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December 6, 2013

Faux Fur Throws

It looks like we will actually be moving into the lakehouse soon-ish.  Of course, as luck will have it, it will be the dead of winter.  Even with my cozy parka, I'm dreading it.  Did I mention our new place has electric forced air?  We plan to convert to propane heat as soon as we can afford it but for now I imagine we'll be keeping the thermostat on the cool side.  I'm going to miss the inexpensive radiant heat of the townhouse.  My plan is to spend the coldest winter nights bundled up like a burrito under layers of blankets.  One problem: Szuka is a certified blanket stealer/eater.  We're working on discouraging the habit, but if she so much as spots the corner of a blanket dangling off the sofa she grabs it and bolts, dragging it behind her.  She works quietly, throwing herself down on top of it and chewing it until it's soggy.  My two favorite blankets are a hand crocheted one my Mummu made and my spendy Marimekko wool one.  You can imagine my horror when I see one dangling from Szuka's mouth.  Plus, each is hand wash only and takes forever to line dry.

When I was contacted to review two Guillaume Luxe Faux Fur throws, available through The Shopping Channel, I greedily accepted.  Cozy and machine washable?  That is my new criteria. 


While the special price of $49.98 seems reasonable, the regular price of $79.98 seemed a bit steep.  As a wool-devotee I had no idea what a reasonable price is for a throw like this so I moseyed over to HomeSense and found faux fur throws that feel much skimpier selling for $49.99.  Certainly avoiding the incredibly insane holiday shoppers who all but shoved me is worth something.  Plus, after some chewing (Szuka!!!!), I can attest to the durability of these throws.


Unsurprisingly, I found Szuka on top of one yesterday morning.  The edges were damp and the tag chewed to pieces.  The first thing she does with every forbidden item she gets her paws on is to remove the tag.  Not eat it, just remove it.  I tossed the throw in the machine (cold wash) and tumble dried low.  The quality is there: there was no pilling or shedding plus it fluffed up perfectly and dried really quickly.  It's kept me so toasty in the evenings that I've gotten too warm.  Such a delicious problem to have.  I normally eschew polyester, but this feels soft and plush.  Frankly, I've surprised myself by enjoying these throws so much.


Aesthetically,the faux leopard print just isn't "me" after all, but I love the beige (faux snow lynx) because it's muted and chic.  It suits our cream leather sofa and doesn't look as faux to me.


Plus the beige will look lovely when I swap out the mellow assortment of sofa cushions for something bolder in the lakehouse (see below for what I'm loving right now).  The grey is also a favorite of mine but if I had the cash I'd splurge on the faux mink throw with velvet trim.  The "blonde" would look so retro on my teal, mid-century velvet chair.  Wow, online shopping - even browsing - is a dangerous rabbit hole to fall down.

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I was provided two Guillaume Faux Throws but was not prompted or asked to write a positive review.  We put them through the wringer, literally, and were impressed with the quality and ease of care.  Little Szuka is definitely guiding a lifestyle change, but I'll happily trade in my wool throw for this cushy faux fur one that's machine-washable.   
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  1. I got one of these types of throws as a gift a few years ago and it is simply the best throw ever (i think mine was from Chapters). I recently got my mom one as a birthday gift ($35 if I spent $50 in the store!) and it was hands down her favourite gift ever!!!

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    1. That's a great price!! It's neat that both you and your mom love yours. I honestly wasn't sure how much I would like it, but was eager to try something easy to wash. I'm seriously smitten. Do they put catnip in them, lol?

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  2. I bought one a couple years ago, an ivory faux-mink, for our long lost Sarah Ricjardson inspired bedroom. It was really hard to find, and I think I spent $100 on it (yeah, for a THROW...I know...). The quality is amazing though, and it looks real! I recently found it in the attic and have thrown it on the bed for the cold weather. It's super warm - too warm sometimes, like you said! Went into HomeGoods and there are now AISLES of faux fur throws! Trying to find excuses to buy more!

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    1. If the quality is there, the price is worth it. Some cheap throws can disintegrate.
      I think you could use more, lol. Does the den need one? Guest room?

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  3. they look so snuggly. i have one on my xmas list this year...we will see! and i agree. the snow leopard one looks more my style too.

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    1. Really? What a coincidence! Well, I hope you find one under the tree :)

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  4. I just bought a throw the other day that is chocolate brown microfleece on one side and a faux sherpa wool. It's the softest, warmest thing I've ever felt. I love the blonde mink Guillaume too. I may have to have one of those!

    When I moved into the little house, I bought a genuine Mongolian sheepskin for $120...the curly, wispy kind...and it's amazing, but it's just to throw over the back of a chair. It would cost a fortune to clean it if I actually used it.

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    1. Oooo, your throw sounds so cozy!! And I'm jealous of your Mongolian sheepskin. My Mom has a small sheepskin rug that she puts on her ottoman in the living room and it makes it so cushy and comfy. I agree: I'd be worried about the cleaning!

      The blonde faux mink looks so vintage, doesn't it? It seems like Joan on Mad Men would have one, lol.

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  5. Where is that artwork from? Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! My grandfather-in-law painted the two paintings above the sofa. Bertweir.com - he's a professional artist.

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