The packed November issue of Homes & Gardens was known in the office as the ‘Small Space Issue’, though our coverline Compact and Clever perhaps sums up the mood a little better. We’ve focussed on those littler areas that often get forgotten, like hallways or smart storage ideas that double up as something else. Solutions that maximise the room you have, no matter how grand or petite its floor space.
Our portfolio of houses reflects this thought pattern too. Apartments, country cottages and boltholes take centre stage, all stuffed with brilliant suggestions for compact areas (though of course they look anything but stuffed, and are as airy as you can imagine!). Our decorating story takes a similar vein, using big patterns in small spaces for bold impact. Think geometric tiles, fabulous fabrics, and even ceramics in abstract patterns.
And because this is a month where we start to crave heart fare, we’re thrilled to feature seven new recipes from the legendary home cook and food writer Diana Henry, all with big flavours that you simply throw into the oven in one dish to turn into something utterly wonderful. Her chicken with miso, sweet potatoes and spring onions has already been a hit with those from the team who have tried it at home.
DON’T MISS THESE PRINT EXCLUSIVES
- A brilliant portfolio on the winners of the Homes and Garden Design Awards, finally announced in this issue. Meet the names to know and be reminded of those with real star quality.
- A look at the perfect symmetry of the gardens at Bramfield House.
- A peek round a light filled home designed by Natalia Miyar.
- An inspiring gallery of new ideas for your hallway
EDITOR’S LETTER NOVEMBER 2019
I am writing this letter the morning after our new look Design Awards event at Somerset House. In place of the traditional ceremony, we created an immersive installation celebrating our 19 winners, a pick of people, projects and products. It was a great evening; known names were celebrated, new faces were unearthed. I am delighted by the talent the judges identified.
Also this week I hosted a wallpaper workshop at the V&A with historian Joanna Banham and interior designer Nicole Salvesen. We started the afternoon with an overview of wallpaper since 1509; the earliest surviving fragment of European wallpaper, found in Christ’s College Cambridge, dates from that year with a damask-style pomegranate design. It was such an enjoyable afternoon and I hope we can do similar again next year. Let us know if you’d be interested in joining.
We’ve themed this issue around compact space; the homes have bijou proportions, the shopping pages have been edited with meterage in mind and the design feature looks at creating an impactful hall. It’s full of clever ideas to inspire.
Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director