HOUSE: Newburgh

Coral pendant in the hallway.

Months after I nearly developed a brain aneurysm assembling it, my David Trubridge Coral pendant is finally hanging in the front hallway! It’s fun to walk in the house and see something this HIGH DRAMA right away. The shadows are really spectacular in the evening, but even when the light is off, it’s still sculpturally beautiful.

For reference, this is the 23.5″ diameter Coral pendant. Even with 11′ ceilings, it’s plenty big. If you have low ceilings, I definitely suggest doing some measuring first to make sure you’re not going to be walking into it all the time—unless, of course, you’re planning to put it over your dining table!

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  • Reply ahj July 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Love it!

    I’m looking for something similarly high-drama to put over a dining room table, but it has to be something that we can clean easily (it’s next to our open kitchen, which gets tons of use from my foodie husband — think grease). I’d do this fixture if I weren’t worried about grunging it up.

  • Reply Jane Flanagan July 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Looks great. I’ve always loves this lamp! I adore it in black especially.

  • Reply Kristen July 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Where did you purchase the light? Do you contact him directly?

  • Reply megan July 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    wow, high drama indeed–LOVE it.

  • Reply Kelly July 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    i love it – especially the incredible shadow pattern it casts when lit!


  • Reply Jo in NZ July 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Yay! Wonderful to see it up there, Anna. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Kristen: If you follow the link to his website and click on “stockists”, you’ll find links to retailers all over the world!

    Jo in NZ: Thank you again for making this possible. :) Have you got yours up yet?

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  • Reply leni July 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    nice geometric design and shadows!

  • Reply gracie July 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    the shadows are GORG!!

  • Reply Amy July 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Wow – that looks utterly fantastic!

  • Reply tania July 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I can’t stop looking at the picture. The shadows are amazing!

  • Reply mommy July 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Looks very beautiful in your hallway. I thought you had intended it for the bedroom.

  • Reply Amanda July 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    this is absolutely fantastic! gorgeous!

  • Reply Lisa-Marie July 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    It look A-MAZING!

  • Reply Julie July 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Love it. Anna the mounting at the top (sorry don’t know terms)…was the original to the house? And what kind of light/wiring did you use with it? Sorry if I’m not being entirely clear with my terms here….

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Julie: Are you wondering about the plaster medallion (the big round thing with the flowers embossed on it)? If so, then yes, it’s original to the house. It was originally a gas fitting, but wiring was put in place whenever electricity was installed.

    Does that answer your question? Let me know if I misunderstood!

  • Reply Sue July 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Looks spectacular! Like your mom, I thought you had planned to put it in your bedroom, until I saw the other fixture you posted on recently. I got mine (yea Jo!) but haven’t even attempted to put it together yet. I love yours in the foyer, what a great idea! How many inches from the ceiling is it?

  • Reply Heather July 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    So beautiful! Love the drama. And the reflection in the glass door is an added bonus.

  • Reply Julie July 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Anna–yes to part of the question! (Sorry for not making sense–my brain is mush at this time of the day!) What about the actual light bulb and wiring you used for the light? What did you use for that?

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Sue: I’m not going to get the ladder out to check, but I’d venture to guess that the top of the light is about 12″ from the ceiling.

    Julie: The lamp comes with a cord that can be wired to any ceiling box, but because I bought mine directly from New Zealand, I had to buy a North American cord/canopy set. If you buy it in the US, it will already have a cord with the correct voltage. Any standard cord set is fine – you can either use a plug-in cord (IKEA sells one for $4.00) or hardwire it like I did. 2Jane sells simple cord/canopy sets, for example, but I needed a large canopy to accomodate the wires and caps (my old ceiling boxes are much shallower than standard new ones), so I just cannibalized an IKEA pendant with a nice canopy.

    The light bulb is just a standard clear bulb, nothing fancy!

  • Reply Amanda Nicole July 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Wow – truly stunning! I love playing with light.

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) July 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Looks stunning! Anyone who can see a peek of it from the street must be so intrigued. And I love how it almost replicates the red pattern in your hallway artwork.

  • Reply Lindsey July 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    The light looks beautiful and the shadows create so much drama. Lovely!

    { Lindsey }

  • Reply Jo in NZ July 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Mine – erm – still not put together (*blushes*)..

  • Reply read me... July 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    WOW… looks spectacular!!

  • Reply Cheryl July 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Speaking of lighting… you do have an eclectic, interesting and good-looking array of lighting in each of the rooms of your home! Love it. So of course, I thought of you when I just got an e-blast from Schoolhouse Electric with their new “black line shades”… it’s so you…

  • Reply FROM THE RIGHT BANK July 8, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I covet every light fixture in your house!

  • Reply Aprill July 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I Love it! I really is such a striking feature.

  • Reply alex sunday July 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    ooh, those shadows are dreamy….

  • Reply Michelle July 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    beautiful! i love the shadows!

  • Reply Sarah B July 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    It’s gorgeous, the shadows are stunning!

  • Reply Dan July 8, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    It’s… sooo… beautifullllll.
    *staring transfixed at light*

  • Reply Ken July 8, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Long-time reader, first-time poster. Best light fixture, ever. It has replaced the ferm black-on-black wallpaper as the most delicious item in your house.

  • Reply jennifer in sf July 9, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Holy moly. I’ve wanted that darn pendant since seeing in those pictures of Camilla Engman’s house. And now this!

  • Reply Carrie @ CarrieCan July 9, 2009 at 5:25 am

    The shadows are really amazing!

  • Reply Danielle July 9, 2009 at 6:59 am

    WOW! Stunning! I love the way it reflected in the glass in your door. Very nice. I’ll bet it even looks more wonderful in the winter!

  • Reply Fiona July 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

    It looks great! I just put up my one from Jo, but mine isn’t as elegant, because our dining table is not centered under the light, so I kind of tacked the cord over. Thanks to you and Jo!

    But eek! I used the cord that came with it, not even thinking. Am I going to die? It works, but will it malfunction?

  • Reply Peter July 9, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I love the shadows…great piece. Here’s a DIY from an Ikea Stockholm bowl that I thought was pretty clever (too dramatic for an entry way)

  • Reply Julie July 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Thanks Anna! You answered my questions! As with everything you do, you did a kick-ass job with this project!

  • Reply Fernanda July 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Love it!!!

  • Reply Making it Lovely July 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Amazing shadows!

  • Reply siescierto July 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    it looks like a shadow theatre!

  • Reply Tommy Bahama Bedding July 9, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Love it! The shadows are so fun & interesting :)

  • Reply Mister Koji July 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    It looks great Anna! You never fail to impress me by your immaculate taste.

  • Reply Jakub July 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    that is beautiful. you get the same effect with crystal. you could even hang some crystal pendants!! has them but they are wholesale only.

    im lucky enough to be close by and get just a couple in cash and carry

  • Reply kasey July 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Great effect! Is the light bright enough at night?

  • Reply Karen July 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I love the shadow that casts! So neat.

  • Reply Nicolette July 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    WOW. That is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Fiona: If you’re in the US, I would play it safe and use a cord with the correct voltage. It’s such an easy switch that I think it’s worth not taking the risk otherwise!

    kasey: Yes, it’s plenty bright – I think I have a 70W bulb in there right now. Unless you’re looking at the walls/ceiling closest to the fixture, the light it gives off is just like any other light.

  • Reply kate oates July 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Love it! No kidding about the high drama. Thanks for posting…missed it.

  • Reply Keri July 10, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I love it– what great sculptural presence!!

  • Reply July 10, 2009 at 9:55 am

    That looks great there! I love those shadows!

