For me, it is so important to have our home be personalized to us and our life together, so one of the things we've done to make it more personalized is to bring in custom artwork (you can find other previously posted personalized pieces here and here). Of course, like most people, we have tons of family photos everywhere, but we wanted our other artwork to reflect us and are meaningful in some way.
This is by no means a new idea, but one of the things we did that we really love is a blow up picture of a photo that we took during our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. *You may have even seen this same waterfall in pictures other places...it's pretty well-known.
So, this picture went from looking like this (4x6)...
To looking like this.
At the moment it's hanging in our basement family room. It's now a framed 8x10 print. Not only is it a beautiful picture, but it's also a constant reminder of our amazing vacation in Hawaii (which is where we got engaged!)
I think sometimes people are afraid to use their own photos to decorate because they might not look professional enough, but that's what makes them perfect. They are yours and no one elses. We have so many other great pictures from that trip and other trips that I would love to find a place for as well...I think I need a bigger house!