Sunday at Grandma’s House

Rustic Shabby Chic Grandma Cottage

I mentioned previously that the SL Home & Garden Expo 2014 offers anything and everything you would want for your home, store, or land, even a perfect living room collection from Potomac Signature Homes that reminds me of a Sunday visit to Grandma’s house.  There was always a pot of tea brewing, homemade sweet treats tray, and fresh cut roses.  On cold days, a blazing fire took the chill from the room as we watched the leaves change into glorious colors during the autumn season.  Grandma’s home was warm and welcoming with antique treasured collections from her world travels.  I tried to channel my Grandmother’s rustic shabby chic home with SL Home & Garden Expo 2014 exclusives using Potomac Signature Homes Ivy Lane Living Room Set, Spargel & Shine Homes Antique Rug Peach Floral* & Woman with Bouquet of Roses painting, Weekend Salvage Home & Garden Writer’s Desk & Chair (Stars)*, Cleo Design Wrought Iron Garden Set & %Percent Jane’s Friends Room Divider (White/Silver)*. If you love the feeling of a cozy inviting cottage and a visit to yesteryear, do yourself a favor and get shopping at the Home & Garden Expo!

The 7th Annual Home & Garden Expo 2014 opened Tuesday, September 16 and will run until September 28, 2014, featuring over 80 creators on 9 sims.  Home and Garden Expo (HGE) raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/.

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* = Donation items

Structure: Thaino Designs (Sim 1): The Dreamers Home

Living Room

  • Potomac Signature Homes (Sim 1): Ivy Lane Living Room Set
  • Spargel & Shine Homes (Sim 6)Antique Rug Peach Floral* & Woman with Bouquet of Roses painting
  • Weekend Salvage Home & Garden (Sim 5)Writer’s Desk & Chair (Stars)*
  • Cleo Design (Sim 6)Wrought Iron Garden Set
  • %Percent (Sim 2): Jane’s Friends Room Divider (White/Silver)*

Where Dreams are Made!

Garden Playhouse

When I was a young girl, my Mom converted her glass greenhouse into a garden playhouse for me.  Nestled among the roses and butterfly bushes, I had this magical dreamy world all my own where I could play dress-up, draw, read, or just hang out with my friends.  It was the best! Somehow all my dollies, stuffies and cookie tins ended up under the sofa.  My great-aunt’s old furniture would be repurposed after some sanding and a new coat of paint. Looking back now, I can see my love for shabby chic was forged in my little playhouse. Decorating for children always allows for a playful, whimsical side of my personality to shine. I wanted to create a tribute to a my childhood playhouse using exclusive items from SL Home & Garden Expo 2014 from Persnickity, Thaino Designs, Dreamscapes Art Gallery*, Serenity Styles (gacha), Shabby Tabby*, Dekute Dekore* (part of the Story Time set), NACH*, R(S)W Home & Garden, La Vieux Carre, and EDD Homes & Garden.  You can easily use the items in a child’s bedroom, study, reading nook, or a grown up living space.  Rethinking the Persnickity garden shed as an additional living space will guarantee to add interest to your homestead, spark creativity and conversation.  Happy shopping!

The 7th Annual Home & Garden Expo 2014 opened Tuesday, September 16 and will run until September 28, 2014, featuring over 80 creators on 9 sims.  Home and Garden Expo (HGE) raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/.

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* = Donation items

Structure: Persnickity, Garden Shed

Garden Decor

  • Persnickity (Sim 3): Tree Tunnel & Dripping Faucet with Pink Roses
  • EED Home & Garden (Sim 2)Hanging Basket

Inside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Old Shabby Patch Sofa
  • La Vieux Carre (Sim 8): Hey Yall Wall Sign
  • NACH (Sim 1): Inspirational Words Decal*Monster Storytime Cushion (Green, Classic Hunt item)
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4): Bookworm Shelf & Chair*
  • R(S)W HOme & Garden (Sim 6)Cookie Tin (Picturebook), Votive Candle in Glass CupDragonfly DragonButterfly Shadow Box
  • Shabby Tabby (Sim 8)Chalky LightsStory Time Bookshelf
  • Dekute Dekore (Sim 4): Stacked Books Lamp (Pastels, part of the RFL Story Time Set)
  • Serenity Styles (Sim 3)The Vain Little Mouse Pink (gacha)

The Space Between

Johandez Bedroom
More goodies from SL Home & Garden Expo 2014!  Since I’ve been tagged queen of the boudoir (just call me bedroom eyes, giggles), I wanted to create something a bit different, a raw sophisticated haven using HGE exclusives from Johadez Garden Bed*, Fence, and Dead Tree print, Follow Us Girly Desk*, Bed Tray (Rare Gacha)Kaerri Side Table and Caged Dove, and Revival XO Sign*.  I love the golden fields of barley and autumn trees in my garden, it reminds me of Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting Christina’s World (1948), so I changed viewpoitns to have the garden view as the backdrop in my luxurious rustic bedroom.  I don’t normally add music to interior design blog posts because I don’t want it to distract from the items, but this room is calling out for some Nina Simone.  Enjoy!

* = Donation items

Structure: Thaino Designs, Dreamer House (available @ HGE)

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Harvest Moon Hideaway!

Framed Final Harvest Moon Hideaway

The 7th Annual Home & Garden Expo 2014 opened Tuesday, September 16 and will run until September 28, 2014, featuring over 80 creators on 9 sims.  Home and Garden Expo (HGE) raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/.

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In the past, I had the good fortune to participate in the Relay for Life Christmas Expo 2013 and the Fashion for Life 2014 event, both part of the umbrella of RFL of SL fundraising events.  This season is equally exciting and I was selected as an official blogger for HGE where home builders, interior designers, and landscape artists present display exhibits for inspiration and donation.  All the creators designed two exclusive items for sale with 100% of proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.  Styles range from shabby chic to modern, Victorian to gothic, rustic to whimsical.  Other offerings at SL Home and Garden Expo are building classes, raffles, silent auction, gacha, and two hunts.  Anything and everything you would want for your home, property, store, or sim is available at the Home Expo 2014.

Thaihiti Baroque of Thaino Designs created an adorable octagonal shape Secret Wood House with flower window boxes, cream and pink plaid draw-back curtains, valances, and wainscoting.  I was inspired by the upcoming Autumnal season and wanted to build a Harvest Moon Hideaway with a fireplace, small bistro area, rest/relax spot with tea set, and reading nook.  Adorned in fall colors of orange, brown, golds, rust reds, celery greens, and blues, with touches of Halloween pumpkins and black cats.  Furnished with items exclusive at Home Expo from Cleo Designs, Thaino Designs*, Follow Us*, Dreamscapes Art Gallery, Good Furniture, Shabby Tabby, Kaerri, Serenity Style*, La Vieux Carre, Hanaya, and Striped Mocha*.  Pop over to the Home & Garden Expo and explore all 9 sims, be inspired, be generous, donate, and remember always Let’s Get Decorating! Taxi please…

Framed Flower Window Box

Framed Peek inside

Framed Coffe Table & Reading Nook

Framed Bistro Area

Framed View from inside

* = Donation items

Structure: Thaino Designs, Secrets Wood House

Outside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Pumpkin Seat*, Pumpkin Floor Decor* & Pumpkin Flower Beds
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4)Leaf Lampstands A/Autumn
  • Hanaya (Sim 6): Apple Bobbing Barrel (Classic Hunt Gift)
  • Other items used (not part of HGE): Pilot Barrel Pumpkin Display, Studio Skye Enchanting Forest & Silver Birch Trees

Inside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Hanging Pumpkins Baskets*
  • Cleo Designs (Sim 6): His & Her Chairs (Orange & Brown, Classic Hunt Gift), Coffee Table with Tea Set, Apples, and Pastry Decor, Fireplace, Reading Nook Beach & Decorative Shelves, Shutter Wall Hanging & Strawberry Cake
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4)Fall Chairs with plaid blankets and decorative candles, Leaf Chairs (Autumn & Summer) & Halloween Frame A
  • Shabby Tabby (Sim 8): Autumn Mantel Decor
  • Kaerri (Sim 8): Felicity Flower Umbrella 
  • Striped Mocha (Sim 1)Copper Kettle with Candles & Pumpkins*
  • Serenity Style (Sim 3): Journey Stepladder*
  • La Vieux Carre (Sim 8): Old Elm Spice Rack
  • Follow Us (Sim 4): Home Sweet Home Sign* (part of the Girly Desk set)
  • Good Furniture (Sim 5): Bistro Table
  • Other items used (not part of HGE): Shutter Field Pumpkin Lanterns, StoraxTree Rustic Rug 10 

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Dorm Style 101: Bright & Colorful

September always marks the beginning of school and in my small college town the students roll in with packed cars and giddy anticipation.  Soon after seeing their dreary and dark dorm rooms, they flood the local Target, Walmart, Goodwill and weekend yard sales to brighten up their space and make it feel like a home for the next 9 months.  I’ve always enjoy observing the students repurpose their finds.  I thought this experience would be a great fit for the monthly themed ? room feature.  Below, I designed a college students’ first studio apartment/dorm using items from The Challenge September theme Colorful.

Postcard RnRFirst, I imagined the clients, in this case the story of the students who would create the space. Bubbly and bright young eighteen year old female freshman art students were kindred spirits from the moment they met.  Raleigh hails from the South and Vivian is a native of the North, both are sweet, sunny, and chipper.  Their space needs LOTS of color to reflect their personalities with moments of glam, and a place to relax and soak in the California sun.  The girls wanted to create a modern vibrant funky hang out lounge space by repurposing Hate This Mine Chair (color change) Rock~n~Roll spiked barrel chairs which they spray painted in fluorescent metallic colors that instantly cheer up the room.  Pop Art inspired Hate This Expression Rug, Black Tulip Color Me Cat Shelf, Wiggly Lamp & Rug, Prime’s Style Wise No 5 Wall clock and comic book framed art finish the wall.  As first year art students they understood the founding principal of proportion; when dealing with bright colors and large-scale items you need a place for your eyes to rest, such as neutral walls, or in this case softer palette bed.

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Their creative juices started to flow in the bedroom area where they highlighted the matching twin Art Dummy! Slumber beds (blue & birch pink), with Plethora cut out paper mobile hanging lights dangle from the ceiling; a butterfly & house mobile each denoting the different personalities of the girls (*not part of The Challenge).  The bedroom wall called for pops of color.  The DIY’rs made their own floor lamps using a bare bulb and cut out painted plywood lamp silhouettes (Sway’s Floor Lamp Silhouette) which flank the two beds, and old balls of yard were woven together and framed (Kuro’s Color Framed Art) dividing the bedroom wall area.  In need of a glam moment, the girls painted a favorite quote, framed and hung it.  The Floorplan’s Sparkle sign (*not part of The Challenge) is the perfect piece to soften the space, and complement the Wimey Shabby Chickie Vanity Set. 

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The young ladies are lucky to have a large deck area filled with bright colorful chairs, and more do-it-yourself craft projects: repurposed old suitcases as garden planters, recycled broken tea-cup for side tables, upcycled lanterns and branches make unique lighting display, and a salvaged shabby chic mix-match painted bistro set.  Vivian’s favorite spot to cuddle up and do her homework is on Sway’s Sydney Boomerang Chair (color change, 25% off till Sept 7).  Raleigh’s most loved area is tucked on Kuro’s Colored Stacked Chair (color change) while enjoying shutter field Suitcase Planter’s on the deck railing.  Both ladies chosen garden locations are over flowing with vibrant plants, fun and funky finds from Thaino Designs and shutter field that furnish the deck and overlook the sea.  One of the great adventures of interior design is decorating and collaborating with others to blend a space into a livable unit.  Everyone can inject a little more color in their lives, so be free, cheery and whimsical, and go check out the offerings at this month’s round of The Challenge!

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Postcard Bistro

The outside front yard has a small plot of land planted with a sunflower fence and hosts a home for some rescue bunnies the girls found at their local shelter, the adorable Fence Garden and Occupied Outhouse is from The Mustard Seed and is available at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event till September 4!!!!

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