Last night as I was standing sleepless in my kitchen, waiting for water to boil for herbal tea, I noticed--again--the little pan heating water on my stove. It is a little stainless pan, over ten years old now, a small cylinder with a rolled stainless handle fat enough for comfort, and a nice lid. It is very plain, but very pleasing. It comes out of the dishwasher bright and clean. Its handle stays cool during short heating tasks. It is something I chose for function, a tool that pleased me to find. Nearby sat my favorite teapot. It is plump, short spouted and gray blue. Its handle is wide. The lid fits precisely into the lip of the pot. I chose this because I needed it, and because it pleased me. I don't know why seeing familiar, functional and attractive items in use gives me pleasure, but it does. Perhaps it is because I chose them because they are useful and aesthetically pleasing.
What things in your kitchen do you enjoy seeing in use, and that make you happy to know that you chose them well?