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November 11, 2013
Last December, while sifting through a ginormous stack of holiday catalogs in search of appropriate gifts for various family members, I got sucked into the weird, weird world of Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. Don’t get me wrong- I love RH as much as the next person and I seriously covet this industrial steel pipe bunkbed for my son- but the catalog photos? I mean, sorry, RH stylists, but… what were you smoking?
I wrote a post with handy captions for some of my favorite pages from the catalog, and people seemed to like it. But it wasn’t until ten months later that something sort of… crazy happened- and if I could tell you what happened or how it happened, I would be The Pioneer Woman right now. Basically, over the last two months, more than a million people have read my Restoration Hardware post, and that number continues to grow by tens of thousands every single day.
And wow. That’s awesome. But again, I wrote that post a year ago, and so it started to worry me that Restoration Hardware had changed its ways since then. What if this year’s RH Baby & Child rooms were more… realistic? More… stain guarded? More… appropriate for actual children? I felt compelled to check out this year’s Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Fall Source Book, and it’s safe to say that over at RH headquarters, absolutely nothing has changed. Check out the latest hallucinatory images:
It was rumored that Champ Hargrove had insisted on the nursery’s whale theme as motivation for his wife to lose the 10 pounds she’d gained during pregnancy.
The Cavenbottoms proudly informed friends that the playroom’s wigwam was purchased after Eugenia Cavenbottom discovered her 7th great aunt was half-Cherokee. “Once we got over the shock,” she confided, “we decided it was of utmost importance that Cameron and Callista remain in touch with their roots.”
“When Nanny was small, she lived in a house with only four rooms!” Caspian told his siblings in a mysterious voice. “Oh that can’t possibly be true,” his brother giggled. “Where did she play?” “In a bedroom… that she shared… with her two sisters,” Caspian replied dramatically. The children shook with laughter. Caspian certainly knew how to tell a tall tale!
“I need more light for my sketches!” Matilda Century-Fox imperiously informed her parents. “More light! MORE LIGHT!”
And as all of Holmby Hills knows, whatever Matilda Century-Fox wants, Matilda Century-Fox gets.
“Minions!” Pax Dunderworth IV shouted at his Stuffington Hall classmates after being pushed to the ground. “You think your homes are anything special? I’ve got an entire room devoted to planning my world travels!”
No one believed him.
No one knew until it was too late that Thurston Winstead’s weekly missives to his ailing grandmother were actually addressed to a felon named Curly Rumpsnort, and contained detailed instructions on how to access his father’s safe.
Studs Gewgaw wasn’t Greenwich’s top interior decorator for nothing- When Nan Farkwater told him that her youngest’s fear of flying was threatening the family Christmas trip to Gstaad, he knew exactly how to proceed.
Upon learning she was the first Pembroke ever to be denied admission to Northminstershireton Preparatory School for Young Ladies and Gentlemen, five year old Hadley decided to run away from home.
Though she was never found, it must be admitted that her parents didn’t look very hard for her.
Encouraged by his devoted parents, Langley Witherspoon was determined to be the world’s first 21st-century explorer to use only 19th-century maps and tools. His stuffed animals weren’t sure this was wise– but they kept their opinions to themselves.
Delia Von Crumpet insisted she didn’t treat her stepson any differently from her other children.
But everyone knew poor Jasper slept in the garret.
Sinclair had always known mummy had a fragile temperament, but her therapist assured her she couldn’t have known leaving her shoes on the floor would cause the nervous breakdown.
Sadly, Dermot Hogsforth was never quite right after the ‘A’ tipped whilst he was drawing on the playroom chalkboard.
“Atticus is really quite brilliant, you know,” Mitzi Rothchild-Bousquet told her tablemates at the annual Conservatory Luncheon. “He often works on complicated equations late into the night, and insists on sleeping in his study. His preschool teachers simply don’t know what to do with him!”
Thanks for the good times, Restoration Hardware!
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I love all of these names! PLEASE tell me they are fictional, and not real Belle Meade names.
Totally invented. I don’t want to ruffle the feathers of the ruling class! 😉
Be honest: You met them all at the annual Belle Meade polo fundraiser, right?
I was just trying to get them to invest in Rayna Jaymes’s record label…
Pax Dunderworth IV is definitely my favorite.
I must repeat the earlier comment – the names are AMAZING!!! Please keep these updates alive!
These are HILARIOUS! Love it!!
Oh, I just love you.
hahahhahhahaa!! you made my morning. i was all grumpy too!! better than a cuppa!
over-the-top HILAR!! Love!!
Sheesh…many of these look like they were inspired by the grandpa’s hobbies. One reality that’s clearly missing is that kids LOVE the Avengers sheets they spy at Target or the hideous Angry Birds toys all their friends have. While we can help shape the look of kids’ space, they need to feel that they can show their own identities, too.
Volume 2 equally witty and less mean-spirited! I love!
I now believe that there is a true purpose for adult diapers. Thank you for my Monday giggle.
You kill me with laughter every time!!!!
Fabulous! Thanks for giving me the giggles.
ROTFL! Those are just hilarious! Thank you for starting my day off with a huge smile.
