When you don’t have a huge house, every space needs to be extra useful. Our dining room? Not just for special occasions. We designed it to make everyday entertaining a little easier, switching out a wood buffet top for low-maintenance marble and reupholstering chairs in stain-resistant velvet. Because I love collecting china, I kept the color palette of my favorite pieces in mind while choosing the wall paint color—C2 Paint’s Brown Eyed Girl—and textiles. That way, even if I have to throw together a table setting in a hurry, it’ll coordinate beautifully. Just add flowers and serve dinner. Done.