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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Summer Garden Fun!

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Happy August!  Wow, it’s been awhile since I last blogged, which is crazy for a writer who blogged everyday for little over a year and half.  But see that was the problem, I needed a break from Second Life and blogging.  I kept saying it but didn’t act on my feelings until I was burnt out and in a creative slump.  I’ve cut down on my commitments and I’m going to try to merge them together in one or two posts.  Also, I limited my time to a few hours on the weekend and hopefully with consistence and prioritizing, so I can live a more balanced lifestyle.  With that being said, two events opened last week and will run until next weekend where you can pick up some summer garden fun items.  The Collage, a monthly home and garden event with new rounds on the 23 each month, recently expanded to offer exclusive items year round at a new location.  Check out the sim and the two guest designers this round, Serenity Style and Decor Junction.  The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event opened on July 25 and will close on August 7.  At this monthly home and garden event some creators offer their exclusive items for 50% only available at the warehouse.

Serenity Style Set

Serenity Style Summer Picnic Set

With a little more free time on my hands, I’ve been able to hang out with RL family and friends, and of course tend to the weeds I call my garden.  One of my favorite things to do in the summer is open up all the doors and windows in my home and listen to old records on the turntable, allowing the music to fill the space and drift outside.  Sure, I could just buy some fancy modern speakers that looked like rocks, but what’s the fun of that?  The music can be super loud and no one can complain because I’m too busy getting my hands dirty to turn it down.  Anyway feeling a RL inspiration fuel my SL design, I styled a summer garden area using items from The Collage: Dreamscape Art Gallery Garden Shed, Serenity Style Summer Picnic Set, Cozy Essentials Teen Room record player, Thaino Designs Tara Comfy Chair, Lounger with footstool, Garden Swing, Tree of Lights, Pastel Plant Pots, Jug of Flowers and Teacup Floral Planters, and Spargel and Shine Homes Blue Rocking Chair.  To complete the garden, I used WildRose Designs Window Garden Bench, available exclusive at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event.  I finished the styling with past Collage items from Sway, Thaino Designs, Dreamscapes, and Shutter Field available at the designers main stores or Collage shops.  Pop over to The Collage or The Designer Warehouse to grab the summer garden items before it’s to late.

Taxi to The Collage please…

Taxi to The Designer Warehouse please…

Overview

Dreamscapes Art Gallery- Garden Shed

Dreamscape Art Gallery Garden Shed

Garden Bench & Spargel Rocking Chair

WildRose Designs Window Garden Bench & Spargel and Shine Homes Blue Rocking Chair

Thaino Tara Pastel Chairs

Thaino Designs Tara Comfy Chair, Lounger with footstool & Garden Swing

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)

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  • 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…