Every living room in America has a cocktail, or coffee, table. Some are usee as book cases. Others cluttered them with "stuff". However, lets give them the pride of place, and use them for which they were meant. They can truely enhance the decor of today's living room.
They should be left bare and ready to use.
They are to be shared with others. They are intimate if used properly. So they must be beautiful. They make a statement. They are remembered whether they do or not. So why not?