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An Island Resort

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A couple has arrived at a secluded Island Resort, maybe on their honeymoon, and while they’re in the bathroom, we can have a look at their bedroom. It’s quite early in the morning and because it’s so hot, they’ve left the door out onto the balcony wide open. Crisp cotton sheets, perfect customer service and luxurious décor are just two of the reasons why this resort got a five star rating!

If only! Still, at least in SL® we can dream. The room is an upper floor bedroom that leads out onto a gorgeous balcony, and it’s not the only one in the latest prefab by Galland Homes, this is the Cape Hatteras. I’ll do another post very soon to show you the rooms and the outside but take it from me, you could do worse for your summer vacation home.

Most of the decor is from unKindness. It’s the Island Resort gacha and you can try your luck on this at the June edition of Collabor88. Lots of nice animations in this bed, including a great couples sleep Menu, for the ultimate in laziness.

I also loved these new lanterns from Granola., you’ll find them over at UBER, which has recently started its new round but you can get in now without too much trouble. They come in various colours including this light blue which matched the bedspread perfectly.

Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today, in detail:-

Sponsors:-

unKindness
Island Resort gacha at Collabor88
uK – Island Resort Bed – LI 18
Animation Menus – Single – 8 – sits, lays, dances
Couples Sleep – 5
Cuddles – 11
Adult – 18
uK – Island Resort Rug v4 – modified upwards – LI 8
uK – Island Resort Rug v5 – LI 2
uK – Island Resort Nightstand v1 – LI 1
uK – Island Resort Vase – LI 1
uK – Island Resort Lamp v2 – lI 2
uK – Island Resort Wall Art v1, v2 and v3 – LI 1 each
uK – Island Resort Leaf Wall Decor – LI 2

Serenity Style, at mainstore
Serenity Style- Yram Strange Travel- Suitcase – LI 2
Serenity Style- Yram Strange Travel- Rounded Suitcase – LI 1
Serenity Style- Yram Strange Travel- Clock – LI 1 – sound on touch

Granola., currently at June UBER
Zhara Lanterns Lt Blue – LI 4, 3 lengths of chain – Copy & Modify
Textures versions in Bronze, Iron, Pink, white
Scripted with an on/off flame and will smoke when you put them out. 🙂


Galland Homes – Cape Hatteras – Bedroom with Balcony

Other Designers:-
PLAAKA – Fruits Bowl – LI 1 – Gacha – June Arcade
Trompe Loeil – Modern Tree Couch Leather Blue – LI 6 – Gacha – June Arcade
Loft & Aria – Tropical Glam – Potted Palm – LI 5 – Gacha – June Arcade

JIAN – ‘dorable Danes – 14. Compu-snooze – LI 1 – Gacha

TARTESSOS ARTS – Morning Breakfast Tray – LI 7 – Copy & Modify – Marketplace

Apple Fall
Coral Specimen – Gift – LI 1 – Copy & Modify
and Apple Fall Nauticus Shell Vessel – Gift – LI 1 – Copy & Modify

hive // potted fan palm plant – LI 3 – was a Fifty Linden Friday Special

NOMAD // SUNBURST – LI 1 – Fifty Linden Friday Special (current)

So I’ll say enjoy the sunshine and cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Indoor Outdoor Living

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Mostly outdoors! I’m loving this new house by also Known as, it could serve as a commercial store if you wanted to use it like that, it’s that adaptable. I’m also longing for summer – as you can see by the windlight I’ve chosen – more snow is forecast for our part of the country… thumbs down 🙂

Today, I’m showcasing a number of products that will be coming up soon at the Illuminate Event on March 18th. Illuminate is the first monthly Home & Garden specific Event, there’s no fashion in it. It’s run by ULTRA Events and LTD, and there’s some really lovely products already. With the Easter festival happening soon, some of the designers are taking inspiration from that.

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I’ve used today in detail:-

Illuminate Event – from March 18th Noon SLT

1. Funny Eggs by MAD MATCH – this is the joined set and they are LI 2 at the size I’ve used. They have a good resizer and also have individual eggs.
MAD MATCH is a “brand new brand” and a tiny new part of the SL® universe (100 % original mesh).

2. ACORN – gorgeous patchwork pouf sets by designer, Lulu, in natural and pastel colours 3 per set, LI 2 each. Also the Violin is ACORN, comes with and without hearts, LI 1 each.

