Wine Cellar

Heart Homes- La Bodega Set (Vineyard)

Aphrodite Shop and Heart Homes have paired up to bring you a taste of their country, Argentia.  The design duo are participating in The Multicultural Menu Event (June 1-21), a food fair where designers select a menu from 6 different global cuisine; Asian, European, Mediterranean, North American, South American, and South Pacific.  Marina Ramer (Aphrodite Shop) and Jaylin Whitewood (Heart Homes) are offering a number of new releases at the fair and they are located in the South American area (green on map below).

Heart Homes- La Bodega Set

When I first saw Aphrodite Shop/Heart Homes new releases, I was immediately drawn to the “La Bodega” set, wine barrels repurposed into chairs and a coffee table.  Old flashbacks of my childhood flooded in and I became nostalgic. Some of my first remembrances were at wineries in Napa, CA (USA), I recall playing in the vineyards, the harvest crush, the smell of oak barrels, great food, music and laughter.  Distance memories now but they gave me inspiration to create a vineyard and cellar room in SL.

Aphrodite Shop- Picadita Argentina

Heart Homes “La Bodega” set includes 2 barrel chair {20 animations & props}, barrel coffee table, animated wine & cheese board, framed wine bottle wall art, and texture change cow hide rug {4 texture options}.  I also used Summer Wine fat pack.  The “Picadita Argentina” wine and cheese board can be purchased separately, all available at the Multicultural event.  Pop over to The Multicultural Menu Event and check out all the goodies!

Taxi to The Multicultural Menu please…

Heart Homes- La Bodega Set (Framed Art)

Aphrodite Shop- Summer Wine Fatpack

Heart Homes- La Bodega Set (Vineyard & Apple Trees)

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Structure: Apple Fall, Rural Farmhouse (March 2015 Chapter Four Rare prize)

  • Roost, Wine Cellar Set
  • Heart Homes, “La Bodega” (barrel chairs, barrel coffee table, wine & cheese board, framed wine bottle wall art, & cow hide rug) & Summer Wine fat pack @ The Multicultural Menu
  • [ht: home], Barrel Lid Wall Decor
  • tarte., Wine Lights
  • [ zerkalo ], Basket (Group Gift March 2015)
  • Decor Junction, Wine Barrel, Wine Bottle Holder & Single Wine Holder & Glasses
  • [DDD], Grape Vineyards
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The end of smoky days…

Heart Homes | Paddy's Irish Pub Light Guiness

I’ve always loved the feel of supple leather, the grain glides gently over my fingertips revealing its’ story.  I adore large plush, tufted comfy brown leather club chairs.  They envelope you with a warm hug and instantly you are transported to smoke-filled rooms of swanky private men-only social clubs in the dawn of the new era, where exclusive membership was handed down through generations and tycoons of industry were making deals over Brandy and billiards. The bartender had the most coveted position, always in need and always an earshot away from breaking news.  Only rarely today will you find exclusive clubs of yesteryear; business is conducted differently, social drinking and moderate gambling is accepted.  Nowadays the distinctive club room style has merged into everything from steak houses, to office furnishings, to homes.  For a true gentlemans club experience you need a stately bar and Aphrodite Shop/Heart Homes has just released the perfect one, Paddy’s Irish Pub available exclusively at Room69 Event until March 20, 2015.  Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and the tip-off to March Madness!  Paddy’s Irish Pub has 20 animations, 18 props and texture changer for wood, metals, & fabric with optional shamrock decor.  Heart Homes Paddy’s Pub is 23 prims, stools 1 prim each, and ideal for any occasion.

Heart Homes | Paddy's Irish Pub Side View Closer

A huge trend in interior design is home bars, or bar alternatives.  Totally understandable with upcoming spring sporting events, summer BBQ parties, home brewers and man caves.  So, I challenge myself to design an interior space in the masculine private social society style highlighting Heart Homes Paddy’s Irish Pub.  I used Scarlet Creative Work Live Loft, an urban industrial warehouse space as my backdrop, I loved the juxtaposition of concrete, brick and metal with the lush leather of Zerkalo The Infamous Set (free gift @ Shiny Shabby Event) and the rich wooden bar.   I created three separate areas, one to play chess, another to enjoy terrace views, and finally the last one tucked in the back corner for private chats, or a game of dominos.  So, if you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, need a place to chill for the big game, or just love the look as much as I do, pop over to Room69 Event and pick up Heart Homes Paddy’s Irish Pub!

