I was so pleased with my first picture wall project that I decided to give it another shot in our newly  finished basement. The fun part, of course, was figuring out what to use as a starting point; I had a fairly large amount of wall space with which to work and – as always – a relatively small budget. As it happened, I didn’t have to look around too long, thanks to a lucky find at Winners.
To start off, I should explain again that I love classic botanical drawings. This is one of my favourite books to flip through.
It’s filled with beautiful old illustrations, like these ones:
So I was very excited when I came across this framed print at Winners:
I hesitated to buy at first because, well, I wasn’t entirely sure if I could “sell” it to my husband, and the price was a little steeper than I would have liked. Happily, a few weeks later it was on clearance for a much more manageable $32 – the frame alone was worth it. I lugged it home with me (on the bus, 8 1/2 months pregnant – that is true love!) and started looking around for ideas about how to pair it.

My second bout of inspiration also came courtesy of Winners, where I came across a pack of note cards featuring William Morris prints. For those of you who may not be familiar with his name, Morris was an artist, designer and writer associated with the English Arts and Crafts movement. He is well known for his distinctive textile (and wallpaper) designs, many of which incorporate plants and flowers in gorgeous, intricate patterns. The note cards I found at Winners featured four of his designs, one of which really took my fancy. I remembered seeing wallpaper being used as framed “art”, and decided that this would make the perfect material – and that it might nicely set off my botanical print.

Sadly, the note cards were too small for what I had in mind, and I had no idea where one might go about finding William Morris wallpaper in Edmonton. So I turned to Amazon where, for about $12, I was able to find a collection of Morris textile and wallpaper prints in book form (courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London). Helpfully, the book even came with a CD of all of the prints, ready for personal reproduction. I narrowed my selection down to six patterns that I really liked, and had them printed on 8×10 heavy stock paper. I used IKEA RIBBA frames (love these!), which are both affordable ($12.99 for a medium frame) and have a clean, classic look. I eventually picked four of the six patterns and – voila!

2 Comments on More DIY design

  1. Thank you sweetie! I love William Morris too – I would break my no-wallpaper rule for his prints! My husband would probably have a fit tho 😉