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Lake of Dreams

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“Lake of Dreams
Each island a risen fantasy
Safely hid within stone walls
Sunlit waters guarded by swans
Venture there by faery boat
Enact the ancient ceremonies
Enjoy the blissful nights”

The June Deco(c)rate had a theme of Enchanted, so I thought I’d build a scene that was a bit unusual and magical.  Little islands huddle inside a walled lake, it’s another version of the secret garden. All set up for a wedding reception, then later on climb the stairs for a night of bliss. Many thanks to Duvet Day for providing the amazing build and other gacha pieces which are currently available at the Cosmopolitan Event.

Here’s some close-ups in a less extravagant Windlight:-

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This is a really lovely wedding set by Your Dreams. There’s a couple of rezzers, one for the ceremony and one for the reception, which is great if you’re on limited prims as you could rez one after the other very quickly. Plus a box of all the separate items should you wish to rez just a few of them.

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Swan Island featuring my favourite Little Branch tree – the Wild Sassafras, it’s charming the way the tree trunks wrap around each other. So nice to see their Norway Maple in the Deco(c)rate subscription box, too.

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The Home & Garden pieces in detail:-

Duvet Day – “Garden Room” gacha currently at the Cosmopolitan Event

[DD] Garden room bed – LI 16 – 8 menus including Adult, Romantic Couple and Single
[DD] Garden room shabby table – LI 2
[DD] Ewer and bowl – LI 2

[DD] Garden room hanging ivy – LI 3
[DD] Lantern on books – LI 2
[DD] Garden room furry rug – LI 1
[DD] Garden room RARE – LI 48

Deco(c)rate for June, theme Enchanted:-

The Little Branch – Norway Maple {Animated} 7 LI

Your Dreams – Enchanted Wedding Set – Reception part only

[keke] – even dragonflies dream  –  purple

Other pieces:-

Ariskea – May Group Gift – [Little Pensee] Poenies Gift Box[Decor], [ Chic Baby ]Rosy Baby breath Suspender – mainstore

[ zerkalo ] – All White – Couch – PG (modified with colour), All White – Canopy,  Britain’s Bedroom – Curtain Light, Britain’s Bedroom – Lace Pillow – all gacha items at mainstore

Shutter Field – Chocolate Tray

 

Landscaping:-

Studio Skye – animated water with texture change, this is the most versatile water I’ve seen in SL, and well worth the expense

The Domineaux Effect – Garden Wall – pillars and wall pieces

TLC Home Collection – Swan Family

Raindale – Meriel boat (decor)

Heart Botanicals – Water lilies… Nymphaea Nouchali – Clusters – Purple, White, Blue, WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – blue, white and purpura

The Little Branch – Wild Sassafras.v2 {Animated}, Wild Grass*1 LI {Green}, Hill {Low LI}

C J Creations – Flowerfield Baptisia Orange – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim

[monaya G]  – wall hanging ivy & flower-white (1024 x 512)

Dysfunctionality – Twinkling Ivy – Patch – texture change with lighting – fantastically versatile piece which has a decent LOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Peachy Keen

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I was fiddling with Windlights again (dangerous, Moz) and came up with this extraordinary one which is a peach dawn as far as I’m concerned. I have seen peach dawns in the East, not so much in the UK, but any dawn on a clear day has the most wonderful feel to it. Birdsong is so lucid at that time of day and meditation, profound.

Very happy to display such beautiful furniture, some of it is time sensitive, however! There’s a couple of pieces here, one from Fancy Decor called the “Whiteout Bed” and one from HEXtraordinary called the “Silver Garland Chandelier” – both of those are specials for Fifty Linden Friday. The Fancy Decor bed will be available at the discounted price through to Sunday and there’s also a Blackout Bed in, yes you’ve guessed it, all black 🙂

