I dislike both my kitchen counters and dish-racks.
Dish-racks are cumbersome and ugly; and while useful for holding and drying wet dishes,I'm too lazy to pull it out each time. So most of the time, I just put the dishes on the counter and let the puddles form.
My counter tops have a horrible brown pattern, that I'm happy to cover.
Then I saw the dishmats that Laurel made, not only are they great for drying dishes but they let me display some fabrics I love (but have nothing else to do with) and hide my yucky counters!
I followed these directions to the letter. It was very easy, and it would be a snap to do many variations.
How do your dishes dry?