If you’ve ever fancied yourself as the leading face of a top publication, now could be your chance! We’re on the hunt for the very best home makeovers in the UK to grace the pages of our magazine – so if you think your home fits the bill, we'd love to hear from you. Simply email a picture of yourself in your favourite room to firstname.lastname@example.org along with some photos of your home.
We chat to November cover girl Gillian Roe to find out about her experience with HomeStyle.
What was it like having your home photographed for HomeStyle?
It was a really straightforward and fun process; those involved get in touch first to agree a convenient date and time, and they were great about working around my term time schedule and coming in the school holidays, and very tolerant of our then 12 week old puppy! I was given a clear idea first of what to expect, how long it would take, that sort of thing. Communication was very good.
What was your favourite part of having your home photographed for HomeStyle?
My favourite part was definitely seeing our home through the stylist's eyes and getting a fresh perspective. I enjoyed watching Cassie look at and arrange a space in a way I'd never thought of before for the photographer. It was fun and refreshing.
How did you prepare for the shoot?
I gave the house a thorough clean and tidy the day before but don't go mad as the stylist and photographer will temporarily move and rearrange items for the shoot.
Did you learn anything from the photographer?
I learnt about how they like to set up a shot, how magazines prefer a portrait photograph over landscape, the importance of hiding away cables and the benefits of a well placed basket or plant!
What advice would you give to future HomeStyle cover stars?
Relax and enjoy the process as much as possible because it's so much fun. Once you've put the house back to normal, make sure you have a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge!
Feature and styling by Cassie Pryce / photos by David Giles