About Homes & Gardens: who we are, what we do, and how to contact us

Everything you need to know about Homes & Gardens online and magazine

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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. Homes & Gardens' Wikipedia page covers some of our history. You can also you can join our social community for the latest news, moments of seasonal beauty and a glimpse behind the scenes; follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Every month, the print edition features fabulous houses, seasonal ideas, desirable products, designer sources and insider insight. You can subscribe to Homes & Gardens to have it delivered to your door every month.

The Homes & Gardens website brings all our beautiful content online, with a focus on stunning room ideas, expert advice from interior designers, architects and design professionals, and more practical expertise, too, on caring for and improving your home. Our website is updated and added to daily and we're delighted to welcome more than 6 million readers monthly.

Of course, we've assembled a cracking team of experts in their fields to deliver all this stunning inspiration to you, and we'd love to introduce them. Their contact details are below, too.

Leadership team

Lucy Searle
Lucy Searle

I have written about interiors, property and gardens since 1990, working my way around the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-nineties. I was Associate Editor on Ideal Home, and Launch Editor of 4Homes magazine, before moving into digital in 2007, launching Channel 4's flagship website, Channel4.com/4homes. In 2018, I took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. I was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where I have also taken on the editorship of the magazine. I am a serial renovator and also own rental properties, so bring first-hand knowledge to the subjects I oversee. I have many design heroes, but if forced to pick two, they would be Jake Arnold and Irene Gunter – both create beautiful homes that are inviting and practical.

Sarah Spiteri
Sarah Spiteri

I am Editorial Director of Future's Homes network, and I am very proud to run the brilliant media brands Homes & Gardens (including its sister print magazines Country Homes and Period Living) and Livingetc. I've been writing and editing interiors, design, decorating and lifestyle content for my whole career and I am utterly passionate about it. It spills into my home life, too, as I renovate projects with my husband George. Style-wise I am most comfortable in pared-back spaces, where a curated selection of pieces have room to breathe. I love raw linen, textured plaster, weathered wood and luscious marble. I then also try to mix in an imaginative or surprising touch - like a bespoke cornice (we recently did a fun bobbin design), an accent chair with a frill or a stand-out pattern in a small entryway. It’s all about the detail.  

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is Deputy Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens online. Before starting this position, she had completed various courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer. When the opportunity to work on such a prestigious, influential brand came up, Jen says just couldn't pass up on the offer. Jen's perfect space would be a grand Georgian property – it is an architectural style that she admires greatly – though she says her style varies wildly from anywhere between classic design to modern farmhouse simplicity. If she could pick one interior designer to remodel her home, it would be Beata Heuman. Her classic yet quirky interior choices are unparalleled, says Jen.

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Kaitlin Madden

I joined the Homes & Gardens team in February 2022. Previously I was Editor in Chief at RealHomes.com, a team I joined in March 2020 ahead of the US launch. I've written about homes, renovations and decor for more than 10 years, including for brands and publishers like Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Refinery29, Modern Luxury Interiors, Wayfair, New England Home, Amazon, The Design Network, and many more. I consider design to be a passion of mine, and when I'm not working, I'm usually redecorating a room in my house or convincing my husband to pick up my purchases at various antique shops. Style-wise, I love a fresh-traditional look and layered aesthetics. Anything too perfect or well-defined in style feels boring, and I hold a firm stance that every room needs something vintage. I currently live in Connecticut with my husband, two sons, one daughter, and a black lab, where I'm usually trying to keep them all from spilling on the white sofas.

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Jo Bailey

I am Deputy Editor of Homes & Gardens magazine. Before joining Future Plc, I worked as an interior stylist and set designer, specializing in editorial and commercial photo shoots as well as installations, exhibitions and events. My background within this field means I have 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. 

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Laura Crombie

En route to joining Homes & Gardens, I was a newspaper reporter, Editor of a regional magazine, and Editorial Manager for a travel company. 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 across all our brands, including Homes & Gardens. I love the textures and pared-back palette of Scandi interiors, but also like to experiment with colors 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 color and personality through artwork and accessories, but I won’t be achieving that until the children leave home sometime in their mid twenties.

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Amy Cutmore

I'm Amy, Editor in Chief of Audience across Future's Homes portfolio. I've been working with Homes & Gardens since 2019, overseeing its migration to a shiny new platform and building a content strategy that has seen the site grow from a small-but-perfectly-formed interiors site into a global success story. Homes is truly my home: I've worked almost exclusively on interiors magazines and websites since 2002, on brands such as Ideal Home, Livingetc, Real Homes, 25 Beautiful Homes and Gardeningetc. I've always been a bit of a 'techspert', and although I've retired my alter ego, Girl About Tech, I still love to write about (and test) the latest gadgets and gizmos. I'm also a landlady, and though I tend to keep my rental properties sleek, chic and neutral, my own home is a riot of color and pattern...

Melanie Griffiths Editor of Period Living
Melanie Griffiths

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, so am lucky to be surrounded by beautiful homes and countryside, where I enjoy exploring. As well as editing Period Living, I also write weekly features on restoration and gardening for Homes & Gardens. In my previous roles, I have worked on Real Homes and Homebuilding & Renovating, writing about modern design and architecture, so my experience is broad – but my heart belongs to period homes. 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. 

Rhoda Parry
Rhoda Parry

With over 30 years of working in journalism on women's home and lifestyle media brands, I am the Editorial Director, Homes Content, at Future. I am 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. My team comprises best-in-the-business editors, writers and stylists that plan and produce content from print to digital, syndication to commercial. 

Jennifer Spaeth
Jennifer Spaeth

I'm a homes writer and editor with more than 20 years' experience in publishing. I have worked across many titles, including Ideal Home and, of course, Homes & Gardens. My day job is as Chief Group Sub Editor across the homes and interiors titles in the group. This has given me broad experience in interiors advice on just about every subject. I'm obsessed with interiors and delighted to be part of the Homes & Gardens team.

Interiors team

Emma Thomas

I am the Style Editor at Homes & Gardens and Livingetc magazines, looking after the decorating features. Before joining Homes & Gardens in 2014, I worked for over 20 years mainly as a freelance interior stylist and art director producing photo shoots for many editorial titles and commercial clients, including Elle Decoration, Livingetc (I worked on the launch issue back in 1998!), Habitat and The White Company, to name but a few. As well as overseeing and art directing the original photography we produce, I also lead on many of the design ideas you see in print and online.

Vivienne Ayers
Vivienne Ayers

Interiors have always been my passion. After studying English at university, 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, before working on other mags such as Country Living, House Beautiful, Country Homes & Interiors 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 returned to Homes & Gardens in 2019, when I took on the houses editor role. 

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Karen Darlow

I'm houses editor for Homes & Gardens online, and homes editor for Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors magazines. I've been writing and editing features on interiors and gardens for nearly 30 years, starting out at Ideal Home magazine. I've also moved house quite a few times – totting up 10 homes in 12 years during a particularly nomadic time in my life. I like to think that makes me quite the homes expert, or at least very experienced and with a clear idea of what I like and don't like in a home. I love visiting and writing about old houses for Period Living and featuring rural properties for Country Homes & Interiors, and working with photographers to capture all kinds of historic homes. 

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Zara Stacey

I joined Homes & Gardens in February 2022 as a Content Editor. After studying English Literature at University, I have worked as an Ecommerce Website Editor, Content Writer and Buying Intern at multiple independent businesses within the luxury retail and lifestyle sectors. My role at Homes & Gardens unites my love, experience and passion for the world of design and desire to create inspiring written content. In terms of my own personal style, I'm a huge lover of color and pattern, I especially love a pastel color scheme. I also enjoy nothing more than discovering new trends, brands and products, whether that be in fashion, interior design or lifestyle – my wish list of new things to buy is never-ending.

