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As the UK’s first-ever home interest magazine, Homes & Gardens has been shaping British style for 100 years. In 2022, we were voted Best Online Brand: Consumer at the Digital Publishing Awards.
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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), Facebook (opens in new tab) and Instagram (opens in new tab).
Every month, the print edition features fabulous houses, seasonal ideas, desirable products, designer sources and insider insight. You can subscribe to Homes & Gardens (opens in new tab) 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.
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.
I am the Deputy Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens online. Before starting this position, I had completed various interior design 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, I just couldn't pass up on the offer. I had long admired Homes & Gardens, and to me, this brand epitomizes luxury and beauty at its finest. My perfect space would be a grand Georgian property – it is an architectural style that I admire greatly – though my style varies wildly from anywhere between classic design to modern farmhouse simplicity. If I could pick one interior designer to remodel my home, it would be Beata Heuman. Her classic yet quirky interior choices are unparalleled.
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.
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.
I'm Head of eCommerce at Homes & Gardens. Before I joined Future in 2022, I got my start in reviewing at the iconic Good Housekeeping Institute, testing and reviewing a wide range of household products and appliances - everything from vacuums to washing machines to dog toys to exercise bikes. I also worked on content for Prima, Red, Mens' Health and Womens' Health. I then moved to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, assessing gardening tools, machinery, and wildlife products, and worked on content for BBC Good Food and Radio Times. Outside of obsessing over product reviews, I love a good bit of mid-century modern design and coming up with ways of rewilding gardens and outdoor spaces.
My first journalism job was working for Real Homes magazine 20 years ago, which cemented my love of all things homes- and garden-related. I've worked for and contributed to a number of leading magazines in the UK, including the launch of 4Homes magazine for Channel 4, as well as Ideal Home magazine, Period Living magazine and Grand Designs magazine amongst others, before returning to Real Homes magazine as editor in 2017 where I oversaw a redesign of the magazine.
In 2020, I took on the role of launch Editor in Chief of Gardeningetc.com, a new website dedicated to gardening and outdoor living. At the start of 2023, I moved to Homes & Gardens as the Head of Gardens, bringing my passion and knowledge for all things outdoors to this fantastic brand.
My own outdoor space is a really important part of my family's home. Since buying our house we've added raised beds for a vegetable garden, created bigger flowerbeds to find room for more of my favorite roses and my husband's collection of hostas, and added a new outdoor living room area. If I had to choose my favorite plant in my garden, it would be my Gertrude Jekyll rose from David Austin Roses due to its stunning pink blooms and incredible scent, but my beautiful lupins definitely come a close second when they come into bloom in spring.
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.
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.
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.
I'm houses editor for Homes & Gardens online. 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.
The garden has always a big part of my life growing up. My appreciation for the great outdoors has only grown since then; over the years, I've been an allotment keeper, a professional gardener, and a botanical illustrator. Having worked for Gardeningetc.com for two years, I now write about plants and outdoor living for Homes & Gardens. I have a particular interest in houseplants (of which I have an ever-growing collection), garden design, and the benefits of gardening for mental health.
I started working as a journalist back in 2008 after gaining my National Council for the Training of Journalists qualifications. I wrote news and features for online news agencies and content providers, as well as spending time as Assistant Editor for trade newspapers and magazines. Gardening piqued my interest, however, and I studied for a Level 3 Horticulture qualification. This opened up the chance to work as a professional gardener for several years.
Since then I've worked at the world famous arts and crafts garden Hidcote Manor Garden in the UK, and also spent several years at Hanbury Hall gardens in the UK. During my gardening career I also specialized as a kitchen gardener for the likes of Soho Farmhouse, and also produced year-round vegetables, microgreens, fruit and herbs for chefs at a prestigious restaurant.
Throughout my time working outdoors I continued to write and also ran a blog called Perennial Nerd (opens in new tab) for many years, talking about my life working in gardens. My passion for gardening and a love for inspiring others to grow led me to write how-to growing guides and professional tips for clients and websites in the horticultural sector, and I'm now bringing that same expertise and passion to Homes & Gardens.
I was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens magazine, and continued to edit for several years. As a gardens editor, 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.
I've been writing about gardens since 2015. As well as Homes & Gardens, I've written for Gardeningetc.com, Livingetc, Easy Gardens and Modern Gardens magazines. My first job on glossy magazines was at Elle, during which time a visit to the legendary La Colombe d'Or in St-Paul-de-Vence, France, led to an interest in all things gardening. Later as lifestyle editor at Country Homes & Interiors magazine the real pull was the run of captivating country gardens that were featured. Having studied introductory garden and landscape design as well as a course in floristry, I am currently putting the skills learned to good use in my own garden where the dream is establishing a cutting garden.