Here’s the Home & Garden items in detail:-

Fancy Decor for Fifty Linden Friday
Whiteout and Blackout Beds (PG) – 6 sleeps and 5 cuddles poses
Fancy Decor: Potted Crocus (white/silver)
Fancy Decor: 09 Carpet Hide Rug – The Royce Collection gacha currently at The Arcade 

dust bunny . woodland dreams . branch curtain – gacha at Rosendale

*HEXtraordinary*  – Silver Garland Chandelier – Fifty Linden Friday

Cheeky Pea – Veil Seat – Group Gift

The Little Branch – WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
JIAN  – Pudgy Persians 9. White Wander Kitten – Pudgy Persians gacha

TLC Home Collection – Male White Peacock Tail Up – currently at The Cosmopolitan Event

[ zerkalo ] Wooden Butterflies gacha – currently at The Liaison Collaborative
[ zerkalo ] Faded Charm – White Roses – following are gacha at the mainstore
[ zerkalo ] Britain’s Bedroom – Lace Pillow
[ zerkalo ] Britain’s Bedroom – Pillow w/Roses
[ zerkalo ] Distant Memories – Book of Poems
[ zerkalo ] Hidden Gems – Books
[ zerkalo ] Halloween in White – Tea Set

Upper room in Galland Homes – “Stonehurst Redux”
Stonehurst Redux by Galland Homes – LI 22
(I’ll be showcasing this beautiful small home with a huge amount of light next week!)

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – My Little Department Store

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What a beautiful store this is, it’s “Verdalina’s Department Store” and is a new release by Spargel & Shine Homes, currently at the RFL Home & Garden 2017 Expo . It’s a classically styled building with three floors, four side rooms, three balconies and a nifty elevator to get you there. It would be great for a shop, business, boutique hotel or even a home! Land Impact is 257 when rezzed and the Footprint is 16 by 24 metres. A chrome light is included so you can put as many copies around as you like. The Elevator is a joy and such fun to use. It’s animated, and does not need reprogramming for every new location. Simply step through the doors and click on the control panel. You’ll automatically go into a pose and a menu will appear asking you which floor you want. Once there, you just click on “stand” at the bottom of your screen and walk out through the doors.

 

Now I bet you could make an excellent home of this. The rooms would be cosy and not too big and you wouldn’t have stairs to worry about. So, I thought I’d decorate some of the rooms with furniture from the Expo… see what you think!

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Here we are on the ground floor which is open plan and contains a central lift. Both sides have large picture windows and side arch windows. This is just a section, really, because there is more space in the opposite direction. I was using the Moroccan set from Bazar. And yes, herons live in Morocco too, I checked!

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Here’s a close up with the fire off. Still looks beautiful with the cool, white stones. You can use the suite with gold or silver hints via texture change. I love the tassels on the sofa and carpet.

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On every floor, you’re going to have a lift area (at least in the main section). There are sliding doors to the smaller side rooms that go off the main sections. So why not make a feature of this area? The Heron has already pecked the lift doors so that they are opening, revealing the control panel on the wall.

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One floor up and we’re in the main section here, with three French windows that open onto a balcony. There’s a lovely feeling of light that flows into the room and it feels airy if you leave a couple of doors open. His and Hers day beds, perhaps!

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Finally we’re on the top floor and you can see one of those sliding doors to the side room. The windows have that beautiful wrought iron panel work that casts fancy shadows into the room. Silly me left cookies on the table so you can’t really blame the dalmatian! This makes a nice drawing room or lounge but could equally be a main bedroom.

I hope that’s given you some decorating ideas!

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Here’s the Home & Garden items I used in detail, including direct SLurls to the Expo stalls. Items not in the Expo, I’ve noted.

