What happened to Restoration Hardware? When did it get too good for me?
I used to love browsing that store/catalog. Yes, the furniture made me swoon when I looked at the price tags. But they always had some kitsch yet classy odds and ends to make me feel like a shopper. An old time clock or some great bubble lamp Christmas lights. Our buffet may be garbage picked but a coat of Sherman Williams and some retro Restoration Hardware knobs and it looked mighty nice.
Now when I browse the store/catalog I feel like I'm sneaking in. The items and the pricing have gone so highbrow. The new theme for fall is even called "Autumn Opulence". Don't get me wrong if someone offered to furnish my house with RH items I would get down on my knees. Uh, to thank them of course. The whole Great Gatsby look is lovely. But what I used to love about them was that they mixed up the highbrow with a little sense of humor. "Some cracked udder cream with that pillowcase Mrs. Lotta?"
Pottery Barn is teetering close to that edge as well. I still love the bright colors and false sense of security I get that all would be well in my family if we had matching embroidered beach towels. I lust for the double wide children's chaise that I picture my kids snuggling up together on after a dip in our blow up pool. But the clever items are starting to get few and far between.
My solution to Pottery Barn's maturity has been to purchase items from the kids and teen catalog for my main living areas. I have great retro print of a drawing of a crayon box in my family room. And though I couldn't afford it at the time, if I had the money that giant sized vintage wooden ruler would be in my kitchen right now. A cool decor item and a discipline tool. "Kids, don't make me get the ruler!"
Wouldn't you just love this picture in your hallway? Well I would if I had 119 bones to spend. I would actually love to undertake making a "real" one but know that cutting out licence plates would put me in the ER with multiple stitches and a need for a tetnus shot.
And these scissors, oh God the scissors! They would look amazing in the bedroom next to my framed button cards. Have I ever mentioned that my most favorite type of art is found object art? (Hence the large crayon drawing in my living room)
Maybe I should install a paypal donation button on the side of my blog. "Please donate a dollar if you enjoyed this blog so I can buy some cool stuff and incite husband to throw his hands up in the air asking why we need more crap. He reminds me of my dad when he does that, it's so cute."
So am I alone in this, or has anyone else noticed the trend?