Design Stories

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 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 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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St. Patrick's Paper Clover DIY

Inspired by St. Patrick's Day, Adrienna Matzeg from the Umbra Design Team set out to create something that would bring a little luck into all of your homes with this paper clover DIY paired with our Nesta...

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