As many readers may know, next year will be our 100th birthday,
and for some months we’ve been planning how we are going to celebrate this milestone. Looking through past issues, it’s been incredible to see the changes that have taken place, not just in the magazine itself but in our ideas about colour, fabric, furnishings, what makes a wonderful home, and so many other elements of our passion for the rooms and spaces we create around us. That idea of change has been particularly meaningful for me as I’ve been going through back issues, weighing our many achievements from the past against all those to come. I have my own big changes to make, too – after 14 wonderful years as Editor of
Homes & Gardens, this will be my final issue, and I’ll be handing over to Sarah Spiteri. The response from readers to our features and events has always been magnificent and I do believe we’ve helped make your homes and gardens more delightful and inspiring – at least that’s what you tell me when I meet you. For all your kindness, support, praise and generosity over the years, I just want to say thank you. And, of course, a big thanks to all our loyal and supportive advertisers, and especially to the fantastic team that produces this excellent magazine, of which I’m really proud.
It’s been an amazing time, and it has been a privilege to be a custodian of this wonderful brand.
DEBORAH BARKER, editor-in-chief