I may be being overly optimistic here ~ it's been cloudy and raining non-stop on Long Island and, before I build and decorate an ark, I need to turn my mind to sunny days!
Check out all the different designs and colors patio umbrellas come in these days. I love not only the pagoda style of the black & white umbrella, but also the fact that it's black & white.
Photo courtesy of cushionsandumbrellas.com
This umbrella (above) looks almost like a lamp with it's drum-look shape. Love the vibrant colors.
Photo courtesy of awningscenter.com
This one reminds me of a circus tent (above)! I love the teal/aqua/turquoise one in the photo below.
Photo courtesy of tropitone.com
Just make sure you close your umbrella up tightly on windy, stormy days! They do have a tendency to lift up like projectiles (not that I had a broken bathroom window that was hit by one and then landed bending the whole umbrella up).
Photo courtesy of patioumbrellas.com
The picture above is an umbrella in my favorite color, but even more important, it is where I'd love to be right now!