Holiday Open House Tour!

Holiday Home Front

Happy Holidays!  I hope you had a wonderful celebration and were surrounded by love, laughter, family and friends.  We, at Hidden Gems in Second Life, wish you a wonderful New Year!

Entry Hall

My design partner, Niki Silverweb and I are opening the doors to our personal homes for the last Interior & Spaces Open House of 2014 from December 30, 2014 to January 6, 2015 (SLT midnight).  We created two charming holiday homes that showcase some of the fabulous Christmas tree designs and holiday decor offered on Second Life.  We were a little late this year because we both ended up with the flu, but we wanted to take this opportunity to invite you on a self-guided tour to enjoy our take on this festive season.  It’s never too early to plan for holiday 2015!

Master Bedroom Suite

Our main home is the Scarlet Creative Lavender Brown house which features a master bedroom suite, dazzling entry hall reception area with mobile snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, a hall of trees inspired by real life traditions, a tartan plaid formal living room, and a fun-filled family dining room with kid’s table.  Nestled in the hillside forest is our guest quarters also designed by Scarlet Creative.  The Princess Jezibell Snug is a two-story cabin with a rustic eclectic vibe complete with a downstairs great room and an upstairs bedroom retreat with sleeping area for four or more.

We brought the holiday entertainment outside with hillside sledding, skating, hiking and a quiet spot among the hanging lanterns in the Barnesworth Anubis Filigree gazebo.  While exploring the great outdoors, you will encounter sheep, rabbits, deer, weasels, and penguins dotting the property.  We hope you enjoy the open houses and are inspired by our vision!

Landmark for main holiday home: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Premium/250/159/22

Landmark for rustic cabin (follow the stars): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Premium/211/143/27

Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Bedroom Fireplace

Bedroom View from bed

Reading Nook

Hall Table Decor

Entry Hall

Entry Hall Side Table Collage

Dining Room

Overview of DR

Dining Room

DR Fireplace

DR Tree

DR Kids Table

Hall of Trees

Hall of Trees #2

Hall of Trees (view of LR)

View of Hall of Trees from LR

Living Room

Living Room Main Tree

Living Room Sweet Tables

LR Secretary Desk

LR Sweet Treat Corner w:Angel QuiltOutdoor Decor

Outdoor Decor Main House Skating Pond

Outdoor Decor Main House Front Door

Outdoor Snowman Main House

Outdoor Decor Main House Gazebo

Rustic Cabin

Cabin Front

Great Room

Cabin Living Room Fireplace

Cabin LR

Kitchen

Cabin Great Room Kitchen Stove close-up

Cabin Breakfast bar

Cabin Kitchen Sink

Cabin Kitchen sink left

Cabin Kitchen sink right

Bedroom Loft

Cabin Bedroom

Cabin Bedroom 2

Main House

Scarlet Creative, Lavender Brown House

Outside Decor: Park Place Holiday Green Candy Cane Wreath, Potomac Signature Homes Skating Rink, Barnesworth Anubis Filigree Snow Covered Gazebo, What Next Lanterns, DIGS Bench, Half Deer Star Lighted Path, Potomac Signature Homes Snowman with sled, The Mustard Seed Winter Animals & Ferns, D Lab Sheep, Isphachi Penguins, Finishing Touches Red Tree on Pedestal Urns, Finishing Touches Snowman w/tree

Entry Hall: 

  • Duo Green Trres: Kismet, Snowflake Tree ‘K’ undecorated
  • Hanging Snowflakes: Plethora, Counting Snowflakes
  • Sofa: Scarlet Creative, Lucky 8
  • Round White Table: Apple Fall, Charlotte
  • Peace Sign: Trompe Loeil (2014 Advent Calendar)
  • Table Top Tree: Sickly Sweet, Small Christmas Tree (N)
  • Side Console Tables: The Loft, Bacall White Desk
  • Pewter Trees: Mudhoney, Metal Tree Topiary
  • Wreaths: Finishing Touches, Red Balls Double Wreaths
  • Trio Snow globes: Finishing Touches, Winter Fantasy Sleigh Ride Snow Globe
  • Mason Jar Snow Globe & Sleigh Card Holder: Park Place

