Without it, you just have a mismatched room. Farmhouse living rooms are really versatile and work nicely with all types of little detail touches. You may also enhance an area by hanging valances over windows.
This is a perfect combo of my two favorite ideas for that space under the stairs leading to the basement. A reading nook AND book storage and shelves . assuming that there is enough space for this there.
I love how large wide these are. The hinged seat idea is cool, but Id prefer an open cubbie below that I could put a basket/bin in for shoes. and maybe the top shelf not so high? at least on the kids cubbies.
Shanty Hall Tree Bench for the Entryway.use the old door from Chuck's old place and build bench from pallets! Will paint the window part of door with chalkboard paint or maybe install mirror. Add hooks & baskets under bench.