Where Dreams are Made!

Garden Playhouse

When I was a young girl, my Mom converted her glass greenhouse into a garden playhouse for me.  Nestled among the roses and butterfly bushes, I had this magical dreamy world all my own where I could play dress-up, draw, read, or just hang out with my friends.  It was the best! Somehow all my dollies, stuffies and cookie tins ended up under the sofa.  My great-aunt’s old furniture would be repurposed after some sanding and a new coat of paint. Looking back now, I can see my love for shabby chic was forged in my little playhouse. Decorating for children always allows for a playful, whimsical side of my personality to shine. I wanted to create a tribute to a my childhood playhouse using exclusive items from SL Home & Garden Expo 2014 from Persnickity, Thaino Designs, Dreamscapes Art Gallery*, Serenity Styles (gacha), Shabby Tabby*, Dekute Dekore* (part of the Story Time set), NACH*, R(S)W Home & Garden, La Vieux Carre, and EDD Homes & Garden.  You can easily use the items in a child’s bedroom, study, reading nook, or a grown up living space.  Rethinking the Persnickity garden shed as an additional living space will guarantee to add interest to your homestead, spark creativity and conversation.  Happy shopping!

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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* = Donation items

Structure: Persnickity, Garden Shed

Garden Decor

  • Persnickity (Sim 3): Tree Tunnel & Dripping Faucet with Pink Roses
  • EED Home & Garden (Sim 2)Hanging Basket

Inside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Old Shabby Patch Sofa
  • La Vieux Carre (Sim 8): Hey Yall Wall Sign
  • NACH (Sim 1): Inspirational Words Decal*Monster Storytime Cushion (Green, Classic Hunt item)
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4): Bookworm Shelf & Chair*
  • R(S)W HOme & Garden (Sim 6)Cookie Tin (Picturebook), Votive Candle in Glass CupDragonfly DragonButterfly Shadow Box
  • Shabby Tabby (Sim 8)Chalky LightsStory Time Bookshelf
  • Dekute Dekore (Sim 4): Stacked Books Lamp (Pastels, part of the RFL Story Time Set)
  • Serenity Styles (Sim 3)The Vain Little Mouse Pink (gacha)

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. 

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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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The End of Days.

Fetch Tiffany set framed

One of my favorite monthly home and garden shopping events (& sponsor), The Collage has closed their event location and is restructuring into a store based event.  I will keep you posted and in the meantime, The Collage designers will provide the official Collage bloggers with their latest releases and offers.  But don’t worry, some other monthly home & garden shopping event I represent are The Challenge and The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event.  Hans Inshan, creator of Serenity Style and co-owner of The Feeling event (on hiatus till Fall) designed and released the cute retro frame art available for $1L at the main store.  I paired the frames with [fetch] Tiffany Chair, Rug & Dresser and Cleo Designs Tea Tray Set, both designed exclusively for The Challenge August theme Vintage/Retro.  Go grab the cute frames from Serenity Style and stay tuned for updates on new home & garden products.

Taxi to Serenity Style…

Taxi to [fetch]…

Taxi to Cleo Designs…

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Sweet Dreams!

 

Retro BR - light & Dream of me table

For some time now I’ve been wanting to style a Palm Spring home on SL.  Palm Springs is a small idyllic resort town in the middle of the California desert, 100+ miles outside LA and near the Nevada border.  This bungalow community is noted for mid-century modern ranch homes, retro vintage interiors, and the hideaway spot for famous Hollywood elite in the Fifties, like The Rat Pack.  When I was about 11, I visited the palm tree lined two main drag strip with brightly colored homes, 50’s diners, and walls of glass.  I adore living in California because of the diversity of home styles and decors.  At the last C88, the theme was retro/50’s and I went to town grabbing up all the deals.  I purchased the Scarlet Creative Wish You Were Here home and started to create my tribute to Palm Springs with retro inspirited decor, hues of yellow, teals, reds, blacks, and white, and my dreamy shabby chic bedroom.  I loved styling the vintage modern bedroom filled with past arcade finds and Sway’s Silhouette Floor Lamp, exclusive release for The Challenge (June theme Light).  I enjoyed furnishing the bungalow and can’t wait to showcase the rest of the home.

Taxi to Sway’s please…

Retro BR- 4 Poster bed

Retro BR -Love , couch, armoire

Retro - BR

The Power of Words!

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The Feeling event opened today, April 15, and will run until April 30 with a new theme, WORDS.

Words are powerful, they communicate thoughts, feelings and actions.  Words are our language to express ourselves; they convey our deepest emotions and wildest dreams. There is no better place to write, write, write than an inviting desk, and comfy chair, so grab your coffee or tea, and Let’s Get Decorating!

The Feeling is a monthly themed event, opening on the 15th each month and lasting for 15 days (15th -30th) with home decor, clothes, accessories and skins.  There are exclusive items and gatcha machines with adorable fun stuff.  It is a joint venture between Morgana Brid (Arcana Antiques & Oddities) & Hanstrid Inshan (Serenity Style), who formed the event with the purpose of showcasing and sharing creativity, quality and passion.  Taxi please…

Exclusive items & gatcha: Serenity Style, Words Brimm Desk & Decor Set

  • Words Brimm Desk Set & Chair: $199L
  • Words Decor Set: $99L
  • Gatcha items (fan, poster, words block decor & mug set): $70L pull

Serenity Style Desk

Serenity Style Desk -full

Words Brimm Desk

Words Decor Set

Words Gatcha