In addition to my chair obsession, my purse fetish, and my love for ceramic rams with big asses , I have a serious map fixation. I could study and old school AAA triptik or an NYC Subway Map for hours. Thus, I’ve collected maps and snagged old atlases at flea markets and junk stores for years.
The other day I had this urge to wallpaper my sunporch in old maps. I don’t like the color but it’s too crazy a room to try to paint – high ceilings and trim galore. I realized that I did not have enough maps with similar colors, and that just going all out with all different palettes would look ridiculous, so I wound up with these out of a 1935 slightly moldy atlas that’s been wasting away on my shelves:
It’s not there yet. I think it needs some sort of black border. I wish I could find some 2″ thick black graphic tape, or that I had a saw and knew how to use it so that I could just build a big frame around it. Maybe it works as is, maybe it fails miserably. I always have to experiment with these things a million times. Victoria, will you please come over and help me?
As I looked through my magazines before deeming some keepers and others recyclers, I realized how much of my brain has absorbed inspiration from magazines, books, places I’ve visited and other blogs:
1. Peter Dunham’s fabulous 1960s L.A. Freeways Map:
2. A love of island maps and charts:
3. Matt Albiani’s love of all things nautical and his genius way of composing unexpected objects:
4. Flickr map fun from flickr member inspiringdecor:
5. This wall from a Luis Barragan home:
*(added later, I forgot!) What is it about blogging that makes me use the cheesiest punny titles for posts? It’s like I can’t help myself. I think the worst one, or one of the worst ones I came up with was “Lofty Aspirations!”
â€¢ First four horribly amateur photos from yours truly. Next, in order
â€¢ Peter Dunham photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna, as seen in Domino
â€¢ Photo by Paul Massey as seen in Coastal Style
â€¢ The next two Matt Albiani photos by Matt Albiani, as seen in Domino
â€¢ Large map photo from inspiringdecor, as seen on flickr
â€¢ Barragan photo by Armando Salas Portugal as seen in Barragan (holy crap, that book ranges from $512 to $1000 on Amazon, maybe I should sell mine! Sounds like they need to re-release it!)
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!