Bucket List Map for a Travel-Themed Kid's Room


I have seen a lot of maps in my life and I have to say, Awesome Maps delivers on their name. If I was buying a wall map to put in my kid's travel-themed nursery, their bucket list map would probably be the map.


The point of a good map is to make you want to travel, and in a kid's travel room it's to inspire exploration and an understanding of other cultures. Through illustration and a list of interesting things to do around the world, that's exactly what the bucket list map does.

Done: New Front Porch Light


The last item on our front porch to-do list was to change the light. The old light was a cheapest porch light you can buy at Home Depot and it was starting to look out of place.

So we decided to replace it with the Forecast Lighting Hollywood Hills light in Vista Silver.

That first meant taking down the old light and putting some new paint up.

After that, it was a pretty easy install.

I love the modern look of the light and how it looks next to the blue front door.

And I love how it looks with the rest of the items on the front porch

From every angle.

Here's what it's like at night.

It's super bright because it has two bulbs instead of the typical one. It's really nice for people leaving after sunset because they can see all the way to the street now.

Mid-Century Looking Door at an Austin Bar


It's hard to guess the real age of this door. The building it's on is old enough for it to be a real mid-century door, but it's hard for me to imagine a mid-century door manufacturer making something like this. My guess is someone wanted a unique door with a modern look and told their contractor to go nuts, and this is what they got in return. It's oddly mid-century looking, which makes it perfect for Austin.

What We Bought at Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen

Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen was definitely worth the train trip out to the suburbs of Paris. We looked at a lot of beautiful furniture, but for obvious reasons couldn't take any home. What we did take home we a few pieces of advertising art.

We bought three sewing patterns with some amazing illustrations on them.



They were some of the most unique things we saw at the market. Only one vendor had them and we knew they would always remind of of our time in Paris.




We just assumed that they were cutouts of old packages or something, they were definitely priced like they were, but when we got home I translated the writing on the price tag and it says, "clothes patterns from 1970, original etchings."



And sure enough, once we got them out of their plastic sleeve, we noticed it's actual paint on paper. So we accidentally bought some original mid-century advertising art, and we couldn't be happier about it.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture at Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen

There are plenty reasons to visit Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen if you're ever in Paris: mid-century travel brochures, a Futuro house, mid-century furniture, more mid-century furniture and mid-century modern furniture. If you do go, plan of spending a least a few hours there. We spent about four hours looking and shopping and didn't even scratch the surface. My guess is if you wanted to do the whole thing, it would take days.

Here are the last of my photo collection from Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen: