Thanksgiving Bounty


FT Tree of Life LR & Pumkpin Pie Kitchen Framed

In just 5 days Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with food, friends, family and football on the menu.  Grocery stores are brimming with shoppers planning their holiday feast.  My favorite part of the holiday season are the baked goods.  I love the smell of fresh-baked cookies, pies and cakes in the house.

FT Pumpkin Pie Kitchen Framed

Kitchen & Pie Rack Framed

I wanted to honor this special American holiday in Second Life by creating a Thanksgiving great room complete with living space and kitchen using a sunroom.  I mentioned in my last post to rethink the expected and I did that by transforming a sunporch into a great room.  I often feel that sunrooms are overlooked and only styled as breakfast nooks or porches, so if you have the space, as I did, make your sunroom a usable space that continues to celebrate your life for many generations.

FT Tree of Life LR Side View Framed

FT Tree of Life Living Room Collection Framed

The perfect autumn collection to mark the harvest season is Finishing Touches Tree of Life grouping available at 50% off at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event (until Nov 27).  The Tree of Life set includes a tan herringbone sofa and chair, leaf patterned rug, walnut coffee table and side buffet featuring a tree of life design, a brick and wood fireplace, decorative carved wood leaf wall art, and assorted accessories.  A wonderful complement for the living room is the Finishing Touches Pumpkin Pie Kitchen set with baking supplies, decorative gourd kitchen scale, matching walnut hutch with turkey pattern display plates and an apple quilt.  These are lovely pieces for any time of the year with soft soothing tones of cream, tan, brown, bronze, burnt sienna, and rust that will fill your home with warmth and charm.  I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoy the food (& sweets), the friends and family, and I’ll see you at the Black Friday Sales!

FT Tree of Life Fireplace & Pumpkin Pie Hutch Framed

Structure: Heart HomesAutumn Lovenest II (see previous post, Bask in the Glow of Autumn) 

Kitchen:

  • Pumpkin Pie Set (Hutch, Island with Kitchen Scale, Stools, Baking Accessories, + Hat Boxes,  Apple/Pumpkin Quilt & Tall Side Table): Finishing Touches
  • Hanging Pot Rack & Menu Sign: Cozy Essentials
  • Fridge: Dutchie
  • Pumpkin Recipe & Pumpkin Pie Decor: What Next
  • Crate Stack, Recipe Tin, Baking Canister, Egg Basket & Milk Can: Floorplan
  • Plates, Glasses & Jug: The Loft
  • Turkey Plate Display & Autumn Branch: La Galleria (**FREE**)

Living Room:

  • Tree of Life Collection (Sofa, Chairs, Rug, Fireplace, Wall Art, Baskets {Log & Apple}, & Lanterns, Books & Candles): Finishing Touches
  • Autumn Wreaths, Gourd Urn, Table Lamps, Bench: Finishing Touches
  • Drapes: What Next
  • Blinds: LISP

A Fall Cabin in the Woods

Outside

When I saw Trompe Loeil’s Rivershire Waterwheel House offered at Collabor88 July (Safari Chic) round, I was immediately inspired to create a Oktoberfest theme build.  Unfortunately, I designed about 90% of the structure when our sim was attacked by spammers, then two weeks later, our landlord went crazy and I lost everything.  Well I take that back, he threw everything back at me in clumps in my lost and found folder and it’s taken me sometime to regroup and re-stage the house.  I’m happy to now present our formerly known as Oktoberfest house, now dubbed fall-fest Cabin in the Woods.

Chicken

The Rivershire Waterwheel House truly embodies melding nature into the home.  The cobblestone cottage with working waterwheel is built into a mountain rock.  The inside of the 2 story structure is supported by a large tree trunk with climbing ivy creeping onto the exposed stone walls.  Our cozy two room abode features large planked beamed and vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, intricate parquet wood flooring, and a dominate stain-glass circular window with bench.  The first floor has been styled in four separate areas; living room with plush leather sofa and chair overlooking the lake view, entertainment area with an apple delight sweet treat dessert bar leading into the dining spot with beautiful elegant autumn table setting and yummy candy apple center piece, and finally near the tree trunk stairwell the kitchenette houses a wine bar and pantry.  The overall vibe of the downstairs is rustic charm with notes of steampunk and autumn bliss.  The upstairs loft area has been transformed into a fairytale bedroom with two antique twin brass beds with patchwork duvet, soft inviting armchairs, and favorite plush friends (Snow Angel & Mr. Wiz, when our plushy friends are not causing trouble at the cabin, they hang out at Sway’s).  Hope you enjoy the spotlight of our autumn cabin in the woods and it will inspire you to decorate with nature in mind.  Have fun this holiday season, rethink the expected, and remember always Let’s Get Decorating!

Front Door

Living Room:

Living Room

Pumpkin Pie

Sweet Treat Dessert Bar:

Dipper Bar

Dipper Bar Divider close up

Dinner Table:

Dining Room Table

Close up of table setting

Kitchenette:

Kitchenette

Main floor overview

Loft Area:

Overview loft

Fairytale bedroom

Furry Friends

Bedroom Hutch

Structure: Trompe Loeil, Rivershire Waterwheel House

Outside:

Living Room:

Sweet Treat Dessert Bar:

Dinner Table:

  • Table & Chair Set, Place Settings & Chandelier: Apple FallPottery Dining Set, Pumpkin Place Setting & Pearl Chandelier
  • Acorn Candles: Alouette
  • Wine Glasses & Votive Candles: The Loft
  • Red Candy Apple Centerpiece: Poche, Apple of the forest 

Kitchenette:

Loft Area:

