The Little Mermaid

Houseboat- Exterior view

This past weekend I attended a friend’s Labor Day party on his houseboat.  I’ve mentioned a few times that I LOVE living in California for a number of obvious reason but one of the main attractions is the diversity of homes.  In the Bay Area it’s common to see mini mansion, ranch, Victorian, craftsmen, Eichler, Spanish, industrial warehouses, and houseboats.  The party was a blast and it inspired me to design Heart Homes Floating House, currently available at Collabor88.  Jaylin Whitewood and Marina Ramer, creators of Aphrodite Shop & Heart Homes were guest designers at the 3rd Anniversary shopping extravaganza, theme Odyssey.  The design duo outdid themselves offering two fully furnished houseboats, Sailors (180 prisms) and Fisherman’s (130 prisms, both copy/modify) for $888L, at a deep discount.  They are also selling an empty house for $188L (57 prisms), as well as complementary pieces.

Houseboat- view from the front door

I used the Floating House with Pier, mixing and matching items from the other two furnished homes with past releases; the Sailor Seabreeze & Seashell Finder bedroom sets (available at the main Aphrodite Shop), to create a mermaid hideaway.  Nautical decor was very popular this summer and I created a whole maritime beach house (hint, hint, open house till Sunday, September 7), but I wanted to style a feminine Mer-creature dwelling in pinks, mint, and sea foam.  Since the floating houseboat is one room, I needed to divide the spaces.  I used the Heart Homes Sailor Seabreeze and Seashell Finder curtains to drape and section off the boudoir area, creating privacy for the little mermaid.  The star of the build is the pink seashell shaped Pure Mermaids Bed sold separately at C88 ($488L).  I highlighted the ceiling with seashell fishing netting and Neptune’ Staff netting on the wall (both from the Fisherman’s House), reminiscent of the depth of the oceans.  I flanked the seashell bed with the seahorse craved Poseidon Fishing Chairs ($288L) in bright pink, purple and teal blue.  Our little mermaid has a lounge spot all her own and a view of the rest of the houseboat.

Houseboat- close up bed area

Houseboat- Mermaid Bed

Houseboat- Poseidon Fishing Chairs

The main area is a sea foam and mint green living room complete the Sailor’s Couple Sofa, Wheel Chandelier, Sailor Boat Table, and Sailor Deco Frames (all from the furnished Sailor House).  I added the Seashell Finder beige fireplace and rug, as well as the Sailor Seabreeze ocean triptych, dresser, wing chairs, rug, and decor.  In the corner of the living room is the large Hades Lamp ($188L), greeting guests and lighting the way.

Houseboat- Living Room

Houseboat- LR Fireplace

The long hall space on the sidewall contains a buffet kitchenette from Brixley and a bistro dining spot from LISP (*not part of Collabor88).  I added a few seashell prints I had in my inventory and inserted the Shipwreck Mirror (Sailor House) in one porthole above the main kitchen counter.

Houseboat- Kitchenette

The outside of the houseboat is just as important as in the inside since so much time is spent enjoying the water views.  Entry deck is appointed with a Rope, Rusty Anchor with Rope, Brass Stand Anchor (Sailor House), and Fishing Rod, Netting with Shark Jaws, and Red Seashell Netting (Fisherman’s House).  I also decorated the exterior of the adjacent houseboat with the Good Catch Fishing Chairs ($288L), Rope, Red Lifeguard Anchor, & Planters (Sailor House).  I had a wonderful time staging the houseboat and showcasing TONS of Heart Homes items.  Hope you RUNNNNNNNNNNN over to C88 before they close (in 2DAYS!!!!!) to steal these deals and always remember Let’s Get Decorating!  Taxi please…

Houseboat- exterior close up

Nautical Chic!

Overview Outside Front

As everyone heads to the beach this Labor Day weekend, I wanted to share with you my secluded Nautical Atlantic beach house, which will be open to the public from September 1 to Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 12pm SLT.  This is my first open house, so pop by, enjoy, and check out the build.

Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystical%20Estia/22/37/22

Model LM: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystical%20Estia/64/32/2 (door is short)

Suggested windlight: Coastal Afternoon

Kiddie Pool

I loved the Scarlet Creative Atlantic Home offered at June Collabor88 and wanted to create a hidden beach hideaway that’s casual, yet chic.  I envisioned the beach home to serve as a family & friends entertainment center complete with a casually sophisticated dining room furnished with Trompe Loeil’s Darya Dining Room set, formal living space appointed with Floorplan’s Sailor collection, and a family room finished with Cleo Designs’ Nautical ensemble.  The heart of the home is always the kitchen which I placed in the middle of the beach shack complete with Scarlet Creative sink, stove, and Cheeky Pea Boat Wine Bar.  The entry hall greets guests with a welcome sign and bench; turn the corner and a small office with scenic view serves as creative inspiration.  Finally, the back of our casa functions as a ‘Anchors Away’ bedroom accessorized with maritime decor, boat oars, framed nautical art, model ship & lighthouse, and an over stuffed linen cabinet.  I loved designing our beach home and can’t wait to share it with you.   Grab a burger from the outside grill, build sandcastle dreams and ‘catch the waves.’  Late dinner is served at nightfall while stargazing.  So stop on by, be inspired and let’s get decorating!

Entry:

Front Door

Ice Cream Cart

Office:

Office

Kitchen:

Kitchen Overview

Bedroom:

Bedroom Overview

Family Room:

Family Room Overview

Dining Room:

DR Overview

Living Room:

LR Overview

Structure: Scarlet Creative, Atlantic

Outside:

  • Canoe, Shower, Changing Room, BBQ, Picnic Table, Lounge Chairs & Umbrella: Cleo Designs
  • Deck Chairs, Rocking Chair, Surfboards, Ice Cream Cart, Marina Porch Lamp/Sign & Doormat: What Next
  • Kiddie pool: Dreamscape Art Gallery
  • Sandcastle Build Set & Kites: Boogers
  • Lover’s Sandcastle: Follow Us
  • String Lights: Floorplan
  • Blue Changing Room & Aluminum Chairs: Shutter Field

Entry/Office:

  • Bench: Sway’s
  • Life’s A Beach Sign: Brixley
  • Shutter Divider & Beach Hut Clock: What Next
  • Hemingway Desk: Standby Inc

Kitchen:

  • Boat Wine Bar: Cheeky Pea
  • Fridge: Culprit
  • Sink/Stove: Scarlet Creative
  • Canister: Floorplan
  • Newspaper/Coffee Cups, Toaster, Chalk Board: What Next
  • Lifesaver Clock: Intrigue Co
  • Wooden Signs: The Mustard Seed
  • Starfish Rug: StoraxTree
  • Bread & Artichokes: Apple Fall

Bedroom:

  • Bed & Nightstands: Alouette
  • Framed Oars, Hanging Oars, Whale Flag, Nautical Chest, Stripe Rug & Curtains: Floorplan
  • Linen Cabinet: Second Spaces
  • Lounger: Cleo Designs
  • Recycled Desk & Harry’s Boat: Apple Fall
  • Barrel Stool & Boat Bookcase: BellaRosa Furniture
  • Anchor Lamps: Serendipity Designs
  • Maritime Knot Art: Sway’s
  • Candles & Let your dreams sail Sign: What Next
  • Lighthouse: Hearth & Home

Family Room:

  • Nautical Sofa & Bookcase: Cleo Designs
  • Spool Table, Chevron Curtains, Hanging Oars, Woven Baskets, Wave Rug: Floorplan
  • Lanterns, Manhattan Lamp & Plants: Apple Fall
  • Coffee Table: BellaRosa Furniture
  • Sea Creature Sculpture: Heart Homes

Dining Room:

  • Dining Table, Chairs & Accessories: Trompe Loeil
  • Sailor Lanterns Hanging: Floorplan
  • Nautilus Seashell: The Loft
  • Ship Wheel: Serendipity Designs
  • Bronze Whale: Finishing Touches
  • Rug: Mudhoney (Zelia)

Living Room:

  • Sofa, Armchair (Stripe), Armchair (Navy/Wht), Coffee Table, Side Table, Stripe Rug, Captain Lantern, Anchor & Basket: Floorplan
  • Bronze Lantern & Standing Boat Oars, Harry’s Boat & Fern: Apple Fall
  • Lighthouse: Blueberry Hill

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Moby Dick!

Ft Wheelhouse Collection

A new round of The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event opened on June 27 and will last until July 10, 2014.  Finishing Touches is offering the exclusive Wheelhouse Collection, a nautical inspired living room in navy blue and tan, appointed with rope detailed ship wheel coffee table, whale weather-vane, and maritime wall art.  The remain items for the set includes navy blue and tan striped rugs, rusted anchor decor, marine trunk, decorative maps and a captain’s lamp.  24Karat Roux is offering the Wheelhouse Collection set for 50% off, only at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event.  Taxi please…

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