After browsing the fourth different version of the Pottery Barn holiday catalog (sometimes I think they just rearrange the order of the pages and slap on a new cover every week), I decided that our porch needs a little update before Christmas.
I’m not talking about PB’s lanterns and garlands and light-strung topiaries and $90 wreaths. Not that I don’t admire those things – I really, really do – but a pair of poinsettias and some strands of C7s are more in my price range right now.
No, I’m thinking of a more lasting improvement, like replacing our rusty, cobweb-encrusted porch light (though, ahem, touching up the trim around the door might not hurt, either).
A new light fixture is a relatively small update that will look extra warm and inviting in the winter, but will also add some much-needed class to our porch all year round.
As usual, though, we can’t make up our minds.
Do we want to go for arts and crafts flair, like one of these lamps from Old California Lantern Company? On the one hand, it would be a perfect match for our new Craftsman door. On the other hand, these guys don’t come cheap.
This one feels like something a 49er might carry down into a gold mine.
Then there’s the classic black arts and crafts lantern from Rejuvenation.
But I’m also drawn to this simple clear globe from Pottery Barn – which just so happens to be on sale.
This coppery PB lantern isn’t bad, either.
Or how about Restoration Hardware’s elegant Victorian lantern, complete with faux candles?
It’s hard to say. In the meantime, the plan is to wrap so many Christmas lights around the front porch that visiting friends and relatives won’t notice our tarnished light and nicked-up trim (fingers crossed).
Photos from Pottery Barn, Old California Lantern, Rejuvenation and Restoration Hardware.