Destination Restoration

Having spent most of the day lounging on my friend’s huge deck during our brief brush with summer recently, thoughts of creating a serene outdoor space were fresh on my mind.

Enter the gates of Restoration Hardware in San Francisco’s Design District, a playground for the artistically superior and those eager to spend their immeasurable disposable incomes.

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…which is exactly why I had to make a stop. All kidding aside, I’ve never really been drawn to Restoration Hardware. Keep in mind that I love a good deal, so my natural tendency is to avoid paying retail for anything.

But the entrance offered just enough of a visual tease to lure me in.

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Mirrors and water for feng shui fulfillment? Check.

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Dining area under enchanted forest-like foliage? Check.

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Couch that invites you to nap under candlelight while staring at attractive succulents? Check.

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Water feature wall next to Goldilocks and the Three Bears sitting area? Check.

You may know by now that I have an overactive imagination. During my walk-through, I conjured up scenarios such as:

  • Backyard parties with the girls wearing long, ethereal gowns and sipping champagne served by Ryan Gosling look-a-likes wearing short, ethereal loin cloths
  • Lazy afternoons with Phoebe (my poodle mix that I’m in love with in case you haven’t read my “About Me” section) and Aldo (my partner-in-crime that I’m in love with in case you haven’t read my “About Me” section) doing what we don’t do enough of: nothing.

But perhaps the best mind candy was saved for last, and it wasn’t outside.

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I’d love to stay and blog, but a glass of bubbly, a really good book (no, it’s not Twilight), and a deliciously warm bath underneath a glorious chandelier are waiting for me.

P.S. Restoration Hardware is not paying me for this post. In fact, no one is paying me for any of my posts. I guess I just feel the need to clarify this in italics here.

To see it yourself: Restoration Hardware Gallery at the San Francisco Design District, 188 Henry Adams St. (415) 865-0407. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri., until 7 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.

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4 thoughts on “Destination Restoration

  1. Succulents are definitely the way to go for me since I a) don’t always remember to water and b) don’t always remember I have them, hence item “a.”

  2. Okay, you got me with Phoebs and the men in ethereal loincloths! Where’s the nearest Restoration Hardware…darn it! Wonder if I can convince the fiance to play pool boy..hmmmm.

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