Saturday, March 10, 2012

Restoration Hardware New Deconstructed Look


Restoration Hardware has just announced their new Deconstructed Line. 

I can't say I am loving it but I am eager to hear what you think.



I like the burlap and even don't mind the wood showing.  I know the nail holes would
drive me crazy and my OCD would never let me live with the pieces of fabric hanging
from the nails.   The first thing I would have to do is get tweezers and pull out the fabric!



I do love this headboard though.

The first thing that popped in my head upon seeing this new line was "what would my dad say". 
I had to laugh because he has never understood shabby chic and I know he would hate this
deconstructed look.  Dad always has a comment when he visits our home about our painted
distressed furniture.  He will say very kindly that it is a really pretty piece and would
 look nice if it was stripped down and refinished.

Sorry dad,  the painted furniture is staying, though I think I'll pass on the
deconstructed pieces.

What are your thoughts? 

 Do you like this look?

xo,
Sherry




94 comments:

skooter8 said...
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skooter8 said...

I love the look but my cats would go to town on all that burlap. It would end up looking like I pulled it from a dumpster. ;)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I could not live with the unfinished look on the upholstery. the rest is fine.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Like scooter said, my cats would have a hay day on that stuff. they do enough "deconstructing" I don't have to pay expensive prices for it. Not a fan at all. Last year's look was drab, drab gray. Used to love RH. sigh

Gina said...

No Thank You! But love the Headboard.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Well to each his own, however, I personally think it is a total disaster. Just me. Hugs, Marty

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Well...I thought I needed new love seats due to some "deconstructing" by my staff. Maybe not! However, I am thinking about some wonderful old frenchy chairs in Paris flea markets...sigh! lol Thanks, Sherry!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Nope, not me. I love the softness of the look, but I would feel like the animals destroyed the furniture!!

La Brocanteuse said...

I have to admitt, I love using deconstructed chairs when I do brocante events..it always gets attention and it allows people to see what the " bones" look like. But I prefer the original way as found at brocantes in Paris and France all over, not new made to look old. I am very dissapointed how RH copied Eloquence style and presentation allmost exactly!
Although I love deconstucted chairs and couches...they need their own space..it is difficult to incorporate in a elegant setting....they just don't marry well.
Colette xx

suzieQ said...

First time here, I'm visiting from Miss Mustard Seed and wandered to your blog, from another site...does that happen to anyone else?
I sat the cats down and thanked them for their decorating help on my chairs and they told me not to mention it, they are always willing. I think this look is trying too hard and those little tufts just beg to be taken off.

It's All Connected said...

I'm laughing about your Dad's views. Mine would have said the same. It's a little too rough for me on the upholstered pieces. Nice in photos but not to live with. ~ Maureen

Blondie's Journal said...

I actually like the look. The chairs would be nice for a loft or even a den...not a living room. I can see jaws dropping!

XO,
Jane

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I'm thinking a little goes a long way! Interesting to look at...harder to live with...and definitely a trend. I love it...one piece at a time...not a roomful. :)

Kathysue said...

Omgosh!!They are at it again. I did a post last year on their new look and how I felt they jumped on the bandwagon waaaay too late. I feel the same way with this New/old look. Been there done that, not me personally but so many others. They would be better served to adding color back in their lives and ours, that is the direction consumers are headed, this look has been done to death. I am so surprised at their marketing team, to not be more on the cusp of what is going on in design. They missed the boat again, however I am glad to see it brighter and whiter, their stores are depressing with their muddy gray walls and everything is so dark. I literally feel as if I can not breathe int there. Sorry, I went on and on, no mistake about how I feel, is there Sherry? lol
xo Kathysue

Kathysue said...

PS here is the link to the post I wrote, it was actually two years ago. Their new/old look did not last long. You can tell they are struggling if they had to change their direction only after two years. They should have stayed with the original RH look we all loved and adored. Like the title of my post says, I Miss Silver Sage....

http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2010/09/i-miss-silver-sage.html

Suzan said...

I am thinking that if I am going to pay their prices for upholstered furniture, it should be upholstered! Not a fan of the ratty upholstery look though I do like the weathered wood.

Arli said...

I just don't see this look going over real big. Seeing the bones of furniture would be okay...for while...but the little bits of fabric would drive me bonkers too!

House Revivals said...

This post made me smile. The nice thing about the new RH deconstructed look is that it will be easy to knock-off -- just pick up a chair at the thrift store and start ripping stuff off :)

Your story about your dad reminded me of my girlfriend's distressed Pottery Barn furniture. Her in-laws came into town for a visit, and one day while she was running errands they decided to surprise her by repainting her distressed pieces. When she got home she was horrified, of course, but all she could do was smile and say "thank you, you shouldn't have".

The Other Me Is Sane said...

I love it, but then look at the name of my blog! I would consider buying that footstool. And, the settee too for my breakfast room.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I agree with you. Love the headboard, but not all the furniture with nails and fabric hanging off them.

Anne said...

I am going to be the only one saying this but I actually like it.I love vintage old and worn.I know that is not vintage but I see that stuff in antique shops and I LOVE it.Call me weird but I do like things that look or are well loved that a piece of furniture that is so pristine I am afraid to sit on it.

sissie said...

No I do not care for this look at all. To me it seems too trendy and over the top. Might be okay for some but I say it goes beyond shabby chic.

hugs
Sissie

Hartwood Roses said...

I love the lines and proportions of these pieces, but the deconstructed look is really awful! A couple of years ago RH decided that we should buy splintery, grey, weathered wood furniture ... now we can pair it with torn up upholstery???? I don't get it.

sweet violets said...

Not a fan of this look...just too messy for me, and would be difficult to keep the raw exposed wood clean. They are trying too hard with this one!!! hugs...cleo

Deserae said...

I had to laugh when I saw this in their new source book. For years I reupholstered furniture and always loved the way the pieces look after ripping off the old nasty fabric and exposing the burlap underneath and the old rusty nails. Many times I wanted to leave the piece as is but knew it would never sell that way. I could see having one deconstructed piece in a room as sort of a piece of artwork. Then again look at my house....a lot of people hate my style!!! LOL I LOVED the new Parisian apartment....
~Des

Rachel said...

The cheapest price on their site was a "shelter" chair for $695, think how much $$$ all of us blogger could make by picking up discarded furniture, changing the front, and leaving the back exposed. We could sell them for $200 and still make a profit! LOL. I have a vintage sectional that I was thinking of doing something along those lines, it has some cool looking springs for the seat back, I was going to let them rust, and just have the front side done. Now thinking about it, I am going for it, see how much $ I can make...lol

Marigene said...

It is ugly...hey, you asked!

Pam said...

NO, NO, No!! but it would make it easy to copy this look by just going to goodwill or salvation army and putting it straight into the room! awful!

Bliss said...

I like the look, at least in their pictures it works. In my home everyone that came in wouldn't "get" it so I could never try it.

~Bliss~

BRASWELL said...

OK I am not a fan of RH-it seems as if they are a little too late for this one. Like that saying-"Been there, done that" Love your blog. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

housedressingblog.blogspot.com said...

I'm too much of a perfectionist, and this look would drive me crazy. It looks half finished to me, and I have enough half baked projects going on to ever actually PAY for something like this.

Pam said...

I like the look, but don't think it would be comfortable. Plus I imagine it would get dusty easy (with the exposed wood). I actually do think it looks neat as a statement piece for a booth at an antique show or something like that though.

lindaharre said...

I wouldn't purchase it....even if it was in my price range! I feel like it goes one step beyond.......to raw!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I think it's dreadful. I don't have to worry though because even if I loved it I couldn't afford it. :o)

Anonymous said...

No I wouldn't buy it. It's too contrived. It misses the entire point why people are attracted to seasoned furnishings. It's about the history of the piece....if this chair could talk. We image the people that owned these things and by keeping it it kind of means the soul of the person or family lives on. It's not so much a fashion statement....well at least for me. I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of distressed paint furnture either. All I see is a piece of furniture that is supposed to look like an antique but you know all the patina is really due to painting techniques.
Kathy

Karen said...

I don't like this AT ALL> It looks like they got lazy and decided to put only a little time into it and let the customer finish it. I hope it doesn't become the next "must have" thing!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love the headboard Sherry, but I don't care for the other pieces.

Blessings,
Linda

Evelyn said...

A big, fat no....looks really awful. It hurts my eyes.

NanaDiana said...

I don't have time to read all the comments so I am probably in the minority but I really dont' care for it either. I have seen similar pieces on several blogs and I guess I am just too much of a perfectionist-I would keep wanting to "finish" it. I think it is a fad that will probably pass and people will look back and think...what were they thinking? I do LOVE that headboard though. xo Diana

Wild Oak Designs said...

Interesting I think that they now have a "deconstructed" series! Fun to look at the pix....thank you
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Katie Goldsworthy said...

I find that sometimes (with clothes and decor) it takes me awhile to really love what's up and coming. I think I could get used to it looking like it only got 1/2 way through the upholstery shop, but I don't think I could handle fabric hanging off. However, if it does because a big hit, and we gradually learn to love it, it will be that much easier to reupholster things! lol
--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Sarah said...

Sherry, I don't care for the deconstructed look. It's just too rough for me. ;-)

AntiqueChase said...

I wouldn't mind one piece in a room if it was OLD and ORIGINAL... but not a big box store knock off...

