Friday, September 17, 2010

The Scalamandre Umbrella - Part II

From my last post, it is clear that I am smitten by the funky and fun Scalamandre Zebra Umbrella.  I love the fun zebra motif, the rich red color, and the heft and quality of the piece - it's just an all around winner in my book. 

Lisa Amiri - friend extraordinaire

Last night we held our ASID Ohio North Annual Meeting hosted by Marble & Granite Works.  It was an evening filled with wonderful food from Marigold Catering, yummy drinks, good networking, and warm friendship. 

Marble & Granite Works is a beautiful new showroom here in town - fyi!!

During the evening we held a Chinese Auction with donations from many of our local friends and Industry Partner with all proceeds going to benefit the ASID Foundation. 
Can you guess where this is headed...we had one of those wonderful Scalamandre Zebra Umbrella's as part of the auction.

And now for the part that let's me know exactly how lucky I am to be part of this local design community/family....

As I wandered around the tables perusing all the terrific items that we had for the auction, the umbrella kept calling to me and most of my tickets found their way into the umbrella ticket box.  I did put a few into the Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati ticket box - hubby is from Cincinnati after all. 

Fingers crossed...the ticket was pulled and...I didn't win.  Instead, my good friend and fellow designer, Lisa Amiri was the lucky recipient.  Yeah!  I knew it was going to a good home.  :)

Scalamandre Zebra Umbrella

And then my wonderful friend walked up to me with a big smile and a hug, and handed me the Scalamandre Zebra Umbrella.  "Happy Birthday, Sandy!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fantastic Scalamandre Zebra Print Umbrella

photo of Gino's, courtesy of the New York Times

I am in love with the Scalamandre Zebra Print Umbrella.  It's a wonderful, happy print and ... I think I just have to have one!!

After some research I have uncovered a bit of history about this Scalamandre pattern.  Story has it that the zebra print was first designed as a wall covering for Gino's Restaurant located in New York in the 1940's.  It went out of print over the years and was recently re-introduced into their line. 

The wall covering is available in five color ways; red, brown, yellow, green, and black.  I adore the red!

And now, the pattern has been made into a wonderful umbrella that's available in two sizes.  I had a peek at them in our local showroom.  The travel size is just right for me.

No sad rainy days with this little number protecting you.