Happy Thursday to all! Just some new(ish) items from around the grid to share with you — all awesome!
The Loft: Colleen Desmoulins recently released her newest dining room, the Tyler Dining Room. It’s available in ebony or cherry, with tons of amazing detail (of course!). It also include texture change options on the cushions and some of the accent pieces, and Colleen has it set up so you can test out all the colors! Gorgeous!
M.Fox: Miabella Foxley has been doing some amazing work and has really captured shabby chic like I’ve never seen in SL. Her newest is the Avery set, just released today (I believe) – and it’s beyond cute. Be sure to check out the typewriter animations :), and the suitcases are available in several colors. I love everything about this set!
Belle Belle: I’m convinced that Leyla Firefly does not sleep. The speed at which she releases awesome new stuff is breathtaking. Right now, she has FOUR lucky boards set up – 2 in each of the Belle Belle shops – all set to give away this adorable Sweet Morning cafe set. It’s got a really sweet couple animation included, so be sure to grab your best gal or guy and head to the shop to try it out and wait for your letter to pop up!
Please note that you must be a Belle Belle group member in order to win from the Lucky Boards – and you should really just be a member, anyway, because Leyla gives us the best free stuff ever! This month’s freebie for group members is this awesome sno cone machine!!! I love the details on this — and it does indeed give out tasty sno cones!!
In closing, I’ll remind you of the 50% off sale currently underway at the new Second Spaces location on the Journey sim. Bargains! 🙂
Welcome to Part 3 of my Top 12! Need some background on what this list is all about? Click here for the original post.
So far we’ve covered pre-fabs…now that we have a house, we need furniture! So let me start by spotlighting a frequent blog mention here on Second Spaces: The Loft! I’ve mentioned this shop on several occasions; just do a quick search on the blog for ‘the loft’ and you’ll see about 5 posts that apply. Colleen Desmoulins and Bethany Hart are the designers behind the brand – I’m not sure if Kingston Augustus is still with them- and everything they create makes me say ‘oh, damn!’ — in a good way. If you’re a fan of Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate & Barrel — as I am — then The Loft is a must-have LM for you.
I popped into the store specifically to pick out a few of my favorites that I haven’t already blogged. Those are shown below — and you know what you need to do, dear reader, don’t you? GO THERE. 🙂
Bago Living Room: They do green like nobody’s business! Subtle, soft…I want to lounge.
Stephanie Dining: The chair texture is awesome. It’s like…formal snakeskin.
Bago Bedroom: I have always loved a canopy bed. When I was a wee girl, I wanted a princess canopy bed more than anything…and I never got one. My tastes have grown up (thankfully!), and this is the sort of canopy that not-so-wee Elle dreams of.
I may have said this in my original spotlight post…but it bears repeating: the textures you find on The Loft’s upholstered pieces are heaven. Truly, it’s almost a tangible experience for me.
So, dear reader – go, see, touch. The Loft also has some awesome pre-fabs that are a must see; check my post about their sim opening for a sneak peek of a few of them!
I attended the opening of The Loft’s new sim last night – and I was like a giddy schoolgirl in the hours leading up to it. 🙂 As I expected, it was beautiful. The shop is centered around a gorgeous courtyard; there’s a lot of empty space right now, but I’m sure that will be filled up soon enough. Check out the shadows from the trees – I love that!
The party was nice – The Loft folks had set up one of the empty spaces with a dance floor, tables, and a stage for the live performers. Phemie Alcott started the night with an impressive acoustic set – she did a soft acoustic cover of Umbrella by Rihanna which was just beautiful. Next up to the mic was Kafka Dinzeo who took us through a pounding set of live rap mixes, including one he made just for The Loft which was really fun. It was great to finally meet Colleen Desmoulins and Bethany Heart in person; Kingston Augustus, the third designer, was not in attendance.
I did wander around, of course, but I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I want you to go there and see it for yourself. Yes, you, dear reader! There were two new sets displayed that looked awesome:
AND there were pre-fabs, which is what I was most excited about. There are three displayed on the perimeter of the sim, and they’re all fantastic. My parting words, as I said my goodbyes and gave my thanks for the invite, were “Colleen, I’m going to marry all three of your prefabs.” I am. Seriously. You have to go see them — the details and the depth we know from The Loft’s furniture is all over these houses. The little details, the awesome textures – gorgeous. Here are exterior shots, just as a tease! From left to right, the Pusa Hilton, the Hattan Skybox, and The Bago:
I also loved that The Loft crew used the lighted tree from Heart Garden Centre as decoration in the party room. It IS the best tree ever!
Get over to the new sim to check it out, here. Go buy yourself one of those lighted trees at Heart Garden Centre, too, while you’re hopping around the grid. 🙂
I was just checking in on The Loft3 and found that Colleen Desmoulins has relocated the shop temporarily, and it seems to be back to the original name of The Loft. Here’s the updated SLurl: The Loft
Always worth a browse!
Talk about timing. 🙂 After I posted the SLurl update for The Loft yesterday, I received an invite from Colleen and her design partners, Bethany Heart & Kingston Augustus, to the grand opening of the new Loft sim! A whole sim for The Loft = heaven for Elle. The party is by invite only (score me 🙂 ) and is this Saturday, 3/22. I am planning to attend and will hopefully be able to grab a few pics and share them here. I’m very excited to see what’s new — I think there may be some pre-fabs involved! — and I know the sim is going to look amazing. More to come soon!
I checked in on The Loft3 this weekend, and found that they have a new location! So, I wanted to be sure to share that here: The Loft3
The new place looks great — still a few corners that I’m sure Colleen and her partners are working on filling. There were a few new sets up, and like all of the items found here, they’re worth checking out!
First, the Croissant Set. I love it for the name more than anything, I think. 🙂 It does look a little like a croissant…mmmm, flaky pastry.
I also found the Ingmann Set. I’m not 100% sure this is a new set, but it’s definitely new to me – and I like it! It’s a little more on the modern side than I usually go for; I think it’s the rich colors that captured me.
I also want to highlight the curtain you see behind the Ingmann Set. It may seem a minor thing, but my experience has been that it’s not easy to find high-quality multi-purpose drapes in SL. The Hunt Curtain, pictured again below, is only $150L and is mod — it would be great as window covering, wall deco, even as a simple ‘headboard’ behind a grand bed. The texture is amazing — not too frilly, and giving just the right amount of sheer. Bravo!
Check out my previous post here, and get to The Loft3 to see all the cool stuff!