It is impossible to miss the new RH Charlotte, The Gallery at Phillips Place.

A 50,000 square-foot, three-level experience including a rooftop restaurant, wine bar, and park. RH Charlotte, formerly known as Restoration Hardware has transformed Phillips Place.

RH’s beautifully produced product catalogs are legionary. The moment I stepped into the park surrounded by 9-foot boxwood hedges I was transported physically into the pages of those impeccable catalogs. Now you can touch, feel, and wander through rooms filled with RH Interiors collections and design ideas.

Visiting the RH Charlotte is an Experience You Can't Miss

The exterior, a charcoal grey Venetian plaster, with an expanse of glass and steel French doors that open onto lush garden courtyards. The scale of the landscaping is picture-perfect and fully developed. The exterior lighting features crystal chandeliers encased in glass and steel frames. The multi-level contemporary structure is filled with fresh air and natural light.

“RH Charlotte represents the RH of the future,” RH Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Gary Friedman commented. “We don’t build retail stores. We create architecturally inspiring spaces that activate all the senses and cannot be replicated online. It’s an immersive experience that blurs the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality, and we’re proud to introduce it to the Queen City.”

You are welcomed by a 25-foot threshold of retractable glass and steel doors. The central hall features 14 –foot ceilings. A floating staircase transports you to the Rooftop Restaurant.

Visiting the RH Charlotte is an Experience You Can't Miss

Along the periphery of the main floor are barrel-vaulted passageways that lead to flawlessly designed rooms featuring RH Interiors collections from internationally renowned designers, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques and artifacts from Friedman’s world travels.

But unlike flipping through an RH catalog, I was standing in the space and looking through the glass and steel doors into a private garden retreat. The RH outdoor collection and the beautifully landscaped park spaces extended every room and you imagine as to what your home’s potential could be.

Visiting the RH Charlotte is an Experience You Can't Miss

As difficult as it was to tear myself away, I had lunch reservations. So, I climbed the stairway to heaven, the Rooftop Restaurant. A year-round glasshouse, garden escape with crystal chandeliers, elegant banquette seating, heritage olive trees surrounded by a landscaped park. Furnished with RH Outdoor lounge spaces with overhead canopies, trellised London plane trees, and fountains.

Don’t underestimate the quality of their ingredient-driven menu. RH is a dining destination complete with a climate-controlled Wine Bar with carefully curated wine and champagne. This is the place Charlotte has been waiting for. So, put on your summer frock, invite your best friend and go shopping and lunch.

Visiting the RH Charlotte is an Experience You Can't Miss

I was so impressed with the food, the service, and the surrounding, I returned with my husband, Jerry, on Father’s Day. He was equally captivated.

The RH Modern collection shares the second level with RH Interior Design Firm & Atelier. This interactive studio features private client presentation rooms with state-of-the-art technology. You can discover new finishes, textiles, lighting, and the RH Rugs Showroom.

Visiting the RH Charlotte is an Experience You Can't Miss

When asked why Charlotte? Friedman’s response was, “First, let’s start with we have a very successful legacy store in Charlotte, and the data supports expanding in the current market. Second, in New York and Chicago, we readapted historic buildings, and RH Charlotte is an entirely new design built from the ground up. Our first restaurant in Chicago was on the ground floor in a central courtyard while RH Palm Beach and RH New York we tested Rooftop Restaurants with even greater success. RH Charlotte is an entirely new design. We’re proud to bring this new iconic Gallery to the Queen City.”

As I took in the sunset and the view over the treetops of Southpark, I was proud of our city and its powerful draw. Just as RH has transformed Phillips Place it will alter the way you visualize space inside and outside of your home.