Restoration Hardware’s Makeover-Yay or Nay?

25 Aug

In a move to differentiate itself from an increasingly crowded pool of look-alike competitors, Restoration Hardware underwent a radical transformation a few seasons ago.  Leaving behind the all-too-familiar couches, rugs and panel curtains in shades of sage, cranberry and mustard, the store re-emerged with an entirely different aesthetic.

Perhaps in an effort to embrace the current rage for Belgian design, their new offerings are oversized (in fact, a bit too oversized to be entirely practical), draped in soft Belgian linen and drawn entirely from a minimalist color palette of taupe, beige, brown and gray.  Their Fall 2010 collection includes re-tooled antiques, archival maps and salvaged wood furniture–conveying a feeling of the rustic, late 19th century countryside colliding with the ironwork of industry.

What’s your take on the *new* Restoration Hardware?  Refreshing?  Interesting but impractical?  Weigh in below…

In the meantime, here are some of my favorites from this fall’s catalog:

*Belgian roll-arm slipcovered sofa

*Brickmaker’s Table

*Linen Nailhead Bench

*Salvaged Tarp Pillows

*Rectangular Shade Pendant

One Response to “Restoration Hardware’s Makeover-Yay or Nay?”

  1. Elsie September 3, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    I have to say looking at the 2010 fall collection – this stuff is CRAP! It’s depressing to look at. Everything is so worn and battered and they expect to be paid like it’s new not as it intends to be – treasured antiques. I think they made a huge mistake as they will not find many people buying a look that is 150+ years old with old European design. With the recession, even the wealthy with large mansions (which is the only type of house most of this furniture will fit) will not buy this stuff.

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