Review: Atelier Choux Luxury Baby Carrés
I had the pleasure of receiving some beautiful blankets from a Paris based company, Atelier Choux. This husband and wife duo (I love couples that go into business together!) feature carrés or blankets that are made from 100% organic cotton and feature stunning and chuckle worthy illustrations by acclaimed Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson.
A little about Mattias-- he is recognized around the world for his whimsical landscapes, with more than 500,000 fans across social networks. From his studio in Sigtuna across from Lake Mälaren that borders Stockholm, Mattias fills the pages of his Moleskine journals with kind robots, gentle animals and elaborate architecture, often in pastels and always with a touch of humor and fantasy. His book, the Second in Line, was awarded the Most beautiful Swedish book of the year in 2014. Mattias has worked with prestigious publications such as the New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker, along with Disney and Nickelodeon. (atelierchoux.com)
These blankets are soft and breathable. I especially enjoy them for Ava because they are environmentally and socially conscious, with only 100% GOTS (Global Organic Certified Standards) certified organic cotton produced in a family owned factory in France that still uses traditional weaving and dying methods. The inks used to showcase the illustrations are water-based which is safe for growing babies. It's also nice to know that all their packaging is 100% recyclable.
REVIEW: So to the review! I've had the chance to actually take my carrés out with me while I'm on the go with Ava. Ava get's pretty hot in her car seat (to the point were she sweats) so I usually have the AC blasting through the car. It's often hard for me to gauge how cold it actually gets back there but I always like to have a light blanket on her to keep her from getting cold. The carre's work perfectly to keep her cool without making her too hot. I just stretch it out (unfolded).
It's also light enough that it doesn't take up too much space in the diaper bag when folded, however it stretches quite wide. I plan on using one of my new carrés as a functioning art piece in her new nursery. I think it'll go perfectly with the decor I have in mind! (more details on that later) As the pictures suggest I've also used it as a play area mat andreceivedcompliments while walking through Target the other day while I used it to cover her car seat as it was chilly in there--these were mostly people complimenting on the artwork and elegance of it.
CARE: It runs through the wash pretty well. I usually wash all of baby's clothes, blankets etc on cold and dry on low heat. For me washing the blankets made them softer than they already were which I like. I noticed that the art did not fade either and stains are fairly simple to get out (yes I've used it to clean up spit-up! It was the closest thing I could find so I just threw it back in the wash)
Currently she's wrapped up in one of the blankets as I type this post away on the front porch, I've been using these blankets for the past week and she seems to be attached now. We're enjoying these blankets and I think they'll be pretty useful as she grows up with them. Check out this socially conscious luxury-oriented baby brand online hereand on social media here.
You can get 10% OFF any purchase you make at Atelier Choux with my special discount code livebeautifulmama10. Happy Shopping! xo Dana