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Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2019 #4

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The Expo is almost over for this year, it’ll run right through to Sunday April 7th and has Events on that day. It’s been a great fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, so far L$2,168,000 has been collected. With bids coming in for the Auctions and votes for the H&G Decorating contest, no doubt that total will rise.

For my final post, I thought I’d try out a vintage scene featuring an Edwardian dining room.  If you’re into historical roleplay or just love that era of design, this post will be of particular interest.

The Edwardian era ran from 1901 to 1910 and was much lighter in style than the previous Victorian era.  After the heaviness, clutter and dark colours of Victorian interiors, folks wanted something new and cheerful. Edwardian style was a breath of fresh air and featured more informal, feminine décor with the beginnings of pastel colours and floral patterns. Influences at that time were the Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movements and Queen Anne styling. Some influential designers were Thomas Sheraton for furniture, René Lalique for glassware and Louis Comfort Tiffany for lighting.

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*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

1. Spargel & Shine on Hope 9

I’m using the downstairs section in the Mathilda Cottage. It’s a beautiful home which is quite compact at 14 by 12 metres and has an open plan ground floor with stairs to the upper floor with its tiled roof and casement windows. There’s also a porch out front. Land Impact is 142 and the Mathilda has a versatile decorator menu, so you’ll be able to change exterior and interior walls and windows to your heart’s content with a great mix of texture options. I went with lilac walls and semi-tinted windows.

There’s also a couple of add-ons available, a window seat and a kitchen!

2. Eclectica on Hope 1

(Furniture and Homewear is on the third floor of the Eclectica mainstore)
From the Edwardian Dining Set – chairs also in amber, beige, black, green and pink cushion patterned seats
Edwardian dining chair_blue – LI 2 – 5 solo sits to cover a meal
Edwardian dining table – LI 6

Edwardian dinner place setting – LI 1

From the Edwardian Candlesticks set – 4 metal textures – on/off via touch
Edwardian candlestick_brass – LI 2

From the Edwardian Tableware set – 4 metals textures
Edwardian pitcher_brass – LI 1
Edwardian salt & pepper shakers_brass – LI 1
Edwardian gravy boat_brass – LI 1

3. Sahi Designs on Hope 5

Pieces from The Executive Den Mini Set 1
The Executive Den – Arm Chair – Walnut [PG] – LI 2 – texture change for leather, cushion and tartan drape – singles and couples Menus – also available in an Adult version
The Executive Den – Butler Table – Walnut – LI 12

Pieces from The Executive Den Mini Set 2 (available in Cedar, Mahogany and Walnut)
The Executive Den – Bookcase – Walnut [PG] – LI 20 – also available in an Adult version
The Executive Den – Fireplace – Walnut – LI 14 – on/off fire via touch
The Executive Den – Portrait of The Ladies – LI 2 – texture change for period portraits
The Executive Den – Floor Globe – LI 1
The Executive Den – Chandelier – LI 1 – on/off light via touch

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Fancy Decor: Printemps Rug – LI 1

Storax Tree – Vintage Plant Stand Palm Ai – LI 2 – Transfer with Resizer

{what next} – Draped Curtains (SILK) – LI 6 – texture change for pole and curtains

BaZar = Hyde – Flower centerpiece – LI 4

{vespertine} – spring crocus centerpiece / lilac – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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It’s an ill wind

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It’s an ill wind… that blows nobody any good! These lucky birds found more than a raft had washed up on their beach last night 🙂

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- .:Tm:.Creation
Others:- JIAN, Landscaping by Felix
Events: – Versus Event, Tres Chic Event

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

.:Tm:.Creation

1. TS1 The Anchor Tropical Scene, currently at the Versus Event to April 30th
This is an original Mesh Beach tropical scene with rocks, anchor, flowers, stump, exotic plant, cormorant and toucan on perches.
Land Impact: 18 – Approximate sizes meters: 7.4 wide x 4.4 deep.
Ground Leaves: Land Impact 0.5
* Materials have been enabled and you’ll be able to unlink all the pieces and use them as you wish… if you do that to copy pieces, don’t forget to link all back up again thus reducing Land Impact

