This kitchen was originally designed with upper cabinets but we recognized a need for design since the openness of the kitchen was such a focal point. We also wanted to introduce the warmth of wood that would complement the fireplace mantle. We were conscience of balancing functionality and aesthetics. Its one thing to decorate your shelves and another for them to be practical. We like to incorporate white dishes, greenery/herbs, cookbooks and cutting boards - all everyday items that can be used as needed.
Consider all of the items you need to have on hand and display them thoughtfully in beautiful pieces. Line up glass jars on a shelf, buy a really beautiful handmade jug to hold your kitchen utensils and consider ways to incorporate canisters of tea and coffee, salt and pepper shakers that tie in with the other styling elements in your kitchen.