Whether vintage or new, maps and globes are a weakness of mine. Along with birds, built-in shelving, anything colored Sea Green (like our guest bedroom), and chocolate. I have several vintage globes on a shelf in my office.
This small United States map to share places Ben and I have traveled together sits on my bookshelf.
A large, modern-day world map poster hangs on a wall in my office. The colors are always fun and it’s interesting to see the landscape change over time.
In a little more artsy fashion, I recently added a paper cut out of the Great Lakes, too.
Well, I did it again. This time, a road map of Savannah, Georgia, where Ben and I honeymooned nearly five years ago. I decided I wanted something bold and graphic, so I bought two large sheets of cardstock, one cream, one charcoal grey. Then, I used Google maps and Photoshop to piece together modern downtown Savannah. After printing my template (on several 8.5 by 11 sheets taped together), I taped my pattern to my cream cardstock. Two days later, I had a complete cut out. I didn’t have a frame ready, and I also didn’t want to damage the design, so I taped it to the wall.
Then I remembered that I had an empty frame sitting under the bed. The only problem? It didn’t have glass. So I called a few local hardware stores and found that Ace Hardware cuts glass. I ordered a sheet and picked it up later that day, excited to frame my hard work. I wasn’t too excited when I realized it was about 1/8 inch too large for my frame. So, Ben to the rescue. He scored the back of the frame and cut the wood out for the glass to fit. As he cut my frame, I cut a mat. After attaching all components, we had a new piece of art for our guest bedroom.
It hangs between the entrance and closet doors.
It’s not perfect, but I love how it looks.
What are your weaknesses? Do you share the same affinity of maps and globes? Perhaps you like nearly everything from a specific store? Any chocolate cravings?