Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Trompe l'oeil Painting at Ten Gables

Hi and welcome to Ten Gables,
Today I thought I would take you on a little tour of the house and you can see all the Trompe l'oeil painting I have done throughout the house. First take a look at the medicine cabinet I painted for the laundry room/ bathroom. Trompe l'oeil means to "fool the eye" and the painting is done in a realistic manner that makes it look real. Upon first glance, one seems to be looking into this cabinet!

A close up of the cabinet reveals talcum powder, medicines of long ago, even a shaving mug.

It is a fun cabinet that gets lots of interest from guests!

The master bathroom has a garden theme and the towel rack is graced by a butterfly that has landed on it (via the paint brush).

Also in the master bath, there is a border around the wall of a white trellis with a vine growing through it and a butterfly here and there.

The valance is an awning which gives a garden feel, and around the tub are hollyhocks growing half way up the wall. Hollyhocks are one of my favorites and I have not tried them in Florida, but had them in Kentucky before I moved here.

Above the bar that seperates the kitchen from the great room, I have painted some fresh vines with strawberries mixed in that mirrors my kitchen wall paper to an extent. It really gives the bar a special presence.

In the guest bath, the bottom of the walls is papered in an ivy wall paper, so I painted ivy on the wall, seemingly coming in through the window.

I also painted some ivy on the oval mirror above the sink, as you can see in this photo.

In one of the guest bedrooms I stenciled lace around the top of the wall to make a border. It is quite subtle because I used sort of an ecru color.

Below is the old iron bed with a lace draping over it and you can see the stenciled lace around the border.

Lastly, a bird nest painted in a corner of the other guest bedroom welcomes Spring.

Click on these photos for a closer view. Hope you enjoyed my Tromp l'oeil painting.Thanks for stopping in, Egretta


  1. Dear Egretta,

    What a beautiful wall paintings. It looks so real. Especially the lavender above the bed and the bird's nest I find very beautiful.
    Very nice !!!!. I really enjoyed your post.
    Dear greetings, Elly

  2. So creative! Love the butterfly beside the towel, and the bird's nest is probably my favourite. The medicine cabinet is amazing too - all the detail!

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  4. Incredible talent here...beautiful painting...I have to use stencils.

  5. Egretta your paintings are so full of joy and color - I love your work and your passion. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving kind remarks on my artwork, I wish you so much success with your art and your book, too! It is wonderful to share the art journey with you...
    many hugs from me and the pugs!