I'll start by saying this: I am an animal lover, and very opposed to the use of real fur in clothing or decorating. In fact, when I was in my early 20s, I gave my then-boyfriend's mother a lecture on why fur coats were cruel and unnecessary -- right after she had made a comment about her mink coat! Needless to say, that relationship didn't last.
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of faux fur throws in decorating (like in Joan's beautiful and cozy barn room), and I've been drawn to them, but at the same time, conflicted. While I know they're not real fur, they do feel and look real. Part of me felt like it's wrong to desire even faux fur. On the other hand, I really love the look of a faux fur throw, and I could only imagine how warm one would be on a cold night in our drafty old house.
After debating this in my head for several months, I ordered a Luxe Faux Fur Throw in "coyote" from Restoration Hardware, on sale. (By the way, it bothers me that they use the name of an animal to describe the color. I'd much prefer "medium brown.")
I received the throw a few days before Christmas, and I'm very pleased with it. The size is substantial and perfect for snuggling and napping. It's very warm, with a nice velvety-soft fabric lining. It looks and feels so realistic that I have to keep telling myself it's fake, just so I won't feel bad about having it.
I'm very glad I didn't order the throw I was going to buy from Pottery Barn. It was backordered online, which is why I looked elsewhere. The other day I was in a PB store and saw the throw in person. It's not nearly as nice (doesn't feel or look as real) as the one I purchased from Restoration Hardware.
So what's your opinion of man-made faux fur? Are you a fan? Or do you say "no" to anything resembling fur, even the faux variety?
Before I go, I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year. May 2014 bring you peace, good health and prosperity.