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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Traveling in the Bathroom

It’s time to join Barb once again at her blog, Grits and Glamour for a little What’s on Your Wall Wednesday fun.  It’s a great day to peek in each other’s homes and get ideas for walls.  What one person doesn’t think of ~~ someone else does, right?


Today let’s step inside my guest bathroom.  We have very high ceilings in here  10 or 11 feet and to complicate matters there is one of those fun but dreaded ledges.  Those pesky ledges add fun and a certain element when decorated, but am I the only one that finds them to be a real challenge?


My theme revolved around this old “vintage” map of the

United States.


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This belonged to my dear, fun father in law.  When both of my in laws

passed away and we were going through the household, Emily (dd #2) put her

claims to this map.  You see it wasn’t just any map, it was a

framed map with colorful pins marking different cities across our

fine United States.  My father in law was a corporate pilot for a small

company and he placed a pin to show all the places in the United States

where he had actually flown the company plane.



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I’m sure some pins have fallen out, but it really is a nice keepsake.

Well, like a few other things, dd#2 hasn’t taken this map with her yet, so it is in my home.  It has been stored in the attic for several years and I decided it was time to display this family keepsake.


I love this dark brown leather case that seemed to speak “travel”.

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And I had this old vintage camera  ~~~~~

The globe was a gift I gave to Mr. Brown Socks one of the first

Christmases after we were married. Probably around 1971. It is very outdated by now, but doesn’t that add to the charm and interest?  It’s fun for someone who is into geography  like Mr. Brown Socks

and dd#2 to take a look and tell the rest of us this country IS no longer or has

been renamed or whatever they come up with.  I wish I were smarter!


Of course any decent silk plant lady must add some greenery to finish off a look.


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On another wall, I have a picture that was actually taken in Washington, N.C.  It’s on Main Street.  This is the town where my dear mother grew up. It is a waterfront town.  I love “little Washington” as it is called and I think the fall leaves portray this street beautifully.  It also just happens to match my shower curtain.


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bathroom wall 008 Maybe you can get a better feel for how this room is set up by seeing the ledge above the doorway.



I am quickly learning that to be a great blogger, one must be a great photographer.  I am unfortunately lacking in that department.


Can you see the little light that is positioned on this shelf??  Funny thing, that little light is one of my favorite parts of my house!  It’s nice to have it shining dimly for guests to find their way to the necessary room  ~~

or when my mother spends the night, it is a perfect little nightlight.

Something so little and I almost didn’t splurge for it.


Remember, it is the little things!


Enjoy viewing all the walls of our fellow bloggers on this glorious Wednesday!


Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love the travel theme. What a great idea. And they are all things remembered. That is so special. I have little night lights all over the house. I love them. Good Night!
Hugs, Terrie

Anonymous said...

You have created a really special and unique touch to the ledge. It's very lovely.

Domestic Designer said...

I really like the travel theme! Such neat keepsakes and you have used them so well! Thanks for sharing and your pictures really are good! :-)

Debbie said...

You did a very nice job on the ledge. Everything goes together well. Love the globe. Debbie

"Blossom" said...

What a wonderful keep sake. And just think what he might have thought putting all those pins in for the places he flew.
Great locations to show it off too.

Sue said...

Okay, I admit to a little morning fog- I couldn't figure out why I was looking at an UPSHOT of a map! LOL Duh- After a quick read, okay... I'm looking up at a ledge!! This arrangement is very nice, with its travel theme & personalization. I am not one to pooh pooh fake plants, so I like yours. Glad I got to see your room. And yes, I am now fully awake! Sue

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Donna! What a great bathroom! You did a wonderful job decorating that shelf! and I don't know where I was Monday but I missed your post about your mom! Sounds to me like you've got one great family! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

southerninspiration said...

Donna, what a challenge to decorate, and you did it beautifully! I love the theme, too! And I LOVE the nightlight. That pic of little Washington is lovely!
And it's no surprise to me that the shower curtain is the same one I have in my guest bath, or very, very similar! I love it!
Have a fabulous day!


The Raggedy Girl said...

What a lovely memories and a really great decorating map.

Roberta Anne, the Raggedy Girl

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great display!!! I have an old, old (probably one of the first they made) personal "video" recorder that was my grandma's and an old camera. Your post gave me some inspiration today, b/c they've just been sitting in a basket! :)

Melissa Miller said...

Very pretty Donna!

I hope you are having a blessed week my friend.
~Melissa :)

Unknown said...

I love the arrangement you have on the ledge! You are GREAT at grouping things....the camera and globe add a cool touch! That's a really pretty bathroom!

I caught up on your blog about your Mom...I sure am glad she is getting better. I know what you mean about no really bad memories. That was a sweet family sharing time and I'm glad it all worked out! :)

Southern Fried Gal said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! What a neat story on that map! I perused a few other posts, too. Glad to hear your mom is on the mend. And thanks for all the info on bluebirds! I would love add a family of bluebirds to our wonderful bird village in our back yard!

Nancy Rosalina said...

What a great story about the map! You have accessorized(sp?) perfectly!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love the map & your vignette. And the light is a great idea. Nothing worse than going into someone's bathroom in the dark & having to feel the wall for the light switch. This way you can see it easily.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Donna girl I love your old world map and the way you have everything up there so travel have a beautiful home girl..glad I stopped by...May you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Chandy said...

I love it! Everything you added made it look that much better...

Connie said...

Hi Donna,
I love your huge map and also your globe. I have wanted a globe for so long and today I wandered in the Pottery Barn and there on the shelf was the cutest globe I ever saw. I don't need or have the room for a large one, but this cutie suits me just fine.
You home is very nice as is your blog.
Drop by anytime.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Donna...

Just read the note you left on my treasure finds. Girl, I just giggled when you said something about my Easter bonnet a flyin'! did you know? Too cute!!!

Donna...I just love that shelf way up's really a fabulous archetectural detail! I think you've done a marvelous job at decorating the travel theme! Your FIL's map is such a treasured keepsake...of course, I enlarged every photo and was noticing all of the little red pins stuck in the map! He really did fly to alot of places!!! Such a beautiful vignette and when I seen the last photo with the little light shining up on the that's gorgeous!!!

I enjoyed seeing that beautiful picture of Washington too...and you're picks up the colors from your shower curtain beautifully! Really beautiful bath, my friend...thanks for sharing it with us!!!

Warmest wishes,