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Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the the beautiful estate of Rosehaven, which has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary – is now on the web!

 

And if the name is a little unfamiliar to you, that’s because until recently, the estate was known as Winterfell, a name it took in 2006, long before a certain television programme had made the name widely known.

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven is a estate of mystery and romance, with some dark undertones as we discover when we take a look at builds old and new (including some new mews cottages), and discuss the different aspects of this lovely fantasy estate. We talk to the estate owner Selena Anansi and visit some of the residents in their homes – including Elizabeth, the Duchess of Trikassi, Mr Podruly Peccable and our very own Wildstar Beaumont who was one of the very earliest residents of the estate!

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take several tours of the waterways to see some of the magnificent castles and other builds, as we discuss the importance of story in the lovely and magical Rosehaven.

 

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Once again there’s a Treasure Hunt in this month’s edition of Prim Perfect. There are TWELVE stores taking part this month – and you have to visit the store to discover the prim count of each of the pieces featured in the magazine. You’ll find instructions on how to find the prim count for an item on our Treasure Hunt Information page.

Sofia's Furniture Treasure Hunt itemThis featured item was provided by Sofia Standish, owner of Sofia’s Furniture in Serafina. The main store has three levels which can be visited either through teleporting poseballs located near the store directory or by using the stairs. I was drawn to the waterfall along one wall of the store and climbed the stone steps adjacent to it. Many different styles are available in the store from a rotating stone fireplace, useful for accessing your secret rooms, to single prim bean bag chairs.
And what about the featured item? Your goal in this treasure hunt is this beautiful tapestry full of lush colors and intricate patterns. Take a close look at the details and remember to mark down its prim count!

As you hunt for that tapestry, also keep your eyes open for the new wooden furniture on display as well as a series of unicorn-themed tapestries on the wall in the Medieval section of the store. As I have several friends who appreciate unicorns, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of a portion of the series to share. Sofia's unicorn tapestriesThey are based on the historic “The Lady and the Unicorn” series of tapestries dating from the late 15th century. The background color varies slightly from piece to piece and would be lovely as a set or an individual hanging in your home.

Take your time to enjoy and explore the store, but don’t forget that there is more treasure hunting to be done!

For the treasure hunt competition, find as many prim counts as you can for the magazine’s treasure hunt items, and send the details to primperfect@gmail.com, including your avatar name and an answer to the tiebreaker question (which you’ll find in the magazine on Page 90). The person to find the most prim counts will win – and in the event of a tie, we will use the tie-breaker. Also: – you don’t necessarily have to find every prim count to win a prize! Just find as many as you can – by March 5th 2008.

See our earlier clues here:
February Treasure Hunt – Clue 1: Submariner Fabrications
February Treasure Hunt – Clue 2: Sweetbay Designs
February Treasure Hunt – Clue 3: Bygone Days
February Treasure Hunt – Clue 4: Creative Fantasy Home and Garden

Another clue will be appearing shortly!

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Dining room suite from Sofia's FurnitureOnce again there’s a Treasure Hunt in this month’s edition of Prim Perfect. There are THIRTEEN stores taking part this month – and you have to visit the store to discover the prim count of each of the pieces featured in the magazine. You’ll find instructions on how to find the prim count for an item on our Treasure Hunt Information page.

Today’s clue comes from on Sofia’s Furniture, Sofia Standish’s store on her own island, Serafina, and proves once again what a wide range of styles she’ll work in.  This is rich and warm – using burnished metals to stunning effect.  Yet it’s saved from harshness by the nicely padded scuilptie cushions that come with the seats!

Essentially, of course, this is that most blessed of devices a designer can offer us – a low prim set of furniture with – in this case – Sofia using all her texture skills to develop the simple shapes into something rather special.

But Sofia hasn’t just been working on furniture this month.  She’s been sending me samples of other goodies too – which have included an amazing low-prim Tudor cottage and some timbered furniture.  Is there a deeper message behind these new creations?

new furniture range from Sofia's Furniture

Well, actually, yes.   Qabalah Quintus has been having an overhaul on Qabalah Island, and one of the things that has happened is the creation of an early Tudor village by Sofia, and a selection of the furniture that Qabalah has placed in castles all over the island.  So if you see a lovely piece in one of the castles, you can make your way to the village and buy it there!

And, once you’ve finished with the treasure hunt, do pop over, for there’s some lovely new castles on sale there!

But first – a last chance for the treasure hunt!

For the treasure hunt competition, what you have to do is to find as many prim counts as you can, and send the details to primperfect@gmail.com, including your avatar name and an answer to the tiebreak question (which you’ll find in the magazine on Page 90). The person to find the most prim counts will win – and in the event of a tie, we will use the tie-breaker. Also: – you don’t necessarily have to find every prim count to win a prize! Just find as many as you can – by January 25th.

See our earlier clue here:
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 1: KitStar Designs
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 2: Serenity Studios
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 3: Botanika
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 4: Organised Confusion
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 5: L’Utopie
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 6: Sweetbay Designs
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 7: Bygone Days
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 8: Relic
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 9: True North Designs
New Year Treasure Hunt – Clue 10: PRim Designs

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July Castle And, for once, it’s not in a Prim Perfect competition …

But it is from Castles by Q, who were our Sim of the Month for the Summer edition, when one lucky reader had a chance to spend a month in one of the castles on Castle Island, beautifully furnished by Jeannie Moonflower of Bygone Days.

