RH officially opened its latest design gallery, RH Nashville, The Gallery at Green Hills, with a grand opening ceremony on Friday, June 15, following a star-studded event the night before.

Matt Wiltshire, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development said a few words before RH Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman addressed the crowd.

“This gallery here is really a reflection of all the things that we believe in that reflects our values, it reflects our vision, and it reflects our beliefs, and it reflects our truth,” Friedman said. “We believe that vision is everything. We believe that vision leads the leader and that everyone in our organization has to have a vision. But vision is about destroying today’s reality to create tomorrow’s future, and if you just took a walk down and looked at our previous gallery, I think you’d get a sense that we pretty much destroyed it today when we opened this.”

RH Nashville is the first gallery in the south to feature the company’s seamlessly integrated culinary experience, a partnership with celebrated restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff. The courtyard café serves a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu within a soaring glass and steel atrium, complete with elegant lounge seating, glimmering chandeliers, trickling fountains and heritage olive trees. Wine vaults flank the café and the adjacent barista bar serves craft espresso and house-made pastries.

“We believe to be cool you have to do cool things,” Friedman said.  “You have to have the creative courage to lead rather than follow. You have to have the courage to stick out, to stand out, which is somewhat hard in a world where from the time we’re born we’re taught to conform, and we’re taught to conform to other people’s thinking, to other people’s beliefs. We believe to be cool you have to have the creative courage to step out and live your own life, do your own work, and have it all be an authentic expression of what you deeply believe in.”

Blurring the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality, visitors to the 70,000 square-foot RH Nashville will experience artistic lifestyle installations featuring RH Interiors, RH Modern, RH Baby & Child, RH TEEN and RH Outdoor collections from internationally renowned designers; as well as the RH Design Atelier, offering professional design services in a studio environment. The entire fourth level is devoted to the 11,000-square-foot Rooftop Garden & Conservatory – a series of indoor-outdoor spaces defined by towering banana palms, exotic succulents and sculptural evergreens.

RH Nashville was conceptualized by Friedman and design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, a firm recognized as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 architect and design firms in the world.

“It really does take everyone, and this is a reflection of everyone’s hard work,” Friedman said.

Hours at RH Nashville are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Photos from RH Nashville opening party