4th of July Tributes.

The 4th of July is a day that is close to the hearts of all Americans. It was on this historic date that, centuries ago, America declared its independence from Britain, making it at once master of its own destiny as well as a fledgling nation that would be taking its first baby steps all by itself. Like every person who beats out independently, the founding fathers must have experienced large doses of the exhilaration of freedom alloyed with the seriousness of the responsibility of leading so many people safely into the future.

Centuries later, America has become a nation that exerts a massive influence on the world. Emulated, envied and emigrated to, the Free World has given more people hope and a chance to see new dreams than any other nation on earth.

As a lead-up to the American Independence day on 4th July, here are some videos we have selected. Each video deals with a different aspect of 4th July.

Enjoy!

The thousands of soldiers who serve the nation selflessly, fearlessly, have long been a source of great pride for Americans. This video acknowledges their contribution to and their bravery in face of danger.


This video would make anyone want to be an American. It showcases the American way of life, with an excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s speech playing in the background.


This short animated video is the American history lesson you need. But in a refreshing departure from the plodding pedantic style of a history lesson, the video uses the time lapse animation technique that is interesting to watch.


Gamers ahoy! This Prince of Persia game style animation video is creative and gives you a quick shot of the process of American independence.


So, the 4th of July is famed to be a day of unprecedented feasting and beer bacchanalia. Taking freedom a step further, Americans seek freedom from regimented diets as well. But what if there is a way to eat as much as you want and yet limit calories? This here video will instruct you on the art of intemperance without the heavy price you would otherwise have had to pay.

 

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All set for the 4th of July?

Get the fireworks ready, the 4th of July is around the corner! It’s time for carnivals, parades, fairs, picnics, concerts, reunions and celebrations. The patriot in you is all set to enjoy the day with family and friends. Now why not let that patriotic spirit extend all the way to your doorstep? Cocomatsnmore has a range of patriotic doormats that say you are proud of the land you live in and its achievements. Take a look at some of the ones we have selected for you and your friends.

Americana Coco Doormat

AmericanaThis semi-circular doormat fits nicely around the doorway and is a neat way to show off your patriotic spirit.

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Patriotic Present Coco Doormat

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Your independence is a gift that no money can buy. You could consider this if you are planning to get a gift for someone. It comes tied with a gift ribbon!

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Stars and Stripes Coco Doormat

Stars and Stripes

True blue patriots will want to use this mat all year round. But just about everyone in America can flaunt their stars and stripes pride on Independence Day.

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Football Coco Doormat

Football

Football, the way America plays it, is not football the way the world does. Let’s just say, when you see a ball shaped like an obelisk, you know it’s American Football.

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Sup Coco Doormat

Vinyl Back Sup Coir Doormat

Budweiser may have made it famous, but the super-popular “Wassup” was made in America. Shortened to Sup, it’s the way more and more of the world’s lazy-cool people are greeting each other.

 Feel free to check out more doormats on www.cocomatsnmore.com

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It’s Dad’s Day!

He may not always have changed your nappies when you were a kid, but when he felt confident that he could handle you without dropping you or making you cry, he spent a lot of time telling you silly jokes you were too small to get. He may have been the voice of discipline and the source of much exasperation, but he is also the guy who worked himself to the bone to make sure you had a good future and good things—education, birthday gifts, toys, candy, birthday cakes and even that android tablet that gets more of your attention than he does. He has been the voice of reason and the guy with the sound advice, and if you listen—which you rarely do—you could land on your feet and maybe even running. He may not know a lot about fashion or music, but he can read you like a book because he knows your heart. He may not be very demonstrative but if you hug him hard, he’ll hug you right back. He’s a rock. He’s your dad.

We’d like to remind you that father’s day is around the corner. There’s no better time to show him that you love him by doing something with him and for him. Plan something fun or something relaxed…just make sure that showing him you appreciate him is part of it. And don’t forget a gift.

And since we’re talking gifts, we’d like to put in a good word for doormats–they can make good gifts too, y’know. You can choose something from the wide range we have. There are funny doormats that will bring on a chuckle. You could pick something specific to his interests—fishing, sailing, golf—we have a few good ones. We’ve picked out a few to give you an idea.

If your dad likes to go sailing, this doormat will please the captain of the ship.

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He probably took to golfing because of you—to calm his frazzled nerves down a bit! Then again maybe not. Whatever the reason, if your dad is a golf aficionado, then this doormat will please him.

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God knows it’s not to put food on the table, but fishing has revealed itself to be quite an addiction for pops around the world. If we talk about your dad too, then buy him this doormat.

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Hey, isn’t that what grandparents are for? Grandfathers, in particular, are notorious for such stuff. A funny doormat that tells the truth in a likeable way.