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Pippa Blenkinsop

Lover of all things vintage, floral and country, I have been working in interiors media for 10 years. A graduate of Art History, and former Style Editor for Period Living magazine, I then became a contributing editor to H&G, writing many interiors and ideas features. I also contribute to Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors magazines. I am a nostalgic soul who is passionate about historic architecture and traditional craftsmanship. When I'm not writing about homes and gardens you'll find me pottering on my allotment, where I grows flower for styling my own home and interiors shoots. 

Holly Reaney
Holly Reaney

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature, I started my career as a features writer and sub-editor at Period Living magazine, H&G's sister title. Over the past six years, I have been learning all the intricacies of owning and caring for a period home from designing a luxury bathroom through to choosing the right windows for your old property. From here, I have honed my writing, developing interest in traditional interior design, especially kitchens. Writing for the Homes & Gardens website as a content editor, alongside Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors magazines, has also enabled me to write content focused around my interests, gardening and nature. There’s nothing I love more than getting out in the garden and adding new plants to my ever growing collection.

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Ginevra Benedetti

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.  

Gardens team

rachel crow
Rachel Crow

I am Senior Content Editor on Homes & Gardens and write and commission garden content for the magazine, website and sister titles Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors magazines. I was previously Content Editor on Period Living for 10 years, and before that freelanced for many years, working across a range of content pillars and covering a plethora of topics ranging from interiors, gardening, history and arts and crafts, to wildlife. I love the variety of my work and the fact I learn something new every day. Gardening, in particular, is a lifelong journey of discovery, and nature has a wonderful way of acting in new and unexpected ways when you thought you could predict it! 

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Teresa Conway

I was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens magazine two years ago and I continue to edit it today. I am also a gardens writer for 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. 

Ecomms team

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Lindsey Davis

I made my first foray into writing about homes 10 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 I began overseeing 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 attic. 

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Annie Collyer

I'm the Deputy Ecommerce Editor at H&G, and with a penchant for shopping and four years of ecommerce experience behind me, it's my job to tell readers what to buy for their home, when to invest — and where to do their shopping. My ecommerce experience has inspired countless online purchases across the titles of Ideal Home, Livingetc, Gardeningetc, Real Homes, and Woman & Home. I'm always in the know of the latest home trends and seasonal events, with a large part of my role spent focused on sale season. I live in an apartment in South London that I am slowly redecorating to fit in with my mid-century modern meets Scandi-style taste. I'm always on the lookout for high-quality homewares to refresh my space, whether that be a fancy new vase for my favorite sunflowers to sit inside or a statement-worthy triple-wick candle to emanate the scent of luxury into my rooms.

Jennifer Oksien
Jennifer Oksien

Lover of all things vintage, floral and country, I have been working in interiors media for 10 years. A graduate of Art History, and former Style Editor for Period Living magazine, I then became a contributing editor to H&G, writing many interiors and ideas features. I also contribute to Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors magazines. I am a nostalgic soul who is passionate about historic architecture and traditional craftsmanship. When I'm not writing about homes and gardens you'll find me pottering on my allotment, where I grows flower for styling my own home and interiors shoots. 

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Amy Lockwood

 I gained an appreciation and understanding of color, form, and composition in the design studio, creating surface patterns for the interiors industry. Here I developed a deeper knowledge of key design principles and gained understanding of how spaces and materials can influence our sense of wellbeing.

My own style is considered, contemporary and timeless, with a strong interest in contemporary craft and homewares that champion collaboration between traditional craftsmanship and innovative technologies.

After completing my own house renovation, including far too much time spent deliberating over the exact shade of white paint, and several years working within the interiors industry, I now write for Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Ideal Home and Gardeningetc covering all things furniture and decor. 

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Jaclyn Turner

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. Currently, I oversee shopping content about sleep, including mattresses and bedding. 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?  

