Mum transforms dusty backyard into beautiful oasis garden using a £9 shower curtain

A MUM has transformed her garden from a bland wilderness into a ‘blossoming French chateau’ – thanks to an £9 optical illusion shower curtain.

When Lora Burrowes moved into her home three years ago, she was faced with a bland plot of land with an overflowing skip.

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Lora Burrowes transformed her garden with the help of an “optical illusion” shower curtain[/caption]

The 51-year-old soon set to work transforming her backyard into a beautiful flowery oasis, with a hot tub, water features and an array of statues.

Shortly after painting her fence a few weeks ago, full-time carer Lora wanted to spruce up her surroundings further – getting maximum impact with minimum effort.

The answer to her horticultural dreams were answered in the form of an £8.99 shower curtain she snapped up on Amazon.

The curtain features a stone wall, window and blue wooden shutters – exactly like those from a rustic French chateau.

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The £8.99 shower curtain made her garden look like a French chateau[/caption]

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Lora’s garden had looked like a ‘bland wilderness’[/caption]

After posting a shot of her garden online, the optical illusion managed to fool hundreds of online DIY enthusiasts, who presumed the image was of her home – instead of a shower curtain.

Lora, from Watford, Hertfordshire, said: “A lot of people thought it was a real stone wall, [but] it’s an optical illusion.

“Obviously if you’re standing in the garden, with everything around it, you’ll know it’s not a stone wall because it’s out of context.

“I don’t know what the theme was. To me, it looks like a Welsh cottage or it could be somewhere in Brittany.

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Lora says that the shower curtain offered an “escape from reality”[/caption]

“There are a lot of English flowers in the forefront, it just adds a bit of something else to look at.

“It’s like an escape from real life, in a way.”

Lora had spotted the idea on a gardening group and after spending years dedicating herself to creating a beautiful garden for her family, including her autistic son, she decided to try out the budget hack.

Lora said: “When I moved here, it was like a wilderness. I put a lot of my efforts into making the garden autism friendly.

“I did see it in a different group – a gardening group – and I thought ‘oh that’s interesting, I’ll have a look on Amazon’.

“I’d just painted my fence and I must be honest, fencing doesn’t look attractive unless you’ve got a lot of plants growing up against it.

“I’ve not been in my house that long, just a few years, and it takes some time for everything to grow.

When you’re standing there, they do look like real flowers

Lora Burrows

“I thought ‘I’ll just hang up the shower curtain’. I tacked it onto the panel.

“When you’re standing there, they do look like real flowers.

“I’ve got a hot tub in the corner, so I thought I’ll put a backdrop of some trees, or a bit of foliage, to add a bit of dimension to the garden.

“You get murals on holiday but they’re expensive to print, whereas a shower curtain is cheaper.

“It’ll probably fade after a few years but for £10 you can just get another one.

“My son’s got autism so I try and make the garden have lots of different things to look at, there’s lots of little corners.

“My son doesn’t like going out and doing things, so I’ve got a nice big garden so it just means he’s got somewhere and I’ve got somewhere.

“I sit in the hot tub in the evenings and it’s something else to look at other than a panel fence.”

On social media, users commented on Lora’s Mediterranean garden makeover – with some failing to spot that the image was not her real home.

One group member said: “I thought it was your gorgeous garden with a lovely window view.”

Another Facebook user said: “I’m struggling to see the fence.”

One DIY fan said: “Is the window the shower curtain?”

While another said: “Took me too long to realise this was even a shower curtain. Looks pretty realistic to be fair.”

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