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With warmer weather on the horizon, people across the country are now looking for ways to refresh their gardens.
One woman found an incredibly creative way to transform her outdoor space 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 in the distance.
She soon set to work transforming her backyard into a beautiful flowery oasis, with a hot tub, water features and an array of statues.
To achieve her horticultural dreams, she grabbed a £8.99 shower curtain on Amazon and it has been a huge albeit affordable upgrade.
The curtain features a stone wall, window and blue wooden shutters - exactly like those from a rustic French chateau.
The full time carer 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.
"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'.
The 51-year-old added: "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.
"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.
"It'll probably fade after a few years but for £10 you can just get another one.
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