Was someone keeping a secret from us? Were we the only people who didn’t know about this Home Depot Design Center thing? Our friend Kristin casually mentioned it to us last week while we were visiting Charlotte, NC and our jaws dropped. Sherry and I couldn’t believe that we hadn’t heard of it, so Kristin rushed us there immediately.
The Home Depot Design Center is a new concept that Home Depot is trying out to better appeal to women (apparently Lowe’s is the lady-killer of the two). We’re not talking about the HD owned and operated EXPO Design Centers. This new thing is more like a blend of the two. It looks like a Home Depot (orange aprons, anyone?) but they’ve replaced all the warehouse-y and contractor-y things with open, showroom-style spaces to better display a wider variety of kitchen, bath, lighting, furniture and appliance options.
And I later learned that we shouldn’t feel so out of the loop. The Charlotte location is only one of two in the country (the other’s in Concord, CA) so while that made me feel slightly better, it makes me realize that I shouldn’t hold my breath for one to come to Richmond anytime soon. Which is a bummer because they have such a wide selection of sinks that we were oohing and aahing over for our someday in the future bathroom remodel. Shame on us for not bringing measurements!
They also had some Restoration Hardware-esque lights that we’ve definitely never seen at our regular Home Depot in Richmond. Kristin and Sherry were drooling over these.
And with all this variety, we couldn’t help but take pics of some of the crazier items in the mix, like this uber-modern sink (strange-o) and faux-fabric tub (yikes).
Sadly we left empty-handed and wishing we had had one of these when we were redoing our kitchen. Actually, scratch that, we probably would’ve hemorrhaged money – like on one of these custom color Viking ovens:
Is this all news to you too? Or have any of you guys heard of – or, better yet, been to- one of these Home Depot Design Centers already? What’s your take?