The Home and Garden Expo is now OPEN!

Looking towards the Theatre and the Decorating Contest homes
Looking towards the Theatre and the Decorating Contest homes

The Second Life Home and Garden Expo is now open – and it will stay open until Sunday April 7th.

There are ten regions, packed with stores ranging from small shops in malls to displays of mansions (old and new styles), with stores selling furniture and furnishings, building tools, plants and vegetation and so much more.

The New Linden Homes - previewed at the Expo!
The New Linden Homes – previewed at the Expo!

And then there’s an extra special region – a preview of the NEW Linden Homes!

The New Linden Homes - previewed at the Expo!
The New Linden Homes – previewed at the Expo!

And then there are the breedables (there’ll be an auction of rares).

Plus the entertainment with leading Second Life singers and DJs, classes, talks (details coming shortly),  the popular Home and Garden Decorating Competition, a Hunt and the Lantern Release at 4pm SLT every day.

The Music Theatre

The full Shopping Guide will be available shortly, but in the mean-time, here are your links to the Expo:

Hope 1 – Sponsored by Loggin’ Off Homes
Hope 2 – Sponsored by Prim Perfect & Swank Events
Hope 3 – Sponsored by NICE
Hope 4 – Sponsored by Varriale Designs
Hope 5 – Sponsored by Xplicit Furnishings
Hope 6 – Sponsored by PrimPossible
Hope 7 – Sponsored by LOVE
Hope 8 – Sponsored by Landscaping by FelixvonKotwitz
Hope 9 – Sponsored by Glas Houses
Hope 10 – Sponsored by Dictatorshop

The Home and Garden Decorating Competition

Places of Interest:
The Home and Garden Decorating Competition
The Theatre (where Talks and Discussions will happen)
The Music Stage
The Breedables Market
The Classroom
The Gachas
The Lantern Ceremony

Travel by Monorail at the Home and Garden Expo
Travel by Monorail at the Home and Garden Expo

The monorail will take you around the ten regions, reducing lag. There are stations in all the regions – just climb the stairs and click sit to board – it’s a great way to see what’s on offer. You know what they say – let the train take the strain!

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready for the Home and Garden Expo?

Overview of part of the Expo
Overview of part of the Expo

It’s opening today at 8am SLT and there’s so much to see!

And so much to do.

There is, of course, Shopping. From small cosy malls (located at the four corners of the estate) to luxury mansions and wild fantasy builds, to ultra sleek ultra modern living choices – the Homes and Gardens Expo has it all.

And then there’s gardens.

There’s also the Breedables Market (and yes, you can shop here too).

There are Talks. And Classes. And Shopping. And entertainment from great Second Life musicians and djs.

Overview of part of the Expo
Overview of part of the Expo

There’s a Hunt. There’s the Decorating Competition – enter yourselves or feel inspired by what you see!

And when you’ve been inspired, you can of course … go Shopping!

There’s the daily Lantern Release (at 4pm SLT) – a quiet time to reflect and remember what this event is all about – raising fund for Relay for Life of Second Life – and supporting survivors and caregivers.

There’s a monorail to ride so that you can travel easily between regions. And Shop.

Overview of part of the Expo
Overview of part of the Expo

And there are surprises still to come.

Did we mention the Shopping?

And it all opens at 8am SLT today!

 

Calling All Designers! Join the Conversation at the Home and Garden Expo with Prim Perfect!


Prim Perfect and Designing Worlds have run talks at the Home and Garden Expo since (gulp) 2011 … and we’d like to invite YOU to be a part of this year’s series of talks with designers, landscapers and creatives within the Home and Garden market.

We’re planning to host events at 2pm (and, if needed, 5pm) every day. If you would really LOVE to give a presentation, but can’t make that time, contact us and we will see if we can fit you in.

We are happy to host talks, presentations, interviews, question and answer sessions and show and tell events. It’s an opportunity for designers to share ideas, for people to meet their favourite creators, for communities to come together and talk about their culture and ideas. We’re very open to hosting what YOU want to tell us about!

We are also planning to have some of our popular “Show and Tell” events and hopefully some panel discussions on Second Life.

This year's Theatre is waiting ...
This year’s Theatre is waiting …

If you would like to be a part of our programme at the Expo, please complete the form below with your topic and preferred dates and times. We will try to fit in as many people as we can!

Closing date: Tuesday March 12th.

It’s BACK! the Home and Garden Decorating Competition will be returning!

And it’s bigger and better than ever!

Last year for the first time, we introduced our Home and Garden Decorating Competition – and we were blown away by the standard of work you all produced!

H&G Decorating Contest House 1
H&G Decorating Contest House 1 – from 2018

Not only that – the competition also raised the amazing sum of 137, 142 Lindens, a little over US$551.

So this year it will be back, bigger and better than ever with sixteen homes for our finalists to decorate!

Continue reading It’s BACK! the Home and Garden Decorating Competition will be returning!

Large displays are sold out

The 2019 SL Home and Garden Expo runs from 15th March to 7th April 2019, and if you haven’t applied already, now is the time to do it

Platinum and Gold displays are now sold out. Silver displays will also be gone in a few days, while about half of the Bronze displays are available.

We still have many mall displays left, but you must hurry if you need your own parcel to rez your own building.

Please refer to our Exhibitor options page for more information. Our application form can be found here.

Exhibitor Applications are open

Spanning 10 regions, the largest and longest running home and garden event in SL, The Home and Garden Expo returns the

15th March to 7th April 2019.

