Seattle seems to always get stores last out of all the major American cities. So I was excited to hear several months ago that Room & Board was moving into our popular outdoor mall, University Village. Room & Board does not have a lot of retail locations, so them choosing to be in Seattle is a big statement. And it is open for shopping TODAY!
I had the chance to tour the new store at their grand opening celebration Friday night. I took my friend Elizabeth with me and we oohed and ahhed over all the things we'd seen online but rarely in person. Our tour guide, Katie, was kind and informative, pointing out items and where their manufacturer was located (over 90% of their goods are American made, and she even knew the TOWN where many of the items came from). It was clear that Room & Board values being an American company and supporting American craftsmen and manufacturers.
Personally, I recommend Room & Board to clients all the time for beautiful goods at appropriate prices. No, they're not always the cheapest option, but they're often very competitive with their contemporaries (you can get a great sofa for $1300, which I think is reasonable). And now that they're local, I'll be able to see pieces in person!
I snapped a few pictures (with my iPhone, hence the quality) while Elizabeth and I wandered... some of my favorite things in the new store (be sure to swing by and see it for yourself!)
All the colors are a little off thanks to touring at night - this lamp was more of an acid yellow than buttercup.
This table is a limited edition run made from reclaimed wood.
My new favorite bed.
Great media cabinet (from someone who hates media cabinets).
The leather on these was not nearly so bright or orange in person, but really lovely.
There was a whole line of tables that could be customized by mixing different bases and tops, as well as to-the-inch custom sizes. I saw these little side tables everywhere and loved every combo we passed!
I'm in love with these chairs! If I woke up one morning with another 50 square feet in my apartment and extra money in my pocket, these bad boys would be on their way pronto. I love the wood frame and the easy feel.
This brass lamp was pretty amazing.
I loved these chairs online and was pleased to love them just as much in-person. The chartreuse velvet is the stock fabric - I always appreciate when the stock fabric is more than oatmeal or gray. Of course, most of their upholstery is customizable (and they have swatches in the store for you to try out).
Can't wait to go back and shop for real! Seattle friends, will you be heading out?