Trending: Boho Chic

Boho Overview

A current trend in interior design is Bohemian!  The Boho Chic style is denoted by collected items from world travels, selected finds at yard sales/ flea markets, and your own creative inspiration; largely centered on global aesthetics and imported products.  Patterns, colors, and styles are intermingled to create lounge style spaces.  Furniture is low to the ground with multiple floor pillows in seating areas and walls are covered with hanging tapestries and beaded curtains.  This is the genesis of the great room where function meets style.

Boho LR

For my build, I used several items from the new cycle of The Perfect Ten event (available until 3/15/15, event items are discounted) including Heart & Homes Boho Green Spring Set (rug & chair) and Willowinds Conway Couch, as well as Little Llama Grandma’s Desk prints from The Challenge March round (theme Globetrotter).  I also used Sway’s Phoda Wicker Chair, exclusively at Ubertheme bohemian.   Most of the other items in the space were ‘finds’ in my inventory from past shopping adventures, my sponsor blogger packs, borrowed from friends (Thanks Morgan!), and current Arcade items.  Let your imagination flow and embrace the spirit of the Boho movement.  Happy decorating!

Boho Piano

Boho Tent Bed

Whispers of Springtime!

Finishing Touches | Floral Mint Collection

This week has been unseasonably warm in my area.  It’s normally in the mid-50’s/60’s and rains during the month of March.  The weekend forecast has high of 75 degrees, which is awesome.  Spring is upon us and it’s time for me to change my sim over from snowy winter to spring landscaping.  In the meantime, I styled the Trompe Loeil Attic Skybox with Finishing Touches new release, Floral Mint Collection available for 50% off at The Perfect Ten until March 15, 2015.  Finishing Touches Floral Mint Collection includes a twin trundle-bed in soft green floral, mint rugs, matching rocking chair, white chest, standing birdcage with ivy, wall lanterns, and double hanging wall picture frames.  I accessorize the soft, sweet, girly room with spring floral close-up photos, butterfly and bee wall art, Second Spaces Elizabeth Guest Room Shelf, Rosalie Secretary Desk, and Beverly Quilt Rack.  For some added sweetness, I also included Sway’s Cupcake Bunny, Flower and Butterfly, both gathca items at the current round of The Arcade ($50L a play).  Hope you enjoyed the post and are inspired to refresh your space for springtime!

Taxi to Perfect Ten please…

Finishing Touches | Floral Mint Collection 2

Finishing Touches | Floral Mint Collection Rocking Chair

Structure: Trompe Loeil, Attic Skybox

  • Trundle Bed, Rugs, Rocking Chair, White Chest, Ivy Standing Birdcage, Wall Lanterns, & Double Hanging Wall Picture Frames: Finishing Touches, Floral Mint Collection (50% off @ The Perfect Ten)
  • Shelf Cabinet, Desk & Blanket Rack: Second Spaces
  • Watercolor Butterfly Wall Art: La Galleria (**FREE**)
  • Butterfly & Bee Diagrams: Floorplan (Past Group Gifts)
  • Hodgepodge Alarm Clock, Window Shelf, & Leora Hatbox Stool: What Next
  • Cupcake Bunny & Birdcage Photo Frame: Sway’s, Flower and Butterfly (@ The Arcade)
  • Suitcase Flower Box: Shutter Field
  • Desk/Dining Chair: Tromp LoeilDarya Dining Chair
  • Potted Pansy & Hanging Pansy: Alouette

Holiday Open House Tour!

Holiday Home Front

Happy Holidays!  I hope you had a wonderful celebration and were surrounded by love, laughter, family and friends.  We, at Hidden Gems in Second Life, wish you a wonderful New Year!

Entry Hall

My design partner, Niki Silverweb and I are opening the doors to our personal homes for the last Interior & Spaces Open House of 2014 from December 30, 2014 to January 6, 2015 (SLT midnight).  We created two charming holiday homes that showcase some of the fabulous Christmas tree designs and holiday decor offered on Second Life.  We were a little late this year because we both ended up with the flu, but we wanted to take this opportunity to invite you on a self-guided tour to enjoy our take on this festive season.  It’s never too early to plan for holiday 2015!

