As the days start to – almost imperceptibly – lengthen, we instinctively turn to the light, with thoughts of new plans and projects that will take shape in the spring. Budget is inevitably a starting point for every project, large or small, so with that in mind, this is our first-ever issue where we focus on smart and affordable solutions for the home and garden. Here at Homes & Gardens, we never compromise on good ideas, so we’re sure you’ll be surprised at what can be achieved with less. The new issue is the perfect companion for your new creative journey – packed with the power of inspiration as well as providing a practical guide to making those dreams a reality.
If spring is already on your mind, why not start with four of the UK’s most capable and talented gardeners as they share their seasonal insights in our ‘Through the seasons’ feature. Steve Porter who leads the gardening team at Chatsworth House, talks about spring on this Derbyshire estate and suggests simple ideas that will bring new life to your garden.
Back inside, we’ve got five beautiful houses from around the world to admire and inspire. And if smart spending is one of your new year’s resolutions, then you’re in the right place. Our Bright Ideas feature is a must-read, with hints from the professionals about how to get more for less.
DON’T MISS THESE PRINT EXCLUSIVES
- Dream rooms: three pages – one each for kitchen, bathroom and bedroom – vie for your attention in our Design section
- We Love: we’ve found three special places for a much-deserved weekend away
- Fine dining: a feast of affordable tables, all under £1,000
- The Wonder of Wood: possibly the most beautiful of all natural materials, this feature shows just how terrific timber can be in all its fabulous forms
EDITOR’S LETTER FEBRUARY 2019
In this issue we turn the spotlight on savvy style. It’s the first time in H&G history that we’ve done a special on beauty within budget. Rather than looking to suggest shortcuts or knock-offs, the focus is on innovative ideas, best-value designs and space-maximising solutions. I love the house by designers Gunter & Co (page 32). It shows how to achieve maximum impact with a small footprint.
And I learnt a lot from our ‘Bright Ideas’ feature, for which we asked industry luminaries for their budget-stretching secrets (page 26). Also woven throughout this issue is an interest in sustainability. Most notably, we launch our new columnist, designer Sebastian Cox (page 30).
In ‘The Sustainable Life’ he will chart a year working consciously to create beautiful furniture. Sebastian is a champion of eco design and has written a nature-first manifesto about how we can better use what our land provides. He is also brilliant at discovering talent, so I know he will bring that to his page as well.
This will be my last letter for a few months as I take some time out for a new challenge (a second daughter). I am handing over to current executive editor, Pip McCormac.
We’ve already planned an amazing schedule for 2020, from brand-new event concepts to themed special issues. I know you will continue to find lots of inspiration. All the best.
Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director