i love the idea of a plush, plump feminine couch silouette with a very deconstructed bare-bones but not dangerous-to-toddlers ottoman/coffee table.
here: the chester sofa from mitchell gold with an ottoman from anthropologie. the couch in a lovely velvet, a little drawing on the wall above, some chunky very masculine boxy lamps. . . this ottoman would look natural when messy. this is the kind of ottoman you can put your feet or food on and not feel bad about it. not so fussy as an upholstered ottoman, not so plate-unfriendly as a coffee table. it's like a coffee table with a light straight jacket, or an ottoman that has been undressed to it's built-in canvas undies.