I picked up a piano bench at a warehouse antique sale recently, cleaned it up a bit and put it in the nook near the stairs. It's a nice place to set a bag down or sit down to tie your shoes! The art and decorations will look a lot better once we paint the walls (most likely some sort of light gray), but it's better than looking at the bare wall.
I picked up an old chair at the same antique sale, and reupholstered it with a random home dec fabric from my stash. I don't think the chair will stay in here forever, but it works until I get some sort of little cabinet or table to put here. Plus it matches the rug, which was a happy accident!