We love our large, tufted secondhand ottoman (that we reupholstered) but sometimes using a tray on top of the ottoman just doesn't serve enough of the hard surface function that we miss by not having a coffee table. So we'd been thinking about layering a coffee table partially over the ottoman when we spotted this photo.
We found this photo in the February 2009 issue of House Beautiful. While this lovely room, which was designed by esteemed designer Vicente Fox, doesn't speak to our own aesthetic, we're inspired to see our idea actualized. If we end up doing something like this, we'd put the coffee table on casters so that it can easily swish from side to side.
Have you tried the coffee table / ottoman hybridization?
Image: Vicente Wolf