The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

I decided to order the wall of ivy instead of the very cool, huge leaf because I wanted it to look like a real garden wall right inside my studio.

The Outside Wall in my Design Studio

Here’s the lonely blank wall, waiting for some inspiration to hit me. I have so many other walls in the house that will have a collage of frames that I didn’t want to do that here, so this 21 ft wall looked like this for over a year.

The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

I hired Terry Friesen and his son (who live in Abbotsford) to install the mural for me. They did a beautiful job! When I called a paint store to get the referral she gave me 3 names and said Terry was her first recommendation. And since I have learned that you pretty much always get what you pay for, he was the first person I called. And I’m so happy I did.

The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

My wall of ivy looked so real!  The next day I left the door open when I went for lunch. When I got back there were two birds flying back and forth in front of the mural!

I felt so bad, I quietly tip-toed in and opened the second window so they could figure out how to fly out!  I need to get some sheers installed ASAP.

The Outside Wall in my Design Studio: Before & After

Here’s the exterior view before.

The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

It looked so cool even at night that I thought I’d snap an after photo this way.

The Outside Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After


The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

Another angle

The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

And another one.

I love the drama and feeling of nature right inside!

I consulted with a client recently who had a big blank wall right in front of her kitchen sink in an apartment. I suggested an ocean mural so it would feel like she was looking outside a window.

Do you have a blank wall that would look amazing with a mural?

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    • I chose the medium and it seemed just right. My installer said it was great as well, he liked working with it.

  1. Your mural looks perfect there! I’ve always luv’d murals and am stillll looking for one to put in back of the tester bed to give the bedroom some depth. franki

  2. Normally I’d say “nay” to murals but you changed my mind, this looks amazing! Love it at night too.

  3. Absolutely beautiful and as usually very clever idea from you and if you put over a very tiny thin layer of the translucent varnish it will never fade and the colors will pop up even better.

  4. Love it–looks wonderful from every angle. I’m thinking of putting a mural on the triple hollow core closet doors in our bedroom, so this is great inspiration!

  5. Fantastic wall, Maria! It is “trompe l’oeil” to the max. You give me the courage to seriously consider doing something similar to the 7’1/2″ wall behind my 7′ wide desk in my office (formerly dining room). The east-facing angled windows are to the left of the desk and the kitchen wall is to the right so I have a dark corner. Promise I won’t copy your ivy, but how wonderful this came out.

    Wouldn’t worry about the mirror and lamp on the desk (it is an office, after all) and if the outlet/switch plates bothered (and they always do), I’d definitely get a little tester jar of green paint and paint them out.

    How nice to walk into your studio to work and feel as though you have walked out to the garden.

  6. Maria, I get goosebumps almost every time I read your blog…and it’s like you are reading my mind! I was thinking of using a mural for a wall in the guest bedroom and wondered if it was okay to do that or not. And now you have a mural yourself so I know it’s okay for me too! Ha! Ha! Thanks for sharing your wonderful designs and the people you use. I know I cannot use someone in Canada when I live in Texas, but I love that you share your referrals in your area. I do the same here for good vendors that I use.

    Take care and enjoy your beautiful new mural wall. Going to decide which mural I want to use now. Probably an ocean view like you recommended to your client since there is a surfboard hanging on the connecting wall!


    Victoria in Texas

  7. The mural is cool in every way. You now have an Eden to work in. Love that even the birds were enthusiastic about your project. The picture taken at night is lovely and quite a contrast to the “before” shot. Good job.

  8. Maria, my jaw dropped when I saw this. It looks gorgeous and 100% real. If I was a bird, I would have flown into your studio, too. What a creative idea!

  9. Love your ivy wall.
    I had an artist paint a mural of Venice in my powder room more than 16 years ago and I still love it. Probably the only thing in my house I’ll never change.

  10. Fantastic !
    I imagine that you have left the door opened many times before but birds never flew in wanting to be in there looking for a perch and place for their nest. They wanted their home in your studio !

  11. Ummm–indoor/outdoor! Even the green Adirondack chairs go with it! When’s that party at your house???
    Still wish I were down the street from you, girlfriend :)), Hugs, Paula.

  12. I cannot possibly express how much I adore this mural! Perfect! Leave it to you, Maria, for the best solution!

  13. Great pick, beautiful wall Maria. It looks stunning from outside too. Are those track fixtures giving white light? It would be nice if you can do a post on white light/yellow light.