Cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of style

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Well, here we are in Jan­uary.

And I’m ex­cited be­cause this year prom­ises to be a spe­cial one for Homes & Gar­dens. First and fore­most, we are cel­e­brat­ing our cen­te­nary. The launch is­sue went on sale in June 1919; we were the very first home in­ter­est mag­a­zine to be pub­lished in the UK. Need­less to say, this is a big deal for us as we are in­cred­i­bly proud of our her­itage. Since the be­gin­ning, Homes & Gar­dens has cel­e­brated style and ‘good taste’, and we’ll be shar­ing snip­pets from our rich archive over the year. We have also been min­ing the back is­sues for a bumper cen­te­nary is­sue, and catch­ing up with our core con­trib­u­tors for their ex­pert take on de­sign and in­te­ri­ors over the past 100 years. I’d like to give a spe­cial men­tion to Celia Rufey, who has been a par­tic­u­lar friend to the mag­a­zine and con­trib­uted for more than 50 years. We are so grate­ful for her hard work and ex­per­tise. This is­sue sees her fi­nal House Clinic, but not to worry – you’ll find Celia’s sig­na­ture style in other fea­tures from Fe­bru­ary on­wards…

Which brings me nicely on to our next piece of news for 2019. Next month, we launch our com­pletely re­freshed look. We’ve scru­ti­nised and re-en­er­gised the con­tent and de­sign. Ev­ery ed­i­to­rial de­ci­sion has been made with our brand prom­ise in mind – to cel­e­brate el­e­gant style and sea­sonal beauty. I can’t wait for it to be on sale and do please get in touch to let us know what you think. I hope you will en­joy read­ing it as much as we have en­joyed cre­at­ing it. And here’s a word to the wise… the cover is go­ing to look some­what dif­fer­ent, so be sure to scour your newsagent and se­cure your copy.

The news doesn’t end there. We’ve also been very busy de­vel­op­ing an ex­cit­ing dig­i­tal propo­si­tion, more de­tails of which I will be able to share over the com­ing months. Any­way, back to the Jan­uary is­sue of Homes & Gar­dens. Here’s to the fu­ture and a very good year… SARAH SPITERI, ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor

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