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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.

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...

Meet the team

Lucy Searle, Editor in Chief

Lucy Searle

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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.

Instagram @lucysearle8373

Twitter @LucySearle

Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director

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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.

Amy Cutmore, Group Digital Editor

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Hello there! I'm Amy Cutmore, PPA award-winning Digital Editor across Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home and Livingetc.

I've been writing about interiors and tech for 18 years – my first role was as a Features Writer, working on titles such as Inside Readers’ Homes, Inspirations for Your Home and Country House & Home, before joining TI Media (or as it was at the time, IPC). I joined the Ideal Home team in 2010.

At Ideal Home, I served as Consumer and Technology Editor, before being promoted to Digital Editor in 2017. During my time on the title, I honed my expertise on property and interior design, with a strong focus on kitchen and bathroom design and planning. 

I'm also a self-confessed technology geek, launching and running my own tech blog, Girl About Tech, for five years – picking up an Amara Blog Award in the process.

Prior to working at Ideal Home, I was Deputy Sub Editor/Writer at 25 Beautiful Homes from 2008-2010, where I got involved with plenty of real home makeovers. And before that I held the Deputy Sub Editor/Writer position at Beautiful Kitchens, where I became an expert in everything from appliances to flooring to worktops – so feel free to ask me about anything from Corian to cornicing! 

I've also freelanced for titles such as Trusted Reviews, and Wareable.

As Digital Editor, I write about anything and everything homes-related, although my Mastermind-style specialist subjects are appliances and tech, kitchens and bathrooms. 

What else? I'm a buy-to-let landlord, with a small portfolio of three properties, so I'm clued up when it comes to renter and landlord rights and property advice in general.

Right now, I'm renovating my own three-bedroom period home in Bedfordshire. It's a big project that will incorporate a double-storey extension with fabulous new open-plan kitchen, and – finally – a bathroom upstairs! We've just fitted new flooring, radiators and timber windows at the front of the property, and hope the major work will start next year.

Anyone that knows me will tell you that I can't resist a Mid-Century Modern look, although recently I've been drawn to a more luxe style – think pink velvet sofas, brass and marble bar carts and sumptuous inky blue and bottle green walls.

You can find me on Instagram @amylouisecutmore

Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor

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Hello. I am the Digital Editor for 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 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. I also love Liberty London for beautiful fabrics, high-end fashion and luxury beauty.

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 leaf prints are personal favourites 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, industrial simplicity. I think it is hugely important to pay homage to your building' roots and make the most of original features.

Follow me on Instagram @jenniferwriteswords

Linda Clayton, Contributing Editor

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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.

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.

Our guides include many of the retailers you shop with, including our trusted merchants, so that the unbiased shortlist we bring you includes the best products on the market at the time of writing.

It is also worth knowing that our buying guides display products at the best prices offered at that moment – we use technology to sort through the thousands of deals to offer the best prices from the most trustworthy retailers. You can support us by clicking these independently selected links, as we may earn a commission on any purchase you make, at no extra cost to you.

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.

Four stars – these products are awarded an H&G Tried & Trusted Silver award and denote an excellent product that delivers on all the key criteria and would be a good investment for you. 

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.

Two stars – denotes a product that significantly disappoints on one of the key criteria above – perhaps it is well-made but overpriced, or looks good but feels uncomfortable.

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.

You will also see our Editor Approved badge. This denotes a product our Editor deems to be noteworthy, high quality and utterly brilliant – but it is likely to be one that may not be relevant for a buyer's guide or a review or testing. Think textiles, handsome accessories or furniture.

Code of conduct

Homes & Gardens is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards and want to make a complaint please contact homesandgardens@futurenet.com. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit www.ipso.co.uk.


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