Bask in the Glow of Autumn

Autumn Porch Overview Framed

The waning days of autumn are upon us and for Americans, Thanksgiving is 12 days away.  The grocery stores are filling up with families buying turkey and all the fixings, soon the malls will have hurried shoppers busting down the black Friday doors, and before we know it Christmas and the New Year will be here.  Now is the time to slow down, reflect on the past year, be thankful for friends and family, and celebrate your blessings.  Recently, I did just that, after a few unfortunate incidents, I had too much and needed to walk away from Second Life.  I was drained, discouraged, disappointed, and deflated.  This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to Niki Silverweb, Ayla Zhoy and Morgan Mickalobe who supported and encouraged me to return to SL.  Your kindness, care and friendship mean the world to me.  So this Thanksgiving who are your thankful for?

Side Porch View Framed

My love for virtual interior design was calling out and I wanted to design an autumnal cottage with a large veranda located by a lake with views of apple orchards and snow-capped mountains.  I envisioned Lake Tahoe, CA in the early fall when the weather is wonderful, the air is crisp but not too chilly cold, the nights are still, and the trees are bare with views of clear skies, filled with stars and full moons.   The ivy covered porch is overflowing with cozy spots, delicious delights, unexpected guests, and nods to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Creating a warm, welcoming, inviting place with crackling fire from the hearth is sure to be the area where your guests will relax after the harvest feast!

Front Porch Framed

Hearth Area:

Hearth Area Framed

Close up of Fireplace Framed

Log Bench:

Sway's Log Bench Framed

Wood Bench:

Bench with cat Framed

Twyla’s (the Turkey) Garden:

Turkey Garden Framed

Structure: Heart Homes, Autumn Lovenest II (Exclusive @ Room 69, till 11/20)

  • Trees: Studio Skye, Enchanted Forest & Silver Birch
  • Wishing Well: Finishing Touches, Falling Leaves Well (** Free @ Homestuff Lounge**)

Hearth Area:

Log Bench:

Wood Bench:

Twyla’s (the Turkey) Garden:

Harvest Time Fun!

Framed Finishing Touches Hay Bale & Scarecrow

Autumn is well under way, the air is crisp, the trees are bare, and the sky is clear…great time for a hay bale ride.  Your just in luck, Finishing Touches is offering Halloween specials (50% off) at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event until October 30, 2014.  The Halloween Hay Wagon & Scarecrow set contains an animated wagon (two versions, friends and couple) filled with hay bales and decorated with candy corns.  A friendly scarecrow makes a welcoming autumnal lawn ornament.  The perfect fall decor set that will transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving.

Taxi please…

Other items used:

Harvest Moon Hideaway!

Framed Final Harvest Moon Hideaway

The 7th Annual Home & Garden Expo 2014 opened Tuesday, September 16 and will run until September 28, 2014, featuring over 80 creators on 9 sims.  Home and Garden Expo (HGE) raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/.

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In the past, I had the good fortune to participate in the Relay for Life Christmas Expo 2013 and the Fashion for Life 2014 event, both part of the umbrella of RFL of SL fundraising events.  This season is equally exciting and I was selected as an official blogger for HGE where home builders, interior designers, and landscape artists present display exhibits for inspiration and donation.  All the creators designed two exclusive items for sale with 100% of proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.  Styles range from shabby chic to modern, Victorian to gothic, rustic to whimsical.  Other offerings at SL Home and Garden Expo are building classes, raffles, silent auction, gacha, and two hunts.  Anything and everything you would want for your home, property, store, or sim is available at the Home Expo 2014.

Thaihiti Baroque of Thaino Designs created an adorable octagonal shape Secret Wood House with flower window boxes, cream and pink plaid draw-back curtains, valances, and wainscoting.  I was inspired by the upcoming Autumnal season and wanted to build a Harvest Moon Hideaway with a fireplace, small bistro area, rest/relax spot with tea set, and reading nook.  Adorned in fall colors of orange, brown, golds, rust reds, celery greens, and blues, with touches of Halloween pumpkins and black cats.  Furnished with items exclusive at Home Expo from Cleo Designs, Thaino Designs*, Follow Us*, Dreamscapes Art Gallery, Good Furniture, Shabby Tabby, Kaerri, Serenity Style*, La Vieux Carre, Hanaya, and Striped Mocha*.  Pop over to the Home & Garden Expo and explore all 9 sims, be inspired, be generous, donate, and remember always Let’s Get Decorating! Taxi please…

Framed Flower Window Box

Framed Peek inside

Framed Coffe Table & Reading Nook

Framed Bistro Area

Framed View from inside

* = Donation items

Structure: Thaino Designs, Secrets Wood House

Outside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Pumpkin Seat*, Pumpkin Floor Decor* & Pumpkin Flower Beds
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4)Leaf Lampstands A/Autumn
  • Hanaya (Sim 6): Apple Bobbing Barrel (Classic Hunt Gift)
  • Other items used (not part of HGE): Pilot Barrel Pumpkin Display, Studio Skye Enchanting Forest & Silver Birch Trees

Inside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Hanging Pumpkins Baskets*
  • Cleo Designs (Sim 6): His & Her Chairs (Orange & Brown, Classic Hunt Gift), Coffee Table with Tea Set, Apples, and Pastry Decor, Fireplace, Reading Nook Beach & Decorative Shelves, Shutter Wall Hanging & Strawberry Cake
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4)Fall Chairs with plaid blankets and decorative candles, Leaf Chairs (Autumn & Summer) & Halloween Frame A
  • Shabby Tabby (Sim 8): Autumn Mantel Decor
  • Kaerri (Sim 8): Felicity Flower Umbrella 
  • Striped Mocha (Sim 1)Copper Kettle with Candles & Pumpkins*
  • Serenity Style (Sim 3): Journey Stepladder*
  • La Vieux Carre (Sim 8): Old Elm Spice Rack
  • Follow Us (Sim 4): Home Sweet Home Sign* (part of the Girly Desk set)
  • Good Furniture (Sim 5): Bistro Table
  • Other items used (not part of HGE): Shutter Field Pumpkin Lanterns, StoraxTree Rustic Rug 10 

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