Kit Kemp joins us as our very first guest editor!
We are thrilled and honoured to have Kit Kemp as the guest editor of our new June issue. Kit’s unique talent for interior design has created a group of hotels – Firmdale – whose style has captured the public’s imagination. Her eclectic and discerning eye brings together spaces rich in colour and pattern, which are further enhanced by great art pieces to create welcoming and uplifting spaces. Kit shares her enthusiasm, warmth and expertise throughout the issue – choosing beautiful houses and gardens, and favourite products, as well as giving us the benefit of her extensive knowledge from upholstery to lighting and much more. To understand more about what makes Kit tick, why not start by reading acting editorial director Pip McCormac’s profile of her. More insight comes from our Meet the Makers feature where Kit introduces five makers whose work she has used and commissioned in her projects. This is one of our most rewarding issues, we hope you’ll love getting to know Kit as much as we did!
DON’T MISS THESE PRINT EXCLUSIVES
- Life & Soul: Kit opens the door to her home and ‘special refuge’ in Hampshire.
- Global nomad: In a homage to Kit’s eclectic style, we explore the textures, patterns and colours of the world’s textiles.
- New faces in lighting: meet the trailblazers setting the trends in lighting design.
GUEST EDITOR’S LETTER JUNE 2020
I am delighted to be the first guest editor of Homes & Gardens in its 101-year history, as I have always loved its enthusiasm to tackle all aspects of design, in both a practical and an aesthetically pleasing way. It is wide-ranging and informative. Being best known for my love of colour and craft, I am taking this chance to highlight some of the many artisans we admire in Meet the Makers on page 15. They make us realise it is never too late to change course in life, with rewards and satisfaction to reap in the process.
Elsewhere in the issue, I asked Much Ado Books, an independent bookshop that has become a hub of creativity in Alfriston, to suggest titles on page 62, and on page 131 we show how to turn a reading corner or library into the cosiest space in the house. I particularly enjoyed selecting the homes. I love houses to be full of character, to be artistic and to have integrity and soul. This ethos has informed my choices, from Bujera Fort in Udaipur on page 98 to Jackie Harris’ disciplined but artisanal house in Rye on page 108. I love an eclectic mix, but there is always a design thread running through each one.
I hope this issue inspires you to turn every page with curiosity – giving ideas to make your home more individual and original. After all, homes should bring joy into our lives.
Kit Kemp, interior designer, creative director of Firmdale Hotels