Years ago, when I was a broke grad student with an etsy shop and way too much free time on my hands, I would window shop on etsy and plan my dream house. I never picked out big things--furniture or bedding. It was always the details. Napkins, vases, artwork. Dishes and tablecloths were about as big as I ever dreamed. It was at that point, I think, when the seed of wanting to streamline was planted.
As the oft quoted phrase goes:
-- William Morris
In the nearly three years since buying our house, reality has set in. The reality that knows that vases and napkins are not exactly the top of the budgetary priorities. That there will always be more. And besides, we don't even have color schemes picked out.
Which is why I had a moment of sheer pride and exhilaration when we installed these hooks above the sink.
They are functional, keeping our measuring cups out of the overcrowded cabinet with the dishes.
And they are beautiful. Handmade and gleaming, they match a pair we bought several years ago and are currently using to hold my apron on the pantry door.
AND they make the kitchen look a little bit more cohesive, more planned.