I like the idea of baskets in a linen closet for guests. Pull them out and then they can put the dirty linens back in them when they leave and they'll be ready to go into the laundry. I'm always amazed where I find used towels after my guests leave. EW!
Many a beautiful kitchen have been built on a foundation of pretty normal, neutral cabinetry. But if you ever have the opportunity to renovate a kitchen from scratch and add in something really spectacular in the realm of cabinetry, it's like a shortcut to great style.