Holiday Dining Guide 2009: Ways to refresh your dining room before the guests arrive

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By Jura Koncius and Terri Sapienza
Thursday, November 12, 2009

The countdown is on for the holiday season. It's time to take a good, hard look at your dining room and assess its readiness for entertaining from now until New Year's Day.

It might be time for a minor facelift before the relatives arrive. Because dining rooms are often multi-tasking spaces, and because many families eat most of their meals in the kitchen, the room designated for dining is often neglected. Perhaps it could use a style boost.

We asked designers for tips to revive a dining room without spending a lot of time or money. Use these ideas to make several changes, or choose just one.

Either way, your home will feel refreshed and you will feel prepared when the first of many guests walks through your door.

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