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I’ve been trying to delay turning on the central heating for as long as possible, but I’ve finally given in and embraced a warm and cosy home. The winter’s supply of logs for the woodburner has also been ordered and I’m relishing stacking them up in a neat pile in the wood store so they’re ready to bring inside and burn. Yes, I’m well and truly set for winter! To help you get prepared, we’ve put together our pick of the best ways to heat your home – turn to page 79 to find everything from traditionally styled radiators and fi replaces to multi-fuel stoves and convenient electric models. Our decorating story for this issue also has a warm and cosy scheme that is best summed up by the use of rich patterns, warm checks and strong colours – I love the idea of layering up the bed with duvets in contrasting patterns and then piling it high with an assortment of cushions. Turn to page 15 for this and other ideas. While to inspire you to get outdoors on those crisp and sunny autumn days, our gardening expert Leigh Clapp has suggested two gardens that are open to the public, which put on a magnificent display of vivid autumn colour. With stories on window dressings for period homes, antiques hunting in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and a hand-picked selection of advent calendars (Christmas is starting to creep ever closer), I hope you fi nd plenty inside this issue to inspire you.





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