Happy New Year!

brook-hill-portobello-setCheers to 2017!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a magical New Year’s.  Since I’ve just returned to Second Life after a long hiatus, I didn’t have time to decorate for Christmas.  I’m just finishing up my landscaping of a winter country village with an overall theme of Winterfest. What is Winterfest you ask, well for me it’s a celebration of all things winter from snowflakes to icy landscapes.  Today’s styling features Brook Hill Living Portobello Set available at The Crossroads Event until 1/28/2017.  The Crossroads is new to me monthly event highlighting top SL creators from female fashion, skin, accessories and home decor.  Brook Hill’s Portobello set includes a high back tufted cream sofa with alternative red stripe linen fabric on the arms and seat.  There is also three pillow collections to choose from and a lite “Rockstar” marquee sign in two colors (not shown above).  Other items in the styling are What Next Amelie & Winter Picture Shelves and Dust Bunny Winter Treasures Collection.  I had hope to publish this blog sooner but time got away from me.  Hope you enjoyed my first interior design blog for the New Year.  I’m pleased I returned to SL, even if it’s limited because it makes me happy!

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Snowy Days!

Finishing Touches- Winter Edge Collection (frosted)Perfect Ten is ringing in the New Year with 10 home & garden designers offering discounts on new releases until January 15, 2016.  For my first interior design post of the year, I’ve created a cozy winter escape compete with crackling fire, tray of hot cocoa and comfy spots to snuggle up on a cold winter night using Finishing Touches Winter’s Edge collection.  The grouping consists of white/soft blue sofa and two armchairs with snowflake pillow accents, white wood oval coffee table, two versions of bare branch room dividers {open & covered}, marble fireplace, planted twinkle trees, decorative vases, framed artwork {not shown} and rug available for 50% off.  To finish the styling, I added What Next Vermont Hot Chocolate Tray (Cream) and Snowflake Slippers (subscribers group gift).  I also used Park Place Home Decor Let it Snow snow globe on the coffee table and Circa Living snowflake lanterns on the mantle and floor ($5L gift).  Finally, no alpine winter getaway is compete without some Happy New Year presents and a pearl decorated tree from Dust Bunny.  Finishing Touches Winter’s Edge collection is a great set and captures the icy seasons perfectly, stop by before 1/15/16 to take advantage of the discount!

Taxi to Perfect Ten please…

Finishing Touches- Winter Edge Collection (close-up frosted)

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_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

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Making an entrance!

Entry Hall

They say you only have one chance to make a first impression.  The same applies to your home as it’s a reflection of your personality and style.  A great foyer serves a dual purpose, first function and then an inviting space to greet your guest.  I styled a ‘under the sea’ themed summer beach house highlighting a few key elements to make a greeting entry including: table/cabinet, mirror, chair, empty baskets for keys, newspaper or mail, baskets of pillows or blankets for the porch, potted plants, lighting, and some fun decorative accessories.  One could also add a collection of family photos or coat rack/umbrella stand.  Don’t over look the importance of the first impression of your home.

Structure: Barnesworth Anubis, Hampton Cottage

  • Second Spaces: Under the Sea dresser (light blue seahorse)/bubble lights, Salvaged Console, Riviera pillows/deco clock/candles (teal)/blues boxes, Trinket Box (beige)
  • LISP: Jasmine Forest Chair
  • Lark: Cambria Basket
  • Dust Bunny: Coral bottle & Coastal Vases (Blue, past Arcade item)
  • Floorplan: Mermaid Print, Captain’s Desk Lantern (Ocean)
  • Apple Fall: Seaside Candle
  • La Galleria: Wreath Seashell Rustic (***FREE***)
  • Balaclava: Seahorse Candlestick (Silver)
  • Trompe Loeil: Beachside Cabinet (Blue)
  • The Mustard Seed: Plant in Vintage Crock Pots (discounted @ Perfect Ten until August 15, 2015)