We had a few criteria for our dining room: 1) the furniture must be 100% solid wood, 2) the furniture preferably should be made in the US (most preferably New England), 3) the furniture must be casual and durable enough to use everyday, 4) we must have enough room to store all of the china and crystal we received for our wedding.
At Jordan's there was one brand that met most of the criteria---Canadel. They have customizable solid wood furniture that is made in Canada (the next best thing to the US). We chose solid birch furniture in a "Havana Wash" stained finish. The styling is very simple and very sturdy. It looks beautiful, and we know it will last.
The only thing I'm not crazy about is the mirrored back on the hutch, but once all of the china, crystal, etc. are in there I may end up liking it more. Tonight we start unpacking all of those wedding gift boxes!!!