Celebrate America!

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Red, White & Blue Beach HutsHappy July!  In just a few days the great nation of the United States of America will celebrate it’s independence with fireworks, backyard BBQ and pool parties.  I love the 4th of July and couldn’t let the holiday pass without styling three adorable beach shacks in red, white & blue!

Americana Beach HutToday, I will feature the red Trompe Loeil Kiya (available @ Collabor88) American shack decked out with Finishing Touches Patriotic Swags 2 Stars (Stripes/Stars/Stripes), Antique Hanging StarsPatriotic Sling Chair (Stars & Stripes), Red Charcoal BBQ & Blue Metal Wheelbarrow Beer Cooler.  I’m ready for a 4th of July party and fireworks display.  Finishing Touches’s charcoal BBQ has multiple options for rezzable meats and grill-master poses for singles and couples.  The wheelbarrow beer cooler is dispensable.  24Karat Roux, creator and owner of Finishing Touches is offering the stars & stripes patriotic sling chairs as a subscriber gift until July 5, so hop over and grab them for the upcoming holiday.  July 1st also marks the opening day for the Perfect Ten event, running from 1st – 15th each month with deep discounts on exclusive items.  For the July round, Lunar Seasonal Designs created a fun animated Seagull eating french fries, the perfect deck mate!

Lunar Seasonal Design Animated SeagullInside the Americana beach hut, I designed a sweet treat buffet table using The Mustard Seed Lighthouse Table.  Aphrodite Shop’s Fruit Kebabs Platter, Patriotic Cupcakes, Fruit Desserts Dispenser, and July 4th Ice Cream (part of the 4th of July dessert pack) are on display.  Flanking the sweet treat buffet bar are two HJM Designs Gingham Rattan Chairs in Blue & Red, I picked up at Perfect Ten.  To complete the patriotic theme decor, I used Finishing Touches Twig Wreath White (Star Studded), Americana Collection Hanging Quilt (Stars & Stripes), Patriotic Wooden Stars, and Americana Collection Stacked Boxes Patriotic Flag.

Americana Inside

HJM Designs & Finishing Touches

HJm Designs & The Mustard SeedOn the rear deck is where all the fun will happen.  From sun-lounging, to riding bikes in the sand dunes, or kicking back and relaxing with friends and family.  The final details make all the difference in a great party.   I just love Finishing Touches Picnic Table w/Sunbrella Blue, it has rezzable meals for each guest and matches the Red Charcoal BBQ & Blue Wheelbarrow Beer Cooler perfectly.  I hope you are inspired to show your patriotic spirit, celebrate this wonderful holiday and decorate your home in Red, White & Blue!   Wishing you a happy 4th of July!

Americana Deck

Taxi to Perfect Ten please…

Taxi to Finishing Touches please…

Fourth of July is coming….

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Tylar Treasures 4th of July Set full

Have you been to The Cookie Jar Community 4th Anniversary Yard Sale yet?  Hurry up……you have until June 30th to grab 14 birthday gifts from The Cookie Jar merchants and take advance of deep discounts on the 13 carts place around the village region.  Tylar’s Treasures is one of the merchants offering you the Stars & Stripes Forever collection perfect for the upcoming USA 4th of July celebration.  The Stars & Stripes Forever set includes a patriotic bench, blue star chest, decorative oar table lamp, stars & stripes heart topiary, nautical oar wall art, and Americana round rug, available as a set, or sold separately both offered at 50% off.  Tylar’s free cookie jar gift corresponds to the Stars & Stripes Forever collection, so be sure to pick it up when head over to The Cookie Jar Community Yard Sale.

Tylar Treasures 4th of July Set

To complete the patriotic scene I used What Next’s Mayfair Trunk (Old Glory)Second Spaces Pratt Table & DecorFinishing Touches Wooden Stars and Twig Wreath White (Star Studded).  You can’t have a 4th of July party without some sweet treats and Aphrodite Shop’s Patriotic Sweets Dispenser and 4th of July Puddings Platter (part of the 4th of July dessert pack) is perfect for the occasion.  Hope you enjoyed my salute to America and hop over to The Cookie Jar to grab Tylar’s Treasures star-spangled deals.

Taxi to The Cookie Jar Community Yard Sale please…

Tylar Treasures 4th of July Set food table

Midsummer Night’s Dream Hunt… where fairies come to play

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Midsummer Night's Dream Hunt 6

One of Second Life’s most popular hunt is back for the sixth year, the Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Kastle Rock.  The MND 6 Hunt is unique from most hunts on the grid because it’s broken into six different paths, with over 100+ stores offering male/female/unisex/petite and home furnishings until July 21, 2015.  Kastle Rock’s hunter guide will provide more information for each path (hints & LM) and a gift preview page.

Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare (1590- 1597), portraying the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of AthensTheseus, and Hippolyta.  These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (mechanicals), who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Today, I will be showing three fantasy garden decor hunt gifts from Finishing Touches, Dreamscapes Art Gallery, and Park Place Home Decor.  Finishing Touches Enchanted Forest Swing is a whimsical weathered ivy-covered solo swing with 6 animations.  Fairy Set by Dreamscapes Art Gallery is a playful free formed twig chair (13 animations) and tree stump coffee table with candle display.  Park Place Fallen Log Bench with blanket and plants is perfect for summer picnic and cuddling with your sweetie, chalk full of single/couple poses. Below are the vendor ads for the 3 hunt items above.  Good luck on the Midsummer Night’s Dream hunt and have a merry time!

