Choose beautiful functional pieces, such as toasters and spice racks, to double as display.
Accessorize your countertops with the good-looking items you use everyday. I like to have a giant wooden bowl on the island to use as a catchall. The white Louise Bousquet pottery and porcelain pieces from Homefront in Toronto are classics that will never go out of style. A great-looking wooden pepper mill, a Dualit toaster, the spice rack from Dean & Deluca and a stack of Donna Hay cookbooks all add character and ambience.