Sunday at Grandma’s House

Rustic Shabby Chic Grandma Cottage

I mentioned previously that the SL Home & Garden Expo 2014 offers anything and everything you would want for your home, store, or land, even a perfect living room collection from Potomac Signature Homes that reminds me of a Sunday visit to Grandma’s house.  There was always a pot of tea brewing, homemade sweet treats tray, and fresh cut roses.  On cold days, a blazing fire took the chill from the room as we watched the leaves change into glorious colors during the autumn season.  Grandma’s home was warm and welcoming with antique treasured collections from her world travels.  I tried to channel my Grandmother’s rustic shabby chic home with SL Home & Garden Expo 2014 exclusives using Potomac Signature Homes Ivy Lane Living Room Set, Spargel & Shine Homes Antique Rug Peach Floral* & Woman with Bouquet of Roses painting, Weekend Salvage Home & Garden Writer’s Desk & Chair (Stars)*, Cleo Design Wrought Iron Garden Set & %Percent Jane’s Friends Room Divider (White/Silver)*. If you love the feeling of a cozy inviting cottage and a visit to yesteryear, do yourself a favor and get shopping at the Home & Garden Expo!

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: Thaino Designs (Sim 1): The Dreamers Home

Living Room

  • Potomac Signature Homes (Sim 1): Ivy Lane Living Room Set
  • Spargel & Shine Homes (Sim 6)Antique Rug Peach Floral* & Woman with Bouquet of Roses painting
  • Weekend Salvage Home & Garden (Sim 5)Writer’s Desk & Chair (Stars)*
  • Cleo Design (Sim 6)Wrought Iron Garden Set
  • %Percent (Sim 2): Jane’s Friends Room Divider (White/Silver)*

Lakehouse Living | The Collage

Sitting Area

A new round of The Collage is opening on Monday, June 23rd with designs ranging from shabby chic, to classic, to Victorian.  The designer’s new releases will be available at the new Collage location, now open year round.  Today’s inspiration for my great room are the soft peaches and muted sea greens from the Cozy Essentials Lakehouse Collection dining set.  I imagined radiant metallic reflects of translucent seashells that washed up on shore.  I create two separate spaces in my Trompe Loeil Willoughby Lakehouse, a sitting area and dining room.  To enhance the soft blush tone from the Cozy Essential rug in the living room, I used Dreamscapes Art Gallery Olivia rose painted shelf and table.  I finished the sitting room with Spargel & Shines Home Annie Antique Travel Set, Dreamscapes Milla leather armchair and couch (May/June release), and some Cozy Essentials plants, ferns and decorative accessories.

Dinner Table & Sweets

To divide the space, I utilized Cozy’s Lakehouse Collection Entrance Table with two-sided photo frame, filled with close up pictures of seashells. The dining and buffet tables are filled with sweet treat courtesy of Aphrodite Shop, Death by Chocolate new release (not part of The Collage).  Cozy Essential’s Lakehouse Dining Collection includes; mahogany dining table, 6 sea green chairs, peach rug, buffet table, candle display, lamps, chandelier, mirror, clock, entry table with texture change picture frames, ferns, potted plants, fireplace {not shown} and decorative accessories.  The dining room set is a nice addition to any home.  Taxi please…

Hutch and Dinner Table

Vintage Moments

The Collage Blogger Photo Contest pic by Gloria Silverstone

The Collage is back with a new location, more home and garden designers, and collections for every palette.  This month The Collage bloggers were challenged to create a room or space using only the items provided in the bloggers box, spotlighting at least one item from all the designers. This was a departure for me because I like to create rooms by design styles, ie: shabby chic or modern or traditional, however for this build I envisioned a home filled with intimate moments tied together with vintage finds.  I used the Trompe Loeil Karin Cottage (currently available at Collabor88) and showcased The Collage designers items in different areas of the home. Above is my photo contest entry and below are close-ups from sections in the home.  All Collage designers are offering corresponding furnishings available at The Collage sim which will remain open year round. Hop over to the new location and check out the designs and new sim.  Taxi please…

Thaino Design & Dreamscapes Close-up

  • Thaino Designs (Coat Rack) 
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Mannequin)

Close-up of Dreamscape Chairs & Spargel Tea Cart

  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Rose Leather Armchairs)
  • Spargel & Shine Homes (Tea Cart with tea set & biscuits)
  • Cozy Essentials (Boston Fern)
  • Luminere (Light Fixture)

Close-up of Serendipity Design

  • Serendipity Designs (Beach Triptych & Console Table)

Thaino Design Hutch & BellaRose Bistro

  • BellaRose Designs (Book Bistro Set)
  • Thaino Designs (Kitchen Hutch)

Great Room & Kitchen

  • Cozy Essentials (Signs, Boston Fern, Chandelier & Slipper Chair)
  • Shutter Field (Day Bed)

Cozy Essentials- Frames & Wht Chairs

  • Cozy Essentials (Slipper Chairs, Mission Table, Vase, Desk, Lamps, Ferns & Picture Frames)
  • Johadez (Tripod Table)

day bed - lighter

  • Shutter Field (Day Bed & Laptop)
  • Cozy Essentials (Fern & Chandelier)
  • Johadez (Tripod Table)

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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…

What’s for Dinner?


Spargel & Shine Annie Oak Dinner scene

The most common question asked every day.  Well not only does Tess Spargel, proprietor of Spargel & Shine Homes answer that question but she designed the perfect Victorian inspired Dining Room set to meet all your needs.  The Annie Oak Dining Set has three scene change options: floral arrangement, tea set & dinner set, with the option to select how many place settings you need from 1 to 4 guests.  Ms. Spargel’s attention to detail is superb with even the chunks of chocolate chips in her cookie plate looking delicious.  Please notice the carved chair backs, the exquisite painted rose detailing on the table and inlaid buffet, and the doilies (placemats) and lace curtains harken to the elegance of the Victorian era.  If the Annie Oak set looks familiar, Spargel & Shine Homes created the Annie Oak bedroom suite for The Collage January/February round which I previously blogged.  The Annie Oak Dining Set is an exclusive item and includes the table, four chairs, buffet, decor and detailed rose triptych for only $650L.  Taxi please…

Spargel & Shine Annie Oak DR Set

Spargel & Shine Annie Oak High Tea scene

Spargel & Shine Annie Oak Buffet

Spargel & Shine Annie Rose Painting