects it has on our mental health to grow and care for plants. Keeping our patches alive with greenery is great for the environment too and help provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Finally, I find it to be such a wonderful opportunity to tap into my creative side and I love the feeling that I am crafting a space which has a life of its own. Audrey Hepburn summed gardening up perfectly when she said - 'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow'.
Melanie Griffiths: Editor, Period Living
As editor of Period Living, Britain's best-selling period homes magazine, and H&G's sister title, I love the charm of older properties. I live in a rural village just outside the Cotswolds in the UK, so am lucky to be surrounded by beautiful homes and countryside, where I enjoy exploring.
I am passionate about characterful interiors and heritage-inspired designs, but I am equally fascinated by a house's architectural elements – if I spot an elegant original sash window or intricate stained-glass front door, it fills my heart with joy. It's so important to me that original features are maintained and preserved for future generations to enjoy. My other passion is my garden, and I am slowly building up my planting knowledge, and becoming more confident at experimenting with growing my own.
As well as editing Period Living, I am also co-editing the Country channel of Homes & Gardens. In my previous roles, I have worked on Real Homes and Homebuilding & Renovating, wiriting about modern design and architecture, so my experience is broad – but my heart belongs to period homes.
Pippa Blenkinsop: Style Editor, Period Living
Lover of all things vintage, floral and country, Pippa has been working in interiors media for 10 years. A graduate of Art History, and Style Editor for Period Living magazine, she is also a contributing editor to H&G. Pippa is a nostalgic soul who is passionate about historic architecture and traditional craftsmanship. When she's writing about homes and gardens you'll find her pottering on her Gloucestershire allotment, Pippa's Plot, where she grows flowers for styling her own home and interiors shoots.
Linda Clayton: Contributing Editor
I graduated from Cardiff University with a First in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting and, after a very short and very stressful court reporting post, decided hard news, death and tragedy was not for me.
My love for interiors began when I bought my first utter wreck of a home two decades ago, and I soon realised writing about fabric and fridges would make me far happier. I’ve been working for Homes & Gardens, then sister-brands Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Homes, since 2006.
I’ve covered all manner of interiors topics but kitchens and bathrooms are my Mastermind subjects. I cut my interiors teeth on a trade title for the kitchen and bathroom industry, gadding about Europe to tour the manufacturing facilities of all the major brands. There’s not much I don’t know about carcase construction or the ins and outs of water pressure.
The late Mark Wilkinson OBE was (and still is) my all-time design hero. He was extremely talented, a genius really, but also so generous with his time. His love of fine wine and gourmet food (not to mention culinary skills) pretty much sealed my adoration.
For homewares my go-to shop has to be Nkuku, and not just because, like me, they’re based in Devon. They support small, artisan trades globally and have a magical store and cafe near Totnes that is impossible to leave without something new, handcrafted and utterly gorgeous. I also just bought some lights from newcomer Houseof (houseof.com) and was seriously impressed by their quality and design flair, especially given their price tag.
I’m definitely more minimalist than maximalist – too much 'stuff' makes me anxious – but I’m always striving for a homely home. Currently on my fourth utter wreck of a home, ‘building site chic’ is probably the most accurate description right now.
Sarah Warwick: Contributing Editor
Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have.
She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper.
For H&G, Sarah writes features about interior design.
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Yvette Filer: Contributing Editor
Yvette’s first steps into interior journalism came several years ago when she joined the team at specialist consumer magazine Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms, which is where her love for home design (and obsession for decorating) began to truly flourish. She worked on the title in a variety of positions, before being appointed as Features Editor on Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine, further cementing her voice as an expert in the three core rooms of our homes.
During her years working in London, it became a running joke that Yvette wanted a fully stocked cocktail trolley in her apartment but would need to leave the city if she wanted to afford – and comfortably fit – one in her own home. Funnily enough, in 2019 she did exactly that, and can now be found sitting happily in her spacious Bristol adobe, cosmopolitan in hand.