2. S37 Sea Dream raft, currently at Tres Chic to April 10th
This is an original Mesh Raft with decors and animations. It’s available in both PG and Adult versions!
Wooden rustic Raft with blanket, pillow and decors
Land impact: 18 – Approximate sizes: meters 3.4 wide x 4.5 deep.
Tray Drink with decors – Land impact: 3 Here’s the animations:-

PG Version: 264 animations 30 sec loop x each: 89 PG couple poses – 7 PG Scene Sequence for couple – Solo: 2 single sit (F/M 86 poses)
ADULT Version: 424 animations 30 sec loop x each: 89 PG + 80 ADULT couple poses – 7 PG + 6 ADULT Scene Sequence for couple – Solo F or M: 2 single sit (F/M 86 poses)

* Materials have been enabled and you’ll be able to unlink all the pieces and use them as you wish… if you do that to copy pieces, don’t forget to link all back up again thus reducing Land Impact

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JIAN

Birds from the “Flamingo Collection” (on James Flamingo texture) which has been updated to include companion and wanderer versions as well as these static, texture change birds
JIAN Flamingo Collection :: Static – Leg Up R – LI 1
JIAN Flamingo Collection :: Static – Gaze L – LI 1
JIAN Flamingo Collection :: Static – Sit L – LI 1

Landscaping by Felix
Mesh Land Wall Tropic Palm Version 15 prim = 25 x 25 x 0.8 metres – LI 13 at this size

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Be careful where you camp!

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Be careful where you camp, especially when there’s a bunch of goat kids about! Just like us, these cute kids are partial to a bit of glamping 🙂

Goats were amongst the first animals to be tamed by man and they were being herded some nine thousand years ago. They can be taught their name and to come when called. Their life span is around that of a dog. Mother goats carry their kids for five months and they can have two to three kids per year. Kids are standing and taking their first steps within minutes of being born! Each kid has a unique call and scent, that’s how the mother recognises it from birth and not by sight. Goats are very good at climbing and have been known to climb to the tops of trees, or even dams. In their natural habitat, goats roam mountain tops and reach up as high as possible to pick out choice bits of forage around them. Like most of us, goats get depressed if they don’t have companions so are best kept in a herd. Contrary to popular opinion they are rather picky eaters. They have very sensitive lips, which they use to “mouth” things in search of clean and tasty food.

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Cheeky Pea, Chez Moi Furnitures, TLC Home Collection, Duvet Day, Little Branch
Others:- HEART Botanicals
Events: – Cosmopolitan Event, Tres Chic

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Cheeky Pea – new release at the mainstore!
The Lejr Camp Set
:CP: Lejr Tent – can be rezzed for LI 28 – adding via HUD you can have extra string lights (LI 3), ribbons (LI 7) and banners with flower pot (LI 5)
:CP: Lejr Bed (PG) – LI 21 – singles and couples animation Menus, there’s also an Adult version of the bed
:CP: Lejr Chandelier – LI 2 – lights on/off via touch
:CP: Lejr Deck Loveseat (PG) – LI 2 – singles and couples animation Menus, there’s also an Adult version of the loveseat
:CP: Lejr Deck Chair (PG) – LI 2 – singles and couples animation Menus, there’s also an Adult version of the chair
:CP: Lejr Lantern Large – LI 1
:CP: Lejr Lantern Small – LI 1
:CP: Lejr Campfire Pot – LI 2 – flames on/off via touch
:CP: Lejr Table – LI 2
:CP: Lejr S’mores Table – LI 3
:CP: Jolly Chadwick Camp Flower Jar – LI 2
:CP: Lejr Decking – LI 10 – I sunk this into the grass for the scene but it actually has a step on one side and small legs to raise it off the ground

Chez Moi, currently at Tres Chic to April 10th
Mura Wall Fountain – LI 9 – texture change… royal, vintage, weather, pale, pink (this is the option I used), poppy, cream, flower, grey, B&W, blue, circle and 3 marble options

TLC Home Collection, currently at Cosmopolitan Event

TLC Little Thieves – Kid Goats – Complete Set – LI 24
TLC Goat #5 – Perched – LI 2
TLC Goat #2 – Sleeping – LI 2
TLC Goat #4 – Sleeping – LI 2

And yes, there’s also donkeys in the Little Thieves collection!

