To me, design is a personal thing, the greatest inspiration being drawn from your own interests. I love movies, so whenever I watch them I always keep an eye out for style ideas.
Take this shot from the hotel in The Shining, it shows that artfully arranging picture frames is a great way to show off the architecture of your home. All you need to do is get a couple of uniform picture frames like these from kmart below ($16.88/set of two), and fill them with black and white family photos.
To complete the look, try adding a classically gothic wall sconce like this one from Amazon ($9.51):
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