DIY knife block - glue together the covers of some interesting books at the thrift store and secure them with twine. The tight pages of the books hold the knives in place. Plus at 4 dollars total cost, easily affordable when the books start to shred.
Garage coat rack made of chain hooks painted blue - very rugged and sexy! Blunted nose of hook will not pierce clothes, but provides secure handing space. Exposed bolts provide nice contrast as does reclaimed wood backer attached directly to garage wall.