Heart Homes | Paddy's Irish Pub Chess Set Lighter

Heart Homes | Paddy's Irish Pub Corner View Window

Heart Homes | Paddy's Irish Pub Long

Structure: Scarlet Creative, Work Live Loft

  • Heart Homes: Paddy’s Irish Pub (Room69 Event)
  • Zerkalo: The Infamous Set (free @ Shiny Shabby Event)
  • Trompe Loeil: Astrid Chair Natural, Gyroscope Floor Lamp & Table Lamp, Cobble Hill Pencil Sketch, Ines Wall Fountain & Valiano Bistro Chair Set
  • The Loft: New York/Manhattan Prints, Linen Trim Rug Brown, Mara Console Table, Catch All Bowl
  • Apple Fall: Banana Plants, Palm Tree, Trellis Circular Rug & Empire Coffee Table
  • {theosophy}: Cheriton Side Table & Chess Set
  • StoraxTree: Modern Rug 237
  • Second Spaces: Domino
  • Pilot: Railroad Tie Chandeliers

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

Fall into Bliss!

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Hello friends and fellow interior design lovers!  Sorry, I know I promised an open house of my Roawenwood Ravenshire Halloween Village this week, but I need to push that back to Monday. A few days ago I injured my back and everything paused.  I have a few clients and sponsors waiting on some projects, I’m slowly working my way through the list and hopefully will be back to normal soon.

First week of October and it’s starting to feel like fall.  The air is crisp, the trees are turning bare and I stocked up on apple ciders.  Pulled the cozy blankets out of the linen closet and cuddled up in my favorite chair with a good book.  Soon, I’ll change my living room decor to reflect the season, but before I redecorate my RL home, time to revamp my SL home.  Marina Ramer and Jaylin Whitewood, the design duo of Aphrodite Shop & Heart Homes will be releasing the exclusive Fall into Bliss Living Room collection at The Seasons Story, available for sale from October 10-31, 2014.  The soft cream sofa and armchairs are offset by the orange blossoms, burgundy leaves, and butterfly embroidered pillows, with multiple colorful throws and blankets.  The patchwork rug reminds me of an American quilt.  I styled the room with an Autumnal Fireplace from The Mustard Seed, Pumpkin Quilt from Finishing TouchesHarvest Hall Table from Funky Junk, a Grandfather Clock from Alouette, and decorative vases from StoraxTree.  Heart Homes Fall into Bliss collection is the perfect living room grouping for the upcoming holiday season.  This living space is part of the Roawenwood Ravenshire Village open house I will host in the coming days where each room is decorated with a corresponding window display (I have a sneak peek below).

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Outside Heart Homes Shoppe

Heart Home shop window

Outside Decor:

  • Thaino Designs: Ring-a-Ring of ghostsThaino Halloween garden displayCaged pumpkins! & Thaino Pumkin tree set (**New Release**)
  • Finishing Touches: Twig & Berries Wreath Orange Ivy (**New Release**)
  • What Next: Autumn Lanterns & Fancy Pumpkins

Keep Calm & Call the Doctor

Dr Who Wedding Cake display

Calling all Whovians fans out there, Marina Ramer & Jaylin Whitewood, the sweet treat design duo of Aphrodite Shop has recently released the Dr Who collection of cakes!  If you are not familiar with Doctor Who, it’s a British cult TV show (1963-present) “depicting the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien.  He explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired.  Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.”

Close up of Dr Who wedding Cake

Aphrodite Shop Dr Who Collection consists of the “Dr Space” Musical Wedding Cake (Tardis & Dalek) with multiple cake toppers, 8 flavors, table, and it plays From This Moment by Shania Twain.  There is also a “Dr Space” Birthday Cake and Dalek Choc Cake, released as a special request for all the Whovier fans.  I styled the Tardis & Dalek wedding cake, creating a wedding reception sweethearts table surrounded by the blue police box, hourglass tables & bench (sneak peek of Finishing Touches Twisted Hunt gift), numerous clocks, and the Dalek chocolate cake serving as the Groom Cake in the display.  If you are a fan of Doctor Who, Steampunk, Sci-Fi, British Pop Culture, or sweets then this is the collection to get.  The Dr Who cakes are available at the main Aphrodite Shop or on the Marketplace.  Looks so Yummy!

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Dalek Grooms cake

  • Structure: Trompe Loeil, Chatman Skybox
  • Armchairs: Cleo Designs, Victorian (The Challenge August release)
  • Hourglass Tables & Bench: Finishing Touches, Killing Time Collection (*Free, Twisted Hunt Fall 2014)
  • Police Box: StoraxTree
  • Clocks (left to right): Myrine, Cozy Essentials, Park Place (*free), Alouette & Apple Fall