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The Messy Man Cave

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Because we can all admit… that if it didn’t start messy, it sure ended up that way!

I’ve got two stunning pieces from KraftWork in the picture, the Murphy Bed and Le Plateau skybox.  Le Plateau is currently at the 6º Republic Event, and it’s in the Canada section.

I cornered designer, Nod, and asked her why KraftWork chose to represent Canada this time.  She said, “We never thought about doing Tokyo as 6º Republic has many Japanese designers which are so good in it, we would never make something better than they do already. So our choice was Canada and with that, comes snow.  Our first option was an Ice Hotel but ice textures can never be translated well in SL, the transparency etc. We made tests and we didn’t like it.  I had this loft saved for a while on my computer, I basically love the window, and this rustic, dirty chic – people love it in SL®.  So it was a combination of factors :)”

A superb skybox, the Le Plateau Loft pays tribute to the district of Le Plateau, a multicultural, dynamic and storied section of Montreal, Quebec. Once a thriving working class neighbourhood, it has been transformed into a Bohemian artist enclave with galleries, cafes and lofts that border McGill University.

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Here’s the shelving unit with ladder, it’s right next to the window seat.  Great Industrial styling here.

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And that fabulous Murphy bed?  Well you can either have it all folded up as in the picture below, or one click and the bed section gracefully descends to a usable position.  And talking of usable positions, pick the right maturity and you can have any number of those!  Details follow.  You’ll have to wait until Friday, though, that’s when the new edition of Man Cave starts.

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Here’s details of all the Home & Garden products I used today:-

KraftWork – Le Plateau Loft – LI 88 – Copy/Modify
Currently at 6 Republic
Features – window seat with poses, fireplace (fire prim included as separate piece, Texture changer for scene outside the window, upstairs loft area, pipework, shelving and ladder unit, large arched windows on both sides, windows in ceiling for even more light

KraftWork – Murphy Bed – LI 24 – this will be at Man Cave on November 10th
PG and Adult Versions – Texture changer for the central wall art. The bed folds up against the wardrobe as one unit! The glass doors open and shut on touch.
Lots of great poses including Friends Set, Couples Cuddles, Couples XX, Girls Cuddles, Girls XX, Boys Cuddles, Boys XX (the XX only in the Adult version)

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Items from 6º Republic Event (all in Toyko gacha section)
anxiety – %escape gacha – iesufoods
Tableau Vivant – gacha – \\ Yatai ramen Shi
ANHELO – G03-13-17AGA :: bench A

Seven Emporium – 7 – Integrated Amplifier A-93 – LI 1
7 – Stereo Cassette Deck A-180 – LI 2
Both from Seven Music Co. Set – available individually as well, in Toyko main street.  I went mad and got the FatPack because… blimey, you only have to look at it to see the quality 🙂

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IDEZA – Edwings Bar – LI 2
IDEZA – Tube Wall Light – LI 4
IDEZA – Props – LI 6 – all from Around the Propeller gacha

[USB] – Retro TV – LI 2

Apple Fall – Model Plane – Large
Apple Fall – AF Books

Trompe Loeil – Jenica Wicker Chair Dark + Pillow PG – LI 6
poses for solo and couples

What Next
Neon – {what next} ‘Wish You Were Here’ Neon Light (white)
Neon – {what next} ‘Cocktails’ Neon Light (green)
{what next} – Palisades Drinks Tray – LI 1 – from Palisades Set
{what next} – Toasty Space Heater (grey) – LI 1
{what next} Toasty Slippers (Space Heaters & Slippers – Group Gift)

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Art Magazine
22769 ~ [ bauwerk] Travel Magazines
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Newspaper
22769 – Muted Relaxing Rug – from Little Piece of Heaven gacha

The Loft – Pepta Drinks Tray – texture change

The Black Forest – TBF Turtle Egg Solitaire – actual game and very addictive!

:HAIKEI: from the Look through the Window gacha {4} – messy clothes

Fancy Decor – Copper Magazine Holder – LI 1

Dust Bunny – Areca palm plant – from Natural Habitat set

.:revival:. – light branches

MeadowWorks
Kneeling Stag Sculpture ~ LI 2 (slightly less than default size)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

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The game is afoot!

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After a trying night spent wandering around the London Docks which had been on more than one occasion compared to an intractable cesspool of questionable humanity, Holmes and Watson collapsed on the sofa. The basset hound was particularly interested in the pungent smell of herrings emanating from the good doctor’s suit and sundry other scents that would only engage the attention of dogs, so he snuggled up as best he could without fainting. The soft light of a foggy morning applicable to all capital cities of the time, made puddles on the carpet or that could have been Watson’s boots, of course.

