Laundry Room Ideas That Are So Chic

Laundry room and chic aren’t exactly known for being synonymous. As a matter of fact, our laundry rooms can often consist of dirty piles of clothes, strewn boxes of laundry powder and a whole lot of junk that we can’t seem to find a home for.

It’s time to turn this room from blah to beautiful! These gorgeous laundry room ideas will make you actually want to take your guests through the laundry room as they enter and exit the house!

Let’s make the laundry room the room we no longer want to avoid!

For The Tiny Laundry Room

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If you’re laundry room is little more than a cupboard, don’t fret! Having a chic laundry room doesn’t mean it has to be the size of Texas!

The tiny, yet stylish laundry room above packs a whole lot of function into a small space without looking cluttered. This is a fantastic example of making the most of the length of the room.

When using numerous shelves and stacking white goods, keep the decor clean and minimal to ensure it doesn’t look cluttered. This white and wood combo looks neat and tidy.

If you do wish to add a little print or color, do so by hanging an ironing board on a side wall. This ensures it’s functional as well as stylish.

The Navy Bohemian

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Who knew that a laundrette could look so darn nautical and boho? Rather than leaving your washer and dryer bare and boring, build a small structure to put them under. This is great for neatly storing washing powder and another goods too.

We often place the ugliest and cheapest sinks that we can find in our laundry rooms, however, this laundrette makes us really re-think our choices. A navy sink with matte gold hard wear makes doing menial chores seem just that little bit more glam.

The room is topped off perfectly with a wooden shelf, hanging plant and stunning, contrasting boho rug. Add some boho chic to your laundrette with our hand painted deluxe floral table runner.

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For The Pet Lover

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We love our fur babies, but litter trays and dog beds aren’t exactly gonna make our house look like The Ritz! The laundry room is often where our furry friends sleep, so what better way to make them feel at home than to build their amenities into your laundrette?

This little fella above is loving his new hideaway! Best of all, you don’t need to be a tradesman to do this yourself. Simply take the door out of one of the kitchen cabinets and add his dog bed!

This set up is fantastic for anyone who is refurbishing their kitchen and wishes to reuse their old cabinets. Simply paint them the same color as your washer and dryer and you’re ready to go.

Add color to this neutral set up with statement pots and ornaments. Then compliment this color by using a printed table cloth on your floor.

P.S. Does this dog seriously have this own private shower?
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Cat parents, rejoice! We have found somewhere that litter tray will not be an eye soar! Place a double shelf in between your washer and dryer. Place the cat food on the top level and the litter tray on the bottom.

To make the cats area look glamorous, add a place mat under the feeding area. Our Saree border place mat is great for all neutral decor.

Alternatively, opt for a matching set to use under the litter tray and the feeding station, such as our placemat and table runner set.

Cute & Clean

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If this isn’t the definition of a chic laundry room, we don’t know what is! The best part of this design is that it’s relatively simple to recreate.

Begin by adding a wooden shelf on top of your washer and dryer. Add cupboards and shelves and then finish by attaching a clothes rail for those freshly washed linens!

Finally, add cute touches such as shabby chic laundry baskets, faux roses and vintage jars.

Rustic Touches

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Here’s one for the thrift shop lovers! Although this laundry room may not be as clean and neat as the others, it still has that stylish charm that makes us want to recreate it!

Metal shelves and hangers give it an industrial edge, whilst floral print rugs and woven basks place it into rustic territory.

To ensure your laundrette doesn’t look overly cluttered, keep it neutral and add a few statement colors and prints. Add one of our printed table runners to add a pretty, vintage edge to this room.

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From left: jacquard paisley table runner, exotic oriental table runner, ornamental blossom table runner

Still want to de-clutter? Check out these hidden storage spots!

On a roll with a home decor makeover? Here’s how to make your home look more expensive.

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10 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Everyone wants their home to scream ‘opulence’; it’s a fact. Even the most laid-back, bohemian, home owner wouldn’t like their house to seem ‘cheap’, even if this is in a nonchalant, effortless manner. If you’re thinking about making your home look more expensive, I’ve got some great news for you: it doesn’t have to break the bank!

