Dorm Style 101: Bright & Colorful

September always marks the beginning of school and in my small college town the students roll in with packed cars and giddy anticipation.  Soon after seeing their dreary and dark dorm rooms, they flood the local Target, Walmart, Goodwill and weekend yard sales to brighten up their space and make it feel like a home for the next 9 months.  I’ve always enjoy observing the students repurpose their finds.  I thought this experience would be a great fit for the monthly themed ? room feature.  Below, I designed a college students’ first studio apartment/dorm using items from The Challenge September theme Colorful.

Postcard RnRFirst, I imagined the clients, in this case the story of the students who would create the space. Bubbly and bright young eighteen year old female freshman art students were kindred spirits from the moment they met.  Raleigh hails from the South and Vivian is a native of the North, both are sweet, sunny, and chipper.  Their space needs LOTS of color to reflect their personalities with moments of glam, and a place to relax and soak in the California sun.  The girls wanted to create a modern vibrant funky hang out lounge space by repurposing Hate This Mine Chair (color change) Rock~n~Roll spiked barrel chairs which they spray painted in fluorescent metallic colors that instantly cheer up the room.  Pop Art inspired Hate This Expression Rug, Black Tulip Color Me Cat Shelf, Wiggly Lamp & Rug, Prime’s Style Wise No 5 Wall clock and comic book framed art finish the wall.  As first year art students they understood the founding principal of proportion; when dealing with bright colors and large-scale items you need a place for your eyes to rest, such as neutral walls, or in this case softer palette bed.

Postcard Teal Bed

Their creative juices started to flow in the bedroom area where they highlighted the matching twin Art Dummy! Slumber beds (blue & birch pink), with Plethora cut out paper mobile hanging lights dangle from the ceiling; a butterfly & house mobile each denoting the different personalities of the girls (*not part of The Challenge).  The bedroom wall called for pops of color.  The DIY’rs made their own floor lamps using a bare bulb and cut out painted plywood lamp silhouettes (Sway’s Floor Lamp Silhouette) which flank the two beds, and old balls of yard were woven together and framed (Kuro’s Color Framed Art) dividing the bedroom wall area.  In need of a glam moment, the girls painted a favorite quote, framed and hung it.  The Floorplan’s Sparkle sign (*not part of The Challenge) is the perfect piece to soften the space, and complement the Wimey Shabby Chickie Vanity Set. 

Postcard beds

Postcard Glam

The young ladies are lucky to have a large deck area filled with bright colorful chairs, and more do-it-yourself craft projects: repurposed old suitcases as garden planters, recycled broken tea-cup for side tables, upcycled lanterns and branches make unique lighting display, and a salvaged shabby chic mix-match painted bistro set.  Vivian’s favorite spot to cuddle up and do her homework is on Sway’s Sydney Boomerang Chair (color change, 25% off till Sept 7).  Raleigh’s most loved area is tucked on Kuro’s Colored Stacked Chair (color change) while enjoying shutter field Suitcase Planter’s on the deck railing.  Both ladies chosen garden locations are over flowing with vibrant plants, fun and funky finds from Thaino Designs and shutter field that furnish the deck and overlook the sea.  One of the great adventures of interior design is decorating and collaborating with others to blend a space into a livable unit.  Everyone can inject a little more color in their lives, so be free, cheery and whimsical, and go check out the offerings at this month’s round of The Challenge!

Postcard Patio

Postcard Bistro

The outside front yard has a small plot of land planted with a sunflower fence and hosts a home for some rescue bunnies the girls found at their local shelter, the adorable Fence Garden and Occupied Outhouse is from The Mustard Seed and is available at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event till September 4!!!!

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Postcard tms- door close

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Welcome to Charmville!

S&S Village overview

The April/May round of The Collage opened on the 23rd with delightful designs and exclusive releases from 8 home & garden creators: Thaino Designs, Serendipity Designs, Shutter Field, Cozy Essentials, Spargel & Shine Homes, Dreamscapes Art Gallery, Prime, and Lumiere.  You are guaranteed to find something for everyone’s taste.  The exclusive offerings this month include a luxury bathroom treat, outdoor garden decor, business board room, nature art studio and picnic set, shabby chic craft and sewing room, screened gazebo and furniture, and a very special treat, an adorable Victorian shop!

