From collecting vintage embroidered maps to using them as project inspiration, maps certainly are a favorite around here! I can’t wait to fill my new library space with vintage maps. It’s such a great way to bring something personal into your home — to remember a favorite place you’ve been, or remind you of some place you want to go or even where you are at the moment. I pulled some of my favorite examples of maps in homes from the sneak peek archives. In addition to trolling the usual suspects (flea markets, thrift stores and eBay) for vintage maps, you can find great map reproductions at the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery. — Amy A.
A Couple Modern Map Favs
Image above: Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin hung this roller map in the dining room of their Atlanta home.
Image above: Kathleen Boonen and Jan Donhardt found this old map at a market in Ibiza.
Image above: Map in Jen Mankins’ Brooklyn home
Image above: This map of the USSR was found in a junk store in Knoxville, TN. Now it hangs in the Hayden-Harnett Brooklyn home.
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Image above: Amy Salvini-Swanson of Greenwich Letterpress hung this map of Paris above her snow-globe collection.
Image above: School map in Kristen Stocks of Deluxa’s Brooklyn dining nook.
Image above: An old educational moon chart hangs in Liz Demos’ son’s bedroom.
Image above: Rion Nakaya found this giant world map made of felt Velcro pieces at The Conran Shop.
Image above: A collection of globes found at flea markets in Jesse and Alex’s Brooklyn home.
Image above: This map is a reproduction of Turgot’s 1737 plan of Paris — it’s so large that it serves as the headboard in Gabriel Wick and Olivier’s Parisian home.
Image above: This subway map in Brie Harrison’s home was originally a piece of wallpaper.
Image above: A school map in Angela and Barkley’s Chicago home.
Image above: The white matting and white frame bring out the blues in Abby Clawson’s world map.
Image above: This giant map of Europe from the early 40s more or less dictated the color palette for this whole room in Mackenzie Farquer’s home in Queens, New York.
Image above: A collection of smaller maps above the bed in Wanwisa Posner’s bedroom.
Image above: Hilda Grahnat hung a map of Manhattan in her home in Sweden.
Image above: The nautical map on the mantle in EmersonMade’s New Hampshire home charts the ocean from NYC to Maine — it traces the couple’s move from Manhattan to New Hampshire.
Image above: A chalkboard pull-down map that still has perfect teacher-cursive handwriting on some of the states in Vynsie Law’s Dallas home.
Image above: Maps from an antique local county-court plat map in Sarah Ridgely’s dining room.
Image above: Colorful map in Dana d’Amico’s kitchen!
Image above: Framed map propped up on a desk in Fitzhugh and Lyndsay’s Brooklyn home.
Image above: Stacy Sargent loves maps, and she found this 1935 World Atlas at a vintage consignment shop.
Image above: Love this little map tucked up above the perfume laboratory in Anne McClain’s home.