Friday, May 15, 2009

Including the Kitchen Sink

While we're on the subject of houses a friend of mine recently saw and fell in love with one of Nikki Brennan's lovely homes, the Terra. The house was duly purchased and set up at my friend's property and now has ensued the great fun of furnishing and fitting it up.

This particular house had a perfect-sized nook near the curving staircase to set up a kitchen, which my friend decided she wanted. We tried out both my Full and Compact sized kitchens (you can get the floor templates for 0L at my store on the third floor where the kitchens are displayed), and we discovered the Compact size was a near perfect fit, with just a few upgrades.

Our upgrades included adding the pantry/broom cupboard to fill the remaining corner on the right, stretching the floor tile to fit perfectly plus selecting a new grey flagstone texture, and I did up a new color of beautiful tawny oak cabinetry to complement the colors present in the stone, stucco and flooring of the house.

The result was a very pleasing, warm corner of the house for socializing with friends!

This kitchen includes a working sink, dishwasher and fridge doors and the new pantry/cupboard doors open and close with appropriate sounds too. Perfect place to store the broom! As well, there is a drinks server behind the stained glass cabinet door, just Touch and order. The kitchen provides both an overhead pendant light plus smaller versions of the same over the eating bar.
My friend decided to round out her kitchen with four stools and we applied the tawny wood texture to those too. The stools feature a menu control from which one can select 4 sits.

I'll be doing up both my Full and Compact Kitchens in this beautiful tawny oak wood for general sale and they'll be available up on the third floor of my Home Furnishings building in Goun. These kitchens are provided with Mod/Copy permissions too so textures and sizing can be adjusted for a custom fit that looks built to order.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Barefoot and Busy in or rather, at, Barefoot!

One of the things that has had my attention during the past two months has been participating in getting the homes/commercial buildings platform of my friend Jeremey Ryan up and going. I got detailed to furnish the show homes that Jer has been getting ready for sale, plus, he very kindly allowed me to rez up and show two of my own houses.

Please do come and visit. Barefoot Homes & Designs is a very neat place, well designed and built never mind the great houses and commercial builds which are available. It's just like a little town itself with street lamps and signs, welcome area, golf carts to drive around in as you tour around checking out the different displays.(no public toilets yet but I'll keep working on Jer on that one!)

Here's one of my houses, the West Coast Classic:

Isn't that slick with the street signs showing exactly where the house is on the corner of Residential Lane and Snafu Avenue?

The West Coast Classic is a contemporary 1 1/2 story design with living room/kitchen and patio/verandah areas down and a bedroom loft with built in shower up the ramp stair case. It comes with some built in lighting features in the front hall and a dome light outside the front door. There are privacy window features and door locking included.

I've furnished this house with some laid back funky style texture change furniture featuring light pine wood supports and rails and there is bedroom as well as living room furnishings available in this design. I'm still working on a couple cuddle chaise to go with the bedroom furniture. Right now, you can buy the living room furniture and the bed on site at the house display or it's also available at my main True North Designs store in Goun in the home furnishings building. On site you'll also notice a curved front oak and stone fireplace and a custom fitted kitchen are available if you are interested in having those to put in your West Coast Classic house!

Next time I'll talk about my Kobe asian bungalow and also show some peeks at some of Jer's wonderful houses that are also open for display and available for purchase.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Has it been that long already?!

Wow, it's been a couple months since I posted! Sorry bout that, it's been a crazy busy two months, both in 2nd life and 1st life as well.

I've made a LOT of new stuff but before I get to catching you up on that, I'm going to show you a collaborative effort I'm working on right now with one of my great SL building buddy friends. If you've never tried doing a collaborative product, you should! It's great fun and the flow of creativity and ideas is very stimulated by this approach to dreaming up new and interesting things.

Here's a whimsical pic:

The chair is Billy's concept and construction. This chair is GREAT! It's very to scale. You can actually walk right up the front ladder affair to stand on the foot platform which is fantastic in SL. Much more realistic than having to fly up to sit in the guard's seat.

My primary job of course is to animate it and to that end I designed a set of animated sits. There are five Touch cycled sits in the guard's seat, plus a perch in one of the arms, a cute loungey sit on the foot platform and as you can see in the picture, I got a little carried away and decided one just had to be able to goof off and swing by the knees on one of the supports! So, even if the guard is bored out of his skull, at least he won't be lonely and a few friends can hang out with him while they all shoot the tropical breeze together :-)

We've added some sculpted bits with a beach umbrella attached right to the chair, a nice striped towel draped over the back and a lifeguard's float. Also, there's a nice, authentic looking Duty sign, mildly rusted, attached. 25 prims..not bad eh?

I'm also going to round out our package with some water animations, float ball, inner tube and I'm still working on a very special animation ball for out on the water, hehe, but you will see this product out there and available very soon!

If you'd like to have a peek before then, do stop by True North Beach&Patio.

Back soon with more True North doings.