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Monthly Archives: May 2018

  • Doormat Sets

    May is the month of Bank Holidays, which means two things – DIY and BBQs (weather permitting, of course). Up to now many parts of the UK have been fortunate in seeing regular sunshine this month. You might be thinking of making the most of it and organising a BBQ or garden party. If so, we’ve thought of essential Doormat Sets that will help protect your home from your visitors’ feet!

    With people moving between garden and house, it’s a great idea to have a pair of mats in place. This will provide a good opportunity for shoes to be thoroughly wiped, and save your floors from footprints. The best way to achieve this is by having a hardwearing mat outdoors for scraping away debris, and an absorbent mat indoors to soak up any remaining dirt and moisture. It’s also a good idea for the indoor mat to be big enough to facilitate the removal of shoes, without people having to step off the mat.

    Holding all of this in mind, we’ve put together a range of doormat sets which take the leg work out of searching for the best combinations.

    Decorative Doormat Sets

    Both in natural coir, our ‘wrought iron effect’ coir/rubber doormat and decorative doormat make an attractive pair. These are ideal for homes with a period feel to them, as doormats have traditionally been manufactured from coir for centuries. Made from coconut husks, coir doormats have a natural finish that is excellent for scraping dirt and absorbing moisture. If you would like your mats to be more than functional, the decorative element of this set creates a lovely feature in your garden and entrance.

    Doormat Sets - Decorative Wrought Iron Rubber Coir Outdoor Doormat matched with Decorative Indoor Coir Mat

    Functional Doormat Sets

    As the saying goes: “A scraper at the door keeps the dirt from the floor”. The ideal pairing in the world of doormats is an outdoor scraper mat and an indoor absorbent mat. This is exactly what our Functional Doormat Set consists of. Our super hardwearing polypropylene scraper mat and our highly absorbent cotton washable mat are a perfect match. With a variety of colours to choose from, you can even tone the mats with your preferred colour scheme.

    Doormat Sets - Functional Outdoor Scraper Mat paired with Indoor Washable Cotton Mat

    Personalised Doormat Sets

    As personalised doormats are often designed for indoor use, it’s not often you will find a complementary pair that can be placed either side of your door. Our Synthetic Coir Outdoor Personalised Doormat and Machine Washable Personalised Doormat definitely tick the functional box. They also have a harmonising colour tone and can be personalised with a message of your choice.

    Doormat Sets - Personalised A complementary pair of Indoor and Outdoor Personalised Mats

    Large Area Doormat Sets

    Perfect for situating in conservatories and by garden patio doors, our Washable Double Doormat can be placed in a ‘portrait’ orientation as a runner style mat, or a ‘landscape’ orientation to cover a double doorway. Matched with our ‘wrought iron effect’ coir/rubber doormat, this is an ideal pair for covering larger areas and protecting more of your floors.

    Doormat Sets - Large Area Our Large Area Doormat Set, perfect for double patio doors

    Compact Doormat Sets

    Our ‘wrought iron effect’ Half-Moon Rubber Doormat paired with our 60cm x 40cm Welcome coir doormat is a brilliant choice for small, but perfectly formed, spaces. The swirl pattern complements the ornate wrought iron design for a Parisian feel, and the alternative geometric ‘Greek Key’ pattern makes a striking contrast.

    Doormat Sets - Compact A small but perfectly formed pair

     

    Inspired to buy your own Doormat Set? This Bank Holiday weekend we are running another fabulous offer:

     

    • £5 off orders over £50: enter code GET5

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    • £15 off orders over £150: enter code GET15

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    Simply enter the corresponding coupon code for the value of your order at the checkout page to redeem your discount. Offer valid until 29th May 2018.

     

  • Unique Wedding Gifts

    With the wedding season upon us, along with the Royal Big Day tomorrow, 'Tying the Knot' has been on our mind a lot this week. If you’re lucky enough to be someone’s wedding guest, it's not just your outfit that you need to think about. Sourcing unique wedding gifts for the happy couple also needs some careful planning.

    Wedding traditions are often a good place to start when thinking about unique wedding gifts. Age old customs, and even superstitions, can provide great inspiration. These can help you find something a little bit different that the couple will remember you for. It's suprising how may traditions centre around weddings and marriage. We've found a few to get started.

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    On the subject of thresholds, we have a perfect range of unique wedding gifts to sprinkle some romance onto any doorstep.

     

    Our Hand Printed Design Your Own Doormat can feature a heart motif as well as text. It’s just asking for the newlyweds’ initials to be printed either side of the heart. Equally, the marital surname can be laser etched onto our Personalised Family Doormat. Leave it ready and waiting for the new Mr and Mrs to return home from their honeymoon.

    Unique Wedding Gifts Add some romance to a threshold

    Our Personalised Photo Mat is another popular choice for weddings. Elements of the day can be printed from a photo onto the mat. Little finishing touches like the wedding shoes, flowers and invitations can be featured in the design, creating a lasting memento of the Big Day. You could even pick a photo of the couple's honeymoon desitation. With many weddings having a specific theme, there's lots of opportunity to get really creative with designing a personalised mat. If you're good at planning ahead, the mat could be included as part of the day. It could welcome guests, or be a place for the couple to stand for the line up.

    Unique Wedding Gifts

    There’s not just doormats to consider. With the popularity of wedding cheese cakes growing, we think a Custom Slate Cheese Board with the couple’s cheese choices of the day definitely falls into the category of unique wedding gifts! Or for non-cheese lovers, the slate can be customised with other messages that resonate with the couple and their Big Day.

    Unique Wedding Gifts Perfect for a Wedding Cheese Cake

     

     

  • Pet Lover Gift Ideas

    From wall art, to cushions, to crockery, pet and animal themed homewares have become super popular over recent years. If you’re looking for something a little different for pet lover gift ideas, we have a range of pet and animal themed mats that are not just for doorways.

    Pet Lover Gift Ideas: 1 mat 3 ways

    Photo Quality Doormats from Make An Entrance Our new photo realistic mats are so life like. As they are printed onto a textured carpet - it almost has the effect of turning your photo into a painting.

    Take our Personalised Photo Mat which can be printed with any high resolution photo image. It’s ready and waiting for a photo of the beloved animal family member, and great for use in a number of pet-related scenarios:

     

    Personalised Pet Feeding Mat

    Personalised, absorbent and washable, the perfect food and water catcher for your pet’s feeding area.

    Personalised Pet Photo Mat "The perfect place for my tea!"

    Training Station

    So this is more for dogs, but training advice often suggests using a mat as a contained space for dogs to be sent to when teaching them. For example, when training a dog to wait for a human to answer the door (rather than themselves!) the dog can be sent to a mat nearby the door to “sit” and “wait”. The mat acts as a visual cue for the dog, making it easier for him to find his spot. Our Personalised Photo Mat goes a step further, so everyone knows who’s mat it is. The anti-slip backing also keeps the mat safely in place in the face of excited paws.

    ised dog training station mat "Sit and Wait!"

    Car Boot

    For protecting your car interior and upholstery as well as containing pet hairs and dirt. Our Personalised Photo Mat is made from carpet pile that is easy to vacuum and launder. The rubber backing and border can be draped over the edge of the boot when open to prevent little scratch marks.

     

     

     

     

    Of course, our Personalised Photo Mat along with our huge range of other Pet and Animal Mats can be used traditionally as a doormat. As far as pet lover gift ideas, an animal themed doormat makes a statement about their identity, and possibly a clue about the non-human members of their family. Obviously the practical element of keeping pet dirt caused by muddy, wet paws from the floors is a key function. The decorative and personalised element of our animal doormats creates a wonderful and unusual gift.

    Welcome-Cats-Doormat Don't forget the cat...

     

     

     

     

     

    Printed Geese Doormat ...or our feathered friends
  • Home and Garden DIY

    The darling buds of May are finally starting to bloom. Now is the perfect opportunity for some Spring home and garden DIY. With this week being National Gardening Week as well as the lead up to May Day Bank Holiday, home and garden DIY is likely to be on many people’s agendas.

    Top Jobs: Home and Garden DIY

     

    In the Garden…

    The sunshine and showers of recent days means that lawns and borders are likely to be in need of some attention. Time to mow and trim back edges, as well as rid borders of rapidly growing weeds before they become established. It's also a good time to prune spring flowering shrubs once the flowers have finished.

    Planting summer bedding plants in borders and tubs is an important job for early May. Fingers crossed we have now seen the back of snow and frost for the foreseeable months!

    Sweeping patios and paths free of winter debris and giving them a good hose down is also a good idea in preparation for summer BBQs and garden parties (and warmer weather!).

    Home and Garden DIY - Patio Its time to tidy your patio...

    If you’re having visitors over to your garden, it’s well worth thinking about the presentation of your patio area. Particularly if your visitors will be venturing between your house and garden.

    Personalised Outdoor Prosecco Mat A great DIY doormat to kick off your party season

     

     

    Our Personalised Prosecco Doormat is a great all rounder for withstanding the elements, protecting your floors inside and welcoming your guests.

    You might be thinking about those four-legged visitors and members of your family making more use of the garden, popping outside to stretch out in the sun. Our Personalised Outdoor Mat can be printed with a message as a reminder to wipe their paws, again protecting your floors from muddy prints.

    Outdoor Personalised Pet Doormat A subtle reminder for your four-legged friend

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the Home…

    A makeover for your walls and floors is a must in Spring. This introduces fresh colours and surfaces to your home. ome DIY Decorating WallsCheck out Wikihow's guide on how to best go about painting your walls. One or two new pieces of furniture can also revamp a room and help with decluttering your space.

    New flooring around your entrance way gives the perfect opportunity to create a matwell recess, where you can fit a doormat that is integral to the flooring. There are lots of benefits to this, not least that your entrance will look neat and contemporary. Check out our earlier blog How to Make a Matwell for more tips.

    Home and Garden DIY Matwell Recess Mat A neat and tidy matwell recess is a great DIY addition to your home

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