Hooooo’s Ready For The Collage?

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It’s the 23rd and that means that The Collage is open again for the next two weeks! You may recall that I went a little crazy over this event and especially my new favourite shabby chic store, Thaino Designs at the last round. This month, Thaihiti Baroque, the designer of Thaino Designs so very kindly offered me her items to blog. I admit I SQUEEEEEEEE’d! a bit. (OK, a LOT!)

Everything available is in the photo above. The main theme is owls and of course, shabby chic florals and colours. I really can’t decide which is my favourite item. Thankfully, I don’t have to 😉

I actually left a lot of these items set up in the back garden at my show room. It makes it a very inviting spot to just sit back and relax, or even take some pictures. Anyone is welcome to do so – I’ll even give you VIP ride there!

I’m going to do a little slide show with some closer views of many of the items. But please, don’t let that stop you from heading over to The Collage to see them in person.

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Hoooo’s gonna tell me which is their favourite?

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*From Thaino Designs by Thaihiti Baroque (available at The Collage beginning Feb. 23)

Old shabby floral caravan (20 LI)
Garden ladder plant stand with plants (5 LI)
Garden owl seat shabby pink (2 LI)
Garden owl seat shabby green (2 LI)
Garden floral wood table (1 LI)
Garden teapot the owls (2 LI)
Garden teapot dusky pink (2 LI)
Garden teapot white floral (2 LI)
Garden teapot floral purple (2 LI)
Garden flowers in watering can (4 LI)
Thaino garden windmill (4 LI)
Garden owls coffee table (mesh) (2 LI)
Garden teapot purple (2 LI)
Garden teapot pink (2 LI)
Thaino candles in tea cup (3 LI)
Garden colourful candles in a tray (3 LI)
Thaino garden candles in drawer (3 LI)
Garden patch blue (5 LI)
Garden love heart box of flowers (5 LI)
garden floral box of flowers (5 LI)
Garden owl tea set on tray (5 LI)
Garden patch red (5 LI)
Thaino garden washing line with clothes (6 LI)
Garden pink trellis and plants (5 LI)
Garden blue trellis with plants (5 LI)

Trees and plants from HPMD* by Sasaya Kayo

More Shabby Shininess

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As I mentioned yesterday, I have more to show you from my visit to The Collage. I know, I know, I’ve been showing enough beds lately to open my own hotel, but I just couldn’t resist this one from Spargel & Shine! It, along with the matching dresser just had my Shabby Chic senses tingling with delight.

You see, both the bed and the dresser come “naked.” But with a click of a few buttons on their menus you can dress them up in all sorts of ways. The bed can be unmade (just the mattress showing) or you can have the patchwork quilt messy (including a messy version for sleeping under), or you can have it made – with or without the tea service tray showing. There are several options to choose from and I had fun playing with it for various looks. Important note: make sure the bed is Unmade before moving it; I made the mistake of rearranging the furniture with the quilt and blankets on display and they didn’t quite move along with the bed, even in edit mode. I was able to remedy this by rezzing a new copy, so no harm was done.

The dresser gives you the same type of fun choices. It comes bare, but you can choose to have the stool visible as it is in my photo or tucked neatly in the knee-hole. You also have your choice of how much stuff you want displayed on top – nothing, flowers only, flowers and lacy throw, with or without the vanity set or like I chose, with everything!

The painting above the bed by Dreamscapes Art Gallery and the trunk next to the bed by Thaino Designs also came from The Collage. That pretty much wraps up my display of treasures from this event. Everything else in the photo comes from Thaino Designs.

Sighs…no, the draw was too strong. I visited the Thaino Designs Mainstore. But it’s not just a mainstore; it is a series of Thaihiti Baroque’s houses all decorated with her home and garden wares. I wandered from house to house, picking up a few little trinkets that I just had to have and maybe…just maybe…I bought a new house. It might even be sitting empty on the homestead waiting to be decorated. I might even blog it once it is all shabbily prettied up 😉

Ergh…the rug isn’t centred under the bed. I didn’t notice it until I was processing the photo. It’s enough that it’s driving me crazy – please don’t hate on me!

