A room with a view!

art-studio-outside-viewNext in the series of homes I previously designed in 2016 but never had time to share with you is Niki’s Art Studio.  As you know, Niki is my former design/business partner and sim owner.  She is an artist (painter & photographer) in her first life and has always wanted her own studio in Second Life.  I found this awesome shed by Hideki and Niki designed an eclectic industrial warehouse space with a lounge area displaying photography and sketches in the front room.   art-studio-living-spaceart-studio-upper-view-living-spaceAnd in the back is Niki’s disheveled workspace with multiple ‘works in progress,’ spilt paint cans, neon signs, ladders and great natural light.  Niki’s studio has a funky creative vibe perfect for the artist-in-residence.  Once again, big shout out thank you goes to Kirra Frantic who took time to capture our designs.   If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post below, connect with me on social media or email: gloriasilverstonesl@gmail.comart-studio-working-spaceart-studio-working-space-canvas-rack

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Beach Day

Tylar's Treasure (Nautical)

The phone was ringing off the hook this morning.  I dragged myself out of bed and reluctantly answered.  It was real life calling to inform me to get up, go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.  “I can’t, I have too much to do,” I said, but real life wasn’t hearing of it.  So I surrendered, packed the Mustang, put the top down and headed over the hill to Half Moon Bay, CA (USA).  Wow, the beach was gorgeous.  The puffy white Cumulus clouds caressed the ocean, the sand rippled under my toes and the squeals of joy from young treasure hunters blanketed the shore.  It was a great day at the beach; I rushed home to recreate the experience in Second Life.

Beach Days Flamingo

Luckily for me the Perfect Ten event opens tomorrow, June 1st -15th and Tylar’s Treasures has the ideal beachcomber collection on sale for 50% off.  All items in the Sea Collection are sold separately and include: Adirondack chairs, pillars with ship wheel coffee table, ‘Sea’ oar wall art, dusty blue compass rug, sea barrel/crate, and pillar with seagull.  I headed over to The Mustard Seed and picked up the bronze flamingo welcome beach sign that’s on sale for $60L until Thursday, June 4, 2015.  Ms. Lavinia Godenot, owner of The Mustard Seed, gave me a sneak peek of her Day at the Beach Hunt prize (June 1 to 31), the magical beach buckets with twigs and seashells (2 versions: with or without twinkle lights).  One can’t go to the beach without a towel, so I hurried over to [free bird] and picked up the Day At The Beach Towel Rack (**free** for all group members, ends TONIGHT).  Finally, I had to reproduce the children’s thrill at finding buried treasures.  Little Llama created the Oh-FISH-ally Summer Set (kids beach chair, treasure cooler and sandcastle kit) for The Challenge May theme: Holiday/Beach.  I loved creating the exterior seaside styling and was inspired to design a coastal chic interior; upcoming post featuring more items from the Perfect Ten event and The Challenge.  Summer is almost here, so grab these beachy deals and Let’s Get Decorating!  

Beach Days Towel Rack

L is for….

Finishing Touches Retro LR Set

Nine days till my all time favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day!  Today, I styled a cute retro living set, I Heart You from Finishing Touches, that is ideal for your romantic days and night offered at 50% off the Perfect Ten event until February 15, 2015.  Perfect Ten is a new monthly home and garden shopping event bought to you by The Cookie Jar Community and replaces The Designer Warehouse at the newly remodeled sim location.  Each and every item is exclusive to the event and is offered half price or less of retail.  Perfect Ten event will be available from the 1st -15th every month, pop over and check out all the offerings.  Taxi to Perfect Ten please…

Finishing Touches Retro Sofa close-up

Finishing Touches I Heart You Retro Living Room set consists of an almond leather retro styled sofa and chairs with red/white polka dot heart pillows and throw.  The sofa contains 30+ animations for singles, friends and couples, including a marriage proposal.  Chairs have 16 single male/female animations.  The living room set also includes a plush red rug, texture change coffee table (glass or wood top), decorative accessories {rose vase, gift & box of chocolate}, and red/white polka dot wall frame.  Also available at Perfect Ten are the matching red and cream Feel the Love Heart Floor Poufs (10 couple animations) and adorable I Heart You Screens (both retail price).  I used Lunar’s Seasonal Designs Menu Driven Romantic Roses Chandelier to complete the room (50% off @ Perfect Ten).  Other decorative accessories include Alouette’s Cupid’s Arrow (past group gift), Half Deer’s Sweetmallow Hot Cocoa (FLF), and Dreamscapes Art Gallery’s Tulip Bunch E (group gift).

