A step back into time…

Farmhouse_Exterior OverviewJust a few days till Halloween and I wanted to share with you one build I’ve been preoccupied with since spring.  I hoped to create the rolling hills of a French countryside wine region similar to Provence using Apple Fall’s rural farmhouse (rare) from the The Arcade March 2015 round.  Nestled in the hillside, the stucco two-story building with creeping ivy, clay tile roof, worn exterior shutters and double barn door has a vintage aged working farm atmosphere. Step outside to be greeted by vineyards, zig-zag rose-bush lined cobblestone path and a secret retreat garden shed. The converted garage barrel room has some of the best views of the lake and hillside.  Come join me on my journey, a step back into time.

Farmhouse Wine Room_Exterior ViewFarmhouse Wine Room_OverviewFarmhouse Wine Room_VineyardsThe interior of the farmhouse is vintage shabby chic with a distinctive feminine feel with rose print chairs and rugs in the living room.  The first floor has an open layout concept with the dining area near the stairwell and the kitchen on the back wall, with views of the sunflower field out the kitchen window. Enticing baskets of fruit and baked goods are arranged on the pantry unit just in reach from the dining table.  The opening under the stairwell has bushels of fresh picked farm apples.  Although small, the kitchen has everything one needs with a vintage stove, butcher block counter tops, farmhouse sink and country stove.

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Farmhouse Dining Room_View of KitchenFarmhouse Kitchen_Tea Time

Farmhouse_Kitchen StoveFarmhouse Kitchen_SinkAs we move upstairs we are awash in royal blue and cream.  Two doll houses grace the window facing the rolling hillside, a cozy chair placed next to the dresser with an antique French perfume print which hangs above.  The inviting bed beckons us with a breakfast tray already made, the dressing area has a corresponding armoire with hat boxes placed on top and a rose detailed ladder for easy access.  Hope you enjoy the trip back in time!

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Structure: Apple Fall Rural Farmhouse RARE

Trees & Landscaping:

  • Studio Skye: Enchanting Forest
  • [DDD]: Vineyard Grapes, Rose Bush (Dirt & Potted)
  • The Little Branch: Sunflower Field, AppleTree*Dark{With Apples Menu}
  • *alirium* tiny forest: Green

Garden Shed:

  • {vespertine}: Haru Garden Shed & Spring Garden Tools
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery: *Gardener* Table Blue & *Garden* Wheelbarrow Blue
  • PILOT: Water Hose & Garden Supplies
  • DIGS: Verona Mosaic Table & Chairs
  • A.D.D. Andel!: Bird Bath Ivy
  • 36 – 8f8 – primavera in Toscana Clay Pots (past gatcha item)
  • La Galleria: Watering Can and Seed Packets
  • Sari-Sari: Mrs. Bumpkin’s Garden – Welcome Sign (Rare, past gatcha item)
  • [Tia]: Spring Garden Planter

Wine Cellar:

  • ROOST: Wine Cellar Set
  • Aphrodite Shop: “La Bodega” Argentinian Wine Corner Set
  • Decor Junction: Wine Barrel, Wine Bottle Holder & Single Wine Holder/Glasses
  • Tarte: Wine Light
  • [ht:home]: Barrel Lid Wall Deco
  • [ zerkalo ]: Basket

Living Room:

  • Apple Fall: Ulysses Butterfly, Book Shelf, Toile Chair (Cream), Butlers’ Tray Table, Tiffany Tea Pot, Daffodils Jug, Lemon Tea, Kingsbury Pendant Lamp, Shauna’s Chair, Dolly Piano, Teacup Pearls, Frame Shelf, Botanical Prints
  • *ionic*: My Rugs

Dining Room:

  • Apple Fall: L’Olivier, Pottery Dining Table & Chairs, Teacup Rose, Nardyas’ Tulips in Mason Jar
  • Poche: Summer Orange Tart
  • Tres Blah: Tea Time (TeaPot)
  • Erratic / aea – jam&cream

