After spending 5 months studying in Northern Italy in college, there is one thing I truly regret not buying while abroad. A hand drawn map. I remember, while roaming the passageways of Venice, peering into many little shops filled with artists creating beautiful, delicate masterpieces of Europe . Sigh.
But thanks to my wonderful sister, I have the next best thing! For Christmas a couple of years ago, she go me a large calendar of antique map prints. They were mostly European countries, and some of the larger cities (Paris, London, etc..). It was a large calendar (almost 14″ x 24″) and printed on an off-white, textured paper. Absolutely perfect for my ‘worldly’ decor scheme and after that year was up planned to chop up the calendar and frame it.
After clipping my coupons for Michael’s, I was finally able to get 4 matching black frames ($15 each 16×20), already fitted with beveled mats. The mats are just a ‘hair’ too short on the sides, so one day I suppose it will bother me enough that I will custom cut more. But for the time being, it is great just to have them up.
Now they hang in the corner of my office, above my favorite tufted leather chair from Costco. The space to the right, is reserved for the largest of the maps (beautiful Italy) but I still have to find a much larger frame.