I just started receiving the Grandin Road catalog and came across this...
You may not see the need for such an item but in our west facing condo it would be perfect!
We love our porch but during the summer the huge west facing windows really heat up our place. The temperature is at least 10 degrees warmer in the afternoon sun. Having an umbrella like that would really help keep out the sun without us having to close our blinds every afternoon. I think we will be keeping our blinds closed though because I just can't justify purchasing it for $430 before taxes or shipping.
They also had these really cool pictures,
They are $150 and can hold up to 10 letters!
I may see if I can do something like this on my own.
Wouldn't that make a great wedding present?