S&S Corner Shoppe

With the exclusive items,  I created a sweet and charming build with a nod to a country village.  Spargel & Shine Homes Annie’s Antique Corner Shoppe transported me to the fictional town of Avonlea from Anne in Green Gables, a beloved children’s’ novel.  I imagined title character Anne would visit a country dress shop, similar to the one I created, with rambling paths and picnic area on her journey into town.  This quaint build is my new favorite with enchanting spring foliage, al fresco dining area, art spot, and a porch swing adjacent to the neighbor’s house.  Since I created a large build, I’m going to break the post into sections.  First, let’s set the scene in the garden.

S&S side pathSpargel & Shine Homes Victorian corner shop is a lime washed brick with intricate wood craved casing around the windows and doors, exquisite stained glass panels, faded vintage signs and welcoming french doors, leading to a tin ceiling first floor store.  A side note, what a fun tongue and check note for all Scandel viewers, the optician sign from Defiance, Ohio :-).

Defiance, Ohio

To enhance the feeling of a country boutique, I created a windy cobblestone path with overflowing spring flowers of daffodils, lavender, and iris, shrubs, ground cover and delicate trees line the edge.  The Barnesworth Anubis stone garden pavers kit surrounds the Ash tree with mini spring bulbs in the center of the village.   This garden setting resembles a park with rest areas and sweeping views of the water.

Pathway

The country path runs parallel to a neighboring home furnished with Cozy Essentials exclusive items.  Ms. Paige Raven, producer of Cozy Essentials made the Garden Swing with animations for adults, children and couples, as well as the Hailey Bench (animations with props), Hailey Side Table, Muskoka Adirondack Chair and Butterfly Planter & Tree.  Also included at The Collage is a screened gazebo with painted cloud ceiling and sliding double doors (look for the gazebo featured in an upcoming blog post).  These charming pieces could accompany any home style and are a nice addition to your inventory.  Cozy Essentials is one of the few home designers that offers animations for kids and they have a separate children’s store with family friendly furniture.  Taxi to Cozy Essentials mainstore…

{CE} Garden Swing

{CE} Bench

{CE} Chairs

Everyone loves the park to enjoy natures beauty, or to run after to kids, or better yet, a picnic!  Well, you’re in luck and just in time for summer nights filled with al fresco dining parties, Prime’s picnic set is perfect.  The Rustic Picnic Table is a sturdy bench & table unit, complete with animations for males & females, seats up to four avatars with auto-wearable props.  The picnic table comes in two sizes, one for average SL avatars and the other made to fit RL sized avatars.  Ms. Reven Rosca, co-owner and designer of PRIME also released the flower field and tub of Hibiscus.  Corresponding tubs of flowers, fencing and other garden decor items are available at The Collage.  These are great items that you will use over and over this spring & summer.  PRIME is an expert at creating animations for male and females, and known to have the best LGBT beds in SL.  Taxi to PRIME mainstore…

PRIME Rustic Table

Prime table, oceanview

Another activity one loves to do on a warm day at the park is be inspired by nature and paint.  Ms. Heavenly Villa, creator of shutter field made the ideal set, Garden Easel Set & Garden Bench.  The Garden Easel with canvas comes in two styles, green with a painting of topiaries, and cream with a landscape of flowers, accompanied with corresponding colored stools and benches to rest the painters palette.  You could always use the Garden Bench under a tree, window or inside your home.  Ms. Villa has a number of other items displayed at The Collage including another easel set, additional canvases, lanterns, picnic basket, and corresponding outdoor dining set.  All of these items are absolutely a must have!  Shutter Field has nature inspired appointments with muted colors that blends easy into your home. Taxi to shutter field mainstore…

shutter field easel green

SF- Close up green easel set

SF- Close up cream easel set

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of a country village. Tomorrow, we go inside Spargel & Shine Annie Antique Corner Shoppe, where I will show you the dress boutique and the upstairs workroom. There are lots of wonderful items at The Collage that you don’t want to miss.  Let’s Get Decorating!  Taxi please…

The Roaring Twenties!

