I’ve been searching for something just righto hang in the large empty space above the bed for a couple of weeks now – and despite some interesting suggestions from Kathy (a 5 ft Buddha painting…which, in fairness, was pretty cool), I just couldn’t find something that felt right so it’s been blank for ages now.
Then on Friday evening we were visiting friends and spotted their beautiful personalized map of the world and figured that a map would be perfect….except have you seen how expensive those things can be? Plus I knew I wanted to stick pins in it and there’s no way I was going to stick pins in a map that cost over $100.
I definitely wanted a much cheaper option. I figured if we end up loving it we can always upgrade it later. So while randomly browsing in target yesterday we found posters on sale. Unfortunately there we no world maps left but they did have a 22x34” USA map for $5.99. Next up was how to hang it – I thought about framing it and leaving the glass out, or getting cork or foam board backing for it. Then I spotted a framed cork board that was 23x35” for $10…..perfect. We also grabbed to packs of push pins – neutral wood colored and a mix of black, white and grey for about $5 a pot.
The neutral push pins we used to show places we have travelled to together – as you can see we’ve covered a fair bit of the south east on our travels over the last two years. The white pins are places that Kathy has been to but I haven’t….like the Grand Canyon, black pins are places I’ve been but she hasn’t… like California, and lastly the grey pins are places we’ve both been but not at the same time….like Boston and Las Vegas.
I’m really happy with how it turned out, and especially happy with it only costing about $25….now to plan more trips so I can add more pins!