RH (“Restoration Hardware” for those of you not hip to their recent push to brand themselves as an acronym) has replaced its former space on Beverly Boulevard (which was a whopping 24,000 s/f) with new digs on Melrose Avenue that is…wait for it…a mouth-gaping 40,000 s/f!
The new RH features rugs and room vignettes and an organic tea atelier–(atelier: Fancy French word for a workshop or studio, especially one used by a designer. How many eyes would roll if I start referring to my home office as my “design atelier”? One pair at least: mine.)–and more chandeliers than you can shake an electric bill at.
Seriously, this place was chandelier-centric.
This display seems to say, “Energy bills be forsaken!”
But look closer and there’s a pretty neat coffee table with a propeller base.
This next vignette was interesting if “interesting” is my euphemism for “Don’t these chandeliers look like sparkly floating donuts?”
There were chandeliers in the bedrooms…
down the numerous halls…
down even more halls….
And yet, there were still more chandeliers to witness.
On the way to view more-ways-to-incorporate-four-or-more-chandeliers-into-one-room was this intriguing table.
Behold The Wall of Gilded Mirrors–strangely fitted with art lights which adds some design gravitas to the fact that they are just mirrors, or does it? I’m still undecided.
Then onwards and upwards to the 10,000 s/f (!!!) rooftop garden…
This park-like setting was complete with olive trees, DG pathways, views of the Hollywood Hills…and this dramatically long–I guess no one will be saying, “Load that into my trunk, please,”–coffee table.
Before the day was over, there was a quick jaunt to Formations, the store where design dreams come true, and one could say goodbye to his or her life savings in a matter of, “I’ll take that bed.”
It’s To the Trade and I was “oohing” and “ahhing” over just about everything.
See what I mean? Everything was kind of “Wow!”
Even their poured cement floor with its bands of inlaid metal was so clever.
But this cement stack of “pillows” for the garden took the Cuteness award for the day. (Note: I sat on them and they were surprisingly comfortable!)
How about you, have you discovered a store that sheds light on some new designs (pun intended)?