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Several of my childhood friends went to college at the Merchant Marine Academy - a school that sends its students out to sea on commercial vessels for six months during their sophomore and junior years. My friends' parents each hung a huge world map in their basements, charting their sons' travels with pushpins and adding photos along the way. In the end, the maps looked like something out of a Jason Bourne movie - they were really cool capsules of their travels.
That's what this wall-sized map reminds me of. I love the idea of using this in a guest room, too. It'll give visitors hours of in-room fun and a great conversation starter.
As I mentioned, my brother has a collection of historic maps. They're cool for so many reasons, but most of all because they tell a story of how people of the world perceived their landscape at a certain point in time.
Vintage maps can be expensive, but don't have to be - I found some great, cheap maps at the Paris flea market. In a nice frame, they're a great addition to any room.
Like maps, globes are a fantastic decorating tool - and handy when you need answers to geography questions. I love these little globes, used as decoration in a big basket, especially since they're mixed among other types of balls.