Abigail Cahill O'Brien

Discovery: Urban Archaeology

In Feathering the Nest on April 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

My ideal sink: one for him, one for me, and marble as far as the eye can see. So handsome.

I’m back from New York, refreshed and brimming with blog fodder.

One of my favorite finds this go-around was Urban Archaeology, a store specializing in salvage, vintage, antique and reproduced home furnishings, which I visited on the recommendation of food writer Heather Atwood. Heather writes for the Gloucester Daily Times and the lovely local-food-focused EatBoutique.  See how these worlds collide?  I don’t know how I could ever untangle the webs of food, fashion and decor.  The point being, Heather’s good taste obviously roams far beyond the culinary.

See below for some of my favorite pieces, and visit their site for more info.  In addition to New York they have showrooms in Chicago and Boston.

This dentistry cabinet calls out for lovely and meticulously arranged toiletries.


Salvaged mosaic alcove.

Brass double task lamp.

Look at the curves on this baby.

A sitting tub. Yep, you sit in it.

Cast iron library stacks.

A million times better than the repros at Restoration Hardware.

Smattering of sconces.

Gothic arm and side chairs in polished nickel.

Don't we all prefer our light fixtures carried in the beak of a phoenix/gargoyle/gryphon?

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