About Us

Your daily fix of inspirational design ideas, style-forward homes and the latest design news

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Hello! And welcome to Livingetc, a site dedicated to the now and the next in home decor and design. We pride ourselves on reporting on trends as they happen, with access to the world's best experts. Livingetc is full of inspirational ideas, style-forward homes and news about the latest launches in interiors, travel and lifestyle.

Who we are

Livingetc is for the style-minded. We're for anyone who wants ideas for decorating their own home, who doesn’t have time to sift through every cushion or curtain and comes to us to make an edit for them. We know how important it is to have a nice home life, and being in a space you love can improve your mental health no end. So we are bringing you ideas big and small, for improvements that can make a vast difference, all of which will hopefully have you thinking about your home in a different way.

We cover style updates, tours of beautiful houses and news on the latest launches, as well as inspiration for chic getaways, hosting ideas and product reviews. Kitchens, bathrooms, color trends and interiors news are all daily fixtures here. You'll find us getting as excited about a pantry as we do a living room, while the smart home is important too. How to style a living room TV, the best smart bulbs (and why you might want one) and everything you need to know to create an automated home.

We place a particular emphasis on both design classics and quick new season buys, affordable updates that we think might become the classics of the future.

Livingetc was first published in 1998, born out of a reaction to how more people were becoming interested in design. How style was being democratized, and everyone wanted a beautiful space.

Our mission statement is to report on the now and next in home design and style. Breaking trends, making trends, and offering so much expert insight you have all the decor knowledge you could need.

Livingetc is brought to you by Future Publishing, which also publishes Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home, Real Homes, 25 Beautiful Homes and many other popular titles.

Meet the team

Of course, we've assembled a crack team of experts in their fields to deliver all this stunning inspiration to you, and we'd love to introduce them...

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Sarah Spiteri

As the Global Brand Director of Livingetc and Homes & Gardens, Sarah oversees everything to do with these two iconic design brands. She also oversees Country Homes & Interiors and Period Living, making her an expert in design styles ranging from the cutting edge and contemporary to the heritage, crafted and rustic. She is a journalist of over 15 years experience, and having worked on Livingetc longer than anyone on the team, she has seen trends come and go, reporting on them as - and often before - they happen.

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Jessica Cumberbatch-Anderson

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson is Livingetc's Editor-in-Chief and an award-winning content strategist in lifestyle media. Known for successfully launching new verticals and invigorating web businesses through her work across editorial, partnerships, video, and social media, Jessica knows what truly inspires, drives conversations, and keeps audiences coming back for more.At the heart of her creative process: a perfectionist spirit, a relentless commitment to innovation, and a passion for telling a diverse array of stories.Jessica’s work has been featured both behind and in front of the camera, including video production on celebrity house tours for ELLEDecor.com and an on-air appearance as a lifestyle expert for Good Morning America. Her writing and editorial direction have been published on Better Homes & Gardens, T Magazine, ArchitecturalDigest.com, and Airbnb, among others. While supporting audience and business development for lifestyle publishers at Meta, Jessica also co-wrote The New Design Rules: How to Decorate and Renovate, from Start to Finish, published by Penguin Random House. The book informed a current passion project: renovating and decorating her own home, a 1905 townhouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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Pip Rich

Livingetc's editor Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) has been a magazine and newspaper journalist for nearly 20 years, working on titles like Sunday Times Style, Red, ELLE Decoration and Grazia. He is also an author, having written both recipe and design books. His latest book, A New Leaf, was published in December 2021 and features a host of international homes belonging to architects, all of which are also filled with plants. Pip oversees this website as executive editor along with his team of writers and editors - he also looks after the print edition, which is well worth subscribing to for a monthly dose of seriously brilliant style delivered to your door.

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Hugh Metcalf

From working on a number of home, design and property publications and websites over the past 10 years, including Grand Designs, ICON, Homebuilding & Renovating and a specialist kitchen and bathroom magazine, Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture, impactful interiors and green homes.

Whether moonlighting as an interior decorator for private clients or renovating the Victorian terrace in Essex where he lives (DIYing as much of the work as possible), you’ll find that while Hugh has an overarching fondness for luxurious minimalism, abstract shapes and all things beige. He’s just finished a kitchen renovation and has eyes set on a bathroom makeover for 2024.

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Debbie Black

Debbie has more than 10 years' experience in publishing. Previously Managing Editor for ELLE and ELLE Decoration, she has worked across multiple fashion, lifestyle and interiors titles.

After completing her home renovation project, she can still be found moving things around her house and planning more makeover projects, with the Living room going top of the list for 2024. She loves all things interiors and is totally houseplant obsessed.

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Ellen Finch

Ellen is deputy editor of Livingetc magazine. She cut her teeth working for sister publication Real Homes, starting as features editor before becoming deputy editor. There, she enjoyed taking a peek inside beautiful homes and discovered a love for design and architecture that eventually led her here. She has also written for other titles including Homes & Gardens and Gardeningetc. For her flat in a converted Victorian property, she takes inspiration from the works of some of her favourite architects and tastemakers. She has a particular passion for green design and enjoys shopping small, local and second-hand where she can.

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Emma Breislin

Emma is Livingetc's Interiors Editor. She formerly worked on Homes To Love, one of Australia's leading interiors websites, where she wrote for some of the country's top titles including Australian House & Garden and Belle magazine. Before that she was the Content Producer for luxury linen brand, CULTIVER, where she nurtured a true appreciation for filling your home with high-quality and beautiful things. Outside of work hours, Emma can often be found elbow-deep at an antique store, moving her sofa for the 70th time or mentally renovating every room she walks into. Having just moved to London, she's currently starting from scratch when it comes to styling her home, which, while to many may sound daunting, to her, is invigorating. 

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Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

Aditi Sharma Maheshwari is a journalist with over 10 years of experience. She's held staff positions at some of the leading publications in India such as The Times of India, ELLE Decoration and Houzz, and her last stint was as the Digital Editor at Architectural Digest. She has also contributed to other design magazines such as Architectural Digest US, House Beautiful, Stir World, and Beautiful Homes among others. She loves design, art and all things in-between.

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Lilith Hudson

Lilith is the Color & Trends Editor at Livingetc. Writing for our digital platform, she's the go-to person for all the latest micro-trends, interior hacks, and color inspiration you need in your home. She holds an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London, with previous experience at the Saturday Times Magazine, Evening Standard, DJ Mag, and The Simple Things Magazine. At weekends you'll find her renovating a tiny one-up, one-down annex next to her Dad's holiday cottage in the Derbyshire dales where she applies all the latest design ideas she's picked up through the week.

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Faiza Saqib

Faiza is the Advice & Gardens Editor at Livingetc. She previously worked for The Independent as a News Feature Writer, where she wrote articles on lifestyle, entertainment, news and more. She also worked as an Audience Editor for the newspaper for over two years. Spending a few years in the newsroom, Faiza also previously worked for Sky News as an SEO reporter, where she produced stories based on trending topics. Lifestyle and Interior design is a space Faiza has been interested in for quite some time and as she continues to grow in the field, she will be diving into an interior design course to further her skills. Faiza has a background in SEO, social media and reporting. Her passion for writing goes beyond her work as she loves all things poetry and creative writing.

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Brigid Kennedy

Brigid Kennedy is a style editor at Livingetc.com, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at TheWeek.com, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.

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Julia Demer

Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.

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Amiya Baratan

Amiya is the News Writer at Livingetc. She recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London and has lent her words to beauty, fashion and health sections of lifestyle publications including Harper’s Bazaar and Women’s Health. Her experience as a research analyst has equipped her with an eye for emerging trends. When she’s off the clock, she can be found reading, listening to music or overanalysing her latest Co-Star update.

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Bea Havers

Bea has recently joined the team as Social Media Editor at Livingetc. In her previous roles, she has worked on both client and brand-side marketing strategies, with a background in the luxury fashion and events industries. You will always find her with at least one phone in hand, snapping concepts to bring to life through our Livingetc social channels. She is currently remodeling her 1970s home in Sussex, infusing it with her love of unexpected color pairings and 'thrift flips', whilst enjoying immersing herself in DIYing wherever she can.

About our reviews

It is really important to us that we give you the best information about any purchases you make. This is why we aim to test as many products as we can in person. Our reviews are written by both in-house experts and freelance reviewers. We ask that they test everything for at least two weeks, though often they do for much longer.

We do not take payment for our reviews, though, on occasion, the reviewer is allowed to keep the product they have tested. This gives us a chance to add to the review months – or years – later, meaning we don't just look at how it performs out of the box but after a bit of use, too.

Everything we test is tested in the home – as intended. We like to provide as much information as we can about the reviewer's home set-up so you can decide whether the product will suit your lifestyle. Some of our tests are a little bit more scientific, but on the whole, we are putting products through the paces of daily life to answer the all-important question: 'Is this worth my money?'

About our buying guides

Most of our buying guides are created off the back of the many product reviews we do. We aim to have first-hand experience with every product we feature, but where this is not possible, we use our wider network (family and friends) plus third party reviews on retailer sites to gather the most relevant information about that product.

Some products are not suited to standalone reviews, so in these cases, we will do a mini-review within the buying guide. Many of our decor guides and shopping round ups are created having harnessed our years of design experience, which gives us an understanding of how a product will look and feel in your home.

About our product badges

If we have reviewed something in person and really love it, we will let you know with the Livingetc 'tried. loved' badge. You can see these in our reviews and also on the corresponding items where they feature in buying guides. We award these when a product gets 5 stars from our testers.

Brands cannot pay to be granted these badges, but we do offer them the chance to buy the badge to use on their own marketing material. This is always offered after the review has been written and our writers will not be influenced or paid for a good rating.

Affiliate & Advertising disclosure

We always aim to provide unbiased editorial created by our journalists and writers. We also need to pay our teams and website costs, so we make money in a number of ways. We sometimes use affiliate links to products and services on retailer sites, for which we can receive compensation if you click on those links or make purchases through them. From time to time, we also publish advertorials (paid-for editorial content) and sponsored content on the site. When this is the case, the content is clearly marked as sponsored or promoted, so you’ll always know which content is editorial and which is not. Future PLC is our parent company and has an in-depth terms and conditions page with a lot more information that you can read right here.

Preferred Partner

When you see a label saying "Preferred Partner", that means a commercial partner is offering a preferential affiliate rate to Future in exchange for greater prominence on the page, such as by highlighting a particular deal for a product that our journalists recommend.

Livingetc will only write content featuring 'Preferred Partners' when we feel it's aligned with our mission to create the best content for our audience. The text is written by a Livingetc journalist, or one under the direction of a Livingetc senior editor, and posted to Livingetc. It is not sent to the funding partner for approval. This content abides by the Editors’ Code of Practice from the Independent Press Standards Organization.

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