Ode to the Striped Umbrella

Brooklyn Limestone
The calendar tells me the first day of Spring is this week. The weatherman tells me otherwise. Nevermind another snowstorm, I'm forging ahead with plans of spring. There is something I've wanted to treat myself to for ages - a graphic striped garden umbrella for the backyard - but it feels so wasteful. I have a perfectly functional garden umbrella that despite my best efforts of leaving it out for the past few winters is still looking just dandy. This is the very definition of a first world problem. Anyone with me?

This example from Decor Aid is summer perfection.

And of course now that I'm trying to not be such a consumerist schlub, I see them everywhere I go. Dare I say I'm smitten with striped umbrellas? Ok yes, I'm smitten.

Of course some of my favorite bloggers have a black striped umbrella already in their backyards so I probably was not so subtly influenced by their styles.  Case in point, Chris Loves Julia's deck is just amazing like everything else they do (that outdoor fireplace is giving me serious backyard envy).  And the graphic punch looks just as lovely in more humble settings like this little corner shady spot from Blissful Bee (check out the entire backyard and you'll see the rest of it is not so humble!) and this great dining space by Rambling Renovators.

Or maybe we need some international influence?  From Australia, Porchlight Interiors knocked it out of the park on the left with Ballard Designs recreating an english garden on the right.

Need I say more?

I don't know if I can go another summer without one!  I have my eye on this one which is reasonably priced but lacks any reviews.  Anyone have this model and want to vouch for it's sturdyness?

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