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Come cold weather weather, the faux fur flies

There always seems to be a faux fur trim loose in one of our closets, one that can be easily reattached to the hood or collar of the coat or parka to which it belongs, if the wearer so chooses.

Faux fur trims on winter outerwear are nothing unusual. Neither are the faux fur pillows and throws that accessorize many home interiors these days.

Still, as the temperatures drop and all things faux fur come out of hibernation, it feels as if faux fur just gets bigger and bigger each year. Faux fur iPhone cases, faux fur trimmed shower curtains and faux fur wine bags are just the beginning.

The Kate Spade New York collection includes faux fur earrings; picture a furry pompom dangling from each ear. Etsy sells a faux fur sleep mask created to look like the face of a polar bear. As of this writing, there was only one left. sells faux fur ponytail holders and sneakers with faux fur embellishments on each heel.

Not surprisingly, creative types don’t have to look far to find faux fur holiday crafts, including Styrofoam mini tree forms wrapped in faux fur fabric.

Among the other fluffy finds I’ve spotted this season:

• Faux fur handbags and cosmetic cases. When you’re looking for just a touch of the look, no doubt.

• Faux fur garland. Just in time for your holiday decorating, faux fur garlands appear – and white appears to be a trendy way to go. This product note from the Pier 1 website: “Garlands don’t have to be evergreen. Drape your decor in holiday luxury with our snow-white faux fur garland. It’s perfect for trees, banisters and mantels that need an extra touch of holiday glamour.”

• Faux fur place mats. Yes, you read that right. Pottery Barn, Grandin Road and others sell them in synthetic blends such as polyester and Modacrylic. As a longtime pet owner who goes to great lengths to make sure the fur never flies near cooking and dining areas, I find this rather interesting – even if the place mats don’t shed like some pets we know. Faux fur table runners are another option.

• Faux fur ottomans and stools. These are hardly new but whenever I see one, I have to take a closer look. Some are smooth and trim. Others look like a cross between Cousin Itt from “The Addams Family” series and, well, I don’t know what. Other seating options include faux fur bean bags and dining chair cushions.

• Faux fur tree skirts. Another trend for the holiday season – and certainly dressier than the old white sheet approach some of us take. These tree skirts can be coordinated with the faux fur Christmas stockings you hung with care, of course. Or the wreath – another faux fur find from Pier 1.

Go ahead and pet it. It won’t bite.

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