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Dads all over the world pride themselves on their ability to fix a faucet, repair a stopped clock, get a radio started again. Of course, they also know all about fixing the perfect drink. Whatever needs fixing, the man to do it lives here, this doormat seems to say.

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There are many more mats on www.cocomatsnmore.com. Check them out.

And a Happy Father’s Day to all you great dads out there!

 

 

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The natural elegance of wood mats.

We are sure you’d agree that wood has an incomparable warmth and richness to it. No matter what other home decor and furniture materials have come into vogue—acrylic, leather, synthetic, fur—wood remains sought after for its natural appeal and its resilience. Why restrict the use of this classic material to the interiors of your home alone? Let’s go outside with a range of wood mats that will bring woody sophistication to your doorstep.

Wood, as a material, imparts a lot of positives to a mat. It is tough and does not curl, wear out easily or crack—unless, of course, you put an axe to it. It can be easily re-polished when the shine fades, so your mat does not have to look embarrassingly old and worn out. In fact, it allows you to paint over it for a quick DIY spruce-up. It is an excellent bootscraper, tough on dirt and debris. It looks great! Cocomatsnmore allows you to monogram or personalize selected mats, if that’s your thing.

Here are some gorgeous wood mats from our collection on www.cocomatsnmore.

Roosevelt Exotic Wood Mat

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Available in Black, Brown and Natural Striped pattern, this mat looks stylish as it sits outside your door. You can even use it indoors in bathrooms and other spaces.


Douglas Exotic Wood Mat

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Give your house the elegant charm of this exotic high quality wood mat. Use it outdoors as well as indoors. Looks great anywhere you place it.


Muir Exotic Wood Mat

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This gorgeous and tough mat can be used as a doormat outside your home or in commercial establishments. With its elegant design, it will not be out of place in a formal environment. You can also use it in your bathroom–on the counter or floor.


Bell Exotic Wood Mat

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The quirky charm of this exotic wood mat will endear it to all who spot it. Its vivid colours can brighten up any doorstep and its tough wood will resist wear and tear. Not just a good looker, this one!

 

 


Personalized Wooden Doormats

personalized-doormats-teak-l_1Made from solid teak wood, this doormat allows you to personalize it with your name or a monogram. It looks perfect outdoors at your pool, outside the sauna, on a covered patio or outdoor kitchen. It even makes a great gift!

 

Drop by at www.cocomatsnmore.com to look through more mats.

 

 

 

 

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Be Inspired!

The world is already filled with more intelligence and advice than it needs or can comfortably handle. The world is now ready for some wisdom and a spoonful of inspiration.

Nothing inspires like inspiration can—not employee of the month, not cash incentives, not even the promise of a trip to some exotic holiday spot. We are not driven by external factors…you already knew that. The real drivers of inspiration are located somewhere deep within us. We are driven by certain things that matter only to us and when we come across these, our very own highly customized triggers, they release inspiration in us.

Now, a humble doormat may not be able to meet such high expectations. After all, there’s not much they can achieve from their fixed spot on the floor. They can, however, act as a reminder to go look for the things that will get you all excited and enthusiastic about the things that matter.

Here are a few inspiration-inspiring mats that we have picked out of our collection on www.cocomatsnmore.com

Save the Planet

Save the planet

This is the one message that can possibly save lives. If we all do bit to conserve nature, water, resources, and curb our greedy and destructive ways, we may still be able to leave behind a place that the future generations can call home.

 


Be Green

Go Green

It’s totally good for you…and everyone around. Plant more trees, make lifestyle choices that will not harm nature, buy organic, buy from ecologically responsible companies and businesses. And, of course, the green mantra: Reduce. Re-use. Recycle.

 


Words of Wisdom

Love Dream

Now here’s a doormat that has done some deep thinking in life. Seriously, if we were to take its advice, we would live rich, empowered, peaceful lives. Think about it.

 


Joy, Bliss, Love

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We can safely say that this is a trio everyone is on the look-out for. Only you know what gets you these, but if the message stays with you–and hopefully your guests–long after the doormat is out of sight, then we’d say mission accomplished.

 


Happiness

Happiness

Hey, what are you working all those long hours for? You’d say to buy a better house, a car, better lifestyle, new gadgets, exotic holidays, good food and so on. And what do these eventually give you? Yep, that’s what this mat is all about.


Home of the Brave

Brave

Courage is in short supply, yet it remains a quality everyone aspires to have.  If you consistently toe the courage line, then put a mat on it.

 

 

 

We have many other mats with messages. Do drop by and check them out on www.cocomatsnmore.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rugs that make you look twice.

This week we would like to open your eyes to some unusual and creative rugs. The idea is to think different, and these rug designers most definitely have been doing plenty of that.

Lace Pattern Rug

Lace RugSource: www.indopic.com

This rug is unique in its combination of elegance and creativity. Made out of a solid colour body, it disintegrates into a delicate and gorgeous lace pattern at corners.


