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BNS #231-232 Nature’s Child


I love walking through the woods. It makes me feel at home, at peace with myself to be surrounded by Nature, whom I see as my mother. She loves us, and will provide, if only we ask, we look…


I cross the road to look at my new home. Its barely visible between the trees but the pathway looks nice…inviting even…

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Poppies and hardy heather anchor my path, making it seem kind of fairy tale like.


Amongst the trees I can see low growing wild flowers in spots where the sun shines through. Mother will adjust the trees and flowers as she feels fit, but for now they look like quiet glades. Tear will enjoy flitting amongst the trees.


Field stone foundation…this will last for many years… “Tear, remind me to put in some solar panels after the next art show.”

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My garden, just as requested. Mother Nature provides, but I dont like to stress out her natural reserves if I can help myself as well. I hear there are bee boxes to be had now. Perhaps I should get some. Between my garden and the hunting I can do in the mountains, honey will add to the flavor nicely. Mother provides.


Nice roses.


Foyer huh? Nice woodwork. Good stone floors. Lots of space.


My sketch, Siren.


And my painting, Isis. Nice to see my art hanging in my home.

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Laundry room. Its small, but functional. I dont need much.

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Space for my SUV. “Tear, we need to get a recycling bin…”


Upper foyer? Looks like a small deck out there.


More of my art work. Undine, a sketch, and Ombria in Shadow, my painting.


Good. Second door will keep the warmth in.


“Looks like a comfortable home, my sister.” I rub Tears chest feathers as she caws back to me. The living room looks spacious and the fire place will make for warmth in winter without running the heater too much.


Nice view. Like being in a tree house.


Above the fireplace is “Dark Ethereal”, another of my paintings.


And over the TV,  “Crossing the Stream”.


“That must lead outside sister. Looks like there are lots of ways for you to go outside.” I see a sparkle of light out of the corner of my eye. Tear has taken her fey form.  I watch as she wanders around the fireplace, her long dark hair falling between the raven wings protruding from her back. My half sister, and my best and only friend.


“Lots of seating too,” she calls. I come around the corner.


My painting, Selene, hangs above the second fireplace. Yes, lots of warmth in winter.


“Found your bed,” I tell her, though it wont matter. She’ll simply climb into bed with me if she wants to. Mostly in winter.

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“Big kitchen.”  Herbs on the counter near a long set of windows, stone countertops. I like the imprint of the fossil leaves.

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“Here’s the deck.” I tell Tear, as she’s investigating her perch.


An easel and table out here? Nice touch. I like painting in the open.


I note the door to the bedroom. Lots of ways out to nature, or to let Mother in. This place begins to feel like home…


Of course the view hardly sucks…


That must be my studio.

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Drafting table…


Desk, already complete with sketch pad.


And another easel.


A small deck, but at least there’s a nice place to sit…


And a lovely view.


The bedroom is spacious, but not cavernous. Thats good. Hard to heat a cavern.

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Two more of my pieces, the Return of Persephone and the Owl Queen.

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Blue fits a big bathroom like this. Even with sharing it with Tear on occaision, I wont feel cramped in here.

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And there, the last of my paintings, Steel Lily.

Back out in the living room I find Tear, back in Raven form, perched and already dozing.  I cant help but smile. We’ll be happy here. Just the two of us…


Main floor plan


Entry floor plan


Aerial view of the lot. Had to zoom way out to show the trees.




Waterfall side


Back side


Tree Side


Wild horses have come to visit Xantha and Tear!


Even a deer!


“Tear would you just come on?”


Xantha and Tear


Tear on her perch


Xantha cooking breakfast.


Xantha and Tear chatting.


Xantha gardening.

BNS#229-230 From the Ashes…

After my first office, in an old retail space, experienced death by meteor, I rebuilt on the same lot with a new vision. I wanted the space to fit into a suburban area, or be a welcome respite of green and life in an urban enviornment.


I love Cherry Trees.