Duvet Day
Piece from the Garden Hideaway gacha (mainstore)
Garden Hideaway gacha – white walls Rare – Transfer & Modify.. modified for length on the window wall and I sunk the floor into the grass – it’s a very useful and adaptable piece

Little Branch
Magnolia Tree {Animated} – LI 4 at this size – tree also available in blue blossom
Wild Grass *1Li {Dry}* – Animated – LI 1

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HEART Botanicals – at the HEART Garden Center
Heart – Pathways – Crazing Paving with Bunchberry – ST1 – LI 2
Heart – Aubretia – Small – Lilac – FULL – LI 1
Heart – Aubretia – Small – Lilac – FULL – LI 1
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Clover and Daisies – Large – LI 1
HEART – Grass Patch – LI 1
HEART – Wild Flowers – Petunias – Pink – D7 – LI 1
HEART – Wild Flowers – Petunias – Red – D8 – LI 2
HEART – Wild Flowers – Petunias – Yellow – D7 – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Dusk retreat

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Dusk is one of the nicest times of day to just sit and relax after a day’s work. And if you’re got a cuppa and a good book, it’s even better!

There are three stages of dusk. Civil dusk is when the geometric centre of the Sun’s disc goes 6 degrees below the horizon. The atmosphere still reflects some of the Sun’s light so the sky is bathed in reds and oranges. It’s an excellent time to take photographs of this softer, glowing sky. Nautical dusk happens when the Sun dips under the horizon by 12 degrees and it’s difficult to distinguish the sky from land or water, making it impossible for sailors to use the horizon as a navigation point. Most stars and constellations are now visible to the naked eye. Astronomical dusk is the official beginning of night time and the Sun is now 18 degrees below the horizon, however a very small portion of sunlight is still scattered across the sky so may prevent astronomers from observing some of the fainter stars and galaxies. Fascinating!

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Fancy Decor, Storax Tree
Others:- Apple Fall, Architect, Bad Unicorn, Ariskea, Two Moon Gardens
Events: – FaMESHed, The Saturday Sale

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Fancy Decor, will be at April FaMESHed on 1st until 27th
Pieces from the Ruben Collection
Ruben Cactus Lamp – LI 1 – on/off via touch
Ruben Canvas – LI 1
Ruben Chair – LI 1 – 10 relaxing solo sits
Ruben Console Dresser – LI 2
Ruben Potted Plant – LI 1
Ruben Vase – LI 1

Also…
Fancy Decor: Succulent Bowl – LI 3 – from the Modular Outdoor Living Kit
Fancy Decor: Couperin Table – LI 1 – from the Couperin Collection

Storax Tree – join the Inworld group for some fantastic bargains every fortnight!
Group Gift
Clay and Bamboo Vases Au – LI 8 – Transfer/Resizer
Group Savings – only L$20
Feline Treasures – Naptime – Ginger Tabby e – LI 3 – Transfer/Resizer
Special Offer (in the Sales Room)
Area Round Rug A82 – LI 3

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Ariskea, Saturday Sale offer – L$75
[Calmly] Camomille basket [Decor][1] – LI 3 – also has a holdable version – two other colours available

[Bad Unicorn], Saturday Sale offer – L$75
Book Lamp – LI 3

Apple Fall
Juliette Teapot – LI 1 and Juliette Tea Cup, Honey & Lemon Tea – LI 1

Architect.
After hours Tray – LI 1

Outside the window, I was using:-
Two Moon Gardens – Wooden Path with Borders 1 – LI 21

