Merry & Bright!

ski-cabin-2016-side-viewHappy December!  I know it seems a bit strange to offer joyous holiday spirit 19 days or so into the month, but I was so preoccupied in sharing my older home design with you, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to carve out time to return to Second Life and style for the holidays.  Well, I just had too…the design bug bit me and with a few sleepless nights, I created a cute little ski chalet using What Next  Alpine Cabin.  Surprise, surprise…the cabin and most of the holiday decor from What Next is currently part of the 12 Days of Savings 50% off marketplace special (ends 12/25/16).  I think this is the first year What Next and other home designers are participating in the MP blowout.  Last year, I cleaned up on Truth Hair and Mandala Jewelry.

ski-cabin-2016-porch-front I love styling porches…the entryway needs to be inviting and cozy.  With multiple lanterns, benches and welcome mat, Santa is sure to stop here first.  I even left some hot cocoa and cookies on the ski lift for him!

ski-cabin-living-2016 ski-cabin-bar-2016ski-cabin-bar-closeupInside the one room cottage is a warm retreat with lots of seating, presents and stocking ready to be filled.  An overall Nordic Winter theme in red, cream and touches of green is felt throughout the room.  Lots of trees in every style are tucked in the corners and a sweet treat coffee bar displaying Brook Hill Living Finse Deer Tableware complete the Merry & Bright lodge!

Cabin: What Next, Alpine Cabin (50% off on marketplace)

Porch

  • Floorplan: Ski Lift Bench & Ski Patrol Sign
  • What Next: Winter Harvest Red Lanterns & Picnic Hamper, Holiday Eggnog Latte & Gingerbread Cookies, Wintery Porch Sign, Chimenea, Merry Welcome Mat & Winter Bench, Holiday Wreath, Petite Mailbox (most items are on sale for 50% off on marketplace)

Living

 

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A room with a view!

art-studio-outside-viewNext in the series of homes I previously designed in 2016 but never had time to share with you is Niki’s Art Studio.  As you know, Niki is my former design/business partner and sim owner.  She is an artist (painter & photographer) in her first life and has always wanted her own studio in Second Life.  I found this awesome shed by Hideki and Niki designed an eclectic industrial warehouse space with a lounge area displaying photography and sketches in the front room.   art-studio-living-spaceart-studio-upper-view-living-spaceAnd in the back is Niki’s disheveled workspace with multiple ‘works in progress,’ spilt paint cans, neon signs, ladders and great natural light.  Niki’s studio has a funky creative vibe perfect for the artist-in-residence.  Once again, big shout out thank you goes to Kirra Frantic who took time to capture our designs.   If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post below, connect with me on social media or email: gloriasilverstonesl@gmail.comart-studio-working-spaceart-studio-working-space-canvas-rack

Hello Again!

Greeting readers and friends!  It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged, in fact it’s been 9 months. No, I don’t have a new bundle of joy to share with you.  So where have you been, you ask?  Well, back in April my Mom had a stroke and it devastated me to my core.  She is paralyzed on her left side, bedridden and recently suffered violent seizures.  I quit my job, put grad school on hold and assumed the role as her full-time caregiver.  As soon as it happened, I wrote a letter to my clients, sponsors and friends, as well as posted it on my Facebook page.  At the time I wasn’t sure how long our journey would be or if I would ever return to Second Life and blogging.  Well, I have yet to step my toe back into SL but I did want to share with you some pictures my dear friend Kirra Frantic took (back in April 2016) of my homes.guys-living-room-baseballsportFirst, in the trio series is my version of a guy’s lakeside hangout chill zone.   A few years back (Fall 2014) my dearest friend & former design partner, Niki and I joined forces to host our first ever open house, His & Her.  My style has always been sweet and girly whereas Niki’s is more masculine and industrial.  Ever since that initial venture I’ve try to design one male focused space a year.  The man cave cabin is a sports lover dream with a game area, baseball memorabilia, vintage vinyl and a cool loft bedroom.  Since I don’t currently have the build up, please feel free to email me if you want to know where I purchased an item.  Stay tuned for an art studio.  Happy decorating!guys-kitchen-dining-view-record-collectionguys-cabin-bedroomguys-cabin-front-view

Emerald Isle!

Waterfront BarnFirst, a big congrats goes to the team behind the SL Home & Garden Expo 2016 who raised $4,010,116L for Relay for Life of Second Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society.  Second, a warm thank you to all my readers who supported the cause.  The RFL-SL fundraising season continues with the 10th Anniversary Fashion for Life from March 6th-20th.  This year the offerings are vast on nine sims with daily entertainment, fashion shows, $10L hunt, live auction and photo contest, all details here.  If I have some free time this week, I’ll try to showcase some of the items but in the meantime please check out my nearest and dearest friend, Rhiannon Colclough blog, Fashion is Fun!

Park Place Swank & Gacha Good March EventsThis coming Thursday will be St. Patrick’s Day and I’ve always marked the occasion with a holiday themed blog post. As I was looking through past entries, I noticed I’ve never featured outdoor decor.  Today’s scene was created with Brook Hill Living, Park Place, Tylar’s Treasures, Serenity Styles, Sway’s, What Next and Chez Moi.  I’m very excited to share with you a new home builder, Brook Hill Living who recently released the Waterfront Barn last week and the Chilmark House at the Expo.  The Waterfront Barn is available in two version, shabby or posh with four dock options, two gazebos, and an open floor plan, available on the marketplace or in-world store.

