This counter sits to the right of my kitchen sink. You can see a modern convenience, the dishwasher, which is nice to have as I am a bit of a germ-a-phobe. Using this makes me feel like things are really clean.
As for the decor...you will see old bowls, an old ice cream maker on far right of the upper cabinet, baking pans, cookie jars, jars filled with cookie cutters and such, spooners, butter churn, bread box, fan, coffee grinder. All of these things are either vintage or antique. Anything modern I use is usually hidden in a drawer. All of the old stuff gets the counter tops!