England

Lutyens bench

Lutyens bench, Restoration HardwareI just so love this piece. It's the Lutyens bench, named for its designer Sir Edwin Lutyens. Sir Edwin, or Ned as he was known, was a totally bril architect and landscape designer who lived and worked in England in the late 19th and early 20th century. To be honest, I don't know enough about him, but what I know, I like -- stunning country houses, beautiful gardens designed with the legendary Gertrude Jekyll, and this lovely garden classic. Ned created the kinds of spaces where novels unfold. Fantasy worlds of allées and knot gardens and grand terraces. Like living sets for costume dramas. Dreamy!

 Hestercombe gardens, Taunton, Somerset, UKsuper fun red lacquer version!

I found it -- it even has an Aga, natch. Now, if only I had 600 thousand quid!

Here it is, deets below...

Dream home: Cornwall. Enjoy five-and-a-half acres of rugged scenery and a Georgian farmhouse from which to admire it, all for £595,000. Flagstones cover most of the ground floor where you can expand into three receptions, a large kitchen with Aga, a study, and four bedrooms trussed with beams. It is two miles to Lanivet and a couple more from Bodmin. The tempestuous north coast and the serene fishing villages of the south are both an easy drive away. Photographs: via Jackson-Stops & Staff