And to all a Good Night

Hello lovelies, and happy holidays! With Christmas now behind us and just a few more days until the new year, I wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Scene:

Apple Fall – Rustic Cart Coffee Table & Period Fireplace
Bazar – Forest Candles a&b
Dust Bunny – Willow Farmhouse & Wool Zag Rug
Half-Deer – Christmas Tree – Traditional
Hive – Lighted Holiday Wreath & Garland
Moss & Mink – Bethany Sofa & Chair (w/hud)
Mutresse – Yawning Shortie Cat
Omen – Waiting for Santa Paws Puppy
What Next – Dear Santa Cookies & Holiday Nutcracker (drummer) & Christmas Stockings & December Potted Poinsettia

Christmas Countdown

Christmas is almost here and I am so excited! It’s my favorite holiday and seriously, I’ve been planning the festivities since like, June. I don’t do too much decorating in SL for Christmas, simply because  it comes and goes so fast that by the time I get around to finishing a project, it’s time to tear it down again. But, I do love hoarding everything Christmas. And winter. And holidays. No wonder my inventory is so big.

Nevertheless, it’s that time of year and with designers releasing their wares and events such as Tannenbaum and the Arcade introducing their seasonal rounds, there is stuff everywhere!

I’ve played around with yet another tablescape for Christmas. What can I say? It’s a hobby! I’ve been in love with this new French Dining Set from Moss & Mink since it came out and I knew instantly that I wanted to do something elegant for the holidays. The table and chairs both include a hud to change the textures and patterns. In my mind, I pictured something with lots of white and gold, but then I saw this floral pattern for the chairs with blues, greens and reds and that idea went out the window.

My prized decor from What Next and goodies from the up and coming December round of the Arcade round out my holiday dining room and Christmas Feast!

The Scene:

Apple Fall – Stature Fireplace/Rare & Autumn Place Setting (modified)
Bazar – Forest Candles
Dahlia – Holiday Glam – Chocolate Mousse & Antipasto Marble Platter NEW RELEASES @ the Arcade
Disorderly – Fancy Glam – Oversized Deer (gold) NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
Dust Bunny – Harvest Feast Food Set
Glam Affair – Christmas Candles
Moss & Mink – French Dining Set (w/hud)
Pixel Mode – Long Drape (sheer/white)
Sese – Winter Ice Rink/Wreath NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
The Loft – Angkor Place Setting (modified)
Trompe Loeil – 2018 Advent Calendar Collection (some items modified) NEW RELEASES @ the Arcade
What Next – Diamonds Rug (natural) & House Plants Set/Rubber Tree & Eucalyptus & Country Kitchen Apple PIe
Zaara – Chandelier/Rare

Feast Your Eyes

I always find it funny how on a regular basis, I am notorious for never finishing a decorating project around my sim, yet bring in some themed goodies or all hail the holiday season and I am all a buzz with activity and inspiration. Go figure, right?

All of these new harvest and Fall inspired releases have made me a decorating fiend and anyone who’s ever seen my Pinterest account knows I am a sucker for tablescapes. Not only has the Arcade provided a grab bag full of Fall fun, but Apple Fall has released his new Anashara dining set (a couple of pieces shown above) and What Next has started whipping up some beautiful new Fall decor!

What is your most favorite part about decorating for the holiday seasons?

Love Cara

The Scene:

22769 – Ivy Wreath & Potted Monstera & Round Hemp Rug & Porcelain Pitcher NEW RELEASES @ the Arcade
220ML – Candy Sweet Shop – Chocolate Cupcake NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
Apple Fall – Hampton Outdoor Fireplace & Apple Sprig/Branch & Mini Pumpkins & Woodland Deer (brass)
Apple May Designs – Apple Fruit Bowl & Harvest Cake (vanilla) & Harvest Candle Decor NEW RELEASES @ the Arcade
Bazar – Wine Bottles & Forest Candles & Forest Place Setting (napkin only)
ChicChica – Petit Four #5, #10, #16 NEW RELEASES @ the Arcade
Disorderly – Falling for Desserts – Apple Crisp & Pumpkin Parfait & Apple Cake NEW RELEASES @ the Arcade
Dust Bunny – Pumpkin Stack & Autumn Place Setting & Pumpkin Centerpiece & Wanderlust Bread Basket & Berry Cake & Wine Bottles & Candle Cup
Granola – Maggie’s Bell Decor/Reward & Pinecones and Acorns NEW RELEASES @ the Arcade
Pixel Mode – Vintage Chef – Salt & Pepper NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
What Next – ‘I Love Fall’ Blocks & Harvest Wall Decor & Starry Pumpkins & Harvest Wheat Vase (tinted) NEW RELEASES @ the Mainstore

