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.


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“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.

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