OUTSIDE

Verdalina’s Department Store by Spargel & Shine Homes on Hope 9

~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter
Wishing Fountain – By Dorian

All from The Little Branch (not Expo)
WildSassafras.v2{Animated}
WildGrass*1Li{Lavender}
WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
WildGrass*1Li{Green}

Botanical by Kriss Lehmann – Summer Linden Small (not Expo)

INSIDE ONE
Verdalina’s Department Store – ground floor looking towards front of the building
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky I’ -Picture-
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky II’ -Picture-
~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter – modified for colour
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter – modified for colour

BaZar – “Morocco” lounge set
~BAZAR~Morocco-6 table-hunt item
~BAZAR~Morocco-Curtain
~BAZAR~Morocco-Chandelier (gold) – also silver version
~BAZAR~Morocco-Sofa – PG and Adult versions
~BAZAR~Morocco-books
~BAZAR~Morocco-Cactus
~BAZAR~Morocco-Candle lamp
~BAZAR~Morocco-Side table – texture change for gold/silver
~BAZAR~Morocco-Carpet
~BAZAR~Morocco-Fire table – can be on or off
~BAZAR~Morocco-Potted plant
~BAZAR~Morocco-Tea set
(set also has a Pergola)

Fancy Decor – Floor Globe (gold) (not Expo)
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE TWO
Verdalina’s Department Store – Half-open lift to all floors! –
Mesh India – Pillow Rug Decor – LI 4
~aKa~ – City wall art – LI 1
ChiC Buildings – Tall Circle Shelf with Plant – LI 2
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE THREE
Verdalina’s Department Store – Second Floor looking towards balcony
Papillon – Catnip Basket Fairy Shelter – LI 6 – this is a Home for Papillon Breedables Fairies!
ChiC Buildings – Butler Table and Garden Candle Trio
Bee Designs – Iron day bed – LI 16 – Friends & Cuddles Menus

Raindale ~ storage bench – LI 5
Raindale ~ storage ottoman – LI 2
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 – texture change flowers
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G expo hunt)

~aKa~ – Industrial Pendant Lamp Black & Copper – LI 2 – this is long and I had some of it in the next floor. Can be Modified!
~aKa~ – Four Seasons Daybed – LI 4 – Male & Female sits and Romance menus
~aKa~ – Tubular Barstool – Black&Leather – LI 1

INSIDE FOUR
Verdalina’s Department Store – Top Floor
Spargel & Shine Homes  – Lucero Cabinet & accessories and Rug Multi-Floral 1, rug is not Expo

::Newchurch::
:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair – LI 4 – girls & guys solo sits
:: N :: Gemma 2 Sofa – LI 6 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu
:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair-and-a-Half – LI 3 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu

House Shelf with Tall Legs Trendy by Feather & Nest – texture change inside & out

Twisty Twigs Vase Duo L – Pinstripes As – Storax Tree (not Expo)

TLC Home Collection – Dalmatian looking at cookie on table from Animated Puppies gacha (not Expo)

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That’s all for today, folks. I’ve shown the majority of the Expo blogger items that I picked up in my posts this last week. Of course there are many more sets, pets, landscaping and home items to be seen over the 9 Sims. You’ve got until June 4th – Happy Shopping!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Stairway to Heaven

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This stunning Baroque Terrace from 22769 ~ [Bauwerk] has been in my Inventory for a while because I couldn’t do anything near to the beautiful posts my fellow bloggers have been doing, but this morning I got some inspiration. Having rezzed the terrace on my building platform yet again, I looked at the large amount of steps in the build that amounted to a veritable white stairway rising up to the sky… Stairway to Heaven!  Back down to the garden, I cleared everything off the lake, rezzed a white backdrop and it all started to make sense.

The terrace contains the statues and an oval platform at the top surrounded by a balustrade and another set of steps down the other side.  Some topiary bushes in pots are included at the sides.  I placed the Baroque Gazebo on the top platform and a little rock waterfall by Felix landscaping within it.  As you can see from the welcoming angel, it’s quite a large piece and would be suitable for grand gardens, parks and any public space where you wanted to make an architectural statement.

Here’s what I used:-

These are available at the I ❤ Roleplay Event, which runs until the end of the month.  All beautiful original Mesh with Permissions of Copy/Modify.

