Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Back to School

The Lord of the Manor finished up a little project in the kitchen over the weekend. We'd planned to do this when we finished the kitchen two years ago, but it just didn't get done. Well, it's finally done and we love it!

This window faces West and at certain times of the year the sun glares into the kitchen. We needed something to cut the glare, so we hit upon this solution. So what is it, you ask?
See the box above the window? It holds a map like you had in elementary school, and when it's sunny we pull down the map and it not only blocks the sun, but gives you a geography lesson as well.
One layer has the World, and the other has the United States. I'd like to get Europe and the UK eventually; there's room in the box to add them. As a map lover, I believe one can never have too many maps.

Now with the old slate chalkboard salvaged from the local university and the maps, we feel like we are back at school again here Amongst The Oaks.


Erin K said...

I love this!! did you make it or buy it somewhere. i need a window treatment and love maps. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

That is the cutest thing ever and really fits in there great! Completely suits you and your home.
Super idea and execution. Love it.
Karen xo

Neabear said...

What a great idea! I love it!

Amongst The Oaks said...

We got the map a few years back from a school supply place we found on the Internet. I think maybe it was but I'm not certain. The only drawback it that the school maps are designed to be viewed across a classroom so they aren't terribly detailed. I wish I could somehow mount a highly detailed map to a roller. Hmmm, I think I'll research that.

Anonymous said...

i like that map because it has stockton on it. :D

Bishop Stone said...

That is one of the best ideas I have ever seen. How fab to have the world at your window.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Your own little one schoolroom kitchen! What a great place for kids to do homework while you're cooking!

Teacats said...

Fantastic idea!! Really really clever! Arne't maps just wonderful artworks -- the colors alone make each one so unique! Your map is a true treasure! Well done -- and well planned!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage