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Umbrella Holders: Useless Décor or Useful Style Score?

It’s easy to imagine umbrella holders gracing every doorway in the quaint, rain-swept cottage towns of the Northeast or in the clusters of beach bungalows lining the Florida coast, but do they work as well in homes located in drier locations?</br></br>That would depend on your definition of “work” and your opinion on whether an <a title="Umbrella Holders" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/entryway-furniture/umbrella-holders/" target="_blank">indoor umbrella holder</a> can serve as attractive décor in a dry spell. Here are some tips on how to keep umbrella holders on the sunny side of the must-have décor divide:</br></br><strong>Choose an umbrella holder that doesn’t look like a trashcan.</strong></br></br>Much like art, umbrella holders are very subjective décor pieces and that can work for or against you. If you think about it, an umbrella holder is only an umbrella holder if you say it’s an umbrella holder. Otherwise, it’s a vase, a trashcan, a scarf bin, etc.</br></br>Fortunately, there’s a way for you to broadcast the purpose of any umbrella stand …</br></br><strong>Keep an (extra) umbrella in it.</strong></br></br>Always make sure there’s an umbrella in your holder and you’ll never have to worry about digging trash out of the bottom of it, or answer questions about the “empty vase by the door.”</br></br>Plus, it’s a thoughtful gesture for guests who arrive without one and you need an extra umbrella they can borrow while you’re out on a rainy-day excursion.</br></br><strong>Don’t let the weather dictate your décor or style.</strong></br></br>Rain or no rain, you can make an umbrella holder work if you really want one no matter where you live. Style and taste are not beholden to the weather, and at times weather may even fail to influence it in predictable ways.</br></br>For example, Seattle is renowned for its rainy weather, but <a title="KOMO News" href="http://www.komonews.com/weather/blogs/scott/Proof-Seattleites-dont-need-umbrellas-in-the-rain-just-coffee-142833905.html" target="_blank">many Seattleites pride themselves on never carrying umbrellas</a>. Strange, perhaps, but that doesn’t mean many of those same Seattleites don’t have umbrella holders – with umbrellas ready and waiting.
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