22769 – Baroque Gazebo – LI 47
22769 – Topiary Cone – LI 3
22769 – Topiary Cube – LI 2
22769 – Baroque Terrace – LI 104

1 Prim Mesh Waterfall – Copy/Modify – Landscaping by Felix
The Little Branch _WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias – White – D8
Heart – Nymphaea Nouchali – Cluster 1 – White
Heart – Nymphaea Nouchali – LilyPad Base Plate – Large

TLC Home Collection –  Swan, Adult (and you saw him in the Swanery post)
+Half-Deer+  – Secret Garden Bunnies – Sakura – this is a set, not a gacha, and it’s available at the BLOOM Event which runs to the end of the month.

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Here’s the angel (and being this angelic can’t last) in close-up.  The angelic face and body appliers are by 7 Deadly s{K}ins and you’ll find them in the guy’s section, ground floor.

 

Here’s what I was wearing: –

*IW* Angel of Peace Dove – Fantasy China

Bare Rose – Bento Wings and Meleager White Toga  – Bare Rose is a cracking designer of all sorts of apparel including fantasy, excellently made designs at very reasonable prices.  Check out the MP link and then go and visit!
ADAM Mesh Body – and CATWA Bento Daniel Bento Head worn with
7 Deadly s{K}ins  OMEGA head applier – JUDAS tone Cotton and  OMEGA Men’s body applier – Smooth Cotton
pearly nails from ADAM Mesh Body – HUD

Eyes – CATWA unrigged animated eyes n tears
No.Match hair – No.Horizon – blondes HUD – a versatile hair indeed

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Swanery

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I have some new additions to my menagerie – the Swan Family!  They are well spoiled, having their own “Enchanted Swans” lake.  So while I was cuddling the only cygnet in the world that doesn’t like water, I took some photos to show you.

All by TLC Home Collection, the lake is gorgeous and quite large at 20 by 15 metres. It does contain quite a lot though. As well as the lake, there is manicured lawns all around, pots of lavender and petunia, a nice two person seat in one corner and pink camellia (or they could be rambling roses) wrapping themselves around the architecture.  Two sides of the perimeter is walled with balustrade effect and two archways to enter with stone steps up to the lake.  You could put the lake on one side of a garden and allow the rest of the garden to be seen from the non-walled sides.  It’s just idyllic.

 

The “Swan Family” contains – a swan on nest with cygnets, swimming swan, swimming cygnet and swimming swan carrying cygnets on her/his back.  Now you can rez these and they will stand still for photographs *laughs* but you can also set them to swim within a certain square and also you can assign cygnets to particular swans by numbers.  The cygnets will then swim alongside their parent swan. It’s so cute! Instructions are included and it’s not difficult because even I could do it. Here are my swans actually swimming in formation for once.

 

This little chap likes sunbathing and who can blame him? Look at the detail on that stone wall and the camellias wrapped around that balustrade.  It’s really fine work.

 

Home & Garden items used:-

Outside the build –
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] The Relaxing Tree – LI 11 – C/M – altered to spread around the grass
available at mainstore
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias – White – D8
TLC Home Collection – nesting Swan with cygnets – LI 5 C/M

Inside the build – 

TLC –  ‘Enchanted Swans’ – LI 57 – size is 15 by 20 metres

TLC –  cygnets riding on back – LI 5
TLC  – Cygnet Swimming – 1 LI
TLC –  Swan Swimming Adult – 4 LI

22769 – Muted Relaxing Rug – LI 6 – From Little Piece of Heaven set at Shiny Shabby until April 15th, then back at mainstore

The Little Branch – WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field} – LI 7

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Canopy Bed in the Woods

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Chez Moi Furniture‘s latest mesh is a beautiful canopy bed and this is available now at Ultra event. Called the “Canopy Bed Nanai” it’s a lot of detail for only 20 Land Impact.  It’s really something you’d hang from a room ceiling because it has lots of hanging hooks and straps but why not a porch or gazebo, as I’ve done here.

There are both PG (plus 120 animations) and Adult (plus 202 animations) versions of this 100% original Mesh bed, and it’s very romantic and interactive. The poses include a decent sleep Menu which I always like in a bed because although you can do a lot in a bed, especially in Second Life®, sleep is still a rather nice and calming thing to do, even virtually. Or am I completely daft?!

