The packed August issue of Homes & Gardens is all about the free-spirited feeling that comes at the height of summer, when afternoons are at their longest and the golden hour seems to last forever. Gardens become places to lie back in, to have lunch in, to take a moment of peace, while we want our homes to be filled with as much light as we can.
It feels like a month of escapism, whether that’s with an actual holiday or from just a state of mind. And with that token we’ve filled every feature with a sense of lazy haziness, a sizzling sense of calm.
That feeling really comes to life in our perfect summer lunch story, an inspiring mix of recipes and al fresco table setting ideas, shot on location at Petersham Nurseries. In the rustic garden centre’s glorious greenhouse we were surrounded with natural foliage and lush greenery, where cooling, refreshing and simple dishes such as a lemongrass lemonade, a honey and lavender tomato salad and poached peaches with raspberry shortbread were just the tonic to the heat of the day.
A palette of inky blue plates and rough linens formed the backdrop to this perfect summer moment, where plants are the star and convivial relaxation is certainly on the menu.
The issue also features eight pages of advice for turning your garden into an extension of your home, a tour around the latest interior designed by Tricia Guild of Designers Guild, and a fascinating interview with the crafter Ann Wood, whose botanical works of art replicate nature so effectively.
Plus there’s the usual collection of houses we love, new products we’re coveting and ideas to bring a sense of joy into your home.
Summer is at its most wonderful.
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- A guide to creating a natural swimming pool.
EDITOR’S LETTER AUGUST 2019
I am about to head off on my first-ever British summer holiday. We’re packing our toddler and teeny car and motoring down to Penzance, via Somerset one way and Devon the other. I’m excited about fish and chips in brown paper, buckets and spades, scones with clotted cream, blustery walks, salt in my hair – the complete antidote to my urban day-to-day existence and a truly English escape. I won’t even mind if it rains.
On the subject of seasonal escapism, there is plenty in this month’s H&G. A highlight for me is our entertaining feature, which shows the gloriousness of a summer lunch with friends (page 41). Photographer Emma Lee shot it in the beautiful greenhouse at Petersham Nurseries, Richmond.
I hope you also enjoy the recipes by food writer Marina Filippelli and tabletop inspiration by stylist Ali Brown. Striking the same hosting-at-home note, you’ll find beautiful ideas for alfresco dining and chill-out spaces from a more practical perspective in the design section (page 140).
Finally, take a moment to gaze at our dreamy gardens. The wild haven on Little Loch Broom blends seamlessly into a dramatic landscape, an abundance of hydrangeas outside a London home shows the impact of statement planting, while our natural pools feature highlights wildlife-friendly swimming holes.
Now, I’m off to find my jellies and mac. I do hope you too find the chance to enjoy some lazy, hazy days this summer.
Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director