A 'must have' for all seasons is a container with a lid.... mine happens to be galvanized tin (which I confiscated from hubby's workshop)! Go crazy decorating! Also decorate inside of cupboard doors... (especially great when you're running out of wall space!)
My dream is a HUGE kitchen that combines old world and new. Just a run of modern cabinets is so boring, I want to mix it up with an old world look. BUT if it doesn't have function with in the kitchen ... it's pointlessly wasting square footage.