Restoration Hardware

Just like the rest of you, I can’t tell you how excited I get when I get the season’s newest catalog and Restoration Hardware’s is near the top of my list of anticipated arrivals.
And, while the photos and new additions didn’t disappoint, as usual, what I found most interesting was the message from Gary Friedman
Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer:
“During the collapse of the global economy, we drew inspiration from Picasso’s words and chose not to listen to the conventional wisdom encouraging us to follow the pack and lower quality to reduce prices. Instead, we saw an opportunity to be liberated, abandoning our past to embrace the future, one that has redefined the essence of who we are. No longer mere “retailers” of home furnishings, we are now “curators” of the best historical design the world has to offer.
We’ve destroyed the previous iteration of ourselves, clearing the way to express our brand in a never-before-seen fashion.”
 My initial reaction to this statement was mixed.
1.) speaking as someone who has been directly affected by the economic crisis, it felt slightly like a big “screw you if you can’t afford this, you aren’t our market anyway”.
Then, I took a moment to pause and consider that
2.)  I’ve said a thousand and a half times to myself, my husband, our friends, trying to encourage us all that these are the times of redefinition.   These circumstances are the stuff that innovative thinking is born from and empires are built.
That being said, I loved his closing line:
“Witness what destruction hath wrought”
and I did:

I’m loving the simplistic mono chromatic tones blended with industrial and antique elements.  I’m DROOLING over the wall finishes.
Everything feels soothing and nurturing and organic
 And at the same time, it feels rich and luxurious.
Did I mention I’m salivating over the wall finishes???
I’m inspired and I’m thinking very carefully about how I want to be defined at the end of all of this…maybe like those walls:  weathered but beautiful for it to the point of enviable?  
Ok, I’m stretching it there but its not an unproductive aspiration.

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3 Comments on Restoration Hardware

  1. Allison Shops
    September 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm (5 years ago)

    I love RH too – used their Belgian linen curtains throughout our home. I like the way their lines have gone, but then I like old, vintage things. I've heard others say they don't like their look now.

    Saw you on the sidebar at Low Tide High Style. We have a new Giveaway Friday at Atticmag. I hope you'll come visit and check it/us out!


  2. Kristin
    September 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm (5 years ago)

    Meg just got a killer light fixture from RH!

  3. Lori @ Projects Plenty
    September 13, 2010 at 3:48 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous… but I didn't need to see the pics because I now want to change my whole home decor! RH has some beautiful architectural things going on for sure. I also love the wall finishes. What about those simple rope pull backs in the last photo?!


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