Some Place Like Home | 6
Toby Israel writes in Some Place Like Home about the importance of having objects in one's home that serve to express yourself. Different objects can express different aspects of who you are. She suggests taking inventory of the special objects in your home and categorize what facet of your personality they represent.
Israel notes the below as examples:
Meaning: Connection with many cultures | Objects: tapestries, souvenirs from around the world
Meaning: Love of family and friends | Objects: photographs, gifts from friends
Take special notice if there is a large aspect of your personality or interests (i.e. love of art, history, family, etc.) that is not represented in your home. The assumption is that you'd feel more fulfilled as an individual by adding items to reflect this.
One thing I'd like to add in my own home is art. A love of art and design is very important to who I am, though I'm not sure it's adequately represented in my house. Of course, I do have items up on my walls, but nothing I revere as "art." As with any interest, coffee table books are probably the most accessible way to increase this.