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Monday, May 10, 2010

Map Quest

I love decorating with vintage maps. Perhaps I've got a bit of wanderlust, but to me there's no better way to capture the spirit of some place you are dying to go or a place that you hold dear to your heart. Rather than investing in a souvenir that will end up collecting dust, why not come home and order a vintage map of your destination, frame it, and hang it in a special place? I've tried to collect vintage maps of every place I've ever lived in for more than a month. Not only do I love them as art, but each time I glance at them I'm reminded of wonderful times those places have shown me.

There are a few approaches to decorating vintage maps. You can buy one huge map, like shown below, and use it to create a striking focal point in a room.

Another trend we're seeing is blowing up a detailed city map, cutting it into sections, and framing them individually. This creates a cohesive gallery wall.

via Little Green Notebook

I also like the idea of collecting maps of varying styles and sizes, framing them, and displaying them together.

Wallpapering with maps is a great idea for a child's room, or perhaps for a powder room?

And finally, we're seeing  quite a few of the vintage pull down maps- the kind used in schools- to add a jolt of color to rooms. These maps have more of a "retro" vibe, but I think they'd be perfect for a child's room, or compliment Anthropologie-esque decor, don't you think? 

Do you have any vintage maps in your home? Any that symbolize the places you've been or want to go? 


The Girl and the Cupcake said...

I was just thinking about looking through my inspiration folders and finding map ideas...thanks! I have a project in mind!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Love this idea! Especially blowing the map up and cutting it into individual pieces-- great idea-- my husband has a collection of maps and your post has given me inspiration for his office!

My Interior Life said...

I've always loved the look of vintage maps, and even searched eBay at one point. With your great inspiration pics, I think I need to pick up my pursuit again!


Averill said...

Love decorating with maps, too. They're a great and inexpensive option for art and can be easily personalized by selecting maps of areas that you have a special connection with.

rosiecampbell said...

I love the idea of using vintage maps for wallpaper. Makes for such an interesting room.

rosiecampbell said...

I love the idea of using vintage maps for wallpaper. Makes for such an interesting room.

Chic Coles said...

I love vintage maps and think they add so much personality and character to a room. We have one of Switzerland that we got after our trip there a few years back. There is a great store in New Canaan Ct that sells them but I am blanking on the name!

Brianna said...

vintage maps are so cool! my husband started started collecting them a few years ago for his office without even knowing they were 'in' lol

Chelsea Gwynne said...

Great! I have two french maps my grandfather bought in France in the 50s. I was thinking about re-framing them so it doesn't look too much like a classroom! (I spend enough time in those!)

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Ooo how I love maps. Might do something like this in my dining room!

Holly Goes Lightly said...

Just finishing up a pair of small parsons tables covered in Intracoastal Waterway nautical maps for my shop @ Post & Gray -- a first effort at decoupage after a quick lesson from Leslie Lindsey at her shop on Nantucket a few years ago. I'm not too crafty, but they turned out much better than I thought they would.

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