A thousand year old body would be awesome! Certainly better than a body dead only a few years. (Insert Home Alone "scream face" here.)
I suck at decorating, so the best I can do is tell you an error to avoid. Don't rush. Whether you're into new things or found things or antiques, search until you find the piece on which to build the room. Because if you don't wait, you'll see it on craigslist about 48 hours after you've settled for a lesser choice.
A 150 pound concrete Buddha for a garden is only a good choice if you're never going to move again.
That's all I've got. I don't like matchy matchy for me, so I can never just go in and buy a whole set of anything, and I've made enough errors that stared me in the face far too long that I'm often on the fence about a piece until someone else buys it. I suck at decorating.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine