HOUSE: Newburgh

Not quite historically accurate.


The linen closet in our dressing room has been devoid of hardware since we bought the house, with the original drillings having been filled in and covered over long ago. I’d been planning to re-drill the holes and replace the old lockset and knob with salvaged parts, but, well—it’s been three years now, and that still hasn’t happened. I’m sick of looking at a partially-open linen closet every day, though, so I forced myself to come up with a “temporary” (cough) solution using something already in the house.

I bought a couple of these rubberized coral hooks at Anthropologie several years ago, but never wound up putting them to use. As it turns out, they work quite nicely as door handles! Since there’s no lock mechanism, I used a magnetic latch to hold the door shut. So easy.


Perhaps not historically accurate, but definitely cute.

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  • Reply Karrey May 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I love the contrast. Can we see it in context?

  • Reply Katja May 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    very cute 🙂

  • Reply kellee May 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm


  • Reply Lori May 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Very clever… 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Nicole May 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Wow, such an inspired solution! I love the red on white.

  • Reply mopar May 26, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Ha! I have the same hooks in white, I use them in the closet to hold jewelry. Very nice. I am totally and newly addicted to this blog, read every house post going back three years this weekend.

  • Reply The Countess of Nassau County May 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I can’t get a sense of the size – can you pull back a bit and provide a full shot of the door?

  • Reply Adam May 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I like it, the organic shape and the contrast of the coral against the white. Fun!

  • Reply edwina May 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    yummy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Anna at D16 May 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Karrey & Countess: I added a photo to the post so you can get a sense of the scale. 🙂

  • Reply leni May 26, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Pure genius. I seriously love it!

  • Reply Amy May 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Very nice – I would have never thought of doing that – looks great!

  • Reply Kelly May 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    You’ve done great on your vacation! I love this idea.

  • Reply kristy May 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    super cute!

  • Reply Ann Marie May 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Looks Great!!

  • Reply Joanne May 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm


  • Reply PhillyLass May 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    What a fantastic idea– it’s adorable!

  • Reply Katherine aka. Urban Flea May 27, 2009 at 12:44 am

    OooOO! So adorable. Who cares if it’s historically accurate, it’s gorgeous. I’m so thrilled to have come across your blog and have added you to my blogroll over at Urban Flea. Cheers my dear!
    xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea 🙂

  • Reply DeAnna May 27, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Wow! That is a fantastic idea.

    A little nail polish is an easy way to hide the screws.

  • Reply Sue May 27, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Hi Anna, good idea, it is very cool, I love your blog, I visited every day, I have a blog too just 3 days, I would love to have a look, my house is very different from yours. But I love danish furniture and antiques in general. Kisses from Spain.

  • Reply Regkins May 27, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I don’t think I really like it, and hope it really is temporary.. hahaha

  • Reply Ninainvorm May 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    That’s such a beautiful and creative solution!

  • Reply jones May 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

    definitely cute!

  • Reply Ana May 27, 2009 at 10:23 am

    very cute!

  • Reply megan May 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    looks great!

  • Reply Patricia Ann May 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Anna,

    Just wanted to let you know that I gave you a lovely blog award. That door knob by the way is a great alternative to the usual door knob. 🙂

  • Reply heather May 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    i have these too and have never used them!
    soooo cute on your door.

  • Reply susan May 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Very nice. I’d make them permanent instead of temporary. They give a lovely effect.

  • Reply dinah May 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    very inspiring! now i want to do something like this to my door!

    and thanks for the context picture! it really helped visualize it 🙂

  • Reply Franziska May 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    it looks really cute and so lightly – very cool!

  • Reply Down Pillow May 28, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Clever idea & looks so cute 🙂

  • Reply one hundred bees May 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I have been looking for these hooks everywhere! Can anyone tell me where oh where I can find them ?(I’m in the UK but would order them from the US if needs be) Anthropologie don’t seem to stock them anymore…

  • Reply Cindy@DecodingDecor May 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Clever girl! I’ve been “net-swimming” a lot to find other design bloggers to make friends with and be inspired by….and your site is on a lot of other blog rolls (thought I’d share the love…) You will go on mine too…
    I’m looking forward to getting to know you and having a good laugh too..

  • Reply Rona June 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Magnetic latch idea is brilliant!

  • Reply Mary June 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    definitely lame! Nice hardware clash.

  • Reply duet letterpress June 19, 2009 at 10:27 am

    very nice! i love the color contrast and the placement. i love the length of it too. so perfect.

  • Reply Montanna August 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I just love your idea! May I show off your work on my blog?

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