A Hot Drink Station.
This is a wonderful way to bring the Bed and Breakfast concept into your home. I have a square basket from Ten Thousand Villages that I use to organize a wide variety of teas. A small tea spoon rest, a sugar dish, and mugs are all within easy reach. And my favorite part is my wonderful Oster water kettle. I can get hot water fast and it makes it so lovely that everything one needs for a soothing tea time is all together in one place. To the left (not pictured) is our coffeemaker with a jar of beans already ground and a small basket with unbleached coffee filters.
So instead of just a pattern of randomness on your kitchen counters, set up a cozy hot drink station. Think intentionally as to how to make your kitchen a place where everyone can easily get what they need. I have found that small square baskets and glass jars are very inexpensive kitchen organizational tools and they lend a warm aesthetic.
A hot drink station is an invitation to be soothed and to relax!
And now, friends, I am off to drink my coffee :)