Friday, September 4, 2015

A Hidden Garden Mural

I'm trying to decorate the new house little by little. The kids rooms are always the most fun because I can let my imagination run wild. You can get away with that kind of stuff in kids rooms :)

Part of decorating Winnie's room is the closet. She has floor to ceiling built-in closets that are original to the house which was built in the 50s.

I thought for a long time about what to do in this space and I originally wanted wallpaper, but it is so expensive, so tedious to apply and to take off when you no longer love it. So I decided to do a floral mural instead. This way it would truly be one-of-a-kind, which is exactly how I want our home to be.

Having it be on the inside of her closet would make it sort of like a secret garden inside her closet. Every time she opened the doors she would get a pretty little surprise. She loves flowers and birds and I wanted to do something she would love.

After taking out the old shelving, patching the holes and painting a base in a blush color, I gathered ideas for the mural.

For a few years now I have been so inspired by Erin from Floret Flower Farm.  I follow her blog and she grows the most beautiful flowers, is a wonderful photographer and seems like such a genuinely kind and hardworking person and her beauty (both inside and out) is inspiring to me.  After looking at gorgeous pictures of flowers on her blog, I decided to go with some of my favorites which are Giant Zinnias, Icelandic Poppies, Hollyhocks and Lavender.

I'm no professional painter, but I was determined to do something original and so I just went for it!

I love colors that pop and mixing my own hues.
I started off painting the Zinnias.

Added a little Lavender.

I had to add a honeybee :)

A few details here and there that she requested like a ladybug,

a butterfly

and this little kitty cat (she is obsessed with kittens).

Here are the poppies. I love doing the different leaf shapes and colors. I find it so inspiring how in nature each plant has its own flower, leaf shape, coloring and individuality. I want to pay more attention to these little details that are easily missed, but are the stuff of beauty.

This is the beginning of the Hollyhocks.

Here you can see a bit of everything.

I love that when she's in there, the flowers are as tall as she is and it looks like she's in a flower jungle.

She loves it.

She does keep adding requests such as another ladybug and a caterpillar, so I guess will have to add those at some point!

This picture is probably my favorite because it looks like she is wandering through a garden.


This is her garden dance.

I still have more organizing and storage to work out for the closet, but I wanted to share this with you as its been something I've been working on the last few weeks! 

I hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. This is beautiful! I love all the little things you added like the cat and bumblebee! Can't wait to see what you have planned next!

    1. Thanks again :) :) I have to do my son's closet next!! I'm collecting ideas...

  2. Beautiful!!! The mural and your daughter :)

  3. She is beautiful! Listening to your book on audio now. I am so glad to see you enjoying family life now. :-)