Simplicity, I, too have a couple of Kosta Boda vases that were given to me as a farewell gift when I left Ft Monroe, Virginia. I love them. They are such a part of my home now, 20 years later, that I don't think much of them. Yes, I use them for flowers and cuttings at times. I was surprised when I threw a Christmas party a few years ago and a Swedish friend who had not been in the dining room before spotted them and was delighted that I had the good taste to own Kosta Boda, immediately recognising them.
I like the looks of my copper cookware hanging from the ceiling. I recently gave most of my stainless away, and now use copper and cast iron. IMO few kitchen items look better than hand hammered copper with cast iron handles. My kitchen is vintage 80's with all the "upgrades" of the era. Jennair, formica, built in oven and micro, etc. It will put you to sleep. I am moving into a new home within the year, and the priority will be a form follows function kitchen.