A Designer's Tips for Revamping Your Dining Room For Less Than $600

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Hosting dinner parties, celebrating birthdays and holidays, gathering for family dinners — the dining room is where so many memories are made. Its design should be equally special.

Of course, decorating without breaking the bank is a necessity, as any well-designed home still has to come together within budget. When you're looking to invest in pieces that will last through years of gatherings, the best approach is to look for smart purchases at stores known for their quality. CB2 has plenty of pieces that will look chic, and better yet, more expensive than they actually are.

Kristen Grove, designer for We Three Design Studio, author of "Simply Styling: Fresh and Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home" and blogger at Simply Grove, shared her favorite pieces you can find at CB2 for under $600. We can't promise Thanksgiving with the in-laws will be stress-free, but designing your dining room can be.

Bolla White Dining Chair, $149

A set of white dining chairs is sleek, modern, and the perfect base for adding seasonal pops of color throughout the year. "These classic white chairs look amazing paired with a variety of dining tables. The clean lines make them a top-notch dining chair option," says Grove.

Rebar Plated Brass Round Mirror, $149

"Who doesn't love a good round mirror!" says Grove. "I love the detailing on this mirror — it's modern, cute and playful." Bonus for small spaces: A well-placed mirror can open up a room.

Nassa Basket Pendant Light, $299

This eye-catching hanging light fixture serves as a year-round centerpiece. Grove likes it for its stunning aesthetic at an accessible price point. "Paired with the white Bolla chairs, you've immediately created boho magic," she says.

Vapor Black and White Dinnerware, $7.95–$39.80

The last thing to do is set the table. This dinnerware gets its unique bubble finish by dipping the porcelain into a black and white soapy glaze – which is sure to be a conversation starter. "Pretty dishware adds instant beauty to a dining space. The bubble effect on these pieces is a beautiful detail that will not go unnoticed!" says Grove.


Hilary Milnes is a writer and editor based in New York.

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