I can't believe it's already been a week since we've returned from our Chicago visit. Our friends there always make our stay with them lots of fun. Knowing that we're food lovers, it's almost a sure thing that they would introduce us to yet another delicious venue. This time around, on the first afternoon of our visit, they brought our family to enjoy a scrumptious snack... and a feast for the eyes!
I'm talking about the Restoration Hardware's Chicago flagship store - The Gallery at Three Arts Club. It's a historical building that has been renovated, and of course, outfitted by RH's furniture.
I couldn't contain myself when I saw the Café! I don't think I was able to close my mouth from the oohs and ahs that were coming out. I heard it's usually a never-ending lineup into the cafe, so we were very lucky to arrive at tea time and got seated at a table right away!
This latte was nothing short of perfection! We also ordered a truffle grilled cheese sandwich, which was equally out of this world.
It was late afternoon and this gigantic chandelier lit up. It brought a fairytale ambiance to the whole courtyard café.
Our visit didn't end there... be prepared for an overload of images!
The Gallery has five floors, each floor houses a department as such:
Our friends suggested we start our tour of the gallery from the top floor of Outdoor and Garden, and continue down the floors. It was such a good idea... if we had gone from bottom to top, it would've been dark (and rainy) outside when we got to the Outdoor part!
Let me take you on a mini tour of the Gallery. It has too many beautiful rooms and I can't possibly fit them all in one post, so I've picked my favourites to showcase.
Outdoor & Garden
RH read my mind... rattan furniture, dining area under a curtained gazebo, gray patio stone slabs... my backyard goals are screaming at me.
Then we went down this beautiful staircase from the outdoor area, lit by these gorgeous large chandeliers, with their light reflected by the gilded mirrors:
Modern Furniture Line
The 4th floor houses RH's relatively new modern line. I'm not much of a modern gal, but when it's glammed up with tufting and gold accents... I think I can live with that!
This Porthole bar curio with pipework base looks stunning. It's a statement piece that can fit any style of space.
How glam is this modern powder room? That gold chair with fur cushions takes an ordinary-looking vanity up a notch!
Child & Teen
I guess it's no surprise that I was inspired by all things RH when I was brainstorming the playroom for little man. I love the industrial style and rugged feel of the boys' rooms:
This is such a cool work (and gathering) space for the boys! Wonder if they'll get any work done just chit chatting away in those furry chairs :-)
And here are the rooms fit for princesses! It's so much lighter in textures and brighter, a stark contrast to the boys' rooms.
I can see a slumber party going on here!
How dreamy is this bed? Love the chandelier emerging through the canopy.
This is my favourite room of the girls space. A daybed, a beautiful beaded chandelier, and even a space to host an Alice in Wonderland tea party!
Plus a mirror vanity table, and...
... a mirror dresser! All the glamorous touches!! Lucky girl!
Bed & Bath
I'm not sure how I whizzed through this floor without taking much photos! But I love this bathroom vanity, with a luxury hotel feel.
Notice how they showcase the different faucet styles at each sink:
Living & Dining
And here we are back on the first floor. Every space featured is stunningly gorgeous!! You get the sense of grandeur that's the essence of Restoration Hardware in each setting.
I love this dining room's intricate fireplace. Makes me want to have a fireplace in ours too!
Such an intimate setting for a dining room. My photo doesn't do justice to this beautiful stone top dining table.
RH didn't leave any space unturned; even the hallways are beautifully decorated. Need some inspirations for your long hallways? Adorn them with mirrors/ artwork, chandeliers, and exquisite sconces. Here are a couple of my favourites:
The Café's pantry is off to the side but it's not just a regular butler pantry. Those gray cabinets feature a marble countertop, supporting a brass and glass shelving unit. This is exactly what I dream of for our basement family room's bar area.
It shouldn't be too hard for the Mr. to DIY, ya think? 😁
How many times have you dreamed of being in a room of an RH catalogue? For a Restoration Hardware fan like the Mr. and I, this visit to the Gallery was a magical experience. Each floor and each space within is like a live catalogue right in front of you. And we're ever so grateful for our friends to know us so well, both food- and style-wise, that they brought us there!
Speaking of food... I'm undergoing vacation detox from our stuff-athon (as in stuffing ourselves with the yummy good food in Chicago!). Can't wait to go back again!!