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Listening to Lines.

Our mats use pick-up lines. Don’t believe us? Check out some of the lines they use to woo you into bringing them home.

Cabana Stripes Doormat

Cabana Doormat

The blue and white lines of this coir mat are so reminiscent of the beach that they’ll have you at Hello.


Multi-colored Stripes Doormat

Multi Coloured Stripes Doormat

This coir mat is not taking any chances. It has put all it’s true colors on display and is hoping you like what you see.


Burgundy Stripes Doormat

Burgundy Striped Doormat

Rich burgundy lines are talking about elegance and style on this coir mat. Are you listening?


Piano Doormat

Piano

This coir mat thinks it’s good looking enough to get you to dance to its tunes. What do you think?


Home Doormat

Home Sweet Home

This mat gets straight to the point: take me home cos that’s where I belong.


Bell Exotic Wood Mat

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This wood mat says: I am not only pretty, I am pretty tough too. The vivid colors and tough wood material ensure you don’t have bother with a new mat for a long time.

Not into the lines of striped doormats? Well, check out other mats on www.cocomatsnmore.com. We’ve got all sorts.

5 Exotic Succulent Plants for Your Home.

A couple of weeks ago we had done a post on terrariums. You got a chance to see exactly how a simple terrarium can add delicate green gorgeousness to your indoor and outdoor spaces. You can read that post here.

But what do you plant inside those terrariums? Pretty little green things called succulents. These turgid little green plants are so easy to please and sturdy that they grow happily in anything from a terrarium to a pot to a glass bowl. We’ve picked 5 particularly popular and good-looking varieties of succulents for you to consider.

Graptopetalum

Graptopetalum

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The plump twirls of the Graptopetalum leaves lend a certain heaviness to the plant and can fill up any pot or space in which they are planted. When the plant stems get too long, simply cut them off and replant in dry soil to grow a new plant.


 Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

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There are two varieties of Kalanchoe plants: ones with spoon-shaped leaves and ones with fuzzy leaves. These succulents thrive beautifully in places with plenty of sunlight or mild shade and are sturdy and hassle-free to maintain.


Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

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To begin with, there is nothing cactus-like about this beautiful plant. The Christmas Cactus has these lovely red-pink flowers that add warm vibrancy to your home. Probably the more delicate variety of the succulent family, this one does not need direct sunlight as too much heat can burn it. Also keep it away from all sources of heat. This makes it ideal for indoor planting.


Evecheria

Echeveria

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This one’s a beauty among succulents. Echeveria are easy to take care of and come in resplendent colors—Blue Curls with the blue-tinged tips, pink-colored Afterglow, lavender Perle von Nurnberg and purple Black Prince. Grow them in pots indoors or in garden beds outdoors. Mild warm weather agrees with them.


Burro’s Tail

Burro's Tail

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One look at the Burro’s Tail plant and you know from where it got its name. The gray-green or gray-blue leaves can grow up to 3 feet long. The long tail-like stems are best displayed from a hanging pot or one kept on a stand. These long-limbed plants grow well in medium to high light.

These are just 5 of the many varieties out there. Besides looking exotic, these plants are generally easy to care for. If you have been thinking of encouraging the green thumb in you, these plants are a good place to start.

Happy planting!

Doormats with a Geometric Angle.

A square can be full of triangles. A triangle is always half of a square. If these are the kind of things you thought of in your day-dreaming time in class, guess you are a geometry fan? And we’re saying it’s a good thing, because for most of us, geometry and its evil sibling trigonometry visited us only in nightmares…mainly before exams.

Well, whether or not we were fans of the subject in school, geometrical shapes have gone on to win us all over in art, fashion, design and interiors.

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How to build a Terrarium.

Have you ever gone to a friend’s place, seen a tropical rainforest growing in a glass bowl and gone: “Wow! This is so cool, this…this…what is this thing called?”

It’s called a Terrarium, we learnt the hard way.  A terrarium is a sealable glass container inside which plants grow.  It simulates the Earth’s soil structure, with large pebbles at the bottom and layers of soil on top of it. To understand the unique way in which a terrarium works, check out this Wiki about it.  To put it simply, it’s a miniature greenhouse.  Of course, not all terrariums need to be sealed. Some, which house less water-hungry, sturdier plants, can be left open.

We don’t know how to build a terrarium, but Ikea knows all about it. In fact, it has a wonderful little tutorial, which we are giving you in this post.  What’s great is you can place a cluster of terrariums on your porch near the door to create a warm welcoming entrance. Place them on wrought iron stands, wooden racks or on brightly colored wooden stools and you got something pretty cool going on at your doorstep.

You can find the Ikea tutorial here. So, all you gardens-in-bottles fans, check it out, build one for yourselves and spread some green around your living spaces.

Have fun!

 

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.

 

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

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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

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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

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.