In full disclosure, we've never read Howards End. We have, however, seen the movie and don't remember an ottoman/table hybrid playing an important role. Nevertheless, the Howard's End Tubed Table ($199-249) is on our must-have list. The multifunctional piece is available in several dozen fabrics and two different sizes, and can act as a footrest, a bedside stand, or a side table. It's your call!