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Primavera

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Primavera ~ by the great Santana from their album Supernatural (1999)

“Lluvia de sol
Como Una Bendicion
La vida renace con su luz
La primavera ya llego
Todo es asi
Regreso a la raiz
Tiempo de inquieta juventud
En primavera ya

La tierra negra se vuelve verde
Y las montanas y el desierto
Un bello jardin”

“The Sun showers a Blessing
Life is reborn with its light
Spring is here
Everything is like this
Back to the roots
the time of unquiet youth
In Spring already

The black Earth becomes green
and the mountains and the desert,
A beautiful garden.”

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Granola., Serenity Style, [CIRCA]
Others:- Two Moon Gardens, RKNN
Events: – BLOOM, Prism Events

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Granola., currently at BLOOM
Granola. Willow Swing. Lilac Grey. PG. – LI 9
Granola. Willow Teapot Planter. Garden Green. – LI 3
Granola. Willow Teapot Planter. Mustard. – LI 3

Granola. has the Willow Swings in 4 colours and the Willow Teapot Planters in 6 colours. The Swing has PG and Adult options. All user created original MESH and textures with Materials enabled. Bento animations included!

PG includes:
18 Cuddles
14 Male animations
18 Female animations

Adult includes:
18 Cuddles
14 Male animations
18 Female animations
25 Adult Animations

[CIRCA]
“Jardin de Ville” Ivy Hook Stand -Bird Bath & Feeder 2 – LI 12

Serenity Style, currently at BLOOM
Pieces from “The Gardener Corner” gacha – Transfer & Modify
The Gardener Corner RARE – LI 11
The Gardener Corner RAKE – LI 2
The Gardener Corner DECORATED SHEETS – LI 2
The Gardener Corner COMPOST BAGS – LI 1
The Gardener Corner PLANT – LI 1
The Gardener Corner GARDEN BOOTS – LI 1
The Gardener Corner MESS DRAWER – LI 2
The Gardener Corner WHEELBARROW – LI 5
The Gardener Corner BUNCH OF POTS – LI 2

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Two Moon Gardens
TMG – Behind Closed Walls 2 – LI 88 – highly modified for this scene… it’s very adaptable!

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Gabriel is wearing RKNN
Finn’s Pants Bootcut Pale Green for Jake
Finn’s RainBoots Dirty Green for Jake
Finn’s Suspenders for Jake
Finns Shirt Light Grey for Jake

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade

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“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”  ~ Rudyard Kipling

Here’s some more pithy proverbs on the subject of gardening.

~ Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone. – Unknown

~ Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. – Unknown or it could have been Kevin for all I know, it sounds like him

~ The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. – Gertrude Jekyll

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today, sorry it goes on forever but you don’t fill a mini mart for nowt:-

Sponsors:- The Boardwalk Event, Ex Machina, KK-HOME, KiX, Old World, Raindale, TLC Home Collection, Duvet Day
Others:- Dahlia, (Fundati), HEXtraordinary, Lucas Lameth, -ANHELO-, {-Maru Kado-}, West Village, { affaire }, {Unflat Stuff}, [Black Tulip]
Events: – The Boardwalk Event, BLOOM, Fifty Linden Friday, Prism Events, N21, Cosmopolitan Event

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

The Boardwalk Event – check out the beautiful spring items – furniture, décor, garden landscaping, props ‘n poses, and prefabs

1. Ex Machina
MiniMart Red and Blue versions – LI 12 each – as you can see, you’ll get quite a few products in this excellent store! The footprint is 6.3 metres by 9.7 metres and 5.1 metres in height.

2. KK-HOME
Gardener’s Fountain V2 – LI 7 – User created Mesh by Katy Dirkle – water flows from the tap, into all the watering cans and ends up in the trough, it’s a fascinating piece!

