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The Writer’s Winter Retreat (Part 1)

This is the first part of a post based on my contest entry for Love To Decorate’s Show Us Your Cozy contest. I didn’t just create a scene… I created a story for it, and my last post leads to this story. So if you missed that, be sure to check it out here. So, here’s the story… and the first set of pics. More to come, and this will be credits intensive since there’s a lot of detail.

Winter was rapidly approaching, and with it, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. The Writer had deadlines, but had spent so little time with her love thus far this holiday season.

Perhaps, she thought, a winter respite was needed… a retreat from the chaos of the holidays, from the parties of nameless faces and the crowds of the mall. Someplace where she could relax, do her work and yet still share plenty of quiet, intimate moments with the love of her life and their beloved pets.

A cabin in the woods, one cozy room with all the festive warmth of Christmas, an antique writer’s desk where she could get tend to her work, a comfy sleeping bag for two in front of a roaring fire… an idyllic winter wonderland, perfect for sledding, building snowmen and warming up in a natural hot spring fed pool. This was where to hibernate this December, though they would not be alone… tucked away in a quiet corner of the cabin, a special little family was also celebrating this Christmas!

Perhaps a bit of magic happens here, in this cabin in the north… a special kind of Christmas magic, where animals roam peacefully, and a worn old garage hides a mysterious and beautiful sleigh. Could it possibly be? But surely that’s just a myth!

Welcome to the lair of the Writer’s Winter Retreat… a peaceful, cozy holiday awaits, complete with cocoa, wine, good food, plenty of romance and a dash of Christmas magic.

The Writer's Winter Retreat

For winter dreams

A mysterious old sleigh

Writers, Mice & Pears

The Mousleys' Christmas Eve

You are all invited to visit the Writer’s Winter Retreat. It will be set up at least through Christmas.

~Lucie

Credits:
Pixel Mode: Willow Log Cabin Winter, Naughty or Nice Sleigh – Black/Red, Lighted Reindeer – Birch (reindeer is at FaMESHed), The Writer’s Room set (Writer’s Room set is at The Arcade)
Artisan Fantasy: Snowden Peaks – Wreath Red Flowers, Snowden Peaks – Christmas Tree We ❤ Role-Play
What Next: Pine Ridge Double Sleeping Bag, Christmas Chocolatier Drinks Tray, Winter Cubby Armchair (tartan), Winter Cubby Armchair (red), Winter Harvest Picnic set
Alouette: Christmas Tree Bookshelves, Ho Ho Ho Decoration, Gingerbread House, Christmas Countdown Sign
Dysfunctional Designs: Frilly pine trees, Lovely Lil’ Log Cabin Fireplace, Traditional Stocking – Buttons, Cocoa/Tea Tray – Light, Christmas Tree
Half-Deer: Mini-Mr. Mousie – Warm Tones, Mini-Mr. Mousie – Earth Tones, Lighted Pathway – Stars – Snowy, Sleepy Italian Greyhound in Dog Bed – Black
Junk: firewood holder, wood burner (wood burner from The Arcade)
Ispachi: Basic Merry Christmas Rug, CHERISHED MOMENTS- Polar Bears, Huskies, Snowy Owls The Arcade
Consignment: The Garage Collection – Garage RARE The Arcade
Culprit: Occasional Table Teak, Festive Pears, Partridge in a Pear Tree
Mudhoney: Eva Centerpiece, Sweater Stockings & Garland
Zigana: holiday spirit – books, grandpapa`s ski`s
Note: The gift boxes under the trees are from Alouette, What Next, Mudhoney and Aria… if you’d like to know which a specific box is, just ask or come check it out in person!

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Here, have a cupcake

Have a cupcake, she said. Then… SMOOSH. Cake and icing all over my face.

Here, have a cupcake.

Our dresses and her hair are from Collabor88’s October round, which is so wonderfully spooky and perfect for the season.

Here are the direct links for the Candy Fair stores featured in this post.

Infiniti
BOOM
Culprit/KoiKoi
Ploom
Cae
Noodles

Be sure to check out Candy Fair 2014 before it ends tonight!

