{Design} Decorating with Maps

Happy Thursday! One more day until the weekend...we are SO close!  Lately I've been spending a lot of time window shopping instead of actually shopping. SO BORING, but so very necessary.   One of my favorite places to waste a lot of time browse for gems is on eBay.  You really never know what you're going to find when you type in the word "vintage".  When I'm not searching for glass, (see here) I've been searching for vintage maps. They're so unique & visually interesting to look at, plus you can do so much with them! But one of my favorite things about maps? They're relatively inexpensive!   We currently have three maps up in our house, a fourth will be in the works when I magically find a new wall in our house, yet I still think we might need to add more.  There are so many fun & different ways to use maps in your house. Here are some of my faves!

I always love a good gallery wall. A gallery wall of maps? Perhaps that's in our near future...

While on the gallery wall kick, I'm super into the idea of making a gallery wall of funkier vintage maps of LA/California like these pretties I'm currently crushing hard on.

I also love a gallery wall that just has one map accent on it


If you don't want to go full gallery wall, you could always do a quad like this or one giant map

One of the maps we have in our house is actually from this company I found while browsing for maps on etsy. They will take a piece of a vintage map & cut out any quote you want!

I also LOVE the idea of having a map in your house with pins of every place you've visited. This one is a current work-in-progress for us

I've also seen these scratch-off maps that are a cool version of the map above 

If you no longer live in the same city/state you were born it, it would be fun to have a map from where you grew up.  This Michigan map would make the perfect accent to a gallery wall.  J & I currently have 2 matching maps of Chicago & LA.  I think you can guess why.

This 1924 map of Detroit might need to be purchased. Like, now.

I've also had my eye on a hand painted globe for quite some time...though these tend to be much pricier than maps :(

This post really could keep going...maybe I'll create a Part 2. Have you decorated with maps? I'd love to see what you've done!


  1. Ryan LOVES maps...we have one of Turks and Caicos as part of our gallery wall and a "movie" map of his in our entryway. Would love to find an artsy Chicago map someday! -Wigs

  2. I've been cooking peppers and onions in the skillet on the grill a lot lately. I'll have to add jalapenos next time. Yum. I like cooking bacon that way too, although hot fat + open flame adds a nice element of danger. I used to get flank steak, but my husband got me to try the carne asada cut from our local market, and I prefer it. Not sure if it's thin-cut flank or skirt (I'll have to ask), but it looks like this