FT Stupid Cupid hunt gift

Finishing Touches is participating is the Stupid Cupid Hunt (2/1-15) and the Love is an Art paint easel hunt item complemented perfectly with the retro I Heart You living room collection. The easel has animations including sitting or painting with a wearable paint brush and palette. To finish the room design, I added Sway’s Signs of Love and dug deep into my inventory for some other Finishing Touches Valentine decor including the heart topiary, silver love picture frame, and hanging rose hearts, similar items available at the main store.

Recipe for Love Kitchen Set

Recipe for Love close-up

24Karat Roux, designer and owner of Finishing Touches has brought the love into the kitchen with the Recipe for Love Set.  The set comprises of a kitchen island with baking animations, mixing bowls, jars of joy, humor, tenderness and romance, and the recipe for love chalkboard sign.  Also available in the collection is a hutch and spice rack.  Have fun in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day with Recipe for Love!

Taxi to Perfect Ten please…

Taxi to Finishing Touches please…

Holiday Open House Tour!

Holiday Home Front

Happy Holidays!  I hope you had a wonderful celebration and were surrounded by love, laughter, family and friends.  We, at Hidden Gems in Second Life, wish you a wonderful New Year!

Entry Hall

My design partner, Niki Silverweb and I are opening the doors to our personal homes for the last Interior & Spaces Open House of 2014 from December 30, 2014 to January 6, 2015 (SLT midnight).  We created two charming holiday homes that showcase some of the fabulous Christmas tree designs and holiday decor offered on Second Life.  We were a little late this year because we both ended up with the flu, but we wanted to take this opportunity to invite you on a self-guided tour to enjoy our take on this festive season.  It’s never too early to plan for holiday 2015!

Master Bedroom Suite

Our main home is the Scarlet Creative Lavender Brown house which features a master bedroom suite, dazzling entry hall reception area with mobile snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, a hall of trees inspired by real life traditions, a tartan plaid formal living room, and a fun-filled family dining room with kid’s table.  Nestled in the hillside forest is our guest quarters also designed by Scarlet Creative.  The Princess Jezibell Snug is a two-story cabin with a rustic eclectic vibe complete with a downstairs great room and an upstairs bedroom retreat with sleeping area for four or more.

We brought the holiday entertainment outside with hillside sledding, skating, hiking and a quiet spot among the hanging lanterns in the Barnesworth Anubis Filigree gazebo.  While exploring the great outdoors, you will encounter sheep, rabbits, deer, weasels, and penguins dotting the property.  We hope you enjoy the open houses and are inspired by our vision!

Landmark for main holiday home: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Premium/250/159/22

Landmark for rustic cabin (follow the stars): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Premium/211/143/27

Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Bedroom Fireplace

Bedroom View from bed

Reading Nook

Hall Table Decor

Entry Hall

Entry Hall Side Table Collage

Dining Room

Overview of DR

Dining Room

DR Fireplace

DR Tree

DR Kids Table

Hall of Trees

Hall of Trees #2

Hall of Trees (view of LR)

View of Hall of Trees from LR

Living Room

Living Room Main Tree

Living Room Sweet Tables

LR Secretary Desk

LR Sweet Treat Corner w:Angel QuiltOutdoor Decor

Outdoor Decor Main House Skating Pond

Outdoor Decor Main House Front Door

Outdoor Snowman Main House

Outdoor Decor Main House Gazebo

Rustic Cabin

Cabin Front

Great Room

Cabin Living Room Fireplace

Cabin LR

Kitchen

Cabin Great Room Kitchen Stove close-up

Cabin Breakfast bar

Cabin Kitchen Sink

Cabin Kitchen sink left

Cabin Kitchen sink right

Bedroom Loft

Cabin Bedroom

Cabin Bedroom 2

Main House

Scarlet Creative, Lavender Brown House

Outside Decor: Park Place Holiday Green Candy Cane Wreath, Potomac Signature Homes Skating Rink, Barnesworth Anubis Filigree Snow Covered Gazebo, What Next Lanterns, DIGS Bench, Half Deer Star Lighted Path, Potomac Signature Homes Snowman with sled, The Mustard Seed Winter Animals & Ferns, D Lab Sheep, Isphachi Penguins, Finishing Touches Red Tree on Pedestal Urns, Finishing Touches Snowman w/tree

Entry Hall: 

