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 Dining Room_View of KitchenFarmhouse Kitchen_Tea Time

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

Farmhouse Garden Shed_ Exterior

Serenity Style Summer Hideaway

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Bedroom

Happy Saturday!  I know, I promised I would feature each part of the one-room Summer hideaway, designed exclusively with Serenity Style, in a series this week, I’m sorry real life had other plans.  So I’m going to combine a few areas and wrap up the house tour in this post.  I have too many other projects and blog posts I need to finish.  That being said, let’s continue our journey moving from the kitchen into the bedroom.  Vintage worn-in country charm is predominate in the space with make-shift fence headboard, purple and soft green quilted duvet, eclectic wall art, and an assortment of rustic storage options.  The bedroom area is warm and inviting capturing the joy of a relaxing summer refuge.

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Bathroom

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Bathroom Close-up

It’s time to unwind and de-stress in the giant soaker tub, star-gazing while soaking away your troubles in the bathroom.  Simply appointed with a the basic essentials of a wardrobe, some decorative accessories, and an inviting chair.

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Living Room

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Overview

The washroom also serves as a backdrop for the living room with low table and floor seating.  With a pallet functioning as a coffee table, multiple pillow options for chairs, hanging paper lanterns above and games scattered around, an informal free-spirited mood encapsulates the one room summer studio.

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Laundry

Finally, as we return to the bucolic setting, the side porch is being used for vintage country laundry and beyond the sunflower fields, in the distance are a collection of rusty old machines.  Each zone of the tiny house has delights found at Serenity Style.

Structure: Trompe Loeil Garden Bard Adobe

Bedroom

  • Pilot, Window Shade (Fun Pack 2)
  • Sways, Filis Lamp
  • Serenity StyleGood Day Set (Bed & Wall Art), Sweet Wood, Flower Wood Fence, Sewing Box, Winter Rug, Vintage Stars Set (Stars Cabinet Decorated, Vase & Basket), Spring Chic Flowering Pot (part of the Spring Chic Set), Vintage Radio, Secret Shelf, Rusty Set (Mirror, Chest, Blanket & Box)

Bathroom

  • Serenity Style, Soak Your Troubles Bath Set (Black Bathtub, Message in a Bottle & Soak Your Troubles Frame), Spring Chic Bench (part of the Spring Chic Set), Spring Dreams Set (Spring Wardrobe & Chair), Oh My Owl!, Tazzo Home Decor Set (Tazzo Clock, Home1, Home2 & Boxes in Blue), Cucu Clock

Living Room

  • Serenity Style, Letters of Love Set (Table & Pillows), Vintage Record Player, Birdie Pillows, Flower Pot (part of Spring Flowers Gatcha), Tea Time Set, Tic Tac Toe (part of Old B&W Toys Gatcha)Milano Caffe Cup & Milano Muffins (part of Caffe Di Milano Set), Cute Scrabble 1 & 2, Stars Wood Puf (part of Vintage Stars Set)

Laundry

  • Serenity Style, The Country Laundry Collection (Country Double Sink, Country Washboard Shelf & Country Bucket & Dryer), Old Rust Collection (car, water pump & gas pump)

Living in Serenity Style!

Serenity Style- Summer CampI am one of those interior designers who have multiple projects going at the same time.  I get an idea in my head and start playing around with it in-world.  Most of my concurrent assignments are about 50-75% done, so a few weeks ago I challenged myself to finish them before Fall starts.  I’m very happy to share with you my take on a one-room, multiple-use country home, perfect as a mini summer retreat, designed exclusively with Serenity Style.  Over the course of the week, I will post a series of blogs highlighting each area of the house.

