Zen Retreat

Pastiche-TeahouseHappy weekend!  On Sunday, the SL Home & Garden Expo 2016 will come to a close but before the event wraps up I wanted to create a peaceful retreat for reflection.  The Expo is a signature fundraiser for Relay for Life of Second Life, benefitting American Cancer Society, to fund a cure for cancer.  Cancer touches all of us, it’s touched my life with friends and family member affect, please I urge you to attend the expo and purchase the 100% donation items. Pastiche (Hope 6) is offering two exclusive creations with all of the proceeds going to RFL-SL, including the Asian Dark Wood Teahouse with sliding shoji screens above.  Other donation items shown are Love Everlasting PlantPets (Hope 6) Bent Sakura Tree {part of the Spring Garden}, Wild Kajaera (Hope 7) Modern Bench, and Hanaya (Hope 5) Forest Clearing Standing Vine Lantern.

Pastiche-Mio Tea Table & LEP Umbrella FountainPastiche Darkwood Teahouse features grasscloth lined floor, four sliding shoji screens on both sides, two wall murals (a pack of tigers & tranquil bamboo grove), and a low prim count of 53 LI.  The other donation item from Pastiche is the Mio Tea Table with animated cushions to seat 1-4 avatars, low table with centerpiece rezzer and menu driven placemats containing a variety of foods.  Also displayed are other 100% donation products including Decades Galleries (Hope 2) 19th Century Japanese Fire Crane Serving Plate, USB (Hope 1) Bamboo Decor and Love Everlasting PlantPets Umbrella Fountain.  Take some time this weekend to check out all the offerings and support the cause.

Pastiche-Mio Tea Table

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Teahouse of the August Moon

Asian Tea House Full

A new round of The Challenge has started for June with the theme Asian.  There are seven designers participating in the monthly themed event offering everything from a tea house, to sushi, to Asian cabinets.  The Challenge is a bit different than other monthly home & garden shopping events where themed products are available for sale at one location.  With this event you can sneak peek the items on The Challenge site and then if interested in purchasing the creation, you teleport to the different stores.

Asian Tea House doorway

I personally love incorporating Far East pieces in home decor.  My childhood home was mainly furnished with Oriental antiques from my families travels.  The refinement of clean lines, balanced simplicity, natural materials, and hand painted lacquer furniture are elements of Asian style.  When I saw the June designs for The Challenge, I couldn’t wait to create a Japanese tea house in Second Life.  Traditionally, the tea house (as known as chashitsu) is free standing structure designed exclusivly for tea ceremonies.  Typical features of chashitsu are shoji windows and sliding doors made of wooden lattice covered in translucent paper.  I’m very fortunate that I’ve participated in many tea cermonies and its truly a beautiful experience.

Tea Table

I utilized [ht:home] little tea house as my building and styled a traditional tea ceremony with Cleo Designs tea table, chairs and tea accessories.  Cleo’s gorgeous luminous screen and floor lantern are flanking the side wall.  Apple Fall’s Chinese Credenza serves as a buffet table for Jian Sushi & Sashimi Time trays.  On the side of the buffet is 22769 ~ [bauwerk] My Zen Corner birdcage, cherry blossom, small buddha head, incense burner and zen stones.

Sushi Buffet

Pull the shoji screens closed and both sides of the doorway have Asian cabinets (22769 ~ [bauwerk] My Zen Corner & Newchurch Kaidan Mission Tansu) and customary artifacts from porcelain temple jars, to bonsai trees, to miniature Japanese zen garden.  You can easily incoporate any of these furnishing into your SL home creating layers and nuance.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with unfamiliar styles, after all virtual interior design is easier on your back!

Chinese Cabinet

Zen Garden

Temple Jars

Tea House Side View

I also wanted to highlight Prism Moira, a sexy Asian printed outfit available for free on the Summertime Fun Hunt (June 1st – 30th).  Although you couldn’t wear it to a tradtional tea cermony, it will serve as the perfect inspiration for incoporating Asian style in your home.

Prism Summertime Fun Hunt

Featured items available from The Challenge:

  • [ht: home]: little tea house
  • Cleo Design: Asian Dining
  • 22769 ~ [bauwerk]: My Zen Corner
  • Jian: Sushi & Sashimi Time
  • Newchurch: Kaidan Mission Tansu

Other items used:

  • KIDD Creations Bamboo[DDD] Zen Bamboo
  • *bbqq*: The Ming dynasty China scroll painting B (Past Arcade gacha)
  • Apple Fall: Asian Art, Chinese Credenza, Temple Jar, Bonsai Tree & Cherry Blossom Branches
  • Alouette: Miniature Zen Garden

On Gloria:

  • Prism: Moira (**FREE** on Summertime Fun Hunt)
  • Soonsiki: After School ($50L sale)

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