So, The Home Show. OK, I’m late to the blogging party for this one, profuse apologies galore, BUT better late than never!
You have until the end of the month to enjoy this event, eleven days to be precise, and enjoy it you will. Take ample Lindens, because as you stroll around the beautiful Culprit designed sim-build you are sure to find many items to tempt you to part with your lovely virtual cash.
By now there are plenty of posts listing the wares from each vendor, so I won’t do a rundown in that sense. What I will do is share my favourites with you, why I like them, and why I think you’ll like them too.
First up, ORGANICA. I’ve long thought that I didn’t have enough hanging plants in my virtual home, BUT they can be a bit primmy and some of the more ‘old-skool’ designs that are to be found for sale on the grid can look pretty naff. Organica provides however, with a rather wonderful array of hanging and potted plants especially created for the Home Show. I especially liked the ‘Hanging Ivy Planters’ and the ‘Hanging Bamboo Herb Planter’.
The Bamboo Herb Planter has found a place in my home in front of my writing desk,as you can see above, and it looks great against the window. It also offers up a little privacy against the neighbourhood too. Incidentally, the plants that it features are rosemary and sage and it has just 1 LI, which is very tidy indeed. (I imagine in real life it would smell amazing too!)
ZINNIAS is always a huge favourite of mine, purely because of the zinging colours and patterns that Zinnia Karu deploys so effortlessly into her designs. Her work mixes Mexican and South American styling with modern shapes and patterns to great effect. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, check out the Quetzalcoatl wall shelf, which will really brighten up a dingy corner , it features a pot-plant and maracas, everything perfect in detail and aspect. I am totally love with the chilli pepper tree so much that yes, it’s in my virtual home. The fabulous ‘Sol’ Patio Sofa looks just as good indoors as it does out, and check out the Neo-Urban fire bowl. I’m also using this at home to brighten up some decking and chairs and it makes for a beautiful evening outdoor ambiance.
The ‘Sydney’ sofa at MUDHONEY is beautifully constructed and textured and is exactly the kind of sofa I would love to sink into in real life. It just looks so bloody comfy, and is textured beautifully. The animations are excellent as always too, and there are singles and couples poses to enjoy. The Addison Chandelier complements it perfectly and is a brilliant modern take on the traditional Chandelier shape. I loved it so much I found a home for it in my kitchen (trust me, it really works!)
MICHIGAN’S SHACK has every gamer’s fantasy catered to with a fabulous retro gaming sofa, arcade cab, table and wall art. (This is the kind of furniture I’m sure my beloved would love in real life. In fact, he has 24 arcade machines already so I sort of wish he had those in Second Life and this furniture in his real one instead!)
My winner though has to be BAZAR. Yes, I know it seems like this blog has become the unofficial Bazar fan-club, but in all seriousness the work created by Ria Bazar Mavendorf is just astounding to me, and that is why I keep featuring it. That’s all there is to it, I’m a fan and her work really excites me. Ria has some new releases to be found at the home show which really are astonishing, I couldn’t love them more if I tried!
The ‘Toronto’ sets feature natural wooden furniture coupled with modern prints and accessories to create a contemporary look for the home. Each piece is lovingly crafted and menus for texture change options (light, dark or natural wooden finishes) and animations are utilised to the full.At the Home Show 2013 you’ll see the Toronto bedroom, Study and Arts and Crafts room displays are waiting for you to wander around and experience them to the full. All of the items are beautifully presented, and on the walls you’ll see a listing of the land impact for each item. Rest assured that every single piece is bloody wonderful and unique in its own way. For example, the Arts and Crafts room features a drawing table, pots of paint, a designer’s mannequin and canvases primed and ready for you to create upon. If you need some ideas you’ll find prints from Leonardo Da Vinci and other resource materials on the shelving unit ready to inspire you.
When you’ve finished your crafting for the day it’s time to retire to your Toronto bedroom. This is stylish and functional with quirky elements like the bedside cabinet which features suitcases incorporated into the design, so clever and really effective! The bed features a four poster frame and a colourful choice of bedding options. There’s a clothing rail and vanity table to complete, with decorative pieces like artworks, vases and a stylish mirror.
If you can’t sleep then time to hop off to the study for some late-night blogging. The Toronto Study features all the essential elements that you need, and more besides. Desk, shelving and seating all tied in with the Toronto theme and embellished with great extras such as a working clock, plants, cabinets and PC. All of these gorgeous sets work beautifully together of course, because they all adhere to the same theme, but elements of each one can be used anywhere in your home to great success.
It’s at this point in the proceedings that I’d like to point you in the direction of my FLICKR account, where I have a set featuring some of the home show items that I’ve mentioned, and more besides. You’ll see work from Bazar, Mudhoney, Trompe L’oil, Zinnias and more besides, and I hope you enjoy taking a look at my virtual abode. I love it, it makes me really happy I must say!
Finally, I’ve said many, many times before on these pages what really gives your virtual home that realistic touch are the knick-knacks, so keep your eyes peeled because you’ll find an epic selection dotted around The Home Show. I really adore the DIGS ‘Ferryside Driftwood Décor ‘wall hanging and the matching tray décor too. There are some fab gacha prizes to be won at NOBLE, and look out for the seashell bottles, lamps and other assorted oceanic goodies which are ideal for jazzing up the bathroom at home. CULPRIT screams colour, and has some dazzling drawer units, shelves and photo frames that would be suited to a colourful, kawaii style home, or even a virtual toddler’s playroom.
There is a lot to see and enjoy at the event and it’s not too busy now because of some other events that you may have heard of are currently attracting a lot of attention in-world. (Like Food Fair for example, that’s another Culprit build too. Oh, and let’s not forget Hair Fair and Shoe fair and ALL THE F*CKING FAIRS!! Ahem!)
If you’d like to know more, take a gander at the official blog which features lots of information about the event, including maps. I’ll see you there, I’ll probably be asleep on the Mudhoney sofa again..hmm, so comfy!