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Kitchen overview

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Kitchen Breakfast

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Kitchen Breakfast close-up

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Kitchen

Serenity Style- Summer Camp Kitchen Coffee Bar

Structure: Trompe Loeil Garden Bard Adobe

Breakfast Nook:

  • Shutter Field, Porch set (Stripe)
  • Pilot, Window Shade (Fun Pack 2)
  • Sways, Filis Lamp
  • Serenity Styles, Flower Pitcher, Milano Caffe Cup & Muffins, Coffee and cookie (part of the Le Petit Bistro Gatcha collection)

Country Kitchen:

  • Serenity Styles, Antique Kitchen Set (cupboard, chest, bucket & decorative accessories), Le Petit Bistro Gatcha Collection (coffee machine, coffee bags, cookie boxes), Time Memory Collection (chair, flower bag, table, tray, ladder & jar), Retro Frames & Lamp
  • Lark, Chalkboard Mug Holder

Summertime Living!

Summertime Living June 2015Summer is here (Yay!!!) The weather is warm and it’s time for outdoor living.  Dreamscapes Art Gallery has you covered for all those lazy hazy crazy days of summer.

Summertime Ted Pergola June 2015Carlotta Ceawlin, owner and creator of Dreamscapes Art Gallery designs unique and charming whimsical inspired shabby chic decor giving your SL home a fresh twist.  Dreamscapes often participates in hunts, $60L weekend, offers free group gifts and has 4 free mini-mania boards at the main store.  I suggest you join the Dreamscapes Art Gallery group to take advantage of all the great gifts.  Speaking about gifts, Carlotta just changed the group gift yesterday and the new gift, Ted Pergola with cot, is ideal for summer relaxation.  The navy blue and red-painted wood open pergola has multiple uses including a welcoming archway for a garden path, or a shady respite for al fresco dining. Another new summer release is the Mira Cart, a mattress with two decorative pillows, what a nice place to daydream during the summer days & nights.  You could also use the Mira Cart as an indoor daybed/lounger for small spaces.

Summertime Mira Cart June 2015Summertime living calls for a relax casual vibe.  Carlotta has designed a fun alternative for a traditional living room with the Mira Pallet Couch and Cozy Beanbag Chairs.  To complete the styling of the Trompe Loeil Garden Bard Adobe one room shack, I used Dreamscapes Art Gallery throughout the home including: Olivia shelf and end tables, Dream cabinet, Milla stool with books and tailor dummy, Tara cabinet, Cozy cot, Tree wall decor, and decorative accessories including candle trays, flower vases, books with dwarves and crates.  Stop by Dreamscapes Art Gallery for a fresh perspective on summer!

Summertime Mira Pallet Couch June 2015

Summertime Tara Cabinet June 2015

Summertime Cozy Cot June 2015

Summertime Overview June 2015

Structure: Trompe Loeil Garden Bard Adobe

Garden Decor:

  • *Ted* Pergola (June Group Gift **FREE**)
  • *Bavarian Barbecue*
  • *Garden* Crates A
  • *Spring* Birdhouse C with bird
  • *Tulip* Pot A & D (on front steps)
  • *Mira* Cart A
  • *Birdy* House A, C & E (behind Mira Cart)

Living Room Decor:

  • *Mira* Pallet Couch & Table B
  • *Cozy* Beanbag Vintage & Green
  • *Crates* A (near green beanbag chair)
  • *Dream* Cabinet
  • *Candle Tray* Easter A & *Tulip* Vase C (on pallet table)
  • *Olivia* Table & *Gerbera* Vase B
  • *Clouds* Canvas Frames
  • *Olivia* Shelf Flowers, *Tulip* Bunch E, *Crate* Shelf D & *Dream* Wall Decor

Nook:

  • *Milla* Stool with books & *Milla* Tailor Dummy
  • *Tara* Cabinet Brown
  • *Books with dwarves* A
  • *Home Sweet Home* Sign B
  • *Spring* Birdhouse E with Fireflies (out window)

Bedroom:

  • *Cozy* Cot Vintage A
  • *Olivia* Table Flowers & *Tulip* Vase E
  • *Spring* Candles C
  • *Books with dwarf* B
  • *Candles* Crate Multicolor
  • *Trres* Deco A & B

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