  • Duo Green Trres: Kismet, Snowflake Tree ‘K’ undecorated
  • Hanging Snowflakes: Plethora, Counting Snowflakes
  • Sofa: Scarlet Creative, Lucky 8
  • Round White Table: Apple Fall, Charlotte
  • Peace Sign: Trompe Loeil (2014 Advent Calendar)
  • Table Top Tree: Sickly Sweet, Small Christmas Tree (N)
  • Side Console Tables: The Loft, Bacall White Desk
  • Pewter Trees: Mudhoney, Metal Tree Topiary
  • Wreaths: Finishing Touches, Red Balls Double Wreaths
  • Trio Snow globes: Finishing Touches, Winter Fantasy Sleigh Ride Snow Globe
  • Mason Jar Snow Globe & Sleigh Card Holder: Park Place

Hall of Trees: 

  • Color Tree: Heart Homes/Aphrodite Shop, Christmas Family Tree
  • Dove Tree: Stonewood Interiors, POE Christmas Tree
  • White Tree: Potomac Signature Homes, Snowy Spruce (Holiday Lane Collection)
  • Gingerbread Tree: Follow Us, Sugar Gingerbreadman Tree
  • Upstairs reading Nook: Apple Fall Fairfax Sideboard, Half Deer Mini Winter Scenes (telephone & winter cabin), Cleo Designs Snowy Frames, Mini Tree *A*ChristmasTree2014 Gold, & Art Dummy, Cathedral Mirrors
  • White Wooden Wall Tree: Myrine

Bedroom:

  • Chandelier: Apple Fall, Pearl Chandelier
  • Rug: Apple Fall, Fabrique
  • Bed & Side Tables: Apple Fall, Annan
  • Lamps: Apple Fall, Dolly
  • Armorie: Apple Fall, Plantation
  • Merry & Bright Sign: Floorplan
  • Dresser & Mirriors: Mudhoney, Zoe
  • Mini White Tree in Urn: Finishing Touches
  • Noel Snow Blocks: Myrine
  • Gingerbread House: Thaino Designs
  • Round White Side Table: Apple Fall, Charlotte
  • Bambi Figurine: Apple Fall (2014 Arcade)
  • Ornament Bowl: Dust Bunny
  • Mini White Twinkling Snow Tree: C&D designs (N)
  • Sofa & Armchair: Scarlet Creative, Lucky 8
  • Fireplace w/lights, Noel Sign & Framed Art: Apple Fall, Chateau
  • Fire log basket: Apple Fall
  • Mini White/Green Tree on fireplace: Callie Cline (N)
  • Victoria’s Dollhouse: Apple Fall
  • Side Armories: Apple Fall, Charlotte Cabinet
  • Wall Screens: Trompe Loeil, Ines Screen
  • Side Chairs: Apple Fall, Fairfax 
  • Design Books: Apple Fall
  • Christmas Tree w/deer with Presents: Sickly Sweet, White Gold & Silver Tree
  • Drapes: What Next, Madison

Dining Room:

  • Table & Chair Set w/stockings & placements: What Next, Laurel Christmas
  • Fireplace: Stonewood Interiors, POE Christmas Fireplace
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery: Earth Wooden Blocks, White Wooden Trees, Forest Wall Trees, Candle Tray, Hatbox w/teddy bear, Red & White Reindeer, Noel Console Table, Ho Ho Ho Sign, Stick Tree, Presents, Stocking Hanger, It’s Beginning Sign, Card Holder, Sweet Treats Side Table, Frosted Ornament Tree (Kids Table), Hatbox Presents, Baby It’s Cold Sign, Twig Wreath & Advent Candle Display
  • Holiday Food Cart w/Turkey: Follow Us
  • Ornament Rug & Santa Lucia Tree: Dench Designs, POE 2013
  • Mini Choo-choo Train: *M&B* Luxus Designs (N)
  • Plaid Cubby Chair: What Next, Winter Cubby Chair
  • Kids Table & Chairs: Apple Fall, Pottery Dining Table & Chair Set
  • Snowflake Rug: Potomac Signature Homes, Holiday Lane Collection
  • Placemats & Table Settings: Thaino Designs
  • Wooden Tree Art: Free Bird
  • Snowman (Outside): DRD (Death Row Designs)

Living Room:

