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*Second Spaces *Design Contest!

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Interior decorators! Design enthusiasts! Folks who just love to put pretty things together in a room! Second Spaces is delighted to announce our first ever Shadowbox Design Contest!!

Exotic Getaway Shadowbox Design Contest

exΒ·otΒ·ic
adj.
Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange

Here’s how it works: each contestant gets a Second Spaces shadowbox to decorate. “Exotic Getaway” can mean a lot of things — especially in Second Life! We have an expert panel of designer judges who will select our winners – we’ll be looking for creativity, clever aesthetics, smart use of prims, and an overall sense of design. Make your shadowbox a place where the judges will want to vacation! πŸ˜‰ The contest will run for approximately 2 weeks, during which the contestants can organize their shadowboxes. We’ll wrap it up with an event on August 9th when the boxes are ready for viewing — we’ll have a live DJ and festivities, the judges will make their selections and we’ll announce the winners at the end of the event! It’ll be a party, so everyone is invited!

Here’s what you need to know:
– There are only 10 shadowboxes available. *UPDATE: August 6 — one box has become available again! If you think you can pull it off by Saturday, then get over there and grab it!** To enter the contest, jump over to the Second Spaces contest grounds, select an available shadowbox and claim it as yours. To claim it, you need to do three things:

  1. You’ll see a rent box in front of the shadowbox; right click and pay $1L to rent the space.
  2. Right-click and Buy the shadowbox for $0L. Do NOT Take the shadowbox into your inventory; when you buy it, you’re buying the original, so leave it sitting right where it is. Buying it will allow you to retexture the inside of the box as needed.
  3. Send an IM to Elle Kirshner to let her know you’ve entered the contest!

– Only 200 prims are allowed in your design! That includes furniture, accessories, plants — whatever you use. 200 prims is all you get!
– No more than $1000L can be spent on your design! That’s right — it’s exotic on a budget. πŸ™‚ On the day of the contest event, you’ll be asked to provide a notecard detailing all objects purchased and their Linden value.
– Your design elements can be purchased OR built by you! Now’s your chance to show off your building skills!
– Only the INSIDE of the shadowbox can be re-textured. The outside must remain textured with the Second Spaces background.
– You may place items just outside the shadowbox on the platform, if needed.

That’s it!! Prize categories and prize packages will be announced soon. Here’s what I can tell you now: the prizes are provided by some of the best furniture/decor designers in all of Second Life!

Contest Sponsors:
The Loft // Heart Garden Centre
Melino Style // Ramos Designs
Del Sol Furniture // Avenue Four

Don’t miss your chance — get over to the Second Spaces contest grounds and claim your shadowbox, then get to it! Keep your eye on the blog for more info on the prizes and the progress of the contest! Good luck!!

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*Top 12* Summation!

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Here’s sort of a quick link guide to the Top 12 places. I hope it’s been useful — I really, truly appreciate the great comments received here and in-world, and it’s been absolutely delightful to speak with several of the designers that were spotlighted in the list. I’m going to add a link over to the right of the page so that this post can be easily accessed going forward, and I really do hope it can be considered a toolkit of sorts for folks who are ready to claim their own second space!

Houses:

Part 1: Barnesworth Anubis Pre-Fab[ulous] Homes & Furniture [blog post]

Part 2: The Black Spot Shipyard [blog post]

Furniture:

Part 3: The Loft [blog post]

Part 4: Mezzanine [blog post]

Part 5: Del Sol Furniture [blog post]

Part 6: Rustica Home Furnishings [blog post]

Part 7: Ramos Designs Furniture [blog post]

Landscape:

Part 8: Heart Garden Centre [blog post]

Part 9: Botanical [blog spot]

Accessories:

Part 10: CAS [blog post]

Part 11: Avenue Four [blog post]

Part 12: Shade Fantasy Outfitters [blog post]

Thanks again to all for the positive feedback on this series. Stay tuned — I’ve got more evil plots that I’m hatching and plan to unleash on the world – you don’t wanna miss that! In the meantime, I’m going to try my best to resume regularly blogging; I have a few places I was contacted to review, so I want to be sure to get those taken care of first. Hope you’ll check back often!

