Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cherry Tree Farm by Aleisha18

Yes, I have reviewed another of Aleisha's builds, but that was for me. This one was for Lalagirl334, and to be honest, I love this one better than mine!! LOL 

When you first look at it, it is a quaint country horse farm. And for once looks are & are not deceiving. You can see the lovely organic feeling flowers, and landscaping all over the lot. Colorful, and cheerful! 

I love that it is a compact house, but still has charm, architectural details, and room to move & grow! I love the colors, patterns, and textures used throughout the house. There are 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, as well as the eat-in kitchen!

Not to mention the little study nook near the kitchen is one of my favorite spots!

And the back porch is adorable with room to grill, place for a dag/cat, and a little chair under the tree!

However, the jewel in this crown is the barn! The Barn, you say? Yep! It is gorgeous inside & out! Six (6) inside stalls and one outside stall, tack room, hay lofts, and a bathroom, a rider sim is all set!

And the outdoor hayloft is an genius way to store hay! Brilliant & inspired!

Also comes with a garden, orchard, and a small lake out in the pasture paddock. Not to mention a jumping ring filled with different jumps, and oxfords.

So, to look at more interior shots, and other pics of this build, please go to her thread here. I would be amazed if you are not drooling already! hehe  To just download, click here, to get yourself a great ranch! Let's just say I am keeping this one! LOL

St. Clair House by RDorothyO

When I first started, I was a very lost person. I mean I had no idea what I was doing, and no organization what so ever. I was just downloading houses without noting what went with who. So I got organized. Got a list of the houses I wanted to look at, with makers, and other info.

So little did I realize, that yes, I had downloaded the St. Clair House, which was on the list. Not only that, but I chose it for my Occult/Ghostbuster Sim, unknowingly at the time, that it was the house for the Digest! Oiy! Seems I loved it so much, I am using it for my single mother who just gave birth to my first genie baby! This house has been great! However, did have to say I did add a few things....

Sorry about the bad pic, but I am still learning! <sigh>

I added a rather generous size butler's room in the basement, and a treehouse out back, but blends in perfectly!! Mine didn't come with one... That was it, besides a few other appliances that I wanted to use. However, regardless, this is a great house for your sims! I am loving the colors, textures, fabulous use of patterns, and may lovely details. It is not so cluttered that it takes forever to load though. Just enough to make it seem lived in! =) There is plenty of room, but it doesn't take sim hours to get from top floor to basement (or kitchen) either!

There is a garden in the back, room to park a car, and some children's outside toys. However, there is room for a hot tub and a swing, so neither side has to compromise! LOL

So, to see more pictures on this house, which are so much better than mine, click here to see a bunch of pictures. Worth a look! To download a copy of this house, readers, just head over to here. I am loving the house, and can't wait for the little one to grow up a bit more so can really have some fun! Check out this house, and you won't be sorry! It is a great house to have in your library!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tiny Tudor by Ruthlesskk

I do have to admit that I have been a huge fan of Ruthlesskk's work for years. The first house I ever downloaded from the Exchange was one of her Victorians.

Well, she has a new build out now called the Tiny Tudor. it is on a 10x10 lot, and it has great charm even though it is a tiny space. It is also a starter home that has 2 bedrooms, and 2 full bath. There is plenty of walking room on the main floor.  However, there is no room for any hobbies, or even a dresser. If, though should say when, I use this lot, I will probably add a basement. This will give some added room to expand on hobbies and/or professions.

Upstairs, is the bedrooms, and the Master is an en suite. I love the mix of the colors in the separate bedrooms, but love how she was able to blend the colors from upstairs to downstairs. While different colors, they are the same pattern. Love it! When I take over this house, I do have to say that I will probably take out the en suite to add in a dresser, and maybe a desk or hobby in that niche.  Though if I add the basement, I might not have to! LOL

I don't say this to denegrate the design of the build. Just saying what I would change as a player to make it a bit easier. I did hear her mention in her thread for this lot, that she was thinking of putting it on a slightly bigger lot to be able to add a garden, and some elbow room. Think that will be great!

Ruthlesskk has always been a favorite and this build just confirms it. She is especially known for her Victorians, and I love that she is stepping out of her comfort zone to try new things. And succeeding! If you would like to explore for yourself, download a copy here.

Thank you Ruthlesskk for sharing, and Happy Simming to all! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

La Maison Ruines by Heather3184 (aka Harly Quinn)

This was a request build for Rhett9 on the Angel Request crew thread, and was built by Heather3184, aka Harley Quinn. Rhett9 wanted a Halloween themed house on a 30x30 lot. Well, he got that and a lot more! =)

I am so loving the gothic style! With the fog it is even better. Though the untended yard is a bit much for my Victorian tastes, it does add a bit of mystery, and darn right spookiness! As if having 3 graves in the front yard wasn't spooky enough...

Though only a 1 bedroom home, it is too nice to just let slide by. Just off the bedroom is one of the two bathrooms in the house. I am loving that the tub is placed in the "tower" area so you can see out the windows.

Also just off the bedroom on the second floor is a sitting area or library.

Now, if you really wanted to, I suppose that one could turn this sitting area into another bedroom. However, till needed as one it is a perfect little area! I suggest that only because one could move the area downstairs if needed.

(please ignore my sim... She was checking it out too! lol)

The downstairs has plenty to offer with a living area, a conversation area in the "tower" area, a full bath, kitchen, and 2 separate dining areas. One is more formal (shown), the other is near the kitchen.

I have to say that I am loving this build! Despite being dark, (it IS gothic), there is still a richness to the patterns, colors, and items that are in the house! Definitely going to have a permanent place in my  housing library! Want it for yourself? Check out here to get it! Want to see more first? Then check out Harly Quinn's blog to see more (and better) pics!

