Go the extra mile this holiday season with your gift wrap. Instead of grabbing a roll of seasonal paper, use an old road or travel map. For a personal touch, center the most significant city, country or continent on top of the box as a nod to your loved one's favorite vacation destination or hometown.
Give old maps new use as tablecloths. Hold on to any road maps or country/city maps; then cover your table surface with them before guests arrive. This will help protect the surface while also adding color and pattern.
Give the kids a lesson in geography with a world map tablecloth. Pick up a paper world map slightly wider than your table, allowing it to fall a maximum of 6 inches over on all sides. Next, supply the kids with washable markers or crayons and let them mark each place they’ve been.
Designer Robin LaMonte loves bringing travel items into rooms, and it doesn't have to be a souvenir you picked up on vacation. Instead, buy an atlas (you can find used ones at flea markets) and cut out the states where you vacationed or where you have family, and put them in simple black frames.
This bold and inviting foyer features a custom wooden console table paired with a soft gray area rug and matching graphic wallpaper. Framed vintage maps of Paris are positioned over the table, while a lamp and small vases add finishing decorative touches.
Make It: Cut thick card stock to size by tracing a snowflake silhouette with a marker, then update it with a light mist of spray snow. For a splash of color, an old highway map was cut to size, then folded accordion-style to add texture. Lastly, small brass ornamentation was added for a metallic touch.
Colorful maps add a classic touch to glass vessels and votives. You'll need the following materials for this project: an assortment of glass votive candle holders and vases, scissors, maps, a pencil, a ruler or straight edge and double-sided tape.
Working with 14' ceilings, Tyler Karu and Landing Design created a mural of an 18th Century map of the coast of Maine sourced through the Library of Congress. It is a one-of-a-kind element unique to this room and makes it the statement of the space.
To create a unique space for the homeowners' little boy, designers anchored the space in a bright blue wall color and mural that depicts a map of the world. Then, they added a navy bed frame to add contrast in the space. Finally, they added colorful pillows and the occupant's prized possessions-a statue and a guitar-to give the space a personalized touch to the room.
Behind the headboard, a mural of an 18th Century map of the coast of Maine sourced through the Library of Congress acts as the focal point for this bedroom design.
The space is actually quite small in footprint, but has so much volume from the high ceilings. Addressing the headboard wall in a unique and dramatic way seemed to be the only way to fully design the room.