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Giverny: The haystacks

Giverny: The haystacks

The final episode of Meta Makeover (we return as Designing Worlds on May 5)  is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

For our last episode, we visited a very special sim – a stunningly beautiful recreation of Monet’s home village – Giverny.

Giverny: The lilypond

Giverny: The lilypond

Owned by Soliel Snook and Kaye Robbiani, this stunning sim combines places important to Monet’s life … and to his art.  We found some fascinating vignettes – such at the famous lily pond, and the richly coloured haystacks too!

We explored the sim with Kaye Robbiani, who showed us the re-creation of Monet’s home, and also the fascinating museum she has created, showing something of his life and work – and telling the story of the American artists who followed in his footsteps.

And there’s also an encounter with an old friend from Soliel’s garden centre, who we first met on our winter show in Giggleford last year – and who has now, rather unexpectedly perhaps, found a new home in Giverny!

Giverny: The village

Giverny: The village

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Remember that although Meta Makeover has finished, we will be back in May with our new show, Designing Worlds.  And though our coverage will be extended, we’ll still be doing our Meta Makeovers, where we bring in a top designer to make over your virtual home or garden!

So if you would like to have a virtual home or garden given the treatment by a top designer, send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home or garden attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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What was Saffia wearing on the show?

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

For this last show, Saffia wore one of the new outfits created by Neferia Abel for her new range, L’Abel.  The outfit is called Kesara, and it offers a whole range of options in a pretty dotted pattern, or else plain.

It includes a simple, but sophisticated, dotted micro bolero with sculpted puff sleeves and collar accented with a stunning sculpted corsage and neck chain. There’s a strapless silk bodice which wraps the torso in horizontal strips, and also included is a bodice version that is trimmed at the bottom edge in the bolero’s dotted pattern for maximum mixing ease. There are three skirt options: a sleek system skirt that echos the subtle pattern of the bodice – which Saffia wore on the show in maroon; a sculpted skirt option created from sculpties on 3 different attachment points to ensure wearablity; and a system skirt that echos the bolero dotted pattern.

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

Saffia in Kasera at Giverny

“Usually, I need to wear a system skirt on the show,” says Saffia.  “Flexi skirts drop down through chairs, and sculpted skirts may behave … oddly.  Neferia makes some of the very best system skirts out there – she always takes trouble to make sure that things look exactly right!”

Finally, two pairs of glitch pants are included, one in the dotted pattern, the other in the solid black option. To add the final finessé, the pair of included black forearm gloves lend more glamour!

“For me, the bolero with its neck chain and the lovely corsage was the special touch that made this outfit so exciting,” says Saffia.  “And it was, of course, very appropriate for the show, which featured so many beautiful and decorative flowers!”

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The Dock at Bord du Lac

The Dock at Bord du Lac

The latest episode of Meta Makeover is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

The Garden at Bord du Lac

The Garden at Bord du Lac

MissLily Nightfire has a lovely new home (designed by Fatima Ur) in the new mountainous sim of Bord du Lac, created by Zasa Rossini.  But although she had furnished her home to her satisfaction, the garden needed a make over.

And who better to tackle it than Fatima Ur, who had designed her home?

Fatima is well-known for her lovely Pacific-style Victorian homes, and the beautiful period furniture she sells through Antique Artistry.  But what isn’t so well known that the landscape design skills she brings to her lovely Isles of Fatima are also accessible through her garden centre – and we had a taste of those skills and see some of the plants and garden items she has created on today’s show!

The Conservatory at Bord du Lac

The Conservatory at Bord du Lac

We started in the lovely conservatory – where the March winds from the mountains were kept away by the warmth of a lovely tiled stove.  And the detailing of the room included even a drain from removing excess water!  We have a good look at the patinas used in the design – such as the green copper used on the dome, and the interesting glass texture used.

In the second half of the show, an encounter with a stone angel reminds Saffia of a chilling Dr Who episode!  And we also join Fatima on the beautiful dock she has created by the lake to discuss her new buildings, and also how she has developed a lovely individual design for MissLily Nightfire’s garden.

And she shares some secrets about her animations too!

The fountain at Bord du Lac

The fountain at Bord du Lac

Make sure you watch the show and let us know what you think!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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Meta Makeover studio

Meta Makeover studio

The latest episode of Meta Makeover is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.  And this was an unusual show from our studio, as the whole team chose their favourite clips to see again.

