Tuesday, September 13, 2011


We've had fun this week checking out the new Restoration Hardware 615-page source book/magalog/catalog (their words!) and being under their influence. Of course, we could never lead the complete Restoration Hardware lifestyle. In the first place, the price point is way ABOVE our budget; and second, where is the color? I admit I'm smitten with a neutral background, but need my touches of red, blue, etc. And, finally our 1980s small ranch-style house just doesn't accommodate the grand architectural style of RH. But, that being said, we have enjoyed checking out the vignettes and accessories showcased in the catalog.

We've had several discussions about all of the accessories they show that appeal to us. Evidently, the appeal has always been there since we were able to shop our house, garage, shed and back porch to come up with similar items to stage some new vignettes around the house. Starting with the tractor wheel that we found recently at the farm salvage yard. Paired with some old books and a sewing machine part chest that belonged to my grandfather; it is now on our entry table.

Sitting on my Dad's tool chest, which we use as a coffee table, is an old milk crate containing bundles of books and a disc spacer from the farm salvage yard.

In the background on the couch is my mother's old beaver cape. The throws in the RH catalog are faux, of course; but mine is the real stuff. Don't hate me - the cape has been in my family for over 70 years, and conjures up nice memories of snuggling up to my mother on cold days when she was wearing the cape!

I've had a love affair with brown apothecary bottles for a while now -- all purchased for pennies or were free.

This vignette sparked a conversation between Bob and I about a lot of the trappings of our lives. We saw the iron barbells in the catalog; and I asked if we didn't have one of those around. Bob then told me about finding his barbell in a garage when he was 8 or 9 years old, and thinking it was so neat. I then had to ask about where it has been all of these years? Did he bring it with him when we got married 53 years ago? You mean to tell me we have moved it to 14 different houses over the years? Etc., etc., etc.

I've always enjoyed these deed or document boxes. They belonged to various family members who really kept their documents in them.

Of course, I have fond memories of the Eiffel Tower in Paris from our 50th wedding anniversary trip. I don't have RH's study model, but this iron one from Hobby Lobby serves the purpose of bringing up memories.

It's been fun recreating these vignettes from Restoration Hardware. I do have a question, however -- how can they fiscally continue to mail me (a non-consumer of their goods) their 615-page sourcebook/magalog/catalog? But, I enjoy it so much; please don't tell Mr. Friedman, CEO, that I never buy anything. I thought the least that I could do would be to include the catalog in a vignette.

Here's a breakdown of the price points of some of the items included:

Eiffel Tour Study Model: RH-$1745.00 Ours-$4.00

Tractor Wheel: RH-$189.00 Ours-$5.00

Cast iron Dumbbell: RH-$40.00 Ours-Free

Deed Boxes: RH-$45-$85 Ours-Inherited for free

Pharmacy Bottles: RH-3/$48 Ours-Inherited or less than $1.00 each

Fur Throw: RH-$99 Ours-Free, but priceless!

I'm joining the following parties -- please check these inspirational blogs out!!

Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasure Monday

A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


Neabear said...

You have some interesting items in your displays. It is really special when you have kept things that were in your family!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You go girl... love all of your vignettes. Like you I receive the catalog but way out of my budget. I love the way you've copied some of what is in their catalog..
Round Top Texas! Are you kidding me.. what fun you're going to have.. oh I hope you get a chance to swing through K.C. on the way home.. if you do please give me a call I'll try my best to meet you... would love to spend some time with you.. hugs ~lynne~

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful collection! Love your ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I have been drooling over their new catalog also, but it definitely doesn't fit my budget either. I love the way you were able to bring all the same style and inspiration into your home with very similar items. Very creative and it all looks fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sally, you have recreated the RH vignettes better than RH! What great and unique treasures you have displayed so beautifully. Smart lady! laurie

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

I jsut saw your post over on Savvy Southern Style. I love RH and your vignettes are amazing! Great job! I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! Be blessed!

Cindy said...

I love your look a likes, they are more interesting though, because they are real. I especially love the beaver cape! Wow, that is a real keepsake.
Hugs, Cindy

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Such great items in this wonderful vignette. I love looking thru the catalogs to see what I have that's similar. Your brown bottles with the labels are just fabulous. Love them!! thanks for linking up the inspiration. xo

Honey at 2805 said...

I adore your interesting vignettes and your family treasures! RH has nothing on you!

Sue said...

But have you ever been into a Restoration Hardware store recently.....It's damn scary....along with having NO color of any kind everything is giant size...I mean giant size....You would need a house with two story ceilings to fit this stuff....it's huge...I'm going in to buy some light fixtures for over our island I will have to take pictures with the Boss in the picture for scale...because you know the Boss is on the large size and he looks like a dwarf next to their furniture....I predict between that and the mailing of their catalog they should be out of business very soon....