First of all – I want to kick this review off by saying that I have been meaning to write this blog post for the longest time. For starters, if you look for ANYTHING on Restoration Hardware, from a blogger’s point of view on the internet, you won’t find much… There are negative posts of course about the company, etc. I have read all. VERY informative. As a matter of fact, RH doesn’t do much in terms of advertising outside of their catalogs. Not sure why, people are always asking me what I think of RH and what I think of all of the items that I have purchased over the years, etc. Also, they aren’t on Instagram which I personally think is a HUGE mistake. Everyone I know looks at Instagram at one point in time. Even my 84 year old mother-in-law. :)
I finally decided to write a detailed post about everything I own from RH because it wasn’t until recently that I realized how much of their products I have in my home. Years ago I fell into the popular Silver Sage paint/white marble love (as shown below) that RH was known for… just like everyone else. Their entire store was centered on it so much so that unless you lived under a rock, it was hard to miss.
Since then, I have had to endure Restoration Hardware’s new darker phase (yuck) and now find myself thankful for their rediscovery into the whole white, lighter wood look, yet again. Like everyone else, they are constantly rediscovering themselves.. and through it all, I have been there.
To be honest I think that shopping at RH has become more of a ‘convenience thing’ for me – they carry so many looks and styles that I love, they are SF based (I get everything in a day or two, can you blame me?) and their return policy is great. Also, my experience with their customer service has always been positive.
As a matter of fact, that’s one of the main reasons why I continue to shop at RH, regardless of the price. Especially with a custom piece. I know that if I have any issue… even 4-6 years down the road, they will take care of it. For example, a few years ago I fell in love with the Antibes Collection and ordered a couple of sofas, chairs, coffee table and side tables. We LOVED all and found everything extremely comfortable. After several years though, I noticed that some of the iron was chipping and rusting on a couple of the pieces. (btw, I used their covers religiously during the winter months so that wasn’t the reason behind the chipping) When I called RH to complain about this, (this is before I was active on IG) they asked for a few pictures then immediately told me that they would switch every piece out. We couldn’t believe it! The next thing I knew they were delivering an entire new set to me. I was shocked. This is why I shop at RH.
Restoration Hardware has a reputation of being expensive. I tend to agree and always try to shop there as often as possible during their sales. They just launched a membership program last year that entitles you to 25% off on full priced items plus an additional 20% of all sales items – year round for $100. I signed on right away because I knew I would be shopping there more than once. The discount is very helpful, especially when you include sales on top of that. If you’re thinking of purchasing anything there (especially high-end furniture) I highly recommend becoming a member. But… they are still expensive for the most part.
Before beginning my review of the MANY items in my home I want to emphasize that this post is not sponsored by RH. All opinions are my own. I simply want this to be a helpful guide for those who like to shop at Restoration Hardware or wonder if it’s worth shopping there for a particular item.
So let’s dive in! I’m going to be reviewing each item on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best ever!) and I’m going to give specifics based on: appearance, quality, fabric, and pricing.
I have had this sofa for several months after a long and exhausting sectional search that we coined “Sofagate“. It was quite the nightmare but I am SO glad that I finally found a piece that I’m happy with. Click here to see our original thoughts on the sofa when it first arrived as well as our opinions on others.
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Restoration Hardware offers 3 different sizes for their sofas -petite, classic, and luxe, which is amazingly convenient. I ultimately went with the classic size for the sectional in my Family Room, but it was definitely a tough decision. I consulted with many family and friends, all different heights. Everyone had an opinion. We measured and remeasured more times than I can count. (typical!!)
Choosing my RH sectional was probably the hardest decision that I had to make. I like the classic fit for the way in which it sits in my family room, but we love the comfort of the luxe. I wish the classic was just a couple of inches deeper. I also like the fact that you can slightly customize this piece. I wanted an armless feature on one end and RH offered this option So great! ( I loved a Pottery Barn sofa but it didn’t offer this option so I crossed that off my list)
Appearance: After a few months the bottom cushions and the back cushions are a little slouchy but that’s to be expected. Fabric gives a bit and RH cushions are NOT spring wrapped. ( they don’t offer this feature – bummer)
Interestingly, their outdoor sofas have firmer bottom cushions that I’m in love with. If I can’t have the spring wrapped cushions (Like Ethan Allen and other high end companies) then I would choose their outdoor cushions if that was a choice but… neither are an option. Hate that!!!
Cushion Fill options: I went with the standard fill because the down fill would have been even slouchier! Can you imagine plumping a 120″ long bench seat every day? No thanks!!
Seat Height: This sofa sits comfortably for us but if you need to lay your head back you may want to keep looking. We have windows right behind our sofa that I did not want to block. No one has complained yet. Sometimes Jeff will tuck a pillow behind his head if he starts to conk out. ;)
Quality: It feels like a high-quality sofa to me. Not that I’m an expert but I have owned a few Ethan Allen (my favorite in terms of quality.. just wish they had more choices in styles) , Pottery Barn and RH sofas in the past. I have always felt that my sofas from RH were heavy duty and well made. My sectional sofa is made of 2 large pieces that click together perfectly. That’s all I can say about that.