As a matter of fact, making your home look more expensive isn’t all about crystal chandeliers and marble flooring; its all about the details. Today we show you 10 easy ways to make your home look more expensive.

1. Change Your Door Knobs & Cabinet Handles

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A brand new kitchen may cause your poor wallet to weep in despair, but giving your kitchen an edge of expense doesn’t have to be so drastic. Simply changing your cabinet and drawer handles can really make your kitchen look more expensive.

Old, crusty or rusty cabinet handles can make your kitchen appear dreary and cheap. On the other hand, sparkling handles will have your guests asking ‘when did you get your kitchen done?’.

Similarly, new door knobs will transform both indoor and outdoor doors.

Word of warning: ensure you change your handles to ones that are the same size as the old ones to avoid unsightly holes.

 

2. Update Your Tables With Table Runners

Scraped, marked and scuffed tables can make your house seem a bit hobo-like. However, if you can’t afford new furniture, a printed table runner could be all you need to make your home look more expensive.

Give wooden tables an up-market, bohemian vibe with the exotic oriental table runner. Or add an air of luxury to a neutral painted table with the hand embroidered table runner.

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3. Makeover Your Entrance

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We often spend so much time updating the contents of our home that we forget about what is outside at all. Updating your front door entrance is a sure-fire way to make your home look more expensive.

Give guests a fantastic first impression by adding a quirky and stylish house number. Then set the scene with potted greenery, chairs and other suitable details. The general rule is to bring out the theme of your home.

4. Layer Up Your Details

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Although unnecessary clutter will make your home look cheap and messy, styled layers of details will make your home look as expensive as The Ritz itself. Think about the homes you see on Pinterest and in home decor magazines, they have those perfectly placed layers: the throw, the stacks of cushions and even the piles of coffee table books.

Take a step back and look at the layers of each room as a whole, then add detail and depth by adhering to a color palette. Throw pillow covers are a brilliant way to add details. Opt for intricate, hand embellished details, as seen on ornamental embroidered throw pillow cover , for a truly luxurious finish.

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5. Change Your Photo Frames/ Layouts

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An aurora of different photo frames propped on various shelves can look messy, and, as result, cheap. Give your family photos a chic edge by investing in matching frames.

Rather than placing your photos on shelves, try arranging them on a wall for an upmarket ‘gallery’ look. Or even create a stylish shelf wall for a modern look.

6. Update Your Window Trims

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Another overlooked element of decor, new, detailed window trims can literally transform your whole home. Opt for matching trims throughout the whole home to make it look like it’s part of the architecture. Marie Antoinette style mansion: here we come!

7. Add Gold or Copper

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Nothing says hundred dollar bills like gold, rose gold or copper accents. Although a gold-pillared hallway may be out of your league, small, stylish metallic accents may be all that it takes to make your home look more expensive.

For your living room, try adding gold or copper photo frames, throw pillow covers, or pendant lights. On the other hand, your kitchen can be transformed with the simple addition of gold tableware, copper hanging plants, or even a copper kettle or toaster.

Your dining room can be turned into an area for royalty with our chic jacquard table runner.

8. Re-stain Your Wood

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Rather than throwing out your wooden furniture, give it a new lease of life with a fresh coat of wood stain. Go for expensive and glossy with a dark, oak stain. Or add an air of expensive vintage by using white paint and wood stain to create a weathered, shabby finish.

This is a great idea for stair banisters and doors too!

9. Sheer Curtains

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Have you ever noticed that the most expensive hotel rooms tend to have sheer curtains? Add these babies to your home for a polished and expensive finish. For bedrooms, layer sheer curtains over black-out curtains for a beautiful finish. Hang sheer curtains alone in living spaces to let that natural light shine in.

10. De-clutter!

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A cluttered home= a cheap home! Make your home look instantly more expensive by removing all clutter from the naked eye! Hide unwanted ornaments, books and general nick-nacks away in built-in storage. Or, if you really have no space, box it up and push it under your bed frame!

Now invite those friends over and watch them gawp!

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10 Common Home Decor Mistakes & How To Fix Them

Whether your home has been recently redecorated or needs a complete renovation, there are a number of common home decor mistakes that can completely spoil your home’s interior.

