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My friend, Becky, sent me the link to a very interesting article about globe making.  When she and I were in elementary school, it seemed that there was a globe in every classroom.  I can remember when her mother, our fifth grade teacher, picked up the globe in the classroom to explain the earth’s rotation around the sun and on its axis.

The globes in the article were so beautiful, I want to share them with you and then show you how globes are being used in interior design.  If you want to see the article in its entirety, go here.   Photos from the globe factory are courtesy of Bellerby and Co. Inc.

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Roger Bellerby started the factory as a result of trying to find a globe for his father’s birthday. Since he had no success, he thought he would make one for his father and maybe one more for himself.  The company is located in Stoke Newington, London.  His globes have been featured in Hollywood movies and BBC productions.

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To master the process of applying the paper to the globes can take up to a year.

Maybe you are lucky enough to have a globe or some globes to use in your decorating.  Here is how some people have used them in their homes:

Hawthorn Home contemporary-home-office

 This one was featured in my last posting about interior rooms that are painted black.  You can see it here.

William Hefner Architecture Interiors & Landscape traditional-home-office

 Studio William Hefner

Prairie Trail Home - Ankeny, IA contemporary-home-office

R. Cartwright Design

Berkshire Residence mediterranean-family-room

 Inouye Design

Tudor revival craftsman-family-room

 Jill Morgan Home Styling and Events

Lockette's Inspiring Home eclectic-home-office

 

Hokanson/ Siller traditional-home-office

  I am such a traditionalist, that I love this library with a sentinel globe standing watch.

DeCocco Design Projects contemporary-home-office

 DeCoco Design
If you have a room with lots of straight lines and angles, the roundness of a globe “softens” the room.

My Houzz: Jeanie Engelbach eclectic-living-room

 Rikki Snyder Photographs

family room southwestern-family-room

 Don Ziebell Architects
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The globe above is in our office here at home.  My husband’s father is pictured in his U.S. Navy uniform from WWII and beside the globe is a statue of a navy chief….his rank when he finished his career.  I have it turned to show the Pacific ocean because that is where he served. I bought the globe years ago for my husband’s birthday.  It is not exactly geographically correct, but it is attractive and makes a nice part of this vignette.
I looked on eBay and found this handsome globe for sale for $99.  There are lots more for you to see.
VINTAGE 16" LIGHTED HEIRLOOM REPLOGLE FLOOR WORLD GLOBE WOOD STAND W CASTERS

VINTAGE 16″ LIGHTED HEIRLOOM REPLOGLE FLOOR WORLD GLOBE WOOD STAND W CASTERS

Watch for globes at flea markets, garage sales, and at big box stores. There is a fascination with them that has not given way to computers.  Most children love to spin them and look at the countries and they are great educational tools.

Others use them to be creative.

Black and white buttons glued to globe. Stand is painted black. Dishfunctional Designs: Global Recycling: Old Globes Upcycle.:
found on dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com
Illuminated World Globes:
globe lights found on indestructibles.com
How about one half of a globe?
DIY light using half of world globe - love this idea!:
found on natalme.com
A few years ago painting a globe with chalk board paint became popular.
A unique idea found on Pinterest:
Globe Guestbook - cool idea if you have guests traveling from all over the world:
This globe is being used as a guestbook for visitors from all over the world.

 

Create and be happy!

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