Sunday, January 31, 2016

Petit Trianon: Tea Time


Taking a moment to enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea in the Salon of the Petit Trianon before starting my early spring gardening.

It's been a very busy winter (which is fading fast in my SL but, alas, is not over by a long-shot in my RL).  I'm making good progress on Maison Margaux and really enjoying playing with contemporary design.

In my "spare" time I had a lot of fun putting together the shabby-chic Louis XVI "Deer" Chair & Table Set with it's hot chocolate & snowflake cookies.


This snowballed into the revamp of all my Louis XVI chairs.  I've always loved these chairs and so I'm delighted to be able to update them with more textures & more animations for less LI & less L$.

The "Petit Trianon" variety has just been released with plans for more NEW & REDUX in the near future.


Now I have to go and melt some more snow in Provence Coeur.  Soon the tulips & daffodils will be popping up.  Can't wait!
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Petit Trianon: Tea Time by  on 2016-01-31 It's been a busy winter; time for tea!

Images: Tatiana Dokuchic (click to enlarge)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Maison Margaux: Exploring Classic Contemporary Interior Design



"Surround Yourself with Classic Beauty" has been TTR's motto since my very first days in Second Life.  Now as most budding entrepreneurs can attest, choosing a business motto can be serious stuff so I took some time with the selection, wanting something that summed up the "visions of antiques that danced in my head".  Antiques & Classic Beauty, now there's a match thought I.



When I found myself seduced drawn to the dark side (see Chasing Judith ~ Finding Caravaggio), i.e. away from the 18th century and into the 21st, by the Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome 2015 I had to reevaluate my personal definition of "classic".  Can contemporary interior design also be considered classic?  And what about "eclectic" because if I'm taking a break from 18th century rules there's going to be a whole lot of eclectic going on.  All that dynamic tension that comes from pairing a "Louis" chair with a Lucite table is just too good to pass up!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chasing Judith ~ Finding Caravaggio


I didn't know her name so I thought of her as "The Woman in Orange".  With her striking attire & direct gaze, she seemed familiar; someone I really should have recognized.  Nevertheless Judith lead me on a delightful chase before revealing her secrets.


I first glimpsed her in a photo of the hallway of the Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome 2015.  I thought she was stunning.  Imagine having a home where she is one of the first things you see coming through the door.

Unlikely to happen for me in real life but more than feasible in Second Life!

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Dance ... with Dragons


Great Balls of Fire!!  It started out as another beautiful day at the Petit Trianon; sun shining, birds singing, absolutely perfect for the All Hallows' Costume Dance.

The guests started to arrive; some on broomsticks, others just appearing out of nowhere.  This being Second Life their chosen means of transportation didn't raise much of fuss (well except maybe for that HUGE spider that scurried in ... not sure where that creature was hiding her invitation and I certainly wasn't about to approach her to ask!).  The costumes were fabulous ...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Painting Pumpkin Lanterns at the Petit Trianon


While Marie Antoinette had a gaggle of gardeners to prepare the grounds of the Petit Trianon for her elaborate parties, I'm very content to be working away on my own in SL.  After all, where else can you get away with wearing an elaborate ball gown while hauling fresh bales of hay!

My latest adventure in decorating coincides with the All Hallows' Costume Dance which is being hosted by the Duché de Coeur & Rocca Sorrentina on October 25th.  Having decided that the French Garden Parterre would be an excellent spot for a party, I waded in and got to work clearing the summer gardens to start with a fresh canvas.

Monday, August 17, 2015

BEEing Rocca Sorrentina


Rocca Sorrentina is one of those wonderful Second Life estates that always has something splendid going on.  Seeing as they are my southern neighbours I'm rather spoiled with views of their shores & news of their activities.

When I heard they were hosting the To Bee or Not to Bee Hunt I thought it was the perfect opportunity to snoop  er ... explore some of the less traveled routes through their fair land so I put on my best exploration outfit and set off on a summer adventure.

A helpful hint card gave me clues as to the whereabouts of the twelve hidden bees and warned me that my prey was going to be rather small, as bees tend to be.  Just as well as I really didn't fancy running for my life from an over sized bumble!  You just never know in Second life.


Now I have to admit that my hunting skills really aren't the sharpest as I tend to drift .....

Apparently the citizens of Rocca could sense this as everyone was eager to distract me from my search: the printer wanted to show me his latest work; the baker needed kneading help; the florist wanted her garden weeded (as though I don't do enough of this at home).