PepperLu faux floor mats – Review and Giveaway!

June 21, 2011

Giveaway winner:  Jodi Elkins
- congrats!!

Review {and discount!}… PepperLu Faux Floor Mat

Let me start by saying that I spent just a tiny amount of time at Imaging this year, but I visited the PepperLu booth and fell in love…  when I got back I ordered…got my faux floor mat from  PepperLu and decided to test it out.

I ordered the Old School floor mat…   mat was rolled up in a large tube for shipping – slipped out and flattened very nicely – no wrinkles or folds from having been rolled up!   The image is superb – rich colors and textures, the surface is smooth and satiny but not shiny at all.  The material reminds me of a heavy duty mouse pad, which I like – it has some weight to it, which is nice for kids stomping around, and I don’t think it will slip and slide around like my muslins sometimes do on a slick floor.  Storage?  Just roll them back up!

From PepperLu:  PepperLu faux floor mats are made with a 25% lycra / 75% polyester blend fabric and 100% natural rubber.  When you’re done with them you can simply roll them up and move them.They are durable, easy to clean and they don’t wrinkle. They also don’t produce an unwanted light reflection that some vinyl backdrops or floors have.  All mats can be washed in a washing machine on cold and laid out flat to dry. Multiple washings may fade the color.

At 54″ wide x 72″ long – the mat is perfect for children and small family photography.  I am not sure I could fit more than 3 or 4 people but they do have a larger mat that is 10 ft wide – just for that purpose!

So how is it in action?  I love it!  Beautiful wood floor that lays flat and stays put – adds a nice warmth to an image without looking too fakey and prop-y.

I tried to show the absence of shine from the lights in the next 2 images angling from straight above (light left) and looking up toward her (and the light).

Draw backs:

  • Chairs (like the one above and probably shoes) create indentations in the floor since it is made of rubber… not permanent of course but you do notice it’s not hard wood this way.
  • It is not designed for groups or wide angle photography – being 6 feet wide this is a small group set up at most- perfect (and quite large) for what I do, but maybe not so much for large group photography.  BUT YOU CAN PURCHASE THE NEWLY AVAILABLE LARGER MAT WHICH IS 10 FEET WIDE!
  • The mat rolls up nicely and quickly for storage (or just a change of props), but when you pick the roll up it folds – much like a heavy carpet?  This is not a problem for use at all, but I would not be able to store upright unless I wrapped it around a pole or something.

This is a great addition to my studio!  I LOVE the look, the depth, the rich color, the realistic image, the ease of use and ease of storage compared to other options I have.  I think it will be a snap for on location photography as well since I don’t have to worry about wrinkling or slippery surfaces.  And I love that it is washable – especially photographing newborns!

Get yours at PepperLu Photography Adornments

{pssssst I talked them into a 15% discount thru July 22nd! use code “lifesimages:) }

***And more good news – enter below to WIN
a $50 gift certificate to PepperLu***

How to Enter … June 22 – June 26:

1. Like both PepperLu AND Marketing and Props on Facebook
2. Leave ONE comment below after you’ve done #1 and let me know your fav floor mat!
3. ONE Extra entry – Post “I Love @PepperLu and @Charitable Marketing for Photographers” on PepperLu’s wall – then enter your extra comment below

**prizes are chosen from in-stock items**

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Nicole Mathison: I like you both on fb :) I love Old School and Mocha...hard to pick just one!

Emilie: My favorite floor mat is the "Mocha"! Thanks for the promotion!

Cris: Vintage Marange!

Nicole Mathison: Posted on Pepperlu's wall also :) I Love PepperLu and Marketing & Props!

Cris: and for the extra entry... I did post on PepperLu's wall

nicole ackman roberts: I love the Old Barnwood floor mat

jessica martorana: i liked PepperLu (already liked you ;0) i don't know the name of it but love the one thats different colors and LOVE the brick!!

jessica martorana: Oh also posted on PepperLus wall. I Love PepperLu and Marketing & Props! woo hoo!!!

Kandice: I like you both on FB! I'm pretty sure it would be nearly impossible to pick a fave...I really love the vintage and the barnwood though!

Kimberly Marie: Already a fan of you both on facebook. I LOVE the wasatch mat!! :)

Kandice: I commented on PepperLu's wall!

Kimberly Marie: I commented on PepperLu's wall :)

Ollie Sumerall: What a great idea.

Heather: I like you both and I love the Mocha one!

Kristen Widman: I'm a fan of both of you and I love the "sundance" floor!

jeanine: Already 'like' them both! Love Sundance - thanks for the chance to win!

Chris Lechowicz: I like you both on FB. I LOVE Mocha

Karla: All "liked up"!! Thanks for a chance to win. My fav is the old schoolhouse one as well. Thanks!