Pantry:

  • Ariskea: [ Pot Pourri ] Seperator with ivy
  • {what next}: Brixton Bakers Rack
  • Apple Fall: Mixing Bowl Set, Lemon Whip Drizzle Cake, Cherry Voulevants
  • Dust Bunny: Fresh Fruit Stand (Blueberry Container, Lemons, Peach Pile, Cherry Container)

Kitchen:

  • Apple Fall: Plantation Set, Mixing Bowl Set, Copper Pan Set, Patchwork Rug, Willow Plates, Pestle & Mortar, Decorative Artichokes, Neva’s Kitchen Shelf, Rosemary, Grass, Heart (Home Sweet Home), Tea Time Tins
  • Floorplan: Vintage Egg Basket, French Plates, Baking Canisters, Recipe Tin, Le Lait Can,  3 Apple Crates
  • Junk: Fresh Eggs Sign
  • 8f8: Green Grocers (Cherry Jam, Strawberry Basket with Pricing, Cherry Basket with Pricing)
  • Cinphul: Lavande
  • Tres Blah: Kitchen Basics – Scale (Black)
  • Tartessos Arts: Coffee Sack
  • Alouette: Basil Plant (Potted)
  • Lark: Jar Utensil Holder & Market Bag (Potatoes)
  • Dust Bunny: Kettle
  • [DDD]: Harvest Bucket (Red, Yellow & Green Apples)

Bedroom:

  • Apple Fall: Old Roman Bed, Pearl Chandelier, Dolly Lamp, Pheasant Feathers, Coffee & Muffin, Book Shelf, Neva’s Laundry Basket, Victoria’s Armoire, An Lar Ladder, Neva’s Sideboard, Roses Box (Pink), Gilt Frame (Landscape), Cornish Dolls House, Victoria’s Dollshouse, Gilt Frame (Portrait), Annan Sidetable, Storage Boxes, Hat Box, Toile Chair (Stain), Feuilles Lantern
  • Cinphul: Lavande
  • Willowinds: Round Cobalt Blue Rug
  • ISPACHI: [Florian] Breakfast Tray, ISPACHI [Florian] Chair & ISPACHI [Florian] Dresser [Eggshell]
  • Floorplan: Rose de Provence
  • {what next}: Nieve Hatboxes

Farmhouse Garden Shed_ Exterior

Autumn Glow

Dreamscapes Art Gallery_Autumn Glow (Photo Hunt -Oct 2015)I adore fall, it’s my favorite time of the year to decorate.  From the glorious colors, to the fresh crisp smell in the air, and the yummy baked goods, it’s simply divine.  It’s easy to be inspired by this magical season and design a warm cozy retreat.  Today, I’ve created an autumnal living space using tons of free hunts items from The Seasons Story 2nd Anniversary, Chez Moi Spooky Hunt, and The Photographers Hunt $5L (all ending October 31, 2015).  I also included Sway’s Victor Wood Burning Stove & Storage Bench both deeply discounted 50%- 75% off for the Mix Event also ending October 31st.  Lastly, Sway’s Erika Set in Harvest (available @ Uber, ending today 10/23/15) was the ideal living room collection to use, bringing all the colors of fall into the space. The Erika Set includes a couch with 16 single & friends animations (up to 3 avis’s), 8 couple animations, 3 texture options for the pillows, coffee table, and decorative accessorizes (2 vases, bowl with apples).  There are numerous hunts and freebies being offered now, so take advantage of the gifts and have fun decorating!