From rugs in the toilet (ew) to rooms that are so clinical they could be mistaken for a doctors surgery, here’s ten common home decor, and more importantly, how to fix them.

1. Too Clinical

Swedish minimalism may be all the rage, but too much of too little can leave your home feeling cold, clinical and impersonal. Although square shapes, clean white walls and an abundance of chrome may be incredibly ‘now’, it is also incredibly boring.

Have you ever entered a friends home and found it so overly clean and clinical that you feel like you can’t sit down or even move? A home that is too clinical or minimalist is in danger of entering this territory.

Fix It!

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Swedish minimalism is awesome, but it’s important to add some personality into a room too! Update blank walls with a trendy canvas or painting. Add printed or textures cushions to your sofa or bed to make it look more cozy.

If you choose to stick to an all-neutral palette, make sure that you add textures to stop it looking too clinical.

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Add some detail to a minimalist room with the solid geometric pillow cover and paisley embroidered pillow cover.

2. Not Buying For Your Lifestyle

That indoor hammock chair may look incredible in your bohemian friend’s living rooms, but it isn’t exactly great for your back problems. Similarly, the surround sound system may be great, but there’s no point buying it if you don’t really listen to music.

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No matter how amazing something seems, or how on-trend it is, only put it in your home if it suits you and your family’s lifestyle. As for that ridiculously priced surround sound system, sell it and treat your home to a new addition that suits your lifestyle.

3. Scratched or Cracked Tables or Surfaces

Tables and bench tops can be expensive to replace. However, scratched, cracked or damaged surfaces can immediately make your house look scruffy.

Fix it!

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No matter what surface is damaged, it can easily be fixed by covering it up with a table cloth or table runner. Smaller surfaces, such as small shelving units, can be covered by place mats.

If your room already contains a lot of prints, opt for a plain table cloth or runner. Plain or minimalist rooms can be given a new lease of life with printed pieces.

If you have several surfaces that need covering, opt for matching sets to keep your room looking clutter free. Our hand embroidered table cloth has matching table runners and place mats.

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4. Art That Is Hung Too High

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Art that is hung far above eye level can make a room look warped. Although most homeowners don’t consider how high to hang photographs and wall art, it can significantly affect the symmetry of the room.

Fix it!

This one is one of the easiest home decor mistakes to fix! Simply rehang the artwork so that it is at eye level. Home decor experts recommend hanging artwork about 60 inches off the floor.

5. Placing Furniture Against The Walls

You may think that placing your furniture against the walls of the room, will give you more space, but it actually does the opposite. In living rooms especially, sofas and furniture against the wall create a ‘boxed in’ effect. The result? Your room looks far more smaller than it actually is!

Fix It!

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Pull furniture in so that it isn’t resting against the walls. Draw the eyes more towards the center of the room by adding a rug or colorful table runner to the ground.

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Exotic oriental table runner

6. Forgetting Your Front Door

Home decor mistakes can literally start before you even enter your home! People seldom invest time and money in ensuring their front door looks welcoming and appealing. The result? Your home immediately gives off a bad first impression.

Fix It!

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Never underestimate the power of a colorful potted plant and a welcome mat!

7. Too Many Photos On Surfaces

There’s nothing more personal you can add to your home than family photos. However, untidy clusters of individual photo frames can look too cluttered and busy.

Fix It!

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Invest in a multi-photo frame or a gallery wall, consisting of matching frames.

8. Toilet Rugs

Rugs that are shaped specifically to go around toilets are the worst of all home decor mistakes! We understand that you want to add color and texture to your bathroom, but just no!

Fix It!

If your toilet is in your main bathroom, opt for a trendy bathmat and place in the center of the room. A separate toilet can be uplifted by hanging a wall hang or table runner on the back of the door.

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Saree border table runner.

9. Mismatched lighting

There is nothing more tacky than a chandelier in a floral kitchen or floor lamps in a bathroom. Ensure that your lighting fixtures match the overall theme and vibe of your room.

Fix It!

 

Keep your lighting in theme with the rest of your room. If all else fails, go plain and minimal!

10. Old or Rusty Hardware

You may have the most aesthetically pleasing kitchen out there, but all of this means nothing if the kitchen handles and hardware are rusty or cracked.

Fix It!

