This may be one of those things that doesn't photograph well and you need to see in person, but we thought it was so cool that we had to share. Our neighbor Caren is Danish and her house is full of amazing Scandinavian details. This is one — just inside the back door she removed some floorboards and inlaid a mat for wiping your shoes. Yep, its placed right into the floor — so it doesn't move, and since its flush the door glides right over it. More details after the jump...
Caren said that she measured the size on the floor she wanted her mat, had their carpenter cut out the floorboards and frame it (a nice detail) and lay down plywood underneath. Our local rug store cut a coir (coconut fiber) rug with rubber backing to size and all they had to do was place it in. It's easy to take out if you want to shake it, and even a door with weatherstripping attached to the bottom won't get stuck when you open it over the mat. It's hard to show in photographs how simple and clean this looks.
This particular mat has seen two kids grow up to adults and they have a big dog, so its not as new looking as it once was. It still immediately jumped out at us as an ingenious detail and one we've never seen before. For those of us who spend time straightening and re-positioning a doormat that gets pushed into the hallway several times a day, it's especially attractive.
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