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Cushions to ease the fall into autumn

Cushions to ease the fall into autumn

Five ways to make the change of seasons more comfortable
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The best kitchenware: Bring the bright summer vibe into your home as autumn approaches

Clockwise from top left: Coastal-blue stoneware teapot, £34, lecreuset.com

The best cake stands: Because your baking deserves to be put on show

Clockwise from top: Pink Maison Chique stand, £11.99, dunelm-mill.com

The London Design Festival: Five of the UK's freshest new talents reveal how they are rethinking everything from lamps to wallpaper

The London Design Festival returns to the capital bolder than ever this week. Here, Holly Williams talks to young designers about their favourite pieces and what influences them

The best purple home accessories: Add a warm, relaxed, romantic accent to any room

Clockwise from top left: Coomba cushion, £122, Missoni, amara.com

Art house: How one couple found the perfect space for their aesthetic ambitions in a rambling, 400-year-old Norfolk farmhouse

Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city in search of the simple life has become the near-ubiquitous dream of our times. But how does it actually work in practice?

Grey matter: Inside Maria Hatzistefanis' Notting Hill home

Cosmetics queen Maria Hatzistefanis has found the perfect way to relax her mind after a day at work

Interiors porn: 18 best unusual Christmas gifts for the home

From blingy skulls to brain-themed bookends, we round up some of the most interesting homeware to give this Christmas

Open door, not open plan

A growing family needs space, but privacy can save your sanity. One architect couple on a tight budget achieved both

The 10 Best children's beds

Make bedtime less of a battle with our pick of the best beds your little ones will be desperate to settle down in for lights out

A black and white issue: square print cardigan £65; jumper, £60; square print trousers £65, all by Laura Ashley

iStyle: Laura Ashley goes back to the future

At 60, Laura Ashley delves into its archives to uncover a little-seen side, writes Alexander Fury

Topman design AW13

Designer Hike Wear: Take a hike

Fashion followers have been supplanted into the wilds this season, as a host of designers head outward bound, says Rebecca Gonsalves

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The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

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