As you’ve probably noticed, anything resembling a map or globe is very popular in decorating schemes right now. I think part of the appeal of maps and globes (other than they are just really fun to look at) is that they speak to our sense of adventure – we want to visit so many of the places depicted on the globes and maps. My family is especially fond of all things map-related. I wanted to show you some of the ways that we have brought the world into our home.
Map fabric is popping up at online stores and can be used for lots of projects, including these simple blue world pillows that I made. I found this fabric on Amazon. It can be purchased by the yard. One yard of fabric can make two small pillows or one large pillow.
In our new home, my oldest daughter wanted to use a map fabric that has more of an “old world” theme to it in her bedroom, where we used lots of black and white photographs of interesting buildings from all over the world. We used the fabric for pillows for her bed and to cover a small footstool. The footstool is on its third life in our home. I bought it when our oldest daughter moved from a crib into a twin bed and needed a little help climbing in and out of bed. I covered the footstool in a pretty pink and white floral print. When we removed the pink from her room several years later, I recovered the foot stool with a black and white cheetah print. For our new home, I used about a yard of the old world map fabric to cover the footstool and painted the legs a metallic gold color that is more befitting her teenage room.
One of my younger daughters decided to decorate her bedroom in our new home in a United Kingdom theme. I came across the London street map fabric on Amazon as well. We used it in her room for pillows and also to cover a bulletin board that holds all of her treasures.
In addition to the wonderful maps that are out there, I love the small and unique globes that have popped up in interiors shops recently. Group several of the globes, in different sizes and styles, together for an interesting table display.
One of the most interesting ways that I used a map in our home was to cut the map up into pieces and frame the pieces as a group and hang them in our craft room. I saw a similar grouping of maps in a catalog but it was several hundreds of dollars. Instead of spending a lot of money on precut and framed artwork, I bought an inexpensive map from Amazon and cut it into eight pieces to fit in matching frames.
Another way to use inexpensive maps is by decoupaging them onto accessories. I used this approach to incorporate a map onto a tray. This is so simple – just cut the map to fit the inside base of the tray and cover both sides of the map with decoupage medium. I used modge podge, which you can find at most craft stores. I couldn’t resist the small decorative “world” balls that are on the tray. I use them in a rustic container with other similar sized balls.
Another simple way to incorporate geography into our home was by purchasing world map desk blotters for each of my girls’ desks in our home office. Not only do they provide a quick reference for world geography questions, they also help keep pen and marker markings off of the desk surface.
The possibilities for using maps and globes in your home are really endless. Have you incorporated them in your home? I’d love to hear about it!( )