Recently I purchased this vintage X bench.
I loved the base, but the blue velvet left something to be desired. I was going to re-cover it with a geometric or animal print with some nail head trim.
But, you know how impatient I am. I wanted it in my family room NOW. I placed it in front of the fireplace and added a small animal hide to cover the blue. On top of that I placed a tray, some books topped with a piece of coral and a faux tortoise shell on a stand.