Most importantly, the more your home decorating reflects who you are & the things you love, the longer you will be happy with it for an extended period of time, & the longer it will last. Remember that the more understated & elegant the interior the longer it will stand the test of time & last.
Display your collectibles in clusters or groupings to create a theme. Think big & display them en masse & make a grand statement. A fireplace & mantel is a perfect place to display your family photos, collectibles, ornaments, a tall vase with willow or dramatic fresh flowers, or holiday decorations. (text link to Christmas decorating).