Ikea's Umbrella Giveaway; Estately's White House Petition

Sarah Firshein
Curbed
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EVERYWHERE—Next Fri., March 29, Ikea will hand out free umbrellas outside stores across the country. The move, part of the furnishings juggernaut's "Random Acts of Life Improvement" initiative, is "aimed to surprise and delight the public with tokes of appreciation to improve everyday moments in their lives." And what moment wouldn't be improved, really, by a bubblegum-pink Ikea umbrella? [CurbedWire Inbox]

NYC—After a brief stint with new construction, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, the showhouse to top all showhouses, will return to its roots this year in a 7,000-square-foot limestone mansion on the Upper East Side. The Federal-style house has five floors with "lofty ceilings," according to the announcement, plus "a graceful bronze and wrought-iron staircase, a stately dining room overlooking a two-story atrium, floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights inviting in natural light, and a private courtyard." Translation: tons of awesome design potential in a phenomenally expensive property. Though participants haven't been announced yet, Kips Bay will open to the public on May 7 and remain open through June 4. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

THE INTERNET—Inspired by the activist who turned his Kansas house, located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, into a giant gay pride flag, the online brokerage Estately has launched a petition beseeching the White House to allow the dome of the United States Capitol to be repainted as a rainbow. "Only when marriage equality is the law of the land in all 50 states may the Capitol be returned to its original color," they write, and "to save costs, the interior of the Capitol dome could remain the same, but the Capitol's exterior, the offices of all legislators, and the carpets of both the House and Senate floors will be converted to match the gay pride flag." So far, there are only two of 100,000 needed signatures—let's help these guys out, eh? [CurbedWire Inbox]

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