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Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – Twisted Victorian Gothic

See the Original Post here – Twisted Victorian Gothic

POSTED ON OCTOBER 9, 2015

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Victorian Gothic LRThe Twisted Hunt (9/19-10/19) is well under way and although dubbed the hardest hunt on Second Life, the prizes are worth the effort.  Today, I’m showcasing Finishing Touches main hunt gift the Qi Skybox, side hunt items and a corresponding gacha collection.  The skybox and all the furnishings have a modern Victorian Gothic influence in a black, white and grayscale palette….perfect for a sophisticated Halloween.  Victorian Gothic is an architectural style and movement during the mid-late 19th century, often seen as a sub-style of the broader Gothic Revival style.  It is characterized by gothic details, decorative patterns, scallopping, lancet windows and hood moulding.  Architectural elements such as pointed arches, steep-sloping roofs and fancy carvings like lace ant lattice-work were applied to a wide range of Gothic Revival objects.  The movement is all about drama and elegance with lavish interiors, curved ornate furniture and plenty of decorative details.

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Victorian GothicFinishing Touches Qi skybox has a decorative pattern tiled ceiling, tall narrow pointed arched windows, oversized white candle fireplace and white/black wainscoting.  I styled the Victorian living space with the tufted curved black & white sofas, armchairs and stools enhancing the ornate detailed birdcage chandeliers and patterned tapestry wall hangings.  Pops of red, hanging boston ferns, potted palms and framed Victorian silhouette complete the space.

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Gold SkeletonTo commemorate the 11th Twisted Hunt, Finishing Touches is offering a side hunt with eleven gifts that correspond to the gacha collection.  The hunt items include 3 versions of a skirted table, 3 versions of hanging tapestry, couple rugs with pillows, Persian Grey wrinkled rug, box of skulls, pumpkin trio and ceramic vase.  All side hunt gifts can be found in the Twisted Qi skybox (the main Twisted Hunt gift).  Do you love the Qi skybox?  Need to furnish it, then check out the gacha for beautifully twisted coordinating decor priced at $50 per play.  Try your luck at black or white caged chandeliers, shadow box frames, tulip lamps, coffee tables, and tufted stools (see key below).

_FT_ Twisted Gacha Fall 2015Lastly, 24Karat Roux, owner and creator of Finishing Touches is offering the Rolled Arm Couch & Chair in White Leather and Black Leather for 50% off the regular price during the Twisted Hunt.  The couch and chair were designed to coordinate with the Twisted Qi skybox hunt gift and Twisted gacha decor items.  Hope you are inspired to create an elegance spooky gothic Halloween using the Finishing Touches free Twisted hunt gifts.  Happy Hunting!

Taxi to Finishing Touches please…


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Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – Last Minute Halloween Freebies!

A guest blog by Gloria Silverstone – Last Minute Halloween Freebies!, originally blogged [HERE].
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2 days till Halloween, yikes!  Are you in need of some last-minute Halloween decor?  Hosting a ghostly trick or treat party?  Dying for a festive spread?  Need a spot for the little goblins? Don’t want to spend a ton?  Don’t worry, I styled a trick or trick party skybox for everyone from kiddies to grown-ups filled with freebies, group gifts, hunt items, and giveaway!  I’m sure you will find something to furnish your home in spooky style.  Have fun, best of luck hunting, Happy Halloween, and remember always Let’s Get Decorating! 

Trick or Treat Buffet:

Treat Table

Close up of Treat Table

Witchcraft:

Witchcraft Table Set

Witchcraft cabinet

Autumn Retreat:

Close-up of Autumn Set

Halloween Haven:

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Kids Party:

Kids Party Area

Close up of Kids Party Area

Candy Table close up

Overview:

Trick or Treat Buffet:

Witchcraft:

Autumn Retreat:

Halloween Haven:

Kids Party:


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Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – A Touch of the Renaissance!

A guest blog by Gloria Silverstone, originally blogged [HERE] – A Touch of the Renaissance!

Grand, formal, opulent, and stately are terms I think of when I think of the Renaissance period.  Great art, architecture, literature, and inventions flourished during this time with masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphael (Italy), and William Shakespeare (England) emerging.  It is also the only period I don’t have furniture for in my inventory.  But not to worry, my resource is the currently running Renaissance Fair Hunt IV.  I’ve created three vignettes with gifts from numerous hunts below (**mostly free). Remember always shop around, don’t just buy every new release item from the top Second Life creators, because in the end you only recreate their vendor ads and it never has your personality infused.  Use anything that inspires you as a source, take risks, be creative, and challenge yourself like I did with my tribute to the Renaissance.  After all Renaissance means re-birth so it’s the perfect time to freshen your home with new ideas.  Happy decorating and good luck hunting!

Luxury in Cream & Gold:

Renaissance Gold Vignette

Hunt items used (**free):

  • Salon Chair: Park Place (Renaissance Hunt IV, 9/1-30)
  • Display Cabinet with decor: Park Place (Silver Platter Hunt, 8/15-9/15)
  • Trinket Jars: Kismet Design (RH)
  • Ornate Gilt Mirror: Willowinds (SPH)
  • Renaissance Architecture Pictures: Cake Fox Decor (RH)
  • Crown Screen: Cake Fox Decor (Royalty Hunt, 9/1-30)
  • Chandelier: Harambee & For (SPH)
  • Side Table with Decor: Noctis (RH)
  • Shakespeare Framed Quote: Zoe’s Garden (RH)
  • Curtains: StoraxTree, Simple Elegance Window Treatment V ($25L for 4 pack, SPH)

Other items used:

  • Music Box: Arcana
  • Rosemary Plant, Olive Tree & Standing Mirror: Apple Fall
  • Rug: Ice Blue Flowering Vine Round, La Galleria

Opulence in Blue & Gold:

Renaissance Blue Vingnette

Hunt items used (**free):

  • Rug, Chaise, Footstool, and Romeo & Juliet Painting: Willowinds (RH)
  • Ornate Gilt Mirror: Willowinds (SPH)
  • Music Stand: Port Royal Design (RH)
  • Renaissance Architecture Pictures: Cake Fox Decor (RH)
  • Fireplace: Timeless Decor (RH)
  • Shakespeare Framed Quote: Zoe’s Garden (RH)
  • Trinket Jars: Kismet Design (RH)
  • Curtains: StoraxTree, Simple Elegance Window Treatment U (SPH)

Other items used:

  • Music Box: Arcana
  • Rosemary Plant, Olive Tree & Standing Mirror: Apple Fall

Grandeur in Green & Burgundy:

Renaissance Green Vingnette

Hunt items used (**free):

  • Cabinet: Kismet Design (RH)
  • Victorian Chair & Side Table: Noctis (RH)
  • Emerald Green Loveseat: Elegant Goth (SPH)
  • Music Stand: Port Royal Design (RH)
  • Da Vinci Prints: Serendipity Designs (SPH)
  • Curtains: StoraxTree, Simple Elegance Window Treatment R (SPH)

Other items used:

  • Rosemary Plant & Olive Tree: Apple Fall
  • Gold Leaf Design Rug: StoraxTree ($35L Sunday special, currently on sale)
  • Horse Statue: StoraxTree ($10L special)


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Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – Falling for Free Furniture

A guest blog by Gloria Silverstone, originally blogged [HERE]
Framed Fall Furniture

There is noting better than free, especially free furniture.  This time of the year can be tricky to decorate, it’s not quite autumn and summer is drawing to a close.  I designed a living space using loads of free items in deep navy and rich rust tones with hits of industrial steampunk, creating an eclectic vibe.  Hope it’s inspired you to mix and match old and new items to create a fresh look in your SL home.


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Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – One Summer Dream

Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – One Summer Dream, Originally blogged [Here] …..

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! To my Mom and all the mom’s out there, thank you….thank you for your love, support, kindness and courage in those darker days.  Thank you for your heart, your soul, your friendship, your humor, your intelligence and your cooking.

