A recent expedition in search of authentic-looking reproduction door knobs led my husband, Justin, and I to Rejuvenation, a home decor shop situated in the historic Helms Bakery complex in Los Angeles. Friends had raved, the website looked intriguing, and (happily) the store lived up to the hype.
An unusual mix of one-of-a-kind found objects, vintage treasures and authentically styled reproduction lighting, furnishings and fixtures, Rejuvenation seems to have found a retail sweet spot.
Although similar to stores like Pottery Barn (part of it's parent company), Restoration Hardware, and perhaps even Anthropologie (without the clothing and soft goods), Rejuvenation offered something different, and the experience, like the merchandise, felt fresh. (Which is sort of ironic, since it's all sort of old, or old looking...but I digress.)
Founded originally by Jim Kelly as an architectural salvage shop in Portland, Oregon, Rejuvenation has become America's largest manufacturer of authentic reproduction lighting and house parts.
With only four brick-and-mortar stores located along the West Coast, the company continues to sell primarily through their catalogue and website.
I have a feeling it won't be that way for long. You heard it here first.
In case you were wondering, we found exactly the kind of interior knobs we were looking for (thank you, Pattie!) -and of course, many other things that weren't on the list! (We'll be back!)
Now, I just need to find someone who can work with my old doors to put them on! Any ideas? Let me know.
Rejuvenation's industrial designer Tim Wetzel: A video about his process & style.