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Warming trend: Blanket your living room in throws

Here's a New Year's resolution suggestion: Dial down the thermostat this winter and scatter a throw or three around the living areas of your home.

You'll do the environment a favor, and your family will feel ever so comfy and cozy.

Fluffy furs. Chunky knits. Softer-than-silk textures.

The phrase "lap of luxury" takes a literal turn when you're talking about high-end throws, those mini blankets that serve dual functions: pulling together a room and providing instant comfort and warmth when you're curled up with the remote.

Fur and faux fur throws are huge this year. You'll find them in stores such as Neiman Marcus, Domain XCIV and Pottery Barn.

Peacock Alley's spa resort throw goes in a different direction: The Chinlon blend throw is lightweight and unbelievably soft, and its creamy texture actually improves with laundering.

Yves Delorme has mohair throws in luscious colors such as lilac, celery and buttercup.

Here are some ideas to make you want to spend the day huddled up at home:

-- Cuddle up with cashmere, in an assortment of colors in solids or plaids, and get your throw monogrammed for $6 more (solids, $298; select solids, $149.99; plaids, $179.99, Williams-Sonoma Home, www.wshome.com).

-- When the weather outside is frightful, Neiman Marcus' inches-thick chinchilla-look throw will make your life oh so delightful ($2,895, Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com).

-- This nubby turquoise and gold throw has a fringe of green, brown, blue and gold ($245, Domain XCIV in Fort Worth, Texas; 817-336-1994).

-- Say wooly bully for this brown-and-taupe floral-pattern wool throw from Sferra Bros. ($254; www.sferralinens. com).

-- Three throws, three very different options: a leopard-pattern rabbit throw ($1,475, Neiman Marcus; www.neimanmarcus.com); white resort throw ($88, Peacock Alley; www.peacockalley.com); and red cable-knit throw ($89, Pottery Barn; www.potterybarn.com).