Belle Vue Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England

For some time now I've been wanting to feature a English "reception room" or brownstone-style living room, and this spic and span four year old room gave me the blankest of blank slates:

The room overlooks a "delightful secluded garden" and that was my inspiration:

The paint color is Glidden Monet's Lavender and the rest of the inspiration is from a designer with a name that makes me think of gardens, Summer Thornton:

This is the painting I included in my version; it just happens to be named Garden Gate:

Our garden room is in Henley-on-Thames on, you guessed it, the River Thames in Oxfordshire, 23 miles (37 km) south of Oxford. Wikipedia says it's near the tripoint of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire, which just sounds delightfully English, doesn't it? ("Sherman Oaks, near the tripoint of Van Nuys, Encino, and Studio City" just doesn't have the same ring to it.)

Henley dates from 1179 when King Henry II "bought land for the making of buildings." More famously, Henley is known for rowing and the annual Henley Royal Regatta. Also, if you've been wondering if a certain shirt got its name from this town, you'd be correct-- henley shirts are based on old rowing undershirts. 

However, if you want to be part of the English social season and watch the Regatta, henley shirts won't really fit the dress code. It's lounge suits for men and women's hemlines below the knee, please. Hats are encouraged. 

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