~Lucie

Credits
On her:
Belleza: Ria skin – med 1 w/lip gloss
Exile: Check Out Time – browns Collabor88
Tres Blah: Darling dress – Blush Collabor88
SLink: Mesh hands – casual, Mesh feet – Medium
BOOM: Ane heels – salmon Candy Fair 2014
Noodles: Mouse Sweets Ears – Bubblegum (gacha) Candy Fair 2014

On Lucie:
Belleza: Yasmin skin – medium 7 w/lip gloss
Buzzeri: Bewitched eyes – chocolate Kustom 9
Ploom: Lollipop Girl – reds Candy Fair 2014
Cae: Scoop earrings Candy Fair 2014
Tres Blah: Darling dress – Vintage Collabor88
SLink: Mesh hands – casual, Mesh feet – Medium
KoiKoi: Cherry Poppers – Blue Hawaii (gacha) Candy Fair 2014
Cae: Duchess ring

Infiniti: Cupcake Chaos – Cupcake Attack – friends pose – Rare (gacha) Candy Fair 2014

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My Bungalow: Part 2

If you missed part 1 of this blog post, you can find it here. The Barnesworth Anubis Carraway Bungalow is so gorgeous, and because of how big it is I knew I’d need to break this down into two posts. So, without further ado, here is the final part. As always, please click through to Flickr and hover over the pics to see where each item is from. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

This house has two bathrooms. I left the upstairs bathroom as it is when you buy the house, so you can see what the bathrooms look like if you’d rather not retexture. However, in the downstairs bathroom I did a lot of tinting/retexturing. I call the upstairs bath the “rustic bath” because I decorated it with more old fashioned feeling furnishings, as you can see here.

The Rustic Bathroom

For the downstairs bathroom, I wanted a sense of luxury. So, while it still has a bit of a vintage feel (I tend to like vintage/rustic in home design/decor), it also has lots of lush amenities.

Where Dreams Happen

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. I don’t know how true that is, but in SL I do love to have one! Here are some pics of the cozy kitchen I put together.

Kitchen Comforts

Bake ALL the things

The Carraway Bungalow has four bedrooms. I only photographed two. One of them was designed as a den, and the other as a guest room. Below is a collage of the den.

The Gathering Place

The guest room wound up being my favorite room in the house, and after that I struggled with what was going to be the master bedroom for weeks. I finally decided to just stop so I could blog everything else and transition to my autumn home. Here are the pics of the guest room.

Guest Room Collage

I had to make sure my KittyCatS made an appearance, so tucked into the nooks and crannies of this adorable cupboard bed from fri.day you will notice Meowzers and tiny Strawberry Milk.

Where cats rule

Finally, this spot was my absolute favorite in the entire house… it’s also a part of what I designed as the guest room, and I will end my blog post with this pic.

Corner For Rainy Days & Dreams

If you’re looking for a versatile home that is suitable for a family, I definitely recommend checking this one out. It’s a winner!

~Lucie

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My Bungalow: Part 1

I fell in love with the Barnesworth Anubis Carraway Bungalow that was part of Collabor88 in August. It’s a big house, so it took me a while to decorate it! I have a LOT of pics for this house, so I decided to break it down into two posts.

I modified this house a good bit, in terms of textures. Some of the walls I just tinted, and some I used wallpaper on. Unlike some mesh houses, that was possible with this one. It took some trial and error, but it was a lot of fun to do. I like customizing houses, so that they feel more “me.” I never used to do this, but my BFF Rosa got me hooked, and now I love it.

So, here are the pics… or at least the first batch. I’ll try to keep my comments to a minimum. As always, please click through the pics to see them bigger in Flickr. You’ll also find notes on each pic with where each item is from. If I missed something (I hope not!) or you want more info, feel free to ask in the comments here or on Flickr, or IM me in world.

Autumn Daze

Porch

I have to say this… the Carraway comes with several gorgeous built in cabinets and shelves. The best part? They are all functional, meaning they open!

Mantle

I wanted to particularly point out the adorable Friends artwork seen in this next collage because it is an item from Sway’s for the current round of The Arcade, and you only have a few more days to go try to win it!

It's the little things

Live comfortably

This college shows the dining room built in, which I photographed with some doors open, so you could get a better idea for what I mean about what an awesome detail this is.

And everyone was invited

The second post will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for it!

~Lucie

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Dragonfly Cottage

When I saw Eku Zhong of Culprit posting WIP pics of the Dragonfly Cottage, I knew I would need it. You can see her pics here. It’s a perfect summer home. I love the colors, and the gorgeous texture work. Eku also included the texture maps so people can modify to make their own. I’m utterly clueless about these things, but I thought it was a really cool feature for those of you who are able to do this.

This post is going to be pic intensive, so I am not going to talk much. I’ll mostly just share the pics. As always, you can click through to Flickr to see notes on each image for the items featured. If you want to know something specific, please don’t hesitate to comment here or on the Flickr link.

To decorate the living room, I took advantage of the recent fri.day/fri.home 50% off sale. Oh, and I have to point out that lamp. It’s from a brand new store, encore. Isn’t adorable?

Dragonfly Living Room

Dragonfly Fireplace

I love anything tea related… in RL or SL! So I had to have this cabinet from floorplan!

Tea Time

My kitchen features the Salty Dogs & Mermaids kitchen from LISP and the dining set is LAQ Decor. I love the dining set because you get tons of colors, and you can choose from a wide variety of table settings, too.