Master Bedroom Suite

Our main home is the Scarlet Creative Lavender Brown house which features a master bedroom suite, dazzling entry hall reception area with mobile snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, a hall of trees inspired by real life traditions, a tartan plaid formal living room, and a fun-filled family dining room with kid’s table.  Nestled in the hillside forest is our guest quarters also designed by Scarlet Creative.  The Princess Jezibell Snug is a two-story cabin with a rustic eclectic vibe complete with a downstairs great room and an upstairs bedroom retreat with sleeping area for four or more.

We brought the holiday entertainment outside with hillside sledding, skating, hiking and a quiet spot among the hanging lanterns in the Barnesworth Anubis Filigree gazebo.  While exploring the great outdoors, you will encounter sheep, rabbits, deer, weasels, and penguins dotting the property.  We hope you enjoy the open houses and are inspired by our vision!

Landmark for main holiday home: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Premium/250/159/22

Landmark for rustic cabin (follow the stars): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Premium/211/143/27

Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Bedroom Fireplace

Bedroom View from bed

Reading Nook

Hall Table Decor

Entry Hall

Entry Hall Side Table Collage

Dining Room

Overview of DR

Dining Room

DR Fireplace

DR Tree

DR Kids Table

Hall of Trees

Hall of Trees #2

Hall of Trees (view of LR)

View of Hall of Trees from LR

Living Room

Living Room Main Tree

Living Room Sweet Tables

LR Secretary Desk

LR Sweet Treat Corner w:Angel QuiltOutdoor Decor

Outdoor Decor Main House Skating Pond

Outdoor Decor Main House Front Door

Outdoor Snowman Main House

Outdoor Decor Main House Gazebo

Rustic Cabin

Cabin Front

Great Room

Cabin Living Room Fireplace

Cabin LR

Kitchen

Cabin Great Room Kitchen Stove close-up

Cabin Breakfast bar

Cabin Kitchen Sink

Cabin Kitchen sink left

Cabin Kitchen sink right

Bedroom Loft

Cabin Bedroom

Cabin Bedroom 2

Main House

Scarlet Creative, Lavender Brown House

Outside Decor: Park Place Holiday Green Candy Cane Wreath, Potomac Signature Homes Skating Rink, Barnesworth Anubis Filigree Snow Covered Gazebo, What Next Lanterns, DIGS Bench, Half Deer Star Lighted Path, Potomac Signature Homes Snowman with sled, The Mustard Seed Winter Animals & Ferns, D Lab Sheep, Isphachi Penguins, Finishing Touches Red Tree on Pedestal Urns, Finishing Touches Snowman w/tree

Entry Hall: 

  • Duo Green Trres: Kismet, Snowflake Tree ‘K’ undecorated
  • Hanging Snowflakes: Plethora, Counting Snowflakes
  • Sofa: Scarlet Creative, Lucky 8
  • Round White Table: Apple Fall, Charlotte
  • Peace Sign: Trompe Loeil (2014 Advent Calendar)
  • Table Top Tree: Sickly Sweet, Small Christmas Tree (N)
  • Side Console Tables: The Loft, Bacall White Desk
  • Pewter Trees: Mudhoney, Metal Tree Topiary
  • Wreaths: Finishing Touches, Red Balls Double Wreaths
  • Trio Snow globes: Finishing Touches, Winter Fantasy Sleigh Ride Snow Globe
  • Mason Jar Snow Globe & Sleigh Card Holder: Park Place

Hall of Trees: 

  • Color Tree: Heart Homes/Aphrodite Shop, Christmas Family Tree
  • Dove Tree: Stonewood Interiors, POE Christmas Tree
  • White Tree: Potomac Signature Homes, Snowy Spruce (Holiday Lane Collection)
  • Gingerbread Tree: Follow Us, Sugar Gingerbreadman Tree
  • Upstairs reading Nook: Apple Fall Fairfax Sideboard, Half Deer Mini Winter Scenes (telephone & winter cabin), Cleo Designs Snowy Frames, Mini Tree *A*ChristmasTree2014 Gold, & Art Dummy, Cathedral Mirrors
  • White Wooden Wall Tree: Myrine

Bedroom:

  • Chandelier: Apple Fall, Pearl Chandelier
  • Rug: Apple Fall, Fabrique
  • Bed & Side Tables: Apple Fall, Annan
  • Lamps: Apple Fall, Dolly
  • Armorie: Apple Fall, Plantation
  • Merry & Bright Sign: Floorplan
  • Dresser & Mirriors: Mudhoney, Zoe
  • Mini White Tree in Urn: Finishing Touches
  • Noel Snow Blocks: Myrine
  • Gingerbread House: Thaino Designs
  • Round White Side Table: Apple Fall, Charlotte
  • Bambi Figurine: Apple Fall (2014 Arcade)
  • Ornament Bowl: Dust Bunny
  • Mini White Twinkling Snow Tree: C&D designs (N)
  • Sofa & Armchair: Scarlet Creative, Lucky 8
  • Fireplace w/lights, Noel Sign & Framed Art: Apple Fall, Chateau
  • Fire log basket: Apple Fall
  • Mini White/Green Tree on fireplace: Callie Cline (N)
  • Victoria’s Dollhouse: Apple Fall
  • Side Armories: Apple Fall, Charlotte Cabinet
  • Wall Screens: Trompe Loeil, Ines Screen
  • Side Chairs: Apple Fall, Fairfax 
  • Design Books: Apple Fall
  • Christmas Tree w/deer with Presents: Sickly Sweet, White Gold & Silver Tree
  • Drapes: What Next, Madison

Dining Room:

  • Table & Chair Set w/stockings & placements: What Next, Laurel Christmas
  • Fireplace: Stonewood Interiors, POE Christmas Fireplace
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery: Earth Wooden Blocks, White Wooden Trees, Forest Wall Trees, Candle Tray, Hatbox w/teddy bear, Red & White Reindeer, Noel Console Table, Ho Ho Ho Sign, Stick Tree, Presents, Stocking Hanger, It’s Beginning Sign, Card Holder, Sweet Treats Side Table, Frosted Ornament Tree (Kids Table), Hatbox Presents, Baby It’s Cold Sign, Twig Wreath & Advent Candle Display
  • Holiday Food Cart w/Turkey: Follow Us
  • Ornament Rug & Santa Lucia Tree: Dench Designs, POE 2013
  • Mini Choo-choo Train: *M&B* Luxus Designs (N)
  • Plaid Cubby Chair: What Next, Winter Cubby Chair
  • Kids Table & Chairs: Apple Fall, Pottery Dining Table & Chair Set
  • Snowflake Rug: Potomac Signature Homes, Holiday Lane Collection
  • Placemats & Table Settings: Thaino Designs
  • Wooden Tree Art: Free Bird
  • Snowman (Outside): DRD (Death Row Designs)

Living Room:

  • Thaino Designs: Rug, Sofa & Matching Chairs
  • Sweet Treat Chairs: StoraxTree, Royal Heritage Armchairs
  • Sweet Treat Table: Apple Fall, Pottery Dining Table
  • Sweet Treat Decor: Dreamscapes Art Gallery Candles, Finishing Touches Tabletop St. Lucia Tree, Apple Fall Christmas Pudding, Cherry Voulevants & Cookies
  • Wreath & Garland Fireplace Decor: Cozy Essentials
  • Nutcrackers: Convair, Nutcracker Soldier
  • Coffee & Side Table: DIGS, Etieene
  • Santa Tray: Follow Us
  • Mini Tree on Plate: Dreamscapes Art Gallery
  • Secretary Desk & Decor: Second Spaces
  • Desk Chair: Apple Fall, Fusion Dining Chair
  • Fireplace Mantle Decor: Dreamscapes Art Gallery Candle Plate, Park Place Mason Jar Snow Globe & Words for All Signs
  • Noel Sign: Trompe Loeil (2013 Advent Calendar)
  • Reclaimed Armoires: Apple Fall, Annan
  • Wreath on Armoires: Park Place, Holiday Wreath with Pinecones 
  • Wreath over Armories: Finishing Touches, Pine Wreath Pine Cones & Lights & Christmas Packages
  • Main Tree: Finishing Touches, Trim-a-Tree Red w/presents & tree skirt
  • Blanket Basket: Mudhoney, Alex Blanket Basket
  • Drink Cart: Pilot, Bridges Bar Cart
  • Angel Wall Quit: Finishing Touches, Angels of Peace Quilted Wall Hanging
  • Gold Tree Card Holder: Sway’s, Noel Wire Christmas Tree Wall Photo Holder
  • Chandelier: Pilot, Gold Chandelier

