Whenever you do a modern renovation I always recommend adding some rustic character pieces to the design. These can simply be decor pieces or collectibles from your travels. @mrsilverscott & I have always found these design additions make for great conversation pieces :)
I know that there are many homes, mine included, that have popcorn ceilings. Double-storey or homes with a concrete slab loft are often finished off with a popcorn plaster. Here's how to cover up a popcorn or textured ceiling.