Design Stories

Designer Quick Facts: Jenny Suh

JENNY SUH Jenny has a great deal of interest in products and how to help people have better experiences with it. She believes that a functional product with beautiful aesthetics can enhance the user experience,...

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Bolo Planter DIY - A Peaceful Plant Sanctuary

Co-founder of @haustay vacation rentals and home decorator, Kylee (@therockawayhouse), had the idea to create an eye-catching ceiling display using our Bolo Planters, in order to bring some life into one of her bathrooms. This fun and beautiful...

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Umbra Head Office Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On September 10th 2020, the Umbra head office staff in Toronto were able to come together - at a distance - and celebrate the company's 40th Anniversary with an outdoor BBQ.     The celebrations...

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Behind the Design: Woodrow Can

 Written by Director of Product Development, Henry Huang WOODROW TRASH CAN      What was the inspiration behind your design? (ie. time, place, material, other item etc.) I was inspired by plywood material after seeing...

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Fall 2020 Design Trends

With September and the beginning of the Fall Season comes new weather, colors, patterns and trends. It's time to update your space for Fall 2020 and what better way to get inspired then reading about...

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Behind the Design: Quench Watering Can

Written by: Advanced Product Designer, Nate Asis  Umbra Quench Watering Can    SOMETHING TO PUT ON DISPLAY I wanted to create something “iconic” that would look great sitting on a shelf. Something with a very...

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How To Reorganize Your Entryway

As temperatures start to drop, the use of shoes, coats, hats, and bags goes up and your entryway will definitely start reflecting that. Entryway clutter feels like the never-ending problem, but all hope is not...

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Umbra Loves: August

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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How Nature Inspires Design Concepts

“How do the Designers think of new product ideas?” Inspiration can come from anywhere - Even a walk through nature. The Design Team went to Bruce Mill Conservation Area’s Treetop Trekking and Treewalk Village for...

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Our Top 5 Workspace Essentials

As we get back into the daily work and school schedule, it’s time to check the status of your at-home workspace. Here are some of our essential items for storage solutions or additional decor to...

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Behind the Design: Mingle Gallery Frame

Written by: Senior Design Lead, Sung wook Park -  THE STORY In highschool, I had a job stacking boxes, so I often like go to our warehouse, right here in Toronto to see the action. ...

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Graph Coffee Table Inspiration

Home decorator and DIY'er, Annie (champagne.chaos), shares with us beautiful photos of her Umbra Graph Coffee Table, along with some of her favorite features! "With small kids running around, we needed something that wouldn’t land...

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Some of Our Summer Essentials

The sunshine and warm weather are here, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors by the pool or with a cold drink. Here are some of our favorite items for summer entertaining and relaxation....

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Behind the Design: Fountain Planter

Written by: Senior Design Lead, Sung wook Park     -  THE STORY One of my favorite things to do is travel. I get a lot of inspiration from outside of the office and from...

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40th Anniversary Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted their favorite Umbra products for our 40th anniversary contest! Check down below to see the story behind our 4 winners' favorite Umbra products of all-time.   Adora - Brampton,...

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Bathroom Renos ft. the Hub Mirror

Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, our Hub Mirror suits a wide range of decor styles, bringing light to your space with the added durability of a modern, rubber frame.   Have a...

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Tipsy Bottle Opener - Umbra Store Display

In celebration of the new Summer Season, Sung wook, Jenny, Erica, Brianna and Chris from our Design Team headed to our Flagship Store in Toronto, to create a new eye-catching window display.     Here...

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DIY Living Walls With Floralink

An easy and fun way to add a pop of color and greenery into your space, Living Plant Walls can be done in a variety of ways to suit your style. Our Floralink Wall Vessels...

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Win Your Wishlist Giveaway Winner Interview

Thank you to everyone who entered our Win Your Wishlist Giveaway! One random winner was selected and we asked her a few questions! Congratulations Lauren!   When did you first learn about Umbra? What was...

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Umbra's Most Popular Planters

Tabletop planters, hanging planters and floor planters for all of your plant needs. These modern indoor planters make it simple to integrate plants into any space, and take care of them with ease. From our popular Triflora...

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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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Father's Day Gift Guide: Designer's Picks & More

Finding the perfect gift for Dad isn't always easy. This year we asked some of our design team to tell us their favorite gifts to give and receive. Check out below to see their picks...

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Win Your Wishlist Giveaway

WIN YOUR WISHLIST! ⁠⁠Browse our site and create your dream Wishlist of up to $1000 worth of Umbra products for the chance to win it all!  Click here to enter:  https://www.umbra.com/pages/win-your-wishlist **HOW TO ENTER:⁠1. Log...

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DIY Green Wall x Green Door Home Staging

After seeing the beautiful job that Emily and her Mom Luise did to create a live Greenery Wall with our Floralink Wall Vessels, we decided to reach out to them to hear more about their...

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Umbra Loves: April

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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2020 Mother's Day Gift Guide

This Mother's Day, get your mom something special and personal by choosing something you know she'll love.  Featuring a variety of designs and products, look through our gift guide for ideas and inspiration to get...

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Umbra $1000 Gift Card Photo Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in our photo contest including our $1000 Umbra Gift Card Winner Kristy Parsons!   Kristy and her pup, Maggie - @kristyparsons_   -  Tell us about your photo. What...

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Marble Easter Egg DIY

As we hop into the weekend, we wanted to bring some festive inspiration to your home with these beautiful DIY marble Easter eggs!  Follow along for an easy and fun activity you can do at home...

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Show Us Your Umbra & Win A $1000 Gift Card

WIN A $1000 UMBRA GIFT CARD  ⁣We are super excited to be giving one lucky winner a $1000 gift card to shop on umbra.com.  Take a picture and show off your beautiful space featuring Umbra by uploading...

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Umbra Loves: Work From Home Edition

Seeing all of the Instagram pictures of Umbra featured in your home office spaces has us feeling inspired. This week, we wanted to spread the love by sharing some of your beautiful pictures, along with...

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Work From Home in Style

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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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 to...

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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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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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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 CAN HARLO can be used as...

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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 need...

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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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