One of the things I wanted to do when setting up the room was to make a place for family pictures. The shelf to the left of the desk has pictures of my husband and children, siblings, nieces, nephews, and both sets of parents. I have pictures of my children on the desk and file cabinet. These are the people who motivate me to research the family.
In addition to pictures I have placed a few heirlooms around the room. I have a hot pad my grandmother, Sarah Lilla Watt Glover Bell, made on the desk. My great grandmother, Hattie Fenn Glover, crocheted doilies and I was given them, recently. I have one front and center on my desk. I have a couple of art projects my children made near the desk too. All of this is inspirational to me.