Personally I like the vase!
I really like it how it is. I love a vase of fresh flowers but I also like those modern twig-like fake arrangements too (is a fake a dirty word these days though?!)
I like it how it is too. Maybe you could put a big bowl for 'stuff' like your keys/phone etc so you always know where to look? I reckon it's the kind of place I'd come home and put my keys :-)
Thanks for your comments. I love seeing what you have to say, so write away!