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

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
Caroline Preece

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.

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Brittany Romano

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, 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 Homes & Gardens as their U.S. Shopping Editor. 

News team

Rebecca Knight
Rebecca Knight

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. 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

I am a News Writer across Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, and Real Homes. I joined the team after a background in news at The Telegraph after completing my Masters. I have 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. My adoration for these fashion capitals means I particularly enjoy writing about the latest trends and styles. My interior style is based around vintage pieces – I love discovering antique gems, including my beloved typewriter.

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

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 specialize 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 cozy without having to do major DIY.

Social media team

Hannah Gulliver-Jones

I am the Social Media Editor for Homes & Gardens, and also work across Ideal Home, Livingetc, Real Homes and Gardeningetc. Homes and interiors are a passion for me, and I regularly lose hours on Pinterest, trawling through inspiring interiors and designs. I am currently renovating my first property, and realize what a perfectionist I really am! Style-wise, I loves everything from fresh, Scandi-style interiors to cozy country homes.

Contributing editors

Florist
Philippa Craddock
Philippa Craddock

Philippa Craddock launched her flower business from home in 2009. It has grown to become one of the world’s most renowned and highly respected design studios and floral brands. Working with aspirational clients around the world, including Vogue, BAFTA, Christian Dior and the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as an array of private clients. Philippa’s style is inimitable and was placed on the world stage in 2018, with the cascading floral archways, decorating the façade and interior of St George’s Chapel in Windsor, for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Philippa now shares everything she has learnt, supporting others with a desire to create their own unique, sustainable and successful flower business.

Lifestyle presenter
Louise Roe
Louise Roe

Louise Roe is a journalist and TV presenter specialising in fashion and lifestyle. She began her career writing for women's 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.

Interior Designer
Irene Gunter
Irene Gunter

Irene studied Art History before training at the prestigious Inchbald School of Interior Design. As Creative Director of Gunter & Co, Irene oversees the design for every project alongside her team of designers who manage the day-to-day implementation. Inspiration for each project comes from a myriad of sources: from historical architectural details to contemporary building materials or vintage furniture to contemporary sculptures. She centers her designs around the tension between organic forms and regular repetition to create spaces that catch the eye, are thought provoking and packed with interesting talking points.

Interior Designer
Annabelle Holland
Annabelle Holland

The interior design studio, Annabelle Holland, and the interiors brand Anbôise are names synonymous with luxury British interiors. The award-winning interior design studio, launched in 2010, is renowned for combining contemporary and classic furniture, creating a sense of evolution over time and providing unique, multi-layered designs with depth and interest. It was this drive to help others create unique homes with character, which led Annabelle to launch luxury interiors brand Anbôise in June 2021. That, and an overheard conversation by a Venture Capitalist, who shared her enthusiasm for the concept. With this support, and the assistance of a team of Art and Antique experts, Anbôise has been propelled to the forefront of luxury British interiors almost overnight, offering evolving collections of Handmade British Furniture, Lighting, Art, Antiques & Accessories. 

Interior Designer
Kathleen Walsh
Kathleen Walsh

New England-raised, New York-based interior designer Kathleen Walsh creates tailored and serene interiors for clients in New York City, Westchester and Fairfield Counties, The Hamptons, New England, and beyond. Kathleen entered Pratt Institute for Fashion but discovered what she really loved was the tactile, three-dimensional qualities of fabric and the transformational qualities of color. Interiors allowed her to combine both with her love of architecture and sculpture. She finished her studies with a BFA in Interior Design and then earned her MBA in Management from Baruch College. Walsh spent a decade working with some of New York's leading designers and architects on residential and commercial projects internationally and throughout the greater New York area before establishing her own firm in 2004.

