Accessories

for the love of a good map

So I’m celebrating Columbus Day by doing a tribute to something Columbus could have definitely used on his journey:  a good map.   Maps are double duty: a work of art & useful information all printed onto one pretty piece of paper!  Some can have symbolic or personal meaning, such as keeping a map from a destination traveled or a place you love.  In the age of GPS technology and Google Maps, they are something we often take for granted.   (Can you imagine drafting up an accurate map to scale?? Just think about many years mapmakers spent trying to do this!)

I’ve been seeing more decor and graphic design using maps in creative ways lately, and I’m totally in love.

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Using a large map on an accent wall creates a nice focal point.

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Map for a baby’s room :).

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Groups of framed maps in brightly colored frames – I love this hallway!

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Using a real roll up or vintage map as a piece of art.

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Or you can do one framed map that carries special significance.

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I’m seeing lots of DIY map art in Pinterest these days.  These 2 ideas are easy to re-create.   You can print free maps online of your favorite past vacations or cities you lived in and then frame them.  Genius right? And inexpensive!!

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I found this company online that does maps for your favorite university campus, sports venue, city, or state.

This Michigan State University map (above) sure brings back many memories!! GO GREEN!!!!

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(Photo credits in order of appearance:  one twothreefourfivesix  |  seven (left, right)  |  eight   )

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3 fabulous bar carts + last minute entertaining essentials (that won’t break the bank!)

I cannot believe that this weekend is already Labor Day! Where has the time went?? Many peeps (including myself) will be having people over to celebrate the end of the summer.  And of course with company comes lots of food and drink.  And with that comes all the prep and presentation.  What’s a girl to do?  

One item that is great for entertaining is a bar cart.   These 3 are good-looking AND functional.

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Libations Bar Cart, Crate & Barrel, $ 599

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Raskog Kitchen Cart, IKEA, $49.99

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Beckett Bar Cart, Williams-Sonoma, $999

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Also, if you’re anything like me, you probably realize the day of the event there’s something you wish you would have thought of ahead of time.  It never fails: there’s always something you need at the last sec, whether it’s a new oven mitt or a serving platter.  Here are some items that are pretty to look at and helpful for serving guests.  And best of all – they are budget friendly!.

1) Carved Wood Serving Platter, Target, $19.99 

2)  Home Angled Beverage Tub, Target,  $18.71 (sale price)

3) Square Lacquer Trays, West Elm,  $24.00 final sale

4) Fiammetta Pot Holder & Oven Mitt, Anthropologie, $14.00 each 

 5) Slate Coaster Set, West Elm,  $16.00 for 4 

6) Rippled Dream Bowl in Turquoise, Anthropologie, $14.00

7)  Red Salt & Pepper Shakers, Target, $10.49  

8)  Polycarbonate Beverage Dispenser, Target,  $29.99