Holmes was reaching for his opium supplies when Watson suggested that a foot rub would be much better. According to a recent letter in The Lancet, the termini of many of the lower back nerve plexuses ended in the feet and could be treated efficaciously by massage. The odour of herrings masked any other lingering impressions of the great unwashed and Watson went to work enthusiastically until the dog decided that enough was enough and went to repose in his basket in the kitchen.

After a while, even Holmes had to admit that the game was afoot. At least Watson’s ministrations would reduce his monthly opium outlay if nothing else. His breathing was laboured, though, and when Mrs Hudson came in to open the windows as a certain acrid pong had mysteriously pervaded the lower flats of the building, nobody complained.

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Sorry – couldn’t resist! The sofa contains, among other couples poses, one entitled Foot Rub.

Now, before you’re all forced to join the dog in his kitchen sanctuary, here’s the spectacular Home & Garden products I used in detail:-

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
Pieces from the “Secluded House” gacha, currently at The Arcade Event
**This set will be retired in October 2017, so it’ll only be resellers after that date**
22769 – Victorian Rug – LI 2
22769 – Portrait from the other side – modified! – LI 1
22769 – Salon Couch – LI 6 – unisex single poses, 3 couples animations – we were using the foot rub one
22769 – Victorian Desk Chair – LI 3
22769 – Console Table – LI 2
22769 – Writing Feather – LI 2
22769 – Gaslight – LI 1
22769 – Console Table – LI 2
22769 – The Secluded House – RARE – LI 137
22769- Master Bookshelf – LI 4
22769 – Slim Bookshelf – LI 2
22769 – Skull Pedestal – LI 2
22769 – Pipe and Ashtray – LI 1
22769 – Salon Coffee Table – LI 2

221b Baker Street gacha (originally for The Gacha Guardians)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Book Stack – Gift – LI 2
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Bat and Bugs Taxidermie – LI 1

Cigar Lounge Decoration Set (mainstore)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Pipe Rack – LI 1
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cigar Lounge Cognac Bottle – LI 1
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cigar Lounge Wine Glass – LI 1

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Violin – from Decadence is Bliss set (mainstore)
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Gabriel – ::GB::Silk hat Black – a massive LI 67 when used as a prop but you are supposed to wear it, really!
Just Animals by Hannah Kozlowski – Basset Hound Sitting – Mesh – LI 1

[ zerkalo ] Bjorn Wall Sconce – from Bjorn gacha at We ❤ Roleplay Event
[ zerkalo ] Antique Memories gacha – Leather Journal – at The Imaginarium Event
[ zerkalo ] Triple Candle Holder (mainstore)

Di’Cor – Marilyn Fireplace [Black]
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade (March 17th) Cordelia Curtains Blue MT – modified!

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

System Addict

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Here’s a prophetic little song from Five Star!
Take a look at me
Wired to a machine
Never would believe it
This can’t be happening
Boxes that go beep
Little lights that leap
Tapping on a keyboard
What’s happening to me?
And when the electricity
Starts to flow
The fuse that’s on my sanity
Got to blow
System addict
I never can get enough
System addict
Never can give it up
WATCH
Now that was way back in 1985 and look at us all now! 1985 was a time when computers were boxy and big (for instance, the Commodore 128 PC with 8502 processor 128 kB of RAM and ROM cartridge port which was considered high tech), Domain Names were being registered for the first time and Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. and its first home entertainment system.  Microsoft Windows 1.0 was introduced and initially sold for $100 and Dell released its first computer, the Turbo PC.
Yes!  I am laughing, times have changed so much.  I mean, 32 years ago 🙂
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Here’s what I wore:-

ADAM

*!*Adam-skin head EDDY
*!*Adam Mesh Head- beta1-v1.4+BENTO
*!*Adam- Beard Bento M5
*!*Adam Mesh body -v1.4b

CATWA – animated Mesh Eyes & Tears

RSC Hair Base – dragon master OMEGA applier
Refined Wild CRYOWILDE – Toxic Clockwork wings yellow
[DOCKS] Cyber Fashion & Design – Catclaws yellow
EMO-tions – zion rebirth

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Lazy Days of Summer

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This picture epitomises the sort of English summer day at the beginning of the season when the grass is still emerald green and the flowers are out in force. There’s a blissful, secure feeling as you relax in the garden with nothing to do but read the newspaper and drink lemonade. It’s one of those moments when you wish you could press a button and stop time for a while. There are many feelings in the human emotional arsenal that aren’t really named in the English language but are in more expressive languages. Here’s a few:-

Forelsket (Norwegian): The indescribable euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese): Finding beauty in imperfections.

Gökotta (Swedish): To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing, that expectation of beauty.

Commuovere (Italian): Often taken to mean “heartwarming,” but directly refers to a story that moved you to tears.

Komorebi (Japanese): The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees and the feeling it gives you.

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The current round of Cosmopolitan has some exceptional H&G designs, not the least being the Somerfield Gacha set by Raindale. For only L$50 per Play you can get beautifully meshed items to make up a set for the garden including a picnic table that seats up to four avatars and a stunning pavilion which is the Rare.

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Here’s details of the Home & Garden products I used:-

Raindale
Somerfield Gacha Set – currently at Cosmopolitan – L$50 per Play

Somerfield Picnic Table – LI – 8, sits up to 4 avatars, poses – 8 sits, drink (f), drink (m), read – all with Swap/Adjust facility
Somerfield tree swing – LI 2 – 9 solo sits
Somerfield glass lanterns – a set in pink, blue and green – 1 each
Somerfield Lemonade Set – jug and 2 glasses – LI 2
Somerfield canopy lights – LI 6
Somerfield garden deck – LI 4 – has lights set into the deck
Somerfield cart table – LI 1
Somerfield pavilion – LI 25, the Rare (in the background)

Also Raindale
Raindale ~ newspaper (prop) (from Mauner Set)
Raindale ~ smartphone (prop)

Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 (was at the RFL H&G Expo)
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 1
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G Expo hunt gift)

Pets:-
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 17. Held Melanistic

Two Moon Gardens
Behind Closed Walls (modified) – LI 118 (excluding Loveseat at 11 LI in original design)

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

KraftWork and The Last Forever

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KraftWork released a group gift today, it’s the “Suspended Cabinet”… a fine and generous piece of design for us all to enjoy.  The Land Impact of the whole set is only 6 with Permissions of Copy/Modify, and all the pieces you see are also included separately (cabinet, books 1, 2 and 3, frames, vase). This went so nicely in the hallway , the central picture having that “looking into the distance” view that gives dimensional savvy and the rest of the objects beautifully arranged on the floating cabinet.

At the same time, a new sim opened where the KraftWork mainstore is now situated. The sim is called, “The Last Forever” and it’s been made by these good folks – from the creators of West of The Rain, Oobleck Allagash and Nodnol Jameson (KraftWork), and along with the creative team of Kai Mannequin, Brooke Barmy, Rooky Yootz, Triin, and Jack Handy.

I went along to visit and found it amazing.  Really good photo opportunities and a lot going on.  The concept is a celebration of the unique town of Marfa, Texas.  Once a dusty, sleepy ranch town in the high desert of West Texas, perhaps known best at that time as the setting for the James Dean movie, Giant, it has over the past few decades emerged into a most unlikely centre for art and alternative design.

The transformation occurred when famed artist and designer, Donald Judd, left New York in the early 1970’s to set up his studio and home in a place that offered him a vast open area for installations.  Gradually he began to transform the landscape and dilapidated buildings and, with it, the entire town and region.

Many of Marfa’s buildings have been faithfully reproduced and they do give a certain feeling of life in the desert, it’s interesting for those of us that have never visited that sort of place.  In addition, the region also serves as the setting and main shops for the Second Life® brands KraftWork, Big Bully, Powder Pack, Kiss me Poses and soon, Triin.  As well, Marfa Contemporary will house rotating exhibits of Second Life® artists and photographers, starting with an exhibit by acclaimed virtual photographer Melusina Parkin. The Marfa Ballroom will also host live Second Life® performers on varying dates. Well worth keeping an eye on this place!

Visit KraftWork new mainstore

Visit The Last Forever sim

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

KraftWork – Suspended Art & IWD

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There’s something rather comforting about art galleries. You can sit there and get absorbed in an artwork you admire and find many layers to the work. KraftWork have made the “Suspended Art” that you see in the photograph, you can hang it from any ceiling and, as it’s modify, it will fit a lot of spaces. Designer, Nod, says it’s to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on the 8th March.

The theme for this day is #BeBoldForChange. You can click on any of these links to read more.

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

But the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.

To collect your copy of KraftWork‘s Suspended Art (and you can add your own photos to it) visit the mainstore.

