Sunday, January 29, 2012

Restoration Hardware in West Hollywood

Restoration Hardware has recently been rebranding itself as a luxury retailer by closing a lot of there smaller stores and opening grand, flagship galleries in major metropolitan areas.  This West Hollywood location on Beverly Boulevard was one of the first and opened in June 2011.  

Entering through the European courtyard you see a magnificent display of outdoor furnishings tented by lavish olive trees and hanging lanterns.  They have taken outdoor furnishings to the next level by creating furniture and fabrics that have that indoor/outdoor living environment. 

Moving to the interiors you will find 24,000 square feet of gallery space.  Upon entering there is  a great newsstand devoted to international design publications accompanied by a tea “atelier” by Bellocq.   

The rooms are impressive and staged beautifully.  Filled with nice linen-, burlap- and leather-upholstered furniture the space flows both dramatically and softly from room to room.  They also have great reproductions of vintage lighting (and a few knock offs of current lighting manufacturers so I will not buy those here).  They have timeless and reasonably priced hardware, bath fixtures and mirrors as well.  

Additionally, there is a floral design studio to put the final touch on any room.  This studio exclusively showcases the new  Eddie Zaratsian Custom Floral and Lifestyles brand. 

To all the bostonians, Restoration Hardware has signed a lease for the historic building at 234 Berkley Street (at Newbury and Boylston Streets), once home to the swank LouisBoston clothing store. With over 40,000 square feet to fill, I hope they add a cafe (I loved "L" when it was Louis).   I am excited to see how it will look, similar of course but their look is now somewhat timeless so it is pleasing.  There is no opening date set but likely late spring or early summer.  

FYI, this building was built in 1863 and was home to the New England Museum of Natural History for many years.