Wish I had more news to report on the dining room front, but I'm still working on the table bu'niss. I both love and hate Craigslist for the back and forth and coordination it often requires. This is where it pays to be patient, I guess. I did like one suggestion of finding an awesome base and then figuring out a tabletop afterwards. Sort of like this mayhaps:
I know hubs would loooooove to see a geometric concrete base.
Pretty sure I would love to see one of those Apparatus fixtures hanging from the ceiling.