Hall of Trees: 

  • Color Tree: Heart Homes/Aphrodite Shop, Christmas Family Tree
  • Dove Tree: Stonewood Interiors, POE Christmas Tree
  • White Tree: Potomac Signature Homes, Snowy Spruce (Holiday Lane Collection)
  • Gingerbread Tree: Follow Us, Sugar Gingerbreadman Tree
  • Upstairs reading Nook: Apple Fall Fairfax Sideboard, Half Deer Mini Winter Scenes (telephone & winter cabin), Cleo Designs Snowy Frames, Mini Tree *A*ChristmasTree2014 Gold, & Art Dummy, Cathedral Mirrors
  • White Wooden Wall Tree: Myrine

Bedroom:

  • Chandelier: Apple Fall, Pearl Chandelier
  • Rug: Apple Fall, Fabrique
  • Bed & Side Tables: Apple Fall, Annan
  • Lamps: Apple Fall, Dolly
  • Armorie: Apple Fall, Plantation
  • Merry & Bright Sign: Floorplan
  • Dresser & Mirriors: Mudhoney, Zoe
  • Mini White Tree in Urn: Finishing Touches
  • Noel Snow Blocks: Myrine
  • Gingerbread House: Thaino Designs
  • Round White Side Table: Apple Fall, Charlotte
  • Bambi Figurine: Apple Fall (2014 Arcade)
  • Ornament Bowl: Dust Bunny
  • Mini White Twinkling Snow Tree: C&D designs (N)
  • Sofa & Armchair: Scarlet Creative, Lucky 8
  • Fireplace w/lights, Noel Sign & Framed Art: Apple Fall, Chateau
  • Fire log basket: Apple Fall
  • Mini White/Green Tree on fireplace: Callie Cline (N)
  • Victoria’s Dollhouse: Apple Fall
  • Side Armories: Apple Fall, Charlotte Cabinet
  • Wall Screens: Trompe Loeil, Ines Screen
  • Side Chairs: Apple Fall, Fairfax 
  • Design Books: Apple Fall
  • Christmas Tree w/deer with Presents: Sickly Sweet, White Gold & Silver Tree
  • Drapes: What Next, Madison

Dining Room:

  • Table & Chair Set w/stockings & placements: What Next, Laurel Christmas
  • Fireplace: Stonewood Interiors, POE Christmas Fireplace
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery: Earth Wooden Blocks, White Wooden Trees, Forest Wall Trees, Candle Tray, Hatbox w/teddy bear, Red & White Reindeer, Noel Console Table, Ho Ho Ho Sign, Stick Tree, Presents, Stocking Hanger, It’s Beginning Sign, Card Holder, Sweet Treats Side Table, Frosted Ornament Tree (Kids Table), Hatbox Presents, Baby It’s Cold Sign, Twig Wreath & Advent Candle Display
  • Holiday Food Cart w/Turkey: Follow Us
  • Ornament Rug & Santa Lucia Tree: Dench Designs, POE 2013
  • Mini Choo-choo Train: *M&B* Luxus Designs (N)
  • Plaid Cubby Chair: What Next, Winter Cubby Chair
  • Kids Table & Chairs: Apple Fall, Pottery Dining Table & Chair Set
  • Snowflake Rug: Potomac Signature Homes, Holiday Lane Collection
  • Placemats & Table Settings: Thaino Designs
  • Wooden Tree Art: Free Bird
  • Snowman (Outside): DRD (Death Row Designs)

Living Room:

  • Thaino Designs: Rug, Sofa & Matching Chairs
  • Sweet Treat Chairs: StoraxTree, Royal Heritage Armchairs
  • Sweet Treat Table: Apple Fall, Pottery Dining Table
  • Sweet Treat Decor: Dreamscapes Art Gallery Candles, Finishing Touches Tabletop St. Lucia Tree, Apple Fall Christmas Pudding, Cherry Voulevants & Cookies
  • Wreath & Garland Fireplace Decor: Cozy Essentials
  • Nutcrackers: Convair, Nutcracker Soldier
  • Coffee & Side Table: DIGS, Etieene
  • Santa Tray: Follow Us
  • Mini Tree on Plate: Dreamscapes Art Gallery
  • Secretary Desk & Decor: Second Spaces
  • Desk Chair: Apple Fall, Fusion Dining Chair
  • Fireplace Mantle Decor: Dreamscapes Art Gallery Candle Plate, Park Place Mason Jar Snow Globe & Words for All Signs
  • Noel Sign: Trompe Loeil (2013 Advent Calendar)
  • Reclaimed Armoires: Apple Fall, Annan
  • Wreath on Armoires: Park Place, Holiday Wreath with Pinecones 
  • Wreath over Armories: Finishing Touches, Pine Wreath Pine Cones & Lights & Christmas Packages
  • Main Tree: Finishing Touches, Trim-a-Tree Red w/presents & tree skirt
  • Blanket Basket: Mudhoney, Alex Blanket Basket
  • Drink Cart: Pilot, Bridges Bar Cart
  • Angel Wall Quit: Finishing Touches, Angels of Peace Quilted Wall Hanging
  • Gold Tree Card Holder: Sway’s, Noel Wire Christmas Tree Wall Photo Holder
  • Chandelier: Pilot, Gold Chandelier

Rustic Cabin

Scarlet Creative, Princess Jezibell Snug

Outside Decor: Serendipity Designs, Winterberry Christmas Sled & Park Place, Holiday Green Candy Cane Wreath

Great Room

Living Room:

  • Drapes: What Next
  • Sofa: Pilot, Lumberjack Red/Black
  • Armchair: Floorplan
  • Black Sled Table: ???
  • Santa Tray & Snow Globe: Follow Us
  • Black Trees: Follow Us
  • Sofa Lamp: DIGS
  • Suitcase Table: Dust Bunny
  • Brass Table Lamp: Theosophy
  • Ceiling Light: Pilot, Railroad Tie Chandelier

Reading Nook:

  • Armchair: What Next, Winter Plaid Cubby Chair
  • Sled Shelf: Isphachi
  • Suitcase Table: Dreamscapes Art Gallery
  • Candle Plate: Olive
  • Moose Head Card Holder: Finishing Touches
  • Ladder Lights: Junk
  • Black Cutout Tree: Balaclava
  • Red Lite X-mas Sign: Follow Us
  • Ceiling Lights: Apple Fall, Strung Branch Pendant Light
  • Fireplace: Finishing Touches, Stone & Oak (Tree of Life collection)
  • Log Basket: Hideki
  • Stockings: Follow Us
  • Notes to Santa: Consignment
  • Happy Holiday Red Frame: Floorplan
  • Moose Head: Serendipity Designs
  • Red Sled: Trompe Loeil, Let It Snow Decorative Sled (2013 Advent Calendar #10)

Kitchen:

  • Refrigerator: Dutchie 1930’s
  • Candle Tree: Trompe Loeil, Tree Candleholder
  • Porcelain Deer Heads: Dust Bunny
  • Sink Unit: Cheeky Pea, Yukon Kitchen
  • Sink Decor: Food Follow Us, 8f8 Milk Bottles & Isphachi Musical Snow Globe
  • Stove: Apple Fall
  • Stove Decor: Dust Bunny Kettle & Mittens, Chez Moi Xmas Kitchen Shelf
  • Holiday Chalk Board: Frogstar
  • Breakfast Bar: Brixley Black Console Table, Theosophy Garvagh II Stool (Crow), Chez Moi Xmas Snack Placements & Follow Us Plum Pudding
  • Trophy Wall: Vespertine Faux Trophy, Dust Bunny (Ivory & Coal), & Vita Boudoir Rudolph Trophy

Bedroom Loft:

  • Beds: Vespertine
  • Couch: LISP
  • Sled w/Presents: Follow Us
  • Lights Above Windows: Second Spaces
  • Rugs: White Fur & Tarte, Snow White Rug
  • Winter White Tree: Trompe Loeil
  • Twig Stars: Tarte
  • Wood Stove: Sway’s
  • Porcelain Deer Heads: Dust Bunny
  • Window Seat w/logs: Second Spaces
  • Grey Sled Coffee Table: Vespertine
  • Santa Tray: Follow Us
  • Telescope: Theosophy
  • White pouf: Soy
  • Trees: Botanical, Reclaimed Barn Wood Tree & Industrial Ladder Tree, Trompe Loeil Funky Gold Tree
  • Ceiling Light: Theosophy, Ceredigion Chandelier
  • White Linen Cabinet: Second Spaces {side wall not shown}
  • Matchstick Ladder: Soy {side wall not shown}
  • Cheers Sign: Floorplan {side wall not shown}
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

SL Xmas Expo 2014 | Potomac Signature Homes, Holiday Lane Bedroom FR

SL Xmas Expo 2014 | Potomac Signature Homes, Holiday Lane Bedroom (close-up) FR

After a cup or two of hot chocolate, night fell on the North Pole and the Misses showed me my room for the evening.  The rustic charm of the winter lodge living room continued into the guest bedroom.  The Potomac Signature Homes Holiday Lane bedroom is a cozy retreat with an oak four-poster bed adorned with garland and wrapped in red and green wool tartan duvet, matching plaid lampshades and quilted wreath.  Oak side tables and dresser, snowflake rug, and a sparkling frosted Christmas tree complete with quilted handmade tree skirt, candle and string lights, ornaments, poinsettia, and “spinning” silver snowflake topper welcomes and charms the bedroom. The Holiday Lane bedroom is available at the SL Christmas Expo 2014!

SL Xmas Expo 2014 | Potomac Signature Homes, Bed (close-up) FR

The side wall is decorated with Dreamscapes Art Gallery Christmas Forest wood trees which create the feeling of Christmas glow.  Finishing the bedroom is the comfy sage and poinsettia Jolly Velvet Chaise Couple Lounge, decked out with snowflake blankets and pillows by Circa Living and a charming holiday themed corner side table with wooden tree and Christmas signage by The Mustard Seed (both Homestuff Hunt gifts).

SL Xmas Expo 2014 | Circa Living & The Mustard Seed Homestuff Hunt FR

On our shopping trip, I picked up some cute Christmas lingerie.  First up is Carrie’s Lingerie Holiday Grace lace and silk poinsettia print bra and boyshorts, part of the Penny Wishes Hunt (a portion of the sale is donated to RFL) at the SL Christmas Expo 2014 AviChoice sim.  I accessorized the Carrie’s Holiday Grace set with Purple Moon Cycle in Emerald & Topaz Set (Hunt for the Bells- 100% proceeds donated to RFL) and Cucbis dans la Chocolaterie Bracelet & Ring (Naughty or Nice Hunt), both items available on Sim 1 at the SL Christmas Expo 2014 until December 15, 2014.  Wreath with teddy bear and trees by Potomac Signature Homes.

SL Xmas Expo 2014 | Carrie's Lingerie Holiday Grace Set

And, last is Mona Red Kitty Set, a red and black kitty cat printed boyshort and bra set by Blacklace Lingerie, part of the KittyCats Advent Calendar.  I’m also sporting Chop Zuey Hearts of Hope set, both items free for all.  Joy to the World, and look forward to a glimpse into Santa’s toy land tomorrow!

SL Xmas Expo 2014 | Kitty Cats Advent Blacklace & Chop Zuey Joy

SL Xmas Expo 2014 | Potomac Signature Homes, Frosted Christmas Tree

Bask in the Glow of Autumn

Autumn Porch Overview Framed

The waning days of autumn are upon us and for Americans, Thanksgiving is 12 days away.  The grocery stores are filling up with families buying turkey and all the fixings, soon the malls will have hurried shoppers busting down the black Friday doors, and before we know it Christmas and the New Year will be here.  Now is the time to slow down, reflect on the past year, be thankful for friends and family, and celebrate your blessings.  Recently, I did just that, after a few unfortunate incidents, I had too much and needed to walk away from Second Life.  I was drained, discouraged, disappointed, and deflated.  This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to Niki Silverweb, Ayla Zhoy and Morgan Mickalobe who supported and encouraged me to return to SL.  Your kindness, care and friendship mean the world to me.  So this Thanksgiving who are your thankful for?