Dragonfly Kitchen & Dining

The sun porch has such a beautiful tile floor, and the colors are gorgeous with the teal/greens of the walls and outside. The rug is from encore.

Dragonfly Sun Porch

The cottage has a wrap around deck that rocks!

Dragonfly Deck

The large upstairs loft has a balcony. One thing I especially like about this house is that the doors stay open unless you close them. I wish more houses did this, especially ones that are perfect for warmer weather.

Goodnight Moon

This sewing machine from Kuro makes me nostalgic. My mom had an antique sewing machine in RL when I was a little girl. I used to push the pedal (and then get yelled at when I got caught). The rug in this pic is from encore, too. I feel SL has a shortage of good rugs, especially ones you can resize, so the rugs from encore really made me happy!

All Sewn Up

This bed from Cheeky Pea is just adorable. I’m kind of obsessed with beds in SL, and this is one of my favorites ever.

Dragonfly Bedroom

Finally, this gorgeous table is from Senzafine. It’s inspired by Tolkien, and the detail on it is utterly spectacular. My picture frame from What Next has a shot of my youngest SL sister, Isley. The calendar from Cheeky Pea is set to August 31st because that’s Isley’s RL birthday. 🙂

Again, if you have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask, here or on Flickr! I love comments.

Well, I’m off to decorate my next house… stay tuned.

~Lucie

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No Room To Walk

So I went a little crazy with goodies from The Arcade. I said I wouldn’t go nuts this time… well. You be the judge of how that worked out.

No room to walk

Since I have three floorplan tents, I had my BFF Rosa come over to a slumber party. We each have our own Art Dummy alarm clocks, set to our time zones (she’s Central, and I’m Mountain). Our matching PJs are from Blacklace, and we’re both wearing slippers from Conspiracy Theory (that were at the last round of The Arcade).

Sleepover BFFs

If you click through on any of these pics, you can hover for notes on where each item is from. Or you can just ask me. My adorable house is from Trompe Loeil for Collabor88. It reminds me of my RL dream house, or at least similar to that style, so I had to snag it, and you still have time to head there and grab it, too!

These piglets from Ohmai just make me smile. If you click through on this pic, you’ll get the name of each one. Harry Porker is probably my favorite! Check out The Arcade Shopping Guide for all the awesome goodies, and hurry because it ends tomorrow!

Piglet Collage

Finally, not Arcade related, but from another event ending this weekend… this utterly adorable skin from La Petite Morte for My Attic. It’s only L$95 and includes zinc nose tattoos. I snagged one for myself and then sent my six year-old over there. Isn’t Alma cute??? I’m a terrible “mom.” I must’ve not put enough sunscreen on her because her cheeks are burnt… btw, her hair is from Magika where there is a 50% off sale happening.

Alma Summer 2013

Credits
Lucie:
Skin: Glam Affair – Zara – America – Clean
Hair: Truth – Charlize – Reds04
PJs: Blacklace – Chloe – Teal
Slippers: Conspiracy Theory – Mouse
Hands: SLink – Flat (R) & Gesture (L)
Tent: floorplan – Sleepover Tent – Citrus

Rosa:
Skin: Izzie’s – Asia – Medium
Hair: Truth – Rory – Pumpkin
PJs: Blacklace – Chloe – Pink
Slippers: Conspiracy Theory – Teddy
Tent: floorplan – Sleepover Tent – Cloud

Alma:
Skin: La Petite Morte – Ophelia T4 m1
Eyes: IKON – Horizon – Verdigris
Hair: Magika – Little [01]
Dress & Hairbow: Little Ones Couture – Dorothy Dotted Dress – Lavender
Pose: Built into Culprit’s Dragonfly Cottage front porch

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Seeing Double

So my BFF Rosa & I decided it would be fun to dress up as (nearly) identical twins. I am not going to tell you who is whom! You can guess. 😛

Best Friends

Guess Who

Aren’t we cute and summery? And yes, this post is uncharacteristically short for me.

~Lucie

PS. Consider this a sneak peek of my new house… the Dragonfly Cottage from Culprit

Credits
Skin: Izzie’s – Asia – Medium w/brown shadow and gold liner
Eyes: IKON – Ascension – Nymph
Hair: Truth – Lavinia – Pumpkin Pie
Top: Miel – Playa Top – Solid Bright
Skirt: Drift – Summer Skirt – Tangerine Sky
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Flip Flops – Lucid (Av on viewer’s left), Gos Boutique Bare feet w/flip flops white (av on viewer’s right) both wearing Maitreya Flip Flops Dragonfly anklets
Poses: Embody – Stand in 3 (left), Stand In 5 (right)