This is a beautiful set. I was looking for contemporary but not too cold or austere looking. Many of the dining sets that fit that description were counter height--not practical w/ small kids. This one was just right. Also just the right size/shape--I was looking for a circle or square but pretty big, to hold all the serving dishes etc. for dinner for our family of four. This set is very dark so shows every speck of dust, and the finish isn't super thick so we saw fit to buy a glass top to go on it, which added another $200 to the price. Still, it was worth it as decent quality dining sets in stores were running upwards of $XXXX. One minor annoyance--it was hard to get the plastic wrap from the bottom sides of the cushions; we'll probably have to undo the screws to release the cushions and get the last bits of plastic that are sticking out.