Here at the gallery we are always looking for pieces with unique design, character, wonderful finishes and beautiful workmanship. A basic rule that we abide by at the gallery is that furnishings incorporated into a space have to be antique…, and preferably of English or French origin. One of our favorite recent finds is the French bench pictured below. Here we have a combination of rustic and refined elements creating a cohesive blend of the current trends with the classic texture of linen. What caught our eye was the way this bench can compliment any space or décor with its unusual lines and details. The fabric trim and nail heads give it special panache that most French pieces possess. The curved metal legs are another detail that is very distinct; it allows the piece to take on a more industrial feel. We imagine this bench in many settings. It could be tucked away in a sunroom or study, serving as an extra place to curl up and relax with a cup of tea. It could also be a lovely statement piece in a foyer, with unique pillows and a colorful background as we have shown. Benches are also a great seating alternative to chairs in a dining area. This bench could flank one side of the table across from individual chairs. If you accept the idea that many different tastes can go together, you can create rooms that are never boring and always captivating.