Hope Springs Eternal

Spargel & Shines Bocas Belle CottageHappy Sunday!  The SL Home & Garden Expo 2016 will come to a close this evening.  If you haven’t stopped by yet, this is your last chance to grab some 100% donation items, hunt for home decor treats and be inspired to re-decorate for spring!  There are so many wonderful product, I wish I had more time to share.  Last night, we learned that Relay for Life of Second Life raised over $15,354 or a little under $4 million Lindens ($3,838,469L), so let’s join together and push the grand total over the $4M mark, I know we can do it!

Spargel & Shines Bocas Cottage & TMS GreenhouseFor my last post for The Expo, I wanted to showcase the lovely Spargel & Shines Homes (Hope 1) Bocas Belle Cottage and both of Tylar’s Treasures 100% donation items: Spring Chalkpaint Bench and Spring Gazing Ball.

What Next Spring Garden Gacha (Arcade 3:2016)Completing the scene is What Next Spring Garden gacha items from the current round of The Arcade and Doormat with Wellies (past FLF).

Finishing Touches For the Birds Garden Set & TMS GreenhouseAlso shown are Lunar Seasonal Designs Menu Driven Blooming Shamrocks in Basket, Finishing Touches pastel For the Birds Garden Set featuring repurposed fence & birdhouse armchairs (so cute) and The Mustard Seed Greenhouse/Cottage, Weeping Willow Tree, Hydrangea Planter and Wall Fountain, all available for 50% off at Perfect Ten (3/1-3/15).

TMS GreenhouseI converted the inside of The Mustard Seed greenhouse into a relaxing hideaway with Circa Living Bon Vivant Cafe Set in Florals & Colour Frames (50% off at The Expo -Hope 7), and Jolie spring ottoman in aqua, yellow polka-dot area rug and chest cabinet with flower vase in delight serving as a buffet table for sweets, available at the main store (pic below).  Flanking the buffet table inside and over the planter boxes outside are Finishing Touches Wall Mount Half Bird Cage (50% off at Perfect 10).  All the flowers displayed in the greenhouse in pots, milk cans or watering cans are part of the new spring garden collection from Finishing Touches available at the main store (there are some very specials items, please stop by to check them out).  Finally, at the foot of the bistro table is TMS Curious Kitties with Bunny Baskets and Carrots…..just in time for Easter.  Hope you have a nice end to the weekend, stop by the SL Home & Garden Expo and take advantage of the great deals at Perfect Ten!

Circa Living Cafe Table & Jolie Chest:Ottoman:Rug

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Sunny’s Garden Cafe

FamouStation Caffe Di Milan June 2015

A current trend in Silicon Valley, CA (USA) is converting old Victorian homes into community gathering cafes.  Situated in garden settings, these new coffee houses have a kid’s play area, teen hangout lounge space and patio bistro seating.  Steps away from revolutionary technology, seniors are organizing chess clubs, new moms are sharing tips, high schoolers are cramming for quizzes, play dates are formed and industry moguls discuss emerging trends.  The coffee-house serving as a community dwelling place is not a new idea, but one that was reborn from the bland uniformity of the major brand that dominates the industry.  Anywhere in the world, a Starbucks looks and feels the same, with overpriced cups of java that you can’t pronounce or calorie counts you don’t wish to acknowledge.  Don’t get me wrong, time is limited and these coffee factories will serve your immediate needs, but your experience is impersonal, pre-packaged and undistinguishable.

FamouStation Caffe Di Milan (coffee shop) June 2015

I loved the community coffee shop idea and wanted to reproduce a garden cafe in Second Life using Serenity Style latest release Caffe Di Milan for FamouStation, available until June 17, 2015 at 1pm SLT.  To complete the cafe I used Serenity Style Le Petit Bistro, previously released for the February round of Gatcha Mania, now available at the main store.  For the teen hang-out lounge space of the cafe Sway’s Filis set was perfect.  The Filis paper lanterns hang throughout the cafe with the low bean-bag style chairs snuggled in the bay windows…ideal for teens.  Fresh cut flowers are placed on all bistro tables inside and outside of the cafe, reflecting respect for the garden environment. Take a step back to the future and experience the warmth and vibrancy of hometown Americana!

FamouStation Caffe Di Milan (overview) June 2015

Four Seasons of Boudoirs

In my last post for Parachute Homes, I highlighted my six essentials to a dreamy night sleep.  I created four bedroom spaces each featuring a different season.  I wanted to provide you with some more photos and style card for each. Hopefully you are inspired to create your own sanctuary and take into consideration some of my tips.

