Dec 31 2013

Quick Map Art To Personalize Your Home

Hello Everyone!  Happy New Year’s Eve!  It is good to be back!  We took a long break to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.  We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by those you love.

Today I would love to share a very simple project that can add a personal touch to your home.  I am a strong believer that a home should reflect the people who live there and tell stories through the things that are in it.  I think I got this from my dad.  He saved everything!  (Recently, we found old stuffed animals in his garage that us kids had decided to part with when we were young, but he couldn’t bear to get rid of for sentimental reasons…so sweet!).  He had many beautiful antiques that had been passed down from grandparents and other family and now Alisa and I have them to enjoy in our home.  What a special gift.

I love following Under the Sycamore blog and one time she posted about her bedroom update.  She mentioned how she likes it to reflect the story of the relationship of her and her husband.  That really resonated with me so I looked for ways that I could do the same in our bedroom.  One project that is super quick and easy is framing maps of places that are important to you as a couple.  I framed a map of Coronado, where my husband and I met and spent a lot of our time when we were dating, and Maui, where we went on our honeymoon.  There are so many wonderful memories in both of these places.

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1.  Find a map of some special places.  I found these maps online and just printed them out.

2.  Cut the maps into a heart shape.

3.  Mark places with special memories or significance.  I put a red heart with a marker for where we first met, got engaged, etc.

4.  I glued my maps onto navy cardstock that was cut to fit my frames.

5.  Hang and you are done!

Super easy, right?!  Plus it adds such a personal touch to your home!

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Here are some other ways we have made our bedroom reflect our story:

In the picture below I framed a picture from our engagement shoot.  (Pictures taken by the very talented Jen Disney.  She is amazing!  If you are in need of a photographer check her out!).  The lemon tree was used as decor in our wedding.  The dresser is one of my favorite furniture pieces we have.  It is an antique that my dad refinished for me when I was a little girl.  The cups are from Jerusalem when Mark traveled there with his mom.  Such great memories!

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We also did a gallery wall in our room and I just love the way it turned out.  The frames are from IKEA.

wall gallery 1


The pictures tell the story of us, from dating, to marriage to children.  Lots of love is represented in these pictures.


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wall gallery 4

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I hope you have been inspired to make your home a reflection of you!  Happy New Year to you all!  Alisa and I are so grateful for all of you and your support!

Signature - Marissa



4 comments on “Quick Map Art To Personalize Your Home

  1. Love these ideas. My youngest has a 3 opening frame in her room away at college…she has the state of GA (her home state), a heart, and then the state of TX (her university state) in each of the openings.

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