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Home & Garden items used:-

Canopy Bed Nanai (Adult) CHEZ MOI – LI 20 – Copy/Modify – Ultra Event until April 8th.

Dragon Magick Wares Weathered Gazebo – LI 8 (modified) – this is a lovely gazebo, you can switch the lamps on and off with touch, and also it’s very modifiable – the lamp on the tree branch actually belongs on the front of the gazebo and was easy to move.

TLC Home Collection – Fallow Deer Family – some of them have icy breath!

TLC Fallow [Female] – LI 4
TLC Fallow [little Fawn] – LI 1
TLC Fallow [Fawn] B – LI 2

Landscaping:

Landscaping by Felix -Mesh Forest Hill Landscape – 77 LI – 32 x 32 m Part 1 (of 2 parts)
KIDD – SHORT GRASS*GREEN MEADOW WILD DAISY*5 x 0.3*FLAT SQUARE
Little Branch_WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
Heart Botanicals – WildFlowers – Petunias – Red – D8

 

 

Cheers m’dears 🙂

Too much cake!

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Can you ever have too much cake?  Well, you have to give it a really good go!  This is our second round of cakes and the dog is already collapsed and so is Arrchie. Can I manage any more?  While I’m contemplating another portion of blueberry cake, the goose is eyeing up the mooncakes 🙂

A beautiful set of spring/summertime furniture by ::Newchurch:: that I adore, called  “Spring Party Dining Set”. Everything is so detailed, even the napkin rings have little leaf shapes on them. I appreciate the attention to detail and the fact that you can texture change the chairs, table mats and runner. There’s also some great animations in this set, that add to the humour of a spring party.  Pick up a copy of this set at the ON9 Event.

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]‘s set for March Arcade is called “Colors of Spring gacha” and I’ve got most of it out here. Fine work indeed, and perfect for a garden or forest setting. Lots of extras apart from the Hideaway that can be used in gardens and porches or indoors. That’s a direct landmark to the vendor on Arcade.

Home & Garden items used:

::Newchurch::
Spring Party Dining Set – ON9
:: N :: Slatted Deck Chair, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N:: Faith Rustic Chair, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N :: Inge Rustic Dining Chair, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N :: Elia Rustic Table, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N :: Hydrangea Pot, Lilac – LI 2
:: N :: Hydrangea Pot, White – LI 2
:: N :: Tulip Vase, Set One – LI 2
:: N :: Tulip Vase, Set Two – LI 2
:: N :: Daffodil Box – LI 2
Spring Edition Place Setting – LI 2

tableware – texture change tablecloth and place settings to green, green gingham, pink, pink gingham, yellow and yellow gingham
chairs – texture change – green, yellow and pink

22769 ~[Bauwerk] – Colors of Spring gacha – The Arcade
22769 – Sloppy Square Rug – COMMON – LI 5
22769 – Parsley Pot White and Brown – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Flower Bowl White and Brown – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Thyme Pot White and Brown – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Amphore with Boxtree Brown and White – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Garden Lantern – COMMON – LI 1 – variable light intensity
22769 – Ball Lamps – COMMON – LI 5 – variable light intensity
22769 – Sloppy Square Rug – COMMON – LI 5
22769 – Garden Artichoke Brown and White – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Garden Hideout – RARE – LI 46

Others:

MadPea Mad Meals Mooncakes – LI 2 – gacha

[Merak] – Strawberry Chocolate Cake – LI 1 and [Merak] – Blueberry Cake – LI 2
from Sweet Treats set

Animals –
TLC Home Collection – Canadian Goose – Standing – from Canadian Geese Family
Jian – JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult – gacha – The Arcade

Landscaping –
-Garden- by anc meadow {deep forest} 1Li mesh – LI 1
LB_WhiteFlowers1{Field} – Little Branch
Enchanted Woods v2 – 3 and 2 (trees) – Studio Skye
Meadow Patch – Garlic mustard- small 2 – Heart Botanicals

Cheers, m’dears 🙂