Park Place Gold Plaid Garden SetPark Place Home Decor is currently participating in two monthly shopping events; Swank and Gacha Good.  The Gold Plaid rattan patio set and Garden Chair Planters (gacha item) are offered at Gacha Good until March 31, 2016. Emerald Isla Garden Cart, Flower Basket (Pink & Red), Magazine Basket, and Purple Tulips in Twin Vase are available at Swank until April 1, 2016.

Park Place Planter ChairsTylar’s Treasures has the Nautica Collection on sale for 50% off at Perfect Ten (3/1-15/16).  The Nautica Collection includes arbor bench and planter {first photo}, crate, wall decor, stool, table decor, and is texture change (4 options). Also available for 50% off at Perfect Ten are The Mustard Seed Willow TreesLunar Seasonal Designs Blooming Shamrock Basket & Planter and Dreamland Designs Riverside Rustic Bedroom Set {display inside}.

Chez Moi March 2016 Group GiftTo finish the deck styling, I used Chez Moi new March group gift, the super fun and colorful Lemonade Stand.  Touches of spring were added with Sway’s Hana Tulips in wooden bucket & rain boots, available at The Liaison Collaborative (3/7-3/30), and Floria Hanging Plants flanking the door.  Whimsical Stone Garden Decor animals/insects {sleeping cat, ladybug, snail and frog} by Serenity Style add a humorous twist.  Through the window we can see Serenity Style Ly One Way Set, available at Gen-Neutral (3/12-4/2).  Finally, I added hints of shamrock decor with Free Bird horseshoe wall plank (free group gift), free lanterns I picked up at Swank Luck of the Irish event, and the lucky clover plant stand hunt gift from The Artist Shed (Poppin’ Penguin Hunts 3/1-31/16).  Hope you have a great weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Gingerbread Lane

Gingerbread Living Room_Candy Cane Framed 2Happy Holidays!  For those of you living in the United States, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and took advantage of the Black Friday deals.  I noticed that Linden Labs has 12 Days of Savings on the marketplace, so be sure to check them out before December 7th.  Today’s post will kick off the holiday season featuring a number of different events, hunts and deals available on the grid.  If you’re a bargain hunter, then the entire month of December is your dream; pretty much from mid-November till after the New Year there are special annual events like SL Christmas Expo 2015 (12/3-14/15, benefitting Relay for Life of Second Life), hunts such as Peace on Earth 2015 (12/1/15-1/9/16) and store advent calendars (ie: Sway’s Advent 12/1-24/15).  I’ll try my best to spotlight some of these deals with accompany holiday tunes.

HJM Gingerbread Living Room Set FramedMoose Snowglobe FramedUp first, Perfect Ten has open (December 1st -15th) offering 50% off discount from 10 Home & Garden creators.  I just love the Lodge Xmas Living Room log-style set with gingerbread men patterned cushions and matching Christmas Tree by HJM Designs.  The set includes 2 armchairs, 1 sofa, 1 coffee table, 1 end table, decorative holly pillar candle tray, golden angel candle display and gingerbread men painted ornament tree.  On the coffee table, I accessorized with a plate of fresh-baked gingerbread men cookies, hot cocoa, mini winter scene, Park Place Berry and Evergreen Decor and Kaya’s Ray of Sunshine Jar of Winter w/Bow moose snow globe (50% off @ Perfect Ten).

Sway's Darret Stone Fireplace FramedCreating warmth in the room is Sway’s Darret Stone Fireplace, tools and wooden wall planks previously released at The Liaison Collaborative, now available at Sway Land.  Hanging above the fireplace is Wood Works Christmas Holly Wreath from the Let It Snow Hunt (12/1-31/15) and decking out the drapes are Finishing Touches Pine Swag with doves and peace sign for the Peace on Earth Hunt 8 (12/1/15-1/9/16).

Sway's Katya Chaise Lounge (hohoho) FramedFT Peace Wreath (POE 2015 Hunt) FramedOn the right side of the lodge is Sway’s limited Katya Chaise Lounge in hohoho color palette of red, green and brown, available in Adult or PG version for December Mix Event (until 12/31).  Also flanking the right wall is a hutch with Finishing Touches Peace on Earth dove Pine Wreath, Tylar’s Treasures White with Red Snowflake Tree (50% off @ Perfect Ten) and Dreamland Designs Victorian First Noel Candlesticks (free @ GLH X-mas Fair 2015).

Sway's Oron Table & Chairs FramedNo holiday space would be complete without an inviting dining table ready for a feast.  Sway’s Oron Table & Chair is available at Tannenbaum (11/25-12/25) in dark or white wood and has 10 texture options for the table runner.  Also available at Tannenbaum are the matching Oron Flowerpot Candles.  

Aksanka 93 House Forest Camping FramedHidden Gems in Second Life was designed to support and promote smaller emerging SL creators, so I’m very excited to share with you a new home builder I found, EL Houses by Aksanka93.  The A-frame cabin structure I’m using for this blog can be yours for free on the marketplace.  Check out Aksanka93 store for other homes.  In honor of my country holiday lodge blog, please enjoy “Christmas Cookies” my George Strait.