Afternoon Delight

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya
Bermuda, Bahama,
come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego,
baby why don’t we go…

Boy, am I still wishing I was on vacation! Even though I have the day off, the rest of me is already groaning about having to go back to work. It definitely takes at least a week to get back into the right mindset after a week off, so I am using the best parts of the afternoon to relax, jamming to the Beach Boys and wearing this cute tassle-kini from Foxes and lovely heels from Glamistry.

The bikini is from last months round of the Luxe Box, with registration ending in just two short days in order to receive your July package! Remember, you can still purchase them inworld if you miss a month, but it’s going to cost you that additional L$500, so hurry and sign on up before it’s too late!

I’ve also been redoing my sim… again. And, even though I typically start a new theme before I finish setting up the current one (much to Petey’s dismay) I still enjoy snapping pictures all over the place. Despite living in Florida, I am currently enjoying the tropical flavor in SL as well!

My Outfit:

Genesis Lab – Summer Mesh Head (cream)
Foxes – Tassle Kini (mesh) (w/hud) for Luxe Box (June 2016)
Glamistry – Anemuna Heels (mesh) (w/hud)
Moon Hair – Obedear (mesh) (variety) for the Pulse Fundraiser

The Scene:

The Loft – Norma Lounger Bed (mesh) & Backyard Theatre Candles & Antilles Hat Basket & Linen Trim Rug (mesh) (beige)
8f8 – Bali Parasol (mesh)
Trompe Loeil – Valiano Bistro Table (mesh)
Bazar – Crete Succulents (mesh) NEW RELEASE @ Shiny Shabby
Kunst – Malbec Wine Bottle (mesh)
Dust Bunny – Getaway Basket & Flip Flops & Beach Towel Tote/Tribal (mesh)
Aria – Potted Cactus

The Home & Garden Expo 2014

I have all to do to catch my breath after my home decorating extravaganza of the past few days! After spending endless hours at the 2014 Home & Garden Expo, I parked my butt in these new Wingback Chairs by Apple Fall and decorated my new house from Culprit until I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

Granted, it’s taken me four days, but I just love the open feel of this villa (minus a few minor tweaks of my own here and there.) The rooms are huge and plentiful, the arches beautiful, the textures crisp and I love that the villa itself could be perfectly suited in a country setting, atop Mediterranean cliffs or in a rich vineyard in Tuscany. The options are endless!

If you love home and decor in Second Life, the Home and Garden Expo is undoubtedly one of the biggest events to catch over 90 of your favorite designers across nine sims. It’s also a great way to donate to such a wonderful charity as Relay for Life in Second Life.

Do visit the website too, especially if you are looking for direct landmarks!

The Home and Garden Expo runs from September 16-28.

Build:

Culprit – Villa Sirocco (mesh) (modified) NEW RELEASE @ the Home & Garden Expo 2014

Patio & Courtyard :

Trompe Loeil – Valiano Fountain (mesh) (copper), Valiano Bistro Table & Chairs (mesh) (copper)
Apple Fall – L’Oliveri, Huge Palm, Tiffany Tea Pot RARE, Lemon Tea
What Next – Amalfi String Lights (mesh) (white), Coastal Cottage Breakfast Cafetiere (mesh), Bloggers Book & Pen (mesh)
Striped Mocha – Moroccan Lantern (mesh) (copper/natural) NEW RELEASE @ The Home & Garden Expo 2014
Aria – Gretchen Vintage Rug (mesh) (cream) NEW RELEASE @ The Arcade
Bazar – Floria Books
Tres Blah – Small Vase of Roses (mesh) (pink)
The Loft – Coffee Cup, Meid Lilacs (white), Enamel Tea Pot, Logie Baby’s Breath, Claryon Curtains (mesh) (white)

Bedroom:

Apple Fall – Annan Bed w/ Curtains & Annan Reclaimed Wardrobe, Wicker Basket, Sketchbook, Dress Form w/ Dress, Monogram Luggage Bag, Woodstock, Fashion Trunk (mesh) (classical), , Tied Books, Resting Easels, & Gilt Frame (mesh) (landscape), Pheasant Feathers, Dolly Lamp (mesh) NEW RELEASE @ The Arcade & Pumpkin Clonch (mesh) (natural) NEW RELEASE @ The Home & Garden Expo
Scarlet Creative – Meribel Cabinet (mesh) NEW RELEASE @ The Arcade
Tres Blah – Gold Mason Jar w/ Roses (mesh) & Art Supplies (mesh) NEW RELEASES @ The Arcade
Bazar – Floria Tea Light, Floria Antique Clock, Floria Candlesticks
NotsoBad – Felip Alarm Clock (mesh) (white)
DIGS – Scriptor Word Art (mesh) (dream)
Pixel Mode – The Sewing Room – Windsor Chair (mesh) (white) & Sewing Maching RARE (mesh) NEW RELEASES @ The Arcade
The Loft – Frezza Baby’s Breath, Bacall Mirror (mesh) (copper)
Cheeky Pea – Garden Party Birdcage (mesh)
Zaara – Chandelier RARE (mesh) NEW RELEASE @ The Arcade

Bathroom:

Apple Fall – Nouveau Screen, Scented Candle (jasmine), Beauty Is Picture, Ceramic Bottles,
DIGS – Delmare Slipper Bathtub (mesh) (stone)
LISP – Petals (tinted)
Bazar – Floria Bathroom Candlestick (mesh)
Floorplan – Open Heart Book (mesh)
Zaara – Antique Telephone, Colonial Sidetable (pink), Colonial Vanity RARE, Vintage Frame (15), Camelbone Box and Comb, Kohl Tikka Pots, Silver Jewelry Box & Colonial Vanity Stool (mesh) (ivory/gold) NEW RELEASES @ The Arcade
The Loft – Bennet Magnolia Vase, Oriana Basket of Towels, Devon Mirror (mesh) (antique copper) Group Gift
Dutchie – Cotton Robe (mesh), Dropped Dress (mesh)

Living Room:

Apple Fall – Design Books (mesh), Wingback Chair 4 (mesh) NEW RELEASE @ The Home & Garden Expo
The Loft – Bennet Chaise (mesh) (offwhite), Roxy Square Vintage Sack Pillow, Wright Noir Candles, Pillow Holder (mesh) (beech)
Bazar – Dining Room Plant (mesh)
Trompe Loeil – Curio Table (mesh) (poplar)
ReBourne – Antique Table Round (mesh)

Dining Room:

Apple Fall – Cat Art, Fairfax Sideboard, Urne de Terra Cuite, Stature Fireplace RARE, Edi’s Lamp (mesh) (wicker), Wheelback Chair (mesh) (country) NEW RELEASE @ The Home & Garden Expo
The Loft – Punch Bowl of Flowers, Alders Mirror, Neo Mirror, Roxy Pillows, Bailey Dining Table

Home Sweet Home

I’ve finally got my dream sim all finished! So it only took three months- who’s counting, right? There is just too much to post all at once, so I decided to share the best part – the house!

I just love decorating and landscaping and spending hours browsing just about everything and anything that can be packed into a house. I would say that my style typically leans towards a vintage/classic and shabby chic look, with lots of light and lots of water! <3

What are your styles and preferences when decorating? I am all ears for others’ inworld homes and sims, so don’t be afraid to share what you’ve come up with!

Location – Pacifico Norte sim

Design Credit for the bathroom goes to Neva Crystall

Picture Set 1:

Bazar – White Beach Cottage (modified,) Floor Pillows
DIGS – Delaney Couch & Armchairs (ivory,) Scriptor Word Art
Trompe Loeil – NYC66 Artichoke Lamp (pearl,) Mendoza Cabinet (white/silver), Curio Table (poplar empty)
{what next} – Charlotte Floor Lamp, Charlotte Coffee Table (summer,) Charlotte Lantern (white,) Summer House Window Seat (modified)
the Loft – Punch Bowl Flowers, Roxanne Vases, Morgan Vase, Wright Noir Candles, Strapped Sphere, Frame Mount, Coffee Cup, Pussy Willow, Tribeca Wall Frame, SL Bus Scroll (modified,) Books and Apples, Antler Candle, Pot Deco, Table Fan Mini, Chalkboard, Wareham Kitchen Accessories
Izzie’s – Sculpted Rug (white)
floorplan – Driftwood Clock Gatcha (plain,) the Great Gatsby Novel, Jane Eyre Novel, Pride & Prejudice Manuscript
Abiss – Dolly Chich Night Table Lamp
[Ink] – Damage Curtain, Plain Curtain
BananaN – Books w/ AO
Elilka Sieyes – Pile of Newspapers
Dutchie – Silver Box, Notebook, Espresso
Mudhoney – White Picture Frames (modified)
[ARIA] – Marea Driftwood and Shells, Bridget Vase with Marigolds
POST – Calla Lillies
Awesome Blossom – Antique Fishbowl
Boom Boom Punky! – Seashell Collection
LAQ Decor – Dinner Table (white)
Y’s House – Vintage Flashlight (white)
Art Dummy! – Seaglass Bottles w/ Candles (clear)
LISP – Coffee Pot, Bistro Clock, Lemons, Mathilde Ceiling Light, Vine Scales
XED Design – Yellow Tulips in White Jug
La Galleria – Dinner Party Kitchen w/ Accessories (modified)
Artilleri – Lopolito Radio (white)
Teawood – Morning Coffee Set

Picture Set 2:

Bazar – White Beach Cottage (modified,) Open Book
Dutchie – Summer Bed Bondage II, Robe, Antique Bathroom Closet, Dropped Dress
Mudhoney – Love Is All You Need Poster (modified), Great Day Poster (modified) White Frames (modified)
Abiss – Dolly Chic Table Lamp, Dolly Chic Night Stand, Dolly Chic Vase (white iris)
Izzie’s – Sculpted Rug (white,) Sculpted Rug (stripes)
Apple Fall – Evelyn Throw Cushions (white,) AIR Notebook, Magazines, Cinema Letters
The Loft – Wright Noir Orchid Buds, Wright Noir Candles, Strapped Sphere, Frame Mount, Round Cage Candle, Logie Tulips, White Books, Coffee Cup, Punch Bowl Flowers, Books and Apples, Roxanne Vases, Morgan Pedestal, Bailey Bathroom Supplies, Oriana Basket of Towels
La Galleria – White Pitcher w/ Tulips (modified)
{what next} – Charlotte Floor Lanterns (white)
LISP – Lullaby Shell Vase, Petal and Candle Tray, Rose Petals
Boom Boom Punky! – Seashell Collection
NODE+ – Tableau Picture (modified)
Trompe Loeil – Curio Table (poplar empty)
Art Dummy! – Stacked Cups and Strawberries
LAQ Decor – White Armchair with Blanket
Turnip’s Homes and Stuff – Tea House Tablecloth (modifed)
Tartesso Arts – Photostudio Magazines
DIGS – Delmare Slipper Bathtub (white)
[ARIA] – Lola Leafy Plant
NOTsoBAD – Felip Alarm Clock, Cosmetic Set
Y’s House – Vintage Hall Tree
iTutu – Small Wooden Stool (white)
Zigana – Weathered Mirror
floorplan – Pride & Prejudice Manuscript
[Ink] – Damage Curtain, Plain Curtain
Zooby – Ultimate White Cat

Picture Set 3:

Bazar – White Beach Cottage (modified)
{what next} – Novelle Office Set, Bloggers Memo Board, Blog Desk Print, Charlotte Floor Lanterns (white,) Marin Porch Light
Apple Fall – AIR Notebook, Junkyard Door (Hepburn,) Cinema Letters, Vogue Frame (modified)
Dutchie – Fashion Magazines, Espresso, Rocking Chair (light,) Porch Bench (light)
the Loft – Tribeca Desk, Bailey Chair, Frame Mount, Wright Noir Candles, Pussy Willow, Tribeca Entertainment Center (white)
Izzie’s – Sculpted Rug (white,) Sculpted Rug (stripes)
[ARIA] – Cleo Deco Paper and Pen, Yarina Deco Books Pile
PILOT – Check Mate White
Mudhoney – White Frames (modified)
Fluid Furniture – Large Vintage Mirror
Tartesso Arts – Photostudio Camera and Lens
Abiss – Dolly Chic Table Lamp
Boom Boom Punky! – Seashell Collection
BananaN – Books w/ AO
[Ink] – Damage Curtain, Plain Curtain
iTutu – Garden Accessories & Plants
Y’s House – Display Baskets, Step Ladder (white)