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Easy, affordable ways to add unique touches to decor

It might be that your passion is the dog or cat who greets you at the door after work every day. Or perhaps your friends poke a bit of fun at you because of your endless fascination for all things from a certain era.

Whatever your passion, be sure it’s reflected in your home’s décor.

Chrissy Madison, spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports, suggested allowing your home to spotlight the things you hold dear.

“To create a unique and personal space, find something that speaks to you, because your home should be a reflection of who you are and what you love,” she said. “When you find something you love, buy it. You might not know exactly where to put it or how you’ll use it, but if it screams your name, you’re bound to find the perfect place in your home for it.”

Set aside those catalogs, she said, and let your own tastes take over that decor.

“Feel confident in creating a home that’s unique to you and reflects styles that you love by adding pieces that speak to you over time.”

Like Madison, Michele Loeper, spokeswoman for Ten Thousand Villages, suggested those with a passion for travel to allow that to touch their home décor.

“Many of us would love to travel the world,” Loeper said. “But while there are few things more exciting than experiencing a new culture or landscape, global travel is not always feasible. Fortunately, there are ways to express your love of travel and passion for exotic faraway places without ever leaving your couch.”

She suggested such items as singing bowls from Nepal or hand-woven baskets from Bangladesh to add a worldly touch to the home.

“On a modest budget, you can easily add some global charm and intrigue to your home decor.”

Whether you’re a fan of all things exotic, an animal lover or you have another passion that brings you peace, we suggest you weave the things you love into your home. We’ve focused on a few small items that will bring great interest to your space:

• Perfect for those passionate about family history and heritage. Family tree with set of six hanging frames, $42,

• Intricately handcrafted bowls, made in Nepal, are perfect for those interested in exotic lands. Inscribed singing bowl, $99,

• This is the perfect gift for the animal lover. Who wouldn’t enjoy hanging a coat, purse or sweater on this adorable piece? Lucky Dog wall hook, $19.99,

• This geometric design will catch the eye of all who love décor of this era. Modern Heritage midcentury lamp, $344.99,

• Settle this figure in your garden, Zen people, and prepare to relax. Yoga giraffe, $39.95,

• Ideal for those who love whimsical items and bold prints. Scalamandre by Lenox zebra red bud vase, $50,

• If you love all things about the sea, this is a perfect choice. Lenox Gifts, Seaview Collection swirl bottle vase, $84,

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