3. KiX
“Cane Furniture Collection” which can be purchased as a set and as individual pieces. There’s MF Adult, MF PG and FF PG versions.
KiX Cane Bench MF PG – LI 5 – Texture changer for the bench (blue, green, pink, white and wood), cushion and set access – animated Bento poses for all Menus… solo sits, refreshments and there’s lots of drinks in this Menu, couples and sequence
KiX Cane Chair – LI 5 – options as for the Bench – not shown in my scene
KiX Cane Coffee Table – LI 3 – texture options as for the Bench

4. Old World
Old World makes beautiful Medieval furniture, Rustic farm and Hobo style products.
OW Set of fruits v5 – LI 1
OW Set of fruits v4 – LI 1
OW Wooden table – LI 1
OW Wooden chair – LI 1 – with 11 solo sits
OW Rustic flowerbed with stones v1 – red – LI 3 – there’s also a version in blue

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BLOOM (run by Prism Events), items currently at BLOOM to April 7th

1. Dahlia
Piece from the “Jardin Collection” – Roses in Black Tin

2. (Fundati)
Pieces from the Basic Dead Tree Collection
(Fundati) Dead Tree XII – LI 1
(Fundati) Tree Stump XIX -Moss- – LI 6
(Fundati) Dead Tree IV -Moss- – LI 3

3. HEXtraordinary
Dogwood Collection
*HEXtraordinary* White and Pink Dogwood Wreathes – LI 2 each
*HEXtraordinary* White and Pink Dogwood Branches – LI 1 each
*HEXtraordinary* White and Pink Dogwood Vases – LI 3 each

Raindale
Pieces from the “Monaleen Set”
Raindale – Monaleen frame – square – white (moss) and black – LI 1 each
Raindale – Monaleen plant (dark and light) – LI 1 each

Other pieces by Ex Machina at the Mainstore
crate cover moved – shadow – LI 1
Tesla Lamp – Wood – wall – LI 2 – on/off via touch
Tesla Lamp – Wall – Red wheel – LI 2 – on/off via touch
Tesla Lamp – Wall – Silver – LI 2 – on/off via touch

TLC Home Collection
Pups from the “Day At The Lake” Scene
TLC Pointer Pup [Sitting] Texture 2 – LI 2 – animated
TLC Pointer Pup [Perched] Texture 1 – LI 2 – animated

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Lucas Lameth, currently at The Cosmopolitan Event
Pieces from the “Kokedama Plants & Antique Frames Collection” which can all be purchased individually or in a FatPack to make savings of 25%
(luc) Antique Style Glass Frame, Hanging – LI 2
(luc) Antique Style Glass Frame, Desk – LI 1
(luc) Kokedama, Hanging Orchid (High LOD) – LI 8
(luc) Kokedama, Hanging Sprigs with Flower (High LOD) – LI 3
(luc) Kokedama, Palm Leaf Plant – LI 2
(luc) Kokedama, Unusual Growth – LI 2
(luc) Kokedama, Lucky Plant – LI 1
(luc) Kokedama, Sprig Plant – LI 2 (on the floor)

-ANHELO-
M54MB-193GA :: veeen (mint blue) – static piece which was a Fifty Linden Friday special
There’s also a version in (shiny red) – LI 12 each – beautifully detailed

{-Maru Kado-}
Pieces from the Ikebana and MA set
Ikebana Lotus (blue/2Li)
Ikebana Lotus (pink/2Li)
Daiza-S (weave/1Li)

West Village, currently at the N21 Event
Pieces from the Spring Fauna collection
Magnolia Arrangement – LI 2
Live Basil with Terracotta Pot – LI 1
Heart Eucalyptus Spray – LI 4
Billy Ball Stems – LI 4
Ginkgo Branches – LI 3

Watering Cans
{ affaire } – watering can – LI 1

TLC Home Collection – Butterfly Watering Can – LI 2 with animated butterfly

Duvet Day – Watering can with daisies – LI 3 – Transfer & Modify

{Unflat Stuff} – Watering Can B – LI 1

[Black Tulip] – Watering can – LI 1 – tinted with blue

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2019 #3

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Today, I’ve got three more creative designers for you from the Expo!