Theresa Jacobson: I love the Mocha, but they are all beautiful.

Becky: I love all of them, but I really like the vintage marange mat. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Becky: I also did the extra entry on Pepperlu's wall.

Holli: I like both on FB!!

Suzanne Taylor: I absolutely need one of each of these floor mats (and backdrops) but i'm having a hard time choosing between Sundance and Old School. Can't I have both? :)

Linda: I like The Sundance and Old School. Looks like a great product! Linda

Cathy: I already liked both FB fan pages! I love the Old School floor mat!

Cheryl: I like you both on FB :)

Cheryl: I also made the extra entry comment on Pepperlu's wall :)

Melody C.: I was already a fan of Charitable Marketing, but liked PepperLu. Great product!

Melody C.: Also left some love on PepperLu's wall. :-)

Carol: I'm a fan of both & really like the look of the Old School floor mat!

Carol: I just left some love on PepperLu's wall!

Jennifer Cupp: I'm a fan of both and I have the vintage marange and I LOVE it, it photographs beautifully :)

Bethany: I liked Pepperlu on FB and already liked Marketing and Props. Love all of them but I really liked the Sundance floor mat.

Bethany: Just left some love on PepperLu's Wall. Thank you!

Brook Stewart: "Liked" PepperLu...the distressed barn wood mat is my favorite!

Brook Stewart: Commented on PepperLu's wall! Amazing stuff!

Kelli: I liked both on FB, and I think Tuscany is my favorite!

Kelli: And I went to PepperLu's wall and made a comment.

LILLIAN FELICIANO: I love the Old School!! Fan of both pages now

LILLIAN FELICIANO: Posted on PepperLu's wall also!!

Brandi Cunningham: Lovin' VIngatage Mirage!!

Erica: I like Vintage Marange!

Erica: Also posted on PepperLu's wall!

Jennifer Puckett: I am a fan of both pages, and I LOVE the "Old School" floor mat! Then again after looking over your products, I wouldn't mind having any of them! Great products!

Jennifer Puckett: “I Love @PepperLu and @Charitable Marketing for Photographers” was placed on their wall!!!

Leah Minogue: Love the Tuscany floor mat!

Anna Peterson: I love MOCHA! Already love you both on FB too!

Anna Peterson: Posted my love for you guys on pepperlu's wall.

Deanna: I liked both and I love the Old School floor mat!

Deanna: I posted my love on Pepperlu's wall

Melinda: I love both on Facebook!! My Favorite floor is Old School!!

Billy: I already liked you both. ( I 'liked' them back when you did your review!) I love the 'old school'

Billy: I posted on Pepperlu's wall

Melinda: I posted "I love @ PepperLu and @ Charitable Marketing for Photographers" on the wall! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Rebecca M: I already liked you and now I like Pepperlu too.

Rebecca M: I posted the "love @" on the wall.

Jennifer Allen: I like both on facebook. My favorite floor is sundance.

Jennifer Allen: Posted on Pepperlu's wall

Jenna D: I already "like" you both on Facebook! I hope to win - these floors look amazing!

Jenna D: I already "like" you both on Facebook! REPOST - I forgot to include my favorite floor...I love Old School (and Mocha is my 2nd fav!)

Jenna D: I posted on Pepperlu's wall

Candace S: I already like you both on Facebook! I really love the Heirloom floor!

Candace S: Posted some love on PepperLu's wall!

Thresa Ruggles: Like you both on Facebook.

Thresa Ruggles: Having seen your examples of "Old School" it is definitely my favorite floor right now!

Thresa Ruggles: Left the comment on PepperLou's wall that I loved 'em like you requested~

Jeannine Cooper: Like you both on Facebook!

Maria: I liked you both (already :) Thanks!!!

Carie Magee: Love you both and if I HAVE to pick a fav, I pick Mocha, although I would love to have them all! I can't wait to like them all!

Maria: I showed love on PepperLu's wall! <3

Sarah Carter: Ahh! I have been coveting an Old School floor for months! (Like you both on fb)

Jennifer Tortoro: Fanned :-) Like the distressed barnwood.

Sarah Carter: Left love on PepperLu's wall!

Haley Hickman: Like both of you on facebook!

Vicky Johnson: I love both you and Pepperlu!!!! I would have to say that the Old School is beautiful and goes great with so many things!

Vicky Johnson: Left my love on the wall of you both.

Amy Wonderling: I like both you and Pepperlu on facebook!

Amy Wonderling: I left love on Pepperlu's wall...seriously love both your items :)

Angela Stewart: I like both on Facebook! I love Sundance - very nice!

