Porch Light

Vintage and antique homegoods and gifts.

Month: February, 2012

The Unexpected

Hands down, the item that gets the most attention in our store is the mattress we have hanging above our desk.  The typical reaction is usually along the lines of “well who would have thought?!”  Exactly!  I find it absolutely necessary to add a little quirkiness into my home decor, something that can transform the severity of an old, rusty mattress into a piece of art.  Below are some of my favorite images of unexpected decorating!

A vintage ladder used as shelving (via Pinterest)

A new home for your toy animals (via Pinterest)

An old chicken feeder used as a plate rack.  We have a bunch here in the Pearl shop that we use for card holders.  (via Pinterest)

So beautiful.  An antique shelving unit as a flower vessel (via Pinterest)

I might have expected antique flashlights to be used in decorating, but hanging in a bunch as overhead lighting?  Amazing!  (via Pinterest)

An old crate as a lettuce planter.  I did this with my basil last summer and received many compliments! (via Pinterest)

We’d love to see the creative and unexpected ways that you have decorated your house!  Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page!



We’re Having a Sale!

We’re having a sweet sale at our Mississippi Ave shop! Starting tomorrow (February 4th) and lasting through Wednesday (February 8th) everything will be 15% off! Plus we’ll be filling the back room with great items at an additional discount! (Photo via Vanilla & Lace)

Beautiful but Forgotten?

One of the things that I love about working at Porch Light is that not only am I constantly surrounded by beautiful things, but I am able to get a glimpse into times past.

So often, items that we re-purpose or re-use for pleasure or aesthetics were once vital for everyday life. We love them for their beautiful lines, rustic charm and unique creativity, but do we remember their original use and purpose?

One such item is the glass insulator.

(Insulator for sale at Porch Light North $8)

While I was immediately attracted to their smooth glass and beautiful colors, I was wondering what exactly these shiny beauties were used for.

These insulators were used to top telegraph lines in the mid 1800’s, when telegraph’s were the main form of communication. They were then used for phone and power lines. These insulators went through many incarnations;  but at the height of their use, they were made of glass and were threaded on the inside. They were attached to the top of poles by being screwed onto a metal or wooden pin.

(image via pbase.com)

(image via unitedstatesmilitarytelegraph.org)

Once a neccessity for a productive society, these insulators are now a collectible antique. I myself have a few pretty blue ones displayed in my dining room. I love some of the creative ways others have refashioned them into modern home

(image via sfgreenlabs)

(image via somethingcreatedeveryday)

While at times I long for the simplicity of the times past, I know I am a modern girl at heart and could not live without the ease of modern communication and technology.  Thankfully, with a little creativity and inspiration we can all pay homage to these beautiful but forgotten treasures.

Be My Vintage Valentine

At the risk of sounding like your grandma we’d just like to say, “They just don’t make things like they used to!” That goes double for Valentine’s greetings. How charming are these vintage sentiments? (Have you ever seen fried eggs more in love?!)