Interior Designer
Natalia Miyar
Natalia Miyar

Natalia Miyar is one of the strongest international interior design talents to emerge in recent years. As a trained architect she approaches design with a skilful understanding of balance and proportion, creating spaces which are both considered and lively with a finely tuned eye for materiality. Her eponymous London atelier is a conduit for creative collaboration characterized by a confident and artful use of color, pattern and texture. With bases in London and Miami the fast-growing transatlantic team spearheaded by Natalia create effortlessly luxurious homes that are sought by a global stable of private clients favouring a client-faced approach.

Interior Designer
Emma Sims Hilditch
Emma Sims-Hilditch

Founded in 2009, the Sims Hilditch design practice has become one of the most trusted and respected in the industry. Its couture approach combines interior architecture, interior design and procurement management within one concept-to-completion, fully bespoke service. Creative Founder, Emma Sims-Hilditch is passionate about her belief that good design can transform not only how people live but also how they feel. By creating characterful, beautiful and intelligent interiors, Emma and the Sims Hilditch team empowers clients to radically improve the quality of their lives.

Interior Designer
Cortney Bishop
Cortney Bishop

Cortney Bishop, principal design and owner of Cortney Bishop Design, founded the full-service interior design firm in 2007. She holds a BBA in business marketing from the University of Georgia, and pursued her design career by blending her passions for travel, art, fashion and music. Her wide-ranging talent and innate ability to mix patterns and hues has resulted in a robust portfolio of diverse, inspiring residential and commercial projects, each reflective of a client’s lifestyle, personality and aesthetic. With a vision that runs the gamut of style and structure, Bishop enjoys inspiring other creatives, clients and everyday people through design.  In addition to running her design studio, Cortney also launched Harwood House, a line of woven textiles designed for season layering while offering a modern interpretation of classic patterns in collaboration with Holland & Sherry.

Designer, Craftsman, Environmentalist
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Sebastian Cox

Deeply curious about the link between the things we make and buy, and their impact on our environment, Sebastian runs a business with his wife Brogan which makes furniture from British wood; they also manage woodland and mill trees to give them material to work with, deepening their understanding of the connection between resources and habitats. They’ve won awards for their work, which spans individual pieces for private clients, contract projects with public bodies and brands, and ongoing relationships with architects and interior designers. This gives them a broad understanding of how to bring beautiful design into useful, meaningful spaces, while having a positive impact on the natural world. 

Interior Designer
Henriette Von Stockhausen
Henriette von Stockhausen

Henriette studied at City & Guild of London Art Schools and gained a master’s degree at Sotheby’s Institute where she honed her appreciation and love for antique furniture and decorative design from 17th Century through to 20th Century. She was also very much involved in country house sales which fed her appetite for beautiful architecture of historical interest. Deciding to move into interior design, Henriette studied at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design. On graduating she gained experience with leading interior designers including Stephen Ryan who had been head of David Hicks Design. She also had a spell in theatre design which enabled her to indulge her more flamboyant side and made her realise just how much she relishes any challenge.

Interior Designer
Birdie Fortescue
Birdie Fortescue

Birdie’s creative journey started when she worked at Percy Bass, an interiors shop and design service on Walton Street.  Birdie then went on to join Imogen Taylor’s team at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s old premises in Mayfair. Many buying trips later and with a decorative antiques course from the V&A Museum under her belt, Birdie decided to set up her own antiques business.  Establishing the business in Norfolk in 2014, Birdie initially focused on sourcing homeware from Scandinavia, pieces that weren’t easily found in the UK, before creating her own designs. From block-printed fabrics to unusual table lamps Birdie’s discerning eye enables her to create unique designs that sit comfortably alongside the antiques and contemporary art sourced from artists both local and further afield.

Interior Designer
Tricia Guild OBE
Tricia Guild

Tricia Guild OBE is the creative force of Designers Guild and has been at the forefront of interior design since starting the company in the early '70s. Internationally renowned for her passion for color, pattern and texture as well as her signature lifestyle brand and books, Tricia Guild has been setting the pace with her dynamic and innovative collections, instantly recognisable for her unique and contemporary style.