Finishing Touches Enchanted Forest Swing (Titania Path – Hint: Ascend the stairs to gaze upon the Tree of Life)

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 Dreamscapes Art Gallery Fairy Set (Puck Path – Hint: O sleep! O gentle sleep!)

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Park Place Home Decor Fallen Log Bench (Puck Path – Hint:

“Time so quickly flowing past
we watch it go with growing angst
Stop that CLOCK, it goes too fast
and earn our most undying thanks!!”)

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Summertime Living!

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Summertime Living June 2015Summer is here (Yay!!!) The weather is warm and it’s time for outdoor living.  Dreamscapes Art Gallery has you covered for all those lazy hazy crazy days of summer.

Summertime Ted Pergola June 2015Carlotta Ceawlin, owner and creator of Dreamscapes Art Gallery designs unique and charming whimsical inspired shabby chic decor giving your SL home a fresh twist.  Dreamscapes often participates in hunts, $60L weekend, offers free group gifts and has 4 free mini-mania boards at the main store.  I suggest you join the Dreamscapes Art Gallery group to take advantage of all the great gifts.  Speaking about gifts, Carlotta just changed the group gift yesterday and the new gift, Ted Pergola with cot, is ideal for summer relaxation.  The navy blue and red-painted wood open pergola has multiple uses including a welcoming archway for a garden path, or a shady respite for al fresco dining. Another new summer release is the Mira Cart, a mattress with two decorative pillows, what a nice place to daydream during the summer days & nights.  You could also use the Mira Cart as an indoor daybed/lounger for small spaces.

Summertime Mira Cart June 2015Summertime living calls for a relax casual vibe.  Carlotta has designed a fun alternative for a traditional living room with the Mira Pallet Couch and Cozy Beanbag Chairs.  To complete the styling of the Trompe Loeil Garden Bard Adobe one room shack, I used Dreamscapes Art Gallery throughout the home including: Olivia shelf and end tables, Dream cabinet, Milla stool with books and tailor dummy, Tara cabinet, Cozy cot, Tree wall decor, and decorative accessories including candle trays, flower vases, books with dwarves and crates.  Stop by Dreamscapes Art Gallery for a fresh perspective on summer!

Summertime Mira Pallet Couch June 2015

Summertime Tara Cabinet June 2015

Summertime Cozy Cot June 2015

Summertime Overview June 2015

Structure: Trompe Loeil Garden Bard Adobe

Garden Decor:

  • *Ted* Pergola (June Group Gift **FREE**)
  • *Bavarian Barbecue*
  • *Garden* Crates A
  • *Spring* Birdhouse C with bird
  • *Tulip* Pot A & D (on front steps)
  • *Mira* Cart A
  • *Birdy* House A, C & E (behind Mira Cart)

Living Room Decor:

  • *Mira* Pallet Couch & Table B
  • *Cozy* Beanbag Vintage & Green
  • *Crates* A (near green beanbag chair)
  • *Dream* Cabinet
  • *Candle Tray* Easter A & *Tulip* Vase C (on pallet table)
  • *Olivia* Table & *Gerbera* Vase B
  • *Clouds* Canvas Frames
  • *Olivia* Shelf Flowers, *Tulip* Bunch E, *Crate* Shelf D & *Dream* Wall Decor

Nook:

  • *Milla* Stool with books & *Milla* Tailor Dummy
  • *Tara* Cabinet Brown
  • *Books with dwarves* A
  • *Home Sweet Home* Sign B
  • *Spring* Birdhouse E with Fireflies (out window)

Bedroom:

  • *Cozy* Cot Vintage A
  • *Olivia* Table Flowers & *Tulip* Vase E
  • *Spring* Candles C
  • *Books with dwarf* B
  • *Candles* Crate Multicolor
  • *Trres* Deco A & B

With Deepest Gratitude

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Avi Choice SLIfe Award 2015Happy first week of Summer!  I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who nominated and voted for Hidden Gems in Second Life as your favorite Home & Garden Blog for the Avi Choice SLife Awards 2015.  A very special thank you to Nikki Mathieson and the Avi Choice organization who highlight and encourage the artistic talents of Second Life residents.  Congrats to all the nominees and winners.  It truly was an honor to be included with some well-regarded publications and bloggers.  Despite the fact I was not selected as the resident choice, I’m humbled by your continued support.  As I think back to last spring when I expanded my blog to include the radiant world of interior design, I’m overjoyed with my evolution, the inspirational creators I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and the diversity of style I’ve produced.

Wow, what a year 2015 has been (& it’s only June)!  Not only have I been honored with the Avi Choice nomination, I’ve had the great joy merchandising for first life brands.  Merging the SL virtual reality platform with RL companies as a marketing tool has been my goal. Growing my interior design business, Interior & Spaces was also on my agenda.  I’m currently working on an extraordinary project that’s absolutely different from anything I’ve done before.  I can’t wait to share it with you. :-D And finally, I look forward to hosting more open house tours this summer.  In closing, thank you again for your encouragement.  Have a wonderful summer!