BN Flapper grey

A fun & flirty flapper dress is BN designs exclusive for The Feeling Event.  I’ve dressed as a flapper a few times for Halloween and love love love Roaring 20s fashion.  When I saw the BN Flapper dress in three colors (Silver, Violet & Red), I knew this dress would quickly become a favorite.  If you love Gatsby style as much as I do, pop over and grab this flirty exclusive design at The Feeling Event, available until April 30, 2014.  Taxi please…

Exclusive: BN designs Flapper Dress, $99L each

BN Flapper red

BN Flapper violet

Skin: Belleza, Leila Pale 1 (past Collabor88 item)
Hair: Clawtooth, Hang It Up Snow (Current Collabor88 item)
Shoes: Hucci, Riverton Sandal Moonglow (past Collabor88 item)

Background decor: PRIME Gatsby Set (available at The Home Show)
Poses: Icons of Style  (hunt gift – the Easter Market Fair, *ending today*)

…and all that Jazz!

Prime - Gatsby club chairs, bed, anbd room decorHave you dreamt of being transported back in time to an era where gin was flowing in smoked filled rooms, with great jazz bands pouring into your soul.  Especially when dancing in moonlight and slipping champagne was forbidden!  Join me in the Jazz Era!

Gramaphone & Side Table

The Home Show opened on April 1, 2014 with over 50+ interior designers and builders creating new and exclusive releases for the month-long event.  This year the event will have entertainment including weekly movie nights featuring all the Harry Potter movies and musical guests.  For more information on the Home Show and to see the entertainment scheduled, please click here.

One of the exclusive designs showcased at The Home Show is the Gatsby Set by PRIME. Reven Rosca, creator of PRIME was influenced by the Roaring 20’s in her Art Deco inspired lounge and bedroom set.  Ms. Rosca used a bold graphic geometric pattern in the teal and black duvet cover on the brass bed (with 420+ animations).  She complemented the room with bright fuchsia, teal and black curvilinear Art Deco inspired piped armchairs, reminiscent of the French Art Deco club chairs with their wide arms and deep cozy seat.  Reven Rosca created 6 different patterned lounge chairs mixing and matching, blending prints, patterns, and colors.  This is a nod to the Roaring 20s Jazz Movement and characteristic of Art Deco style from the 1920’s though the 1950’s. 

art deco:

a style of decorative art developed originally in the 1920s with a revival in the 1960s, marked chiefly by geometric motifs, curvilinear forms, sharply defined outlines, often bold colors, and the use of synthetic materials, as plastics

Deco Bed w: fireplace

Prime Home Show overall #2

To transform the space to the Jazz Era, I furnished the room with PRIME Simply White Fireplace with bench (past release at The Collage, now available @ PRIME main store), LTD Group Gift Cushion Pillows, Floorplan Nostalgic Chandelier (gold) and Apple Falls Nouveau Screen/Fan Palms/Porthole Mirror’s (new release @ The Garden).  Utilizing Art Deco posters from the era helps to set the tone of the space, and appointments such as the Second Spaces Poker game, LTD Digital  Gramophone, Mustard Seed Decorative Dog, and Champagne on Ice completes the space.

Landmark to The Home Show: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Farrington%20Heights/125/123/31

Landmark to PRIME Main Store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/PRIME%20II/37/215/26

Club chairs, bed & dog

Club Chairs, Side Table w: dog

Art Deco:

Art Deco (/ˌɑrt ˈdɛk/), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France after World War I, flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II.[1] It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craftmotifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.

Deco emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organicmotifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau.

Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as “an assertively modern style [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material [and] the requirements of mass production”.[2]

During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

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The Collage | Deco Living Space

PRIME is offering an Art Deco inspired Living Room set at The Collage.  Art Deco is a style that first appeared in France after WWI that combines craft and Machine Age imagery and materials.  It is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.  The Imperial Set includes a claret velvet geometric print love seat and armchair, cherry wood coffee table, side table, claret rug, Tiffany lamps, and assorted decor.  There is also a spring window with curtains that transition perfectly into spring.  The Collage is a monthly home and garden shopping event lasting for two weeks, starting the 23rd each month.  Taxi please…

Prime - Imperial LR group

Prime - Endtable, Lamp, wine bottle

Prime = Living Room set

Imperial Set with Spring Window Panel:

Prime - window option

Prime - window option w:couch