11.15.2010

Yea or nay: The "Resto" Look

Reading the newest House and Home over the weekend
(the hard copy, I still love flipping pages..)
and was reading about Linda Reeves love of the "Resto" Look.
We know she is all about neutrals, so that is not surprising.




This refers to Restoration Hardware's current offerings:
pale linens, pale distressed woods, 
architectural elements and industrial elements worked into furnishings.
I love the textures and patinas, 
but what strikes me is the fact that their entire store is working from the same palette.




Everything on the grey side.
I have never seen a retailer so fully commit to one look.




They just had a sale on, and I went down and ordered new dining room chairs.
If you remember I found a set on Kijiji, but, let's just say that D. will never work as a furniture inspector!
It's not in the condition to live in the dining room, but I've found a spot for it, more on that later :)
These beauties will sit around our round glass/cast iron table,
for which we will order a larger top.


Handwoven Rattan Side Chair


Did not order the pillows.
Going to find a to-die-for silk of heavily saturated color (thinking sapphire or emerald)
and make some of my own..




I'm not independently wealthy, and don't redecorate my entire home, at once, ever.
Like most, we add as we go, it's an ever-evolving process..
Yet, I'm sure some people have been led to fill their entire home with this trendy style.
So what happens in 3, 5, years when the aesthetic has worn itself out - redecorate?
I would never want a client feeling that way 3 years down the road.




Just wondering whether anyone is feeling resistance committing to this very distinctive,
 albeit restful and beautiful, look..

til next time..



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7 comments:

A Delightful Design said...

I have a strong dislike for the look when it's all together but I like a few of their pieces individually. I'm with you: I wouldn't want a client feeling "out" in 3 years.

Loving your new chairs! Looking forward to the to-die-for silk. ;-) Please share photos when you're done!
abby

christine, just bella said...

I love their pieces, but I'm with you I would need some colour and variety added into the mix!!

I'm loving your new chairs!

orchidlanedecor.com said...

Oh yes, all lovely, but they would just be "background" pieces, I'd have to throw in some color!
Suzy xxx

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

This has been a pet peeve of mine since the switch-over. I don't think it has anything to do with trends...I think it has everything to do with money. It's cheaper to make everything in a neutral. They don't have to worry about running out of stock in one color or another, or having left overs of something colorful that didn't sell. It's really pretty genius, and they'll sell individual pieces that will always mix with other palettes. Just call it what it is, just don't call it great design!

the runaway romantique said...

I love all these neutral tones and settings! Great inspiration. You have a lovely blog and I just wanted to say hello :) Maybe we could follow each other!

- the runaway

Choo Choo said...

So sad to hear of the Kijiji dining set fail. Sounded so promising! Love the new chairs though & pairing the boxy, sturdiness of them with a round glass top.

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