Chez Moi Spooky Hunt Gifts

Structure: Vespertine, Chanson Dautomne Skyloft

  • Sway’s: Erika Set in Harvest (Uber, 10/23/15)
  • Sway’s: Victor Wood Burning Stove & Victor Storage Bench (50-75% off Mix Event, 10/31/15)
  • Dreamscapes Art GalleryCountry Life (The Photographers Hunt, 10/31/15)
  • Sway’s: Enchanted Branch Shelf, Fall Jar with Acorns and Candle, Branch Wrapped Candle, Pumpkin Line & George Hat Stand
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery: *Pumpkin* Bucket A, *Apples* Wood Buckets, *Autumn* Deco Shutter B & *Candle Chair* Autumn
  • Cheeky Pea: Autumn Crate Decor
  • Junk: Bartlet Rug (One)
  • Shutter Field: Fall Letter Decor
  • Vespertine: Vintage Postbox (Yellow)
  • The Season Story (2nd Anniversary gifts): A.D.D.Andel! Wooden Pumpkins, The Horror! Vampkin, unKindness Comfort Tubby (Autumn), C’est la vie ! Autumn Mug, Poche Applepie 2015, Roawenwood Cake Donuts Platter & Tomoto Tourou
  • Chez Moi’s Spooky Hunt: Fall Wreath (gift #2), Fall Big/Small Fan Pumpkin (gift #4), Entry Halloween Decor (gift #11), Happy Halloween Doormat (gift #10) & Chair/Blanket Fall into Fall (gift #12)

A touch of gray!

Dreamscapes Art Gallery_Twisted Fall HuntContinuing with the grayscale popularity this year, Dreamscapes Art Gallery is participating in the Twisted Hunt and offering a main gift as well as six extra hunt items.  The main hunt gift is a black and white dresser with zen inspired stone decor/vases, hanging lights and original artwork from owner/designer of Dreamscapes, Carlotta Ceawlin.  The six side hunt items include white rug, candle crate, stool with blanket, white/metal table, books with steaming coffee mug and trio paper lanterns.  I paired Dreamscapes Twisted hunt gifts with Sway’s Erika Monochrome Set, available at Uber until October 23rd.  There are 3 versions offered: Fresh (bright colors of red, cream, blue & yellow/orange), Harvest (autumnal palettes of brown, orange & red) & Monochrome (black, white & gray).  The Erika set includes an PG or Adult animated sofa with 16 single & friends poses (for up to 3 avatars), 8 couple animations, and 3 texture options for pillows.  Also included in the collection is a coffee table, small vase, bowl of apples and vase with flower.  Good luck on the Twisted hunt and hope you enjoyed my fresh modern perspective.

Twisted Hunt Fall 2015 Mini Hunt - Dreamscapes Art Gallery              Twisted Hunt Fall 2015 Qi - Dreamscapes Art Gallery

Fall is Calling!

Dreamscapes Art Gallery-Autumn 2015Autumn is quickly approaching, the leaves are turning a golden shade, the air is crisp and the smell of yummy delights waft through the house.  I love fall and it’s my favorite time of the year to decorate.  The season makes your home and landscaping look so inviting.  Dreamscapes Art Gallery has released a number of new autumnal decor items perfect for your landscaping needs.  I styled the Tumbleweed One tiny house by Dorian, a cute one-room log cabin trailer with loft space and bathroom (7 x 20m, 21 prims).  I loved the painted red door with engraved deer outline, I thought it would be the perfect backdrop to showcase Dreamscapes new items.

Autumn Front StepsDreamscapes Art Gallery-VIP HaybaleFirst up, is Dreamscapes Art Gallery new VIP Group Gift Autumn Haybale Deco with Candles and Apples for Sale sign.  I flanked the new group gift with What Next Orchard Decor Set (ladder, basket and fallen apple decor).  Behind the haybale is The Mustard Seed Sunflower Trio with Frog and Bee, available for 50% off at Perfect Ten (until 9/15/15).  Finally, Dreamscapes Topiary Pumpkins with Lights welcome guests and border the porch steps.

Dreamscapes Art Gallery- Porch Left SeatingOn the porch I styled two separate entertainment areas; to the left of the front door I used the Dreamscapes Vintage Pallet Set, which includes a bar table, three bar stools with different fabric cushions and a tray of Halloween cookies.  I accessorized with Dreamscapes Apples Wood BucketsAutumn Deco Shutter E and La Galleria Sunflowers in Pumpkin decor.

