Finding a pretty parasol for the garden, the pool or a roof terrace is a challenge.
At least in France or in the UK.
Perhaps I don’t know where to look but so far the outside umbrellas I have found are fairly sterile; practical but without an ounce of pretty. A good umbrella can make the smallest of spaces look totally fabulous. Add a few wonderful pots and some various shapes and sizes and just about anything can be transformed.
One of my latest crushes involves roof terraces.
I don’t have one, would love one but am unlikely to find one on my real estate adventures. We do have a move on the horizon but sadly I don’t think a roof terrace will be mine. Hopefully a courtyard garden or terrace will be enough to play with and for one of these to have pride of place. Give me a pagoda shaped parasol any day.
Around the pool I could see an old-fashioned striped version or a fabulous colour and shape with matching striped towels. Somewhere deep inside I must be channelling childhood memories of Beverly Hills and The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki; all pink and a vision to behold forever.
I like the old fashioned nature of a parasol in the garden rather than some mechanical contraption swinging off on all angles; they are the exterior umbrellas of choice oftentimes in France. I suppose they are practical if the massive arm swing when trying to erect them doesn’t wipe you out. They remind me of preying mantises with arms and legs going in many directions.
As the weather warms up in Europe I can’t help but think of the summer months ahead and ways to invigorate outdoor spaces.
I came across these beauties on my search and if you are in need of a little “parasol pretty”, look no further. xv
“Parasol Pretty”: In The Shade
image, shoreditch house london