I am so guilty, I must confess.
Just to completely contradict my previous post on how much I love books, I’m now guilty of wanting to rip out pages from a book to dress the wall of shame in my hallway!
Let me explain.
I’ve been looking for vintage botanical book plates for that big empty wall for months; and as I want to make a real feature of it, one print simply wouldn’t be enough. The more the merrier:
wall of happiness via Ballard Designs
and more, via Restoration Hardware
and again… via Homes & Gardens
As you can see, they’re everywhere. Botanical prints are all the rage, and therefore fairly pricey.
So I needed a plan to get my vision out of my head and onto that wall of shame without breaking the bank.
The solution suddenly came to me when I was browsing for books in my local charity shop. There it was: Lesley Gordon’s Country Herbal, for £3.50!
A lovely hard back book that compiles a comprehensive A-Z of country herbs, with a bit of history and lovely folklore to accompany the magnificent illustrations.
Aaaah the illustrations… they’re really at the source of my evil plan: such beauty should not be hidden away on dusty bookshelves. These book plates are crying out to flaunt their loveliness on a big empty wall… aren’t they?
So here I am now, with a shortlist of 12 book plates, a box of 12 A4 frames…
… and guilty feelings for engineering such a devilish plan.
Should I? Should I not?
YOU tell me. Pretty please!
featured image at the top via Old Quilt Company