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Here’s details of all the Home & Garden pieces used in this post:-

KraftWork Suspended Art – LI 3 (altered upwards from the original) – C/M

KraftWork Wall System – Geometric – 1 LI each panel and 12 inner panel textures to choose from – C/M

KraftWork_Marfa_Diary_Table – LI 4 – C/M
KraftWork_Marfa_Cocoon_Sofa – LI 5 – animated poses – 1 menu for Friends, 2 menus for Couples -C/M
KraftWork_Marfa_Rug – LI 3 – C/M

KraftWork_Simone_Spotlight_vs1.2 – you can alter the intensity, radius, falloff and glow via the script – LI 3 – C/M

Room in the ROOST – Uplands Fold Standard House version 1 – LI 63 – C/M

Art Deco Lounge

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art-deco-lounge

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Art Deco is and was an international design movement, started in 1925. To say that it ended in the 1940s is quite untrue as it’s still being used today in the world of interior design but it was most popular in the 1930s.  The style itself reflected modern technology at the time and was characterised by smooth lines, geometric shapes, forms that were streamlined and bright with the occasional garish colour. Initially, it was a luxury style and a reaction against the austerity of the first World War and used expensive materials like silver, crystal, jade and lacquer. Later on it used cheaper, mass produced materials like chrome, plastics and other industrial items that catered to the growing middle class taste for a design style that was elegant, glamorous and functional.

When I received the “Luxurious Woodburning Stove” from Chez Moi Furnitures showing at the Tres Chic Event, I rezzed it and immediately thought – Art Deco!  This led onto a whole room based on that fireplace, so as a consequence it took a bit of time to get the look right.

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One of the major décor treatments for rooms in the Art Deco period was wall panels. These could be simple, expressing geometric shapes, right through to filled in and decorated panels which were as ornate as the furniture that was put in the rooms. To get this effect I made simple shapes from prims to get the skirting board, panels and shelves – it’s a quick and easy way to change a plain wall into something more period. For the room, I used the beautiful “Flatiron Loft Studio Skybox” from ::Newchurch::  which has these amazing arched windows. See the Windlight effects you can get with these windows and you’ll know what I mean! The Flatiron skybox was inspired by the industrial lofts that you get in many cities which have been converted into apartments. The other end to where I’m standing has a small room with arched window and more conventional ceiling, and I used that for the Art Deco room.

newchruch-flatiron-loft-studio-skybox-windlight-effects

 

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Close up of that amazing “Cactus Bowl Terrarium” from ::Newchurch::, it’s part of a gacha featuring other terrariums. I find the miniature world fascinating so anything like that is a must have for decorating.

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To show off a couple of the poses for the Woodburning Stove, we dressed as near to 1930s casual as we could and choose an evening Windlight. As it’s freezing in the UK at the moment, the warmth that the stove conveys, even virtually, was welcome! It has a whole barrage of particle effects and sounds to make it like a natural log fire. If you can get a photo at just the right time, then the glow looks really good.

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Wouldn’t you want to laze around in front of a cosy fire? Especially with that nice set of drinks – Art Deco style – by The Loft. It’s part of a whole cocktails set including industrial style trolley. The metal can be changed to gold, silver or black, according to your decorating needs.

chez-moi-fireplace-pose-1

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Here’s what I used in detail:

Moz – skirting board, shelves, wall frames, zebra rug

=Mirage= Potted Palm 6

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Gold Vase with Flowers – COMMON – Moroccan gacha
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Banana Tree – COMMON – Moroccan gacha

The Loft & ARIA – Abalone Vases With Peacock Feathers

N4RS – Dragon Egg

Apple Fall – Plaster Horse

Art Deco Standing Radio – Joshua Watson

Apt B // Eco Plant Plaques – Bare Branch (gold) – Eco Plants gacha

The Loft – Pepta Drinks Tray

[ keke ] winter tin – snowdrop wintersky – 5 L$ on Marketplace

Green Orchid GIFT – TERRASHOP

Art Deco Sconce – L. Querrien – adjustable lights via script means you can do a lot with these including radius, fall off and glow
Woodburning Stove, Luxurious – Chez Moi Furnitures at Tres Chic until February 10th

:: N :: Marie Occasional Chair, Eggnog – 16 sits for girls, 8 sits for guys,
LI 3 Copy/Modify
:: N :: Gilles Coffee Table, Brass – LI 1 Copy/Modify
:: N :: Flatiron Loft Studio Skybox, White – LI 33, Copy/Modify
:: N :: Cactus Bowl Terrarium – from Terrarium gacha – LI 4
::NEWCHURCH::

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Visit Chez Moi Furnitures for more decorating ideas, inside and outdoors

Chez Moi web logo

Visit ::NEWCHURCH:: for wonderful period furniture, décor and skyboxes

newchurch-logo

Cheers, m’dears 🙂