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Bridgerton, but keep it modern

Bridgerton, but keep it modern

If you thought the six-story, 90,000-square-foot RH Showroom in New York’s Meatpacking District was huge, check out California’s first international home store: RH England, exhibit at Ainho Historic Park, situated on a historic 400-year-old estate in the Cotswolds, spread over 73 acres and over 60 rooms. Everything from Bridgerton, in tasteful shades of gray and beige.

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Sir John Soane Gallery

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RH, which has recently expanded into hospitality, has plans to open stores in seven European cities – London, Paris, Milan, Munich, Dusseldorf, Brussels and Madrid – by 2025. To set the flag, Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman has set its sites on Aynho Park, which is basically a ferry It is a structure in the Classical Revival style with remains of Continental Baroque that was first built in 1615 and later extended and renovated by noted architect Sir John Soane in the early 19th century. It is one of the rare Grade I listed buildings in the United Kingdom, which also includes Windsor Castle and Chatsworth House.

“Our goal was to create a magical place that was like nothing but a retail store,” Friedman says. “So far, I think we’re off to a good start, and that’s what we’ve found here—a place of wonder, magic, and history.”

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In fact, RH England doesn’t look much like a traditional place to shop. The space seamlessly fuses home furnishings collections from RH’s Interiors, contemporary, modern, and outdoor collections with rare artwork, antiques, and antiques from around the world. But the main attractions are the restaurants, including the Orangery, a live-fire dining experience; and the Loggia, an outdoor venue filled with limestone French fountain where diners can enjoy wood-fired pizza while admiring the natural landscape designed by 18th-century English garden design pioneer Capability Brown. There is also a wine lounge and a tea and juice parlor.

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Architecture and Design Library

Mark Soules

For architecture buffs, other highlights include an exhibition in partnership with Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, which details Soane’s life and work at Aynho and other English country houses through architectural sketches, models, and artifacts; and an architecture and design library stocked with old, contemporary, rare and out-of-print books. One in particular – the 1521 Italian first edition of the classic text by the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius From Hoax Free Architecture—is a folder that guides the design spirit on the right side. In it, Vitruvius urges readers to strive for balance, symmetry, and perfect proportions—all elements that can be seen across the property.

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