LET'S GET COZY - BOLD, FUNCTIONAL STYLE OF THROW BLANKETS

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LET'S GET COZY - BOLD, FUNCTIONAL STYLE OF THROW BLANKETS

When was the last time you kept warm with something other than the third generation, pilling pile of non-descript synthetic fibers at the bottom of your closet? Better yet, when was the last time you washed that difficult-to-clean acrylic monstrosity? Listen, I get it - acrylic shrinks when dried, and finding a place expansive enough to line dry it, especially in the wintertime, is not an easy chore. I think Grandma would forgive us all if we decided to upgrade.

When I decided to remodel my bedroom, finding a stylish throw blanket that fit my desired aesthetic in the chosen color palette that wasn't acrylic was near impossible. I scrolled for hours, clicking on a plethora of different designs, to no avail. It seemed all outlets were set on using acrylic, or some other manufactured fiber, because, well, let's face it - it's cheaper.

Checking All The Right Throw Blanket Boxes

I wasn't looking for cheap, however. I was looking for quality, comfort, and ease of care without foregoing style. I wanted something that wouldn't only look great folded neatly at the foot of my bed, but something I could cover the hand-me-down eyesore of a couch to spruce up the living room when guests were coming over, or something that I could even take with me on the go. Beach picnic, anyone? I wanted something that could transition from living large to living tiny - an accessory that was equal parts functional and cozy, that wouldn't take up too much space. I also didn't want to harm the environment or human beings in the process.

I finally found just what I was looking for at Ecletticos. Not only are the majority of the blankets a pleasing, soft, eco-friendly blend of cotton and polyester, but I could safely wash and dry these without worrying I'd end up with a shrunken heap of fabric that would no longer cover my toes. Of course, the attractive designs from which to choose were the proverbial icing on the cake.

However, I had difficulty deciding between the Agra and the 100% cotton, dual-sided Martson Moor, so I went with both! After all, I had a feeling I wouldn't be able to find such expertly crafted throws that checked all the right boxes anywhere else. A good throw blanket is supposed to last generations. I know these quality blankets will be around for quite some time, not stuffed in the corner of the closet, but on display where they belong!

An Eclectic Array of Cozy Designs

Their selection of throws is great for the minimalist to the bohème. Accenting a conservative interior space with one of Ecletticos' bold, colorful patterns is not only a conversation starter but a warm addition, literally and figuratively, to any cool space. An added benefit is that some of the styles come in different sizes, including the geometric Acapulco blanket.

If adventurous, loud patterns aren't your style, or you're looking to tone down an already eclectic mix of art and color in your interior, then the Kalawati or Sebastianthrow is right for you. If ease of care is a top priority, opt for the 100% cotton Sebastian throw. With three pleasing and subdued, earthy colors to choose from, one really can't go wrong. Its fringe frame is quite the chic touch.

On the other hand, if ease of care is not too big of a concern, or you're one of the many who do not mind an extra errand to the dry cleaners (the global dry cleaning industry is a billion-dollar industry after all), then the Kalawati is the best choice. Fortunately, the 100% Merino wool throw doesn't need laundering often, as wool has natural dirt-resistant properties.

What truly makes this tri-color beauty so exceptional is the craftsmanship. Through a self-help group in the Himalayans of North India, women are improving their livelihood and strengthening local communities by the knitting and weaving practices it entails to create blankets like the Kalawati.

Morally and Socially-Conscious Buying Decisions

While function, style, and care are all critical, I wasn't willing to neglect my values even though I'd been on the hunt for the perfect throw blanket for days. Saving time is not more important than protecting the environment and its inhabitants. One of the most appealing aspects of Ecletticos products is their commitment to sustainability and their partnerships with artists and organizations, like the Maati Women's Collective, who share the same ethics. The transparency is appreciated and makes cozy, I mean conscious, buying decisions so much easier.

Should those winter temperatures prove a match for my Agra and Martson Moor, I know exactly where to go to purchase my next throw blanket. In fact, I'm eyeing the Sebastian in the canvas color. I think it'll layer nicely with the Martson Moor on those particularly chilly evenings in my tiny home on wheels, cozied up with my Katla coffee mug in green ash. When the phrase "Netflix and Chill" was coined, I believe this image is precisely what they had in mind.

- Lindsey D.



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