Decorating with maps

I made heavy use of Pinterest as I dreamed about how to decorate our new house. One thing that kept standing out to me was the creative use of maps as a focus wall. Since we’re a family that loves to travel, I loved the idea of having a prominent map that could help us visualize where we’ve been and dream about where we want to go.
Here are some of my favorites Pinterest finds that feature wall maps:
It took a while to find the perfect map for our space. I wanted a political map that delineated countries, but I also wanted more muted colors that would go with the turquoise walls in our dining room. Eventually, I found one I loved at Amazon.com.  We hung it up with thumbtacks, and then built a frame around the map with reclaimed wood. (I will detail that process in a future post.)
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After hanging the map, we enlisted the kids in pinning all of the places in the world that we’ve been together as a family. It was fun to see the kids pin Haiti, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, and all of the islands we visited on our cruise.
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I don’t know what this face is about.
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Jafta has now decided that he wanted to go to Japan for his 9th birthday. I love his vision, though I think he’ll probably have to settle for the local skatepark.
Do you have any maps or globes in your house? Have you seen any creative map ideas that you’d like to implement?

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