Category Archives: Home Decor

My Christmas Tree Surprise

After reading about our lack of Christmas decorations a few days ago, my sweetie boyfriend surprised me by rummaging through our disaster-area spare room (stacked with boxes) to find his old tree…

His mom got the tree for him some time ago (long before we moved in together)…it’s just a simple little tree, only about 2 feet tall, without any decorations other than a Bart Simpson topper:

But you know what? It’s all I needed….thank you, Stuart, for bringing a little Christmas spirit into our home! (even if it is only temporary, and a complete disaster area)

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Friday I’m in Love: Maps

More often than not, I feel just a little bit lost…like I misplaced my instruction manual, or directions…which is why I think I’m so drawn to maps. I think they’re fascinating, and an open invitation to explore and to dream about where life can take you…or, at the very least, to figure out where you are.

That sense of misguided direction is probably why something like these hand-stamped Everything Here is Wonderful vintage maps by Best Made Company appeal to me so much. They’re kind of comforting.

Similarly, I think these beautiful leather-bound datebooks made of old sea charts and set with French woodtype give me the sense I can (at the very least) get myself organized. And why wouldn’t I with such a beautiful helper? They’re made by Purgatory Pie Press who you might have already come across as the authors of The Paper Bride and How to Make Books.

More beautiful stationery-related goodness can be found from Cutiepie Company, who’ve put together a personalized letter set made of handmade vintage educational maps and coupled with vintage stamps. This map-envelope and vintage stamp combination is just so cute and so appropriate. Think about it: you could send a letter on your personalized stationery around the world in a map of the world!

Speaking of vintage educational maps: everywhere I look these days I see large-scale pull down maps featuring prominently in home interiors, as seen here, here, and here. I love this look. In fact, I want this look somewhere in some future abode…and I think something along the lines of this map of North America would do quite nicely:

How do you feel about maps? Do they get your imagination racing about all the wonderful places you could go? Or are they purely utilitarian?

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