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Rain or shine, these artistic finds will keep your home feeling cheerful—and dry—all year long. By Samantha Miller
“Blow-up” umbrella stand by Fernando & Humberto Campana, Waylande Gregory grid turquoise umbrella stand, and Home Decorators owl umbrella stand.

This week's forecast may call for sunny skies, but as Washingtonians know all too well, the region is notorious for its capricious weather patterns and inevitable April showers. To keep your entryway looking stylish and puddle-free, we found 14 distinctive umbrella stands for every price range. We're especially smitten with this year's selection of more whimsical designs, including Z Gallerie's terra-cotta rainboot and Home Decorators Collection's ceramic owl. Whether you're looking for something sleek and modern or classically chic, one of these umbrella stands is sure to have you singing in the rain come May.

Posted at 12:45 PM/ET, 04/03/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Recreate Don Draper’s office in your living room By Alyssa Rosenberg

Of all the sigh-worthy things that come onscreen during an episode of Mad Men, one always stands out to me as particularly unobtainable today: the sheer luxurious square footage of Don Draper’s office. Can you imagine what a studio with those views would rent for in modern-day New York? But if we can’t luxuriate in Draper’s executive suite during the workday, it’s easy enough to recreate the sleek, inviting ambiance of his lair in a living room at home. And redecorating is a great way to kill time until next season, which has been delayed by creator Matthew Weiner’s acrimonious contract negotiations with AMC.

No New York skyline view? No problem. Hang this stretched-canvas print of the Chrysler Building by artist Debbi Granruth level with a window for a tromp l’oeil suggestion of more exciting surroundings outside.

Fine Art America, $165.

Mimic the abstracts on Don’s wall by scattering these paint-splashed pillows across your sleek couch. They’re perfect bolsters for an evening of television-watching or Manhattan-drinking. CB2, $34.95 and $39.95.

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Posted at 12:04 PM/ET, 03/25/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Two-wheeled home design. By Sarah Zlotnick

Saigon Rattan Model Tricycle
At ten inches tall and six inches wide, this woven rattan trike—modeled after a popular Vietnamese bike style—is perfect for holding fruit or candy. It also wouldn’t look too shabby on a fireplace hearth.

$16.50 at

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Posted at 09:20 AM/ET, 11/04/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()