 Pastoral View

Green Rug

Source: http://www.chatelaine.com

A bird’s eye view of some verdant rural pastureland is exactly what this rug affords you. It’s like importing a small section of the English countryside into your living room.


 The Bora Bora Island Rugs

Bora Bora RugSource: www.digsdigs.com

Float your own islands at home. These Bora Bora island rugs have been created by designer Petra Sistikova to replicate the real shape and aerial views of the Bora Bora Islands. You can use these rugs individually or joined together as a cluster. Though they are bathroom rugs, they can be used anywhere you would like to see islands in your home.


 Brands and Labels Rug

Brands RugSource: www.digsdigs.com

This rug will keep your guests engaged and staring at it for a long time. It could be your DIY project made from old clothing labels. Or you can simply check out where this rug is stocked and buy it.


 Weight Watching Rug

Weight RugSource: http://weburbanist.com

A rug that will keep you on your toes. It has a built in scale which will display your past, present and goal weights…just in case you were thinking of escaping the weight matter.

Which one of these do you like the most? Write in and let us know.

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The Art of Black and White.

White is the colour of purity. It represents light, goodness, clarity and benevolence.  Black is the colour of mystery. It is adopted by all things that would like to exude style, inscrutability, seduction and power. When these two very commanding colours come together in a place, they create drama.

These doormats have all the stark artiness that is bound to occur every time black meets white, whether in photography, art, decor or fashion. If you think black and white is art, you’ll find these mats match the inclinations of your dual-toned heart.

Polka Dots Doormat

Polka DotsThere is an innocent kind of stylishness to the polka dot design that will catch the interest and attention of everyone who sees this mat.





Piano Doormat

Piano

A graphic-arty, foot-tapping doormat that cleans shoes and keeps your house spotless. Sound like music to your ears?

 

 

 


Notes Doormat

Notes

A doormat for musically inclined eyes! After all, music is also a kind of art form.

 

 


 

Rhombi Doormat

Rhombi

We see diamond cuts, kites and kind of stretched squares. We also see criss-cross. What patterns and objects do you see in this geometric print doormat?

 

 


Ring Formation Doormat

SemiCircles

Oddly pleasing, this doormat reminds you of the delicate filigree work found in the architecture of old palaces and monuments.

 

 

We have many more doormats in a variety of designs and patterns on www.cocomatsnmore.com. Drop by and check them out.

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DIY Doormats.

DIY doormats are fun to work on and pretty to look at! Creativity knows no bounds and DIYers use a variety of methods to transform plain coir mats into something fun and pretty that adds colour and style to their entrances. It’s also a great way to give a faded old mat a colourful makeover.

One of the most favoured methods of sprucing up a plain mat is spray painting it. Spray painting doormats is easy and good fun if you know how. Here are all the things you need:

A Plain Mat

The first step is to buy a plain coir mat. Cocomatsnmore has plain pure coir mats and coir with vinyl backing for greater grip. We even have a thin coir mat, if that is what you are looking for.

Plain Coco Mat

If you have a design in mind with a border, then you can save yourself some trouble by buying a vinyl backed coir mat with a bold border like the one shown below.

Plain Coco Mat With Border

Paint

Next you will need spray paint. This can be purchased from any hardware store or borrowed from male pals, if they have one. There are special lighter spray paint devices for home decor that can be purchased from online stores.

Spray Gun

Stencils

Stencils can be made out of paper or cardboard using a simple cutter or scissors if you want to print letters or even designs on the mat. They can be cut out on a piece of paper like the image below:

Stencil

Source: www.restoredstyle.com

 

Or they can be cut-outs of an alphabet or a shape that you want, like the one done below:

Stencil 2

Source: www.somewhatsimple.com

If you want to create a line based design, you can use masking tape.

Taped Doormat

Source: www.parkhouselove.com

 

You can also use lids of old cans and jars and cookie cutters as stencils to paint a shape on the surface of the mat. Moulds, easily made out of potatoes, are useful for stamping custom design prints on the mat.

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— Choose a spot that can be used for spray painting–one that will not be greatly affected by the mess the process can create.

— Place your coir mat on the chosen work surface. Ensure the surface is covered with a newspaper first.

— You can spray paint the mat with a background colour and then use the stencil to create shapes/alphabets. Alternatively, you can leave the mat plain and use the stencil or moulds to stamp the design on the surface. The matter has to be decided by your heart.

— Allow 48 hours to dry before use.

— Enjoy the end results.

