Design Stories

Add Some Style to Your Home Workspace

Update your space and create the home office you've always wanted. Creating a space that you feel comfortable in is of the utmost importance when trying to stay both peaceful and productive. From decor to storage, these...

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Umbra In Your Home: March

We Like Your Style. We’re inspired by you and the beautiful spaces you create. Here are some of our favorite Instagram photos shared by Umbra customers from around the world along with their favorite part...

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Behind the Design: Swivo Side Table

Made of natural wood and white metal, Swivo is an elegant and versatile side table that features soft edges and two tabletops that swivel to accommodate your space. This side table makes the perfect companion piece to...

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Non-Damaging Drapery Solutions

Not sure how to hang curtains without drilling holes? Whether you live in a rental or don't to drill holes into your ceiling or walls, these modern curtain rods and drapery solutions from Umbra are easy...

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7 Products That Will Make Spring Cleaning A Breeze

Spring is finally here! Although we are excited to say goodbye to the colder weather, we know with a new season comes new organization and the dreaded task of "Spring Cleaning". We're here to make this...

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Infinity Sqround Picture Frame: Square, With A Little Bit of Round

What do you get when you mix a square with a round shape?  ... INFINITY SQROUND An extension of the Infinity Family, Infinity Sqround creates an eye-catching statement, highlighting your photos, artwork or illustrations of...

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Behind the Design: Triflora Hanging Planter

Triflora Hanging Planter Looking for a simple, elegant way to add a touch of nature to your decor? Umbra’s Triflora Hanging Planter makes it easy to hang small indoor plants including air plants, succulents, herbs...

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DIY Mother's Day Collage

Mother's Day is just around the corner and we want to help you celebrate the amazing mother figures in your life with this easy, quick and super personable DIY. Featured is Umbra's graphic designer, Sasha,...

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Practical Gifts to Buy Someone That You’ll Secretly Want for Yourself

Practical, organized people can’t stand clutter, so what can you get them as gifts that aren’t going to take up a lot of space or mess with their sensible fengshui? Useful items that assist them...

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Three Tips for Choosing a Jewelry Box

Finding the best jewelry box for you is a personal decision. You want a lovely container to hold your precious accessories. You likely want it to suit your style, while being practical enough to neatly...

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Tipsy Takeover: A Bottle Opener That Balances

A conversation starter and bottle opener like no other...  INTRODUCING TIPSY BOTTLE OPENER   Tipsy redefines the classic bottle opener for an interactive bar accessory that will catch everyone's eye. Made of cast metal with a...

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40 Never Looked So Good: Celebrating 40 Years of Umbra

After many years of modern, original, functional, and casual design for the home, Umbra is now celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2020. Born out of a passion for creating original designs for every home, Umbra has...

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Easy Ways to Add a Touch of Modern Design to Your Home

The appeal of modern decor is the feeling of space, simplicity, and style that it brings to a room. Sleek lines and the use of natural materials are common in modern furniture and design. Any...

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Upgrade Your Closet with Unique Storage Solutions

Navigating a cluttered closet isn’t much fun. If you’re frustrated with your closet, let’s look at a few organizational essentials that may make your life a bit easier. Organizers and other little hacks can help...

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Spruce Up Your Workspace With These Tips

Since many of us spend most of our waking hours of the day at work, it makes sense to create an inviting environment around us that keeps us happy, productive, and motivated. Whether you need a...

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The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Him & Her

Need a last-minute gift idea? From jewelry storage to bottle openers, Umbra's modern and unique products are made to share and gift to all of the special people in your life. Shop our Valentine's Day Gift...

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Add Contemporary Coziness to Your Bathroom Vanity

Vanities can really define the style and feel of a bathroom, and double vanity feels especially luxurious. Whether you have one or two sinks in your vanity, your dedicated space can really make the difference,...

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Five Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Jewelry Box

Your treasured jewelry collection deserves a proper home. If you’ve taken time over the years to acquire special pieces, you already know the value of storing your jewelry properly in a functional yet stylish jewelry...

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Curtain Rod Basics: Types of Curtain Rods & Hardware

From modern curtain rods to brass curtain rods, there are a variety of curtain rod types and styles on the market. For many, curtain rods and the accessories that go with it can become confusing....

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New Decorating Ideas to Try in Your Home in 2020

A common New Year’s resolution can often involve getting organized and sprucing up your home decor. It’s fun to make changes that will make you happy and spruce up your environment a bit. Here are...

