If you're finding limited shelf space for plants and pictures, one of the best design solutions I've come across is the incorporation of Facepots by Igor Mitin into your interior decor.
Instead of making a difficult choice between displaying potted plants or pictures of your loved ones, these comical vases are the ideal compromise. They may completely alter your usual interaction with plain old planters or framed photographs, but these odd items offer a new appreciation for both when observed together.
For one thing, the leaves and blossoms of your greenery instantly become perceived as wacky hairstyles emerging from the heads of your cylindrical kin. Furthermore, even the most serious closeup portraits of your friends and family members are bound to look silly when inserted into Facepots by Igor Mitin.