The Restoration of Restoration.

I haven’t been sourcing much more than the occasional schoolhouse pendant or hardware from Restoration Hardware in the past year, finding it too heavy and traditional for my taste. Until now. When I received the newest catalog (and being out of any other reading material, i.e. US Weekly) I actually flipped through it instead of recycling it. And am I glad I did! This light fixture stopped me dead in my tracks!!! I would LOVE to use a pair of them over a kitchen island in an all white and Carerra marble kitchen! I am literally bouncing up and down in my chair at the thought of it right now! :) Any takers?


Then I saw this sleek and simple glass piece of light candy and got even more excited. I love the vintage look mixed with a smidge of modernism.

This chair is bananas. It’s like a unique take of the Barcelona chaise. But it looks insanely comfortable! Also note the killer industrial chic console/buffet table and lights! (Cue more excited bouncing!)

This item sent me over the edge though. A massive leather trunk that is actually a secretary, complete with magazine caddies and drawers. I mean, I am not exactly sure for whom and where this would work (a LARGE loft, perhaps), but you cannot deny the coolness. Or that killer leather strap chair (which I’d love to see around a really modern glass and chrome dining table.)


This bricklayers table is my favorite. I love, love, love it.

This version rocks my world too.

More industrial chic cabinets….

How about this vintage looking dining table with those swanky chrome pendants? Love the combo of shiny and beat up.

I thought this was just a pic of the chair they sell with some rad antique molding turned into a desk they styled for the shoot. But nope. You can buy that bad boy too and tell people you found it at some flea market in Paris and had it shipped back. I won’t tell.

Some delicious, simple, lovely upholstered beds.


I love it that so many of my favorite retailers or revamping their styles right now. I can’t wait to tell you about my endorphin inducing weekend shopping spree at, of all places, Ann Taylor….


24 comments

  1. wow, great finds, love all those pieces. I just picked up some industrial light pendants for over our kitchen island that mimic restoration hardware's more expensive ones!! love that store!

  2. I was doing flips over their new catalog as well, just loved everything in it. Don't know if they got some new people on board their design team or what but I like the new look.

  3. I think I read somewhere that the owner/designer for Oly Studio is behind most of this new stuff. That would be why- their stuff is FABULOUS!!

  4. They are actually my inspiration for my blog post today, who would have guessed they would be so fabulous.

  5. I am so with you – RH is in on a roll! The light fixtures are amazing and I am totally in love with the bricklayers table! I tore many an inspiration/I-want-this page out of the most recent catalog.

  6. wow – they really have some incredible pieces right now!

    my only thing with unique pieces like this at chain stores is that i lament the mass-producedness of it. like i hate that the same "unique" desk is in millions of other houses and that someone could come in and be like "restoration hardware?"

    and i don't say that because there's ANYTHING wrong with restoration hardware, i just hate the mass-ness of it. doesn't stop me from buying certain things, but others i think twice.

    anyone else relate? i actually posted about this earlier in the summer (about halfway through post):

    http://honeyliving.blogspot.com/2009/07/freefall-into-fall.html

  7. Only because you put up these photos do I now believe what people have told me – I keep forgetting to get over there and have a look… great that it is true, that first globe fixture is fab…

  8. I have to say, I'm so pleased that they are making great improvements to their collections! In my favorite local shopping area, there is a Restoration Hardware, and I have purchased from them before, and received many catalogues, but was finding that the look was becoming stale and uninteresting. Too massed produced as a previous visitor mentioned. I purchased simple things, like towels, shower curtains, and cleaning supplies, as I am not into mass-produced home decor for my own home…

    I am happy to see some of these chic improvements, and look forward to seeing them in person ~

  9. Thank you so much for this post! I too hadn't been checking in with restoration hardware much over the past year, this has restored my faith in them! My husband and I were just talking last night about a light for our entryway and that first one is perfect!

  10. I'm loving them too! Finally, a break from all that potterybarn bleck.

    But… has anyone noticed the scale of some of their pieces? I never would have paid much attention, but gal who writes troveinteriors.blogspot.com called out the massive size of some of those pieces. I never would have noticed that it would never fit in my house, let alone the door.

    Who are they making this for? Giant Belgian-design-loving people? It's just crazy!

  11. You, are in big trouble, missy. Why? Because III m in big trouble. I MUST have that pendant lamp in my entry way. Must. No matter what I have to do to get it! And THAT'S how I am going to get in trouble!!

  12. This is Restoration Hardware??? Wow! I was under the impression they were more cookie cutter… This stuff is gorgeous!

  13. It bugs me that RH is pretending that the brickmaker's table is at all unique… Their product description: "With help from a European antiques dealer, we've unearthed a limited cache of one-of-a-kind brickmaker's tables" Gimme a break!!! Sundance Catalog has carried the exact same table for for probably 2 years now. Same exact dimensions at Sundance yet it's $400 cheaper there… http://www.sundancecatalog.com/PRODUCT/For+the+Home/Living/Tables+%26+Cabinets/41744.html

    I'd been debating getting that table for a while, but now that it's ubiquitous I can't bring myself to get it.

    I do think some of the other items are gorgeous, but I question their design integrity.

  14. You can find all of this stuff for a lot less if you search around online. I've seen the product first hand and it's grossly overscaled and not all that in terms of construction and quality. The leathers remind me of a southern californian, 60+ year olds decolletage maybe it was grafted from the hide of their perma-tanned CEO… Regardless this stuff is Bastardized-Belgian at best and suited to the McMansion set.

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