Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April Showers

Yesterday’s weather was a beautiful surprise.  According to the weatherman, however, the next few days will be a little more true to April’s rainy reputation.  Although stormy weather is far from my favorite forecast, I try to remind myself rain really is a gift…even when it messes up my hair and leaves me with sopping wet feet.  We went on a search for rain gear so pretty it would have us excited about even the gloomiest of skies.  Here’s what we found:

Umbrella Stands

We weren’t initially sure whether this brass umbrella stand from Excellent Accents was better suited as a holder or piece of art.  It’s just under $110 which is actually a pretty reasonable price.  I mean look at it!  It’s gorgeous!

We found this 
ceramic owl umbrella stand on Amazon for right at $140.  It’s got a very trendy look to it and would look perfect in a vintage inspired or shabby chic home.

Blue Toile Umbrella Stand from Horchow is just under $100.  It’s classic blue and white fine china-esque print gives it an elegant, ornamental feel and each stand is painted by hand.


We love the shape and color of this Bella Pagoda Mint Green Umbrella.  It’s almost $100...a little steep for an umbrella, but classic from top to bottom.

The print of this 
Marimekko Ruusupuu Umbrella is dainty, bright, and perfect for spring.  At $40 it’s not too pricey either.

Peacock Folding Deluxe Umbrella is a cheap but fashion forward option.  I’m pretty partial to peacock feathers, and at just $30 I might just have to order this one myself.


Doormats are a great way to keep rain and mud where it belongs, outside the house.  Welcome your guests with a monogramed mat, like this one from Frontgate.  Depending on what size you choose, you’ll end up spending between $80 and $120.  Add a single initial free of charge for a personal touch.

Cleanscrape Welcome Mat is made of 100% recycled tire scraps.  It’s less than $ you get the added advantage of knowing you’ve done something good for the environment.

Isn’t this 
Tulip Doormat lovely?  It’s about $35...a great price for something so stylish and functional.


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