1. First up is LozMac Designs and you’ll find them on Hope 3.  Lulu-Belle (Lilith Sablatnig) runs LozMac and she’s a Real World Artist, too.  Check out her Second Life® creations blog and also on Marketplace.

Lulu’s first Donation item is the Clear Background Wall/Floor Decal textured with “Heart Mandala 1 – Mint & Pink”. This item is a convex prim. The front face and reverse have been textured with Lulu’s art, the rest have been set to clear.  This artwork is equally happy decorating walls as well as floors.

The second Donation item is the Wall Hanging textured with the same mandala design. Complex flowing vines and a plethora of hearts make up this mandala. Other colour versions are available with more to follow. My photograph was taken on advanced lighting so you can see the shininess of the satin texture, depending on what Windlight you choose.  Both pieces are Copy & Modify and have a Land Impact of 1. Naturally, my ragdoll cat had to get in there amongst the posh artworks but you can roughly gauge the size of the products from the size of the kitty!

 

2. Next up we’ve got Painted Pixels by Designer. Jenny Ashland. They are also on Marketplace. Painted Pixels specialises in small homes that will fit on the smallest of plots. You’ll find them on Hope 1.

Two homes are the Donation items.  Little Living – LI 21 and Boxer – LI 27

Little Living is an open plan, light and airy home on one floor. Glass doors swing open to reveal a ground floor living space with a fabulous full window section at the far end.  A small porch area decorates the front entrance of Little Living and lends itself to pot plants and patio furniture.  Although small, the house feels large inside and with a good garden by the window wall you could extend the feeling of spaciousness. The footprint is 13.8 meters by 6.9 meters and 0.218 meters high.

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Boxer is composed of a living area on the ground floor and a walled garden roof.  Boxer’s size is 2.02 meters by 0.89 meters and 0.16 meters high, there are sliding glass doors to the outside which includes a little courtyard, and steps to a grass covered roof garden at the side of the house.

Boxer has the Easy Texture Changer Pro for windows, walls, trim and doors plus security settings. The windows you can set open or closed for the horizontal windows, and the doors can also be set open or closed. They look as if you’ve got roller blinds on the inside of the windows/doors when closed. There’s texture change for the Outside walls 1 and 2 – green, white, tan and blue. The inside walls of the ground floor room have options of 4 neutral shades. The trim outside has options of green, white, tan and blue. With all these choices you’ll be able to change the house for that individual look.

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3.   Last, but not least, our third Designer is GARDEN CENTRE by GC Underwood.  You’ll find GARDEN CENTRE on Hope 4.

There are two 100% Donation items – Love Island and Boxhill

“Love Island” is a beautiful tropical hideaway complete with rocks, palm trees, animated waves and island style décor.  There are over 30 couples poses included in the décor.  Footprint is around 40 meters by 10 meters and the Land Impact is 75.

 

“Boxhill” is a contemporary concrete industrial style open plan dwelling with glass walls and garage style doors. Indoors, the windows are tinted for privacy. Just click on the outside glass doors to allow them to raise up into the ceiling and reveal the furnishings.  This is a complete product – building and landscaping – that you can simply rez and enjoy.

Relax around the lap pool with elegant landscaping and a flowing fountain that has tranquil noise.  Boxhill is partially furnished with items from Blizzard creations. The bed, sofa, armchairs and garden bench all have couples or single poses. Boxhill can also be used as a sky dwelling by adding extra railings around the edge.

House – 31 prims
Landscaping – 163 prims
Furniture and décor – 113 prims
Total – 307 prims
Footprint – approximately 30 metres by 33 metres

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*Not Expo
Flowers and Nature scenes by Two Moon Gardens

JIAN
Ragdoll Cat Collection :: Wanderer – LI 13 – texture Seal

For loads more info on the Expo – please check out Post #1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