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Fridays at Home: Map It Out

17th February 2012

The first time I flew anywhere, I was 23 years old and going to Italy. Alone. My mother was incredibly nervous but also brave because I had such little exposure to the world. The day my flight was to leave, the weather was horrible, and the flight was delayed many times. When it was finally time to board, it was really hard for me to step over that 2-inch gap between the airport and the plane. I found my seat, and a sweet little woman told me how many times she’d flown and how safe it was. As soon as the plane prepared for takeoff, she made the sign of the cross rapidly about four times. Though I am sure I have forgotten many of the details of that trip, parts of it are as fresh as if I had gone yesterday, and it’s a period in my life that I will always, always cherish.

So today I’m romanticizing a bit, dreaming of far-off lands, airports, Italian men, coast, and foreign languages. One of my Pinterest boards is dedicated to maps and globes because if I could, I’d fill my home with both. Maps and globes make me feel like that young girl – adventurous, nervous, anticipatory, thrilled, and free.This first room is what I’d like to call “The Jennifer Room.” It’s so me. The mixture of different elements and textures seems incredibly comfortable but also ready for company. [Click on any of the links for the source sites.]

I cannot find a source for this image though. I found it on Facebook, and the map on the wall and that globe next to the chair instantly called my name. Can I please ask you to stare at that globe on the floor? Thank you. Because if you ever see it, please buy it, and I will pay you back. We’ll work out a payment plan or something. Though I’m not a fan of the white chair on the left, I could live in this room and this room only – just add my bookshelves.

This map is from Urban Outfitters, and though I’m not in love with the colors, I love the idea. Each gold region is scratch off, so you can record places you’ve been.

These are cabinet knobs from Etsy, and I assure you, if I had the extra dough lying around, these would be spiffying up a piece of furniture as we speak. They’d also make great hooks on a piece of wood for by the front or back door. Marvellous.

Better Homes & Gardens featured this on a DIY for bargain decor. I love it. And speaking of cutting globes in half, there are these great lights…

These look like they came straight from a 60s or 70s school room, and they’re pretty simple to make. All you need is a light kit and one globe.

There’s also this fabulous chandelier made from bits of maps from Etsy. The colors are just gorgeous, and I can imagine it lit up and glowing.

A British retailer sells these lampshades made from a map. It manages to look classic and modern at the same time, and since I’m not an interior decorator, I have no idea what you call that, but I can tell you I’m considering doing this for a lamp in my dining room/reading room.

I cannot find the image source for this, but what a great way to turn a plain chair into something special. A bit of modge podge is all this would take.

From Elle Decor, this last image shows how a little bit of obsession can really pay off with a collection. Instead of dissipating the collection and spreading it around, the shelf full of globes and the map in the background are really strong anchors for the room.

Though my own space isn’t nearly what these are, I have managed to incorporate a globe and a couple maps into my house, and I’d love to deck it out even more. I’ll let you know when I need map and globe addicts anonymous…. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday, hopefully at home. Does anyone have any fantastic weekend plans?

 

Fridays at Home

14th October 2011

Now that the exterior of the house is almost finished (I still need to finish the porch ceiling and porch steps), I am ready for my next, slightly smaller project: the laundry room. This room is in major need of help. It is currently lavender, and while there is nothing wrong with lavender, I ain’t feeling it. I went to school in a Texas-football-crazy town where the team colors were purple and white, and after years of it, I don’t want any shade of that stuff near me. That, and the floors are awful. The previous owners put tile in the laundry room and kitchen, and my house is pier-and-beam construction, meaning it’s badly cracked. Time to fix it up.

First step: Pinterest! I knew I wanted something light and bright, so I decided to check out other people’s ideas and see what I liked. Here are a couple that jumped out at me:

From the blog dottieangel.blogspot.com

Image from Better Homes

I’ve narrowed the color down to Olympic San Juan Spritz, Chilled Mint or Still Tidewater (I’ve never used Olympic paint before, but I’ve heard good things from the guys at Young House Love). I think any one would be an improvement.

olympic san juan spritz

olympic still tidewater

olympic lantana lime

Aren’t they beautiful together? If it weren’t such a small space, I’d use them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Flooring is another deal altogether. I hate linoleum, but it is a laundry room, and I’ve heard linoleum has come a long way. We shall see. That will go in after paint color anyway. Then there’s curtains. Nothing elaborate, but I would like to do laundry without seeing my neighbors at their kitchen sink, doing dishes. One thing I thought I knew: I wanted THIS rug.

Alas, Urban Outfitters is sold out of it. If anyone finds this rug, please, pretty please let me know. I. Want. It. It would work with any of the above colors, and I love the coral color in it.

So. What do you think? Anyone else have laundry room fantasies? I want to smell my Gain detergent and have a breezy, fun laundry room to match. Is that really asking too much?