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Saturday, December 6, 2014

121 ~ Sanctuary

Your home should be your retreat.  It should be more than the place you lie your head; it should be a haven.  It should be a place you feel safe, welcome, comforted.  When the rest of the world is insane, bearing down on you from every side, your home should be the place you can go, whether alone or with family, and know that you can shut the door and be surrounded by people and things you love that aren't out to get you.  Our homes are what we make them - for ourselves and those we share them with!

When I saw this house at Collabor88, I had to get it.  I keep replacing the houses/homes/skyboxes because I get a whim and fall in love with something new.  This one, though, I think is a keeper.  It even has a hidden room with a super secret bookshelf entrance!  I squeed in RL over that!  Oh yes, I have big plans for that room.  (Romp is opening soon! *wink wink*)  I adore the textures they chose to use for this, from the floors that look like reclaimed wood, to the beautiful roofing, plaster on the walls, and filled-in-then-cracked transoms.  It's an old, lived-in house with lots of story to tell and more to be written!

With the help of a few friends, who also happen to be room mates, we're getting it set up rather nicely, I think.  It's still a work in progress, and not quite cozied up for the holidays yet; but I thought I'd share it with you all the same.

The Lavender Brown House from Scarlet Creative comes in 2 versions - the Low Prim one that you can use if your graphics are kept higher to show the detail in the mesh work, or the higher prim version that you can use when you can't quite get all the quality from the mesh prims.  Either way, it's beautiful.  This land plot is 1408 sqm and it fits nicely, with room to spare.  Plenty of prims for furnishing, too.

There is no fire in the fireplace, so you can add your own fire or embellish it with books, logs, or candles.  We plan to fill this in some soon, after our holiday shopping is done!  For now, these candles from Cheeky Pea are filling in some of the generous space left vacant.

The mantle has two layers of space for decorating.  When I'm looking at living space in the real world, I often picture the space as it would look decorated for the holidays.  I can't wait to get started with this one!  Even when it's not the holiday season, it can still be dressed up nicely, like with the LOVE decoration from RnB, sconces and wall art from Cheeky Pea.

Okay, let me just put it out there what a love affair I, and most of my friends, have with Cheeky Pea.  They are definitely on the top five list of places that we refer others to when we hear pleas for "good furniture stores."  This living room set is called "Ansel."

You can see more Cheeky Pea items in the distance, where we set up a small reading nook.  If you look carefully, you can also see a china cabinet by MeshedUp, and their wall shelves in the living room.

The laptop is part of the poses that are in this sofa, so you can curl up on a chilly day and do your blogging, web surfing, or chat room trolling!  So when I'm in my cozy bear-hood sweatshirt, my ripped up leggings and warm winter boots, I can curl up on the couch and relax!

Even when relaxing, it's nice to feel somewhat feminine.  A little hidden frosting on my throat is part of the Glacial set from Beloved Jewelry.  And what better for a relaxing day than a messy braid?  If you haven't heard yet, you need to hurry on over to Truth, where you can get any hair, braided or not, for 50% off!
The breakdown:

Hair:  Truth - Parisa - light browns
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Bare - with Blonde brows
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  La Petite Morte - Clarity Eyes - Blue
Hands:  Slink - F - Relaxed
Hoodie:  Glow Designs - Bear Hooded - black - at Feeb's Rascal's Winter Market (21st November to 1st January) 99L$ each in 10 color options
Leggings:  Al-Hanna - Ripped Leggings - Style 4 - Sold in pack of 8 with appliers for Belleza, Slink Physique and TMP bodies. (Shown above on system body)
Boots:  In Her Shoes - Warm Winter Boots - Black

House & Furnishings:
Home:  Scarlet Creative - Lavender Brown House Prefab - at Collabor88
Living Room:
Cheeky Pea - Sofa, Wing Chairs, Coffee Table, Bird Cage Candles, Console Table, Terrarium, Wall Art Frames, Candle Sconces, Candle Holders, Book Pile - Ansel Collection (PG)
Mantel Sign: RnB - Love Wall Decoration
Lantern: Junk - Wannabe Boho Lantern 3 (old Arcade win)
Rug:  Arcane Creations - Round Zebra Rug
Shelves: MeshedUp - Wall Shelves w/Light
Reading Nook:
Cheeky Pea - Armchair, Bowl Planter, Coffee Table, Spike Rug, Oversized Light - Deconstructed Collection
China Cabinet: MeshedUp - China Closet

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