Liz Morris has been appointed as editor-in-chief of House and Garden, the Conde Nast Independent Magazine division announced on Monday.

Morris takes over from the magazine’s present editor Leigh Robertson and her appointment is effective from August 1, 2017.

Michelle Fenwick, managing director of Conde Nast Independent Magazines, commented: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Liz back and look forward to working with her again. Liz returns to the magazine in an enhanced position whereby she will be responsible not only for maintaining the high quality of the editorial content but developing the brand across multi-media platforms and seeking out new commercial and marketing opportunities for CN House &Garden”.

“As a respected creator of content both during her time on the magazine and subsequently thereafter in a private capacity, Liz is most ably qualified to take on this role.”

Morris was one of the first people to be employed at CNIM in 1997 and epitomises the DNA of the CNIM House & Garden brand – informed, inspirational and invaluable.

Speaking of her appointment, Morris said Conde Nast House & Garden brand was one she had always greatly admired.

“It’s backed with resources and a powerful executive leadership which is on point to embrace the market changes and make media exciting again. The challenge for me was irresistible.”

Adding to this was executive chairman of Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Surve, who said: “We thank Leigh for her contribution to the title and wish her well with her future plans.

"I have every confidence that Liz, with her immense knowledge of design and decor will build on the current brands success and take it to even greater heights. I wish Liz and the CNIM H&G team everything of the best.”