3. BASIL
Beautiful work at low Land Impact from this designer.  Link will take you to the FB page.
.BASIL. Kennedy Umbrella Stand – LI 1
.BASIL. Kennedy Mudroom – LI 4

4. Dahlia – Malta Set
Dahlia – Malta – Mirror – Copper – LI 1
Dahlia – Malta – Accent Table – Copper – LI 1
Dahlia – Malta – Peonies – Warm – LI 1
This is a beautiful set with gold, copper and silver versions of the furniture and Cool and Warm colours of peonies in vase

5. Shutter Field/Decor Junction – a well established collaboration. This is the Kincaid Set, with MM and MF versions plus the Floating Dock which I shoved rather unceremoniously into the stone surround! SF/DJ often produce beautifully animated MM versions of their products, not so many designers cover this market and it’s a pleasure not to have to alter the animations.
DJ / SF Floating Dock – LI 9 – Copy/Modify – contains male and female sits, dives (into the water), and a nice cuddles Menu.
DJ / SF Kincaid Set – LI 8 – with male and female sits, cuddles and activities Menus.

6. also Known as
The fabulous BarCode Villa!
The Barcode is built as a villa, but will work well as one or more stores as well. The houses has five sections, three fo them with upper floors, the two on the sides have roof terraces. The full footprint is 25*50 meters including the outdoor paving, which can be unlinked should you prefer to do that. Two versions of the house are included – one with an animated bathtub for use as a home – Land Impact will be 112 and one without if you’re using the BarCode Villa as a commercial property – Land Impact will 120. The Barcode has Kool doors, which can be configured by the owner.

Little Branch, currently at FaMESHed
Poplar Tree – beautiful 4-seasons gently animated tree. Pack includes fluffy grass, hills for summer and winter, a 2 LI version of the Poplar Tree, the higher LI version, animated Snakeweed for summer. I had the tree on the ‘spring’ setting and at that size it was LI 9.

Dust Bunny – from the Natural Habitat 3 Pack, currently at Collabor88
dust bunny . elephant ear plant – LI 3
dust bunny . giant palm plant – LI 6
and the Fifty Linden Friday offer, too
dust bunny . guiana chestnut tree – LI 5

The Loft & Aria – the Weldon Print, currently at currently at Collabor88

Newchurch – Wedding Tea Set, Red Lacquer – an amazing LI 1 from the Shen Wedding Set – check out the mainstore

My furry pal – JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Fireside Ferrets

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I couldn’t not decorate this amazing lounge room with picture window in the Laurel Ridge log cabin by Galland Homes.  Beautiful fireplace, too, just lends itself to cosy nights and days in.

Other items are my favourites from 6º Republic, Canada section.  MudHoney had the best sofa set with lots of texture versions, the picture shows the stone texture one.  All the cushions/pillows and the throw/blanket are individually texture changeable (say that quickly) so should satisfy the most discerning of decorators. Those cute ferrets are by Serenity Style, and they are in a gacha – there’s lots of them.  CONSTRUCT’s cuddle rug in front of the blazing fire has lots of languid and delicious poses and also includes a folded up version, a great idea for décor, I haven’t seen that done before.

What I’d like to do now is to translate the virtual picture into reality and spend the rest of the day stuffed up the fire with only ferrets bouncing around to disturb my solace.  Some hope!

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today in detail:-

Room in Laurel Ridge log cabin home by Galland Homes, currently at FaMEShed

At 6º Republic (Canada section) – runs through to November 20th

Serenity Style gacha
Serenity Style- Canadian Friendly Ferrets -Laying Brown
Serenity Style- Canadian Friendly Ferrets Backpack (wear) RARE
Serenity Style- Canadian Friendly Ferrets -Naughty RARE – all 1 LI each

CONSTRUCT
CONSTRUCT – Bar Table – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Side Table small – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Side Table big – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Bar Stool – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Cuddle Blanket – 5 LI [PG] – Adult version also available
Folded or spread versions. Animations – sets for friends, cuddles, lovers and all these can be sequenced.

Artisan Fantasy
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 7 – Records 2 – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 1 – Pottery (tintable) – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 8 – Radio – LI 2
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 9 – Metronome – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 2 – Petrified Wood – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 5 – Books 1 and 2 – LI 1 each

*AF* Org Pendant Lighting – Five – LI 9 (other smaller versions, too)

MudHoney
MudHoney Wooden Mountain Art – LI 2
MudHoney Briley Sisal Rug – LI 4
MudHoney Briley Sofa w Pillows PG – Stone – huge texture change for the pillows and the throw – mix n match these on the stone coloured sofa. Animations –
solo poses (some with rezzable props) such as reading, drinking coffee, resting
cuddles nice selection of fireside cuddles and snuggles.

