Catalog Scout

Restoration Hardware inspires holiday chic

Updated: 2013-10-27T02:21:11Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

Restoration Hardware’s Holiday 2013 catalog is out, and I’m going to buy several strands of the Starry String lights, which look like tiny jewels on copper wire, and wrap myself in them from now until New Year’s Day. They are that pretty. Plus, they’re battery operated, so I won’t need to sit next to an electrical outlet.

Then again, I could string them across my mantel or put them inside one of RH’s 1920s French glass cloches ($69 and up). Decisions decisions. Yes, it’s way too early to have Yuletide merchandise thrust upon us, but at least RH’s stuff is subtle and elegant. There are lots of other festive and nifty things to be had from the pages of this particular catalog.

Its Starlit Tree ($49 to $359), which comes in two finishes (snow and bark) and six sizes (2 feet high to 11 feet high), looks like a leafless tree and would make an elegant ornament-free alternative to the traditional evergreen.

Or you could decorate it with their Venetian Antiqued Ornaments ($10 and up), which are styled as chandelier crystals and mirrored frames. Like everything RH sells, they’re finished to look aged. There are also plush faux-fur blankets ($79), pillows ($24), bean-bag chairs ($199), and a Russian Ushanka ($39). I think I’ll wear that hat with the Starry String lights.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to

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