Catalog Scout

RSH offers high-quality but homey design

Updated: 2013-12-01T01:44:55Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

I’d never heard of RSH until recently, and I’ve never ordered anything from it. The company refers to itself as “the vision of design enthusiasts committed to offering the highest quality designer goods …”

When I think of “vision of design enthusiasts” and “designer goods,” Design Within Reach and maybe even Ikea come to mind. The goods that RSH (RSHCatalog.com) sells aren’t anything like the sleek, modernist stuff at those places.

In fact, it’s more like Pottery Barn meets At West End, with a warmer, more traditional feel. I was intrigued by several items, including its collection of table clocks.

The aqua table clock, with its metal scrollwork, pearl top and filigree hands, looks like an antique that you’d find in a Paris flea market. So does a red metal clock for $49.

A crowned Virgin Mary sculpture depicts the Holy Mother with open arms and a removable tin crown and a coarse texture and finish that give it a folk art feel. It would go nicely on a mantel above the fireplace screen with 25 bells, a grid that’s handcrafted in India.

Gold-toned wood moldings add contrast to RSH’s mirrored chest and set it apart from other mirrored furniture, which has become ubiquitous. And its dainty champagne flutes ($69 for six) are each adorned with a different pattern that will help guests remember their glasses. They’re super pretty.

Styles in the RSH catalog range from traditional and contemporary to eclectic and vintage. And while most products look high-quality and worthwhile, none really looks like the vision of a design enthusiast.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to cgregorian@kcstar.com.

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