Around the World

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Now that we're mostly unpacked*, we're diving head first into the decorating process.  For me, it's not quite as fun as it might be for the rest of you, but that's because I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to make this house look as best as it can.  But I digress.

One of my favorite things we bought for our walls when we moved into our last apartment was a $10 map of the USA which hung up on a wall in the hallway (that you could see when you came in the front door).  So many people would stare at that map - there are so many awesome things you can discover!  For my birthday, one of my presents from the mister was a world map! We've yet to hang it, but I can't wait to reawaken my geographical knowledge of the world and stare at it for hours upon hours.

Maps have always held a special place in my heart - as I'm sure they do for many of you.  My stepdad is a geologist and he's always had maps up everywhere.  His office is wallpapered in them and it is purely awesome.  I worked for him one summer, and spent a lot of time mapping things out for him.  It was honestly one of the most enjoyable summers of my life.  My stepdad is a pretty awesome guy, in case you wondered.  And I know you did.

If we could, we might decorate our entire house in maps - especially maps as pretty as the ones above.  I love cartography and am endlessly fascinated with it, as you might be able to tell....

* I say mostly, because, while there are still boxes, there is mainly a bunch of stuff scattered about with no that doesn't really count as unpacked, does it?


jeanette from everton terrace August 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

Right there with ya. We love maps. Have several framed in our house. My fav's are a set of 4 vintage maps that were a school project where they cut things out, like the states industries and such, and pasted them into the right states. They were a housewarming gift and I treasure them.

Kyla August 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM  

This is a beautiful post of map inspiration! My parents had maps hanging in most of the rooms in our house when I was a kid...And no pressure about decorating, I totally understand about having miscellaneous items with no homes...

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma August 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

Maps are such a great wall accessory! I LOVVVVE that tattoo

jillian :: cornflake dreams. August 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM  

maps are pretty sweet-- i love the idea of using maps as wallpaper! how fun is that?! xoxo jillian:: don't miss my fishs eddy dish giveaway!

Tamra {walkswithBella} August 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

Glad to hear you are almost unpacked and settled in!! I love vintage maps and incorporating them into your decor. I would like to someday have a map of somesort with all the areas my hubs and I have visited marked out. :)

colleen August 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM  

love number 4. very cool that our stepdad is a geologist!

birdie to be August 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

I love these fun maps!!! Great post

stephanie August 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

I love maps. I really want to got an old super inaccurate wall map and put it up in our living room. The pull down kind that we used to have in school.

Christine August 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM  

That typography map print is my favorite.

jillian :: cornflake dreams. August 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

PS i just found this print ::
via ashley catherine nicole. i thought you might like it! xo

sami August 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

i have the option of getting a globe for my five year gift at my job. i think i should get it since i am geographically challenged. love the maps!~


Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ August 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

ok that sounds AMAZING - i so wish u can go over there and take a pic of his office with all the maps! - i DO love a map too - i VERY much want one for my house!!!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Erika Lee Sears August 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM  

I have an old globe from my great grandpa- that I don't think I could ever get rid of. i think having a map makes your feel like an explorer of some sort.

Amber Blue Bird August 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM  

I think a wall plastered with maps with look awesome, maybe in a small bathroom...I know you didnt ask about decorating a small bathroom but thats where my brain went.

Anya Zhovmiruk August 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM  

I used to have a map shower curtain and my old toilet only bathroom was collaged in city maps. Helped me learn my way around when I first moved to SF :) I guess I like maps too...

ag. August 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM  

Love, love, love maps! I'm currently trying to find a good one to put up in our guest room...I, too, am determined to actually make my house look look! These photos are so great!

la petite coquine August 17, 2011 at 5:33 PM  

I love maps-I think it's something I learned from my parents! They have great antique maps of regions they love, namely Latin America, all over our house!

Johanna August 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM  

Maps really are the coolest. I think I was asleep at the wheel in grade school because I didn't learn a thing about geography until I was an adult and hung a map on my wall.

Jess August 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM  

I love having maps all over my classroom. And that tattoo is amazing, but I would be scared of how long it must have taken!!!

CoCo Wray August 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM  

I love them all! I'm a fan of using them as art as well. Good convo starter for sure:)

katie August 17, 2011 at 8:36 PM  

ohh i love that first one! and the tattoo. i love maps too, we have one on our living room wall.

Isabel August 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM  

i love maps too. not sure id get a tatoo of one tho. haha.

Bud and Leo August 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM  

I'm totally with you on loving maps! I think they are amazing! I love that 3rd pic- my hubby travels to Europe a lot for work so I really want to make a card out of that pic (and replace the dots with hearts) and sneak it in his suitcase! :)

Liz - So Much to Smile About August 17, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

Beautiful images! I wouldn't have thought to decorate with a map but they look lovely!

Farmchick August 17, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

We have a gigantic world map for a while. It really does make you ponder when you study it!

alli/hooray August 17, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

I'd love a big world map like you! my husband is obsessed with geography and I have a serious thing for maps too - posters, globes, you name it.

Stephanie August 17, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

I love these! The boyfriend really wants a giant map of Italy to put in our bedroom, but I'm liking these US maps a lot more!

Anonymous,  August 18, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

I can't wait to see what you do with your maps. when I move, I find it easiest to completely unpack one room at a time. start with the kitchen then the bedroom and bathroom, living room, etc, etc. once you are done unpacking you will have a good idea of any shelving/storage you may need for each room along with furniture and along the way you may become inspired about the decor and style of your home. You'll get there! xo K

another feather August 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM  

So many neat maps. I love this. I'm sure there will be great ways to incorporate maps into your home

Tiffany from HOLIDAY August 20, 2011 at 4:16 AM  

So happy you're settling in nicely. And I can't thank you enough for your sweet comments about my little one's school situation.

I love maps and if I had a boy, I love the idea of a wall covered completely in a map. I can get lost in them.

You know, I can understand your feelings about decorating. I went through that a year ago. But I really love the idea of VERY slowly fixing up you nest, as you gather things you love instead of quickly buying things you may not love just to have it looked done. It will all come together in in the meantime, try to enjoy the process. xo

Brandi {not your average ordinary} August 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

I adore maps. I think there are so many things you can do with them (like the map on the glass of the door -- love that), and I really like the idea of marking off the places you've been in some special way.

romwe August 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM  

I love the cups of Mr.Fox,They remind me of the happy time while watching what the smart guy has done... It would be much fun to have delightful..BTW,I love world maps and world clock ...

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