It’s been my experience that most people have a love-hate relationship with stripes –they either love ’em or they hate ’em! Stripes are the perfect mate for a room of florals and ikats. They add a nice linear and (often) masculine touch to a gaggle of pillows (a little known fact: a group of pillows, just like a group of geese, are technically known as a gaggle). A stripe is delicious on the back of a dining chair and spectacular on a roman shade. And don’t even get me started on how much I love a horizontal stripe on a drape. So chic! But there’s nothing I like better than a striped umbrella. It brings a garden to life with whimsy and a joie de vivre that screams summer. Black or deep brown stripes add an unexpected punch to a patio, but for me (of course) a colorful stripe can’t be beat!