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Fabulous design Kyra Ishtari of Serendipity Designs generously created a free living room set for her group members ($75L group join fee).  The Serendipity Designs Store Wide Hunt runs from May 1-31 with 10 Hydrangea hidden throughout the store, each containing a piece of the Summer Blues Set.  Find all the hunt items and you have a new living room set perfect to celebrate Mom’s day and beyond.  The Summer Blues Set is a wash of soft tranquil blues with rich creamy white sofa and love seat, appointed with mother of pearl lamps and candlesticks, Tiffany blue trunk serving as a coffee table, whitewashed hall bench with abstract blue flowers, and a vintage painting of a mother and daughter on a summer day.  Serendipity Design has very nice quality items and Ms. Ishtari has great attention to detail including filling the end tables cabinets with hidden books, camera, pillows, vases and other decorative items.  You don’t want to miss out on this beachy elegant living room set, and while at Serendipity Designs don’t forget to pick up past group gifts under the staircase.  Taxi please…

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Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – Fusion

A Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – Originally blogged [HERE]fashionart1024

This week marks the beginning of the FashionArt Fair, from May 9 -31 and The Girl with the Big Earrings Hunt, runs simultaneously featuring 10 edgy accessories, costing $1L each at Earth Nirvana’s store Earth, (hunt hints hereMay 4-24, 2014).  All garments are from the FashionArt Fair and most accessories are almost free on The Girl with the Big Earrings Hunt ($1L each) at [Earth].  Hunt hints and more information can be found here.  This is a perfect fusion of design and accessories to create your own “walking canvas.”

The concept of the FashionArt Fair is the designer is an artist and their medium is clothing or accessories, just as the painter uses canvas, or the sculptor uses clay or metal to portray his vision.

Designers and artists flirt ever closer with the idea that fashion is about much more than just dress and appearance.  Fashion can break all boundaries!  Wearers can be walking canvases! In the tradition of art, fashion now bravely explores and portrays highly charged moments of emotion, romanticism, sexuality, modernism, history and culture.

In May 2014 we challenge the designers of Second Life to design one exclusive piece that is inspired by a favourite artist, Choose – Sculpture, installation, design, drawing, painting. Whether it is Renaissance, Cubist, Post Modern, Pop Art, Impressionist.

**Please note I will post the Landmark for the FashionArt Fair on Friday, May 9, 2014 when the event opens.

LL The Samothrace Dress

  • Loordes of London The Samothrace #64S
  • Big Earrings Hunt #8 Majesty Cuffs

Hunt, Scissor Earrings

  • Big Earrings Hunt #2 Scissors Earrings 

Deadpool Peace dress

  • Deadpool Ink Washed Sins Dress Peace & NanTra Kinetic Poses
  • Big Earrings Hunt #6 Yellow Flower Hair Accessory & #9 Junyabag Transparent

Hunt, Red Daisy Earrings

  • Big Earrings Hunt #3 Daisy Red Earrings

LL Greek Dress

  • Loordes of London The Greek Tragedy Dress #1 & Kalaoa Sunglasses #8, Pure Poison Mbao Handbag Big Earrings Hunt # 1 Kreme Ring

Hunt, Do Not Earrings

  • Big Earrings Hunt # 1 Kreme Ring & #5 Do Not Disturb Earrings 

Sundaara Designs, Andy Dress

  • Sundaara Designs Andy Dress Black, Loordes of London Kalaoa Sunglasses #9 & Image Essentials Shopaholic 2 with Bags Pose
  • Big Earrings Hunt #7 SNC Cutesy Mix Manicure Nails (non-Slink)

Hunt, Gamer Earrings

  • Big Earrings Hunt #4 Gamer Earrings

LL La Mode Mini Dress

  • Loordes of London La Mode Mini Dress #14, Pure Poison Mbao Handbag, NanTra Kinetic Poses Big Earrings Hunt # 1 Kreme Ring

Hunt, Tally Earrings


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A Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone

A Guest Blog from Gloria Silverstone of Hidden Gems of Second Life, originally blogged HERE.
LG, Out Of Touch Hud 1- Black

You won’t have any trouble sizzling the night away when wearing Liv Glam’s Out Of Touch dress.  This super short mini with dazzling sequined detail, in 6 pantones hud, is a giftie ($5L) at Feeb’s Rascals St Spring Wishes Market, available until March 30, 2014.  There are a number of creator at the cart sale offering exclusive items under $100L, gifts, and gatchas.  I also noticed KCollection has a $10L shift dress giftie, well worth getting.

Out of Touch trio

I paired the dress with D!va Judy Hair in Citrine, current Collabor88 item (with texture change ribbon) and Pure Poison’s Venus Jewelry Set.  The bag is Liv Glam’s Snake Clutch and  makeup is Madrid Solo’s Seductress, current Skin Fair exclusive.  Pop over, check out all the deals, and play the gatcha, I did and got BSD Beautiful Life Heels (above).  Taxi please…