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New Year, New Design

Ring in the new year with new designs and innovations from Umbra. Whether your resolution is to switch up some old furniture or get more organized, these modern and decorative products are sure to freshen...

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Gift Guide For: The One Who Takes Too Many Photos

Umbra Picture Frames + Displays Picture frames and photos displays for the person in your life who always has a camera in hand. These unique and modern Umbra products make the perfect gift for someone...

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Gift Guide For: The Design Obsessed

For the people in our lives who are extra fascinated by design, these original and modern products from Umbra will be sure to bring a smile to their faces. Pleasing to the eye while remaining...

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Gift Guide For: The Jewelry Lover

Umbra Jewelry Organizers A gift guide for all of the jewelry lovers in your life. Umbra has a variety of modern jewelry organizers including, jewelry boxes, jewelry stands and ring holders to help keep jewelry...

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Gift Guide For: The Green Thumb

Umbra Planters For the green-thumb friend of the group who seems to never have too many plants, these Umbra planters make a great gift idea. Pair any of these planters with their favorite indoor plant...

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Gift Guide For: The Organized One

We all have that one friend who is always on top of things. No matter the time of day, their house is always spick and span, and every item has a home. For a friend...

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Designer Profile: Dominic Montante

We sat down with designer Dominic Montante to talk all things design including the highlights, the challenges and what inspires him the most. Hey, Dom! Thanks for sitting down with us, we know you're a...

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How Umbra Forever Changed the Business of Dressing Windows

At Umbra, many product ideas start with a personal need or frustration due to lack of availability in the marketplace. In the late '80s, my apartment bedroom windows had an immediate need for some sort...

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10 Items for Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and hosting family and friends not only requires a lot of prep work but also comes with a large clean-up afterward. These 10 products from Umbra keep your entertaining...

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Office Necessities

An essential part of creating or maintaining a productive work environment is sprucing up your office or desk space with accessories that will make your workday easier and effective. These Umbra office must-haves are some of...

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Back to College: Umbra's Favorite Dorm Storage Solutions

Organizing a small living space, especially a dorm room, can get quite difficult. It is important to find the right storage solutions in order to ensure your room remains mess-free. With the help of these...

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Back to College: Decor Must-Haves

College dorm rooms are known for their dark, boring and plain walls. Wall décor plays an important and exciting part of making your room feel homier while adding your own personal flair. From photo displays...

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From Children’s Toy to Household Staple

By the late '80s, Umbra had diversified beyond just paper window shades. We had realized that shades alone were too niche and difficult for retailers to stock and display, and found success with simpler items...

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Back to College: Kitchen Essentials

Sharing kitchen space and cookware with roommates can get messy fast. These kitchen tools will not only make cleaning up easier and faster but will make sharing a kitchen more enjoyable and less chaotic.  -...

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Summer Entertaining Made Easy

Entertaining in summer can be a lot of work. With these fun decorative and multi-use products, your next summer party will be enjoyable for both you and your guests.   HARLO TRASH CAN HARLO can be used...

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Back to College: Bathroom Accessories

Arguing over spending too much time in the bathroom is a common college problem. These bathroom accessories will make sharing this space easier while keeping everyone’s products organized and ensuring the bathroom stays clean.  -...

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Back to College: 5 Items to Organize Your Desk

Moving all of your belongings to a new and small space can be quite overwhelming. Smart storage solutions help make the transition to college dorm living a bit easier. With these practical and stylish products,...

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Umbra's Top Picks for Graduation Picture Displays

The end of the school year has arrived, meaning more graduations to attend and celebrate. Document your cherished memories by displaying your photos, and mementos in one of these unique frames and photo displays. DOCUMENT PHOTO...

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Umbra x Youthlink

Last week, Umbra attended the Grand Opening of Youthlink's Youth Transition Home & Emergency Shelter located in Scarborough, Ontario. Youthlink is a registered charity and youth mental agency dedicated to providing the support, guidance and opportunities Youth needs...

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Umbra x Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Working with students and collaborating with young designers has always been a passion here at Umbra. Check out our video for highlights from our latest collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  A big thank you to everyone...

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Marble Easter Egg DIY

As we hop into the weekend, Adrienna Matzeg from the Umbra Design Team wanted to bring some festive inspiration to your home with these beautiful DIY marble Easter eggs!  Products Featured: Poise Jewelry Tray, Trigg Tabletop, and Zoola Bunny Ring...

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A Gift For Dad

I often look at the Umbra catalog for shopping and back in 1999, I was looking through it in search of a gift - for Father’s Day this time. My dad was in his 60’s,...

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