Fabric: LOVE the choices in fabrics at RH. You can either go high-high-end or keep things more budget friendly with the twill choices. I chose Vintage Velvet in the light gray Mist color. I love that their velvet does not crush and holds up well. It also spot cleans well. I have had to do this twice already. One was a wine spill and the other a crushed M&M. ;) (Bachelor night spoils)
Disclaimer: I sprayed 2 cans of scotch-guard on the bottom cushions for more protection as soon as they arrived and I suggest that everyone does this every several months or so with any piece of furniture you are trying to protect.
Many don’t know this but – with each sitting, you rub off some of the protective layer that comes with your scotch-guarded fabric pieces.
Pricing: Expensive. It is a sectional, so it’s like 2 sofas in one.. BUT it’s Restoration Hardware so depending on the fabric you select you can expect to pay $5,000 on up. Membership pricing is always better.My sofa was $7,000+. (UGH!)
This ottoman would be a 5/5 except the fabric could be a tad tighter around the sides. I went with the crazy decision of white velvet, but love the way it looks. (for now, lol) White is not practical for most people. Just trying to keep it real. I also love that this ottoman comes in a few different sizes. I went for the largest so everyone has a spot for their feet.
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Appearance: I love the light-color wood grain feet on the ottoman. They blend in beautifully with my floors! It’s also the perfect height for my sofa.. and the tufted detail gives it a classic elegant look.
Quality: The quality seems great however, like I previously mentioned, the fabric could have been secured a little tighter all the way around the ottoman. It’s getting a little baggy in the corners already which I don’t love but other than that, it’s exactly as it appears in the image.
Fabric: I chose the White velvet for my ottoman and while I love the look… it’s going to be hard to keep clean. I knew that going into it but took the gamble anyways. As you know, white stains easily – scotch guard or not. Because of my color choice, I take precautions when friends and family come over by placing a throw under their feet. Silly I know but hey, it looks nicer longer.
Pricing: This 60″ x 36″ Ottoman is huge. I settled on this specific model because I couldn’t find many others in this size. That being said.. I think it’s expensive. But I still think it’s worth it if you want this specific look & size and you select a different fabric.
Member pricing = $821 – $1196 depending on the fabric. I have to mention… I had a large leather ottoman in my last home for almost 12 years ($1200) that looked amazing the entire time we had it because of my fabric choice. You get what you pay for as they say.
Lyon Chair (2) – 3.5/5
I’ve always loved the style of this feminine chair. I ordered it in the burnt oak finish and immediately wished that I had purchased it in the distressed white oak. Why do I keep doing this??? I didn’t love the different wood against my floors. So, of course I painted it white. ;) Love the way it looks now. Much better!
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Appearance: I have to say, when the chairs first arrived I wasn’t in love with the feel of the wood trim around the chair. I’m assuming they had a coating of some sort on them but whatever it was.. it just didn’t feel like real wood. (Laura Berns ears must be ringing) Other than that.. I loved the chairs and they are extremely comfy!
Quality: Seems good except for the wood feeling different. I’m also seeing a slight crack where the arm fits to the back on both chairs so that must be some sort of an issue? Who knows but it’s tiny and no one but me would probably notice.
Fabric: Once again I went with the Vintage Velvet in Mist. Love the color and the look and feel of the fabric. Like with all other upholstered pieces I sprayed additional Scotch-guard on the seats.
Pricing: $608 – $1995
I paid $850 using the membership pricing for this chair but I have noticed that the prices have recently gone up a bit. I still think it’s a good price for the chair if you love the style..
Maison Powder Vanity – 4.5/5
I consider the powder room one of the most important spaces in the house. It’s an opportunity to really spoil your guests in a beautiful small space. You don’t need to go crazy but it’s amazing what a difference adding a few pieces with pretty detail can alter their experience. My mom has always treated the powder room as an opportunity to turn things up a notch and I try to do the same.
I knew I needed a very small vanity or a pedestal style sink of some sort in my powder room so I looked into the Maison Powder Vanity. The size was perfect. I love the shape and appreciate the extra storage. (Important to note, the top drawer is a fake drawer and doesn’t open)
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Appearance: Beautiful. I actually went with the oak and didn’t paint it if you can believe it. I love the piece. I think it looks perfect in my powder room and it fits like a glove in my small space.
Quality: No issues with anything. The sink is the perfect size for the powder room and the Carrara marble has held up beautifully. I ordered my own faucet.
Material: Antique Gray Oak and White Carrara top. Love the marble but they also have a few diff selections if you aren’t a marble lover like me.
Pricing: $1100 with Carrara Marble. Expensive but beautiful.
We have had several different beds throughout my marriage but I have to say that this has become one of my favorites. I always wanted to have an upholstered bed and this style with the wood trim and nail head detail spoke to me. It’s beautiful and elegant yet still tailored and clean. I loved it.
