Twisted Victorian Gothic

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Victorian Gothic LRThe Twisted Hunt (9/19-10/19) is well under way and although dubbed the hardest hunt on Second Life, the prizes are worth the effort.  Today, I’m showcasing Finishing Touches main hunt gift the Qi Skybox, side hunt items and a corresponding gacha collection.  The skybox and all the furnishings have a modern Victorian Gothic influence in a black, white and grayscale palette….perfect for a sophisticated Halloween.  Victorian Gothic is an architectural style and movement during the mid-late 19th century, often seen as a sub-style of the broader Gothic Revival style.  It is characterized by gothic details, decorative patterns, scallopping, lancet windows and hood moulding.  Architectural elements such as pointed arches, steep-sloping roofs and fancy carvings like lace ant lattice-work were applied to a wide range of Gothic Revival objects.  The movement is all about drama and elegance with lavish interiors, curved ornate furniture and plenty of decorative details.

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Victorian GothicFinishing Touches Qi skybox has a decorative pattern tiled ceiling, tall narrow pointed arched windows, oversized white candle fireplace and white/black wainscoting.  I styled the Victorian living space with the tufted curved black & white sofas, armchairs and stools enhancing the ornate detailed birdcage chandeliers and patterned tapestry wall hangings.  Pops of red, hanging boston ferns, potted palms and framed Victorian silhouette complete the space.

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Gold SkeletonTo commemorate the 11th Twisted Hunt, Finishing Touches is offering a side hunt with eleven gifts that correspond to the gacha collection.  The hunt items include 3 versions of a skirted table, 3 versions of hanging tapestry, couple rugs with pillows, Persian Grey wrinkled rug, box of skulls, pumpkin trio and ceramic vase.  All side hunt gifts can be found in the Twisted Qi skybox (the main Twisted Hunt gift).  Do you love the Qi skybox?  Need to furnish it, then check out the gacha for beautifully twisted coordinating decor priced at $50 per play.  Try your luck at black or white caged chandeliers, shadow box frames, tulip lamps, coffee tables, and tufted stools (see key below).

_FT_ Twisted Gacha Fall 2015Lastly, 24Karat Roux, owner and creator of Finishing Touches is offering the Rolled Arm Couch & Chair in White Leather and Black Leather for 50% off the regular price during the Twisted Hunt.  The couch and chair were designed to coordinate with the Twisted Qi skybox hunt gift and Twisted gacha decor items.  Hope you are inspired to create an elegance spooky gothic Halloween using the Finishing Touches free Twisted hunt gifts.  Happy Hunting!

Taxi to Finishing Touches please…

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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