“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

A few months back I was over an old friend’s apartment for a dinner party. It was the first time I had visited his apartment and was expecting the usually college-y minimalism in design given that he was a mid-20-something bachelor. For the most part, I was right. However, what I did notice was that on one wall he had a huge nautical map, framed. Given that his walls were relatively bare otherwise, I made a comment on it, to which he pointed out that it was a gift from a friend. The two apparently had been discussing their love of nautical maps, and it seemed like a natural housewarming gift when the time came. I thought it was a nice, classic, understated piece, that really went well with whatever post-college decor he really would’ve chosen.
Since then, I have seen an abundance of maps in all shapes, sizes, and forms incorporated into artwork and wallpaper in interior design. This probably has a bit more to do with Ralph Lauren than my friend, but we won’t tell him that 😉 See below for a few of my favorites.

What are your thoughts on this interior decor trend? Would you do this to your walls?

xo SA

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