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07/102019

The best homeware buys from Bullring & Grand Central



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No autumnal sofa setup would be complete without the fluffiest cushions and softest throws – not to mention the most luxurious loungewear (we’re talking cashmere hoodies, not tatty pyjamas). We’ve scouted around the best homeware shops at Bullring & Grand Central to seek out the most strokeable and stylish buys. And, just think, once you’ve bought this cosy selection, you can celebrate by heading home and hibernating with a strong cuppa and a good film.



Mongolian cushions

Let’s be honest, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time horizontal on the sofa during the chilly autumn evenings so comfort is key. Add a little luxury to your living space with some Mongolian cushions – they’re super soft and ridiculously cosy! Why not play with texture and colour by pairing this sheepskin cushion with a tactile velvet cushion in a bright, contrasting shade. It’s a well-known fact: you can never have enough cushions!
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Our pick: Mongolian sheepskin cushion, £48, John Lewis & Partners

Chunky knit blanket

Is there anything better than cocooning yourself in a big blanket and watching a film while the rain pours outside? Well, yes, actually – if that big blanket was a chunky knitted one! The essential homeware buy for snuggly nights in, this Debenhams blanket is the perfect partner to those super-soft cushions you picked up earlier at John Lewis & Partners. Just add a cup of hot chocolate and the latest Netflix hit and you’re all set.
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Our pick: silver knitted throw, £80, Debenhams

Cashmere throw

Whether you use it as an extra layer on your bed or simply your sofa go-to, a luxe cashmere throw will take your hibernation to new heights. Because of its super fine fibres, cashmere is incredibly soft and luxurious, making it the perfect fabric for cosying up in.

For full on luxury, invest in a throw with the highest percentage of cashmere you can find – or if you’re looking for slightly more affordable options, look out for blends with other soft fabrics like merino wool, cotton and viscose. A good trick when buying is to hold it up to the light in the store – a high-quality throw will be tightly knit and shouldn’t shine.
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Our pick: 100% cashmere throw, £350, The White Company

Cashmere loungewear

When it comes to loungewear, it needs to be soft, relaxed and slouchy – and nothing is more comfortable than super-luxe cashmere. Great for mooching round the house, you’ll want to pull on this cashmere hoodie and joggers as soon as you walk through the door. And the best bit? This season, luxe loungewear is the new going-out wear (think Holly Willoughby and her rainbow cashmere set). Just add some all-white trainers and your weekend shopping outfit’s sorted. Be warned though – if you want to try this White Company set in store, you may not want to take it back off again!
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Our picks: wide-leg knitted joggers with cashmere, £98, The White Company; drawstring button through hoodie with cashmere, £98, The White Company


Top TV releases for autumn 2019

Now that you’re all cosied up and ready to hibernate, you need something to watch. Here are the top shows for autumn that’ll satisfy even the most insatiable TV binger:

1. The Crown, season 3: available on Netflix from November
2. Liar, season 2: coming to ITV this autumn
3. His Dark Materials: coming to BBC One in November  
4. Criminal: available to watch now on Netflix
5. The Politician: available to watch now on Netflix
6. The Accident: coming to Channel 4 this autumn
7. Catherine The Great: available to watch now on Sky Atlantic and Now TV
8. Modern Love: available on Amazon Prime from October


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