I work Saturday to cover for our regular Saturday desk person who is out after surgery so as of 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, I am on vacation. I’ll be off work for the most significant amount of time since I first started this job a little over a year ago. I have all kinds of fun plans taking short overnight trips, relaxing, and getting some things done around the house. I hope to finish up a lot of the little projects that have been sitting around waiting to be finished and I want to try to really organize the kitchen and — depending on my ambition — the closets too.

One of the first things on my list of little projects is to hang the old school pull-down map of Africa that we bought at an antique mall months and months ago. When we purchased it, the walls in our office were still half-covered with terrible wallpaper and we were pretending that the problem would just go away on its own. I eventually broke down and did my best to give the walls a little bit of wallpaper-minimizing texture and a coat of paint.  Then, we moved in the furniture, set the map on the back of the futon, and went back to forgetting about the room.

Next week or soon after, you’ll get the before & after of my office wall hanging. But for now, get excited about your own map decor. Here are some vintage map printables at the Graphics Fairy to get you on your way:

*The Graphics Fairy*: Thursday is Request Day - Map of Africa, Steampunk Globe, Botanical, Horse

*The Graphics Fairy*: Old Map of Paris - 1888.

*The Graphics Fairy*: Craft Project - London Map Decor - DIY.

*The Graphics Fairy*: Vintage Clip Art - World Maps - Printable Download.

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So Eclectic is a blog dedicated to great ideas for home design. Austin, Texas-based writer Mary Marcum and Savannah, Missouri-based writer Jess Rezac feature affordable decor, decorating solutions, and inspiration. At So Eclectic, we experiment with design together. So Eclectic posts new content every weekday.

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I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.


Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

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