The Yoga Room

 

Zoey and I picked out the new Scarlet Creative house from Collabor88 called The Emily. The new house was rezed and we set about decorating. Second Life house decorating has a completely different set of adventures to it than real life house decorating, only because everything is aesthetic rather than practical. We have a couple of “dead rooms” in the house, because they don’t really serve a practical purpose. I decided, for now, to turn one of those rooms in a yoga room. I’ll probably use it for photography in the long run.

Many of the objects for the room are ones that I purchased at Collabor88 a few months ago, when they had a gym/workout theme.

The yoga mats are from unKindness and are color/pattern change. The wall pallet and shelves are from Kalopsia, called Kali’s Shelf. The gym locker sideboard is from Second Spaces (one of my favorite places on the grid to get knick knacks and decorative items).

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The candles and incense burner are also from unKindness, as are the “Spiritual Gangster” and “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe” signs. They were all part of their Yoga Studio Set fatpack. If you want to build a Second Life yoga studio, or just a relaxing space like this, I really recommend grabbing this whole pack.

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The loose hand weights, and the yoga ball are from Kalopsia, from the Kali’s Yoga Accessories pack. The wall tapestry is something that I have had for a while, and I don’t remember where I got it, but it is one of those “base items” that I think are good to collect. When you’re at events, or stores, little random items can really add life to a room, and give it character. I like to buy these things for when I have a project like this, because it give the room a more comfy and lived in feel.

If you haven’t seen the Emily house from Scarlet Creative, it is a gorgeous piece of work. I really love the things that they do there.

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This is all until next time. I will try really hard to update this more often.

A Tree Grows In Second Life

I like trees in both lives. Who doesn’t, really? In Second Life, they can make an important building block for your landscaping needs. Like with a lot of the things that I will talk about here, on the blog, I often buy trees at shopping events. Fameshed is a good event for landscaping needs.

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The tree is from Heart, one of their Silver Birch bushes. I tend to use birch trees as the basis for my landscaping, I’m not sure why. Maybe it is because I am a Midwestern girl. The detailing on the trees are good, and I like the “realism” that the bring to a sim.

The grass is from [We’re Closed], a perennial Second Life favorite. The grass fills a lot of space and only has a land impact of one. An excellent part of anyone’s outdoors landscaping wardrobe.

The background trees are actually sim decoration by my landlord. He really sets a high bar on his Woody Creek sim with some really pretty landscaping.

Land Impacts: Heart – Silver Birch – Bush1 [3], [we’re CLOSED] grass field lush [1]

The Trompe Loeil Fisher Point Cottage

I really loved this cottage when I saw it at a recent event. I have to admit that I don’t really need a new cottage or house, but Trompe Loeil makes such beautiful things that I couldn’t resist. And I think that one of the best ways to build a home design “wardrobe” in Second Life is to check out events where items are often going to be sold more cheaply anyway.

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In the background is a pool feature (also from Trompe Loeil) that I will talk about another time. Continue reading “The Trompe Loeil Fisher Point Cottage”

Returning to Alki in Second Life

A great post about the Alki sim, and the cool stuff that Zoidyn and Alana have done with it. PS: I play there in their coffeehouse on Sundays.

Also: I didn’t write this, this is a reblog.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

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I first visited Alki, the music and scenic region designed by Zoidyn (Zoidyn Kytori) and Alana Onyett, far back in 2013, which is Second Life terms, is almost a lifetime ago. Back then, it was described as an “evolving project inspired by the Pacific Northwest”, so I was curious to know what might have changed in the intervening years.

The overall answer might at first appear to be “not a lot”: the landscape is still the same, there’s the same mix of venues, the paths are familiar, and so on. However, the region has changed in subtle ways – but that’s the point of evolution; things don’t happen overnight, they happen over time.

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The high plateau dominating the north side of the island is still there, but the Z&A coffee-house, one of several music venues in the region, and…

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Coming Soon….

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about this blog. My Second Life (and my first one two) just got super busy around the end of last year, so I didn’t have time to focus on this like I wanted to. I’m going to try to be more active, with smaller posts with more photography. Let’s hope that, at least.

As a teaser, this is a work in progress on our parcel. I am trying to be better about landscaping. This is a “woods” that I have been building on our parcel. The bulk of it is made up of Enchanted Woods by Studio Skye, but that birch in the foreground is from Heart. Both are great resources for buying “wooded” bits and pieces for your landscaping. Like I said in my first post, the important thing to do is to build up a nice “closet” of pieces from quality shops you like, and use them as your building blocks.

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Oh, I almost forgot…that pathway is from MishMish and that little bit of grass is also from them.

More to come!

Land Impacts: MishMish – Path to spring (mix) [2], Heart – Silver Birch – Copse x 4 [22], MishMish  – Spring Grass Yellow Flowers (big) [1], Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods v2 – 2 (path) [18], Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods v2 – 3 (trees) [17].

Style Doesn’t Have To Be Pricey

This is my first post here, so try to go easy on me. 🙂

There will be two really important “streams” to this blog, but they both converge. The idea of the House Dressing blog is that I want to show how you can create your own style through being eclectic and without necessarily spending a lot of money in world.

Just like with creating an outfit, it is important to have a solid “library” of things to build from.

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This is our front porch. The build itself is the Bozeman Barn from Barnesworth Anubis. You’ve probably seen it before, because it seems to be pretty popular among Second Life people. It is nice because it is modifiable, which means that you can change textures and make alterations to the build itself.

The new centerpiece of this porch is the potted string light from Floorplan, from the 9/11/15 edition of Fifty Linden Friday. The “Beware Pickpockets And Loose Women” sign is a favorite of mine, also from Floorplan. The bicycles are from a pack from {what next} called the Decorative Huntington Bicycle. The LGBT flag is the Pride Flag from Apple Fall. The rug is LISP, the Faded Summer Rug.

This look is my transition from summer to fall. The bicycles will probably get picked up once “Fall” is in full force, but for now we can hold on to them. This is what I mean by “having a solid library” of decorative items that you can use. If you watch events you can find pieces that you can store away for a rainy day (or the next time that you decide to rez a new home and fill it with furniture). However you find the pieces for your library, it is important to remember to create your own voice when you decorate. Yes, look at real life magazine and the Flickr streams of creators and bloggers, but you really, really need to think about coming up with your style, your voice when you create your space in Second Life.

Everything in world is prefab, what matters is how you assemble things. Your personal style is the jigsaw puzzle and the signs, posters, plants and pieces of furniture that you pick up are the puzzle pieces.

Welcome to House Dressing, I hope that over the course of this blog I show you my voice and my style as we look around the virtual world to find the things that will end up being your home.

Land Impacts: Floorplan potted string light [3], Floorplan “beware” sign [1], {what next} Decorative Huntington Bicycle [6 each], LISP Faded Summer Rug [1].