Angela Stewart: Posted on Pepperlu's wall!

Celeste McWilliams: Already "like" you both. Fabulous products. Thanks!

Jodi Elkins: Huge fan! Old School is my favorite floor!

Jodi Elkins: "Liked" both on FB...and sent love!

Jessica Smith: I completed number 1 and my FAVORITE floor mat is Heirloom. But it was a tough decision between that one and Marange. :)

Jessica Smith: Posted on your wall, although my tags would work. :)

Leslie Petersen: I liked both FB pages. Thank you!

Melanie North: Would love to take a mat for a spin in my baby studio sessions. Love the Mocha!

Elizabeth Golob: I like you both! Fav mat is is old school. Great products!

Cyndi Circle: Left some love at Pepperlu's and already loved you, okay that sounded wrong, lol. Anyway, I really love the old school mat. Thanks for the introduction to PepperLu!

Christine Kozlik: Your mats are amazing! The distressed barn wood is my favorite!

kayla: Would die to have this! Its beautiful! I need things like this. Right now I just use sheets as backdrops and floor cover!

kayla: I also posted on PepperLu's wall what you wanted so I could get an extra entry. I like the old school floor mat

Amanda: I've liked both of you for a while now!

Amanda: Added the @ both stores on PepperLu's FB wall for an extra entry!!!

Shandy patrick: I love the old school mat, and I am fans of both pages on facebook!

Kristy Oberts: I liked PepperLu's & Marketing and Props. I love the Old School Floor Mat cool!

Shandy patrick: Here my extra entry for Post ing “I Love @PepperLu and @Charitable Marketing for Photographers” on PepperLu’s wall

Kristy Oberts: ONE Extra entry - I Love @PepperLu and @Charitable Marketing for Photographers, left on PepperLu's FB wall. Smiles :)

Katie Cann: Love u both! And LOVE the Old School mat & Damask wall...both gorgeous!!!!!!!! (Posted extra love for extra entry!) Cheers!!!!

Katie Cann: Extra enty done! Thanks!!

Sarah JP: FB fans of both! And I am loving old school! Fingers crossed! :)

Carolyn Spranger: like you both! love the old school!

Elise W: Love the Tuscany one!

Elise W: Also did the extra entry - Thanks for introducing us to this wonderful vendor!

marcy eicholtz: I love Vintage Marange, but they are all beautiful!

Eliza Cowley: I like both PepperLu fb and Marketing & Props. Also did the extra entry.

Melody Serrano: Love ("Liked" on facebook) you both! :)

Melody Serrano: I also made the extra entry comment on Pepperlu's wall :)

Beth Gehoski: I love the Mocha floor mat! Liked both on FB. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Precious Creations- Tracy Snoke: I "liked" them and really loved them on fb. My favorite floor is Mocha :)

Precious Creations- Tracy Snoke: Also did the extra entry ! Would love to win....I have had my eye on several items ! I've never "won" anything, but would love to change that now ! heehee

Nicole Webber: I like Pepper Lu and Charatible Marketing Props on FB.

Victoria Martin: I liked you both on facebook and I love the mocha floor.

Victoria Martin: Did the extra entry. Hope I win!!!

Rosemary Burnell Hyser: Liked both vendors on FB and my favorite floor mat is the Heirloom

SarahAnn Miron: I liked both pages, added the "extra' entry- and I THINK my favorite is Heirloom. I'm sure it'll change five more times as I keep clicking through. LOVING these! Thanks for the chance to win! ( =

Marie Collins: I liked both pages. I loved the Tuscany!

JoAnna Nulton: Beautiful floor mat!! LOVE it!

Amara Cohen: I liked both pages, and I love the Mocha floor, and the distressed barnwood!

Amara Cohen: I also di the extra entry comment on Pepperlu's FB page.

Ollie Sumerall: I like you both on fb and the floors are beautiful!

Holli: I posted on pepperlus wall!

Holli: I really like "mocha"

Shay Sanchez: I haven't tried any of your products, but like them all. Will definitely be shopping with you now!!

Ali Smith: I "like" you both and I am loving the "mocha" mat!

Jessica Holmes: I liked both pages. My favorite mat in Sundance.

Blanca Dockery: I am a liker of both :) My fave floor is the barnwood :)

Blanca Dockery: I also posted on Pepperlu wall :)

Jessica Holmes: I posted the extra comment!

Chriselda Turcios: Loving mocha. = )

Chriselda Turcios: This is my extra entry and I hope I'm not to late it's 11:00 pacific time. Good luck everyone.

Rebecca M: And my favorite mat is the distressed barnwood floor mat.

Kay M: LOVE this stuff! Old school floor is my fave!