One of the best ways to decorate on a dime is to utilize local thrift stores and flea markets. And believe it or not, mixing & matching great finds can actually look quite cohesive! We love this elegant Manhattan dining room (designed by Michael Moeller), and are particularly smitten with the mix & match seating.

Find a grouping of chairs with a similar design & paint them all the same hue. (We love matte black!) The key point for cohesion? Make sure they’re all the same height. This will solidify the look and make the dining set seem intentional. All you need now is a great pasta recipe & you’re on your way to a fabulous dinner party.

Image originally appeared as part of “All Grown Up” in our September/October 2012 issue here