We had an indoor planter like that one (about half way down) in the house I grew up in. My parents never liked it and just stuck plastic plants in it. Our family was never much for house plants.
I always thought it was a really great thing and I would have liked to have planted something interesting in there as it was near floor-to-ceiling windows. I would have had to rip out the styrofoam liner my folks installed in there to jab the fake plants into though.