Doesn't it look adorable?! While I don't have a before, you won't have much trouble imagining it. Two silver bowls. One brown mat with a dog bone border. Way, way, WAY boring.
To update, I ran up the street to Pier1 and grabbed two dinnerware bowls and a placemat. Boom. Done. A simple update that cost me less than $20 (minus food and toys - spoiled dogs are expensive!). Much easier on the eyes and more cohesive with the rest of the decor. I can't tell if Ruby notices a difference but let's face it, this update was for me, not her.
To get the look, here are some other placemat/bowl combos. Most of them are from Crate and Barrel because I am LOVING their tableware collection right now. Tips for making it work? Play up the patterns and color palettes exactly how you would decorate a table or the rest of your home. Mix geometric graphics with more natural fabrics or mimic some of the same pattern throughout the setting.