Dreamscapes Art Gallery- Porch Right Haybale SeatThe right side of the porch, I used another Dreamscapes Autumn Haybale Deco B with lantern, plaid blanket seat and pumpkin decor including a carved pumpkin, Autumn Deco Shutter B and Pumpkin Bucket D.  Dreamscapes has a number of haybales and decorative shutters, so be sure to check out all the versions.

Dreamscapes Art Gallery-PumpkinsIn the foreground of the trailer house are some more adorable Dreamscape harvest landscape items consisting of Autumn Deco Tree Stump with carved pumpkins, Candle Chair Autumn, and Market Cart B with Apples and Pumpkin Bucket B.  I also used What Next new VIP Group Gift Scarecrow with texture change fall greeting sign.

The Mustard Seed-Honey for Sale The Mustard Seed Gentle Overhang Tree & Autumn Days Climbing Vine/Trellis (both texture change & on sale) are placed in the back right corner of the landscaping.  On the market cart is The Mustard Seed Honey for Sale Set with sign and vintage beehive honey pot, on sale for 50% off at Perfect Ten event.  I hope you enjoyed my autumn hideaway and are inspired to create a warm and inviting landscaping using Dreamscapes Art Gallery items.

Lastly, I want to mention Dreamscapes Art Gallery parcel has undergone a renovation and expanded with two large stores, multiple buildings, landscaping spaces, and a larger art gallery area.  Carlotta Ceawlin, owner and designer of Dreamscapes is generously opening her art gallery to guest artists for free.  Check out the rules below and follow-up with Carlotta (she’s really nice :-).

Dreamscapes Art Gallery – Guest Artists

With the renovation of my parcel I’ve decided to offer space for guest artists at my gallery, which I did in the past and always wanted to happen again.  There will be no costs for invited artists to display, but there are some requirements.

Dreamscapes Art Gallery is an established location since years and shows on the top page under art/gallery in SL search.  I’m looking for high quality SL artwork only (no RL paintings, photos, etc).  The artwork must be your own and free of any copyright issues, which will be checked by me (no exceptions to this rule!).  Artwork must be PG, tasteful, non violent and again, high quality only!

The guest artist space is located outside, behind the barn on a brick wall, similar to the new setup I chose for my own artwork.  Each guest artist can display 2 works on one wall section.  The art should be placed next to each other and in a preferably same size as mine are shown, to ensure an esthetic look.  The artwork can be framed or not and 1 LI per piece.  It can be set for sale, if you wish so.  No scripts are allowed, also no info/LM givers and similar can be placed – just the artwork. 🙂

Each guest artist gets his space for three weeks and can change displayed work as often as wanted – there’s no rule to do so though.  But you may want to show off a new work, then feel free.

So how do you get invited?  Send me a notecard with your name and link to your work (flickr, etc), or inworld location to look at.  I’ll consider having you as guest artist and let you know!

PS: Space is limited and the selection of artists is totally subjective by me.  If you don’t get invited doesn’t mean your work isn’t good or high quality, maybe it just doesn’t *speak to me.  Don’t be sad and don’t be mad 🙂 Art is often a matter of personal taste.

Greets, Carlotta

Structure: by Dorian, Tumbleweed One

New releases by Dreamscapes Art Gallery:

  • Autumn Haybale Deco (VIP Group Gift)
  • Topiary Pumpkins with Lights
  • Vintage Pallet Set (bar table, 3 bar stools & tray of Halloween cookies)
  • Apples Wood Buckets
  • Sina Wall Board A (over door)
  • Autumn Deco Shutter E (saying: Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling)
  • Autumn Haybale Deco B
  • Autumn Deco Shutter B (saying: Happy Fall Y’all)
  • Pumpkin Bucket D
  • Autumn Deco Tree Stump 
  • Candle Chair Autumn
  • Market Cart B 
  • Apples Bucket
  • Pumpkin Bucket B

Featured at Perfect Ten (until September 15, 2015 for 50% off)

  • The Mustard Seed, Gentle Overhang Tree & Autumn Days Climbing Vine/Trellis (both menu-driven texture change), and Honey for Sale Set

Other items used:

  • What Next, Scarecrow (VIP Group Gift w/texture change fall greeting sign), & Orchard Decor Set 
  • La Galleria, Sunflowers in Pumpkin

A Fresh Spin on Fall!

