My Wonderful Walls Blog — Customer Spotlights
Princess Themed Room Becomes a Safe Space for Emily 0
Emily is a beautiful little girl with autism who is non-verbal and loves princesses. Her parents wanted to create a safe space for her where she could go to calm down when she was feeling a little hyper. Mom, Carolyn, says being a parent to a special needs child is a challenge but every day is a gift and she lives to see her daughter smile. Carolyn and her husband knew that to make this room feel secure for Emily it had to be a beautiful, inviting space. With her love of princesses, creating a princess themed mural seemed like a great solution. Mom and dad chose to use stencils and paint their own mural rather than stickers for more permanent decor and the results were phenomenal. After such a wonderful experience with the Princess Stencil Kit, Carolyn enlisted the help of her church day care students to create a safari themed mural for the church nursery! Here is more on these two great projects.
My Wonderful Walls: Tell us who helped out with this great Princess Bedroom and Jungle Safari Wall Mural.
Carolyn: Linda (Gramma), Fred (dad) and myself did the princess room and the kids at St. Pat helped me with the Jungle Safari mural.
MWW: Where did you create your murals?
Carolyn: Fayetteville, NC USA
MWW: Who was the wall mural for?
Carolyn: Emily (Lilybug) is 7 years old. She is non-verbal and Autistic and loves all things princesses! Then of course since I run the daycare for my church, I decided to paint a mural in the church nursery for the kids as well.
MWW: Tell us a little about why you choose this theme.
Carolyn: Emily needed more space. She is a very hyper child due to her autism, so often throughout the day she needs a space to just be herself and calm down. We decided to turn the large room over the garage into her new bedroom/safe room, but were worried about how she would react to this new environment. Emily loves princesses so I knew right away we were going to make her new room a princess retreat for her. We kept telling her she was going to be moving into a pretty, pretty princess room soon and started hunting online for ideas. We needed something permanent because stickers and things of that nature do not last long with Emily. When I saw the Perfectly Princess stencil and paint kit from My Wonderful Walls I just knew it would be perfect!
MWW: Do your kids ever make up stories or create imaginary games involving the characters/scenes on their walls?
Carolyn: I imagine she does. I'll often catch her babbling at the animals or castle or princess and I can't help but think she must be happy in he own world with all her magical friends.
MWW: What is your artistic comfort level?
Carolyn: I consider myself creative, but not a painter by any means. I watched your YouTube videos on how to make the hills and clouds (I'm still planning on painting clouds on the ceiling). I also looked at pictures of what other people had done on your website to get some inspiration. But really, the stencils did all the work. In fact, it was so easy that I decided to order a kit for our church daycare and let the kids do the painting. I ordered it and as soon as it arrived we got to work (more like play)! They had a blast and it turned out so wonderfully. Their parents were really proud to have their kids help beautify the church and we had a safari themed church nursery in just two days!
MWW: Did you add any personal touches to your mural?
Carolyn: I added some water to the fountain and gave the princess longer hair like Rapunzel.
MWW: What did you enjoy most about the mural making process?
Carolyn: I enjoyed being able to create such a magical space for my little girl. Every day I see her in it just brings me so much joy.
MWW: How long did it take to complete your project?
Carolyn: about a week
MWW: Do you have a favorite scene or element in the mural?
Carolyn: My favorite part is actually the hills. I couldn't believe how easy it was and how much depth it added to the mural. Your YouTube videos really helped with that!
MWW: Have you ever used other stickers or stencils before from other companies? How do ours stack up?
Carolyn: I've used other stickers and they just don't hold up to my girl, but this painted mural is going to last forever!
What a great testimonial to our products! Carolyn tells us they also purchased some extra animal stencils to use in Emily's ABA Therapy/playroom. Sometimes a room is more than just a room! We adore these murals and are thrilled that the princess room can be a safe haven for Emily. Whether you have a knack for DIY projects or you are a total novice, our stencils can help you to create an equally beautiful space for your child. Don’t feel like painting? We have princess wall decal kits as well as many other kids room themes and watch for matching accessories in the coming months as well.
