In the May issue of Homes & Gardens…

Inspiration, information and indulgence

The packed May issue of Homes & Gardens showcases an array of designer homes in the Chilterns, Lake Como, London and Bath. It also features our Out of the Blue decorating story, a stunning shoot showcasing the colours and textures of Delft tiles and Portuguese azulejo, styled by Alyce Taylor and shot by Jake Curtis; a fascinating interview with natural paint specialist Edward Bulmore.


You’ll also discover some clever ideas for extensions, design insights from the creators of a timeless Roundhouse kitchen project and a style focus on water bowls.

The May issue also comes with the added bonus of our Step Outside supplement– a celebration of outdoor living featuring inspiring shopping, clever styling tricks and some wonderful days out. Bring on summer!



– Fascinating interview with scented plant grower and perfume maker Julia Bridger
– Interior designer Steve Gambrel walks us through one of his most gorgeous rooms
– The gloriously verdant topiary of landscape architect Mette Fauerskov’s garden, currently alive with seasonal beauty
– Drool-over recipes for new ways to showcase spring vegetables



I love that we have put a pantry on this month’s cover. Besides being beautiful and full of ideas, it reflects the trend coming through in spatial design that sees contemporary properties, big and small, ‘speccing’ dedicated prep kitchens.

The space we show is by interior designer Tom Cox. As a whole, I am very inspired by his cottage restoration in the Chiltern Hills. He has reinterpreted period style for 2019, updating classic tropes for the way we live now.

Take, for example, his bespoke kitchen island. Its design was inspired by the preparation tables at the 16th-century country pile Burghley House, but it has been brought up to date with a worn ebony finish, copper shelf and brass handles.

With just one month to go until our Centenary issue, preparations are coming on apace. We have planned a fabulous Summer Festival of events, and I am delighted to be able to reveal the first here, which is taking place in partnership with some of our dear friends.

Please join me at Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road on 22 May for a lively discussion with interior designer Suzy Hoodless and textiles expert Ann Grafton from GP&J Baker. There will also be a shopping discount on the night and live music. I hope to meet you there.

Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director