Interior Designer
Charu Gandhi
Charu Gandhi

Charu Gandhi is Founder & Director, Elicyon. Charu Gandhi is a qualified Architect, registered with RIBA and ARB, who studied and taught at the Architectural Association before joining the London offices of Allies & Morrison Architects in 2006, where she worked on exceptional residential and hospitality projects in Beirut, Kerala and Qatar. Her portfolio of commissions also included the Doha National Library and the London Olympics Masterplan. Now in its seventh year, Elicyon is creating luxury, bespoke interiors for private clients, residential developers and boutique hotels in some of London’s most illustrious addresses, as well as around the world. Elicyon’s recent projects include the first ever show apartment at Chelsea Barracks, private homes within Claridges, Mayfair Park Residences and boutique property development, Beaufort Gardens in Kensington. Elicyon is also currently working on a number of ambitious, large scale projects in the Middle East. 

Interiors Journalist
Kerryn Harper-Cuss
Kerryn Harper-Cuss

Interiors editor and brand consultant, Kerryn Harper-Cuss has worked on four interior magazines and edited three of these, most recently The English Home, where she was Editor-in-Chief of both its UK and US editions for almost 12 years. She now writes for a number of high caliber publications, moderates design seminars and is particularly delighted to pen profile features on world-class interior designers for a regular slot on the Homes & Gardens website. She is passionate about craftsmanship and slow living, endlessly curious about the stories of makers and a keen champion of specialist indigenous skills both from Britain and around the globe. She is also ambassador for QEST and Design Havens for Heroes.

Interiors Journalist
Arabella Youens
Arabella Youens

Arabella is a freelance journalist writing for national newspapers, magazines and websites including Homes & Gardens, Country Life, The Telegraph and The Times. For many years she has specialized in writing about property and interiors, but she began her career in the early 2000s working on the newly launched Country Life website, covering anything from competitions to find the nation’s prettiest vicarage to the plight of rural post offices. Moving across to the magazine, she became the property editor and also was responsible for spear-heading its new regular interiors section, which has now a firm fixture in its make up. In 2016, she left her position as property and interiors editor and went freelance. 

Interiors Journalist
Linda Clayton
Linda Clayton

Linda graduated from university with a First in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting. Her love for interiors began when she bought her first utter wreck of a home two decades ago, and she realized writing about interiors would make her far happier. She began on a trade title for the kitchen and bathroom industry. She has been working for Homes & Gardens, then sister-brands Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, since 2006, covering all manner of interiors topics, though kitchens and bathrooms are her specialism. The late Mark Wilkinson OBE was (and still is) her all-time design hero. 

Interiors Journalist
Sarah Warwick
Sarah Warwick

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specializing in homes – long enough to see refrigerators 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 and dispenses hard won advice on housekeeping, renovating and building.

Interiors Journalist
Hayley Gilbert
Hayley Gilbert

Hayley is an interiors journalist, content provider and copywriter with 26 years experience who has contributed to a wide range of consumer magazines, trade titles, newspapers, blogs and online content. Specialising in kitchens and bathrooms, she has twice won the CEDIA Award for Best Technology feature and has spent the last few years doing up her house in Hampshire. She loves the industrial look and is still a fan of grey in all its many forms.

Kitchens and Bathrooms Journalist
Yvette Filer
Yvette Filer

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. 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. 

Interiors Journalist
Tara King
Tara King

After nearly 10 years working in the magazine industry, seasoned writer Tara decided to move on from her full-time position as a Content Editor and enter the exciting world of freelance, primarily covering the topics she’s most passionate about: interior design, wellbeing, craft and homemaking. As well as writing for Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home, Style at Home, Country Homes & Interiors (to name a few), Tara’s keen eye for styling combined with a passion for creating a happy – and functional – family home has led to a series of organization features for H&G. She’s about to put her own advice to the test with an imminent house move from town to country, and no doubt discover more top tips along the way. 