Rustic Cabin

Scarlet Creative, Princess Jezibell Snug

Outside Decor: Serendipity Designs, Winterberry Christmas Sled & Park Place, Holiday Green Candy Cane Wreath

Great Room

Living Room:

  • Drapes: What Next
  • Sofa: Pilot, Lumberjack Red/Black
  • Armchair: Floorplan
  • Black Sled Table: ???
  • Santa Tray & Snow Globe: Follow Us
  • Black Trees: Follow Us
  • Sofa Lamp: DIGS
  • Suitcase Table: Dust Bunny
  • Brass Table Lamp: Theosophy
  • Ceiling Light: Pilot, Railroad Tie Chandelier

Reading Nook:

  • Armchair: What Next, Winter Plaid Cubby Chair
  • Sled Shelf: Isphachi
  • Suitcase Table: Dreamscapes Art Gallery
  • Candle Plate: Olive
  • Moose Head Card Holder: Finishing Touches
  • Ladder Lights: Junk
  • Black Cutout Tree: Balaclava
  • Red Lite X-mas Sign: Follow Us
  • Ceiling Lights: Apple Fall, Strung Branch Pendant Light
  • Fireplace: Finishing Touches, Stone & Oak (Tree of Life collection)
  • Log Basket: Hideki
  • Stockings: Follow Us
  • Notes to Santa: Consignment
  • Happy Holiday Red Frame: Floorplan
  • Moose Head: Serendipity Designs
  • Red Sled: Trompe Loeil, Let It Snow Decorative Sled (2013 Advent Calendar #10)

Kitchen:

  • Refrigerator: Dutchie 1930’s
  • Candle Tree: Trompe Loeil, Tree Candleholder
  • Porcelain Deer Heads: Dust Bunny
  • Sink Unit: Cheeky Pea, Yukon Kitchen
  • Sink Decor: Food Follow Us, 8f8 Milk Bottles & Isphachi Musical Snow Globe
  • Stove: Apple Fall
  • Stove Decor: Dust Bunny Kettle & Mittens, Chez Moi Xmas Kitchen Shelf
  • Holiday Chalk Board: Frogstar
  • Breakfast Bar: Brixley Black Console Table, Theosophy Garvagh II Stool (Crow), Chez Moi Xmas Snack Placements & Follow Us Plum Pudding
  • Trophy Wall: Vespertine Faux Trophy, Dust Bunny (Ivory & Coal), & Vita Boudoir Rudolph Trophy

Bedroom Loft:

  • Beds: Vespertine
  • Couch: LISP
  • Sled w/Presents: Follow Us
  • Lights Above Windows: Second Spaces
  • Rugs: White Fur & Tarte, Snow White Rug
  • Winter White Tree: Trompe Loeil
  • Twig Stars: Tarte
  • Wood Stove: Sway’s
  • Porcelain Deer Heads: Dust Bunny
  • Window Seat w/logs: Second Spaces
  • Grey Sled Coffee Table: Vespertine
  • Santa Tray: Follow Us
  • Telescope: Theosophy
  • White pouf: Soy
  • Trees: Botanical, Reclaimed Barn Wood Tree & Industrial Ladder Tree, Trompe Loeil Funky Gold Tree
  • Ceiling Light: Theosophy, Ceredigion Chandelier
  • White Linen Cabinet: Second Spaces {side wall not shown}
  • Matchstick Ladder: Soy {side wall not shown}
  • Cheers Sign: Floorplan {side wall not shown}

First Frost

Icy Princess Bedroom FR

I know what some of my loyal readers are thinking, doesn’t she live in California, has she ever seen snow?  Yes, you are right, I live in the great Golden state and you’re partial correct in your thinking, I can’t appreciate winter unless I’ve been snowed-in and my legs buried deep in snow banks.  For the record, I did see snow once, that was on the same trip to the Sierra when I attempted skiing, for the first and only time, which resulted in a broken leg.  Having said that, I live in the Silicon Valley, where we have our own version of winter and don’t panic at the sight of rain like our southern neighbors.  Speaking of rain, it’s been raining cats & dogs for a few days and last week we had our first ever rain day, almost all schools were closed and most business.  According to the weather folks, we were suppose to get huge gust of winds and heavy rain, they were concerned that the creeks would overflow.  Honestly, seemed like a bunch of smoke and no fire, so to speak, but I can’t complain, California been in a drought for a few years and every drop helps.  When I was a kid, we had a drought and had to extremely cut back our water usage, saving dish water to water house plants and letting our lawns turn brown.  One year, I can remember it like it was yesterday, it was right around Christmas, we had a deep frost and my backyard citrus trees were covered in icicles.  I broke a few off and saved them in the freezer, I guess I thought every drop counts! 🙂

The Mustard Seed Icy Fireplace FR

I was inspired by the colors Winter, specific the frost palette of soft blues, shimmering teals, creamy whites, and sparkling silvers for today’s interior design post using a number of items (some free) from current events.  I created an icy princess bedroom hideaway complete with a stacked mattress daybed from Cleo Designs for The Challenge Fairytale theme, frosted Winter Trees from Trompe Loeil (**FREE**), snowflake winter decor, and a cozy fireplace from The Mustard Seed.  I also wanted to showcase Sassy Ripples Gown (POE7 Gift), a sexy sequined aqua and black number with a low-cut back and peek-a-boo side.  I paired the gown with Chop Zuey Sultaness Set, available on the 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar (gifts for members and non-members) and Belleza’s new Christmas Group Gift skin, Mae.  I hope you have some time this weekend to pick up some of these deals and are inspired by all the magic of the season.

Icy Princess Bed FR

Finishing Touches Snowglobe FR

On a side note, my blog Hidden Gems in Second Life turns two today.  I honestly can’t believe that something I started on a whim has now become a part of my life for the last few years.  As I grow and expand my brand, I reflect back on all the post, looks, comments and suggestions, and all I can say is thank you.  Thank you for your support and readership. Hopefully, I can stop time and post a top 10 list before 2015, but if we don’t meet again till the new year, I wish you a glorious and bright holiday season filled with love, lights, good food and joyous smiles!

Belleza X-mas Group Gift Skin FR

POE7 Hunt | Sassy Gown FR

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Things Remembered

Farmhouse Bedroom

The Arcade swung open it’s doors last Monday and the crowds were waiting with baited breath.  The September round is filled with a great deal of home decor, which makes me very excited.  Any excuse to change my home over and design with different themes only strengthens my design ability.  When I first saw the Apple Fall Mayfair collection, I thought European Country, then I loved the Scarlet Creative Meribel group rethinking the pieces into a Farmhouse luxury romantic bedroom. Thanks to the generosity of some of my friends and yard sales, I was able to create my country girlie retreat, complete with a miniature dollhouse, tea time lounge spot, Victorian perfume bottles, and a cozy love seat.  Key to the farmhouse style is reclaimed wood, exposed beams, scrap wood floors, and special pieces. Turning the farmhouse into a luxury suite, I layered antiques and textures blending the furniture styles with colors in the rugs to create a story and unique lifestyle. Hope you enjoy!

Close up Tea Spot

Farmhouse Tea Spot

Farmhouse Book Pile

Farmhouse Grandfather Clock

Close up Vanity

Close up Bed Tray

Items at The Arcade:

  • Bed, Bench & Stool: Scarlet Creative, Meribel Collection
  • Victoria’s Armoire, Dolly Lamp, Portrait Frame, Frame Shelf, Landscape Frame, Pheasant Feathers, Carriage Clock, Stepladder Table & Dollhouse: Apple Fall, Mayfair Collection
  • Florian Chair, Dresser & Breakfast Tray: Ispachi, Florian Collection
  • Attar Perfume Bottles: Zaara, The Maharani’s Boudoir

Other items used:

  • Home: Mountain Lodge: Scarlet Creative
  • Gramophone, Reading Piles & Victorian Music Box: {Arcana}
  • Grandfather Clock: Myrine
  • Chandelier [Gold]: Pilot
  • Tea Trolley, Tea Set, Monogram Luggage & Hydrangea: Apple Fall
  • Hat Boxes: Lark
  • End Table: Floorplan
  • Pink Roses: The Mustard Seed (*free subscriber gift)
  • Planter Suitcase: shutter field
  • Cream Rug (Pastel Chinese Flower Tree – under bed): La Galleria
  • Blue Round Rug (Round Cobalt Blue – under tea spot): Willowinds (*free on The Renaissance Hunt)