Lighted flower pots with photo faces. Mom always said that when she died, she wanted the word's "I Tried" to be her motto. We decorated the box with her ashes with this motto and will inter them with my dad's grave the day before the service.
Ok, probably just a bit too much, both in terms of the scale of the foyer (height of ceiling) and the designedness of the picture frames on the wall. But I think the staircase wall being densely-packed with family photos is iconic and essential.