This look is an "oy vey" in my opinion.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow- I am loving it really- but I don't know that I would be able to live with so many pieces of furniture deconstructed either and at top $ prices at RH~ thinking the thrift store would have some pretty good candidates for a new deconstructed look! Thanks for sharing! :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think it is OK, in the right spot, I can see it in a warehouse loft apartment with high ceilings....Does that sound weird? Thank you for showing us, this is why I love blogging, someone always keeps us up on the latest trends.

Carol

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Umm, well, I am with your Dad on this one. Although I love the Shabby Chic look, this one looks unfinished and cheap....like they ran out of money half way thru the project. Oh and my Dad, the antique dealer, would have said the same thing about Shabby Chic stuff...needs refinishing!

Victoria said...

Much too contrived. The real thing -- one piece only -- in an urban loft could look good, not the pretender.
Best...Victoria

Gayle said...

I don't get it. I think it just looks unfinished.

Lana @whatsthestorymorninglory said...

Hi Sherry,
My Dad would not understand this look either. I must say I am not really liking it myself. Usually love most everything from Restoration Hardware.
I don't think this look will catch on, it a little to rough around the edges.

marie said...

i find this bizarre. i mean, it's one thing to find an old chair that way but to pay THOSE prices for something that looks like it needs to be recovered? i don't know.... my husband likened it to buying jeans already with holes in them (of which i'm guilty of) but jeans don't cost $695 minimum! i like the look...SORTA...but it's still bizarre to me. lol

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Uh, no. I'm sure that chair, with its unfinished look and all is probably close to $1,500.00 {if not more}. If I'm going to spend that much money on furniture, it's going to be finished ~ no nail holes, no hanging bits of fabric. Although, seriously, if this is the new look, it will be great for those of us who can't do upholstery! We can just take apart chairs from the thrift store, leave them as is and be trendy!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Um, no. It reminds me of the story, The Emperor has no Clothes. Sorry, but no matter what you tell the emperor, that furniture is not finished. :)

Tina said...

I gotta say I like it. I wouldnt want a whole room of this look but one piece like the wing chair brings a little quirkiness (I love a little something quirky in a room).

Jennifer said...

No, I don't like it one bit!

Kelly said...

I haven't seen this yet. Thanks for sharing it. I usually like Restoration Hardware (except their high prices). I like the deconstruced look, but feel certain my husband would shake his head at it (and any older generation). I'm sure it won't be coming into my house, but I do like the look. My husband would probably think, gees for that kind of money, don't you think the furniture should be completely upholstered?!

At The Picket Fence said...

Hmmm...my kids would have those strings of fabric pulled out in 2 seconds flat. LOL! The headboard is beautiful as are some of the other pieces and I can definitely see it all working in the right home. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

Gail said...

Wow....bet you never expected such a wide variety of comments! Certainly fun to read what people wrote! However, this is one look that I personally don't get! Never have liked it and never will...but as they say...
"to each his own"!

Scarlett Ibis said...

No thanks...I have enough unfinished projects going on here:)

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Oh my not for me. I'm to old fashion.

Dee

Elizabeth said...

No way, my Dad would get out his check book and offer to buy furniture for me. He would be sure I went to the dump and picked it up.

Carla63 said...

Good grief ! This looks like you picked it up off the curb and didn't care enough to re-do it ,just stuck it in the living room to see if you could get away with it. No thanks. Ido like the headboard though.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

No way! If I'm going to spend that much money on a piece I want it finished to perfection!

laney said...

...i think the emperor has moved to restoration hardware...and he is still as naked as a jaybird...

laney said...

...i think the emperor has moved to restoration hardware...and he is still as naked as a jaybird...

Suzy said...

I guess it would be ok in the right setting, but I don't care for it. To me it's kind of like buying brand new jeans that already have rips, tears and worn hems - why??????? I think my age is showing! ;o)

Ginger in Alabama said...

RH has missed the boat for the second year in a row. There isn't anything about this look that appeals to me other than the headboard which would compliment my Annie Sloan painted dresser.

Sylvia said...

Not a fan. But, on the positive side, if I decided to attempt to reupholster a chair and it doesn't work out... it would actually work out!

Bonnie said...

Truthfully, I don't like it at all. Thanks for showing us though.

LL from KS said...

I might like a piece in this look but I would never pay restoration hardware prices! I could create this look on my own for LOTS less. Not sure how they stay in business when their prices are so unrealistic.

Tamra said...

I love the look. I've been doing it myself for some time. A piece here and there mixed in with some really elegant pieces I think is a nice mix. However, would I pay RH prices for what can do myself which is rip off old fabric? Nope.

An Urban Cottage said...

I love that someone once ripped apart a chair and saw the beauty in what lied underneath. Showing the art and craft of the inside of an upholstered piece is genius. But once that becomes a trend and further that it's made new to recreate that, it's just not the same.

I was at RH today and saw them in person. They don't ring true. The burlap seems wrong, the exposed wood is stained and don't have the same language as oxidized wood. I can't see anyone who likes this look buying them new for the prices RH is charging.

lindaharre said...

Thanks Sherry for visiting:D I always appreciate a comment:D The Palm House is a lovely place if you are ever in St. Louis!

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Love the idea, but not to live with on every day basis. That headboard is awesome, though!

Janie said...

Looks fun in a magazine but not in reality.
Restoration Hardward is probably laughing all the way to the bank!

Janie said...

Looks fun in a magazine but not in reality.
Restoration Hardward is probably laughing all the way to the bank!

Anonymous said...

not for me.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

It is a fun look, but it will be something that will go out of style. I like to buy bigger pieces that will be timeless and add accessories that are trendy.

Marianna said...

It's hideous!

I can get the same look for a tenth of the cost by buying a thrift store sofa, covering it muslin and then letting my cats loose on it!

I sure RH is charging a pretty penny for this "look".

Karen said...

Hi Sherry,
I confess the Restoration image is okay, but I think it's just a bit too undone for my tastes. I'm with you, I'd want to tidy it up a bit...I'd probably contact my upholster and ask them to finish the job!
Karen

Anonymous said...

Restoration Hardware lost me a long time ago. They used to have a more classic look that was easier for people to incorporate in their homes. I think they've backed themselves into a corner with their very specific look. It's really too bad - they used to be great. Not a fan now!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Deconstructed? Not for me. Reminds me of when I was in design school ages ago when we studied the "guts" of furniture in furniture design, history of furniture, and re-upholstery class. I think this is taking it a bit too far. Worn and patina are one thing, but this? I don't think we would wear our clothing wardrobe "deconstructed"!!!! lol

Marianne said...

Not to sure about this one. Much to trendy, will be out of style in 1 year. If you want this look go to a garage sale or thrift store and buy some old pieces of furniture and take the fabric off. A lot cheaper. My boys would have a field day with the exposed nails and pieces of fabric hanging off. But I will say that it looks really nice in their magazine layout!
Marianne :)

Margaret said...

ok..so I understand and accepted the style of torn worn looking jeans were in style. A pair would cost you $100 to look like you just walked out of Goodwill. Well what I cannot accept is when a store like Restoration Hardware comes out with a new line called "The Deconstructed Collection" and expect customers to love it! If I am going to plop down $2000 for a wingback chair I don't want it t look like I went dumpster diving. Do they really think this is a good look for the price?

Pamela said...

LOVE looking at it but not so sure it is really functional though I would never ever turn a piece like those down! I had to laugh when you mentioned your father and what he would think. My father in law is the exact same way and just shakes his head most of the time at the stuff I do.

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Not just you, cuz it's me too! It looks like it was taken out of the trash and sold to gullible people. Sorry to step on toes, just my opinion ;)

Jo's This and That said...

I like the elements but not on expensive chairs. It is too rough foe me. Thanks for sharing Joann

Judy said...

Oh my!! I had to laugh at your comments here because they were identical to mine!! I, too, would obsess over those bits of fabric hanging out and would be snipping and plucking away! And I think this look is too far deconstructed! Cats would love it! Not me, really. But I certainly did enjoy this post! Got your blog name from my newest issue of Romantic Homes. Thanks for sharing!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I had to stop in and say Congratulations for being featured in Romantic Homes Mag. That is so exciting and so deserved. I am totally thrilled for you. Great job. Hugs, Marty

lvroftiques said...

I also love the look! BUT I don't personally want to live with it. I think it's too trendy, and I don't like to do much "trendy" with large expensive pieces of furniture. It's fine for a few accent pieces though. JMHO. Vanna

Tina said...

Oh I couldn't live with that! But someone out there must like it or they wouldn't be selling it.

Barbara Anne said...

No, thank you! This is one of those looks - like putting books on a shelf backwards so the titles don't show - that has me wondering ...why?

What I love is the lovely patina of old, polished wood. I have many pieces of my grandparent's furniture that we've had reupholstered. Other pieces are just the same as they were long ago and they will never be painted while I have them. That's me.

I really enjoy every visit here!

Hugs!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Sherry, I'm sure in agreement with you, those little bits of fabric would drive me crazy! I do love everything else about it and would love to have some in my home but my husband thinks like your dad and it's a hard sell. I love the headboard too. Have a great day.

~Emily
the French Hutch

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Headboard, yes., but I'd pass on the upholstered pieces...they're too deconstructed for my taste. lol

Nancy

Anonymous said...

By the time I scrolled down here I read my sentiments many times (and most precisely by Kathysue). So I'll just add my own lamentation - what happened to the RH that was inspirational.....that was home design Mecca? My upstairs halls are silver sage but I still miss you........