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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

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