Hot Air Balloon Decals Perfect Fit for Dreamy Nursery Décor 0
With our Classic Nursery Wall Stickers we aimed to offer wall décor that celebrates vintage décor and transports you to a different era. We love that these wall decals have been popular all over the world and when Francesca in Parma, Italy shared photos of the nursery she created, we were blown away. Starting with taupe stripes painted on the wall, Francesca took her vision of a dreamy, romantic nursery to life with her own two hands (and a little help from family). Not wanting to use typical baby decorations, Francesca found My Wonderful Walls on Etsy and fell in love with our Classic Hot Air Balloons and Clouds Sticker Kit. As you can see here, the results of her hard work were amazing and baby Riccardo who was not yet born when the room was finished is one lucky little guy!
Not only did mom Francesca paint the walls and apply our fabric wall decals but she added lots of DIY elements like gorgeous fabric bunting garland she made and re-purposed furniture. Her labor of love started long before Riccardo was born and was truly a family affair. Her mother helped her with the sewing of a pretty fabric wreath hung on the doorstep to mark the arrival of baby Riccardo. With hues of taupe, blue, yellow and green this gender neutral nursery became a soothing space any baby would be lucky to dream in.
With expectations high for our wall stickers, Francesca told us we succeeded in meeting her needs and the wall stickers were super easy to use. It only took her an hour to apply the wall decals in fact. Many people have asked her if they are stickers because they truly do look painted on. Our material is like none other in that it is mess-free, repositionable, eco-friendly and printed with lead free ink. Check out the entire Classic Nursery line for carousel decals, bunny decals, teddy bears and more. Each theme comes in a choice of four different color schemes from bright pinks to soft browns.
Aside from taking care of her beautiful son, Francesca blogs about DIY projects and decorating on her blog, Damigella Chica where she chronicled her nursery project last year as well.
Blog post written by Tara
Ocean Loving Twins Get an Under the Sea Playroom 1
Whether your children are into animals, playing sports, dressing up as princesses and knights or dreaming of the ocean blue, chances are we have a mural theme to make their bedroom, playroom or bathroom an exciting and inviting space. When mom Jerisha in Killeen, TX was planning an ocean themed playroom for her twins, she found our Under the Sea Stencil Kit on Amazon and was sold! Though she considers herself crafty, she told us her artistic ability as far as painting was nil so she was so glad she found our easy to use stencils to create an amazing space for her children to play and grow.
Farm Decals Make Creating Animal Themed Nursery Mural Fun! 0
What does an attorney who is a talented photographer and budding vegan chef married to an animal lover choose for a nursery mural theme? Why a farm wall mural of course! Steve and Debbie in Gaithersburg, MD had settled that question long before Asher was born luckily. The expectant parents went to work at creating a fun, colorful nursery for Asher that could be easily changed in the future if needed and wouldn’t be too difficult for self-described “not artistic” parents like Steve and Debbie. The project took a little over three months but Steve tells us that was because he would work on it here and there. He surprised himself with how much he enjoyed working on the room and how easy it was once he got started.
Though Asher was too young to have an opinion on his farm themed nursery when we received this testimonial his parents said they had only positive reactions from all who saw it. Grandma even made up songs to sing to Asher focusing on the animals throughout his room. Steve told us he chose the stickers versus wall stencils because he liked the idea that he could relocate them if needed without having to repaint. He also didn’t want to deal with a bunch of different paints. The parents to be did order some additional wall decals through Stephanie to complete the look but that was the only additional element to the mural. Steve told us that Stephanie was “awesome” to deal with and he could tell she really cares about her customers.
Steve’s artistic comfort level was pretty low (maybe better now that he’s created this great room). While a talented photographer as you can see on his website, this was the first DIY nursery mural he had attempted. Steve said, “I had never even painted a wall, let alone paint a base coat of blue for the sky, then green for the hills and then a collage of stickers on top of that. I also re-built the closet and swapped out all the electrical sockets, so this was a total makeover for the room. I really enjoyed it, from beginning to end!” The pair were able to use pictures from our customer gallery to give them ideas about where to place stickers in relation to other stickers and used the video on how to paint the hills to teach Steve how to do that.
Now that the DIY bug has bitten the couple, perhaps Dad will spend some of his free time in the future teaching Asher how to remodel a room like his. And when he outgrows his farm nursery and is looking for a new wall mural he can tell mom and dad to check out My Wonderful Walls for his big boy room!
Blog post written by Tara.
Dean Russo Pit Bull Dog Decal Makes Perfect Addition to One Pet Lovers Mural 0
Once in a while customers send us pictures of a project they created using our wall decals or wall stencils and we just have to know more about it. Then on occasion we get to really know more about the people and in this case pets behind the mural and more times than not are touched by their stories. Recently, Diane H. in Lake Orion, Michigan shared a picture of a wall mural she created showing off her love of her dogs with one of our Dean Russo Wall Stickers at the center of it. We could see right away she was an animal lover and a fan of Dean’s work so we wanted to find out more about what sparked such a great looking animal themed mural.
Diane and her husband Calvin are parents to two daughters, Vanessa and Kasidy. They are also raising 3 dogs and 3 cats who you could say all have a checkered past. Diane was volunteering at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center in 2012 when Venus, a now four year old pit bull was dumped there. Diane had the responsibility of walking the stray pit bulls. You see pit bulls are not adoptable at the shelter, and can only be pulled by a rescue who then fosters them. Diane instantly fell in love with Venus who she remembers was a joy to walk and loved attention. It took a while but Venus was finally sent to a rescue to be fostered and Diane figured that was the last she’d see of her. But soon, fate had other plans and brought the two of them back together when Venus needed a quiet place to be fostered upon recovering from a double knee surgery. Calvin wasn’t too sure at first but he too fell head over heels for Venus when he saw what a sweet heart she was. Diane and Calvin ended up adopting Venus and she’s been part of the family ever since.
About a year and a half later, Diane found Watson a ten year old fox terrier who was in pretty rough shape while volunteering at the shelter. She took him home thinking it would be a hospice situation but happily after months of TLC and lots of home cooked meals, Watson got stronger. He is now a happy, healthy member of the family too! Floyd, another pit bull Diane met at the shelter, joined the family a little later that year when she was able to temporarily foster him. Of course, as she had pretty much fallen in love with Floyd already, it was no surprise that she decided to keep him after that.
Their three cats are Ashley, a 14 year old they brought home from Bolivia, Sasha, a 6 year old they adopted on impulse at the local PetSmart, and Finn, a 4 year old one eyed cat they took in from the street. They are all a part of this big, loving family as well now.
Diane currently works part-time at a local pet store that sells healthy food and treats for dogs and cats and is still volunteering at the animal shelter when she can. Pet adoption is a very important passion of hers and many of her friends as well. She had previously purchased three Dean Russo prints, including a framed “Lover Not a Biter” print that you can see in the wall mural and a few of his tee-shirts. A friend had the Beware of Pit Bulls Wall Decal on the wall of her pet business and when Diane found out where she got it from, she looked My Wonderful Walls up online. She then purchased two of the In a Perfect World Wall Decals as well as the All You Need is Love Panda Decal from Balázs Solti for her daughter and the Madman’s Sunrise Wall Sticker from Lyle Hatch. One of the dog decals, she actually donated for a friend’s auction to raise funds for her foster dog’s operation which is pretty awesome! But now she needed a plan for what to do with her pit bull wall sticker. She admits she left it sitting on its backing paper for a while because she just wasn’t sure where to put it. Then inspiration struck! Diane says she remembered she had a custom painted picture of her three dogs that she hadn’t hung up yet and thought that the two pieces of art might go good together. From then it on it was a domino effect as she remembered a framed Dean Russo print in her basement, a photo enlargement of one of the dogs and a few other colorful dog pics that might all go together. She had recently taken down some canvas art on her stairwell and had a big blank wall left, so she thought she’d try the seven dog art items there. After rearranging a few times on the floor to get it how she liked it all, she began to put the eclectic pet mural on the wall. We think it looks just wonderful!