Exhibitors will have access to set up their displays from 11th to 13th March, and the regions will be open for preview for our blogger team on the 14th March.

The Home & Garden Expo is an event that seeks to support Relay For Life of Second Life, as well as its exhibitors and guests.  Expo exhibitors are required to have two Relay For Life of Second Life 100% donation items at the Expo. These items must be new and exclusive to the Expo for the duration of the event.  RFL of SL also benefits via the Gachas where proceeds are evenly split between the Creator and RFL of SL.

Applications are open for 

  • Creators of home and garden items of all kinds; from houses and landscaping to furniture, decor and knick-knacks
  • Breedables creators and markets
  • Builders’ resources aimed at the home and garden market
  • SL rental estates
  • SL Media covering the home and garden and/or art scene in SL
  • Building schools
  • Visual artists

The most popular displays sell fast, so don’t wait too long, and please prepare a secondary and third option. 

The Home & Garden Expo seeks to support Relay For Life of Second Life, as well as its exhibitors and guests.  Expo exhibitors are required to have two Relay For Life of Second Life 100% donation items at the Expo. These items must be new and exclusive to the Expo for the duration of the event.  RFL of SL also benefits via the Gachas where proceeds are evenly split between the Creator and RFL of SL.

For your convenience, we have collected links to the information you should read before applying on one page 

Designing Worlds’ second visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018 – now on the web!

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW372 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

Designing Worlds pays a first visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018 – now on the web!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW371 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Results from the Decorating Contest

All photos in this article supplied by Wildstar Beaumont

The Winners of the Decorating Competition were:

H&G Decorating Contest House 1
H&G Decorating Contest House 1

1st Place (Gold trophy): House Number 1 ʙᴏʙ ᴋ ɴ ʟᴇᴇ ᴅɪᴤᴛʀᴀᴛᴛᴏ (Choiboiami) 28215 votes
Choiboiami won a prize pot from creators worth 28,950 Lindens

H&G Decorating Contest House 1
H&G Decorating Contest House 1

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H&G Decorating Contest House 4
H&G Decorating Contest House 4

2nd Place (Silver trophy): House Number 4 Prokofy Neva 22060 votes
Prokofy also received a special commendation forhis blog.
Prokofy won a prize pot from creators worth 6,455 Lindens

H&G Decorating Contest House 4
H&G Decorating Contest House 4

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H&G Decorating Contest House 3
H&G Decorating Contest House 3

3rd Place (Bronze trophy): House Number 3 MJ Zaurak 21823 votes
MJ won a prize pot from creators worth 4,055 Lindens

H&G Decorating Contest House 3
H&G Decorating Contest House 3

All the other finalists will receive a trophy for taking part.

A special prize goes to Flame Chaos Freeman and BlueGreyEyeGentleman. Our first reserves, they stepped in at the very last minute when one of our contestants withdrew, and they created a beautiful House 12.

H&G Decorating Contest House 12
H&G Decorating Contest House 12

All the finalists will receive a copy of the house that they decorated (so they can, if they wish, replicate it back home!).

The Decorating Contest raised 137, 142 Lindens, a little over US$551.

 

Who is decorating which house in our Home Decorating Contest?

Twelve homes have been set up on Home Expo 6, and twelve finalists are now decorating them! … but who is decorating which house?

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Rothko House by Kaerri
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Rothko House by Kaerri

The Rothko House by Kaerri
Finalists:
Alisa Farshore
Wιʟʟα Cαʟʟιdoяα

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Bocas Belle V4 by Spargel and Shine
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Bocas Belle V4 by Spargel and Shine

The Bocas Bella by Spargel and Sine
Finalists:
Trixie Lanley
Mari Moonbeam

The Buccaneer Bay Bungalow by Varriale Designs
The Buccaneer Bay Bungalow by Varriale Designs

The Buccaneer Bay Bungalow by Varriale Designs
Finalists:
Prokofy Neva
Angeleise

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Eco IV by Maven Homes
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Eco IV by Maven Homes

Eco IV by Maven Homes
Finalists:
Devin Vaughn
Elayna Rexen

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Grenalda by Glas Houses
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Grenalda by Glas Houses

Grenalda by Glas Houses
Finalists:
MJ Zaurak
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Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Kaizen house by Also Known As
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Kaizen house by Also Known As

The Kaizen house designed by Also Known As
Finalists:
ʙᴏʙ ᴋ ɴ ʟᴇᴇ ᴅɪᴤᴛʀᴀᴛᴛᴏ
Holden SR Spaulding

See how the decorators are getting on here!

Find out more about the contest here.

Voting on the decorated homes begins on Sunday 27th May at 12 noon!

The Finalists for the Home and Garden Decorating Contest are …

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

The results for the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest are in and we are proud to announce the finalists!

They will now be building until 12 noon SLT on Sunday 27th May. After that, voting will begin!

We had a huge response to the contest, and a lot of entries – sadly, with only 12 houses to decorate this year, we had to make a selection.

The final group were chosen by a raffle draw made earlier today by Nikki Mathieson, the organizer of the Home and Garden Expo, who drew the names out of the equivalent of a Second Life hat (a random name generator script).

We are sorry to say that that all those who entered haven’t made the finals but you have inspired us to set up a bigger contest next year, when we hope you’ll feel encouraged to enter again!

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

But now the drum roll ….

Continue reading The Finalists for the Home and Garden Decorating Contest are …

The grand display of Second Life's Home & Garden & Breedable creations!