If you have a similar "dumping ground" in your house for unsightly odds and ends, a pretty bowl might be the perfect solution. Here are some other options (all from Overstock) that you might like:
On another note, thanks to Dayka at Life & Style for showing off my latest Craigslist find. She has the before pictures of my bookcases on her blog. A litte more work, and I'll be ready to share the after pictures with you.