When my husband and I first moved into our house years ago, the aspects of it that caught my eye the most were the standard features. Things like the number of bedrooms and the size of the kitchen and where the couch would go in the living room.
Fast forward to today and of course those things still matter, but now there is so much more to this house. After living here and raising children here, it sounds corny to say, but this isn't just our house, it's our home.
That's why when it comes to making decor purchases, whether for indoors or outdoors, I look for items that not only fit our style and taste, but are ones that give our home a little extra something.
And that search for something attractive and high quality and special has led to the large selection and unique pieces at WinterthurStore.
Inspired by the beautiful Winterthur estate located in the Brandywine Valley of Delaware, WinterthurStore.com offers a collection of beautiful accessories and gifts that combine the elegance of the past with the modern feel of today.
The result? Items that enhance the atmosphere and beauty of your home and garden that would look equally as wonderful there as well as in the extraordinary museum, garden, and library of the estate.
As I'm looking forward to a great deal of rest and relaxation outdoors in the spring weather this upcoming Mother's Day and beyond, the Outdoor Living category at WinterthurStore caught my eye - in particular the Outdoor Accents. Who doesn't love a great way to spruce up the look of their home?
And when the Umbrella Rain Chain arrived, I knew it was going to be just right to add to the appearance and atmosphere of our yard.
Reaching an impressive 99" in length, this all-copper rain chain not only adds visual interest to our home but it also helps act as a downspout for all of the rain that we have been experiencing recently. The simple yet beautiful 4" wide umbrellas...
...are attached together with the chain and are easily hung up using the triangle-shaped brackets at the top.
With such an easy attachment, all that was left was for me to decide on the best location to hang the Umbrella Rain Chain so that it could be enjoyed as much as possible.
What a great addition to our home! When it isn't raining, this rain chain resembles a piece of artwork that draws your eye over to its rich copper color (which, according to WinterthurStore, will acquire a lovely, natural patina over time). And when it is raining, the umbrellas break the fall of the drops, which then run down each one due to the surface tension, making a soothing sound.
I find that the centuries-old Japanese system of a rain chain is a fascinating process in itself, but throw in the beauty of WinterthurStore's high quality craftsmanship and design and I think I could pull up a chair to watch and listen to this every time it even begins to drizzle!
The Umbrella Rain Chain retails for $89.95 and is also available as a Fish Rain Chain, which is pretty darn cute. For any mom who enjoys the outdoors and would like a way to incorporate the look of early America with a touch of modern inspiration, WinterthurStore has the Mother's Day gifts that she will adore.
And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be able to enjoy the pitter-patter of raindrops as well, because...
One lucky person will win an Umbrella Rain Chain from WinterthurStore!
To enter to win: Visit WinterthurStore and tell me another of their great items that you would like to own.
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A big thank you to WinterthurStore for providing an Umbrella Rain Chain for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.