What are they smoking at Restoration Hardware these days?
Bullock and I are thinking about some new furniture for our new house, especially in the bedroom, where we’ve got a mish-mash of stuff from our early 20s and even childhood. So I’ve been browsing the web sites of the chain stores just to get some ideas. I generally don’t like all the fake wood and fake finishes they have on their furniture, but I’m trying to put together images of general design I like, so that I can show it to Bullock, and so we can come to some sort of consensus on what we want in terms of style.
Anywho, I came across this at Restoration Hardware:
OK, I get the whole “hide the home office” concept, but…in a giant trunk???? I blame steam punk for this — after all, that’s a giant *steamer* trunk. Meanwhile, this is kind of nutty, too, but I also kind of like it (not that I could afford it, though):
Seriously, what’s in the water in their design center over there? And who is buying this stuff? I see that the Foucault Orb + Classic Chandelier freak show is actually no longer available. (Go check it out. It’s like the end-game of steam punk.) Did it sell out? Really?
Who buys this stuff? It all reminds me of that episode of Friends where Phoebe mocked Rachel for the apothecary’s cabinet.
ETA/Update: You know what the antidote to the current steampunk nightmare of RH is? Room and Board. Ahhhhh, much better (well, if, like us, you like sleek and modern — I realize that’s not everyone’s taste). And they tell you where in the US everything was built, and by whom. And the wood is real, through and through. I think what I hate most about the major chain stores is that they’ve gone to cheaper and faker materials even as they jack up the mark-up.