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Source: www.restoredstyle.com

 

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Source: www.parkhouselove.com

Tips

  • Spray painting uses paint that coats the mat fibers rather than dye them the way professional mat manufacturers do. As a result, these spray-painted designs will be more vulnerable to fading. A good idea is to have a picture or design that is less dense or lighter in the center and more concentrated on the borders. A block of design or lettering stamped in one corner of the mat looks classy and arty.
  • If you have a design that is evenly spread across the mat face, then always do a double or a triple coat, leaving adequate time for drying between two coats.
  • Keep the stencil. It can be used to re-coat when there is fading.

Try these out at home. Let us know how it turned out. Give us cheats, improvements and little tips. And do post pictures. We’d love to see them.

Happy DIYing!

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A Summer of Memes.

Anything heavier that a pair of crocs is too heavy for summer. This is the right time for something uncomplicated, light, breezy and fun. The last time we looked, at the point those four things met was a meme…sitting right beside the beer! So, here are some summer-related memes to set the mood.

Summer Hogging

Source: http://cdn.funniestmemes.com

Parents are partly responsible for the situation above. The urge to stuff something in every time a child opens his or her mouth to say “Im bored” is overwhelming.

Summer Lazing

Source: www.diylol.com

Yeah, because, as we all know, work is what you do in non-summer months.

Summer Seas

Source: www.memerial.net

Can’t figure out what is more cold: friends like these or the blue sea.

Summer Stealing

Source: www.funniestmemes.com

That’s your food they’re talking about, by the way.

Summer Breaks

Source: www.bergmannfitness.com

Even diets take summer breaks.  Besides, diets can wait, ice cream won’t.

Summer Sunning

This one’s living the dream—the only person on a virgin, white-sand, private beach.

Summer Swaeting

Source: www.heavy.com

Heh heh…at the right temperatures, a lot of people will know what he is talking about.

Summer Working

Source: www.heavy.com

Everyone wants to lose this battle in summer. Everyone.

Summer Road Rage

Source: www.cheeseburger.com

Bubble wrap. Always better than bubbling rage.

Summer Shaving

Source: www.thefunniestpictures.com

Ladies, the season you have been waiting for is here!

Summer Unready

Source: www.instatagphoto.com

And then you hit the gym and expect, hope and pray for a miracle!

Summer Heat Hell

Source: www.memegen.com

We’re not sure either, but this too shall pass. Pretty quickly if you are at the beach.

Stay cool everyone.

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The Beach on Your Doorstep.

Summer is about to blaze into your hitherto spring-happy life. It will bring with it the vacations, lazy bumming, towering glasses of lemonade and flip flops. Did we mention the heat?  So, the sun that was so mellow and friendly in spring will be turning into a malevolent beast with the turn of April.  He’s out to make you sweat. He‘s going to make you break out and bicker.  And he would have had the upper hand, had it not been for the beach—the coolest place to be on hot summer days.

Beaches are the perfect antidote to the maddening heat. The beach is home to the cool sea, the little grains of gold called sand and that distant horizon where the china blue sky blends into the aquamarine water. It is the place to go for tans, bumming, bikinis, water sports and dips into the salty sea.

Doormats do not go to beaches—they’re just not cut out for that sort of a thing. They can, however, bring the beach home to you. Check out our selection of sunny, summery beach-based doormats and see how they add a touch of light-hearted beachiness to your doorstep.

Welcome Beach Doormat

Sun umbrellas, starfish and shiny shells, ice cream, suntan lotion, beach towels, bikinis, flip flops, beach balls, sand castles and beach volleyball are just some of the migratory delights that can be spotted on beaches this summer. All we can say is Welcome Summer!

Welcome Beach Doormat

Sunbathing Doormat

Sunbathing is a favourite summer-time delight. All you need is one bottle of suntan oil, one untanned person, one beach towel/deckchair and straw hat/sunglasses (optional). Start by rubbing the oil liberally all over the untanned person. Let the person lie on the towel or deckchair. Add straw hat or sunglasses as per taste. Now let the sun slowly roast the untanned person to a lovely golden brown color. Remove from heat and decorate with something in bright-colored cotton. Goes well with a cool drink in hand.

Sunbathing Doormat

Beach Yay Place Doormat

This is for those who go Yay at even the thought of the beach.

Yay Beach Doormat

Sea Shells Doormat

No one can resist the iridescent beauty of sea shells scattered along empty beaches. We always pick a few in a bucket, a beach towel, a scarf or a straw hat and bring back home these underwater-coloured jewels from the wealth of the ocean. And sometimes, you find them scattered on a doormat.

Sea Shells Doormat

Aloha Hibiscus Doormat

Though this is not strictly a beach doormat, who can dare to disassociate the beach from Aloha? After all, a beach-y island holiday in Hawaii is always on everyone’s wish list. And you’ll get there some day soon. Until then, this mat will be a reminder that the best things in life are waiting for you on an island not all that far from home.

Aloha Doormat

There are more mats that embody the sunny summer beach spirit. Come on over and check them out at www.cocomatsnmore.com

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