My counters are still clear, I've now realized that having anything on the counters drives me crazy.
I love my kitchen pantry next to the microwave all my baking items are in there along with my purse, chore box, and, misc. other things that should be hidden =)
The view looking from the kitchen into the dining room. I love that the computer is in the dining room since we spend a majority of our time in this area I can jump on throughout the day and feel connected.
This is my lovely empty cake plate, I love it so much I keep it out all the time filled or not.
The not so attractive stereo cabinet along with the kids homeschool stuff, hey it works and someday we hope to build some kind of unit to house all these things together.