*Second Spaces* Top 12, part 5!

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Welcome to Part 5 of my Top 12! Need some background on what this list is all about? Click here for the original post.

Today, we’re going to talk about Del Sol Furniture by Xandi Mars. Here’s what you need to know:

1) Her stuff is awesome.

2) There’s a ton of it. Really.

3) Xandi is all about the details, and I ❀ that about Del Sol.

When you first pop in to the sim, you’ll probably be overwhelmed. It’s an open air market concept, so literally, it’s a sim strewn about with furniture. Just take a deep breath, and start walking around. What you’ll find is that truly the pieces are arranged quite nicely in little vignettes, with coordinating pieces and lovely accessories that complete the room. I love a good vignette, especially with dessert. (badumbum) Del Sol has everything – living rooms, bedrooms, dining, kitchens, patio, bathrooms, curtains, and more. I know you’re going to go see for yourself, so here are just a few of the things that I found to love:

Bohemian Classic Living Room: I love the curvy shapes on the wooden chairs and sofa. Also, you’ll see in this pic how Xandi gives you a rug, some art options, a lamp — this is common in her displays, and really does help when you’re trying to decorate a space.

I have to show you a close up of the texturing on the upholstered sofa. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know i’m a complete texture junkie and, at the same time, have extreme texture envy. I do OK with my textures — but why can’t I have leather and brocade that looks like this?? *shakes fist at no one in particular*

Weathered Worn Out Sofa: The name says it all. πŸ™‚

Last picture – because it’s so cute — here’s the attention to detail that I love: a newspaper with reading glasses. Perfect!

Swing by Del Sol and wander around for a while. I guarantee you’ll find at least 7 things that make you go ‘ooh’!

*Design Job* Ulrich’s Place

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I decorated my friend Ulrich Renoir’s place several months ago, and am just now getting around to blogging it. Truth be known, there’s still more I’d like to do with it, especially landscaping around the patio and hot tub, and maybe Ulrich and I will venture into that someday in the future. Regardless, the place still looks great, and I hope Ulrich is enjoying it. (Ulrich is easily distracted πŸ˜‰ and has been occupying his SL time with setting up his own rental properties – they look great, too, and there’s been mention of me landscaping those properties. In the meantime, check Ulrich’s profile Picks tab in-world if you’re looking for a cute rental house!)

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The house is another great prefab from Barnesworth Anubis. The villa style doesn’t necessarily ‘go with’ the alpine hillside, but who cares. It’s a cool house. πŸ™‚

We’ll start with the entry. The bookshelf is from the Loft3 — one of my favorites, of course. The planter in the corner was made by me, and I filled it with some gorgeous lillies from Heart Garden Centre — another one of my favorites. The Rocky poster was Ulrich’s, and the one item that he insisted remain in the house. No objections from me – I love Rocky! – so I made it a focal point. The Alabama posters are more creations of mine — Ulrich is an Alabama boy. πŸ™‚ The rug is from Del Sol, an awesome shopping experience, and one that I should highlight soon. As you come through the front door and turn to your left, you see the awesome spiral staircase, and we set up a basic entrance. If Ulrich received SL mail, I imagine he’d place it on this table.

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We kept the living room simple with a basic, tailored set from Ramos Designs. Ulrich had previously procured the candles and placed them in the fireplace, for which he received 10 decorating points. πŸ™‚ The rug is from Van’s Home & Garden, and the mirror is from The Old Curiosity Shop. The Monkees poster is another surprise creation/gift from me to Ulrich. We both ❀ the Monkees.

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At the top of the stairs, we have a small seating area. The chaise is another piece from the Ramos Designs living room set, and the dresser goes with the bedroom set, which is also from The Loft3. Both pieces of wall art are from The Loft3, as well. The rug is from Del Sol.

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Finally, we have what Ulrich deemed the Love Nook. I’m not sure if capitalization is appropriate, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. πŸ™‚ The seating is from Neva Naughty (heh heh), the white rug and the candles are from Ramos Designs. The pictures in the corner are more creations of mine, just for Ulrich’s house.

Check out these designers in SL:

Ramos Designs, Del Sol, The Loft3, Neva Naughty, Heart Garden Centre