We all have them. Things that we keep around because they are necessary, but may not be particularly beautiful. We enjoy being outside on our deck so much, but in the evenings, the sun shines into that space so brightly that it is blinding. And hot! So late in the summer, I came up with the idea of making crop cloth curtains for that side of the deck. While it may not have been that attractive, it was definitely FUNCTIONAL, blocking the worst of the sun's rays and making dinner on the deck so much more enjoyable. This year, I replaced the drop cloths with a mildew resistant cloth that is working out even better.
Currently, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by lots of small luxuries, both new and old. But, my life is also filled with things that are purely FUNCTIONAL. What about you?