I know its very early, but Pottery Barn has a sneak peak of their holiday lines. I have to say, I'm loving that entry way bench and that plaid bedding! If you want to see more, just click on the title of this post!
I know a lot of people do not have enough space for a "formal" dining room, but if you can find a corner for a table with one or two chairs, go for it ! Think cozy yet practical...a place to rest your plate is very valuable indeed !