Sunny’s Garden Cafe

FamouStation Caffe Di Milan June 2015

A current trend in Silicon Valley, CA (USA) is converting old Victorian homes into community gathering cafes.  Situated in garden settings, these new coffee houses have a kid’s play area, teen hangout lounge space and patio bistro seating.  Steps away from revolutionary technology, seniors are organizing chess clubs, new moms are sharing tips, high schoolers are cramming for quizzes, play dates are formed and industry moguls discuss emerging trends.  The coffee-house serving as a community dwelling place is not a new idea, but one that was reborn from the bland uniformity of the major brand that dominates the industry.  Anywhere in the world, a Starbucks looks and feels the same, with overpriced cups of java that you can’t pronounce or calorie counts you don’t wish to acknowledge.  Don’t get me wrong, time is limited and these coffee factories will serve your immediate needs, but your experience is impersonal, pre-packaged and undistinguishable.

FamouStation Caffe Di Milan (coffee shop) June 2015

I loved the community coffee shop idea and wanted to reproduce a garden cafe in Second Life using Serenity Style latest release Caffe Di Milan for FamouStation, available until June 17, 2015 at 1pm SLT.  To complete the cafe I used Serenity Style Le Petit Bistro, previously released for the February round of Gatcha Mania, now available at the main store.  For the teen hang-out lounge space of the cafe Sway’s Filis set was perfect.  The Filis paper lanterns hang throughout the cafe with the low bean-bag style chairs snuggled in the bay windows…ideal for teens.  Fresh cut flowers are placed on all bistro tables inside and outside of the cafe, reflecting respect for the garden environment. Take a step back to the future and experience the warmth and vibrancy of hometown Americana!

FamouStation Caffe Di Milan (overview) June 2015

Playful Springtime!

Serenity Style Spring March 2015

Happy first week of Spring!  The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the flowers are blooming.  I love springtime; it’s a wonderful time to refresh your home decor.  Serenity Style is participating in a number of monthly shopping events around the grid offering cute playful spring items.  I created a fun whimsical kids (or adult) hideaway all a washed in soft greens and blues including the Spring Tent, Retro Record Player, Spring Bunting and Spring Chairs.  Hop all over the grid to pick up these quaint accessories.

Table for Two!

Romantic Garden Gazebo

Countdown!  T minus 4 days till Cupid’s arrow hits you!  Yes, I know some of you guys are in denial, but this Saturday is Valentine’s Day and today I created a romantic garden gazebo getaway that you can use all year-long with some special sweet touches from Aphrodite Shop/Heart Homes.  The design duo of Marina Ramer (Aphrodite Shop) and Jaylin Whitewood (Heart Homes) have created everything you could wish for this season of love including a special Valentine’s Market sim.  Check it out!  Taxi please…

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Marina & Jaylin have also created a special Valentine’s Day experience for you at their Casa de Aromas Restaurant.  This Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 4-7pm SLT, they are hosting a formal dinner event with a 4 course Valentine themed menu, role play entertainment, live singers, chef demos, and Valentine gifts for guests.  This will be the perfect romantic spot for you to take your loved one.  For single or couple tickets and more information, click here. Please note the single ticket experience is designed to chat, meet and greet with other single SL residents and will take place on the Valentines Ferry ship.  Ahoy!

Outdoor Giant Love Sign

Aphrodite Shop- Gazebo Entry

After your unique and one of a kind experience at Casa de Aromas Restaurant, cozy up at home in a romantic garden gazebo that will be your private retreat for many days and nights. Created using Barnesworth Anubis Garden Gazebo (Dec 2014 Collabor88 item) and furnished with Aphrodite Shop/Heart Homes Valentines release is a sweet and simple hideaway that you can design too.  The inside of the gazebo is intimate and inviting with Heart Homes Romantic Piano and Garden Cafe Set {with pillar candles} dominating the space. (Please note that both Heart Homes items are part of the Valentine Gazebo collection, a set that includes 3 private pavilions connected by rose-covered bridges with animations and looks best submerged in water.)  Because it’s Valentine’s Day and I love Marina’s sweet treats I had to display part of the Valentine’s Mega Party Pack {discounted 25%} including the Salad Buffet Table, Dessert Tables #1 & #2 with animated fondue and strawberry jelly cookies, and Valentine Heart Shaped Balloon Arches, Floating Heart Balloons, and Love Signs.  I also added some recent releases from Serenity Styles consisting of the Love Gatcha items for the With Love Fair 2015 (2/6-20/15).  Finally, I incorporated Finishing Touches I Heart You Stacked Planter (discounted) and I Heart You Candle Trio (free subscriber gift) that matches perfectly with the I Heart You Retro Living Room collection I previously blogged.  Some other items used in the gazebo are Alouette Cupid’s Arrow (past group gift), What Next Tivona Tree Lanterns, and Free Bird Love Neon Sign (free subscriber gift).  I hope you enjoyed the romantic garden gazebo and have a wonderful passionate Valentine’s Day!

Taxi to Aphrodite Shop Valentine Market please…

Aphrodite Shop- Piano & Dessert Table

Aphrodite Shop-Dessert Table #1

Aphrodite Shop-Buffet Table

Aphrodite Shop-Dessert Table #2

Aphrodite Shop-Garden Set

Aphrodite Shop-Garden Set, close -up

The End of Days.

Fetch Tiffany set framed

One of my favorite monthly home and garden shopping events (& sponsor), The Collage has closed their event location and is restructuring into a store based event.  I will keep you posted and in the meantime, The Collage designers will provide the official Collage bloggers with their latest releases and offers.  But don’t worry, some other monthly home & garden shopping event I represent are The Challenge and The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event.  Hans Inshan, creator of Serenity Style and co-owner of The Feeling event (on hiatus till Fall) designed and released the cute retro frame art available for $1L at the main store.  I paired the frames with [fetch] Tiffany Chair, Rug & Dresser and Cleo Designs Tea Tray Set, both designed exclusively for The Challenge August theme Vintage/Retro.  Go grab the cute frames from Serenity Style and stay tuned for updates on new home & garden products.

Taxi to Serenity Style…

Taxi to [fetch]…

Taxi to Cleo Designs…

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