Softer shade for Fall

Are you craving a fresh spin on Fall decor?  Think softer, light palettes with metallic gold embellishment as your statement piece.  It’s about changing people’s perspective of what’s expected.  Use muted salmon instead of orange, beige replaces chocolate-brown and pale olive sage for rich forest green.  These tones work perfectly right now where in some parts of the country the weather is warm.   Accent with a few lighter shade pumpkins, neutral leaves and barrels of apples.  Look for this unexpected trend to last through winter with creams, ivories and whites dominating the color scheme.

I was inspired to create a ‘whiter shade of pale’ autumn living room using Clutter for Builder Felled Fabric Textures (3 packs, 10 color/prints in each) available for $10L each at The Wash Biannual Cart Sale (8/26-9/16).  Also offered at The Wash Cart Sale are 4 Fall Concept Wall Frames, each with an image of leaves, tree, and Autumn word art.  Using the texture packs, you can design the fall frames in your own unique style, or add the textures to pillows and/or window coverings.  To complete the room, I used Park Place Home Decor Haven Accent Chair (Coffee & Cream), Jian Wine CartSerenity Style My Old Piano (natural) and Cleo Design’s Fireplace.  Some decorative accessories include Dreamscapes Art Gallery Apple Buckets, Autumn Decor Shutter A and Sina Wall Board (over fireplace), What Next Decorative Pumpkins, Shutter Field Fall Letter Decor and Pumpkin Lanterns, and Serenity Style Dizzie Room Divider (available @ Mesh Avenue starting 9/10/15).  Hope you enjoyed the romantic mood for autumn and are inspired by the color palette to try it in your Second Life home!

Softer shade for Fall, close-up

Lastly, I want to mention The Rezzie Awards nominations are open until September 12th.  The Rezzie Awards were founded by Fallacy DeCuir (Tool Shed) and Kat Alderson (Clutter for Builders) in 2014 as a people’s choice award for home, decor, landscaping, and creators tools.  So show your support and love to your favorite SL Home & Garden stores by nominating them here:

http://tinyurl.com/RezzieNominations

CAST YOUR VOTES between September 14th and September 27th.
A link to the voting page will be available here:
https://toolshednews.wordpress.com/the-rezzie-awards/

The winners will be announced October 1, 2015 here: https://toolshednews.wordpress.com/the-rezzie-awards/

Structure: Scarlet Creative, Hudson Townhouse

  • Park Place Home Decor, Haven Accent Chair (Coffee & Cream)
  • DIGS, Seddon Coffee Table (Natural)
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery, Apple Buckets, Autumn Decor Shutter A & Sina Wall Board
  • La Galleria, Pillows (re-textured)
  • Shutter Field, Fall Letter Decor & Pumpkin Lanterns
  • Sway’s, Alice Topiary (Mediterranean C & D)
  • Serenity Style, My Old Piano & Dizzie Room Divider (@ Mesh Avenue Event 9/10/15)
  • Apple Fall, Charlotte’s Pears, Books, Handbag & Scarf, Coffee & Muffin, Unknown Specimen
  • What Next, Decorative Pumpkins & Maison Drapes (re-textured)
  • The Loft, Little Yellow Candle & Alex Lantern Orange
  • Jian, Wine Cart
  • Cleo Design, Fireplace
  • LISP, Portland Fire Accessories & Blinds Wide Long (Chestnut)
  • Junk, Firewood Holder
  • Fancy Decor, Birch Candles
  • Pilot, Romantic Candlesticks (Gold) & Chandelier (Gold)
  • StoraxTree, Woven Rug 61