Buying art can be quite intimidating, not to mention expensive. It is possible, though, to have all the benefits of owning an original without any of the drawbacks: The secret is to make your own art.
You don't need to be a master at drawing or painting; with basic supplies and everyday technology -- a camera, a photocopier, a computer, a printer -- you can capture beautiful images at little cost. And since you're the artist, you dictate the shape, the size, and the color that will complement your interiors perfectly.
Translate objects from your travels into art. We took items that may seem boring or incidental (a plane ticket, a hotel business card) and enlarged them to create these arresting Warhol-like collages. Consider all the bits you collected on a trip as possibilities. Foreign food labels, candy wrappers, menus, maps, and packaging will remind you of the tiny delights you experienced abroad -- the taste of a new spice, the thrill of being lost on a winding road.