When we bought the table and barstools, we were initially shopping for an entertainment center. With the new surround sound, we just needed a bigger unit. I don't like them huge, but I did want to be able to close off the stereo components from little hands. It's about 5 ft tall and about 6 ft long and doesn't dominate the space. We adjusted the room - picture and furniture - and it fits in the space beautifully. I really like it!
Significantly before we bought the rug (we're talking 8 months ago) we purchased a table for behind the couch from our favorite table store. It provides a pretty transition from couch to kitchen. And, I love the storage that it provides. You can also see two of my other favorite things in this picture: digital photo frame (huge and filled with family pics), and air purifier (helps me feel better and has UV to kill germs).
The floral arrangement on the couch table was stolen from the entryway at Christmastime when I put out the apothecaries. I loved the apothecaries and relocated flowers so much, that I made them permanent. I am keeping the apothecaries out and changing them with the seasons. They are all decked out for Valentine's now.