Absolutely screamingly funny. I have sent both on to friends and everyone loves them. My daughter (two children under three) sent the blogs to me after I brought her the HR Baby and Child catalog!!!!!
I’m not sure if I should be honored or offended that my daughter Hadley’s name made it into the pretentious ranks. I’ll choose honored and know that she would scoff and tear these beautiful rooms to pieces in mere seconds!
The rooms are gorgeous…dont really get the humor out of trying to make fun of them. Beats walmart or target decorations any day of the week:)
That’s the point. They’re gorgeous and worthy of a fairy-tale novel because most of us only have half the budget to even decorate Target-worthy.
You would spend your money on this junk if you could? That tells me why you don’t have much money.
Dr. Casey, please step into your Wayback Machine and return to the dingy England of the 19th century whence you’ve come to inflict your nonsense upon us.
Brilliant! Wish you could make it into a coffee table book with pictures. I’d be first in line.
YES!!! I’ll be right behind you!! Oh please do!
This series is absolutely fantastic! We need more! haha!!!
I was really hoping you would do another of post about RH. This one did not disappoint. Hilarious.
Awesome! And I too have absolutely swooned over there rooms. However the fact that they are just plain boring has kept me from mimicking them in any way.
Brilliant, and yet, oh so close reality in my part of the Eastern Seaboard.
I’d LOVE to sleep in the “Garret!!”!!
oommggg..love your dry wit..and the names!!! too much
Bravo! In the one about Sinclair and the shoes, there’s GOT to be something said about those dresses. Hmmm…something like:
Nanny was out sick so Mummy ironed my dresses THE WAY THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ironed. Completely impressed with herself (and her single domestic chore of the decade), she framed the result as a daily remainder of her hard work.
Even better than the first installment!! You’ve outdone yourself.
Love it. So funny!
But really, aren’t the rooms really kind of creepy?
Like maybe these kids are orphans sent to live with their eccentric grandfather (who doesn’t like children) in his spooky, cluttered mansion?
This is a hater website. So easy I guess…if you can’t ever afford it……make fun of it. Awesome…two thumbs up..you’ve grown up so much since grade 9.
I think, mayhaps, you have missed the point. These bedrooms are stylists’ ideas of what wanna-be-wealthy people think wealthy children’s bedrooms look like. I will take it that since you think they are realistic, that you are one of the wanna-be-wealthy types. Actual wealthy people do not decorate their children’s bedrooms in this way–the rooms are very nice, but they don’t look like adult bedrooms with whimsical themes. These are bedrooms designed by people who don’t have children to try and guilt people who don’t have money into spending money that they don’t have so that their children won’t know they aren’t wealthy. Yes, it’s funny (and, yes, I meant all the double negatives).
Actually, they do….and their children have better manners than to make fun of people that have more, or less, than they do.
Please take a joke “purejoygetalife”. Life is too short. Don’t read it if you don’t have a sense of humor.
Hilarious! Not sure why some people have to make rude comments. If you can’t find the humor in it, don’t read it! I think your brilliant! 🙂
These rooms are tasteful, understated, adult and classy; as
are the catalog children pictured in them, engaged cooperatively in charming -and tidy- creative and intellectual pursuits.
You don’t get what those of us with real, live children find
hilarious about that?
I am completely convinced that the rude comments come from the same people that think other people don’t like them because “they are just jealous”. This is hilarious.. Don’t take yourselves too seriously.
Can we talk about the white-padded walls that Matilda Century-Fox resides in?
purejoy–Learn to spell- the word is “plain” and a question is followed by a question mark.–The fact that people CAN afford such foolish bedrooms for their kids doesn’t mean they SHOULD!–A kid needs a room with linoleum floors and furniture that can get scratched.–He won’t sleep better in a $2,000 bed than a $200. one.
absolutely delightful! i just moseyed over from Vintage Rescue Squad, and look what i find! i will be spending a little more time here. hopefully, i will find more unique stories within!
You should check out this blog (which I actually really like). She goes through basically the same images but gushes about how much she would’ve liked these rooms as a 6-year-old!
Yeah, but she wasn’t joking. She’d actually buy it. Weird.
You should write a children’s book.
Please show us the Clinton-Soros-Obamabilt rooms!
I’m so glad I found these – totally hilarious! I LOVE RH and would shop there if I could afford it, but I can’t, so it’s fun to see you make fun of them 😉
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Heeelarious! Love the names too…karen
“then move on” says the person taking the time out of his/her busy “Dr” schedule to read (and comment) on a blog entry mocking his/her taste.
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This is hilarious! I’ve always thumbed through the magazines, admiring the lovely decor. But, I could never figure out what was so off-putting about the images. If it were up to my daughter she would have a complete My Little Pony room, with a diamond encrusted rainbow on the wall! We’ve come to a happy medium.
It’s kids’ furnishings for brain-dead boobies. Is that how you define wealthy people?
I don’t think even rich kids would enjoy these rooms. No color,no toys,yeah this is joke worthy alright. What’s sad is you DON’T get the joke!
So reminiscent of Edward Gorey. (Reminds me of The Gashlycrumb Tinies). Perfect.
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