October 1, 2015
The HUB Mirror Hook isn't just for hanging. The mirror will make sure you look great before you walk out of the house. The HUB Coffee table is a modern coffee table with two tiers for storing or displaying.
The HUB Console Table is a slim table that will help you turn a small space into a useful and decorative one. The HUB Umbrella Stand is an umbrella stand you'll be proud to display. It might even help you hang on to those umbrellas a little longer.Read more
Posted in Product Feature
September 18, 2015
1. MOUNT THE ROD CLOSE TO THE CEILING
Far too often people are tempted to hang the curtains right at the top of the window frame. You will make the room and the window look taller by bringing the rod closer to the ceiling or the crown moulding. Don't worry if you have a lot of wall space above the window, the drapes will help disguise that.
2. EXTEND THE ROD
I like to treat the window frame as the place where the drapery panels should start and move OUT, not into the window itself. The goal is to always make the window look bigger, not smaller and let as much light in as possible. To do this I like to extend the rod 16" (40.6 cm) - 20" (50.8cm) past the frame. That’s where the panels will sit when they are open, consequently making the window look larger.
3. DON'T FALL TOO SHORT
I always like my curtains to 'kiss' the floor. It’s a clean, modern look. Beware of drapes that are too short! Anything over half an inch off the floor looks strange, so don't end your curtains halfway up the wall unless you have an issue like a baseboard radiator to contend with.
4. CREATE A "PHOTO-READY" LOOK
A tip for getting the photo-ready look is to train your curtains to fall properly resulting in a clean, tailored pleat that will stay put. There are a few steps in this process but it’s worth it:
1) Iron or steam curtains prior to hanging them to remove the bulk of the creases. Hang pressed curtains in neatly folded panels on hangers or better yet lay them out on a bed or a sofa until they are ready to be installed.
2) Once curtains are installed, start at the top of the rod and gently follow the folds or the pleats down the entire drape with your fingers. They will naturally follow a fold based on the hooks or grommets at the top.
3) Once you have even pleats all the way through, wrap them gently in a paper towel and loosely tape the paper towel shut. Do this at the bottom and the middle (the top folds should hold themselves on the rod), and leave them for 48-72 hours to let them set. If you have a steamer this will help encourage and speed up the process.
4) Remove the paper towels, gently ruffle the panels to loosen them up.
About Andrew Pike
Andrew is a Toronto based designer and resident Décor Expert on The Marilyn Denis Show where he has gotten to know the Umbra team. His boutique design business provides design services to residential and commercial clients in Canada and abroad.Read more
September 2, 2015
This spring we held a photo contest to fill our photo frames with personal images from around the world. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are thrilled by the response and love seeing your work.
Posted in Win
August 20, 2015
Decorating a small space doesn’t mean you need to lack style. Here are some smart designs for your study space, bathroom and entryway to keep you organized with flair as you head back to school.
Umbra FLAPPER Coat Rack is a stylish standing wooden coat rack that will keep everyone's things in order in your small space. TRIGON Bulletin Board will dress up bare walls with the geometric shape and give you somewhere to store important notes and photos. Add a pop of colour to your space with the award winning OH Chair. It's so comfy you can even use it to study. STASHA Organizer is a stylish desk top accessory for storing the little but important things such as keys and your mobile. CONCEAL Shelf is one of the best ways to personalize your space with favourite editions (if you are allowed to drill holes). PERTIME Clock is a a functional way to add a little colour.
VANA Prep Station will help you solve bathroom storage challenges with extra space for everyday essentials. Mirror has 10x magnification that will make it easy to get ready without fighting for mirror space with family or roomies.
CRUNCH Bins and Totes make for great portable storage and good looking laundry. You can even fold them away when not in use. FLIP Hook inspired by the ultimate small space design found in airplanes, can be used for hanging clothing, towels or just about anything else.
Corner Can is a trash can that will help you make use of every corner and keep trash out of sight.
See more Umbra designs for back to school.Read more
Posted in Product Feature
August 4, 2015
For many years Umbra has engaged students through school collaborations, donations, design competitions and mentorships. The latest competition, "For Students. By Students.," was a challenge to students from three design schools—Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia University and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY—to design products that they themselves would use. The result? Ten stylish small space designs perfect for decking dorm rooms.
Umbra kicked off the project with in person meetings and mentoring sessions and followed up through daily design feedback and guidance through an online portal.
Products are available in the US at Target and Umbra will continue to work with other retailers and design schools around the world to create opportunities for emerging designers.Read more
June 17, 2015
Window treatments have an important functional purpose, but are also a great way to decorate a room. With many different drapery hardware solutions out there how do you know what one is right for you?Read more
December 8, 2014
Since 2009, we have been a proud supporter of Interval House in Toronto, Canada’s first shelter for abused women and their children.
Interval House is a leader in the campaign for women’s empowerment, providing innovative, specialized services that help abused women and their children transform their lives and break the cycle of violence. Interval House’s holistic approach provides many services from crisis intervention to re-integration into the workforce and community, giving women and children the chance to rebuild their lives. Read MoreRead more
Posted in Community
November 29, 2014
Not sure what to give this Holiday? Make it something you want.Read more
Posted in Gifting