Ever notice that once you have something, you start seeing it everywhere? I got a new bright blue car a couple of years back, and suddenly everywhere I looked there was that same car. Same story with adopting my Aussie pup- I’d never noticed the breed, but now I see his kin all over town. Well, this is also true with Rejuvenation lighting. It wasn’t until I began working at Rejuvenation a few years ago that I started seeing (the) light(s). At first I’d notice our lights in public places like restaurants or theaters, but now everywhere I go, I’m checking out the lighting. Some mornings as I walk Baz (aforementioned Aussie) before work, I notice many of my neighbors are styling with Rejuvenation lights on their porches. Sometimes it’s even the chandeliers in dining rooms or wall brackets flanking a fireplace that catch my eye as we wander around Portland in the dark. Not in a creepy sort of way, but you know… it’s dark here a lot in the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes any warm glow can catch your eye when you spend enough time in such a gray climate.
Here’s the thing, as often as I notice our lovely lights around town, I also see some amazing homes with sad, neglected, porch lights. You know the ones I’m talking about: broken shade, exposed compact fluorescent bulbs, cobwebs. With so many things to spend money on these days, it’s easy to overlook such a thing. Think of it this way: your porch light is there to welcome you home after a long day out in the world. Wouldn’t you be happier coming home to something a bit more… welcoming?
We’re here to help! Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a photo of your front porch light along with your mailing address between now and 3/01/11 . I’ll post the photos here and we’ll pick one winner to send a new porch light to. We’ll be sure to select something that is architecturally appropriate, I promise.
Here’s what people are sending in (updated daily- c’mon back!)
Abby from Eerie, PA's porch light
This light resides on the front porch of a 1915 Bungalow sent in by David in Minneapolis.
Debra from Maryland sent in this shot of the painted black aluminum sconce from the porch of her 1925 brick colonial revival style bungalow.
Deb L sent this photo of this original fixture from her 1926 brick side entry bungalow, noting it's "looking a bit - well - old. And worn. And potentially hazardous."
Kerri and her husband have been spending lots of time renovating the interior of their home, and are now ready to work on the outside. This is their current porch light.
Kerri also sent in this photo of their wall mounted porch light.
Justin sent in this photo from the porch of his 1910 Victorian in Iowa. The home was once a care center for the elderly, which Justin suspects is where this industrial looking light landed on his porch.
Sara from Iowa got creative with her entry. The other lights are historically appropriate lights from other rooms in her home. Clearly that porch light does not belong!
Maria, from Iowa, said this about her porch light, "I would call this the ultimate in minimalist. House built in 1913, nobody ever bothered to do anything with the porches at all."
Kristina from Illinois shared this "very sad" light from the front porch of her 1908 bungalow
Mary shared this porch light photo from her home in Connecticut.
Geoff from Louisville, KY has this light on the porch of his 1947 Cap Cod. I'm thinking it was actually pretty cool back in the day
Sara from Minneapolis has been hard at work restoring her 1907 home for the past 5 years. The porch is still a work in progress though.
Lori lives in Clayton, MO in a 1916 Colonial Revival. This little fellow lights up her porch.
Janet from College Park, MD had this to say about her porch light, "Our porch is a great place to hang out with the dogs. Unfortunately, this sad little bare bulb does not show any of us in the best light."
Mike and Kerri shared this photo of the light that adorns the porch of their post-Victorian Queen Anne. Apparently, "it has made a nice slow-acting crematorium for several generations of bugs that have chosen it as their eternal resting place."