Shopping The Valley: Fun For Feet
Clockwise from top left: Cast-Iron mat (TJ Maxx, $39), "Gardener's Delight" mat (Cocoon, $7), "City Manhole" (Home & Planet, $26) and "Stylish Fiber" (Strictly Mission, $38) (Ed Landrock/The Morning Call / March 30, 2006)
Got lots of little feet in your house? This cast-iron creation featuring a vintage scroll and flower design will stand up to almost any wear and tear. Available in a shining array of patinas from bronze to cast-iron black, it makes a style statement to boot. $39 at T.J. Maxx, Bethlehem, 610-317-0930, and Whitehall, 610-266-6172.
You can announce your love of the garden to your guests even before your plants are blooming with a pretty pattern. Welcome spring with the garden-themed jute mat from Tag. It will help keep the dirt outside in the garden where it belongs. $7 after customary 50 percent discount at Cocoon, Wescosville, 610-395-3995.
Bring an attitudinally urban twist to your doorway with Feet First's flexible, life-size manhole cover mats, made from recycled tires. You can be clean and green with patterns copied from manhole covers in cities around the world. Find one for $26 at Home and Planet, Bethlehem, 610-866-7370.
FIBER AND STYLE
American Arts & Crafts designer Dard Hunter's clean graphics adorn this thick coconut fiber mat for a modern, trendy look that's at home anywhere. $38 at Strictly Mission, 3946 Lanark Road, Coopersburg, 610-797-8640 or toll-free 866-MISSION. See additional Dard Hunter designs at www.strictlymission.com.