It's funny, a bench isn't really the type of furniture that I seek out. It's really an accent piece and not particularly comfortable either. Though I rarely find myself looking at them, this Home Decorators Summit Bench ($249) immediately caught my eye. I love its elaborate leaf pattern and elegant curves. And its aged finish gives it a charming, well-loved look. Having a cushion made with a cheerful fabric like Amy Butler's Morning Glory or this Japanese Pear Tree fabric would instantly add polish and comfort. Of course, if the cottage-y look isn't for you, a quick coat of paint would bring it up to date.