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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