Happy Halloween! Although we have a bat and a pumpkin stencil in our range I felt I did not have enough topical designs for a Halloween post. So....here is our garden shed, resplendent with pumpkin. They were carved by Rachel and photographed by Colin Poole for our Book "The Stencilled Home". The decoration in the shed was based on the plasterwork of Robert Adam. I love the work of Robert Adam and one of his many influences was the classical Roman and Greek style. Whilst Adam was on his 'grand tour' of France and Italy in 1748, the well preserved remains of Pompeii were being discovered. Spookily enough, I was there two weeks ago and am preparing a post on the murals of Pompeii and Herculaneum for you.
The shed is just the normal common or garden variety. We lined the interior with hardboard so that we had the smooth surface necessary for such a formal treatment. The walls were painted with emulsion (latex) paint and the background for the different stencils were applied with contrasting colour.
White acrylic paint was used for all the stenciling. Most of the stencils can be found here and in our Regency and Empire collection. All the furniture was gilded with Dutch Metal in gold. Canvas cloth was cut to cover the floor. The cloth was then painted, stencilled and varnished. The shed is used all summer as a sitting room. In the winter it is filled with mowers and garden furniture.
I did not decorate the shed. It was a surprise project undertaken by my husband and friends whilst I was teaching in America. I love it, and I shall leave you with a couple of pictures of the wild flower orchard in which it sits. H.