Friday, April 22, 2016

Porch, where shelter and nature converge

Last December, after we visited Seaside Gardens, we stopped at a little shop in Carpinteria called Porch. I've got a soft spot for retail establishments that mix interior and garden and remembered this place from a quick stop in 2009. But they tricked me and had moved!

No worries though, their new space is just as cool.

Only in Southern California would you find this sitting outside on December 23rd...

Inside there was just the slightest bit of Christmas cheer (note the "antler" vases).

All very natural, not overly played.

Andrew made a beeline for the gallery corner.

I really wanted this vase...

But we both found ourselves outside in quick time.

Excellent fluted containers...

I saw this at Potted just a day or so earlier, still haven't seen one up here in Portland.

The wind had tossed their taller plants around.

And some parts looked like the move had been recent, and the displays not fully thought out.

I've never really liked these pebble mats indoors – but outside with pea gravel they're pretty fabulous.

Oh California...you do Aeoniums so well...

Fun shop!

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25 comments:

  1. As always with your good eye there are some great ideas here!

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  2. Thanks for the intro. Gotta check it out the next time I'm down there.

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    1. I'll be curious what you think.

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  3. Hey! I've been there. It is really cool. Now I want to go again.

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  4. Oh the glories of the golden state! I've seen those multi pocketed planters popping up in lots of nurseries up here. Do you want one?

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    1. No not really, I just thought it odd that I haven't seen them here.

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  5. A fun shop....so California! I know I would have found something there : )

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  6. Imagine this being said in a whiny voice... It's not fair! You get to go to all the cool shops!

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  7. Great shop and cool stuff, but I have to admit my very very favorite thing is the awesome graphic design of their card in your last photo. Wish I had created that gem! The typography is out-of-this-world perfect.

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    1. Right about that Tim... the card is perfect in so many ways.

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    2. So you're a graphic designer Tim? I do love that card, in fact I still have the one from our first visit to the other location back in 2009.

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    3. I'm a medical illustrator, but I occasionally do some graphic design.

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  8. How funny. When my friend and I make our semi-annual trips up to Carpenteria, we generally eat lunch at a little sandwich/salad shop a few doors down. I've poked my nose inside of Porch a couple of time but never realized that had an outside area in back. I'll be sure to stop in next time for a more thorough look around.

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    1. Do it! We almost ate at that sandwich shop but Andrew wanted noodles...

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  9. Looks like a fabulous place! I would not have been able to resist that vase. Were those round "balls" made of wood? Often a CA store has things that are not going to work in the Midwest but there was a lot to tempt me at Porch. I agree that their graphics are exceptional.

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    1. Ya I do wish that vase would have come home with me, and yes - the balls are wood.

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  10. Nice place. I like the deer head planters.

    So I take it not everyone has Christmas dinner out on the patio?

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  11. I'd like to spend a little time in that shop.

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  12. Many cool things here, but my faves were those wooden balls. I have to say I kind of envy all your fun trips to California. The only time I ever visited, it rained. Me and my bad weather luck...

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  13. That's my kind of holiday decor! and everything else is quite fetching too.

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  14. Clean, simple, and lots of natural elements. Love it. My favorite is that bleached wood tower/column. Did you take a closer look at it? I'm wondering if it was constructed from separate pieces or if it's all one piece. It makes me think of strangler fig trunks in the tropics, after the host tree has rotted away.

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