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Gary Friedman, Jaime King
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Restoration Hardware CEO Gary Friedman with Jaime King

If your unpretentious best friend was rich and had a housewarming party, Restoration Hardware would furnish the place, cater the food, and arrange the entertainment. Which is exactly what the retailer did June 23 for the opening of its West Hollywood store. RH's chairman and CEO Gary Friedman hosted along with Architectural Digest editor in chief Margaret Russell.

The party had all the elements to warm a house, and make guests feel welcome: hors d’oeuvres by Tyler Florence, fresh bellinis prepared and served by Luca Rastelli of Cipriani NY, and of course the fabulously comfortable-yet-chic furniture for which Restoration Hardware is known. (The sofa in the elevator was, frankly, so inviting we could have fallen asleep.) Lily of the valley bouquets in wooden tubs, packed onto wall-to-wall shelves, looked—and smelled—heavenly.

And an eclectic mix from the design, fashion and entertainment communities turned out to welcome the newbie to the "neighborhood": Shiva Rose, Ashton Kutcher, Jason Binn, Loree Rodkin, Monique Lhuillier, Jacqueline Bissett, and Donovan Leitch with his gorgeous pea-pod blonde daughter, wandered through two floors of oversized sofas, vintage trunks, and every overstuffed pillow you’ve ever dreamed of. 

L.A.'s reigning fashion king and co-host Cameron Silver, who seemed out-and-about town quite a lot this week, is a fan of the sheets and "can't wait to take a nap in them because they really are the best.” And, no surprise, he was also excited by the vintage-inspired décor, which, after all, is a passion of his own.

Jaime King, who just bought two crystal lamps from Restoration Hardware, was equally enthusiastic about her new column for the Huffington Post, which focuses on successful women. “I talked to Ariana about doing interviews with people and really getting to [know] who they are, and the sacrifices they've made to succeed in their lives,” said the budding journalist (and film director who recently wrote and directed a short film called Latch Key).

While the night started out a little loud (there were a few protesters outside as guests arrived), the evening’s other noisemakers had a more positive sound, Eion Harrington and the Regina Spektor-incarnate singer Elizaveta entertained the toe-tapping crowd with music throughout the night.