Decorating with Vintage Maps

September 28, 2010

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As you know from Bonnie’s previous posts she’s been busy packing up to move to Colorado Springs! So I’m stopping by today with an easy decorating idea that I’ve noticed popping up here and there in the blogosphere over the last few years. In honor of Bonnie’s move, the idea centers around vintage maps. With a little research I found some examples that I’ve shown below.

{making it pretty and functional}

Having maps and globes around the home are particularly great if you have small kids – this can be the start of some early geography lessons and will likely get them interested in learning what life is like in the rest of the world. I know when I was little I always loved looking at maps and imagining the trips I might take and the people I might meet some day.

{New York Times with photos by Tom Cenicol}

{Brinja}

If this decorating idea is right up your alley, Ebay is a great place to find vintage maps. And of course you’ll find some great ones on Etsy too, including this one below from Etsy shop Banana Strudel.

I’ve moved around a fair bit over the years, so I know it can be really exciting but also tough as you settle in from place to place. Bonnie, I hope your travels over the next while are enjoyable and that you meet many lovely new people!

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  • Beautiful maps and I just love this idea for decorating!

  • love that you mentioned having maps up as decor for the kiddos – we do! and, I just keep going back to that all white room with the big huge map and tiny wallpapered wall – it’s so lovely!

  • I LOVE vintage maps! We found a couple of images of two cities we used to live them and had them printed, then wrapped around a couple of square boards. I would have loved to have had them printed on canvas, but it wasn’t in the budget (this was a few years ago when canvas prints weren’t so common).

  • thanks rachel! i saw it in brinja’s home first and was really inspired and wanted to share. jes – that’s really fun that you have this set up already!

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