Front Doors and Front Porches – They wait all year for Christmas

Christmas - Front Door 2Christmas - Front Door 4 Christmas - Front Door 3 Front Door - Christmas Christmas - Front Door 6 Christmas  - Front Door 5Even if you don’t have time to go all out this Holiday Season, spend a little time on your front door.  All you really need is a garland, a wreath and a few embellishment.  I suggest fresh greens so you get that wonderful evergreen aroma every time you cross the threshold.  The embellishments bring on the creative side.  Simply add a solid red or silver bow – or go all out with a whimsical ornament theme or a woodland creature theme or anything in between.

You can also use things that you already.  Hearty potted plants and topiaries look perfectly festive with lights, ribbons or ornaments.  Do you have an old sled or ice skates in the garage?  Prop them beside the door.  You can even buckle a black belt around a solid red pillow and it has an instant Santa feel.

Have fun and please send a picture of your entryway to me and I’ll post them on the Facebook page.

Cultural protrait photographer Steven Miller featured at The Front Porch

photo 4(2)We have added fine art and photography to our furniture and home decor collections and this month are featuring the powerful black and white photography of Steven L. Miller. With a global perspective and a discerning eye, Miller’s images are committed to documenting the human condition. His work has been collected by the Smithsonian and we are thrilled to be offering our customers the opportunity to collect his work.

Mid Century Modern Collection @ the Front Porch

Our partnership with the savvy collectors at Barefoot Dwelling is giving us the opportunity to showcase some spectacular Mid-Century Modern  pieces at The Front Porch.  Be sure to stop by and check out these mid-century classics.   photo(2)

Come on now – wouldn’t it be fabulous to watch a few classic episodes of the Jetsons while perched on this blue Pod Overvan Sofa.  The  turquoise Thonet chairs and  set of three side tables will complete the experience.


Looking for just the piece to give your design style an photo 2industrial edge?  We can help with that. Check out this  great side table made from electrical hardware storage drawers.

Be sure to stop in a see the complete collection.

great mid century modern entertainment bar from our partners Barefoot Dwelling.

Just in time for holiday entertaining a stunning mid- century modern bar cart from our partners Barefoot Dwelling.

We are getting in the Holiday Mood @ the Front Porch

The Front Porch is loaded up with new holiday items and good cheer too.

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We just received a fabulous new collection of holiday photo 3(4)themed pillows from Odds and Nipperkids.



We also just got in a charming collection of holiday napkins from Flowery Fussbudget that will set you holiday bar cart or dining table apart from the standard issue.  You’ll want to be sure to check out our unique Christmas  stockings hanging from the fireplace  – do I need to tell you that no two are alike!   photo 5(2)photo 1(2)

Come see us when we reopen after the Thanksgiving Holiday and we will help you check off your gift list with unique and one -of-a -kind treasure.

Dave’s Tips Easy, non-toxic bath for gunked up or painted hardware


Need to bring back that bling to painted over hardware?  This is a no-fuss and non-toxic method that will make your hardware shine again. Remember how rejuvenated you feel after a long, hot, sudsy soak in the tub?  Well it works for that old hardware too.  The paint-to-shine-xdifference is the metal pieces take their long, hot, sudsy soak in a crock-pot. This method, advocated by Brad Kittel, owner of Discovery Architectural Antiques, in Gonzales, Texas, uses nothing more than water, a bit of liquid detergent, and heat to break the paint bond. Typically the paint layers will slide off just using your fingers. If some stubborn bits remain just scrub those off using a nylon brush.  Don’t using  anything harsher or you’ll risk  scratching the hardware.51ZN2nh-0eL._AA160_

We recommend a beeswax furniture polish after stripping to restore the sheen to solid brass or thickly plated hardware. Two of our favorites we use at the Front Porch and Back Dorr are Van Gogh and Daddy Van’s beeswax and we keep them in stock. So give it a try and let us know how this method works out for you with your next  hardware restoration project.

Paris Je T’aime

We’ve been painting with Paris in Springtime on our minds.  We found a great petite nightstand with two drawers that was just calling to be painted in something fresh!  We used the lovely off-white Cashmere and the bright turquoise van Gogh from the van Gogh Fossil Paint Collection.  We added a little panache with a stencil of the Eiffel Tower and finished the whole thing off with a dark wax that highlighted the wood grain perfectly.We think this is the perfect accent piece for any francophile.   The finished product – C’est magnifique!

A touch of Paris in the Springtime during these dreary winter months!

A touch of Paris in the Springtime during these dreary winter months!

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Come by and take a look!

Come by our warehouse location, The Back Dorr, and check out our fabulous consignment items that just dropped down to 50% off!! You cannot find unique pieces like this anywhere else, we truly are a treasure trove!  The Back Dorr is located at 2711 Dorr Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031.  Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10-6, Sundays 1-5.  FPlogo_finalfull_2C

New from the Front Porch

We just fell in love with these handcrafted iPad holders from K&K Woodworkers, a new little outfit in Clinton MS.  Each piece is signed by the artist and labeled with the type of wood used, including the Latin name, which we thought was adorable!  There is quite a variety of size, shape, and wood type.  Our personal fav are the ones that have incorporated the knots and grain of the wood.  Each one is priced at $60 and goes towards supporting an American made product, so it leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy too!! Come on by and check them out!photo(23) photo(22)

Harvest Sale!

As a big “Thank You!” to all of our wonderful customers for allowing us to close up shop last week due to a fab family wedding we are having a sale at both locations!! Enjoy 20% off all NON consignment furniture. Been waiting to find the perfect buffet or a sweet chair for your guest room, now is the time!  The sale will be both Saturday and Sunday at The Front Porch (920 W. Broad St, Falls Church VA) and at our warehouse, The Back Dorr (2711-D Dorr Ave, Dunn Loring VA). So please come on by and just say “Harvest Sale!” to get your special 20% off, can’t wait to see everyone!!FPlogo_finalfull_2C