Restoration Hardware: The Gallery on Melrose Avenue
At a time when many companies are turning to the borderless markets and lower overheads of e-commerce, it’s certainly surprising to find that Californian decor label Restoration Hardware has instead made a huge investment in its storefront operations by opening an enormous outlet on hardly cheap-as-chips Melrose Avenue. However, take a skip through the door of The Gallery and all will become clear. The brand’s sizable selection (which fills 3,300 pages of an encyclopedic catalogue, no less) has been brought to life via dramatic displays in a jaw-dropping 40,000-sq-ft, three-story space.
From distressed leather armchairs to smoked glass chandeliers to sheer linens and porcelain dinnerware – even the most clueless decorator should find some inspiration in this vast palace of lush, luxury furnishings. But if you really can’t tell a nightstand from a nightlight, fret not. Salvation is at hand with the in-house design studio, where an appointment will get you time with their team of experts or an at-home consultation. Credit card well and truly battered, why not retire to the store’s Jardin des Tuileries-inspired rooftop garden? With its weathered granite surfaces, century-old olive trees, cushioned wicker sofas and ping-pong and billiards tables, it’s the perfect post-spree perch.
8564 Melrose Ave / West Hollywood / +1 310 652 0323 / 10am-7pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun / restorationhardware.com