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Restoration Hardware is a chain of stores that sell home furnishings, including furniture for babies and children.
All about Restoration Hardware
In spite of the name, Restoration Hardware is actually not a hardware store! Well, it does sell hardware, but these days its focus is more on home furnishings rather than hardware. They have all sorts of lovely furniture for your bedroom, living room, dining room, bathroom, and more. They also sell things like lighting, textiles and rugs, art, and decor so that you can give your space just the right finishing touch.
If you're hoping to give your home a major makeover, then you should consider signing up for the RH Members Program, which will get you deeper discounts on items that are already on sale, plus access to exclusive deals that are only for members. You can also check right here on Tiendeo for the latest Restoration Hardware coupons and special offers.
The history of Restoration Hardware
Restoration Hardware was founded by Stephen Gordon in 1979. The idea came from when he was working to restore a beautiful old Victoria home, but he couldn't find very many affordable hardware items that were also high quality. So, he started that store!
Twenty years later, his idea had expanded to 47 different stores. Once it went public, things went even quicker and in 2001 they had sales of $369.5 million! In 2008, Restoration Hardware introduce its baby and child line and officially renamed itself just as "RH". Today, there are 56 gallery-style Restoration Hardware locations, plus 18 Restoration Hardware outlets.
Restoration Hardware makes it mark on popular culture
One sure sign that a chain store or restaurant has hit it big is when it starts popping up in mainstream television shows, books, and movies. That way, you know your brand is so popular that your average viewer will be able to recognize it instantly! That's just what happened to Restoration Hardware.
In 2000, it got a call out in the Los Angeles Times, who called the then-new sitcom Ed "The Restoration Hardware of comedies". The headline clarified that it meant that "both peddle nostalgia that's pleasant but manipulative." It's worth mentioning that the show is also set in a chain of home furnishings stores (another similarity!).
It also appeared in 2007, in Margo Candela's novel Underneath It All. She says that Restoration Hardware's products are "way beyond Pottery Barn, but not heirloom quality." It's used as an example of how non-wealthy people buy things to make them appear richer than they really are.