I really love maps. I love the challenge of navigating maps, following their unique legends and minute landmarks. Globes and guide books can keep me occupied for hours. Knopf has a great collection of travel guide books that are lightweight, compact, and have handy fold-out maps by neighborhood, so you can see them up close and follow the paths of narrow European streets and alley ways without getting eternally lost. I like to get one for every city I travel to and study them en route. It builds the excitement of the trip for me. Yes, indeed, I'm a weird map geek.
Decorating with maps is a favorite of mine too. I love old vintage school maps and I adore globes. They just hold such a strong fascination for me - I am intrigued by all the tiny streets, meandering roadways, dots of lakes, those big old continents and tiny little islands. It amazes me still, how people put them all together on a single sheet of paper. Maps add a nice splash of color to decor, too - my favorites are the faded pastel ones in washed out yellows, blues, greens and pinks. You can usually find them at the flea market (photo left), or eBay, or if you're lucky, a local or online vintage shop like Three Potato Four (maps above right).
to Amsterdam (hopefully, my next destination) and an inventive DIY Chalk Globe.
*On a side note: I've been searching like some kind of insane woman for the image of Sheila Bridges' wall map in the hallway of her Hudson Valley home. It appeared in the May 2007 issue of Domino, the one issue in my entire stack that I cannot find. If anyone has a larger image and would like to share, I would love to add it to this post. It's a really cool wall map!