Here’s the next set of pictures of L2 Studio’s West Lake House. I have just focused on the upstairs part. There is one upstairs room, with windows all round. I turned this into a kitchen and breakfast/supper bar. I’ve featured a very nice kitchen island and matching chairs from MMGs (newish, I think) It has a cooking plate built into the top level – you click for it to revolve and bring up the cooking plate rather than the wooden surface.
The kitchen unit is from Bitter Vanilla (b.v.): a revised version of their original unit, which was bigger. It’s good if you want something compact and not too flashy.
The view over the main rooms downstairs and through the roof wondows was too good to waste, so I put some LISP cushions on the half-wall so you can sit there and admire the view. When you stand up you drop to the floor below, but as this is SL that isn’t really a problem…
First picture: Bread by LISP, other food by Poche and +9; Rug by Croire; Pink basket by Y’s House; Kitchen Island and Chairs by MMG’s; Basket table by Aju; Burlap bag by Secondspaces; Flowerpots by Picnic; Teapot with flowers by LISP
Second Picture: Green tea and teapot (heart design) by Y’s House; Kettle by Kloka; Kitchen unit and washing up liquid by Bitter Vanilla; Scales by What Next; Sink plunger by MMGs; (picture on the stairs, behind) “Good intentions” Gabrielle Swindlehurst (at The Gallery Gift Shop) (the flour and dough are from La Belle Vie, but no longer available)
Third picture: Folded qulit by Boathouse; Ortego Rug (hung on the wall opposite) by DIGS; Cushions by LISP
I did quite a bit of the Cookie Jar Hunt, and there’s a few items from that in this post. However, what I’m mainly featuring is a not-free item that I just fell in love with along the way: The Gypsy Wagon by United InshCon. The wagon on its own is 56 prims and it’s not mesh, but it is very cute and also a really good size: small enough to be cosy, but not so small you have difficulty seeing inside it when you walk in. I bought the furnished version, which includes the green patchwork chairs, lamps, table and curtains (plus a bench, sink unit, clothes rack and extra lamp that I didn’t use). There is also a door curtain that tinkles when you walk through it: I’m a sucker for that kind of thing. I made it a little boho nest of colourful things. Above: Forgotten dream (guitar in a box); Lovers picture; Flower teapot and flower shelves; Rugs: by Zigana *** Birdy pictures, house plant and box of books: all in Laura’s Bench set from Cheeky Pea *** Teapot lamp, striped teapot and yellow piano: by LISP *** Sakura (pink cherry blossom) teapot and plate: by harima-ya *** Asparagus fern: by Herb Abrahams *** Enamel bowl: by Luxus *** Basket: by Dreamscapes *** Love Wall Decoration: by The Family Jewels (for The Cookie Jar Anniversary Hunt) *** rubber duck: by Theosophy *** Chuvash Stool and (just in shot at the front) suzani end table: by Melino Style
You can see there’s a nice ledge above the curtained nook where you can store things. The LISP kitchen set just fitted in snugly. The window ledges give you lots of room for knick-knacks, including my collections of teapots and photo frames. In the second picture you can see the fruit tart from Nukunuku which was probably my favourite Cookie Hunt item. Upper picture: Luggage (trunk and valise): by POST *** Mermaids and Seadogs kitchen unit (including fridge, receipe book, scales, dishes, saucepan) and cushions next to luggage: by LISP *** Coat hangar blue: Zigana (free) *** Pots and pans (hanging on hangar) and “Windows in the West” picture: by Marmalade Jam *** RED Beega (leafy plant): by LUXus *** Yellow kettle: by Kloka *** “Cookies” Jar and flower-patterned jar: Grumble (for The Cookie Jar Anniversary Hunt) *** Crock of kitchen tools; dish rack; cannisters: Funky Junk *** Laundry basket: by Bitter Vanilla Lower picture Nevada Rustic Chest; Zinnia’s *** Horse Statue: Shabby Shack *** BoHo Picture Frame: BoatHouse *** Tray with cutlery (on the chest) and fruit tart (gives edible tart on click) (on the table): *NP* Nukunuku Pocket (for The Cookie Jar Anniversary Hunt) *** Sunshine ladybird vase; vintage tin candle; Christmas card; Floor cushions: LISP *** Memories Handmade Book: Lark *** little vase of cherry blossom: Poche *** Crystal Ambience Lamp - EarthDwellings (part of Earthstones). In this picture you can also see the Vintage Tennis Picture by what next
I was trying to get a better shot than that last one of the outside, but at that point SL was a complete lagfest. Still, I think you can see how cute the wagon is. Top picture: Colander and notebook (from a gatcha): Picnic *** Lemons and cutting board: Funky JUnk *** Canvas chair (flowers): Milcaholic *** Yardy lawn chair: Turnip’s *** Herb pile: Vent du Sud *** Incense burner: Kubric Flux (free on Marketplace) Lower picture: Spice bags and jars from Kismet on the Silk Road Hunt (When you get to the main landing point, wait til everything rezzes as there is a good hint there. It was very laggy for me and I set off before the hint rezzed and wasted ages). *** Fence and gate by Boathouse (for The Cookie Jar Anniversary Hunt). The elf plaque on the back of the wagon is the rather spooky Cookie Hunt gift from United Inshan (the makers of the wagon). My horse is by AKK.