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!
I am the gardening editor of Amateur Gardening magazine and I'm horticulturally trained, with a qualification from the Royal Horticultural Society. My work for Homes & Gardens and Amateur Gardening, the world's oldest weekly gardening publication, involves matching gardening tasks with each season, covering everything from sowing and planting, to pruning, taking cuttings, dealing with pests and diseases and keeping houseplants healthy. I also spend time testing many of the new products that arrive on the gardening market. My main interests are gardening for wildlife and organic gardening, as I firmly believes you don’t need to ‘nuke’ pests and problems with toxic chemicals, nor use peat composts to produce the garden of your dreams.
My gardening passion was fostered from an early age, when my amazing mum had me deadheading hydrangeas, mulching roses, and propagating strawberry plants from runners for school open days. City living has generally meant doing without a conventional outdoor space, but I am slowly transforming my thimble-sized abode into a haven of vertical vegetation. I've also taken part in lots of conservation and rewilding projects for the RHS and TCV as a way of exploring my horticultural horizons whilst helping to create and maintain beautiful spaces for others. In the future I dream of having a Victorian conservatory, some proper old-fashioned cold frames and bell cloches, and a better system for storing all my seed packets.
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.
As an appliance aficionado and lover of language, I’m at home eCommerce editing. Whether I’m cathartically cleaning, mass baking, or gardening outside, I’m always thinking about what products would be useful and helpful. I came to Homes & Gardens after working in luxury retail, so am an advocate for quality and style over quantity and fads. I’m always eager to lend a critical and considered perspective on what’s worth the investment. The secret to my heart is simplicity in products, in style and, of course, in your homes and gardens.
Louise Oliphant is eCommerce Editor and sleep specialist at Homes & Gardens, here to help you wind down well. Previously covering sleep and wellness content (as well as the occasional organizational buy) at Real Homes, Louise has tried, tested, and reviewed some of the top buys for your bedroom.
With an MA in International Journalism and PR experience working for a luxury homeware brand, Louise brings bags of bedding expertise and enjoys nothing more than helping readers find solutions and sleep products that best suit their needs.
Millie Hurst is Section Editor at Homes & Gardens, overseeing the Solved section, which provides readers with practical advice for their homes, from painting to organizing and decluttering. Millie has been working in digital journalism for six years, having worked in SEO for News UK in both New York and London. She studied French & Italian at UCL and is currently completing an interior design diploma.
I am the junior writer for Homes & Gardens online. I joined the brand in June 2022 after completing my degree in English Literature and interning as a sustainability writer. My role at Homes & Gardens allows me to unite my passion for interiors and the outside world with my love of writing. My personal style is influenced by dark, earthy color schemes and I am an advocate for cozy homes you can escape the world in. Outside of work there is nothing I like more than taking life slowly and pottering around my kitchen baking.
I am the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. I first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, I often focus on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, I worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following my MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During my BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, I gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. I also focused on travel writing during my time living in Paris, where I produced content for a French travel site. I currently live in London with my antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (opens in new tab) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (opens in new tab), a line of woven textiles designed for season layering while offering a modern interpretation of classic patterns in collaboration with Holland & Sherry.
Natalie Tredgett is an interior designer known for her inimitable use of color in combination with distinctive artworks. Natalie encourages her clients to express their own creativity within the projects she creates with them – a Natalie Tredgett designed space is a clear representation of the client with her unique perspective running through it. Natalie founded her studio in 2012 having established herself under design guru Nicky Haslam. She trained in Interior Design at KLC, has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, holds a Bachelor of Art from the University of Western Ontario and has a background in management consultancy. Natalie Tredgett Design has recently moved to a new studio in the heart of Notting Hill, London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Affiliate & advertising disclaimer
We always aim to provide unbiased editorial created by our journalists and writers. We also need to pay our teams and website costs so we make money in a number of ways. We sometimes use affiliate links to products and services on retailer sites for which we can receive compensation if you click on those links or make purchases through them. From time to time we also publish advertorials (paid-for editorial content) and sponsored content on the site. When this is the case the content is clearly marked as sponsored or promoted, so you’ll always know which content is editorial and which is not. Future PLC is our parent company and has an in-depth terms and conditions page with a lot more information that you can read right here.
Code of conduct
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