A simple design element can have a profound impact on defining the homes character. Take for example wood Santos. Santos are painted wood carvings of saints that represent one of the oldest living traditions of religious devotion practiced by Hispanic Americans. Many believe Santos or 'little saints' are a link between heaven and earth, a way of focusing devotion and prayer to the saints they represent. In many homes, these beautiful carvings become active presences for good, teaching grace, compassion and love.
Although we may not realize it, people have been decorating their places of living since time began. Often dwelling places reflect the artistic and natural resources of a particular region. People surround themselves with functional items that may also define heritage or beliefs. Quite frequently people borrow from other cultures to decorate their homes.