Happy Simming!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Alstroemeria's Gazebo Starter by FaithofKaela

I got permission to post about any of the lots in FaithofKaela's studio. Looking around I found this little gem. Now it was created with 2 other people, and you can learn more about it here. Regardless, I have a feeling that this little gem has many hidden secrets that I am now going to expose to the public!

When you first come up to the house, you see how warm & inviting it is, even at night. The arched pergola is a beautiful entrance into this lovely lot.!

Now starting out at slightly under 16k, this is a wonderful bargain! The gazebo styled home is beautifully landscaped in the front, even a picnic area. In the side yard there is a lovely garden with walking stones and a cozy lattice bench. In the back of the house is 2 apple, and a lime tree.

Inside you find a cozy 1 bedroom home. With a palette of tan & a soft orchid, and textures of tile, and natural wood, this is a beautiful place to start out your life. I love the tile work that was done in both the kitchen and in the bathroom, and would LOVE to know how it was done!
And no, neither one of them are rugs! I check.... LOL
The other room that was rich in layered pattern detail was the bedroom. Not too much, but also not to matchy matchy, if you understand my meaning. =)  Love the plaid rug! Connects to the rest through color, and the pattern use from the bed to the curtains & the walls was great! Loved that you used different colors for each, though in the same tone & color families.
The other room, not shown, is the little study that is next to the bedroom. It has a desk that is similar to the wainscoting that is in the kitchen/dining area.  There is also a bookshelf that holds a great secret for those just starting out. Since I was starting out a sim into gardening, I thought I would play it at the same time. Imagine my shock and amazement when I open this bookshelf to find every skill book, every recipe including the ones from WA, every fish book, and more! Wow! And the creators never said a word about it. They even upgraded the appliances. For some odd reason the sprinklers didn't work correctly, but I replaced & upgraded them myself, so it all worked out. Even got bonus points for upgrading them and my computer! LOL

There is no place to put a car on the lot. I needed one for my job of ghostbusting, as it is not very professional to arrive in a taxi. It is also hard to carry equipment on a bike. So, I made a big enough basement for a driveway, then bought a truck. There are no stairs, as it is just a place to stash the car when she is home. Glad that she has the super sim magic to summon it when she needs it! LOL

So, despite a small work around, I am loving this house for my starter sim. I don't know if I will upgrade to add in nectar making, or move to a different house. However decided, I am still loving this house! All the great surprises, the garden, and wonderful architecture and design is amazing for under $16k. This will be in my library for a long time to come! If you, the readers, would like a copy for yourself, please download, and don't forget to rec it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rams Haus by WibbleLikeAJelly

I downloaded this house because it is a modern. Now let me say that most of the time, I don't like moderns. I find them cold & sterile. However, another builder posted (before I started this blog) a modern house that she had infused with warmth. It made me take a look at my thinking. Thought that she was just a good builder & it was a fluke. Now, thanks to Wibble, I find it might not be a fluke after all, or he is just that good of a designer. I will let you decide, but I decided not to lump him into the "I don't like moderns" category in my brain.

This house has a lot to offer your sims. It is a 5 bedroom, and does have 3 bathrooms. The bedrooms have a mid-century vibe, while the common areas are a mix of mid-century & contemporary modern.

I think the part I loved most was the use of color used through out the house. Now mind, it was a neutral color palette, but did have some pops of color to add some interest. However, most of the color was not in objects, but the way he used the wall, and floor colorings to add dimension and interest. I love the mix of gray/silver with the brown & tan. It worked because they were of the same tone, so they went together, and the brown & tan does warm the house up. Such understated accents in the wall & floor treatments really do bring out the rest of the items in the room. No matter what they are. LOL

(please note that I did not have the furniture that he used. I received from EA traditional & craftsman furniture to replace the items I didn't have. Still... The design still showed through!)
As you can see, kinda, in the picture above, the kitchen is even given patterned walls. They don't really detract from the modern setting, as more framed the windows looking out into the back yard. Though the interior of the house is amazing, despite what EA did to it, I have to say that the landscaping, and the build of the house itself is what really got me liking this house.

First the landscaping. Most people, even those doing tutorials, tell you that you need to match the landscaping to the style of the house. Well, this house is a perfect example of that theorem, though it does kinda break it at well. Lemme explain. The curb appeal is amazing! The outside landscaping is immaculate, colorful but still understated since it is a modern, and invokes lushness with easy care.
The use of palms, both trees and bushes, with rocks, flowers, and walkways all work harmoniously. Not to mention that he was able to put in a swing, sun lounging, a outdoor dining area, hot tub, and other amenities in a beautiful arrangement.
Love that eating area over in the corner!
Was even able to work in a tree house for the kids.
Plus I love how the gray, brown, & tan move outdoors with the use of both gray brick, and tan & brown fencing.

About the house design itself, it has a wonderful flow. Love the double nursery. The part that I love the most is the enclosed garden. It is not at all in with the modern design, but fits so well! You can't see it much from the street because of a half wall, but the rest is enclosed and gives green life to the rest of the house. I even love how he was able to put in a roof over it! Check it out.

The windows you see above are part of a walk thru from one side of the house to the other, and with the way the roof is  you can see down into that enclosed garden. Wonderful design!!

 So, despite the not quite the right vibe furniture, this modern house still has a feel of a modern, with many architectural designs that are amazing! Helped me to see that liking moderns are not a fluke, that they are not all cold & sterile. This is an amazing and beautiful house that works on many levels. I hope that you will download for yourself, or if you would like to see more, check out his house on his blog. It is well worth it!

Happy simming!