Porch Light

Vintage and antique homegoods and gifts.

Month: April, 2012

Inspired Decorating

Here are some creative decorating ideas that are really inspiring us right now… The best part is that most of these are fairly simple D.I.Y. projects! (Photos 1, 2 & 3: Pinterest. Photo 4: Designsponge. Photo 5: Poppytalkhandmade. Photo 6: Blissfulblog)


Beam & Anchor

Have you been to the lovely Beam & Anchor space yet? These old friends of ours recently opened their doors at 2710 N Interstate Ave here in Portland. They are offering a beautiful collection of quality, well-crafted (and often locally produced) home goods. Their space feels nothing short of warm and incredibly inviting. Plus we just adore their mission: “Beam & Anchor celebrates community, innovation, friendship, and quality goods. The B&A building is home to all of these things. A talented and diverse group of makers and their workshops make up the top floor and the bottom floor houses Beam & Anchor’s retail space, which features thoughtfully curated items from both new and vintage sources. The 100 year old farm table in our shop kitchen has become a gathering place for collaboration, bread breaking and story telling. We find as many excuses as we can to welcome the community into our space with the intention of fostering the exchange of ideas, the appreciation of craft and good, old-fashioned fun.” Best of luck Beam & Anchor! (All photos via their site).

Road Trip!

My lucky sister bought a ’71 VW bus over the weekend!  And, of course, we have already started to make plans for the perfect summer.  Like packing up the bus and heading out for a weekend camping trip, or spending the hot summer days slowly meandering down the 101, or bringing a picnic and the dogs out to the river. 

Not that any of these things aren’t possible without a VW bus, but it really does complete my ideal image of perfect  summer road trips.

Like most old Volkswagens, it’s going to need some work before it hits the road.  But that’s always half of the fun, right?  Doing the grunt work of tiling the floor, sewing the curtains, and re-wiring the ignition seems almost as exciting as the actual trip itself.  So here’s my list of things to do and things to purchase that will help turn this old VW bus into a home:

1. Postcards.  A wonderfully efficient way to remind the loved ones back home that you’re thinking about them while on the road.  The 3rd photo is a sampling of the postcards we have here at Porch Light.  $1.50 each.

2. A good rug: We just got in these Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs.  They’re made of a stronger, more durable fabric and can be used as an area rug in your living room or underneath your patio table.  I imagine rolling up to the camp site, opening the doors, and spreading out one these rugs right under the door step. $36-$84

3. Curtains: Instead of sticking with the standard curtains, I thought it’d be nice to go for something a little bit more inventive.  We have these vintage feed sacks in shop, which would work great for both the curtains or re-upholstering the seats.  The one pictured below is for sale here, $22.

4. Storage tins:

A vintage tool box to store your spark plugs, wrenches, and bolts. $42.

These reproduction wire gym baskets could work for sorting hand towels, storing books, separating shoes, etc.  Knowing my sister, these guys will probably be holding rock climbing gear or spare bike parts. $28 each.

5. Travel-sized sundries: These mini-sized soaps, candles, and lotions would be ideal for traveling.  And as a plus, they’re wonderfully scented and all-natural.

E. Barrett “Tiny Soaps.” $2.25 each with scents like Verbena Flower, Honey, Rose, and Sweet Camellia.

Barr Co. 2 oz tin candles. $12 each with the combined scents of milk, oatmeal, vanilla and vetiver.

Blithe & Bonny hand and body lotion. $14 each with scents pictured above.

That’s as far as I’ve made it on the check-list, but check out our Pinterest board “Road Trip!” for more photos!

History Lesson: Photography

Though the idea of photography dates back to 5th century BC, it was not until 1826 that French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first permanent photograph.  You can see his image above, which he aptly titled “View from the Window at Le Gras.”  Over the next century following Niépce’s discovery, photography would change from camera obscuras and pinhole cameras to darkrooms and Kodachrome (which just so happens to be my favorite Paul Simon song.)

Portrait of Sitting Bull by Orlando Scott Goff, a famous Western photographer. 1881.

Anna Buckley by Alfred Cheney Johnston, the official photographer for the Zeigfield Follies.  A lost collection of Johnston’s photographs were recently found and compiled into a beautiful book, Jazz Age Beauties.  We sell the book here at Porch Light for $45.

An array of cameras (including Porch Light’s collection in the lower right hand side.)  Here are some of my favorite color photographs:

This timeless image is actually from an early Kodachrome test transparancy.

How times have changed!  Photo by Ansel Adams.

Check out our Pinterest board “Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away” for more photos!


A Very Vintage Easter!

We couldn’t resist sharing these adorable vintage Easter postcard images! We’ll be open regular Sunday hours on Easter, 11-5.  We hope you’ll hop by! (All images via: pinterest).

Some New Favorites!

We’ve been getting in a steady stream of exciting new products! Here we’ll highlight a few of our favorites for you…

*Individual filament light bulbs in three different sizes… These are a unique alternative to the traditional lampshade ($10, $12 and $24 each).

*A range of Blithe & Bonny products, including lotions ($14), perfume sprays ($18), candles ($24) and soaps ($7.50). Their classic scents include rose, lavender, grapefruit, eucalyptus mint and honey almond.

*If you’ve been in to the shop before, you’ve probably noticed that we carry many different styles of Dash & Albert Rugs… Good news! We’ve recently added some of their indoor/ outdoor patterns into the mix.

*Another exciting candle line, available in a rustic tin or a mercury glass container. These scents are seriously amazing! Available in: campfire, red currant, bourbon vanilla, coconut orchard, orange grove, patchouli ginger and spice (Tins, $24. Glass: $30).

*These days we also have quite the growing collection of books… Your welcome to come get comfy and check out our new titles! (Eco-Chic Home: $21.95, Photography: $60).


We love seeing what sorts of vintage items other people collect and how they display them… Don’t you think things just look better in little groups? Porch Light’s owner Keiran likes to collect antique toy trucks (have you seen the red circus truck we have behind the counter?!). Our shop gal Carly collects charming vintage animal figurines and shop gal Jess loves to collect antique jewelry and art deco tins. We’d love to hear about what you collect! (All images via: Pinterest).

An Inside Look at Bauer Pottery

We recently came across a terrific interview with Bauer Pottery’s president, Janek Boniecki done by Julie Wolfson for the website, Cool Hunting. We carry Bauer here at the shop and are longtime fans of the brand’s cheerful colors and classic designs. If you’re curious to learn more about the company this is an interesting read! (Images via: Cool Hunting)