I spent yes­ter­day judg­ing our an­nual Fabric Awards, where we hon­our the

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - SARAH SPI­TERI, ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor

best new col­lec­tions. It was an in­spir­ing day and a chance to see hun­dreds of gor­geous de­signs, but the true priv­i­lege was spend­ing time with the de­sign roy­alty we had on this year’s panel: colour and pat­tern queen Kit Kemp, ex­pert in serene so­phis­ti­ca­tion Emma Sims-hilditch, bril­liant de­sign author and long-stand­ing H&G friend Celia Rufey and our ef­fort­lessly stylish in­te­ri­ors editor Emma Thomas. Th­ese tastemas­ters all brought some­thing unique to the ta­ble, and we hotly de­bated each cat­e­gory to whit­tle it down to the win­ner and highly com­mended list.

While you’ll have to wait for the Novem­ber is­sue to dis­cover who won what, one el­e­ment I will share is the word I’d use to sum up the pieces that caught my eye: joy­ful. For­get pared-back or re­tir­ing pat­terns; happy, friv­o­lous, con­fi­dent de­signs re­ally stood out. It felt like a tonic, an an­ti­dote to se­ri­ous­ness. There are a cou­ple of sto­ries in this is­sue, my first as Editor, that I feel are sim­i­larly joy­ful. I love the spirit of our al­fresco au­tumn lunch on page 91, while I am sure you will smile at our whim­si­cal Sound of Mu­sicin­spired new col­lec­tions fea­ture on page 69 (make note of our de­sign col­lab­o­ra­tion with Baker Life­style). Welcome to the Oc­to­ber is­sue of Homes & Gar­dens: that’s just a few of my favourite things…

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