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:

Open House: Ravenshire Halloween Village

Ravenshire Open House Sign

The witches have gathered, the ghosts are flying, and the candy bowls have been filled, the Ravenshire Halloween Village is open for trick or treat.  Stop by and enjoy six decorated rooms in different autumnal styles from rustic, to elegant, to country; starting tomorrow October 10 through Monday, October 13, 2014.  I kept everything charming and inviting, nothing too scary, great for families and friends.  Be inspired by some of my favorite designers; for highlights of each room visit this weeks’ past posts.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystical%20Estia/24/152/22

Sway Boo pumpkin

Sway’s Pumpkins

As you walk up the grassy path, Thaino Designs Dont Look Up! ghosts are making their way through the woods.  Bright and cheery Sway’s Boo Pumpkins line the main courtyard area with Roawenwood fountain, Thaino flower cauldron, Aphrodite Shop squirrels (Totally Nutz for you! & My babies nest @ The Seasons Story), and Park Place friendly flying Casper Ghostie Set (@ Mieville Halloween Village).  Near the courtyard is Sway’s Wishing Well (@ Mystic Realms Fair) and Finishing Touches Pumpkin Picker’s Wheelbarrow (subscriber gift).

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Thaino Designs death by.. & Park Plce Ghostie Set

Sway's Wishing Well, Pumpkin & Finishing Touches Wheelbarrow

Sway’s Wishing Well, Pumpkin & Finishing Touches Wheelbarrow

Leading to the last house are two costumed skeletons and The Mustard Seed Fall Decor (60L special this weekend).  The very last house in the village is dedicated to the upcoming spooky Halloween season with a seance theme room from Finishing Touches Twilight collection complete with charred wood fireplace, sheet draped table and chair, and Victorian royal purple living room decor (Spellbound collection, past Twisted gift) transformed into a waiting area. Hope my village motives you.  Let’s Get Decorating!

FT Twilight collection

Finishing Touches Twilight collection

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Rustic Autumn

Grande Shoppe

Sneak peek #3 of the Roawenwood Ravenshire Halloween Village (grande shoppes) this time reflects rustic autumn elegance displayed in several Finishing Touches collections in the bedroom, the living room, and the library.  Once again each shop window is adorned with beautiful harvest wreaths from Finishing Touches, and fanciful holiday decor from Park Place and Thaino Designs.  Enter into the grande shop from the Halloween Village courtyard. The center space contains the comfortable inviting Buckskin Living Room with suede sofas, armchairs and wood detailing.  Included in the set is a beautiful rug, potted plants, clock, table and lamps.  Simple elegant design requires easy accessories with Sway’s Fall Jar with Acorns and Candle.  To the right of the connecting rooms is the wood-paneled Executive Privilege library in warm rich brown tones. The set contains a burgundy rug, working library cabinets and shelves, an hourglass table, desk & chair, (and a lounge area).  On the opposite end of the three room cottage is the gorgeous Autumn Embrace bedroom, complete with ivy canopy bed (6 color variations), and twig & wood table/ chair accents.  In every window there is a special holiday decoration; among them is the unique and fascinating Park Place Miniature Haunted House with flying ghosts (available at Mieville Halloween Village). Each door is guarded by charming Thaino Designs Halloween pumpkins, flower beds, wagon wheel hay bale, ring of ghosts, and bench.  Look forward to another sneak peek tomorrow and Let’s Get Decorating!

FT LR- outside (thaino Flower boxes

Grande Shoppe Entry, Thaino Designs pumpkin, wheel, floral display & Sway’s Candy Corn Lights

Buckskin Living Room

Finishing Touches Buckskin Living Room

FT Close up LR

Sway’s Fall Jar with Acorns and Candle

PP haunted house and FT bench

Park Place Haunted House & Finishing Touches Killing Time bench & table

LR to office

View of office from Living Room

FT Office outside

Entry Library, Thaino Designs pumpkin floral baskets & bench

FT Library

Finishing Touches Executive Privilege Library

FT BR outside

Entry Bedroom, Thaino Designs Ghost, Wagon Wheel pumpkin & What Next Pumpkin Man

FT Autumn Enbrac BR

Finishing Touches Autumn Embrace Bedroom

Ravenshire Halloween Village Sneak Peek

PP Autumn Shadow DR outside

As promised, this week I will present you with several more sneak peeks of my upcoming Halloween Village open house where each room is decorated in a different autumnal style with corresponding window displays.  Today, I am featuring Park Place Autumn Shadows Dining Room collection (previously released at HGE and now available at the main store), Finishing Touches Pumpkin Candles and Autumn Wreath, Thaino Designs spooky sweet Halloween outdoor decor, and Aphrodite Shop Seven Sins wine (@ the Cosmo Sales Room event). Notable in the dining room is the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired stained glass inlay china cabinet, buffet table, and matching chandeliers.  The warmth of the crackling fire reflects the rich tones of the elegant mahogany round dining table.  Also included in the collection are charming painted pumpkin arrangements, greeting guests in the windows.  I completed the room with Finishing Touches new autumn release metal pumpkin candles, available in 6 versions.  All shoppe windows are embellished with different decorative Halloween items from pumpkins to haunted houses, and each window sports a unique Finishing Touches wreath.  The outside walkway is guarded by adorable Thaino Designs Witches in Training and Flower Cauldron.  Attached to this Roawenwood Ravenshire Village (single shoppe) is a little porch which I made into a farm to table store for the Halloween Village, with overflowing baskets of apples, squash, and zucchini.  Pumpkins, hay bales, a porch swing and bobbing for apples finish the scene.  Hope this inspires you to create a warm and inviting space for the upcoming holiday season.  Let’s Get Decorating!

PP Autumn Shadow DR

Close up of FT Pumpkin Candles

General Store Side porch

Fall into Bliss!

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Hello friends and fellow interior design lovers!  Sorry, I know I promised an open house of my Roawenwood Ravenshire Halloween Village this week, but I need to push that back to Monday. A few days ago I injured my back and everything paused.  I have a few clients and sponsors waiting on some projects, I’m slowly working my way through the list and hopefully will be back to normal soon.

First week of October and it’s starting to feel like fall.  The air is crisp, the trees are turning bare and I stocked up on apple ciders.  Pulled the cozy blankets out of the linen closet and cuddled up in my favorite chair with a good book.  Soon, I’ll change my living room decor to reflect the season, but before I redecorate my RL home, time to revamp my SL home.  Marina Ramer and Jaylin Whitewood, the design duo of Aphrodite Shop & Heart Homes will be releasing the exclusive Fall into Bliss Living Room collection at The Seasons Story, available for sale from October 10-31, 2014.  The soft cream sofa and armchairs are offset by the orange blossoms, burgundy leaves, and butterfly embroidered pillows, with multiple colorful throws and blankets.  The patchwork rug reminds me of an American quilt.  I styled the room with an Autumnal Fireplace from The Mustard Seed, Pumpkin Quilt from Finishing TouchesHarvest Hall Table from Funky Junk, a Grandfather Clock from Alouette, and decorative vases from StoraxTree.  Heart Homes Fall into Bliss collection is the perfect living room grouping for the upcoming holiday season.  This living space is part of the Roawenwood Ravenshire Village open house I will host in the coming days where each room is decorated with a corresponding window display (I have a sneak peek below).

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Outside Heart Homes Shoppe

Heart Home shop window

Outside Decor:

  • Thaino Designs: Ring-a-Ring of ghostsThaino Halloween garden displayCaged pumpkins! & Thaino Pumkin tree set (**New Release**)
  • Finishing Touches: Twig & Berries Wreath Orange Ivy (**New Release**)
  • What Next: Autumn Lanterns & Fancy Pumpkins