Best Foot Forward
A doormat is more than a place to wipe your feet—it’s an opportunity to make a lasting impression.
A guest at your doorstep glances down while giving her shoes a polite scuff or two. Does she see a decorative rug? A make-do mat? Perhaps a perky, quirky little number? A cheat sheet on the statement you—via your doormat—are making.
Fuss or Muss
This hardy coconut-fiber rug will clean boots and paws for years with a minimum of wear. For people who are into: L. L. Bean, luxury crossovers, big pets. $18–$24, Bowl & Board, 1354 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-566-4726, bowlandboard.com.
A sage man once said, “There’s a very fine line between clever and stupid.” The “Hi. I’m Mat.” doormat walks that line carefully, making it an apt choice for wits who can back up its low-level humor with highbrow quippery. For people who are into: HBO’s Extras, burlesque, etymology. $18, Black Ink, 5 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-497-1221, blackinkboston.com.
Residents displaying this cheeky reproduction of a manhole cover clearly love their city. Of course, it may raise compelling questions—like “Is it electrified?” For people who are into: Dropkick Murphys, brewery tours, other thirtysomething MySpace users. $25, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.
While lots of colors may suggest décor indecision, this mat’s lineage (it’s made from beach-shoe factory remnants) places it firmly in the surfer constituency. For people who are into: nongenetically modified soy, agave nectar. $29–$89, vivaterra.com.
Back to Basics
Cheery and upbeat, but smart in space-age fibers, this Dash & Albert polypropylene mat appeals to folks who enjoy donning aprons regularly. For people who are into: brasseries, biodynamic wine. $34, Hudson, 312 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-292-0900, hudsonboston.com.
The tidy fashion plate who owns this indoor/outdoor shag by Chilewich carefully steps over it each time he takes his puggle out for its evening constitutional. For people who are into: the subprime loan crisis, coq au vin, Moby, HNWIs. $45–$150, Didriks, 190 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-5700, didriks.com.
While guests will surely put this postage stamp–size Tibetan rug to use, they’ll need military precision to keep both feet on it while doing so. For people who are into: K rations, firm handshakes. $35, Bodhi Tree, 1684 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-441-3330, bodhitree-cambridge.com.