The packed August issue of Homes & Gardens is all about celebrating the dreaminess of summer, of finding ways to make your home feel like a holiday, and of making the most of those long, languid afternoons. The issue features stories that are as wide ranging as a farmhouse in Tuscany and a rambling English country garden in Suffolk, but each one is filled with a sense of sunlight, calm and relaxation. We have focussed on palettes that are light and bright, but soothing on the eye – hints of earth tones softening rooms and adding a dose of serenity.
That feeling of summer really comes alive in our decorating story, a look at sun-bleached tones and driftwoods, blended with crisp white walls and tactile textiles, a sort of modern coastal look that works in the city, too. It’s a mood you’ll also find in our summer lunch recipe story, which takes inspiration from the delicate flavours of an al fresco table in Sweden, and our guide to using pattern in the garden, where it helps create a wonderful space to stroll around.
DON’T MISS THESE PRINT EXCLUSIVES
- Dream room: A brilliantly soothing and uplifting child’s bedroom by the designer Deborah Bass
- Design ideas: From moody whites to soft blues, a guide to picking the perfect paint colour
- Movers & Shakers: An interesting profile of the basket maker Annemarie O’Sullivan
- Design special: A portfolio of modern kitchen and bathroom inspiration
EDITOR’S LETTER August 2020
It feels like more than five months have passed since I wrote my last letter. The realities of lockdown have radically reshaped the magazine industry but there is no doubt that advice, entertainment and inspiration are more important right now than ever. We are adapting and there have been some creative responses to new challenges, from my indefatigable team obsessively exploring new ways to connect with our audience virtually to the subscriptions department securing a 6 issues for £6 offer (don’t miss this deal, details are on page 120).
We started working on this issue before Easter, when the pandemic was at its peak. At that point, we had no real idea of what August 2020 would look like. Travel on hold, gatherings restricted, celebrations cancelled…? The only certainty that lay ahead was that this would be a summer like no other. So we chose escapism as a theme; we felt sure this is what we’d be craving. The houses and gardens whisk you from London to LA and are filled with dreamy details to love. I long to be on the terrace shown on the cover, G&T in hand. For our design content, we decided to focus on aspirational style ideas, covering kitchens, bathrooms and paint colours. The solitude that social distancing affords means that now is a good moment to be at the planning stage of a project. I hope you find the time to dream.
Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director