As much as I love traveling, it’s always good to get home. There’s nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed. I also was getting pretty tired of hauling around luggage. Just between you and me, I always overpack. I think I took four pairs of pants and two shirts that I didn’t even wear.

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I did a fair amount of shopping while in Portland. You wouldn’t believe the shops there. Words can’t describe their amazingness. I actually picked up so much that I had to ship a box back to my house via UPS. It’s arriving next week, so I’ll tell you about it then. I did want to take a moment today, however, to share a few home-inspired goodies with you. Sound good? A couple are vintage pieces and several can be bought online if you are interested. I’ll link them up below.

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

First, I’ve been a little obsessed with candles lately. When I had my gift shoppe, I never really bought candles because I sold a collection. I loved them, but I never branched out from that brand. Now the world is my candle oyster and I’m having a grand time. I love this candle called Flint. It’s from a company called Mine. Their website described it as “smoky campfire notes capturing elements of fired coals, river stone, and dry woods.” I know. It may sound strange, but there is something about it that I find so homey and warm. I bought it from a shop called Flora. You can order it online here. I found it on this site as well.

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

Also from Flora is this tin tray. I thought it would be perfect for holiday decorating in my new office.

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

The teal color matches my wall perfectly. Ir would make a great coffee table tray or it could be fun propped up on the mantel. This piece is vintage.

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

Next up, is this bag I bought at a shop called Canoe. I’ve been looking for a quality tote bag and this was it! It’s from the AW line by Andrea Wong. I adore the soft leather bottom, and the inside has a gorgeous blue plaid pattern. In fact, all of her bags have uniquely patterned interiors. It’s all in the details. While it’s the most I’ve ever spent on a tote bag, I expect it to last for years. You can find more about the bags or purchase one for yourself via Canoe or Andrea Wong’s site. I’m really hoping to get the backpack once it’s released.

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I also found two pairs of gold scissors at West Elm. I fell in love with them the instant I saw them. Not only are they super sharp, but they are really well made. Plus, as you know, anything brass immediately catches my eye. These will definitely become part of my “on display” office accessories – pieces that are both functional and beautiful enough to be left out. You can find them here. (Also, interestingly enough, Kinfolk is produced out of Portland!)

Last, but certainly not least, is this twot-foot tall brass cat with a bow tie. Need I say more?

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I know this is really odd and “ugly” to some of you, but I just couldn’t resist. I was completely charmed by him and knew he needed to come home with me. I found him at a shop called Vintage Pink. I wanted so many things from this store, but limited myself as much as possible. I just couldn’t pass up this guy. He needs a good cleaning, a quick polish, and he will fit right in. I ended up carrying him around for a good five miles in the city and all the way back to PA (hence the reason I was sick of hauling around luggage). At about 10 pounds, it was no easy task. He is vintage as well.

Five Fab Finds from Portland | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

So those are a few of my treasures. I certainly hope you don’t mind me sharing. Which one is your favorite? What are some of your latest fab finds?

31 Days of Home:
Intro: Day 01, Day 02, Day 03, Day 04, Day 05, Day 06, Day 07, Day 08, Day 09, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23, Day 24, Day 25, Day 26, Day 27, Day 28, Day 29,  Today is Day 30!

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Comments

  • JulieD at

    I love the cat…well actually everything you found! it was great to hang out with you and hope your trip home yesterday was uneventful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Thanks Julie! It was so fun spending time to you and Lindsay! I’m already looking forward to our next project together.

      xo Michael

  • Cecile at

    I love the cat too and the scissors are great.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Cecile!

      xo Michael

  • Wendy Klik at

    I LOVE the tray….I have a thing for trays anyway. Had you and I been in the store at the same time we would have been duking it out over that tray LOL.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. I think they had some more – if you really like it I’m sure they’d ship one to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • girlfromwva at

    Love the cat & love the tray! I have several vintage trays but not one like that! Thanks for sharing..

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Trays are so multiple purpose / useful! Especially around the holidays.

      xo Michael

  • Patty Lucas at

    I love the cat but I would have liked to see the inside of the tote bag.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oops! I SHOULD have shown that. You can see what the inside looks like on the AW site. Hope that helps.

      xo Michael

  • Tayler at

    These are so amazing. I always love visting back home too. I mean, I only live an hour and a half away from portland, but I don’t like being away!

    xo fellow portlandian,
    http://www.styleinterplay.com

    …..

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Portland is such a fab city! I can’t wait to go back!

      xo Michael

  • Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer at

    I love that tray, Michael! And all of your finds. Portland is such a cool town. I’m so glad we could bring you out to Oregon! You came at the perfect time. Cheers – enjoy being home!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – thank you SO much Sandy for making all of this possible. It was a pure joy!

      xo Michael

  • Kris at

    Oh, definitely the tray and the cat! I’m so glad you were able to get all the way out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Portland is a wonderful, diverse city with so many things to do and see. I love to drive down and go shopping – no sales tax like up here in Washington State! Someday, you must make the trip to Seattle and see the Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square area just to start off your visit. You’ll love the sights and shops here, too. I’ll gladly volunteer to be your tour guide! But it IS so good to get back to one’s own comfy bed. As our friend Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh yes Kris! There are so many places I want to visit. I think I need to spend a couple weeks on the west coast to take it all in!

      xo Michael

  • Kerry@homecrush at

    I adore the tray! I’m going to obsess about it now, thank you very much!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. A great find, right? Don’t obsess too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Emily at

    I love the cat! I know what you mean by being absolutely charmed when you see a piece. I picked up a vintage Siamese cat myself, in a lacquered black with green eyes (from 1940s I believe). It was love at first sight! I must check out the website for Vintage Pink to see what else they have!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yeah – when you find those quirky things they just have to come home with you even if you have NO idea where you’ll put it.

      xo Michael

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They are great! And functional too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome at

    Love that stylish and quirky brass cat! What a great find – I would have swooped it up in a heartbeat as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      He’s the best. I gave him a quick polish and he’s looking even better.

      xo Michael

  • jewelie at

    Thank so much for coming in to visit!
    We’re glad we found your charming blog!
    xo
    jewelie & all the Flora girls

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! I can’t wait to return!

      xo Michael

  • Jen @ Fresh from the... at

    I always have this weird combo of nostalgia and jealous when people talk about visiting Portland. That’s my hometown but I don’t get up there as often as I’d like. Maybe someday I’ll move back and enjoy it year round!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You should make it a point to get back. I’m already planning my return.

      xo Michael

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