Interiors Journalist
Kate Burnett
Kate Burnett

Kate Burnett is a journalist and editor who has been writing about residential design and architecture for nearly 20 years. A former acting executive editor of Homes & Gardens and Livingetc, she has written for national newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, Evening Standard and Sunday Times. A trained designer, she has also worked with leading architecture and design practices including dRMM and Keechdesign.

Interiors Journalist
Lara Sargent

Lara has worked in the ever-changing world of interiors and lifestyle journalism for many years. She cut her teeth in a busy newsroom of a kitchen and bathroom business title where she gained vast product knowledge and industry contacts that would prove invaluable. She now freelances for a variety of magazines, newspapers and online blogs and relishes the changing landscape of the interiors world. She loves writing about all aspects of the home and finding out about the latest color trends, furniture designers and must-have prints that we all need in our lives.

Interiors, food and lifestyle writer
Ailis Brennan
Ailis Brennan

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 London Evening Standard, covering restaurants and bars. 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, she started at Homes & Gardens as a Digital Writer, allowing her to fully indulge her love of good interior design. She is now a fully fledged food PR but still writes for Homes & Gardens as a contributing editor.

Intern and Psychology Student
Lola Houlton
Lola Houlton

Lola Houlton is H&G's long-term intern. Currently student of Psychology at the University of Brighton, she began writing content for Real Homes around the subjects of children's and teenagers' bedroom, in particular covering the psychology of teens and their approach to tidiness. From there, Lola expanded her knowledge of a broad range of subjects and now writes about everything from organization through to house plants while continuing her studies. Lola grew up in London with an interiors-obsessed mother, who schooled her hard in room layouts, color scheming and design in general – and while she originally considered working as a psychologist, she is now looking to work as a journalist full time, once she graduates. 

Writer and Editor
Timothy Latterner
Timothy Latterner

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. 

Appliances Expert and Writer
Alex Temblador
Alex Temblador

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. 

Interiors Journalist & Florist
Sophie Warren Smith
Sophie Warren Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years and has 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, she trained to be a florist and recently launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for modern weddings and events. For H&G, Sophie writes features about interior design – and is known for having an eye for a beautiful room.

Writer, Producer and Host
Marc Lupo
Marc Lupo

Marc Lupo is an entertainment writer, producer, and host. In addition to contributing celebrity content to Homes & Gardens, 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 and Hugh Jackman. 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. 

Lifestyle and Interiors Journalist
Cynthia Lawrence
Cynthia Lawrence

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.

Gardening Journalist
Hazel Sillver

Hazel grew up watching and helping her green-fingered parents cultivate their town garden in North Yorkshire in the 1980s. She was especially spellbound by her mother’s long rose bed of Hybrid Teas, which spawned her own obsession with roses.  After experience in the fashion industry, Hazel became a beauty and wellbeing journalist, and worked for The Ecologist as Green Living Editor. During a period of injury, she studied horticulture and garden design, and went on to work as a gardener and write about gardening for national newspapers, including The Guardian. Today, she enjoys regularly contributing to print and online magazines, including Amateur Gardening and Homes & Gardens. 

Gardening Journalist
Leigh Clapp gardening writer
Leigh Clapp

Leigh Clapp is a professional photographer with over 25 years experience, primarily as a garden specialist photojournalist but also with food and travel. She delights in exploring gardens, discovering the tiny elements to their overall essence and meeting lots of enthusiastic gardeners along the way. Inspired by the play of light, color and form, photography is an artistic expression and passion for capturing the frames she has always seen in the world around her. Leigh’s work appears in magazines, newspapers and books, both in the UK and abroad, including Period Living, Country Life, and Gardens Illustrated; as well as being sole photographer for a number of books, including Garden Details, Feng Shui in the Garden, Vertical Gardens and From the Garden – fresh seasonal cooking.

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How 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.

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