You know how some people have homes where you can tell that the first thing they did when they moved in was get all their gorgeous art hung on the walls? And, you can tell that that was the only thing it took to take their house/condo/dorm room from space to dwelling place in ten minutes?
This is not me. My family has lived in our current home for upwards of seven years, and we are just finally starting to get things hung on the walls. Part of my challenge is finding things that we want to hang on our walls. It’s not that I’m picky, per say, more that I have made bad wall art choices in the past I am trying to escape the Bad Art Curse. Recently, I think my eye has started to get honed in on what represents our family and our home well.
When Jennifer from Modern Map Art offered me a print of Evanston, I jumped on it. I knew that a map of Evanston, our current city, was a wonderful representation of who my family is and what we want our home to be. I love being able to live locally, being able to walk to almost everything we want or need (if it’s not one of the 8 month of winter and three out of three kids are game). I love our lakefront, our tons of parks and green spaces, and the community feel that comes from knowing our little city well.
The first thing I did when I opened up my map was try to track down my block. There are no street names or other indications of where things are or what’s what, but I’m happy to say it only took me a minute or two to locate our home stretch. I plan to ask my kids if they can do the same, and turn it into a mini-geography lesson one day soon!
I especially love that this map depicts the city where two of my three children were born (I’m waiting for a Göteborg map, where my first was born, but that hasn’t surfaced quite yet). Whether we stay in Evanston for the rest of our lives or move on from here at some point, Evanston will always hold a big part of my heart. I’m thrilled to have a piece of art that depicts that.
If you’re looking for a great gift for a nursery, or a housewarming present, or just a way to remember where a piece of your heart lives, consider a city print from Modern Map Art.
Full Disclosure: I received a free map of Evanston from Modern Map Art (https://www.modernmapart.com/) in exchange for a review.
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