  • Reply Daniel July 11, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Yay, I’m developing a brain aneurysm on account of your impecable taste.
    The shadows really comes into their own with the high ceiling!

  • Reply Hanna July 12, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Looks great. And so does the Boontje garland! Wish I had a little bit of your magic touch when it comes to lighting.

  • Reply Brad July 12, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful as always–your entry looks terrific. I have a paint question for you. What color white did you use? (And did you use the same white throughout the house?)

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The walls are Benjamin Moore Moonlight White (matte finish), trim is BM Simply White (satin finish).

  • Reply Rose July 12, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Anna !
    I so love this light !!!
    I was looking at your bathroom posts and was wondering what color grout you used for the marble tile.
    Thanks for the Fuda tip~they saved me huge$$$$.

  • Reply Ninainvorm July 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Oh it’s so beautiful, and what a great shadow/reflection on the wall! We were hesitating between this one or the Random Light by Moooi above our table and finally chose the last. Now I start doubting again… It has found a great place at your house!

  • Reply cassandra @ cocokelley July 13, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    wow – i woudn’t have necessarily chosen that one for its style, but those SHADOWS! amazing. drama. love it.

  • Reply Aimee July 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    It’s my first time at your blog and I’ve spent long over an hour browsing through your old posts and have been amazed over your DIY renovation project!
    Seriously I loved every single post from the interiors to your lovely dogs(one of them looks exactly like my Pooma! is yours a Maltipoo?)
    This is going to be my new favorite blog!!!

  • Reply Lauren July 14, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    far and beyond wonderful.
    i love reading your blog.
    : )

  • Reply agneta July 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Me like like like…. Amazing!!

    Regards from Sweden & Agneta

    Ps. welcome to my competition on my blog! Ds

  • Reply karine July 19, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    It looks fab!
    You inspired me to do a bit of DIY in our house in France…at least in the toilet, not the most exciting room I know but wallpapering the wall with pages from a book was in fact quite easy and I’m super pleased with the result..

  • Reply Valerie Heck July 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    The light and shadows are magical!

  • Reply elisabeth July 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    On my monitor, it looks as if you painted this fixture before you hung it, with the outside a purplish pink and white on the inside, which I like v. much.

  • Reply belinda July 24, 2009 at 10:51 am

    heaven! i’d lie on the floor and look up at those shadows for ages!

  • Reply Patrice July 28, 2009 at 5:56 am

    That’s a stunning coral pendant lamp. Maybe it feels so good walking along the hallway. Nice post by the way.

  • Reply J. August 1, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I love it!

  • Reply Crystal August 14, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Wow, that definitely makes a statement. I love it, and wish I had somewhere in my house to put it.

  • Reply Michelle August 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    awww…I so want one, but I have nowhere for it :(

  • Reply Katie September 1, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I love love love this pendant lamp!!! It looks amazing and the light it gives off kills me. Personally…I think this would look amazing in my dining room (!!) thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  • Reply Carol Ann September 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Wow, love the light…amazing

  • Reply Judy June 22, 2010 at 1:43 am

    What beautiful shadows! A friend of mine has the same one (albeit smaller, methinks) in her cafe. beautiful atmosphere =)

  • Reply lisa April 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    what kind of light bulb do you use?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 April 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Nothing fancy, just a round white bulb!

  • Reply asad April 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I am enjoying the blog and your entry way is stunning. I recently bought the same lamp on sale as a floor model and carried it home, so no danger of a brain aneurysm for me, most thankfully! However, now that I have it up and also in my entry hallway as well, I am wondering how does one change the lightbulb? The light bulb that it came with would not fit through any of the hole and I can’t discern any secret openings in which to change out the bulb. Yipes! Please tell me how you do it! I am hoping there is a clever trick….

    • Reply Anna @ D16 April 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Mine didn’t come with a bulb, so I’m just using a regular round white bulb. If you really want to use the one it come with, I suppose you’d have to disassemble part of the lamp?

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