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Of course, in true Oy Vey That Boy fashion, he had to be in the picture, even if he was already in jammies.
|The corner before (with the last owner's stuff)|
I got hooked on Pinterest months before we moved. So, I had more than enough time to collect decorating inspiration for the new place which existed only in our dreams.
I created an "Oy Vey That Boy" folder full of inspiration for my son's room. After toying with super heros, monsters, dogs, and other animals, I found this inspiration. That did it. I LOVE that sentiment and I love the colors and shapes of maps. I love the sentimentality of maps from our past just as much as I love the potential contained when we grip a map to a place we've never been. I showed my son some of the map ideas I found and he loved them. I knew I wanted to wallpaper one of his (dreary brown) walls with maps (I've actually wallpapered 3 walls). I found a great collection of websites where I could request maps and I did.
During the actual move, whenever we stopped, I searched for maps. If I found some freebies, I grabbed two or three.
For those maps we didn't get, Tour Guide Google helped. I found pdf files of maps from zoos that were near and dear to us. I found links to tourism departments for states/countries where our friends and family live and requested those. I was able to search through gorgeous vintage maps from places not so near, but very dear to us.
In this past month, my son has received more mail than he has in all his 5 and 1/2 years combined. Friends and family addressed their maps to him. I purposely requested maps in his name from the tourism departments. He LOVED it.
Just last week, I found we had collected enough maps to begin the project. Initially, I used wallpaper adhesive to attach the maps to the wall. I started with some of the larger ones, and filled in with smaller ones. I found many maps have smaller maps of various areas on the back of the large map. So having two or three copies came in VERY handy.
I purposely tried to position important maps at what will be his eye level when in bed. So there, you'll find a map of the state where he was born, a small map of the town where we last lived, a map of Israel, a map the kids used in a school project about our heritage (yes, it's the actual map from their display. I found it during the move and took it apart) and a map of his favorite zoo. Our change of address cards have a map background and one of those is up there too at eye level.
|Great Grandpa's St. Louis map|
|Over the window sill|
|Oh yes, it's Hogwarts.|
|Royal Wedding procession map|
|Neat map I tore out of the last Woman's Day magazine. |
You can tell I couldn't get it exactly right. Note the great state of Tes.
The thrift store fairies worked their magic a few weeks ago. I saw this super cool puzzle at the thrift store. I adored the colors and the fact that, HELLLLLOOO, it's a MAP, but I worried it wouldn't all be there. Opening it up revealed that it's still sealed in the bag. This is actually a personalized puzzle someone purchased this past Xmas for a family member (the receipt was still in the box). You can have a map made of any address. Apparently, the recipient didn't like it, but I sure did. By that point, though, I had a bunch of maps and figured I didn't need any more. We left without buying it, but that entire weekend, I was mad at myself for doing that. When we returned the following week, not only did I find it again, but it was half price, so I got this for a whopping 98 cents. I will not ignore the thrift store fates when they damn-near toss this into my hands. I bought it that time.
It's still a work in progress. My mother recently grabbed a magnetic knife rack at Ikea which I'll put up in his room to hold his cars. She also grabbed some spice racks that I'll paint and put up to hold his books (his baby sister will get some too). His sister's old Finding Nemo desk will be covered in maps (just the Nemo portions. I'm actually leaving the blue and orange because I think they'll work well with the map colors) and moved into his room. You can see in that shot that he's still in a toddler bed. We need to get him a new twin bed and pass that down to his baby sister. I have an old scratched up dining room chair that I want to paint, recover and put in his room. If you look through the Oy Vey That Boy folder, you'll see some of the other ideas I'm considering for his room. Right now, one large wall is still brown. I'm not going to cover that, but I'm strongly considering painting it turquoise.
Oh and did you notice the parachuting monkey between the windows? That was $1.99 find at Michael's. They have wall stickers on clearance and I had to grab that. It was too stinking cute. Nothing completes a travel-themed room like a parachuting monkey. ;-)