Swap kitchen chairs for colorful stools to transform a dining space fast, says Christina Stembel. Her quick fixes? Use velvet ribbon as a stand-in for a formal table runner, and hang greenery to save valuable tabletop space.
Calligraphy or chicken scratch, a thoughtful note never disappoints. "Always write your own place cards, even if your handwriting is quirky," says designer Thomas O'Brien. "It makes the setting more personal.