  • Brown Leather Armchair: DIGS, Heritage Chairs
  • Wooden Trunk (Open): Decor Junction
  • Brass Antique Beds: Vespertine, Wildwood Daybed
  • Hanging Lantern: Trompe LoeilPaxton Lantern
  • Keepsake Box: KalopsiaOld Box (Green)
  • Teddy Bears: Sway’s, Cookie Bears (Angel & Wizard)
  • Victoria’s Dollhouse: Apple Fall
  • Coat Rack: What Next, Cedar Log Hatstand
  • Hutch: PilotHeirloom Hutch [Floral]- Sage Green
    • Trompe Loeil: Lite Wreath, Red Cardinal, Star on Stick, Rustic Frame, Topiary (2013 Advent Calendar Items, Arcade Dec 2013)
    • Park Place: Plaid Folded Blankets

Bask in the Glow of Autumn

Autumn Porch Overview Framed

The waning days of autumn are upon us and for Americans, Thanksgiving is 12 days away.  The grocery stores are filling up with families buying turkey and all the fixings, soon the malls will have hurried shoppers busting down the black Friday doors, and before we know it Christmas and the New Year will be here.  Now is the time to slow down, reflect on the past year, be thankful for friends and family, and celebrate your blessings.  Recently, I did just that, after a few unfortunate incidents, I had too much and needed to walk away from Second Life.  I was drained, discouraged, disappointed, and deflated.  This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to Niki Silverweb, Ayla Zhoy and Morgan Mickalobe who supported and encouraged me to return to SL.  Your kindness, care and friendship mean the world to me.  So this Thanksgiving who are your thankful for?

Side Porch View Framed

My love for virtual interior design was calling out and I wanted to design an autumnal cottage with a large veranda located by a lake with views of apple orchards and snow-capped mountains.  I envisioned Lake Tahoe, CA in the early fall when the weather is wonderful, the air is crisp but not too chilly cold, the nights are still, and the trees are bare with views of clear skies, filled with stars and full moons.   The ivy covered porch is overflowing with cozy spots, delicious delights, unexpected guests, and nods to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Creating a warm, welcoming, inviting place with crackling fire from the hearth is sure to be the area where your guests will relax after the harvest feast!

Front Porch Framed

Hearth Area:

Hearth Area Framed

Close up of Fireplace Framed

Log Bench:

Sway's Log Bench Framed

Wood Bench:

Bench with cat Framed

Twyla’s (the Turkey) Garden:

Turkey Garden Framed

Structure: Heart Homes, Autumn Lovenest II (Exclusive @ Room 69, till 11/20)

  • Trees: Studio Skye, Enchanted Forest & Silver Birch
  • Wishing Well: Finishing Touches, Falling Leaves Well (** Free @ Homestuff Lounge**)

Hearth Area:

Log Bench:

Wood Bench:

Twyla’s (the Turkey) Garden:

Last Minute Halloween Freebies!

Front Door

2 days till Halloween, yikes!  Are you in need of some last-minute Halloween decor?  Hosting a ghostly trick or treat party?  Dying for a festive spread?  Need a spot for the little goblins? Don’t want to spend a ton?  Don’t worry, I styled a trick or trick party skybox for everyone from kiddies to grown-ups filled with freebies, group gifts, hunt items, and giveaway!  I’m sure you will find something to furnish your home in spooky style.  Have fun, best of luck hunting, Happy Halloween, and remember always Let’s Get Decorating! 

Trick or Treat Buffet:

Treat Table

Close up of Treat Table

Witchcraft:

Witchcraft Table Set

Witchcraft cabinet

Autumn Retreat:

Close-up of Autumn Set

Halloween Haven:

golden harvest LR

Kids Party:

Kids Party Area

Close up of Kids Party Area

Candy Table close up

Overview:

Trick or Treat Buffet:

Witchcraft:

Autumn Retreat:

Halloween Haven:

Kids Party:

Shop ’til you Drop!

Haute Couture Dress Boutique

I love shopping as much as the next girl, my mom would often say “let’s shop till we drop.” When I learned that the October theme for The Challenge is Shopping, I was excited to create something in Second Life I’ve always dreamed of in real life, my own boutique.  Not only did I design and furnish “Glory’s Haute Couture Shop” with some of my favorite shoes, dresses, and hats, but I expanded the idea into a small seaside district, with “Glory’s Sweet Treat Shop” next door (previously blogged here).  Concentrating on my point of view (POV), of showcasing California interior design and styles, I attempted to create my favorite place on earth, Carmel-by-the-Sea.  I thought my tribute to Carmel build would fit perfectly into the monthly themed ? feature.

Carmel is a small coastal artist community situated on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. It is noted for cobblestone streets, small boutiques, art galleries, and being dog friendly.  One day I would love to own a second home in the Carmel Valley, but for now I have wonderful memories of important milestones, like my 18th birthday, spraining my ankle once or twice on the irregular pavement, and ordering a Ramos Fizz at the Del Monte Bar & Grill at the age of 5 (ok, so I guess I should have specify virgin cocktail, please).

Dress Shop Front Door

I used the Black Tulips My First Store exclusive release as the corresponding storefront for both the boutique and sweet treat shop, creating uniformity and consistency in the boulevard. All the merchandise is arranged on Hate This Store Displays with fashion sketches indicating the variety of items. Cleo Designs Tete a Tete chairs with tea set frame the shop windows and the Fitting Rooms are in the corner of the store.  I transformed a Hate This Display Table into a check out area, pairing it with Fetch Shopping Corkboard and Kuro Shopping List.  If you are a designer looking to redesign your store, or ever wanted to fantasize about creating your own store, pop over and pick up these exclusive creations made for The Challenge.

Check Out area

Butterfly Hats

Safari

Gowns & Dresses Full

Cleo Designs Fitting Rooms

Dear Shoes Full

Hucci & ieQed Shoes

Mondrian & Pin-up Hucci