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.
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.