I am writ­ing this hav­ing just heard about a ma­jor loss to British de­sign.

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

This Septem­ber, Ruth Aram passed away. A true friend of this mag­a­zine, Ruth was a cham­pion of con­tem­po­rary style and, along with her fa­ther and brother with whom she ran Aram Store, she made the UK scene the creative place it is to­day. A walk around the Covent Gar­den shop with her was not sim­ply a chance to dis­cover new pieces, but an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to hear her in­sight and see be­yond the prod­uct. Our thoughts are with her fam­ily and friends.

I hope you find creative in­spi­ra­tion in this month’s is­sue. The most re­ward­ing part of our job is the chance to show­case the work of tal­ented peo­ple, so we’re de­lighted to re­veal the win­ners of the Homes & Gar­dens Fab­ric Awards on page 90. Mean­while, the in­te­rior de­sign­ers be­hind our gor­geous house sto­ries and Dream Room case stud­ies are the force of this ti­tle, and we are plan­ning to make more of their in­volve­ment in is­sues to come. And I’m sure you find The Nat­u­ral Pal­ette dec­o­rat­ing story by stylist Ali Brown on page 61 as beau­ti­ful as I do. Ali’s rooms suc­ceed in look­ing both tai­lored and ef­fort­less at the same time, and I have al­ready pinned a cou­ple of her im­ages to my own mood boards. Peo­ple aside, per­haps the most ex­cit­ing news of all this month is our part­ner­ship with Own­able. We’ve linked up with this in­no­va­tive new brand in or­der to en­hance your reader ex­pe­ri­ence. Us­ing the Own­able app, you can shop for prod­ucts from the pages of this mag­a­zine in one go (and at the best price). Please let us know what you think.

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