Take the formality out of your dining room with a more casual approach to setting the table. In place of fine china and monogrammed napkins, try using colorful cloth napkins, bright placemats and melamine plates and bowls.
Metallic accents—gleaming silver jars over the fridge, golden pendants—dress up this large kitchen with elegant panache. The kitchen island seats at least five, making it the perfect, easy spot to enjoy a laid-back meal.
Glass doors and the open concept layout of the living and dining area let natural light pour into both spaces and enhance the airy feel of the rooms. Blue accents—the armchairs and table setting—nod to the home's seaside location and break up the mostly neutral palette.
Pretty ironstone china casserole dishes or soup tureens are great presents on their own, but are better when filled with monogrammed linen napkins, silver napkin rings and some flatware. A collection like this makes a thoughtful gift for a newlywed or someone who loves to entertain.
As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential, this vintage-style dining table was set with chic mid-century modern table decor and complemented with vintage turquoise dining chairs. The geometric plates match the dining room's custom geometric wall mural that hangs just outside the scope of this image.