Under a House

Review: Pittsburgh Map Print

PittsburghChrista CardoneComment

The crew at www.modernmapart.com contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their city map prints for our dear old Pittsburgh and I told them to bring it on. Some of my favorite hobbies including embracing city of Pittsburgh and collecting prints and posters that hang out for years waiting to be framed.

Modern Map Art sent me an 18" x 24" white and black print so that I could scope it out and tell you all about it. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the piece. The print is very crisp and as far as I can tell, navigationally accurate. It fit perfectly into a black Ikea frame I had hanging around and works nicely in there without a mat, although at some point I may elevate it and do it properly.

Right now, it's hanging out in my bedroom with another print waiting to find a permanent home.

I scoped out some other maps on their site, which are plentiful, and was pleased to see that they had a Kentucky Blue version for Lexington (#BBN). There were also some good ski valley maps if you're in to that sort of thing.

I think it would be cool to mark our house or some of our favorite spots on the map with a pin or marker. All in all, a solid product that would make an excellent gift or addition to your blank canvas. Thanks to Modern Map Art for the opportunity to review!


Disclaimer: Modern Art Maps sent me their product free of charge in exchange for a review. This post and review is of my own opinion.

Bedroom Plans

Bedroom, PlanningChrista CardoneComment

Enough is enough. I was planning to hold all bedroom upgrades until we refinished the floors and destroyed the drop ceiling, but those things aren't going to happen in the near future and the room's current state is really bumming me out.

So, I'm moving forward with some minor updates that should have noticeable impact.

The road map:




  • American Buffalo Print (I've been threatening to hang this for years)
  • FLÅDIS Basket (Ikea) - For the bedside to house those random cords and articles of clothing that never find a proper home.
  • Woven Wall Hanging - There are some DIYs for these floating around, but I should probably just bite the bullet and purchase one. One that has a price point much lower than what is pictured here.
  • Invisible Book Shelf - I'm having a hard time finding anyone who still carries the Bruno Rainaldi Sapien Bookcase or a version of it that I like. If you're in the know, please get in touch!

Looking at my "road map", it's clear some pops of color are in order. I gave myself a tight deadline on this one and detailed a project plan in Excel, so I should have some results to share with you soon.

Podcasts that have served as my painting companions: 1A from NPR and Pod Save America from Crooked Media. Gotta multitask as an informed citizen, activist, and home renovator, folks.


Christa CardoneComment

If I'm being honest, these are stressful times. Let's unwind with some distractions as we wind down yet another week of pure mayhem.

I've been working on these planet watercolor paintings. They are a lot of fun to do. Here's a good tutorial.

Speak of which, is Mercury in retrograde?

Anxiety: even less fun than you'd think.

Just ordered this sconce for our bedroom and it promptly went on backorder.

Why LaCroix sparkling water is suddenly everywhere.

Have you any of the See Jane Drill You Tube videos? She breaks down this home improvement stuff the right way.

Are you hosting or attending a #huddle? We are having some friends over next weekend to do our part in continuing the movement sparked by the Women's March.

If you need some cheering up, check out my very favorite Twitter account of all time. It's h*ckin amazing.