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You could say that I have a bit of a thing for maps in our homes having written about them in terms of our walls and even ceilings in the past. It’s not that I’m a seasoned traveller either. For me, it’s the gentle reminder that there’s more to life beyond our familiar surroundings. And should we wish to, we can venture and explore into the unknown.
The Best Map Pinboard Ever – Maps International Review
If you recall my preteens bedroom guide then you’ll know that I had contemplated getting a map for our ten-year-old old son’s bedroom. So I was delighted to be contacted by Maps International a company who are renowned for their array of quality maps in different guises to see if I’d like to try one. Of course, I leapt at the opportunity!
Maps International have the largest collections of maps that you’ll find anywhere and I was completely blown away by the number of styles and types of maps they had to choose from.
I did, however, manage to narrow it down by deciding where the map was to be used and who the map would be used by. And you’ve guessed right, my ever so lucky son!
Maps are incredibly fascinating when you look at the detail and information they provide. And whilst they are a means of communicating the wondrous world around us, they can be perceived as works of art in their own right. Whether it be a tube map, or a more complex city map, you can’t deny they’re interesting to look at. Maps have provided us with a universal medium for centuries, regardless of language or culture, and the earliest known maps go back as far as 16,500 bc, and related to the sky.
The Interior Editor –MAPPING IT OUT – DECORATING YOUR HOME WITH MAPS
The Best Map Pinboard Ever – Maps International Review
Whether you’re a keen traveller or just like to reminisce about far and distant shores that you may have travelled to, maps are inspiring pieces to have in your homes.
Maps International are one of the largest online wall map shops there is. Offering you the largest range of maps worldwide. Their wall maps included their famous world wall maps, as well as continental wall maps and British Isles wall maps.
The pinboard map I chose from Maps International was definitely not what I was expecting but in a positive way. Firstly it’s not made from your normal cork and secondly, the quality will have you jumping up and down for joy. I was literally in awe of the clarity of the map and the sturdy frame framing it.
I even took off the sturdy backing to check to see if this really was a pinboard.
I chose the pinboard framed map not only because of its aesthetic timeless qualities but because it would be a useful interactive piece of art too.
It’s a keepsake that he will be able to use from his teens through to university and beyond. He’s already planning places to go especially as he’s an avid reader of Greek mythology books and has already looked at going to Greece.
For more fun interaction, I made him some fun push pins by using an old Lego safari man together with a toy car which he absolutely loves.
The Lego man represents our son. He can literally pin himself anywhere in the world he would like to go. And as we’re away next week to Gran Canaria, he is currently pinned to this part of the map.
Of course, as he gets older and travels more this brilliant pinboard map could become more of a record of travels using proper map pins highlighting areas that he has travelled to and where he will be planning his next adventure.
I have to admit that because of the pinboard being so picture perfect, I was apprehensive about pinning anything into it.
Not a complete lover of the post-it note, I made a note holder by hot glueing a peg to a push-pin so he can attach important notes, tickets to concerts etc as he gets older.
This pinboard map is literally rocking our son’s world. He absolutely loves it because it makes him feel a more grown up.
I’m loving it because it looks great in his bedroom, but more importantly, it’s something that will travel with him into adulthood and be put to good use. Now you can’t really say that about your average pinboard or children’s decor, can you?
Map It Out In Style this Christmas With A Unique & Memorable Gift From Maps International
As much as today’s post is about Map International’s pinboard map, I thought I’d just squeeze in a few additional maps that they have in their repertoire for those of you that may be looking for future gifts or just something for yourself.
From activity maps that teach the kids about the world to pinboard, Scratch the World® maps and beautiful designs destined to grace your walls forever – the gift range at Maps International is much like the world itself – huge, colourful & eclectic! Here’s their collection of specially selected gifts for Christmas 2018…
Scratch the World® Maps
Available in a choice of two sizes, Map International’s iconic Scratch the World® prints are a feast for the eyes. Identify the continents, countries & cities you’ve visited and scratch them out to reveal your own personal, continually changing travel footprint. Beautifully styled, this map contains the kind of detail you only find with high-quality cartography and makes a wonderful keepsake for all ages to enjoy. Select from the classic Scratch the World® map print or opt for something a little bolder with the Scratch the World® Black Edition – guaranteed to add a striking statement to your walls! There’s an Activity Adventure print for little adventurers too. Coins at the ready!
Canvas World Maps
This beautiful Canvas Antique World map features muted antique-style tones with intricate cartographic detail, including country boundaries, cities and political details. A real showpiece, each map is handmade by passionate and experienced cartographers and wrapped around a quality wooden frame to stretch the material perfectly. For those that love a pop of colour, the Political World Map on canvas is a feast for the eyes with hill and sea shading adding a vibrant effect
Personalised Map Gifts
We all know how special that personal touch is at Christmas and Maps International’s range of unique personalised gifts are an exceptional way to tell the explorer in your life how much you love them.
Mark off adventures taken, plan new ones, pin photos and highlight memorable moments; these maps provide hours of nostalgic fun that are a hit with all ages.
So what do we think? Are you as amazed as we were with how fab this pinboard map looks? It’d be great to hear from you!
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!
*I received this pinboard map in return for an honest review. All thoughts and writing are my own.