Map Your Way Around the World

Navigation’s the Key!


On Day 10 of our 31 Days to a Beautiful Home series, we’re looking at how maps and ships can be used to make great home decor!

Over the summer, I found a great, old wooden ship at a local flea market. I fell in love with it and two of my boys argued over who got it for their room!


My oldest son won and therefore I decided to go with a nautical theme for his room. But, it needed to have a more mature look…not the typical nautical themed bedrooms for boys. Because I had already used them in another bedroom makeover, I immediately thought…maps…

I found this great map, which just happens to be a sheet of gift wrap! I picked it up at the Ballard Designs retail store in Tampa for $4.50. It has a bit of a vintage look, so I felt it would go great with the old wooden ship.


Then, I hopped over to Ikea and found this Ribba matted frame that was the exact size that I needed! I had never used one of Ikea’s larger frames, but let me say that it is great! It has metal clips that reinforce the frame. I was really impressed with the Ribba frame.

Map Frame

While there, I also picked up a Ribba Picture Ledge. I bought the 45 1/4″ ledge, but you can also get it in 21 3/4″. I wanted to put the ship on the ledge. Here is the framed map, the ship and I also added the weather station that I refinished in this postMap

I think it all looks really good together. I need to get a few more awesome things for the ledge. Another trip to the flea market is in order!map

I’m thinking some other vintage maps in various sizes would be great to add to the display, creating a collage wall.

You should definitely check out Ballard’s other sheets of gift wrap. That had numerous choices…not just maps. They’re great to create an inexpensive piece of art for your home!


Linking to: Live Laugh Rowe, House of the Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Simple Home Life, Chase the Star, This Gal Cooks



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  1. says

    Leslie I love this idea!! You have a great eye, and I have been on the hunt for a lovely map, you just saved me some time (and cash 🙂

    Hugs, Tanya

  2. says

    Love it! Wish I could get hold of an old wooden {or otherwise} boat – I am giving my bedroom a mini make-over BEACH themed 😉 And you did great with the map!

  3. says

    Love the ship and map! I’m curious… do you live in the Tampa Bay area? I moved to NC from Clearwater. I can see the Ballard Design store in my head when I read your post. 🙂

  4. says

    Looks great–that ship is fabulous! Did you see the nautical map pillow they have at Ikea right now, too? I’m doing an ocean-y nursery, so I bought then, then thought I was changing my mind and returned it, then changed my mind again and now I need to go get another one!

  5. Anjana says

    Hi, great addition to a boys room. I also love the wall color. It makes the blues and browns really pop. Could you let me know the name of the wall color?

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