Diane tells us she’s bought other wall decals from places like Target before but they didn’t compare to the My Wonderful Walls material. She described our stickers as having a much thicker feeling, a cross between vinyl and fabric and appreciated that there wasn’t a visible border on the wall. She didn’t worry the decal would rip at all and even had to peel the dog sticker off a few times to rearrange it but says it never lost any of its stickiness. Got to love that! Now she tells us she’s bought another Dean Russo wall decal, the In a Perfect World, in size large but is still figuring out where it will go. We can’t wait to see what other projects Diane gets into and wish her and her family all the best!
Whether you’re an animal enthusiast or foster animals in your home, we think you’ll love the Dean Russo Art collection and have many other animal art decals available as well. If pet rescue and adoption is something of interest to you please check out the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals page or your local animal shelter’s website for more information on ways to help.
Special Forest Themed Nursery Mural Creates Memories for a Lifetime 2
It’s very rewarding that we have so many customers that come to us for a second room mural for another child or for a “big kid” room as their child grows. We never take it for granted that we have such loyal customers. One such family is the Lackenbys in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. We originally met Jackie and her husband when they were looking for a farm themed room mural for their son. When pregnant with daughter Hollie, the pair came to us again for forest themed wall stencils so they could create a gender neutral nursery mural that could grow with their baby. Once the couple found out they were expecting a little girl they were pleased that the forest nursery mural could have some feminine touches to make it more girly. Our Forest Friends Wall Stencil Kit met their needs just fine and helped create a warm, inviting nursery for baby Hollie, now almost one!
Jackie told us that they chose stencils in order to have something more permanent. She was concerned that once the kids were a little older, they may peel the stickers. She also liked the idea of being able to pick her own colors for the room using stencils rather than stickers. Mom and dad wouldn’t necessarily call themselves artistic but think both of their childrens’ bedrooms look fantastic. Even though they used our self-adhesive stencil kit, Jackie found she was still able to add her own twist with features on the face/body as well as planning the arrangement of the pictures etc. Mom and dad didn’t vary too much on the standard mural kit but did make the animals a little different - tufts of hair here and there, different shades and colors, free hand work on their eyes etc. They also created the signpost name by hand. (You can now purchase a personalized stencil with your kit.) Additionally, they varied the height on the trees so they all wouldn’t look same. All in all, Jackie says the room took about 6 days to complete.
Her advice for first timers? “Plan for it to take longer than you expect! Be prepared, have many different brushes from tiny thin ones to outline/touch up at the end. Also purchase lots of makeup sponges to dab the paint - dabbing is better than brushing. Plan your layout, decide where you want things to go, and don't over/under fill any area of the walls.” She did mention to us that it took a little longer than they thought, in part because of a paint spilling incident. Her only complaint? “My only issue is that our walls weren't "perfect" enough before starting. There were a few uneven patches and lumps/bumps that I wish we had had fixed. Make sure your prep is perfect!”
Jackie says she and her husband just enjoyed knowing how beautiful the room is going to look, and being able to give that gift to their children. This mom of two says her hobbies are her children and she doesn’t have a lot of time for anything else! It was very important for mom and dad to create this special and magical place for their kids to call their own, rather than just a plain "run of the mill" room. Jackie says they will remember their first bedrooms for the rest of their lives! Something which makes it all the more special.
Blog post written by Tara.