Keep Cool this Summer under a Beach Tent

sombrilla sun protection

sombrilla sun protection
photo: Sombrilla by Hollie & Harrie

Although we love the warmth of the sun, sometimes it is too much and we start looking for a shady area.

bohemian beach tent
photo: Alysha Findley via Apartment Therapy

To enjoy a full day at the beach or to entertain friends a hot afternoon, you could built your own Bohemian beach tent, like this gorgeous one I saw on Apartment Therapy.

sombrilla sun orange
Photo: Love’n The Sun Orange $180 AUD by Hollie & Harrie

If you prefer to buy one, check out the nice Sombrilla by Hollie & Harrie. I do not know why the nicest patterns are exclusive models for Australia. It comes with everything including aluminum poles and a shoulder bag. I like the cheerful Love’n The Sun Orange.

diy canopy
photo: Martha Stewart

My last suggestion is to make your own cloth canopy. The hardest thing would be how to hang it; that depends of your space.  Supplies that you may need are a grommet kit to punch sturdy holes into your fabric, tent poles or bamboo sticks, stout cord, and sturdy pegs. Make sure that you invite 3 friends to help you with the canopy installation. Head to Martha Stewart for more details.

  • Heather T
    July 6, 2012 at 08:55

    LOVE that Sombrilla. That would be amazing even in our backyard, for the kids to play under. Much more stylish than a big ol’ umbrella.

  • Claire (Harrie)
    July 9, 2012 at 05:42

    Hollie & Harrie here, I’m sorry the designs you love best are not available. They’re from our 2011 range and sold out in the USA last summer. The new designs have some fantastic improvements though and shipping is only $15! Love your blog, Hollie & Harrie xx Let the sun shine on…and save your skin!

    • Kim
      July 9, 2012 at 17:29

      Thank you, Claire, for the precision. I noticed that some models seem to have added features. These must be your latest models.

  • Claire
    July 10, 2012 at 02:33

    Hi Kim!

    Yes, we made a few tweaks – the new Sombrillas now have lighter aluminium poles and a new carry bag so it’s easier to take to the beach. And we’re one step closer to being completely plastic-free with new steel tent pegs.

    Thank you again, we’re thrilled you and your readers are fans.

    P.S. We’re following you on Twitter now, so see you in the Twittersphere!

  • how2home
    July 11, 2012 at 15:14

    This is such a phenomenal idea! The pattern of these tens are so adorable too!