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Bed: Spargel & Shine Annie Antique Pearl Brass Bed by Tess Spargel (available at The Collage)
Dresser: Spargel & ShineAnnie Oak Dresser by Tess Spargel (available at The Collage)
Picture above bed: Dreamscapes Art Gallery *Victorian Valentines* D – Framed Picture by Carlotta Ceawlin (available at The Collage)
Rug: Thaino Designs Shabby Square rug 2 by Thaihiti Baroque
Trunk: Thaino Designs Clara chill box with anim menu by Thaihiti Baroque (available at The Collage)
Flowers (right of bed): Thaino Designs summerhouse flowers 1 by Thaihiti Baroque
Flowers (left of bed): Thaino Designs Driftwood shore flowers 1 by Thaihiti Baroque
Vase in corner: Thaino Designs TD vase of sticks (mesh) green light by Thaihiti Baroque
Picture collection on wall: Thaino Designs Isobel frames (mesh) by Thaihiti Baroque
Shelf/frame: Thaino Designs Phoebe french oak wood shelf by Thaihiti Baroque (you can add your own photo to the frame on this shelf, but I liked the print that comes displayed)
Pictures on floor: Thaino Designs Dixie love heart pictures by Thaihiti Baroque
Candles on divider: Dreamscapes Art Gallery *Heart* Candle Plate C and *Heart* Candle Plate B by Carlotta Ceawlin (available at The Collage)

Shabby Chic Heaven

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Anyone who has visited my home in Second Life knows that I have a major love affair going on with Shabby Chic. While I can appreciate the sleek lines of Modern design or the museum-quality of the Victorian style, for instance, Shabby Chic just speaks to me as what a home should be: warm, comfortable and inviting. Muted tones, deep, squishy cushions, lots of pretty tchotchkes, begging to be touched…yes, this is my home-heaven.

This month’s theme at The Collage is obviously inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s Day and that is the perfect holiday to inspire Shabby Chic creations. I guess it comes as no surprise that every piece of furniture and knick-knack in my photo came from The Collage then, does it? So yes, I went a little nuts picking up my S/C treasures…and I’m not going to apologise!

The furniture set comes from Sway’s, a long-established favourite of mine. And of course, I picked up a few lovelies from Dreamscapes Art Gallery. But all of the other goodies came from Thaino Designs, a new-to-me creator. I am torn between staying away from the mainstore to guard my Linden balance and running wild in the shop to feed my Shabby Chic addiction. The prices are very reasonable; I have to weigh that up with my total lack of restraint when it comes to buying any little shiny that catches my eye. I’ll let you know how that turns out 😉

Never fear; if your taste runs to more modern lines, there are goodies at The Collage to feed your own personal decorating fixation. There is also a sweet hidden patio and a warehouse-style build on offer. This isn’t a huge event, so you can easily peruse the offerings. Just like a Shabby Chic home, it is comfortable and inviting.

I’m almost ashamed to say that this isn’t all that I bought at this event; I’ll try to get another post about my other major buy up soon. That is, once I finish fluffing the pillows and dusting the gewgaws!

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

All items purchased at The Collage:

Sofa, chair, rug & sideboard: Sway’s [Caroline] Furniture Set (cool) by Sway Dench (The Collage exclusive)

From Thaino Designs:
Fireplace: Thaino Designs Clara wood fire by Thaihiti Baroque
Sideboard: Thaino Designs Clara sideboard (mesh) Doors/drawers open by Thaihiti Baroque
Corner cabinet: Thaino Designs Clara floral shelves by Thaihiti Baroque
Shelf above fireplace: Thaino Designs Clara floral shelving with decor by Thaihiti Baroque
XOXO decor: Thaino Designs Clara kisses by Thaihiti Baroque
Vase on fireplace: Thaino Designs Clara pink flowers in vase by Thaihiti Baroque
Floral arrangement on hearth: Thaino Designs Clara pink flowers in love heart pot by Thaihiti Baroque
Pictures on sideboard: Thaino Designs Clara love heart pictures by Thaihiti Baroque
Candles on sideboard: Thaino Designs Clara colourful candles in a tray by Thaihiti Baroque
Bowl on sideboard: Thaino Designs Clara bowl of roses by Thaihiti Baroque
Telephone: Thaino Designs Clara Old telephone pink (mesh) by Thaihiti Baroque
Love tower: Thaino Designs Clara Love Blocks by Thaihiti Baroque
Books (small stack): Thaino Designs Clara small pile of books by Thaihiti Baroque
Books (large stack): Thaino Designs Clara messy pile of books by Thaihiti Baroque

From Dreamscapes Art Gallery:
LOVE artwork above sideboard: Dreamscapes Art Gallery *Love* Frame C by Carlotta Ceawlin
Cupboard on fireplace: Dreamscapes Art Gallery *Heart* Cupboard Pink by Carolotta Ceawlin
Blocks on small sideboard: Dreamscapes Art Gallery **HOME** Blocks by Carlotta Ceawlin
Candles on divider: Dreamscapes Art Gallery *Heart* Candle Plate C and *Heart* Candle Plate B by Carlotta Ceawlin