A creative mum who couldn’t bear to part with her late grandmother’s collection of novels used pages – to wallpaper her home.
Jess Fleet, 36, had always been close to her gran Hazel and loved reading books with her as a child.
Hazel passed away in 2010 and personal assistant Jess kept hold of many of her possessions including her beloved books.
After buying a house in Farndon, Cheshire with her partner Ben, 39, in February 2019, the mum of three came across the boxes of books.
She transformed her walls by using pages of the treasured books as wallpaper.
One of her auntie’s favourite books, a 1962 copy of Swallows and Amazons, had been falling apart but can now proudly be seen pasted on the walls of Jess’ downstairs bathroom.
The pages have been pasted with such care that visitors can even read the book when they visit Jess’ home and the stunning walls serve as a beautiful tribute to her late grandmother.
Jess said: “Every time I walk in there now, I think of her. Even the smell is incredibly emotive and takes me back to her house when we were growing up!
“Books are an absolute treasure, especially in this day and age when more and more people are reading digital copies.
“My grandma used to read to me and did love reading the likes of Margaret Drabble and Catherine Cookson. We used to go the the local library every Friday together.
“With that and the fact that these books have been in my family, some for three generations, my sentimentality couldn’t let them go.
“Last year we bought our home and over the last 12 months have been slowly unboxing and sorting through our belongings and I came across the two boxes of books.
“I sat and looked through them all one by one to see what goodies we had. Some of them are from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s!
“I knew that they couldn’t just stay in the boxes, it just felt wrong so began using the beautiful hardbacks around the house as part of our decor, displaying them on shelves complementing different colour schemes.
“I wanted to paper our downstairs bathroom and feel that this is a room in which you can be a little unique.
“I hunted high and low for a wallpaper that was a little different but found nothing that I loved and then one night the books popped into my head and I realised that instead of them sitting there I could put them to good use.
“They would look nice and we would have some good reading material whilst in there too!”