There’s nothing like a Gustavian Swedish bench to give your home the airy feel of a European country home. Patrician and upright, yet somehow still relaxed and casual, this classic form of seating is a favorite of designers Gail Plechaty of Real Simple Design and Nate Berkus. You can expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $9,500 for an original Gustavian piece. Or you can buy a reproduction for a little (or a lot) less.
The Hanna Sofa by Oly
$4,775 to $9,475*
72 inches wide by 30 inches deep by 37 inches high. Mahogany frame. Available through Jayson Home & Garden, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-248-8180
* Suggested retail. Price depends on upholstery, trim, and finish.
451⁄2 inches wide by 22 inches deep by 42 inches high. Mahogany frame. At Nadeau Imports, 4433 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773-728-3497