Brrrrrrr, some one turned down the thermostat and suddenly it is cold and all I want to do is cuddle with the dogs under the warmth of a beautiful throw. Throws are a necessary luxury this time of year and I love to drape and lay them throughout my home. I have throws on all my lounge chairs, at both ends of the living room sofa, office chair, at the end of my beds and even at the end of the dogs beds. Its time to wrap our selves in warmth and the luxuriousness of great throws.
Let’s shop! There are many a great throws to purchase so let’s chat throw basics. There are two key elements for me when shopping for a throw, the first is size. I want a throw that will cover me, four dogs and my six foot two husband, so depending on where the throw is destined to lay, remember we always have a plan and a purpose before we purchase, know the desired size and be sure to read the label. Sometimes it is hard to visualize the size when a throw is all folded up and bundled with packaging in a store. A great tip is to measure a few of your blankets at home so that you get a feel for the actual size. You may end up buying two identical throws so that the entire family can be wrapped comfortably.
Next is the touch test, I don’t want a throw that is itchy, scratchy or less than sensual next to me or any of my family or friends who may be curled up in it. Always put the considered throw next to your cheek and give it the “feel test”. Also read the care label, if the throw is going to be laundered frequently ensure that you can do it at home.
How to lay the throw? In a casual space, I generally pick the throw up in a pinch about one-third from the end and in the center and then lay the throw over the arm of the sofa or chair. If the throw is to lay at the end of the bed then I fold it in thirds and lay horizontally at the end of the mattress. In a more formal space, I will again fold in thirds (this is so that you don’t see the edges) and lay in a structured fashion over the arm or the back of the sofa. Of course, we want to ensure visual compatibility with our rooms but with all the options available to us today, that’s easy. Some of my personal favorite throws this year are faux fur, chunky cable knit and the classic Hermes cashmere blankets. Im also thinking that we could add some wildly fabulous trims to a throw for a custom one of a kind ultra fabulous throw. Be creative, stay warm, cuddle often, and live fabulously!