I just got back from traveling to the equator (Galapagos and Ecuador) so maps are on my mind! I'm often asked for suggestions on what to put on walls. Walls can be hard to decorate and in some homes, there are A LOT of them and it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the space to fill. Well I have a silver bullet for you! Maps and charts.
It's an easy way to personalize your home. You can display maps based on your family's heritage, your childhood home or places you've visited. Really, the sky's the limit.
Old maps are pretty easy to find at most antique shops or flea markets but the thrill is in the hunt! If you find a loose map that needs to be framed, less is more. I go for a simple frame with no matte.
Here's a map of Paris that a dear friend gave me. Whenever I walk by, it I think of her and my recent trip to Paris.
I'm also a huge fan of decorating with nautical charts. I grew up sailing so I have a special affinity for them. Hanging above my piano are charts of my two favorite places to sail - Maine and New Jersey. Old charts are hard to find, so I usually buy them new. Click here for a great source...
If you want your home to have that well-traveled look, keep your eyes open for vintage globes in your scouting. Some of the old ones come in AMAZING colors and designs.
Look at this vintage globe that's been hand painted - BEAUTIFUL!!!
I hope this inspires you to hunt for maps from your favorite places around the world!
I'm all about sharing ideas in home design, gardening and living so we can love our homes. I'm joined by my dog, Boomer, who is always by my side.