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Appearance: When the bed first arrived I was a little disappointed because the white wood trim appeared more yellow than I thought it would be. I should have paid more attention to the sample at the store. It has a little more of a yellow tone than I had remembered. Instead of returning it I washed a little of my leftover white paint (Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace) on top until it was the desired look I was going for. Think wipe on, wipe off with a damp rag. Now I love it.
Quality: The bed has held up well.
Material and Fabric: Solid hardwood and Sand Linen upholstery bring this bed to light. Antiqued light nickel nail-heads were still a little dark for me so I dabbed a q-tip in a lighter silver paint and dotted each and every nailhead again. They look so much better. The Sand linen headboard and footboard look great and to help keep it clean we lean on large Euro pillows at night while watching TV or reading. You can always spray more Scotch-guard on them if you are worried about them getting dirty. Ours still looks brand new a year and a half later.
Pricing: $1871 – $2096 Member / $2495 – $2795 Regular
We have 2 of these nightstands and they pair perfectly with the Maison Paneled Bed. I love the height (this was important as I like tall nightstands) and the 32″ width size is large enough to hold a lamp and an accessory or two.
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Appearance: Beautiful nightstand. Like the bed.. Both french inspired. Like the wood trim on the bed, I also lightened the color of the nightstands with a watered down white paint. I dislike anything yellow toned. Love the detail of the hardware on this piece but once again I lightened it a little in color with silver/champagne paint. (As you can see I’m dangerous with paint)
Quality: Great! Feels good and the drawers open easily.
Material: Solid Hardwood in Antique White Finish
Pricing: $821 – $1095
Kent Double Vanity: 2.5/5
I wanted a white double vanity and this piece fit my home perfectly. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see one in person so I ordered it without having tried the doors and drawers, etc. My local RH store had a different style in the store that I loved and it felt solid but it didn’t come in white so I winged it on the Master Bedroom bath vanity & the Guest Room bath vanity by ordering the Kent.
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Appearance: Beautiful although a couple of the polished nickel handpulls on the piece were crooked. Jeff tried to straighten them as much as he could. (Unacceptable for a piece this expensive) The height was great and the size really fit the space well.
Quality: Not a fan of this piece for the quality of the frame. The door closures make an extremely LOUD sound when they close.. to the point that we don’t shut the doors. (it’s like fingernails running down a chalkboard) Jeff tried to add a soft closure but hasn’t been able to find one that works with the existing holds of the hinges on the piece so we may be stuck with it. The drawers are typical for a ready made vanity in that they are shallow but they are fine. The marble is beautiful and makes the piece. Still HATE the doors.
Material: Solid wood frame and wood vaneers. The doors seem paper thin… Carrara marble top is honed and I love it. It also comes with a 4″ backsplash that looks nice. Once again, I chose my own faucets and love the way they look with this piece. The ceramic basins are included as well and have cleaned well. No issues with chipping etc.
Pricing: $3200 – $6095
Same as the double wide vanity above.
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Pricing: $2700 – $5100
I really LOVE this mirror and I feel that for the price that we purchased it (was on sale at the time) – it was an amazing deal. I selected the 60″ x 48″ size mirror to place horizontally over my Kent Double Sink Vanity and it looks beautiful. The beaded detail and the extra antique mirror trim around the mirror gives it an elegant look. It weighs a ton but the guys didn’t have any difficulty with the hanging process. The special french cleat hanger came included.
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Appearance: Gorgeous. I especially love the the outer edges are not black but match the silver of the trim. It’s a great piece I would buy again.
Quality: Seems well made.
Pricing: $371 – $995
Our daughter loves this bed from the Baby and Child Collection. It’s a queen and very comfortable. We use a mattress boxspring which raises the mattress above the footboard but we love how it looks. You can apply everything from my bed above to this piece as well. I made it a little lighter by using a damp rag dipped in white paint and love the effect.
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Appearance: Beautiful feminine shape with a mix of wood and upholstery.
Fabric: Sand Linen and Antique White Finish wood trim.
Pricing: $1049 – $1849
Jeff has this desk and uses it for the 1 day he works from home. He has 2 large monitors for conference calls sitting on top of the desk at all times plus a laptop so the large size was really important. If we were going to have a desk this size in the house I wanted it to blend into the walls and not stand out so we chose the white. So glad. He loves the drawers and the piece is perfect.
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Appearance: Beautiful desk that is clean yet classic in style. Tons of storage with a large top for computers and more.
Quality: Good. No issues with anything after using the desk for 3 years.
Material: Wood with a distressed white finish
Pricing: $2096 – $2795
I would love to know what your experience has been with Restoration Hardware.. Do you have many of their items and if so, what are your favorites? Can’t wait to talk about my outdoor furniture and home accessories in the next post.. So many thoughts on this! :)
Stay tuned for Part 2 – RH Outdoor Furniture & Indoor Accessories!