It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Park Place Victorian Sitting Room Framed

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends, are stuffed with yummies in your tummy, and ready to start to decorate for Christmas!  Today, I present a traditional Victorian living room from Park Place Home Decor and The Mustard Seed, both discounted at the Mieville Thames Frost Fair, opening November 28 and closing December 28, 2014.  Park Place Victorian Holiday Sitting Room Set consists of scarlet upholstered  walnut bench and settee, walnut and marble fireplace with decorative decor, Victorian end table with etched rose glass lamp, and needlepoint armchair with lace tablecloth side table, individually discounted 50% off or 70% off for the whole set.  The Mustard Seed Christmas Kitty Set included three multicolored ornament trees and a sleeping cat in basket, plus there are many other adorable items, so go check it out!  I added a sweet treat buffet table, some vintage inspired paintings, Park Place’s sleigh card holder (available in-world), and a sneak peek of Park Place snow globes offered at 2014 Second Life Christmas Expo, opening December 4, 2014, to create an elegant formal living room perfect for Christmas morning or holiday parties.  Park Place is having a Black Friday weekend specials all sales items available in either copy or transfer versions for gift giving, and transfer items are gift wrapped!!  Taxi to the Thames Frost Fair…

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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)

Welcome to Charmville!

S&S Village overview

The April/May round of The Collage opened on the 23rd with delightful designs and exclusive releases from 8 home & garden creators: Thaino Designs, Serendipity Designs, Shutter Field, Cozy Essentials, Spargel & Shine Homes, Dreamscapes Art Gallery, Prime, and Lumiere.  You are guaranteed to find something for everyone’s taste.  The exclusive offerings this month include a luxury bathroom treat, outdoor garden decor, business board room, nature art studio and picnic set, shabby chic craft and sewing room, screened gazebo and furniture, and a very special treat, an adorable Victorian shop!

S&S Corner Shoppe

With the exclusive items,  I created a sweet and charming build with a nod to a country village.  Spargel & Shine Homes Annie’s Antique Corner Shoppe transported me to the fictional town of Avonlea from Anne in Green Gables, a beloved children’s’ novel.  I imagined title character Anne would visit a country dress shop, similar to the one I created, with rambling paths and picnic area on her journey into town.  This quaint build is my new favorite with enchanting spring foliage, al fresco dining area, art spot, and a porch swing adjacent to the neighbor’s house.  Since I created a large build, I’m going to break the post into sections.  First, let’s set the scene in the garden.

S&S side pathSpargel & Shine Homes Victorian corner shop is a lime washed brick with intricate wood craved casing around the windows and doors, exquisite stained glass panels, faded vintage signs and welcoming french doors, leading to a tin ceiling first floor store.  A side note, what a fun tongue and check note for all Scandel viewers, the optician sign from Defiance, Ohio :-).

Defiance, Ohio

To enhance the feeling of a country boutique, I created a windy cobblestone path with overflowing spring flowers of daffodils, lavender, and iris, shrubs, ground cover and delicate trees line the edge.  The Barnesworth Anubis stone garden pavers kit surrounds the Ash tree with mini spring bulbs in the center of the village.   This garden setting resembles a park with rest areas and sweeping views of the water.

Pathway

The country path runs parallel to a neighboring home furnished with Cozy Essentials exclusive items.  Ms. Paige Raven, producer of Cozy Essentials made the Garden Swing with animations for adults, children and couples, as well as the Hailey Bench (animations with props), Hailey Side Table, Muskoka Adirondack Chair and Butterfly Planter & Tree.  Also included at The Collage is a screened gazebo with painted cloud ceiling and sliding double doors (look for the gazebo featured in an upcoming blog post).  These charming pieces could accompany any home style and are a nice addition to your inventory.  Cozy Essentials is one of the few home designers that offers animations for kids and they have a separate children’s store with family friendly furniture.  Taxi to Cozy Essentials mainstore…

{CE} Garden Swing

{CE} Bench

{CE} Chairs

Everyone loves the park to enjoy natures beauty, or to run after to kids, or better yet, a picnic!  Well, you’re in luck and just in time for summer nights filled with al fresco dining parties, Prime’s picnic set is perfect.  The Rustic Picnic Table is a sturdy bench & table unit, complete with animations for males & females, seats up to four avatars with auto-wearable props.  The picnic table comes in two sizes, one for average SL avatars and the other made to fit RL sized avatars.  Ms. Reven Rosca, co-owner and designer of PRIME also released the flower field and tub of Hibiscus.  Corresponding tubs of flowers, fencing and other garden decor items are available at The Collage.  These are great items that you will use over and over this spring & summer.  PRIME is an expert at creating animations for male and females, and known to have the best LGBT beds in SL.  Taxi to PRIME mainstore…

PRIME Rustic Table

Prime table, oceanview

Another activity one loves to do on a warm day at the park is be inspired by nature and paint.  Ms. Heavenly Villa, creator of shutter field made the ideal set, Garden Easel Set & Garden Bench.  The Garden Easel with canvas comes in two styles, green with a painting of topiaries, and cream with a landscape of flowers, accompanied with corresponding colored stools and benches to rest the painters palette.  You could always use the Garden Bench under a tree, window or inside your home.  Ms. Villa has a number of other items displayed at The Collage including another easel set, additional canvases, lanterns, picnic basket, and corresponding outdoor dining set.  All of these items are absolutely a must have!  Shutter Field has nature inspired appointments with muted colors that blends easy into your home. Taxi to shutter field mainstore…

shutter field easel green

SF- Close up green easel set

SF- Close up cream easel set

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of a country village. Tomorrow, we go inside Spargel & Shine Annie Antique Corner Shoppe, where I will show you the dress boutique and the upstairs workroom. There are lots of wonderful items at The Collage that you don’t want to miss.  Let’s Get Decorating!  Taxi please…