Trend Spotting | Vintage Maps

Monday, January 30, 2012

 

I've been itching to travel abroad since the new year began. Dreaming of going back to the motherland this Fall (up and down the entire Vietnam countryside) with all my besties, but in the meantime allowing my thoughts to randomly drift off to destinations I've already visited and those I've yet to see. 

 

Europe during springtime...the Caribbean during winter...wouldn't it be nice to dedicate an entire art wall to mapped locales, both domestic and international? If you build it, he will come. Or in this case, if you see it, you WILL go! 

 
images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Ebay and Etsy's got such a fabulous selection of vintage colored and b/w maps, but if you can't find what you're looking for there, check HERE and HERE for alternatives. 

Thanks for reading y'all!
Hope your Monday's off to the most inspired start! 

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64 comments

  1. I love this idea - travel and exploration are my life, and it's always nice to stay motivated for the next adventure! And vintage (or vintage-y) maps just look so dang cool all grouped together.

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  2. I love maps used in interior design. My dad does too so I got him a really big one for his birthday one year and got it framed. It's so modern and different when there's a full wall as a map. I've yet to see this but an alternative way to incorporate it would be as the top of a table but then have clear glass over it.getting carried away with creative thoughts here. Great pictures anyways.

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  3. What style love it!

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  4. love this home decor post

    thanks for visiting my blog, hope you return soon ;-)

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  5. I always feel like maps as wall art give a room such a nostalgic feel. I hope you can get out there and travel soon- thanks for stopping by today.

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  6. I'm definitely a fan of historic maps as art. I have a big one up in my living room. The ones pictures here are really beautiful. Nice choices.

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  7. Love the idea, and the maps that cover the wall above the bed look amazing!!

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  8. OOoh! I love the layout for the 2nd photo, the whole place looks super cozy! I want to stay there!

    Ash :o)
    ftashion

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  9. LOVE that last bedroom image. Gorgeous.

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  10. Love this post! Great roundup of vintage maps.

    I love maps also - I have one huge vintage Baltimore railroads map that we found for a steal at a thrift shop. And I have a Restoration Hardware wannabe that is a huge map of Constantinople (replica) that reminds me of our vacation in Turkey.

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  12. These look amazing. What a great idea! I love traveling, so this is fantastic.
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  13. I just bookmarked the map resources you provided -- I've been thinking about using maps when I redo the basement (someday!). This is a great blog!

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  14. oh, i love them as well. i think its a great decoration idea!

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  15. I love the idea! I am going to check them out on ebay!

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  16. Gorgeous images!! Right now I'd go somewhere warm with a beach. Otherwise
    paris or somewhere exotic!! Just need sun :) xx

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  17. that wallpaper map of paris is to die for - love it!

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  18. I've always LOVED vintage maps!! Gorgeous as a backdrop to any wall! Gorgeous photos!!

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  19. i love this post! we are planning to use our maps as art in our extra bedroom and this just adds to my inspiration!

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  20. Great post! I love vintage maps. My parents have a ton of them in their house that I just adore. :)

    xx Jessica

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  21. thanks for stopping by my blog
    my husband collects maps
    we have them all over the house
    they are very cool, especially the really old ones!
    brett

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  22. I love all vintage and old-looking maps! It's so great idea to use maps with decoration!
    Lovely post!

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    xx Luna

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  23. Wow! I love this! I want one! Great post!


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  24. I love this look! There is something old world meets modern about it. I also love that you can have so many different takes on it. Deffinetly something to think about next time I need art!

    xx,
    Rachel

    http://savoryandsuede.blogspot.com/

    PS. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I look forward to reading yours!

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  25. I'm really digging the map tapestries/wallpapers. these are such gorgeous living spaces, I wish I could live in something similar one day.
    thanks for sharing, your blog is great!

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  26. What a great idea to use vintage maps! I'll keep that in mind for my future apartment!

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  27. I love this pictures! Amazing rooms! I need to change my room a bit...

    folllow me :)
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    xox,
    isa

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  28. I've been bitten by the travel bug, as well! I'm itching to travel stat haha! Vintage wall maps are such a great idea! Thank you for sharing the inspiration:) -A

    Blurbs|Blog

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  29. nice photo inspiration - and how beautiful are those gray danes? vintage wall maps is a great idea.. must store that one! :)

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  30. adore this. chic meets adventure. fabulous post, love. if you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest outfit post. xo

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  31. These interiors are so beautiful!! I love the living room. xx

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  32. Hi Julie!! Thanks a lot for your visit and comment on my blog! I loves yours so I'm following you now!!
    Hope you follow me back if you wish...
    xoxo
    Patricia

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  33. LOVE the look of hanging vintage maps!! So chic!

    From Brooklyn with love,

    Jen

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  34. I´ve lived so close to Vietnam for 6 yrs but never got the chance to visit it.

    I´m not much into maps but they prove truly helpful whenver I´m navigating. Wishing luck to your future travels. :)

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  35. Love the pics! xoxo
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  36. this is such a great idea! something that can be quite afforable yet so stylish and with vitage feel.. my kinda thing :)
    xo,
    LMQ

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  37. Julie,

    LOVE these beautiful rooms with vintage maps!! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

    xo, sam

    *Style of Sam*

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  38. I always look so forward to any element or design picture u include in your posts, cause u have the most glamorous and fabulous selection ever!!
    p.s. I hope u will travel very soon!;)
    kisses

    Jelena
    glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com

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  39. love your blog, and following! amaying post doll!

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  40. Hi sweety, thanks for your kind message :)
    Unfortunately pictures are not loading on my PC at the moment so I am missing out on this post :(

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  41. I want to go somewhere really hot soon (I am sick of the cold now!!)... Oh and that sounds and looks soo cool! xx

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  42. Love it, it looks great!!!


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  43. Wonderful photos, I like them!!! This is such a nice post!

    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

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  44. In love with these spaces!!Modern meets glam! If you have the time check out my blog today and tell me whast you think of my latest post! Thanks, love!

    xo
    Caitlin
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  45. Normally I don't dig maps but vintage ones like these I adore.

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  46. I love this as a chic way of decorating - especially if it has some meaning :)

    XO
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  47. Love these images! What a great way to display vintage maps.

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  48. oooo i am loving the inspiration in this post girl! im moving into a new apt soon and need all the insparation i can get!!!

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  49. Goodness, I think I'd love to travel and collect some of these old maps.

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  50. Such a great idea! Love your apartment and your blog! Following you NOW! :)

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  51. Ooo!! that is such a great idea! i'm going to be moving, so this is just the inspiration i needed! thanks :)

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  52. Hi Julie! :)
    ALways so nice to find your sweet comment under my post - thank you! :)
    I adore your blog and I'll be honest with you - can't wait for your Friday photos HA! ;) Just kidding. It's not only Friday posts that I love your blog for - it's always so inspirational!!! :)
    Now come and see the craziest jacket ever in my new post! ;) "I'm a Barbie Girl, lalala... ♫" LOL ;)

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    hugs to you! :)

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  53. Hi Julie, I love love love every single one of these photos.

    xoxo
    Janet

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  54. I love antique maps as well: they are such beautiful obect to decorate the house and I like buying the maps of cities I lived in or visited...I find it a romantic way to remember a trip.

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  55. So pretty!

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    ox from NYC!
    -davie+erica

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  56. Love this idea. The Paris map in the final image is just perfect. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment :)

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