Great design is all in the details. Paying attention to small ways to make your home unique may seem trivial, but so often its the little thing that make your space come together. A few months ago I had this crazy idea to put my spices on display. I grow an herb garden every Spring and Summer and I dry some of the herbs at the end of the season to use through the Winter. I had a bunch of small jars on hand from there I had bought them in bulk for my dried herbs, (similar to these) and thought that it might look nice to display some of my spices.
I love the mix of colors that the spices add to my kitchen, and displaying my most used ones is also really functional.... which is a MUST for any type of design in a small kitchen like mine. No room for fluff.
These little jars are displayed on the back of my stove. They are handy while I am cooking but are also out of the way. I'll let you in on a little secret: I put a small piece of tape on the bottom of each jar that labels which spice it is. That way I wont accidentally put the wrong thing in my food, but the label is hidden from plain view.
Next to the stove I have another cooking "station" where I keep a honey pot, olive oil bottle, salt and pepper grinders and a pitcher for my wooden utensils. In small kitchens like mine functionality has to take a high priority, but that doesn't mean it cant look pretty at the same time!
The honey pot and olive oil bottle are made by Farmhouse Pottery. I have been collecting their stuff over a little while now (I have a cheese plate and Lacy's dog bowls from them) I absolutely love their stuff; its all very simple and beautiful.