For quite awhile I've been wanting to redo Ski's room and personalize it. I knew I wanted to use maps as he is quite the traveler. He has been to every state but 2 and has visited close to 30 countries. He is also a lover of the written word and has read more literature is his short live than I have in mine. So I wanted to include some sort of text in the room.
I began by amassing ideas - mostly from Pinterest, of which I posted about here. I'm a slow worker as I like to way over think things and that takes time.
IKEA was a great place to get some inexpensive linen draperies. I bought 3 sets of a neutral linen at $19 each. I used 2 on the windows (he has another set of windows that this photo doesn't show) and 1 set to make the stamped pieces on top. The words/numbers I decided to use were bits and pieces of all the addresses where he has lived. So the part stenciled onto the curtain may be a zip code or city name and the part stamped onto the fabric block is usually a house number or street name. I stitched the blocks on over the top of the stenciled letters or numbers so they were partially concealed.
The next project was putting maps up. I wanted to be able to put pins in the maps and move them around as we collected more so that meant covering the entire wall with a layer or cork. I found rolls of cork online that was 3/8 inch thick at Manton Cork and ordered enough to cover the wall behind his bed. My friend Steve cut pieces of thin plywood-type wood about 3 ft wide and the height of the wall and used contact cement to adhere the cork. Then he put the panels up on the wall with 6 screws so that I could take them out later and not have too much damage done to the wall.
I covered the walls with old and new maps using pushpins. I used several city maps that we had picked up on our travels. I made little year flags using stamps and scrapbook paper to show the first year Ski had been to that country or state. The numbered pushpins I found at Utah/Idaho Supply. I am still in the process of making all the flags and that is going to take some time.
A few years ago I found this cool dresser at a consignment shop. I loved the layers of color. The pencil drawings were done my a street artist in Milan of this castle that Mike and I visited. The art piece on top is Pinterest inspired from ancagray and something that I made for Ski this year.
So his room is close to done. I still want to come up with some way to display an artsy arrangement of photos from his life and travels.