This would look OUTSTANDING with a plant on it! I put it in my dressing room as a stool to get ready in the morning. My housekeeper put it out in the living room, because she said it was too pretty to be nothing more than a stool! It truly is a beautiful piece. It is well-packed with styrofoam and in a fashion so that even if it had fallen down a stairway it would not have been damaged. A beautiful Zen accent that is exquisite in its simplicity.