Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Wall of Maps

We are attempting to fill all of the nooks and crannies in our house. One of the spaces that was driving us crazy is a large wall in our living room. 

It was just a plain and empty space with all of the potential in the world. We choose to do a working wall. This is phase one and we hope to help it grow.

We are lucky enough to live about an hour away from our favorite city, Chicago. We love to walk around the different neighborhoods, photograph the beautiful scenery and take the walk to the zoo. This is the city where we spend our 1st and 10th wedding anniversaries. 

This wall of maps was inspired by Chicago.


We took advantage of Michael's canvas sales and purchased several. We Mod Podged our favorite vintage Chicago maps to the canvases. We also added a print we purchased at the Kaneland Fine Arts Festival (the district where I work). It is a beautiful sketch of the Wrigley building and the river. This scene is special to us because I have a beautiful picture of my parents, with this building in the background, on my dad's 60th birthday.

Over time, we are going to add our own pictures from the city. We will also change up the chalkboard often. 
The chalkboard is my husbands responsibility. He loves to draw new pictures.

You may also be wondering about the (fabulous) folding chairs in the living room.  We are currently getting our floors refinished in the living room and dining room. So our furniture is stacked on our front porch. Ron is working on a built-in and new fireplace surround in this room as well. We seem to live in a constant state of dust and construction. Maybe this will be our last project for a while...probably not. :)

I have several fun posts lines up for the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Thanks for checking in.

 

13 comments:

  1. I just love this wall arrangement! I love the texture that the baskets bring as well as the chalkboard art. Very nice job! :)Meghan

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  2. What a great idea! It looks wonderful, and I love the wire baskets!
    Debbie :)

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  3. Looks great...I've done some canvases with book pages...but not maps. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. I love how you propped up the maps and pictures in the baskets! Very creative!

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  5. Great idea and I'm loving the wire baskets! sharing :)

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  6. I actually thought your folding chairs and the wonderful metal stool made a terrific photo shoot! Love your idea of a maps wall arrangement that can be added to. We lived in Wheaton for several years and loved going into Chicago.
    Mary Alice

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  7. love your maps but I love the wire baskets even more :-)
    visiting from blogtalk and sharing your post

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  8. Hi Laura...coming on over from Blogtalk and sharing. Love this Wall of Maps post. I have shared! Love your site...am your newest follower!
    K

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  9. Hi! Love your maps and your awesome blog. Found your blog at Transformation Thurs. Your newest GFC follower. :)

    Kathy
    lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

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  10. I am obsessed with maps lately! What a great idea with the canvases. And I love your wire baskets!

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  11. Chicago!!!! Makes me feel like I'm home :-) Please share your entry on Creative Crafts Thursday, www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com, and any of your favorite projects each and every week.

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  12. Came across this post via pinterest. I have the same baskets on r walls currently holding all r Xmas cards with clothespins. Do u know any details about the baskets?

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  13. Came across this post via pinterest. I have the same baskets on r walls currently holding all r Xmas cards with clothespins. Do u know any details about the baskets?

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