A little different kind of creative today!!
Trompe l'oeil (French for deceive the eye), is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Forced perspective is a comparable illusion in architecture. (Taken from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trompe-l'oeil)
The pears on the shelf finally match the room. You can see how I did those here:
It is finally hung!!!
I bought this trompe l'oeil 10 years ago. Yes, I said YEARS! It was originally purchased when we were still living in our first house. It was going to hang in the half bath of the house we were building. Well, long story short, we never moved into that house. Instead, we purchased our current house. It has taken me 10 years to finally hang it. I've been busy!! (NOT)
I decided to mount it on hardboard and hang it with 8 3M velcro strips. This was done for two reasons - 1) We have textured walls, and I did not want to mess with the hassle of removing a textured area so it would lay flat. 2) After 10 years, I am not leaving this baby behind if we decide to move. It can now be removed easily and move with me, if I so choose to do so.
Now my plain, skinny, half bath has a little character. And it looks great with the built in shelves and upgraded mirror that the hubby installed. The mural can still be purchased at:
Not bad for the kids first day back to school. Wonder what I can do tomorrow?