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This is the Most Brilliant, Affordable Way to Get Custom Wallpaper

Photo credit: Courtesy Le Botaniste
Photo credit: Courtesy Le Botaniste

From House Beautiful

It's no secret that we at House Beautiful love a good wallpaper. And we especially love a statement wallcovering in a bathroom-it's the perfect, eye-catching addition to a small space. But, let's face it: Most wall treatments, especially custom ones, don't come cheap.

That doesn't mean you can't get the look, even if you're on a budget. As a new eatery in Manhattan proves, sometimes a little bit of creativity is worth much more than a lot of money. The owners of chic vegan food chain Le Botaniste devised a delightful custom wall in the bathroom of their latest outpost-all for under $100.

The trick? Swapping wallpaper for book pages. In the case of Le Botaniste, the book in question is John Derian's Picture Book, a compilation of the designer and decoupage artist's work-which already features prominently in Le Botaniste cafés.

"We've had the John Derian vegetable plates since day 1," says Laurent Francois, COO of Le Botaniste. "When we were shopping for plates for the new location, I saw the book, we bought it, and then on a beautiful morning I arrived and Alain had had some fun with it."

Alain Coumont is Le Botaniste's founder (also the founder of Le Pain Quotidien), and he's "had fun" by decoupaging the book's pages onto the wall, using nothing more than traditional wallpaper paste to transform a coffee table book into the perfect powder room wallpaper.

Photo credit: Courtesy Le Botaniste
Photo credit: Courtesy Le Botaniste

"It fits what we're doing," Francois says of John Derian's images. "Those vegetables are great, we love the pictures. The combinations of the pictures with the flowers and the drawings made it perfect."

Of course, the genius of this design DIY is you can do it with any book. Love flowers? Try a book of botanical prints. Mad about maps? Paste up an old atlas. Want to be inspired by great design? Use some old copies of House Beautiful. Let your imagination run wild.

And if you'd like to visit the John Derian bathroom in person, Le Botaniste's newest location is now open at 666 Third Avenue.

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