Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Geography Inspired Decor Ideas

I'm not sure if it's my love for traveling or that fact that I'm a social studies teacher, but I have a thing for geography-inspired decor! I spent the better part of last Monday (last week was April vacation, woo hoo!) putting together a gallery wall in my living room. Travel and geography have definitely provided inspiration for the space...

I just ordered a print to go in that large empty frame and may change out one or two of the other photos but what's definitely staying is the scrap book map of the USA that I created a few years ago:

The globe was purchased at an antique store and I coated the handle with white semi-gloss spray paint to give it a modern vibe. It now resides on my TV console table and is a fun accent piece! A favorite picture of me in front of the Eiffel Tower sits above the globe as does a framed image I took of a door knocker I saw while traveling in Ireland. 

I've come across quite a selection of 'geography-inspired' decor on my hunt for more ideas from various real-estate and home d├ęcor websites...

The space above (from ComFree) has an antiqued map framed above the fireplace and ties in nicely with the neutral decor. Below is more bold take on the same idea (from Censational Girl):

Another great way to frame a map is by using painted molding/trim (from Design Sponge)...

I may order some inexpensive inflatable globes from a party supply place and hang them in my classroom as a fun yet topical way to add some dimension and color to the space, sort of like this...
(Land of Nod via Apartment Therapy)

In the image below, color and whimsy have been added to the kitchen with a collection of globes and vintage suitcases on top of the cabinets (from The Pleated Poppy)...

I love looking at my travel pictures and decor and thinking of all the wonderful adventures I've taken and imagining the travels that are in my future! Oh, and being able to sit in my pajamas while daydreaming isn't a bad way to spend a vacation day, either!


  1. Can you post about how you made your scrapbook map? I love it! Thanks

  2. I would love a post on how you created the scrapbook map, as well. I love it! Love your site, as well. :)