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Replacing your hardware is one of the easiest and quickest ways to improve your home.

What home decor mistakes are you guilty of? Let me know in the comments below…

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7 Reasons We LOVE Decorating Our Homes With Boho Decor

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you will know that boho decor and Banarsi designs go together like salt and pepper. If you’re yet to get on the boho decor bandwagon, I suggest you hop on there with dreams of exotic prints, paisley and everything hippy.

Get ready, as you’re about to seriously fall in love with bohemian decor! Here’s seven reasons why we are obsessed with boho decor.

1. Boho Decor Represents A Nomadic Lifestyle

If you dream of backpacking the world and getting lost in nature, boho decor is a perfect reflection of who you are. This is because boho prints became popular in the 60s an 70s when travelers brought them back from India and the Far East.  Whether you have traveled the world, or simply dream of doing so, bohemian decor will bring that nomadic lifestyle into your home.

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This decor is about as nomadic as you can get! Moroccan printed cushions and throws sizzle in an array of warm oranges and reds, whilst the world map mural is the epitome of wanderlust. Recreate this stunning living room by topping your sofa with our floral embroidered pillow cover and ornamental embroidered pillow cover. Top your sofa with our Arabian Velvet Table Runner.

2. It’s Uplifting

Consider how you feel when you walk into a clinically styled doctors surgery. Chances are, it makes you feel worse rather than better. There is something incredibly uplifting about boho decor. In among the rainbow of colors and punchy prints lies positive vibes. Due to this reason, it’s unsurprising that many spas and massage parlors choose to decorate in a bohemian style.

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This boho pool area is what dreams are made of! Recreate the muted and relaxing tones with our exotic oriental pillow cover and solid geometric pillow cover.

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3. There Are No Rules

The best thing about boho decor is that there absolutely no rules! No color palettes, no texture limits, nothing! So if you love a plethora of prints, a bucketful of textures and just about everything under the sun, a boho themed home gives you the excuse to get away with it! As a matter of fact, more is often merrier when it comes to bohemian. So feel free to chuck absolutely everything up on your walls and rejoice in the random, yet stylish look.

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When I created my DIY boho outdoor area, I mixed and clashed as many prints as my heart desired.

4. It’s Creative & Artistic

By definition of the Oxford dictionary, the term ‘bohemian’ refers to ‘a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practice.’ (Source: dictionary.com). The artistic nature of boho undeniably translates into boho home decor. Exotic, detailed prints are indeed works of art themselves, and, when styled well, can act as an inspirational creative space.

The artistic and unconventional aspects of boho decor are also present in the way the pieces are made or purchased. Boho homes often incorporate pieces that are vintage, hand made, from overseas and from flea markets.

5. It’s SO On Trend

Due to fashion’s revival of everything Seventies over the last few seasons, boho decor is huge! So if you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to make your home more stylish, bohemian is one hundred percent the way to go!

6. It Makes Everyday Feel Like Summer

Fall may be coming faster than a freight train, but that doesn’t mean that our homes have to feel dull and cold.  With boho decor, it’s Summer all year round. Be whisked away to the Greek islands with beautiful Mediterranean prints in an abundance of white and snorkel blue. Or feel the heat of India with saree prints, stunning embroidery and beautiful embellishments. In short, boho decor gives you the flight to the place that you can’t afford to visit!

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Bring the sunshine of Santorini to your living room with printed blue and white cushions. We recommend the jacquard paisley pillow cover and the solid geometric pillow cover. Add the oriental blossom table runner for a beautifully oceanic effect.

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Or opt for a warming, Indian bedroom with an array of red and fuchsia silks.

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To recreate this look, turn up the heat with the hand embroidered duvet cover set. Embellish with the paisley leaf and exotic oriental pillow covers.

7. It Takes Us Back To The ‘Peace’ Era

Boho and hippy style decor has a comforting nostalgic effect. Just a few paisley prints and earthy browns is all it takes to be transported to the peaceful era of the 1970s. We live in a post-modern, turbo speed world, full of terrorism, mental illness and environmental damage. Boho decor takes us back to a less scary time in the world.

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This genuine 1970s decor captures the ‘free spirit’ of the era to perfection! Get that hippy effect with pops of red and orange tones. The jacquard floral table runner is super 70s!

