Shop ’til you Drop!

Haute Couture Dress Boutique

I love shopping as much as the next girl, my mom would often say “let’s shop till we drop.” When I learned that the October theme for The Challenge is Shopping, I was excited to create something in Second Life I’ve always dreamed of in real life, my own boutique.  Not only did I design and furnish “Glory’s Haute Couture Shop” with some of my favorite shoes, dresses, and hats, but I expanded the idea into a small seaside district, with “Glory’s Sweet Treat Shop” next door (previously blogged here).  Concentrating on my point of view (POV), of showcasing California interior design and styles, I attempted to create my favorite place on earth, Carmel-by-the-Sea.  I thought my tribute to Carmel build would fit perfectly into the monthly themed ? feature.

Carmel is a small coastal artist community situated on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. It is noted for cobblestone streets, small boutiques, art galleries, and being dog friendly.  One day I would love to own a second home in the Carmel Valley, but for now I have wonderful memories of important milestones, like my 18th birthday, spraining my ankle once or twice on the irregular pavement, and ordering a Ramos Fizz at the Del Monte Bar & Grill at the age of 5 (ok, so I guess I should have specify virgin cocktail, please).

Dress Shop Front Door

I used the Black Tulips My First Store exclusive release as the corresponding storefront for both the boutique and sweet treat shop, creating uniformity and consistency in the boulevard. All the merchandise is arranged on Hate This Store Displays with fashion sketches indicating the variety of items. Cleo Designs Tete a Tete chairs with tea set frame the shop windows and the Fitting Rooms are in the corner of the store.  I transformed a Hate This Display Table into a check out area, pairing it with Fetch Shopping Corkboard and Kuro Shopping List.  If you are a designer looking to redesign your store, or ever wanted to fantasize about creating your own store, pop over and pick up these exclusive creations made for The Challenge.

Check Out area

Butterfly Hats


Gowns & Dresses Full

Cleo Designs Fitting Rooms

Dear Shoes Full

Hucci & ieQed Shoes

Mondrian & Pin-up Hucci

Dorm Style 101: Bright & Colorful

September always marks the beginning of school and in my small college town the students roll in with packed cars and giddy anticipation.  Soon after seeing their dreary and dark dorm rooms, they flood the local Target, Walmart, Goodwill and weekend yard sales to brighten up their space and make it feel like a home for the next 9 months.  I’ve always enjoy observing the students repurpose their finds.  I thought this experience would be a great fit for the monthly themed ? room feature.  Below, I designed a college students’ first studio apartment/dorm using items from The Challenge September theme Colorful.

Postcard RnRFirst, I imagined the clients, in this case the story of the students who would create the space. Bubbly and bright young eighteen year old female freshman art students were kindred spirits from the moment they met.  Raleigh hails from the South and Vivian is a native of the North, both are sweet, sunny, and chipper.  Their space needs LOTS of color to reflect their personalities with moments of glam, and a place to relax and soak in the California sun.  The girls wanted to create a modern vibrant funky hang out lounge space by repurposing Hate This Mine Chair (color change) Rock~n~Roll spiked barrel chairs which they spray painted in fluorescent metallic colors that instantly cheer up the room.  Pop Art inspired Hate This Expression Rug, Black Tulip Color Me Cat Shelf, Wiggly Lamp & Rug, Prime’s Style Wise No 5 Wall clock and comic book framed art finish the wall.  As first year art students they understood the founding principal of proportion; when dealing with bright colors and large-scale items you need a place for your eyes to rest, such as neutral walls, or in this case softer palette bed.

Postcard Teal Bed

Their creative juices started to flow in the bedroom area where they highlighted the matching twin Art Dummy! Slumber beds (blue & birch pink), with Plethora cut out paper mobile hanging lights dangle from the ceiling; a butterfly & house mobile each denoting the different personalities of the girls (*not part of The Challenge).  The bedroom wall called for pops of color.  The DIY’rs made their own floor lamps using a bare bulb and cut out painted plywood lamp silhouettes (Sway’s Floor Lamp Silhouette) which flank the two beds, and old balls of yard were woven together and framed (Kuro’s Color Framed Art) dividing the bedroom wall area.  In need of a glam moment, the girls painted a favorite quote, framed and hung it.  The Floorplan’s Sparkle sign (*not part of The Challenge) is the perfect piece to soften the space, and complement the Wimey Shabby Chickie Vanity Set. 

