Decorating with Maps

I love the idea of decorating with art that means something–that tells a story throughout your home. Like the picture of sunflowers that my grandmother painted that is in my dining room. Or the picture my mom painted in our entryway of me when I was a little girl. Or the poster that is in our guestroom where all of our wedding guests signed their names.

I have wanted to use maps as “story art” for a while, so I went to Pinterest for some inspiration. There are a lot of “where you have lived” ideas, but J and I have only lived together in Raleigh, so that would be kind of lame. Then I saw this one and knew I had to recreate this map-craft idea:

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I had an empty frame and an NC map, so all I needed to buy was the paper, which cost me a total of $0.42. I destroyed our NC map in the process, but thanks to our fancy phones with a GPS, this map was just collecting dust in our car.

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At first I cut out the maps in hearts, but it didn’t quite look right on top of the paper so I decided to cut hearts on the paper and put the maps behind them.

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We had an empty space on the hallway leading to the bedrooms, so I created it to hang vertically. It makes me happy every time I walk past it. :)

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We met: Boone, NC.
We married: Greensboro, NC.
We live: Raleigh, NC.

Have you ever decorated with maps before? Do you showcase art or momentos from places that you have lived?

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