Chicago’s first Rejuvenation store opened recently, and since I had never been to one of their stores, I decided to visit. Rejuvenation, which has stores in various locations around the United States, is a home goods business known primarily for its lighting and hardware collection. Rejuvenation was started in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s and eventually developed a booming catalogue mail order business. In 2011, Rejuvenation was acquired by Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
The Rejuvenation store I visited is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, at 1000 West North Avenue, and is in a small strip mall with two other home stores—Pottery Barn and West Elm—that are part of the Williams-Sonoma family of companies.
Although Rejuvenation sells some furniture and soft goods items such as bedding, pillows, and rugs, lighting fixtures and hardware dominate the retail space.
The entire ceiling of the store is covered with ceiling light fixtures:
Most of the lighting options seem to be inspired by historic styles, although some are very modern in feel. Rejuvenation would be a good place to look for lighting for both a period home and a new home.
There are walls of sconces at Rejuvenation. The industrial style seems very popular and comes in a variety of colors, finishes, and configurations. I was told that they will customize just about any lamp for you. Some industrial style fixtures:
Rejuvenation’s products seem to be entirely American made. I was told by a salesperson that the lamps are all made in Oregon, near the store’s Portland headquarters, and that the glass shades are hand blown in West Virginia. I was amazed at all the choices of glass shades Rejuvenation had:
Rejuvenation’s hardware collection, including the knobs and handles pictured below, is also impressive:
Rejuvenation also had lots of door bells from which to choose.
Here is a selection of door knobs and handles:
The furniture offered at Rejuvenation is also primarily American-made. The salesperson said most is made in the Southeast by craftsmen who make the entire piece from start to finish. Many of the furnishings are signed by the furniture maker on the back, which is a nice touch.
The furniture that I saw at Rejuvenation was very solid and well made. Much was made from solid cherry wood and was beautifully crafted. The style of furnishings would look great in a craftsman or prairie style home or a mid-century modern one.
I really liked the coffee table below.
A stylish green velvet sofa:
Something that makes Rejuvenation different from most chain home stores is that it sells one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, giving the store’s rooms a thrifted, flea-market look.
Here are some of their vintage items displayed:
I liked the selection of old rugs.
Rejuvenation offers free in-home design services and consultations. If you would like to explore more of Rejuvenation’s offerings, visit their website here.