Reflections

Happy New Year!  As I reflect on 2015 one word springs to mind, expansion!  When I started blogging in late 2012 it served a dual purpose; a creative escape and a personal challenge to hone my first-world skills of marketing, public relations and business development on a virtual reality platform.  Looking back, I can clearly see this was my inception stage for the Hidden Gems/Gloria Silverstone brand.  I’ll let you in on a little secret, in 2012 I was planning on returning to grad school to pursue a MBA in marketing.  However, in the back of my mind, I thought it might be a bonus if I created a business and thoroughly understood the business life cycle.  So, as my blog point of view transitioned from fashion, contests and music, to interior design, I moved into the exploration stage.

Framed Hidden Gems Logo2014 was filled with exciting first time adventures from new home & garden sponsors, tons of event blogging, and an interesting proposal…..to decorate a friend’s home.  I finally had THE idea to form a business.  In the spring of 2014, Interior & Spaces Home Design was born.  The new challenge was establishing name recognition and acquiring new clients.  A problem solver at heart, I quickly came up with a solution and hosted numerous open houses, showcasing different styles and started a new blog feature, The ? Room, spotlighting theme rooms based on current trends.  As a Silicon Valley techie, I worked the social networks and gained followers & readers.  Finally, to further position myself as an interior design blogger, I exclusively represented H&G events, discovered emerging 3-D merchants and contributed to leading Second Life publications….the evolvation stage was complete.

In 2015, I vowed to cut back on blogging and focus on Interior & Spaces Design business development.  And, I did.  But to my great surprise, I was nominated as favorite interior designer, home and garden blogger from my peers with the highly regarded Avi Choice Awards.  Establishing name & brand recognition check!  Soon after the nomination, I was asked to guest blog for first-world design companies, further leading to brand development.  Expansion into the commercial sector was next on my list and fortunately my company, Interiors & Spaces, was hired to design My Light Fashion Agency (& in late December BOSL).  As the summer rolled around, I was itching for water and rented a beach parcel.  Memories of past travels and dreams of future adventures led to my only open house of 2015 featuring three beach shacks, all designed in different themes and one large Bali Ha’i getaway.  (Note to self, host more house tours this year).  The later half of 2015 was filled with charity event blogging for notable organizations (American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, National Breast Cancer Foundation, and World Food Program) and this is truly one of my favorite parts of the VR gaming community, to come together and support each other.  With a career background ranging from corporate to community event planning, I’m pleased when I can utilized my professional experience for a good cause.

My Light Fashion AgencyAs 2015 has come to a close, I’m proud of my business growth, the partnerships I’ve made, and my entrepreneurial spirit!  In 2016, I look forward to thriving business opportunities, steering a flourishing company to greater success and exciting innovative technology to make VR a more immersive experience.

Top 5 in 2015:

1). With Deepest Gratitude

Avi Choice SLIfe Award 2015

2). 6 Essentials for the perfect night sleep

Autumn Glow

3). Interior & Spaces Styles BOSL!

BOSL Winter Landscape

4). East Meets West Open House

Bali Ha'i Full Exterior

5). Act today to change tomorrow!

Team Diabetes_Connie's Set

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East Meets West Open House

East vs. West Open House Sign FramedI am so excited to share with you Interior & Spaces first open house for 2015!  Interior & Spaces Home Design is a residential and commercial full service design firm (interior & exterior) established in 2014 by myself and design partner in crime Niki Silverweb.  This year Niki’s workload increased and I took over the reigns as CEO and head designer.  With strategic marketing and phenomenal exposure due to my Avi Choice nomination, my client list and projects exploded.  It’s rare now that Niki & I have the opportunity to work on a sim build together.  We would be honored to invite you to our East Meets West Open House from September 1st-4th!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Miracles/41/27/22

Bali Ha'i Full ExteriorBali Ha'i VerandaBali Ha'i EntryBali Ha'i TablescapesBali Ha'i Living RoomBali Ha'i Bedroom OverviewBali Ha'i BedBali Ha'i BathroomNiki designed a striking luxurious Balinese tropical oasis fully submerged within the environment and raised it up on stilts with the sound of crashing waves in the distance.  The Trompe Loeil Seaside Cottage is a wooden clapboard one room structure with broad overhangs and open veranda.  For the sim build Niki added mature palm trees and rock walls to enclose the space.  The veranda welcomes the visitor to a gorgeous home with multiple seating around the fire pit, views of the ocean and mountain region, and umbrella drinks ready at the bar.  The one room cabana is divided into three separate areas: living room, dining room and bedroom suite.  The interior of this sophisticated, well-appointed home is contemporary with a strong color palette of aqua, orange, lime and kahului in the living room reflecting island living at it’s best with vaulted ceilings and fans.  Feast your eyes on all the tempting array of delicious delights presented before you on the buffet bar and dining table.  Moving from the main quarters we enter a serene bedroom suite in a neutral palette of white linen and carved wood furnishings.  In the bathroom area is a modern deep soaker tub.  Potted tropical plants and flowers accessorize the cabana.  Niki wanted to highlight Balinese decor with the guiding principles of nature, open areas, light and tropical luxury.

Red, White & Blue Beach HutsAmericana Beach HutLunar Seasonal Design Animated SeagullLemonade Beach HutLemonade Hut- DeckFiesta Front DeckBedroom Patio DoorOn the other side of the beach sim are three shacks all with different themes: Americana, Nautical and 80’s Neon Miami.  These beach shacks are typical of California coastal living, small interiors with large porches and back decks.  The Americana hut is decked out in Red, White & Blue, ready to celebrate with BBQ, picnic table and a smorgasbord of sweet treats.  Or maybe you prefer sipping lemonade and watching the sun set, then the Nautical hut is for you.  Complete with a bar, chill zone and tons of spots to relax.  Grab your Ray-Bans and acid-washed jeans, head over to the 80’s neon Miami hut for all your Fiesta Forever dreams.  This hut was designed with a colorful bedroom, party deck and watermelon themed front porch.  I enjoyed creating these three different spaces and there’s something for everyone, so head over and check them out!