What better way to experience Restoration Hardware’s Cali-glam collections than in their true, authentic environment? This month, the furniture behemoth unveils Eight Palms, the first residence completely conceived and designed by chairman and CEO Gary Friedman and his RH design team. Located on a Napa Valley wine estate, the sprawling property comes complete with idyllic features such as courtyard gardens, palm tree-lined driveways, lemon tree groves and views of the surrounding vineyard, to name a few.
Completed over a two-year period, Eight Palms is an unadulterated vision of what a contemporary country home should look like. Boasting a spacious guesthouse, dramatic swimming pool and several private gardens located off the bedrooms, the extensive compound blurs the lines delineating interior and exterior at every turn. Materials like charcoal grey Venetian plaster and decomposed European granite, which are used outdoors, are matched in their grandeur by 16-ft boxed exposed wood ceilings, a grand limestone fireplace and brass chandeliers that hang in the impressive living room.
The residence’s holistic vision continues through to the Italian bed linens that cover each of the five bedrooms, the custom cabinetry and Carrara marble island that fill the kitchen, and the floor-to-ceiling wine vaults that house a curated collection of wines from the Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley collective. Add to that a gym and wellness studio, a private outdoor massage terrace and a games and media room, and there's not much else one could want of a home left standing.
‘We believe the most pleasing environments are a reflection of human design, thus Eight Palms is a study of balance, symmetry and perfect proportions,’ says Friedman. ‘It’s a discipline of addition through subtraction, where less becomes more, and calm is created through continuity. The result is a holistic design that is strong yet simple.’
He adds, ‘What Eight Palms highlights is the value of time – it’s the one thing none of us can buy. Eight Palms demonstrates that our brand can deliver value that transcends just creating and selling products, as we evolve towards conceptualising and selling spaces.’