Gary Friedman, CEO of luxury retailer Restoration Hardware, purveyors of the controversial catalog, has put his St. Helena mansion on the market. As expected, it’s very, very Restoration Hardware, replete with tree trunk tables, oversized urn-esque fountains, varying hues of grey, and an overall stark/dark minimalism throughout.
Christened Eight Palms (it’s de rigueur of tony Bay Area ilk to name their wine country estates—e.g., Tara, Downton Abbey, the Pool House), the home’s design, a collaboration between Friedman and his RH designers, comes with RH accessories galore.
Details: six bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, and 5,772 square feet. There’s also a bonkers guesthouse, outside kitchen, private terrace, wine vault, organic garden. And one of the three-car garages was turned into a wellness/yoga studio for the ultimate NorCal touch.
The entry courtyard is lined with eight-foot geometrical boxwood hedges, and features eight-foot black gates with brass hardware, two canary island date palms, four lemon trees and two seven-foot black etruscan fountains flanking the front door. Majestic order, indeed.
But, of course, many might see this place and think, “holy smokes, that is a lot of grey.” And they would be right. This home is rich with shades of neutrality, a palate popular with home decor as of late.
As for the house’s background, Wall Street Journal notes that Friedman “paid $5.9 million for the Napa Valley house in 2013 and initially planned to turn it into a place to relax, but then found another house closer to where his company is building RH Yountville, a food, wine, art and design complex.” The property’s entire remodel took two years from start to finish.
Courtesy of: Curbed and Brock Keeling