Were our favourites your favourites too?  Did we choose the most beautiful, the most fun?  Or is your choice something quite different?

Make sure you watch the show and let us know!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover. Every two weeks, we shall select one lucky owner from our postbag and invite them to be our next Meta Makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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Dublin prepares for the St Patrick Festival

Dublin prepares for the St Patrick Festival

The latest episode of Meta Makeover is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

This was a fun programme to make but not, it must be confessed, wholly free of difficulties!

We chose to film St Patrick’s Day in Dublin … a very, very popular destination – so much so that it rapidly became clear that our original plan (to film the main interviews with Saffia in the Arlington Hotel on the banks of the Liffey, while Elrik interviewed people outside the perenially popular Blarney Stone pub) was untanable due to the horrendous lag – resulting in the fact that everyone apart from Elrik appeared to be clad in grey rather than green!

The Parade in Dublin

The Parade in Dublin

But the hugely helpful Dubliners helped us relocate to the quieter sims of Dublin2 – Shamrogue Island and Dublin3.  On Dublin 2, in the shadow of the giraffe only zoo (and you’ll find out why in the special viral video, discussed in the programme), Saffia interviews Ham Rambler, the Owner of Dublin and Emmie Fairymeadow, the Operations Manager.  And in Dublin 3, Elrik Merlin talks to Sitearm Madonna about the parades, the celebrations and the art exhibition.

“All the Dublin team were wonderful,” says Saffia, “giving up so much time to help us on their busiest day.  And Ham Rambler was great- he came to join us via a very dodgy connection in a Brazilian hotel!”

And you can see the show here – or download it from iTunes.

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Meta Makeover studio

Meta Makeover studio

The latest episode of Meta Makeover is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

The show found Meta Makeover back in our beautiful studio on Northpoint as we discussed a very important issue – IP and copyright violations.

Together with Dirk Tamalasca, Gwen Carillon and Gospel Voom, with a contribution from the Heart sisters, Lilith and Dolly (of the Heart Garden Centre), we looked at this vital issue in Second Life and on Open Source grids. And we probably achieved an unwelcome first on inworld television by demonstrating on the programme how easily an item could be copy-botted!

But we also discussed ways to combat theft, and talked about different efforts to counter the problem.  And the show ends with a good bonfire to burn the counterfeited item!

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Would you like your home to feature on Meta Makeover? Send an email to us at metamakeover@gmail.com with three or four pictures of your home attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover.

And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!

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Petit Chou

Petit Chou

The latest episode of Meta Makeover is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

There was lots of delicious eye-candy in a really fun show as we visited the beautiful sim Dans les Montagnes, created by the designer Zasa Rossini.

Zasa is well known for her beautiful furniture designs – and her wonderfully girlie shoes and hats that form the Ztique range.  But the creation of the Dans les Montagnes sim realises a long-held ambition to create a beautiful environment in the style of provincial France at its most romantic, and at its heart is the little village of Petit Chou, a double square filled with the finest in traditional furniture from a group of highly skilled designers.

Watch the show and join Saffia and Elrik as they explore the village, meet Zasa and another of the designers – Tallulah Bourjade – and then venture into another area in the mountains where they meet Bibe Mayo who has created a beautiful Dorian Day Spa.  And Saffia and Elrik are both eager to take advantage of that!

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Remembering our Friends: The Chapel

Remembering our Friends: The Chapel

The latest episode of Meta Makeover is now available on the Meta Makeover website at SLCN – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

In this week’s show, Saffia and Elrik visited the Remembering Our Friends Memorial in the Sunset Arts II sim. This very special place was created by Mike Burleigh, and designed and developed by Marc Montague of the BDMM Design Group. It consists of three non-denominational chapels where people can remember people close to them who have died in real life, and also those that they have loved and lost in Second Life.

Visiting the memorial was a very moving experience, as we think viewers will discover when they join us as we talk with Marc Montague, and two people, Jeffry Pastorelli & Madonna Melina, who have plaques to commemmorate loved ones in the Memorial. Jeffry and Madonna talk of the support that the Memorial has given them, while Marc tells us of how the Memorial is set out, and plans for the future.

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