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Summing up the marvelous, monolithic new Restoration Hardware showroom at 3030 Peachtree Road can only be done with one word: epic. The California-based brand is taking Buckhead by storm with its first-ever next-generation design gallery. Ringing in at more than 65,000 square feet, the soaring, six-floor concept was designed in the spirit of a modern Southern estate by nationally lauded architecture firm Backen, Gillam & Kroeger and is slated to open any day now, right across from Buckhead Atlanta. This soon-to- be Atlanta icon offers more than a shopping experience; it’s a virtual vacation abroad. Accessed through a 17-foot pair of gates and ascended by a six-story grand staircase, it proffers not just furniture, but a grand entry rotunda with a lofty oculus for natural light, a dramatic three-story atrium, European-style courtyards, a 50-foot-long reflecting pool and an 8,000-square-foot rooftop green space providing sweeping views of the cityscape (hello, rooftop parties!). Au naturel plantings abound, and if you’d like someone to hold the door, m’lady, you’ll have more than 100 steel-and-glass options around the building. But since we came through those doors for decor, we must admit we’re smitten with the smorgasbord of exclusives: a gallery of hand-knotted and handwoven Ben Soleimani rugs, a fifth-floor suite of RH Baby & Child pieces to bedeck your sweet little babe’s nursery, and a fourth-floor interior design center packed with friendly experts to guide your buys. Also on this level is the brand’s first-ever small spaces showroom, stocking classic RH upholstery pieces scaled down for apartment living, petite sitters and femme proclivities—even in the face of a culturally macho brand. We came; we saw; and Restoration Hardware conquered our hearts… and then some.