Thursday, February 24, 2011

The San Francisco Restoration Hardware Gallery

Restoration Hardware moved in to San Francisco's design district last September, causing a stir for several reasons. Most stores in the design district are open during the week only. RH is open 7 days a week, and anyone can visit!

In other words, you don't need to be a member of the trade to make a purchase.
"We believe this is a great opportunity to transform the brand. We're not so much a retailer, as a curator," said CEO Gary Friedman.

The beautiful Palladian style building once housed Ed Hardy Antiques. Ed Hardy is a renowned antiques dealer, and the company even hired him as a consultant. Indeed he has gone on buying trips to Europe, I'm sure with his keen eye, finding some of the treasures here.

Upon entering, I was awestruck! The building alone is gorgeous. RH kept the bones, but painted and plastered the walls, including the exterior, once terracotta, now plastered gray.

There are the usual Restoration Hardware products, along with unique one of a kind pieces throughout the store, like handmade pieces by artisans from around the world, original antiques and reproductions.

The middle room was my favorite with this beautiful fireplace.

I fell in love with this bathroom! Imagine bathing here and looking out to the garden beyond.

The back room is dark and masculine with another enclosed garden just outside.

I really enjoyed my visit to to Restoration Hardware's Gallery. The staff was so friendly, and the ambiance and feel of this gorgeous 9500 square foot building put me in a wonderful mood!

Restoration Hardware Gallery at S.F. Design District
188 Henry Adams Street
San Francisco, California

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Olive said...

The big clocks caught my eye. What a fabulous space!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Delores,
looks as if this is a fabolous place. So much inspirations.
Greetings, Johanna

Kathy said...

Lucky you! Stunning pictures and love your new header. A place I would love to visit forsure.

Nita Stacy said...

What a gorgeous store! I loved this tour of it. Thanks so much!

joanna said...

Elegance abounds in this soaring space, stunning building, and beautifully decorated. Would love to see some warmer spots of color here and there,

Love your header,


The Charm of Home said...

Thank you for showing us this store. It was wonderful! One of my favorite websites.

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow Delores, that looks beautiful. I'm not usually a fan of RH stores, in my area they seem so dark and uninviting, but this particular store is really stunning!

Kat :)

Meg@OliverandRust said...

Thank you for posting your pictures. I saved almost all of them to peruse. My closest RH is 1.5 hours away so I don't get to visit as often as I like. This cured the itch for now.

Sheila said...

Is that a BRASS chandelier I see? Can't tell from computer if it's brass or shiny silver color, but if it's brass I'm back in business!

On Crooked Creek said...

Stunning! All the little details are certainly eye candy! I adore the way they displayed the books on the book case! Thank you for sharing this inspirational post!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like a place I would love to visit - but not one here.
Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Delores, thank you for giving us a peek at this beautiful space. Lots of inspiration here! ~ Sarah

Privet and Holly said...

THIS RH is really
something. You would
laugh to see the one
we have, by comparison!
Thanks for the LOVELY
tour, Dolores!
xx Suzanne

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This RH is a feast for the senses. Your photos are stunning. I know what I'll be doing next time I drive up to SF! Thank you for the inspiring post.

Mary said...

How fabulous, a space large enough to really display their awesome objects!!

Good thing I didn't get to visit at the weekend- I would have never left!

sheerserendipity said...

Awesome store! I love RH type of furniture with its' rustic/ elegance. It looks like a world travelers home, it is just gorgeous!


Anonymous said...

Too bad that none of this junk (and really, that is all this is) is made in America. Do we really need huge clocks and gigantic lamps?

Trevel said...

If it makes our lives more beautiful...why not!

On our way to check it out today.

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