Dining Room Decorating Inspiration: COLOR!

I’ve been in my first house for almost two years now. Although I have many opinions, thoughts and ideas regarding decorating–I can’t seem to fixate on just one style or theme. My dining and living area is what you would call “open concept” (i.e. one large room). I really want to inject color, in some capacity, into the dining space since my furniture is dark and my walls are painted a very neutral color (Benjamin Moore – Edgecomb Gray).

One of my favorite design magazines is House Beautiful. It’s so much fun to flip through the glossy pages to gaze at amazingly decorated interiors. I came across these dining room spaces online, that have included color in curtain panels, art, paint and area rugs.

Which room is your favorite? What is your favorite dining room addition that has added color to YOUR space?

*All images from HouseBeautiful.com

Life’s a Beach…at least with decor

During my lunch break yesterday, one of my good friends and I took an impromptu trip to the mall (not really that far-fetch if you really know me). While quickly perusing through our favorite stores, we made a bee-line into Pottery Barn. Although this store can be pretty pricey, they do have some select items that actually won’t break your pockets.

Since my friend is getting married this fall (on the beach), she pointed out the beautiful nautical tablescapes that were set up in the store. They definitely leaned more towards a rustic aesthetic, but I fell in love. So much so, I snapped a few pictures for inspiration. My favorite pieces were the large starfish and individual bottles of sparkling water at each seat. Gorg! Wouldn’t you love to be a guest at a festive beach-themed party like this? I sure would!

When entertaining at home, what are your favorite ways to decorate your table? What are your key items to make your tablescapes shine?

*All images by Alexis Young