HOUSE: Newburgh + Scavenging

Scavenged teak lamp.


One of our nice weekend finds from Iron Fish in Beacon is this teak lamp. Evan rewired it so we don’t burn down the house (rewiring this type of lamp is very easy and costs less than $10 to do, so never let an old, damaged, or missing cord stop you from buying a cute lamp!), and I gave it a good sprucing-up with several coats of Danish oil.

The lamp base looks great now, but I’m not totally sold on this particular lamp shade (it came without one, so this is a stopgap). Time to start looking for the right one!

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  • Reply Jessica December 12, 2007 at 10:30 am

    I have been really admiring your furniture and house accessories choices recently. This piece is beautiful.

  • Reply katie December 12, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Jessica is right! Anna, you put together items so beautifully.

    Love how sculptural the lamp base is. And it really stands out beautifully on the marble top credenza.

  • Reply alicia December 12, 2007 at 10:49 am

    nice lamp, for sure. good eye.

  • Reply Adam December 12, 2007 at 10:55 am

    You have the best luck finding thins. This spring I am going to rent a trailer and have you take me around so I can re-furnish my house! Of course, then we run the risk of battling over good finds! 😉

  • Reply Adam December 12, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Ughh, things, not thins, I can’t type anymore!

  • Reply Amuse.muse December 12, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    The lamp is beautiful, and I love the marble top of the credenza. Also, thanks for the tip on the Danish oil, good to know!

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 12, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks, guys! I sometimes feel a little unsure when it comes to mid-century lamps, because they can get a little wacky-looking, you know? I’m trying to avoid having my house look like a time capsule!

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 12, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    p.s. Adam, start buying home decor magazines and marking pictures of what you like! 🙂

  • Reply carlene December 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Nice find! I don’t know, I kind of like that shade.

  • Reply jen December 12, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    hey anna, the lamp looks great! and another thing: where’d you get that round mirror with the silver edge/frame? i’m basically looking for the same one and had no idea it’d be this difficult to find. it’s gotta be right in front of my face somewhere … any hints? you have a beautiful home!

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 12, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Jen, the mirror is from IKEA! It’s the Grundtal mirror. 30 bucks! Can’t beat it.

  • Reply Belinda December 12, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    this post really inspired me to switch some things around in the apartment today – so thank you anna!. i am on steroids so have a huge amount of energy ( read – hyperactivity! ). now my apartment feels much better…better than i do right now!. i really want to head up to beacon – iron fish appears to be a great place!.

  • Reply DawnMarie December 12, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I really think you have such an eye and talent for mixing things and coming up with the best results. You mix pieces so your home is warm, inviting, mix and match with a flair. To take the time to accumulate pieces that speak to you instead of just going out and buying an entire room out of one store is wonderful. My family wondered why I did not have a dining table for ages. I finally found what I wanted and it was worth the wait.

  • Reply jennifer in sf December 12, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    That lamp is super gorgeous. I really need to start hitting the flea market (as most of our vintage stores have jacked the prices way up)!

  • Reply tamiko December 13, 2007 at 2:51 am

    I love it. Absolutely fabulous.

  • Reply nathalie December 13, 2007 at 4:56 am

    Super great find…fab piece lucky girl !

  • Reply nina December 13, 2007 at 10:40 am

    That’s an amazing lamp, such a good design. Also it definitely has a very modern touch, it absolutely doesn’t look like something that should’ve stayed in the fifties. I think you have a great eye for combining vintage items with modern ones.

  • Reply Carrie B. December 13, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Yet another lovely touch in your beautiful home. Do you ever think about the “house abusers” that lived in your house before you… and what they would think of your home now? I’m sure they wouldn’t even recognize it. What a gem they had right under their noses… but instead chose to graffiti the entry, etc. If houses could smile, yours would be wearing the biggest grin on the block for all the love and care and thoughtful design you’ve put into it!

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 13, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Carrie, I do think about the many, many people that lived in the house before me, and I’m sure some of them (like the people that were renting the house when we bought) really wished they could have put time and money into it to fix the things that were wrong (or even just to paint). Graffiti, etc. aside, a lot of the damage that happened to the house over the years was more a direct result of poverty and neglect than of willful destruction. It’s a difficult situation; and a rampant problem in cities like Newburgh. Poverty and slumlords cause buildings to fall into disrepair, and it’s not so surprising that after years of that kind of living, people start to stop caring about the houses they’re living in (why should they care?). It’s sad for the buildings, of course, but even sadder for the people who have to live with leaking roofs, broken windows, carbon monoxide leaks, etc.

    Thank you for what you said, though! I’m sure there are Victorian purists out there who would think we’re destroying the house, of course. My real hope is that we’re making repairs to the house that will help preserve it structurally for at least a couple hundred more years, and that we’re happy and comfortable here while we’re doing it.

    (But I still resent the person who decided to glue paneling over the beadboard!!)

  • Reply sulu-design December 13, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Sigh. I miss Iron Fish. Your post have been such joy for my eyes recently.

  • Reply kristin December 13, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love your home. I’ve been reading here for months and it always makes my morning bright to come to work, have a cup of coffee, and read about your latest endeavors. Thank you!

  • Reply alice December 14, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Oh wow. I love the lamp!

  • Reply December 14, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    love the lamp base! you lucky girl! 🙂

  • Reply jan December 15, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    this is a great lamp!

  • Reply Laura December 19, 2007 at 11:48 am

    awesome lamp! I think I agree about the shade. Maybe a plain black or white cylinder?

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