Anchors Aweigh

Anchor Summer Retreat

Summer Side Table

Summer Sheet Pic

Summer Side View

Structure: Scarlet Creative, Petite Cabine (Collabor88 April 2015)

  • Apple Fall: Dreams Bed (Burnished Brass), Harry’s Boat, Glass Bubble Lamp, Storm Lamp (Old Wood) & Seaside Candle
  • Floorplan: Waves Rug, Captain’s Coffee Table (Blue), Sailor’s Chair & Pillow (Stripes), Jute Baskets, Sailor’s Spool Table, Hanging Oars & Anchor Marquee Light
  • The Loft: Nautilus & Neo Mirror
  • Pilot: Nautical Hanging Chair & Potted Plant Shelves (Navy)
  • Ria Bazar: Traveler Diary, Map, Book & Clock
  • Sway’s: Anchor Decor Cushion, Kyla Chest Bench/Wall Art & Nautical Decoration (Arcade Gacha June 2015)

Autumn Glow

Bed Full

Trunk Left View

New York

Copper Chair

Autumn Glow Bathroom Darket

Structure: Trompe Loeil, Brooklyn Carriage House

Bedroom:

  • Pilot: Tufted Leather Bed (Brown)
  • Apple Fall: Monogram Suitcases, Reading Pile, Annan Reclaimed Wardrobe, Monogram Luggage Bag & Rope Suspended Gallery
  • The Loft: Linen Trim Rug Brown, Manhattan Print, New York Print, Alex Lantern Orange, Twisted Vase, Storage Box Old Map, Lola Bowl Ebony & Concentric Gold
  • Trompe Loeil: Gramercy Steamer Trunk Brown, Gyroscope Lamp Polished & Astrid Chair Natural
  • Zerkalo: Coffee and Chocolate (Past group gift)
  • Kaerri: Orchid Ikebana (**Free**)
  • Ria Bazar: Toronto Living Room Chandelier, Bedroom books&glasses & Living room bookshelf 1
  • Redgrave: *001 CROWN Side Chair

Bathroom:

  • The Loft: Bacall Mirror Copper, My Love My Beard Towel Basket & Leather Side Table Sienna
  • Apple Fall: Copper Tub, Sunrise Mirror, Lange Washstand & Porthole Mirror (Gold)
  • Ria Bazar: Arizona Entrance Rug & Torronto Slippers
  • Pixel Mode: Victoria’s Bath (White Towel Stack)
  • Pilot: Railroad Tie Chandelier

Winter Noir

Winter Noir Overview Full

Noir Bed

Porthole Mirror

Fireplace

Noir Bathroom Screen

Structure: Trompe Loeil, Chatham Loft Skybox (Dark)

Bedroom:

  • Scarlet Creative: Nostaglia Bed Wood (Black)
  • Apple Fall: Nouveau Screen, Mother of Pearl Inlaid Chest, Design Books, Porthole Mirror (Silver & Gold), Chrysler Armchair, Empire Coffee Table & Trellis Circular Rug (Black)
  • {theosophy}: Eighteenth Amendment Lamp (Black) & Godre’r Telescope (Gold)
  • Dust Bunny: Traveler’s Table
  • Ria Bazar: Traveler Vintage Personal Items & Diary
  • Sway’s: Katya Chaise Lounge (Black Leather)
  • Cobblestone: Hollywood Glam Rug {no longer in business}
  • MudHoney: Zoe Chair (Black) & Zoe Mirror (Gold)
  • LTD: Studded Cushion (Monochrome & 24K, past group gift)
  • 22769 ~ [bauwerk]: Foxglove in Vase & Decorative Balls
  • .:Stone Misery:.: Leather Pouffe (Black **FREE** on Leather & Lace Hunt)
  • Floorplan: Nostalgic Chandelier (Gold)

Bathroom:

  • Concept}: MinBath
  • Pilot: Romantic Candlesticks (Gold)
  • Apple Fall: Ornate Mirror
  • The Loft: Bacall Mirror Copper
  • Trompe Loeil: Ines Wall Fountain & Cobble Hill Pencil Sketch Skyscraper

Parisian Springtime

Scarlet Creative Bed Full

Bed Side View

Sofa & side table

Bathtub

Close up Vanity

Structure: Scarlet Creative, Hudson Townhouse

Bedroom:

  • Scarlet Creative: Amelie Lounger, Single Amelie Sofa, Meribel Cabinet & Meribel Stool
  • Apple Fall: Dolly Lamp, Carriage Clock & Nardyas’ Tulips in Mason Jar
  • La Galleria: Pastel Chinese Flower Tree Rug & Butterfly Pillows (**FREE**)
  • LISP: Sewing Prints 1 & Chloe Print
  • {what next}: Maison Drapes (long length), Paperdoll Mannequin (**FREE**), Leora Hatbox Stool & Morning Tea Chandelier (Pink Crystal)
  • Alouette: Meghan Clock (White) & Bird Cage Candle Holder
  • {theosophy}: Wall Panel (Whitewash)

Bathroom:

  • Scarlet Creative: Amelie Vintage Bath and Shower, Amelie Towel Rack & Meribel Day Sofa (Past Arcade items)
  • Pixel Mode: Victoria’s Bath (Soap Basket, Past Arcade items)
  • Second Spaces: Lennon Linen Cabinet (White)
  • La Galleria: Feizy Champagne Carved Squares LT Rug
  • Lark: Crawford Dressing Table, Stool, Hat Boxes, Glove Box, Mirror, Wall Hook & Slip
  • The Loft: Bacall Bowl of Roses Cream, Bacall Accessory Tray & Bacall Portrait (Gold)
  • Cleo Designs: Make up Set
  • Ria Bazar: Torronto Makeup Mirror & Slippers
  • Black Tulip: Time in Paris Clock

Sugar Shack & Freebies!

FT Crazy Daisies Sugar Shack

The Perfect Ten event has opened with spring themed home decor and landscaping items offered at a discount until May 15, 2015.  Today, I returned back to my design roots and styled an adorable shabby chic porch and garden setting using Finishing Touches Crazy Daisies set available for 50% off.  The Crazy Daisies Set includes a white picnic table and lawn chairs, delicious macaroon cookie tray, potted pink and lime gingham checked daisies, spinning standing daisies, 3 set lanterns (pink, yellow & lime), planter & window boxes, wall decor, trio bird house, rocking chair and side table.  This cute garden collection is the perfect fun springy set to enjoy the whole season.  Plus, if you have a mom in Second Life, I’m sure she would enjoy the delightful sweet treats this Mother’s Day. 🙂

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Oh did you spy a kitty sleeping under an umbrella by the stairs in the corner?  Isn’t she cute, I picked her up at The Perfect Ten event.  The sleeping kitty is from the Lazy Lemonade Gacha  ($35L each) designed by The Mustard Seed.  This is the first time The Mustard Seed has participated in the Perfect Ten event, so if you see Lavinia Godenot, designer and owner of tms online or at the event, be sure to welcome her.  Ms. Godenot is offering a number of spring landscaping items including two 10×10 Summer Garden and Summer Path, Fence Garden (12 texture and flower solo option, shown below), and Lazy Lemonade Porch Set {not shown}, all 50% off.  So run over to the Perfect Ten event and check out all the spring deals!  Taxi please…

FaMESHed Group Gifts (3rd B-Day)

I also wanted to showcase a few free birthday gifts I picked up at FaMESHed 3rd Anniversary event available until May 27, 2015.  Almost every vendor is offering a gift to FaMESHed group member (free to join) in a blue box next to their booth.  Today I’m wearing NYU Scarf Dress, Maxi Gossamer Painted Pansies Bangles (4 texture change), Damselfly Miranda Hair/Hat (Fatpack), Monso My Chain Earings, Fishy Strawberry Fly Glasses, and Zenith Bow Clutch (12 Colors).  After a long day decorating I needed to curl up on the porch, enjoy a cup of Zerkalo Coffee (free gift @ Shiny Shabby till 5/15), play with my kitty and smell the Heart Potted Plants White Daisies (free gift @ FaMESHed).  Hope you enjoyed the spring decor and fashion post.  Don’t forget to run over to the events and get these items before its to late.  Taxi please…

FaMESHed Group Gifts (Close-up)

Hopping down the bunny trail…

Hunt #5-Lolli Dress

Lolli Dress (Egg #5)

It’s almost Easter! Are you in need of an outfit for your Sunday best?  Well, I’ve got you covered, hop on over to Purple Moon Creations and hunt for 10 hidden Easter Eggs around the store.  Poulet Koenkamp, designer of Purple Moon is hosting the Dress Me Purple Hunt until April 10, 2015.  Poulet’s hunts are among the most fun events on the grid with the best quality fashions and the opportunity to roam her beautiful store and discover new goodies to enjoy!  Below are a few hunt gifts.  Best of luck hunting and have a great holiday!

Hunt # 7 & 8- Masami Dress:Cardi

Masami Dress & Cardi (Egg #7 & 8)

Hunt # 4-Heidi Coat:Dress

Heidi Coat Dress (Egg #4)

Hunt #9-Maureen Dress

Maureen Dress (Egg #9)

Hunt #10-Mellie Dress

Mellie Dress (Egg #10)

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