Postcard beds

Postcard Glam

The young ladies are lucky to have a large deck area filled with bright colorful chairs, and more do-it-yourself craft projects: repurposed old suitcases as garden planters, recycled broken tea-cup for side tables, upcycled lanterns and branches make unique lighting display, and a salvaged shabby chic mix-match painted bistro set.  Vivian’s favorite spot to cuddle up and do her homework is on Sway’s Sydney Boomerang Chair (color change, 25% off till Sept 7).  Raleigh’s most loved area is tucked on Kuro’s Colored Stacked Chair (color change) while enjoying shutter field Suitcase Planter’s on the deck railing.  Both ladies chosen garden locations are over flowing with vibrant plants, fun and funky finds from Thaino Designs and shutter field that furnish the deck and overlook the sea.  One of the great adventures of interior design is decorating and collaborating with others to blend a space into a livable unit.  Everyone can inject a little more color in their lives, so be free, cheery and whimsical, and go check out the offerings at this month’s round of The Challenge!

Postcard Patio

Postcard Bistro

The outside front yard has a small plot of land planted with a sunflower fence and hosts a home for some rescue bunnies the girls found at their local shelter, the adorable Fence Garden and Occupied Outhouse is from The Mustard Seed and is available at The Designer Warehouse Shopping Event till September 4!!!!

Postcard tms- door open

Postcard tms- door close

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The African Queen

Bed view from Globe

One place in the world I have always wanted to visit is Africa.  The recent round of Collabor88 sparked my creative juices and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to reappraise the monthly “? Room” article based on a specific theme, African Safari.  To create the luxurious safari inspired bedroom haven fit for an African Queen tones of gold, browns, sandstone, creams, and white overlaid with textures of leather, canvas, suede, cotton, and faux fur tied the room together.  Don’t be afraid to overlap rugs and mix animal prints to accomplish the mood of the Africa.  Most items I used are offered at the current round of Collabor88, ending tomorrow so runnnn, and the Lion wall art is a gatcha item from the Around the World in 80 Days hunt available until September 30.  Hope you enjoyed my safari retreat, I had a blast styling the room.  **UPDATE: So sorry I made an error, I thought C88 closed on August 7 for set-up but this afternoon I attempted to teleport to pick up a few last minute items and was unable to access the event location.  All items will be available at the main store locations.

Bed Overview

Lion Wall Art - Daker

Chair close up

Gold Sofa with view of patio


Featured items at Collabor88:

  • Scarlet Creative: Safari Bed Blinds
  • The Loft: Mara Copper Mirror, Mara Rug Brown, Mara Tray, Horn Accent Spiral
  • Floorplan: Faux Fur Rug (texture change)
  • Lark: Safari Chair Sand
  • Apple Fall: Wood Tribal Jars

Other items used:

  • Trompe Loeil: Cortona Villa, Bamboo Ring Lamps (March 2013)
  • Floorplan: Sailor’s Sofa Gold, Animal Curtains
  • Apple Fall: Nouveau Screen, Baby Dresser (Mahogany), Travel Drawers (Peruvian), Sunburst Mirror, Designer Books, Red Poppies in Glazed Vase, L’Air Frais, L’Oliver
  • The Loft: Bacall Copper Mirror, Bacall Frames, Catch all Bowl, Red Wine Glasses
  • Standby: Huckleberry Globe
  • Mudhoney: Painted Antlers, Madagascar Boxes
  • Bazar: Toronto Bookcase, Toronto Vase
  • StoraxTree: Vintage Plant Stand Palm Bj
  • The Mustard Seed: Worn Brown Trunk
  • Élan: 212 Safari Collection Armchair
  • Potpourri Designs: Lion Wall Art (Around the Grid in 80 Day hunt item)
  • Aphrodite Shop: Lion Vase, African Pillows in Basket
  • DIGS: Verona Bistro Set