  • Thaino Designs: Rug, Sofa & Matching Chairs
  • Sweet Treat Chairs: StoraxTree, Royal Heritage Armchairs
  • Sweet Treat Table: Apple Fall, Pottery Dining Table
  • Sweet Treat Decor: Dreamscapes Art Gallery Candles, Finishing Touches Tabletop St. Lucia Tree, Apple Fall Christmas Pudding, Cherry Voulevants & Cookies
  • Wreath & Garland Fireplace Decor: Cozy Essentials
  • Nutcrackers: Convair, Nutcracker Soldier
  • Coffee & Side Table: DIGS, Etieene
  • Santa Tray: Follow Us
  • Mini Tree on Plate: Dreamscapes Art Gallery
  • Secretary Desk & Decor: Second Spaces
  • Desk Chair: Apple Fall, Fusion Dining Chair
  • Fireplace Mantle Decor: Dreamscapes Art Gallery Candle Plate, Park Place Mason Jar Snow Globe & Words for All Signs
  • Noel Sign: Trompe Loeil (2013 Advent Calendar)
  • Reclaimed Armoires: Apple Fall, Annan
  • Wreath on Armoires: Park Place, Holiday Wreath with Pinecones 
  • Wreath over Armories: Finishing Touches, Pine Wreath Pine Cones & Lights & Christmas Packages
  • Main Tree: Finishing Touches, Trim-a-Tree Red w/presents & tree skirt
  • Blanket Basket: Mudhoney, Alex Blanket Basket
  • Drink Cart: Pilot, Bridges Bar Cart
  • Angel Wall Quit: Finishing Touches, Angels of Peace Quilted Wall Hanging
  • Gold Tree Card Holder: Sway’s, Noel Wire Christmas Tree Wall Photo Holder
  • Chandelier: Pilot, Gold Chandelier

Rustic Cabin

Scarlet Creative, Princess Jezibell Snug

Outside Decor: Serendipity Designs, Winterberry Christmas Sled & Park Place, Holiday Green Candy Cane Wreath

Great Room

Living Room:

  • Drapes: What Next
  • Sofa: Pilot, Lumberjack Red/Black
  • Armchair: Floorplan
  • Black Sled Table: ???
  • Santa Tray & Snow Globe: Follow Us
  • Black Trees: Follow Us
  • Sofa Lamp: DIGS
  • Suitcase Table: Dust Bunny
  • Brass Table Lamp: Theosophy
  • Ceiling Light: Pilot, Railroad Tie Chandelier

Reading Nook:

  • Armchair: What Next, Winter Plaid Cubby Chair
  • Sled Shelf: Isphachi
  • Suitcase Table: Dreamscapes Art Gallery
  • Candle Plate: Olive
  • Moose Head Card Holder: Finishing Touches
  • Ladder Lights: Junk
  • Black Cutout Tree: Balaclava
  • Red Lite X-mas Sign: Follow Us
  • Ceiling Lights: Apple Fall, Strung Branch Pendant Light
  • Fireplace: Finishing Touches, Stone & Oak (Tree of Life collection)
  • Log Basket: Hideki
  • Stockings: Follow Us
  • Notes to Santa: Consignment
  • Happy Holiday Red Frame: Floorplan
  • Moose Head: Serendipity Designs
  • Red Sled: Trompe Loeil, Let It Snow Decorative Sled (2013 Advent Calendar #10)

Kitchen:

  • Refrigerator: Dutchie 1930’s
  • Candle Tree: Trompe Loeil, Tree Candleholder
  • Porcelain Deer Heads: Dust Bunny
  • Sink Unit: Cheeky Pea, Yukon Kitchen
  • Sink Decor: Food Follow Us, 8f8 Milk Bottles & Isphachi Musical Snow Globe
  • Stove: Apple Fall
  • Stove Decor: Dust Bunny Kettle & Mittens, Chez Moi Xmas Kitchen Shelf
  • Holiday Chalk Board: Frogstar
  • Breakfast Bar: Brixley Black Console Table, Theosophy Garvagh II Stool (Crow), Chez Moi Xmas Snack Placements & Follow Us Plum Pudding
  • Trophy Wall: Vespertine Faux Trophy, Dust Bunny (Ivory & Coal), & Vita Boudoir Rudolph Trophy

Bedroom Loft:

  • Beds: Vespertine
  • Couch: LISP
  • Sled w/Presents: Follow Us
  • Lights Above Windows: Second Spaces
  • Rugs: White Fur & Tarte, Snow White Rug
  • Winter White Tree: Trompe Loeil
  • Twig Stars: Tarte
  • Wood Stove: Sway’s
  • Porcelain Deer Heads: Dust Bunny
  • Window Seat w/logs: Second Spaces
  • Grey Sled Coffee Table: Vespertine
  • Santa Tray: Follow Us
  • Telescope: Theosophy
  • White pouf: Soy
  • Trees: Botanical, Reclaimed Barn Wood Tree & Industrial Ladder Tree, Trompe Loeil Funky Gold Tree
  • Ceiling Light: Theosophy, Ceredigion Chandelier
  • White Linen Cabinet: Second Spaces {side wall not shown}
  • Matchstick Ladder: Soy {side wall not shown}
  • Cheers Sign: Floorplan {side wall not shown}

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: