11.07.2012

More Window Shopping At The RH Outlet

In an effort to boost the US economy, every once in a while I pop into the Restoration Hardware outlet store to shop 'til I drop.

Oh wait - window shopping doesn't count????

Right now I'm supposed to be focusing on getting a front door purchased and installed before the New England snow squalls commence, but as the holidays approach I find myself ogling dining tables instead!

When we chose to downsize in 2010, we purposefully looked for a house that had the kitchen and dining room next to each other so we could open up the space and create a big kitchen that would work for both regular daily dining for our family of five, as well as hosting large get togethers with friends and family.  We've always envisioned a big old farm table that can go from casual to dressed up, like this Ina Garten dining space from House Beautiful's 2009 Kitchen of the Year.

With that plan in mind we sold our traditional, formal dining room set before moving here.  In our last two homes, between our kitchen table, island barstools and dining room we could seat 21 comfortably, but here we can only accommodate 6 without some major squishing of chairs and plates.  While the kitchen renovation is at least a year away, at some point we need to invest in a new table that extends.

I want our home to be a place where there is always room for one more.  

So with the best of intentions (at least that's what I tell my husband!) I pop into the RH outlet occasionally to see if there are any beauties that are ridiculously cheap.

This time I did indeed find a beauty, but ridiculously cheap just because it's at the outlet???  Not on your life.  This is basically my dream table right here…..
(excuse the blurry phone pics.)

The Vintage Farm Tool Table.
It's so pretty in real life!!  Gorgeous carved legs and this beautiful parquet detail on the top.
This table has a wax finish, lots of distressing and grain which would be so excellent for my rambunctious family, but doesn't have a lot of crevices for crumbs to hide in, except for where the leaves join the table on the ends.  Plenty big for pulling up extra chairs.

And then, Debbie Downer arrives on the scene…….
*sigh*
Can't it just be free?  Yeah, not exactly a bargain.

But people!!!  Look at these balusters!  Look how thick that wood top is.  This is a solid piece of furniture, unlike the many pieces of furniture in our house and the furniture I see in fine stores that have parts made out of particle board.

I'm not saying that all furniture at RH is solidly constructed, but this table looks and feels like a fine piece of craftsmanship.  After casually window shopping for a table for over two years, I can honestly say there is a lot of pricey junk out there in the furniture world.  For all my painted drop cloth curtains and DIY carpentry and spraypainted door hardware, if we're going to buy a piece of furniture that we will use every single day for many years to come, I want it to be a decent piece of furniture that will last!!

However….I think it's safe to say that unless that table above gets discounted deeply (as in, 75% more off??) it's out.  Moving on….

This simple-lined one caught my eye since it extends to 10 feet (120") and by comparison to the Vintage Farm Tool Table, it's a bargain :)
Mark says - meh.  It's not rocking his world.  To me this table looks like a family table.  From a practical standpoint, it's pretty solid and looks like it could last through my kids' teenage years and then some.  I imagine Peter and his football team sitting around it with heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs.  I see this table extended through the opening into our living room, with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all lingering around after a big meal, stories and red wine and laughter flowing.  I see Hannah helping Seanie with his math homework here, and discussions about colleges happening at this table.

I'm a sentimental consumer if you couldn't tell!  How about some other lovelies from the RH outlet??

This massive double library cabinet - gorgeous!

This cabinet below inspires me to convert our TV armoire-turned office into shelves for blankets and pretty things.

Here is the light Pam talked about recently…..$2000 at the outlet - $2595 in the store!!
{Check out Simple Details to see a great knockoff version!}

And finally, a hint of my next DIY project I have to share with you!….

I hope you enjoyed window shopping at RH with me.  Early to bed for all of you that were up late last night!

9 comments:

Starr said...

I was on the lookout for a large welcoming table last year and managed to find one at a vintage/antique market for $200. Keep looking. Mine is solid wood, heavy as lead, and looks awesome. I've had people say they're going to steal it from me. But i'm not sure they could get it out the door...

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Their prices kill me!!! It's an OUTLET! But still pretty amazing pieces. That first table is gorgeous.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i agree great awesome pieces and finds, but i am still really sad because i still can't even come close to affording it!

cestMoi Sandy said...

Hey Lisa,

I would have to say that I love that Library Cabinet. I am totally in love with it...
Wish I had one. BUT WHERE WOULD I PUT IT??? And I think I agree with you on the first Farm Tool Table... but the tag... hmmmm did you try asking if it could have been a typo?
a small one maybe?

Hugs,

Sandy

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

I swear we should be bffs in real life -- the real housewives of bloggy world. I love RH. I pore over the mags, when I get one. Have you seen Ana Whites RH farmhouse table knockoff? Big table. HUGE. If we were neighbs, we could built it together and save ya a couple grand.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

I didn't know they had RH Outlets. It still looks like prices are out of my budget, but window shopping doesn't cost a thing, great finds Lisa!

pam {simple details} said...

Oh, girl they give salespeople classes about customers like you, if there would have been a good one on site I bet you'd be making memories this Thanksgiving with your extended family at that 120" table ~ the smell of roasted turkey and homemade apple pie wafting through the house mixing with the laughter of little ones and the chaos in the kitchen before sitting down and joining hands to thank God for your abundant blessings. :)

P.S. Thanks for the sweet shout-out.

Adelina Priddis said...

I window shop for dining tables all the time! Family time to me revolves around the table, so having a good one is a must! We get ours off the classifieds though, and we've been through quite a few

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