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September 5, 2018

Parrot Placemats

By Julia

This summer I was bitten by the tiki bug. I’m obsessed. Our house lacked a distinct location for a tiki lounge, but I improvised. Our three-season porch seemed like the best option since we were accustomed to relaxing out there, enjoying a cocktail and unwinding after a tough day. I just needed to set the mood with some vintage ephemera. We already had the swag-a-delic lamp to throw a nice amber glow across the room. I found some coconuts and some greenery. I made a DIY centerpiece for the table with shells. But the tiki space was missing something. I wanted to add a thatched bamboo-inspired layer to give the space some depth without being overwhelming. As soon as I found the parrot placemats, I was in love. They were exactly what I was looking for.

I put the parrot placemats on our terrific tulip table, which was already a part of the three-season porch.

Each placemat has a different parrot embroidered in the corner- so much more fun than the modern versions I found!

There are two different patterns in the thatching on the placemats. I like the visual appeal.

The placemats are from around 1970 and they are in great shape!

The parrot placemats add the perfect layer of visual depth I was looking for in the tiki space.

It’s so nice to sit out here and relax!

How about you, dear readers? Have any of you found some cool tiki ephemera this summer?

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3 Responses to Parrot Placemats

  1. mary Reply

    September 5, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Just that small touch adds so much to a room! I have found that even a tablecloth or like your room, the placemats add such visual appeal. Beautiful birdies.

    • Julia Reply

      September 11, 2018 at 8:49 pm


  2. John Dylla Reply

    September 6, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Great placemats but I won’t buy anything that I eat off of that is not NOS or can’t be washed first. Also, once these mats get soiled or dirty, it would be so hard and a real pain to clean them, if at all!

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