What's Cooking Southern New England?

When it comes to holiday traditions, many of our favorites come from the meals we share with loved ones.

Here in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, a popular tradition is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-American Christmas Eve favorite. It’s a grand meal with an abundance of seafood that evolved from abstaining from red meat until the Christmas Day feast.

No matter which feast you’re hosting, wouldn’t it be grand to serve it on a dining table with extensions so you can invite more guests? There are many options, including a unique rustic industrial style table with a self-storing butterfly leaf on each end. It also features an on-trend grey finish with metal accents. Another offers breadboard ends that slide open, while others feature the traditional leaf insert.

Reflecting today’s lifestyle and open concept homes, dining rooms are trending away from the super-formal look of decades ago. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be fancy - casual elegance is a great middle ground and a fashionable choice. Like our cover photo: think two-tone table and unique scrollwork on the chairs.

For bigger dining areas, farmhouse double-pedestal tables of solid oak are always popular. And you can choose your chair style: wood or upholstered seat ladder-backs, or all-wood Windsor chairs.

If your space leans toward the smaller side, consider bistro or counterheight tables. One incorporates display shelves at one end; push the other end against the wall to achieve a peninsula effect.