Dress up a pair of vintage skates by lacing them with festive ribbon. Search yard sales, flea markets and secondhand stores for old skates you can use in decor, suggests home decor blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays. She adds: You'll find the best deals on winter items, such as skates, in the off-season.
Benches have a more informal and inviting vibe than the usual set of chairs, plus you can fit extra guests. It’s OK if the wood finishes don’t match—they’ll blend just fine. If you want to pair an upholstered bench with upholstered chairs, stick with equally rich shades, like these yellow and blue jewel tones. Find upholstered kinds with turned legs from Wisteria or get them secondhand. The diamond-print fabric on this one is by Perennials. (Room design by Jenn Feldman Designs)