Jacquard Floral Table Runner

What do you love about boho? Let me know in the comments below…

 

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Tips For Decorating Your First Home

So you’ve finally got your keys to your first home? I give you permission to throw your hands up in the air and do a happy dance! **Insert hallelujah chorus** With the average Joe buying their first home at 33, getting onto that real estate market is now harder than ever. But, you’ve done it: you’ve hit the home run!

Now, it’s time for the fun part: decorating your home! But with an empty space and absolutely zero furniture, where on earth are you supposed to start? Don’t fret, I’m here to help! Having moved into my first home four weeks ago with my boyfriend, I know all about how to fill your home with necessities when you have the budget of a pauper!

Here’s my tips for decorating your first home…

Choose Your Theme/Style

First things first, you need to have a clear picture in mind about how you want your home to look. Do you like lots of color? Or do you prefer a minimalist style? Take into account the location of your home and the style of the building. Houses near the sea are practically made for beach decor, whilst rustic cottages would suit shabby florals and burnished wood.

If you are not sure what decor style you would like, start by doing off some research. Pinterest, home decor magazines and open home viewings can all spark a flame of inspiration.

Here’s a few themes to get your creative juices flowing:

Beach Style

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Soft, cool and soothing, this decor style is suitable for all beach bums, especially those who live near the coast!

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Hand painted 7 piece duvet cover set

Bohemian

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If you love clashing patterns, unique pieces and all things Ethnic, a boho themed home may be for you! The best thing about boho is that anything goes and that thrift stores and flea markets are an absolute gold mine!

Get The Look

Floral embroidered pillow cover

Exotic oriental table runner

Minimal

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If you like your home clean and clutter free, go like the Scandi’s and opt for clean and minimal.

Get The Look

Sophisticated two-tone embroidered placemats

Solid geometric pillow cover

Cottage

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Cute retro patterns, frills, lace and rustic wood are the ingredients for a gorgeous, quintessential, cottage-y homes. This style of decor would look so absolutely gorgeous in a cute building or in a country.

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Damask style elegant table runner

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Floral embroidered place mats

Get Thrifty!

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As much as your wallet wants you to live in an empty house, there are some things you just need to survive! I suggest writing a list of the furniture and appliances that are a MUST. In my opinion, you need the following if you are wanting to set up a new home:

Table & chairs, bed, fridge-freezer, oven, kettle, sofas/ comfort area, microwave, wardrobe, washing machine

This list may burn a hole in your pocket, but you don’t have to get brand spanking new things. Thrift shops & flea markets need to become your new hang outs and never underestimate the amount of junky furniture your older relatives may have lying around. Sure, it may smell of moth balls, but it’s a start!

Little By Little

Rome wasn’t built in a day so don’t expect your home to be either! You’ve just forked out major dollar on the house itself, so no one will expect it to look like the Kardashian’s abode! Decorate one room at a time and upgrade borrowed, thrifted, or downright ugly furniture bit by bit.

In the mean time, why not give your furniture a stylish and cheap makeover with a stunning table runner, place mat or table cloth?

For Tables

Use a full-coverage table cloth and no-one will have a clue about the hobo-looking mess that lies beneath.

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This hand embroidered table cloth will make your dining area feel a whole lot finer!

That wooden brown table may be out of reach, but this table cloth will make your old table look brand new, whilst remaining neutral.

For Dressers & Cabinets

A table runner is a chic addition to a feminine piece of furniture, such as a dresser or a cabinet. Go for a tasseled piece and let the feminine fringing hang or opt for punchy prints to instantly makeover a room.

The retro appeal of the jacquard paisley table runner is perfect for a dresser or vanity table.

This exotic oriental table runner is an instant fix for a damaged floor, TV unit, or even a hole in the wall. Plus, it’s super stylish!

For Small Furniture Pieces, Damaged Wall Parts or Stains

Don’t let a little stain, scratch or mark ruin a piece of furniture! Cover it up with a cute place mat.

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The Saree border place mat will add some ooph to any old wooden furniture.

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The embroidered paisley place mat adds a vibrant hit to worn out furnishings.

All that’s left to say is enjoy! Time to make your house a home!

 

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