This morning I received a message from Quintus Qabalah, the owner of both Castles by Q and Castle Island, explaining that they are nearing their 1000 Castle Q sold. To celebrate, Quintus Qabalah has decided that the buyer of the 1000 castle will get their Castle for free plus walls, towers and furniture to suit.

The buyer can be a current Owner, if they apply for an upgrade that is the 1000 castle. So, if you have ever dreamed about owning your own castle and know where there’s a nice little piece of land ready and waiting, it could be worth your while visiting Castles by Q soon!

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Tuscan CastleJust a reminder that tomorrow – Wednesday, 14th November 2007 – is the closing date for the FIRST of this months great Prim Perfect competitions.

You will have the opportunity of living for one month in the lovely castle in the centre of Tuscany Island.

You can read all about the Castle in the latest edition of the magazine, and about the work of the designers who created the lovely contemporary feel (the bathroom, by Dellybean North, is particularly 2die4).

To win a chance to live in the Tuscan Castle for a month, answer these three questions correctly:

  • In which European country is Tuscany located?
  • Name a famous red wine produced in Tuscany.
  • In which Tuscan city will you find a very famous Leaning Tower?

Tuscan Castle Bathroom In the case of a tie, we will use the best answer to this month’s tie-breaker:
Complete the sentence:
“I want to live in the Tuscan castle because … ”

Answers by NOVEMBER 14th to primperfect@gmail.com. Mark your email subject as: Tuscan Castle Competition – Autumn 2007. Include in the email the name of your avatar.

Do NOT IM or notecard anyone connected with the magazine.

The winner will be the person who answers all the questions correctly and also supplies the best tie-breaker, in the opinion of the editorial team.

There is NO cash alternative.

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crystal from Treesong Designs Once again there’s a Treasure Hunt in this month’s edition of Prim Perfect. There are TWENTY stores taking part this month – and you have to visit the store to discover the prim count of each of the pieces featured in the magazine. You’ll find instructions on how to find the prim count for an item on our Treasure Hunt Information page.

Our final clue comes from Anhayla Lycia’s Treesong Designs – and it s beautiful musical crystal that could be used to decorate a home or a garden. It gives off a beautiful pure note if you touch it to the one position but – like Anhayla’s wind chimes – it has a silent form as well, allowing you just to appreciate its visual appearance.

I suggested siting it in a garden, for Anhayla does some lovely work with garden design – as can be seen with the roof garden she designed for the castle in Tuscany.

Victorian greenhouse

Anhayla produces a range of items – from prize-winning Victorian greenhouses to some lovely humming bird feeders, and some beautiiful fountains and waterfalls. If you are looking for talking points for your garden, hers is certainly a store worth visiting!

For the competition, what you have to do is to find as many prim counts as you can, and send the details to primperfect@gmail.com, including your avatar name and an answer to the tiebreak question (which you’ll find in the magazine on Page 28). The person to find the most prim counts will win – and in the event of a tie, we will use the tie-breaker.

Also: – you don’t necessarily have to find every prim count to win a prize! Just find as many as you can – by October 24th.

See our earlier clues here:

September Treasure Hunt: Clue 1 – Twist and Mila Designs
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 2 – Shop Domak.dk
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 3 – Fire and Water
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 4 – Bygone Days
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 5 – Mission Home Store
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 6 – Something Fishy
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 7 – Sofia’s Furniture
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 8 – Botanika

September Treasure Hunt: Clue 9 – Cache
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 10 – True North Designs
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 11 – Sweetbay Designs
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 12 – Corduroy
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 13 – The Loft3
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 14 – Marie Curie Branch Library
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 15 – La Belle Vie
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 16 – Heart Garden Centre
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 17 – L’Utopie
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 18 – Created by Szabo
September Treasure Hunt: Clue 19 – Del Sol

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Tuscan CastleJust a reminder that tomorrow – i.e. Saturday, September 29th, 2007 at 1pm SLT – there will be a Charity auction for the Castle at the centre of the Tuscany Island sim.

The auction will take place in the main square in the neighbouring sim of Venice Island as part of a day of entertainments (with a toga party, no less!).

You can read further details of the auction and about the charities who will benefit here.

The castle has been built and furnished by top SL designers, in a clean, modern style – and it’s a stunning piece of work. You can read about the lower floor here, and the upper storey and the fantastic roof garden here.

Tuscan Castle Hall But you don’t have to take my word for it. The castle is open to the public, and you can visit and see it for yourselves!

The castle is based on Castello di Brolio which is located in a quiet part of the Chianti wine-growing area, south of Arezzo and northwest of Lake Trasimeno and, in Second Life, is located at the heart of the Tuscany sim. It will be a great opportunity for someone to own a beautifully designed home in a pretty and carefully zoned sim, and, we hope, to raise money for charity at the same time.

Hope to see you there at the auction!

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