I have found that surrounding myself with pretty things, even for utilitarian purposes, inspires me to create.
Beautiful things in the kitchen...pretty vintage canisters, cute measuring spoons or colorful dishes makes me want to get in there and cook for my family.
The same thing is true in my studio. All of my crafting and sewing supplies stored in pretty boxes and buckets makes me want to go in there and create something beautiful.
Seeing my things displayed in a lovely way reminds me to use them to make others happy. One of the best things about art is knowing what you have created might bring a smile to some one's face.
I used to feel the need to justify buying pretty things just for storage or when I already owned a plain version of the same thing. Not anymore...as my budget allows, I look forward to replacing the "ugly" with the "beautiful" knowing using something pretty can produce just that little shift in attitude that brings joy to those around me.
Don't you agree?