One of the goals in the new kitchen remodel was to keep the counters more open. I tend to cluster a lot of items around - shocking news I know. We moved the coffee maker to a little nook by the frig, moved the knives to a drawer, and got rid of a dish rack. I also tend to leave half dry dishes sitting out for a long time, so this was a good challenge. I have been doing well, but slowly pretty things are replacing functional things.
Like this cute vintage Thermos ($4 at Mustard Moon) which is the perfect colors and coordinates with my front door decorations for back to school.