I just confirmed today that one of my favorite American chains, Restoration Hardware, is coming to Calgary! The store will open at Southcentre Mall in late 2008.
I first discovered Restoration Hardware whilst living in Toronto in 1999 or so, right after they opened their first Canadian store at Yonge & Eglinton, about a block from my office building! As you can imagine, I often spent my lunch hour roaming the aisles, admiring the wares. I dreamed of owning my own home and adorning it with Restoration Hardware's genteel old world charm. Ideally I'd love a real character home, with original fittings, but if that isn't possible...you can buy the shiny new version at Restoration Hardware!*
They also sell lovely home decor products, with gracious clean-lined furniture, nobel Italian bed linens, sumptuous bath products, classic area rugs, refined draperies, and various other lovely reproduction and old-fashioned-looking items. If you need a classic umbrella stand, a hat rack, or an upscale laundry bin, this is your store!But most of all, I loved the historical-looking hardware...the fine little knobs and hinges, quaint hooks and brackets, elegantly scrolled register covers, cool Arts & Crafts house numbers, and mailboxes of yesteryear, each one a lovely little character study...
And the paint...what sublime colours! I know I'm not the only one who loves silver sage (right Linda?) and the pretty brown flax colours and the soft gray ash colours and those butter yellows! Just a small and perfect collection of necessary colour!
I can't wait for the new store, which will be a 5 minute drive from my house!
Oh, and even more decor news....Crate and Barrel will open in the same mall in 2009! Thank heaven for globalization! As proud a Canadian as I am, I've always loved shopping in the USA. Now I barely have to leave home to do it.