Porch Light

Vintage and antique homegoods and gifts.

Book Arrivals!

Lots of new books have been arriving at the shop! The weather here in Portland is just beginning to turn… there’s the perfect chill in the air at night… It’s the best time to curl up with an inspiring book! Come pull up a chair with us (and Rizzo!) while you pick out your favorite.

 

 

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Some Favorite Things…

Things have been a little quiet around the blog lately while we’ve been busy little bees at the shop! We’ve been working on the online store (we’re getting close so stay tuned)! We’ve also been unpacking tons of amazing new treasures! Earlier this summer Keiran took a trip to Iowa and brought back some fantastic vintage pieces for the shop… it’s just beginning to hit the floor so come on down and get it while it’s hot! Keiran was also recently in New York at a trade show and picked out the most perfect new lines for Porch Light. Some of those new goodies are starting to arrive  and we’ve been putting out loads of new jewelry, perfume, candles, books and cozy wool scarves. Come see what’s new!

Here are some of the items I am currently coveting.  -Jess

Tonic Perfume: Just $28 a bottle! The scents are wonderfully unisex. We have a range of scents but my favorites are Tobacco 1812 and Smoky Fig.

Himalayan Mercury Glass Soy Candle: We have many different scents like campfire, spice and tobacco bark. $30 each. (They also come in a rustic spice tin pot for $24 each).

Vintage White Pot: I’m a sucker for the sweet hand painted details. $24.

Roost Tourmaline Ring: What’s not to love about this dainty beauty? Gold vermeil and pink tourmaline, $78.

Joli Earrings: Joli has long been a staple jewelry line at Porch Light and loads of new pieces just hit the floor. The new collection features lots more natural, semi-precious gem stones. This sparkly little pair is made with garnets, labradorite and fresh water pearls, $64.

Vintage Beakers: These actually just sold! They have such a great shape and would make excellent bud vases.

Vintage “Loveliness” Tin: It doesn’t get much sweeter, $46.

Monarch Tin: It has a lions face on it, need I say more? $18.

Small Blue Tin: This one has butterflies on the top! $20.

Pollen Arts Key Candle: Handmade Beeswax, $20.

Pollen Arts Chanteud Candle: Handmade Beeswax, $28.

Round Ink Bottle Candle: Handmade Beeswax, $12.

Best Of: Rizzo!

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If you’ve been in to visit us here at Porch Light or our neighbors at Eden then you will no doubt recognize this beautiful beast! It’s our shared shop kitty, Rizzo! We all adore her and you can see why from these photos. If she’s not lounging on one of the beautiful sofas or the fancy bed at Eden then she’s busy hamming it up over here. Some customers have joked that she “runs the place” because she clearly goes wherever she pleases! These are just a few of her favorite spots (and ours).

Porch Light Press: Eyes + Edge

The nice people at Eyes+Edge just did a sweet little interview with Porch Light’s owner, Keiran Best!  Check it out!:

 

 

Flowers

 If there’s one reason we should be thankful for the Portland rain, it’s that it brings about so many blooming flowers in the warmer months.  I can hardly walk down my street without stopping to awe at all of the fresh buds!  So I thought I’d take some of that outside magic inside, by always surrounding myself with flowers.  Here are some of my favorite floral picks that we have in shop now:

An antique, peach colored fan

A decorative tin, adorned with flowers and butterflies

Portland post cards

A black ceramic pot

A beautiful, dusty colored framed print

And a vintage powder tin

Happy 4th!

Independence Day is by far my favorite holiday.  Watermelon, fireworks, sunshine, corn, and a swelling of good ol’ American pride.   I thought I’d share some of my favorite 4th of July photos to get me in the celebratin’ mood!

Look at that type!

Mostly, I’m excited to bike down to the waterfront and hear the inevitable “oohs” and “ahhs” from the firework show.

So Happy 4th of July from Porch Light!  We hope you have a wonderful day!

(All images via Pinterest)

Succulents

Check out these cute little guys we just got in!  Succulents are by far the easiest plant variety to care for.  Just a few spritzes of water and some sunlight will keep ’em going.  We’ve got plenty more in the shop here, each one in its own unique vintage tin or glassware, starting at $15.

A Day for Dad

My dad usually makes gift giving pretty easy.  Every birthday or holiday, he’ll send along his Amazon wishlist with the newest Brian Wilson record or a re-release of a Turtle’s album.  It’s convenient, if not a little boring.  Which is exactly why I was so excited when I found the perfect pairing gift to go with the CDs I ordered: a vintage pendant flag from my dad’s alma mater .

My find inspired me to put together a little Father’s Day gift guide from things here at Porch Light, to hopefully help those of you who haven’t found the perfect thing yet.  So here are my favorite picks for all of the Dads in our lives:

A nice fountain pen.  These Kaweco pens have a wonderfully sleek aesthetic and even come in their own tin.  We have fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and two different styles of mechanical pencils.

A vintage globe and this “Tom Thumb” typewriter would make for great decoration in his office.

A new book for his library!  A Carpenter’s Life tells author Larry Haun’s perspective on American carpentry by delving into the history and building process of 12 houses he has known personally.  Likewise, New Vintage Type explores the sentimentality and power of vintage type.  Each page is chock-full of modern advertisements that employ classic, Americana type and design.

A new take on the “duh” Father’s Day gift.  Instead of picking him up a shiny new measuring tape from Home Depot, why not choose one of these vintage tools?  They’re sturdy, full of history and of course, way cooler looking than any of the new products out today.

A candle wouldn’t have been my first idea for a good Father’s Day present, but creator Margo  explains exactly why I’m wrong: “FOUNDRY Materialized from my love of industrial warehouses, design, and objet’, vintage motorcycles and the men who ride them. I admire history and craftsmanship in old buildings + things, how they were made and how they work. The collection reflects heavyweight found objects, completely handmade and re purposed in recycled glassware with vintage motorcycle racing numbers. The thick recycled chip board box includes a copper grommet and leather pull. The fragrances have a darker more masculine edge and many are made using only ancient blends of pure essential oils. The collection evokes the old world feeling of hand crafted hard labor, love and passion, love and light.”

Scents: Palmarosa, Holy Basil, Ancient Calamus Root, Orange Tinder

So there are my Top 5.  Stop by before June 17th and let us help you find the perfect Father’s Day gift!

We’re Having A Party!

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We’re pleased to announce that we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of our Pearl shop’s opening! Can you believe it’s been a year already?! Our lovely neighbors at Eden are also celebrating their one year anniversary… that means double the fun for you! We hope you’ll stop by to join us in the festivities!

First Thursday Celebrations!

Tomorrow, May 3rd is First Thursday in the Pearl! Come take a stroll and browse some local galleries… While you’re at it swing by to sip a lil’ champagne with us (we’ll be open late)! Plus, our lovely neighbors at Eden will be hosting an exciting trunk show that is not to be missed! They’re featuring some amazing local fashions by Meagan Hardy, Pure Jewelry, Urchin Re.Design and R.A.W. Textiles. (For more information visit Eden). See you there!