When designing/decorating a house I always strive to personalize it so that it becomes a home. One of the ways of achieving this goal is to add touches that are personal to the homeowners. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, but to name a few: by doing a wall of maps from your travels (currently doing this with one of my client's), framing your child's artwork (I've done in my daughter's bedroom & in our kitchen) or using shadow boxes to display special momentos (I've done several of these for my own home).
Here is an example of one of my shadow boxes. I took an $8.00 shadowbox, lined it with a wallpaper remnant and took my daughter's first bathing suit (from when she was three months old) and created a piece of artwork. I had an ear to ear grin when I hung it...it brought back such sweet memories of her first dip in the pool on a very hot summer day.
I love learning about different ways people make their house a home...willing to share some of your ideas?