Other Products
Zen Creations
Stone Candle in bowl (touch for flames) – LI 5
Stone Candle singles (touch small candle for flame) – LI 3
Japanese Rirakkusu Tea Kettle – LI 2
Two tea cups from same set – 1 LI each

Vespertine – {vespertine} baked cinnabuns, currently at Collabor88
From the tempting Autumn Feast set

Seven Emporium – Turntable Boombox TT-X9-1000

The Loft & ARIA – Cozi Potted Caladium – LI 8 (resized upward from default)

Outside:-
Pieces from Studio Skye Enchanted Woods set which is 4-season texture change for the entire set and that will affect all Skye pieces laid out on your sim. These are set at Autumn 2.
Enchanted Woods v2 – 1 (path) – LI 19
Enchanted Woods v2 – 6 (slope) – LI 13

My ground prim using Vita’s Textures – Rocky Grass 3D matches up rather well

Hope your day is peaceful and cosy!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Opposites Attract

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This is my one and only horror post for the season, I generally do one and then go all folksy/arty again! So here we have Van Helsing losing his resolve and who can blame him. It’s all the fault of McBethany, the comely vampire.

I think this is my favourite house of all time for darker pictures, it’s the Saint Vivien de Medoc by 22769. Just the right amount of Gothic styling and yet a good batch of windows for moonlight reflections. Also featuring 22769’s new set at Salem – The Messy Witch gacha. There’s some really excellent pieces in this gacha that fit in with the theme, one is the vampire bust (or is it only dessicated and able to be revived), and another is that gold candelabra. You can never find a good candelabra when you want one.

 

The other set I really appreciate is by Fancy Decor and that’s currently at Salem, too. It’s all the weapons that might be in an Exorcist’s arsenal including a glass bottle of Holy Water and the Last Rites book. I was wondering how I might display this and first I was thinking of DC Comic’s John Constantine, and then it all devolved into Van Helsing! You can blame these wretched flu remedies I’m taking, none of which are doing any good. The whole darn pharmaceutical industry needs a good exorcism if you ask me. I will point them in the direction of this excellent gacha.

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the room is Poe’s Writing Desk Set, a brilliant gacha by unKindness. First of all I thought about designer Jamie’s husband, Poe, and then I realised that even he wouldn’t be using a desk out of the early 19th Century… or would he? Duh, duh, durrrhhhh! But no, this is the desk set of none other than Edgar Allan Poe who wrote such Gothic gems as The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum and the Tell tale Heart. So we have these delightful pieces such as a Raven presiding over an inkwell, complete with one of his feathers as a pen. And then some of Poe’s sketches and ramblings on pieces of paper – I so appreciate all these finer details.

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Here’s all the Home & Garden pieces I used today, in detail:-

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Saint Vivien de Medoc – LI 63 – mainstore
22769 – Victorian Rug – from The Secluded House gacha – Arcade, try resellers
22769 – The Imaginarium – LI 13 – mainstore

The Messy Witch gacha, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
22769 – The Workplace of the Witch – LI 5
22769 – The Chair of the Witch – RARE – LI 5
22769 – Copper Cauldron – LI 1
22769 – Spell Book – LI 1
22769 – Row of Potions – LI 1
22769 – Powder – LI 1
22769 – Potion Bottles – LI 2
22769 – Candles – LI 2
22769 – Azazels Head – LI 1
22769- Vampire Bust – LI 2
22769 – Jars – LI 1
22769 – Mirror Ball – LI 1
22769 – Highdesk – LI 4
22769 – Witch Hat – LI 1
22769 – Sloppy High Shelf – LI 4
22769 – The Magic Mirror – LI 1

October Deco(c)rate
http://decocratesl.com
*HEXtraordinary* – Harvest Lantern – LI 2
Mesh India – Harvest Moon Tree Light – LI 3
Mesh India – Harvest Moon Pumpkin Light – LI 1

unKindness – Poe’s Writing Desk Set, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
uK – Poe’s Writing Desk – LI 3
uK – Raven Inkwell – LI 1
uK – Raven Feather Quill – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Writing Chair – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Sketches Parchment – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Ramblings Parchment – LI 1

Fancy Decor – Exorcism Kit, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
Fancy Decor: Exorcism Kit RARE – LI 10
Fancy Decor: Table/wall Cross – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Last Rites – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Closed Book – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Pewter Candlestick – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Small Chalice – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Holy Water – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Wafer Tray – LI `
and Holdable Cross

Storax Tree – Feline Treasures – Nap time – Siamese Pumpkin – LI 3

Cheeky Pea – :CP: Roll in the Hay Set – Firepit – LI 3

The Loft, currently at Collabor88
The Loft & ARIA – Cozi Potted Caladium
+Half-Deer+ – Nightglow Bird – Robin – Lantern (from 4 sets) at Collabor88

Trees:-
The Little Branch
LB_Canadian Red Maple {4Seasons} *Animated

KIDD Landscaping – Halloween Web Nest Tree (from Halloween Grassy Landscape Kit Theme)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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.

art-deco-lounge-close-up

 

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.

newchurch-cactus-bowl-terrarium

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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 🙂