July 2, 2013

Charting a Course

When I was at college, I frequently stayed with friends whose house was easier to get to by water than by land. The directions were basically to go upriver and take a left at Tippity Wichity Island. imageI love navigational charts and topographical maps, and in fact, had an office wallpapered with nav charts when I worked for an environmental organization. The southern bay was on one wall and the northern bay was on the other. If you had to check something, it generally involved someone standing on a desk.

I think that maps are in my blood. One of my ancestors, John Moale, drew one of the first plans of Baltimore, dating from the mid-1700’s. image

Maps have always been a classical decorating element, and I frequently see them at auctions, antique shows and ephemera sales, sometimes for very little money. If you can find one that resonates with you for a particular reason, you should snap it up. I tend to look for maps of places where I’ve lived, including London and the south coast of Wales.

I was reading the blog, Elements of Style, and came across the most amazing use of a map, or actually, a nautical chart.CSTDWinter2010_Interiors013LG-1It looks like the home-owner had tiles made of the chart of the North Shore of Long Island and Shelter Island. Again, a map which resonates with me, as I spent time in Orient Point one summer. The detail in this map is amazing, and I can only imagine the technical skill it took to make sure all of the tiles were perfect and the map was seamless in its content.

Well done!

27 comments:

  1. Meg, the bathroom tiles are amazing. I can't begin to imagine the skill that this project took. What an imaginative idea! I'm off to visit Elements of Style. ~ Sarah

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    1. It must have been quite a feat to accomplish this!

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  2. Love it! I got a complement on the Paris map just today. I got it on your good advise and put on my curved wall. What a buy for $60!

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    1. I just sent the link to your finished project to one of my readers - Low Tide, High Style, below!

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  3. What a fascination we have with maps! Sometimes I will just look at the atlas and study the remote points here and there... The tiles in this home are incredible... what a patience to have this designed... xv

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    1. Vicki... i took a navigation class in college and really had to learn how to read charts and maps. It's such fun.

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  4. I love maps. When we first came to France, I pinned up a huge map of France, and we pencil drew concentric circles from our village so we knew how far each point of interest was - France is bigger than you think! The map is still on the wall, although the circles are now a little worn.

    The tile map is just great!

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    1. France is HUGE! I think that people know Paris and the south of France, and don't realize what's in between! It's about the same size as Texas!

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  5. Love this post. I am fascinated with maps too, and the explorers who charted them. I just watched a video from Netflix on Lewis and Clark. Amazing! N.G.

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    1. I am, too!!! There used to be a show on BBC called Mapmakers where they took old maps and then overlaid them onto the current landscape to see what changed and what stayed the same. I loved that show!

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  6. Maps and antique engravings--first loves.
    Have a super 4th!!
    xoxox
    Mary

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  7. I like maps also and keep a pocket sized atlas by my bed. Does anyone else do this? Anyway, thank you so much for the nod to Elements of Style. How did I ever miss this blog? It is so professional. A big difference from all the DIY homegrown blogs I read. Thank you. Thank you. I have a huge Maps board on Pinterest. I am adding this tile map. How about a comment on the new trend of her biers? Ann

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    1. Elements does a beautiful job! I will check out your pinterest page.

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  8. I saw this as well Meg and thought it was truly amazing!
    Maps are so interesting, especially the early ones!
    Tippity Wichity Island, how fun!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Design Series

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    1. I loved my little Tippity Wichity Island!

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  9. My husband loves maps. My mother-in-law used to say that if my husband decorated a room it would look like a well traveled monk: austere+maps! I am in the middle of redoing his office forhis retirement in a few years. Yup: there will be maps! Love the tile "map". Am always drawn to rooms that reveal the heart.

    ps: Hope Connor survives another 4th! Poor guy!

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    1. A friend sent me a picture of his map room. Gorgeous dark blue walls and lovely maps.

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  10. Have you been reading my mind?! I was just on a website last night looking for antique maps of our area and I said to my husband that I wanted to turn some into tiles to use on our wall or to use as wallpaper!

    Love the last photo! And we have family that lives near Tippity Wichity. Next time you are down this way, you'll have to let me know.

    Happy 4th of July!

    Kat

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    1. There are lots of great maps of your area, I am sure!

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  11. Amazing...have a client who love maps will forward this to her. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    1. There must be some primal need for us to love maps. Where we are, where we've been, where we're going!

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  12. How very interesting that your ancestor's drew one of the first maps of Baltimore. I love maps as art, especially vintage ones. The kitchen tiles are impressive; something I've never seen before.

    I hope you have a great 4th Meg.

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    1. Pretty cool, isn't it! I love old maps, too.

      xo

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  13. I have a love of maps ~ Especially the blue tiled one! I'd never get any thing cooked though. I'd just stare at it and dream about my next adventure. Great post!
    Xo

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