With a keen eye for new trends and innovations, Yvette continues to write about homes and interiors as a freelance journalist, sharing tried and tested advice for renovation projects and top tips for transforming your home into something beautiful.
Timothy Latterner: Contributing Editor
Timothy Latterner is a writer and editor living in New York City. His work has appeared in GQ, Conde Nast Traveler, Playboy, Vice, and Architectural Digest, where he also worked as the local news editor. He typically covers all things design, travel, and pop culture.
Alex Temblador: Contributing Editor
Alex Temblador is a Mixed Latinx award-winning author and freelance writer based in Dallas, Texas. Her work in the home space has appeared in outlets like Real Homes, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Culture Trip, and Neighborhoods.com, among many others.
She writes on a wide variety of topics for H&G, and has tested everything from vacuum cleaners to fitness equipment in the name of product research.
You can learn more about Alex at AlexTemblador.com.
Sophie Warren-Smith: Contributing Editor
I've been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years and have worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time, both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor for indie magazine, 91, I trained to be a florist last year and recently launched The Prettiest Posy where I curate beautiful flowers for weddings and events.
For H&G, I write features about interior design.
Cynthia Lawrence: Contributing Editor
Cynthia Lawrence is a freelance lifestyle and interiors journalist, and writes for various national publications. With an obsession for all things homes and gardens, she also has an interior design blog and spends most of her time surfing online for interiors inspiration to revamp her home.
For Homes & Gardens, Cynthia helps find the best products for you kitchen, and has been testing stand mixers, coffee machines and more.
How do we reach a verdict in our buying guides?
The Homes & Gardens team is passionate about all subjects home- and garden-related. Together, we have many years of experience in the subjects and products that we write about, and use this hard-won expertise to bring you the very best finds for your home – from mattresses to blenders.
The products in our buying guides are very carefully chosen by our journalists based on specialist expertise and rigorous in-house testing. But we also conduct in-depth research into expert reviews, user reviews and ratings these products are given so that we can reflect not just our experience of the products we include, but yours, the consumers, too.
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Our reviews are rated on a system of 1-5 stars, based on the criteria of:
- Design desirability – how good does it look, and does it meet our style aspirations?
- Durability – how well does it stand up to daily life?
- Performance – this depends on the type of product but might be comfort (mattresses), or power/efficacy (vacuum cleaners)
- Point of difference – what made it stand out?
- Price – how does it compare with its competitors?
Our experienced reviewers give each product a score out of five for the criteria leading to a total that translates to a star rating, that we then assign a Homes & Gardens badge to.
Please note: we aim to review and present only the best products so that you can make an informed choice and a quality purchase; we will rarely, if ever, highlight a poor product. However, for clarity, this is our star rating and badge application system.
Five stars – these products are awarded an H&G Tried & Trusted Gold award, as are products awarded 4.5 stars. This star rating and award denotes an outstanding product in all of the above criteria. It is rarely awarded, although we do aim to review the best quality product possible and the various industries' leaders, to ensure you'll be buying the best products for your homes.
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Three stars – a good score that denotes the product has elements of all of the above criteria. It is the standard rating for products that could be enjoyed by most of our audience.
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One star – denotes a product we feel fails to deliver on several of the key criteria and is best avoided by most of our audience.
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My first job was writing a DIY column for a magazine for the over 50s (which seemed a long way off back then). I then moved to a DIY magazine as deputy ed, then freelanced my way around the homes departments of most women's magazines on the market before working on Your Home and Family Circle magazines as homes editor. From there, I went to Ideal Home magazine as associate editor, then launched 4Homes magazine for Channel 4, then the Channel 4 4Homes website before going back to freelancing and running a social media business (you can see where I had kids from the freelancing gaps!). I was tempted back to the world of big business by the chance to work with the great team at Realhomes.com, where I was Global Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years, taking it from a small website to a global entity. I've now handed the reins of the website to our American managing editor, while I take on a new challenge as Editor-in-Chief of Homes & Gardens.
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