L&K prefabs have just brought out Tiny Place house (it was 55 Linden at the weekend – in fact it was still 55 Linden when I bought it earlier today.) I’ll take a couple of posts to blog it. In the picture above you see it: the cherry trees, cherry blossom ground cover and mossy rocks are from Forest Floor (and are season change). The grassy cover and white rocks are from Heart, and the butterflies from FIN.
On the porch there is the current worn chair on sale at Atelier Kreslo, the Baignoire table by Cheeky Pea (at the current collabor8) with some candles in bottles by LISP (part of an autumn set), spring planters by What Next, and some further plants by Ibizarre on the steps.
Here you see me washing up (using poses built into a wearable sponge and plate, which I got with a kitchen unit from Bitter Vanilla). There is a sale on at the Creators Pavilion until 15 April, and this sink (part of a kitchen set, 89 Linden in the sale) is from CoCo. The picture (Check Shirt) is by Lindini2 and is free in Atelier Kreslo, which is where I also bought the cup of coffee. This pictures gives you a better view of one of the What Next spring planters. The other things are: Jug of branches: La’licious; Wire basket of eggs: KOPI; Plate rack and dishes (in sink): Funky Junk (in Pasadena set); Plunger: MMG’s; Tray table: Zinnias; Expresso maker: TSG; Kitchen utensils and laundry basket: Bitter Vanilla; Morrocan lemons and bell: LISP (in Jewel set); Hodepodge carpet: LISP; Cabinet: Melino Style. I’ll blog the other side of the house soon!
Another quick post: the Drowsy sim just reopened, although I think it may only be open for a month before closing finally. It is a wonderful sim to explore (which is just as well as there is no flying and there seems to be a fixed landing point). A couple of the buildings that were there before (including the old library) are now ruined, with strange creatures lurking round. There are fascinating new buildings for Kurotsubaki and BP (Bettiepage Voyager). Above you see part of the food and kitchenware display in BP. Below are what i think are new items for BP: a variety of detailed boxes.
Kurotsubaki mostly sells clothes, but there are a number of unique furnishing items, including the sofa, the rabbit chair and the animal bookshelves, shown below in the shop.
There are some freebies, two of which you get from the scene below, which is in one of the ruined houses (you get a wearable bear and cage, see me wearing them here)
Marmalade Jam have a half price sale til 31st January. Their things aren’t very expensive to start with, so it’s good value. The table, chair, basket, book, ornament and life-saver were 45 Linden in total, and the kitchen set (unit, shelves and hanging dryer) was 60 Linden (which is actually slightly less than half-price). I particularly liked the model lighthouse in the first set and the drying rack in the second. The only quibble I have is that shadows are baked in, which is great if you leave items where they are, but you can see the shadow is still there where I have moved the basket to the kitchen top from the table. On the plus side, you get a bonus round and square shadow, so I have put a new shadow under the basket. The designer does mention this choice, made to create “stunning detail with a low prim count” in her notecard. Also, I feel that $45L (or even the full price) are well worth it for all the other items, leaving aside the table.
Marmalade Jam is at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Triskelion%20Shores/162/164/22/. They do some cute houses too.
I also liked the picture (“Windows in the west” by Avril Paton: you can buy the real life print here: http://www.avrilpaton.co.uk/content/Windows-In-The-West/2949). When I had lodgings in Glasgow I lived in Athole Gardens, and this block is one side of the square: the picture is very like the original place. She also did a print of the side of Athole Gardens I lived in, and I got the print as a leaving present when I moved on from my job at Strathclyde University, so I was happy to have this in SL (although I did wonder whether the artist had granted copyright permission….)
The house this is set in is by Y’s House.