Side Porch View Framed

My love for virtual interior design was calling out and I wanted to design an autumnal cottage with a large veranda located by a lake with views of apple orchards and snow-capped mountains.  I envisioned Lake Tahoe, CA in the early fall when the weather is wonderful, the air is crisp but not too chilly cold, the nights are still, and the trees are bare with views of clear skies, filled with stars and full moons.   The ivy covered porch is overflowing with cozy spots, delicious delights, unexpected guests, and nods to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Creating a warm, welcoming, inviting place with crackling fire from the hearth is sure to be the area where your guests will relax after the harvest feast!

Front Porch Framed

Hearth Area:

Hearth Area Framed

Close up of Fireplace Framed

Log Bench:

Sway's Log Bench Framed

Wood Bench:

Bench with cat Framed

Twyla’s (the Turkey) Garden:

Turkey Garden Framed

Structure: Heart Homes, Autumn Lovenest II (Exclusive @ Room 69, till 11/20)

  • Trees: Studio Skye, Enchanted Forest & Silver Birch
  • Wishing Well: Finishing Touches, Falling Leaves Well (** Free @ Homestuff Lounge**)

Hearth Area:

Log Bench:

Wood Bench:

Twyla’s (the Turkey) Garden:

Shop ’til you Drop!

Haute Couture Dress Boutique

I love shopping as much as the next girl, my mom would often say “let’s shop till we drop.” When I learned that the October theme for The Challenge is Shopping, I was excited to create something in Second Life I’ve always dreamed of in real life, my own boutique.  Not only did I design and furnish “Glory’s Haute Couture Shop” with some of my favorite shoes, dresses, and hats, but I expanded the idea into a small seaside district, with “Glory’s Sweet Treat Shop” next door (previously blogged here).  Concentrating on my point of view (POV), of showcasing California interior design and styles, I attempted to create my favorite place on earth, Carmel-by-the-Sea.  I thought my tribute to Carmel build would fit perfectly into the monthly themed ? feature.

Carmel is a small coastal artist community situated on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. It is noted for cobblestone streets, small boutiques, art galleries, and being dog friendly.  One day I would love to own a second home in the Carmel Valley, but for now I have wonderful memories of important milestones, like my 18th birthday, spraining my ankle once or twice on the irregular pavement, and ordering a Ramos Fizz at the Del Monte Bar & Grill at the age of 5 (ok, so I guess I should have specify virgin cocktail, please).

Dress Shop Front Door

I used the Black Tulips My First Store exclusive release as the corresponding storefront for both the boutique and sweet treat shop, creating uniformity and consistency in the boulevard. All the merchandise is arranged on Hate This Store Displays with fashion sketches indicating the variety of items. Cleo Designs Tete a Tete chairs with tea set frame the shop windows and the Fitting Rooms are in the corner of the store.  I transformed a Hate This Display Table into a check out area, pairing it with Fetch Shopping Corkboard and Kuro Shopping List.  If you are a designer looking to redesign your store, or ever wanted to fantasize about creating your own store, pop over and pick up these exclusive creations made for The Challenge.

Check Out area

Butterfly Hats

Safari

Gowns & Dresses Full

Cleo Designs Fitting Rooms

Dear Shoes Full

Hucci & ieQed Shoes

Mondrian & Pin-up Hucci

Harvest Time Fun!

Framed Finishing Touches Hay Bale & Scarecrow

Autumn is well under way, the air is crisp, the trees are bare, and the sky is clear…great time for a hay bale ride.  Your just in luck, Finishing Touches is offering Halloween specials (50% off) at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event until October 30, 2014.  The Halloween Hay Wagon & Scarecrow set contains an animated wagon (two versions, friends and couple) filled with hay bales and decorated with candy corns.  A friendly scarecrow makes a welcoming autumnal lawn ornament.  The perfect fall decor set that will transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving.

Taxi please…

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