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In An English Country Garden

by Fiona Campos, Stylist at Little Folks Furniture.

Oh we do love a little creative collaboration here at Little Folks Furniture!

Despite being a small team of creatives, our product design output is vast and we’re always busy sketching out a new idea for a bed or mocking up a new furniture piece.

We design all of our own products from scratch, and spend lots of time brainstorming our product photography.

We’re also super lucky to have our very own studio on site so that we can ensure that we have full creative control over the presentation of all of our products. This means that we can create bucket loads of inspiration for you and your families, as well as having lots of creative fun!

In seeking out a styling refresh for one of our bestsellers, the Superior Classic Bunk Bed, Solid Beech we came together with bespoke muralist Patricia to create a fabulous new look.

If you dream of creating a beautiful, bespoke piece of wall art for your little one too, then check out our handy behind-the-scenes step by step guide below…

Step 1. Pick a subject that resonates with you. 
We had a collective creative brainstorming session. Proud to be a British brand, we really wanted to celebrate the great outdoors here on our doorstep in Wiltshire and be inspired by the beautiful gardens that surround us.

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Step 2. Nail the details
For our mural to be a true representation of our chosen theme, we wanted to fill it with beautiful English blooms including:

Honesty
Campanula
Meconopsis
Queen Anne Lace
Poppy Seed Heads
Clematis
Cardoon leaves
Acanthus leaves
Sambucus

See how many of the above flowers you can spot in the final design!

Scale was also a consideration – not only did we want it to be beautiful, we also wanted to be bright and bold with our design! So, we upscaled it to provide that all important WOW factor!

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Step 3. Prepare the Palette

Colour was key too. Inspired by Bloomsbury gardens, we wanted to capture a sense of nostalgia and time, so we picked a palette of muted colours including Pea green, Blush pink, Mauve, Navy and Aqua. These subtle colours are strong yet not overpowering.

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Step 4. Get painting!

We carefully plotted our design onto the wall by dividing the space into squares. The small mock up sketch was then copied.

Next, we grabbed a few different brushes and started painting!

We wanted to create a hand-painted finish to our mural, so we focused on using a dry brush technique, but solid paint would work equally well too.

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Step 5. Admire the final result.

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We’re so pleased with our English Country Garden setting. What do you think? Would you be this bold in your own home?

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