Recently, I made a trip to the new Restoration Hardware store in Tampa, which opened its doors this past November. The imposing 4 story, 60,000 square foot buildings architecture is classically inspired and so beautiful.
As you enter the ground floor portico, trickling water fountains gave me an instant feeling of peace and serenity, once inside, I was overwhelmed by the large lobby, with four enormous columns and a grand staircase at the rear of the space. There are four large seating areas with generous white sofas.
(Note: Have you ever been in a home or a shop that made you want to throw out everything you have and start over completely? That was exactly my reaction to this gorgeous store…Too…much…inspiration…)
The four seating areas in the main lobby have large white slipcovered sofas and chairs- I believe they are called the “Cloud” collection and that’s exactly what they look like, large fluffy white clouds.
I mean, these are some serious Sunday-afternoon-HGTV-marathon-watching sofas!
There are a few common design elements in each of these sitting areas:
Large, low coffee tables
Bookshelves filled with wrapped books and natural objects
Large solid colored down-filled throw pillows
Symmetrical furniture arrangements
Tall “statement” floor lamps
Neutral upholstered and slipcovered seating
Everything is so beautiful…ready for more? Here are some photos of my favorite bedroom areas…
Here are some common design elements that I observed in the bedroom areas:
Solid colored bedding with lots of layers- quilts, duvets, shams
Symmetrical layout- pairs of bedside tables and lamps
Grid-style gallery framed artwork over the bed
Bench at end of each bed
Pair of tall, skinny mirrors above bedside tables
Pillows laid flat on bed and stacked
Dramatic chandelier centered over bed
Here are a few more favorite details I noticed on the first floor…
I fell in love with this large sea fan framed shadowbox- too gorgeous!
I loved the idea of framed script pages- so simple and elegant- especially since the text is in French!
I also loved the way they styled their bookshelves- so simple but elegant- I use a lot of covered books around the cottage, but liked the idea of adding little labels or tying them in twine for even more style!
So much inspiration- and we haven’t even been to the second floor! The store has four levels with merchandise organized by floor- next time, we will tour more of the new shop…thanks for joining me today.