By Real Simple
Updated May 18, 2015
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Japanese Brass Trivet
Credit: kaufmann-mercantile.com

This brass trivet does double duty: it protects surfaces from hot dishes, but it’s also a beautiful décor piece, so it can be left out on display on a kitchen counter or dining table. It’s an investment piece, too—over time it will develop a deep patina, giving it an antique or vintage look.

To buy: $79, objectsofuse.com.