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Since my office is situated in the back corner of a lot, I decided to allocate the budget elsewhere, leave that unlandscaped for now.


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I went with yellow and white with brick accents for a welcoming look. Large flowering bushes keep a lush feel to gardens without eating up the entire budget.


Cherry trees keep the parking spots from being too noticeable…plus they are so pretty!


Sunset Valley has so many gorgeous days. A seating area makes for a nice place to have consultations…

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…or eat lunch at one of the two little tables. Low flowering plants in similar color schemes tie the two sets of gardens together while keeping them individual. Add some sunflowers on the supporting beams for a pop of color and its a very cheerful place to sit.


Front porch


Side porch with steps leading to the terrace


Porches should have plenty of seating.


With nice views. Ignore me in the picture. Rose didnt warn me she was taking it.


I wanted to show my clients different styles of decorating, but I had very limited space. So I did each room as if they were individual.

This is the entry way and waiting room. I want my clients to feel comfortable and completely at ease when they walk in, so I went for a very homey look. Neutral colors and pops of green for accent.


This is Rose’s work area. One desk to greet clients with, and a second for her computer.


Comfortable seating with plenty of books to read. And a fireplace.


I love fireplaces. They brighten up the gloomiest day and add a wonderful sense of atmosphere.

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There’s a small play area for kids, and a bed for Rose’s dog.


The entryway.


This arch leads to the hallway.


Hallway view to the right, leading to my office.


Hallway door to the right at the end is to the kitchen. The door on the right in this picture leads to the bathroom.

I used a Japanese theme in the kitchen.


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In the bathroom I went modern, with plenty of sinks and stalls. (Big families often have synchronized bladders.)

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My office is in contemporary style. My favorite color is red, but blue is a color that soothes and inspires trust.

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Since this is my private bathroom, I used the same style and colors.

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And with that, we’re back up and running at Ishtar Architectural Design!

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One Woman’s Treasure 217-218

You can get the house here.


This is Strawberry Heirloom. I see her as an explorer who has been around the world, tried many different things and is always looking out for the next adventure.




I was not able to get more pictures of her enjoying her home due to game glitching… Sorry.

I chose to do her home in a variety of styles inspired by times or locations, but always going with victorian colorschemes.

This is the entry way.

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Here is the dining room, in shades of plum.

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Across the hall is the music room, in shades of wine reflecting the Art Deco period.

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This is the living room, in ultra modern design with shades of pink.

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Here is her sitting room, in shades of mauve with Victorian style.

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Her kitchen is done with a southwestern theme ini shades of yellow.

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Done in green, her study is traditional english style.

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Her library however is an homage to Egypt, India and Cambodia.

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The half bath off the library continues that theme.

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Upstairs hallway.

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She spent some time traveling with Gypsies and Circuses, so her first guest bedroom and bathroom reflects those bright, wild years.

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The second guest bedroom and bathroom plays with contemporary style and contrasting palettes. Warm woods and tones against shades of grey background.

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Here she is driving her classic convertible.

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Her special room is her gallery, dedicated to the pictures she took in her travels (when cameras were invented) and the trinkets she dug up. (I used a lot of cheat codes to get her to travel to all 3 places in one day.)

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The view from her tiny terrace between her bedroom and her gallery.


Since I feel she originated in victorian times, I did her bedroom and bathroom in that style. Her favorite color is lilac.

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Her garage is simple and utilitarian.

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The pictures of the outside are at sunset. Unfortunately I couldnt get my game to run long enough to get to day time. Sorry.

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Formal Garden 1

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Formal Garden 2

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BNS 215- 216 One to Grow On

This is my second house. The first one was awesome with a basement garage, but it was WAY over budget, so I threw this one together at the last minute. Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided to increase my challenge a little by picking 4 colors and working them in and together through the entire house. I picked Green Thumb, Pale Blue Lily, Seashell White and Lemon Chiffon. I also made an attempt at the shabby chic style.

The house can be downloaded here.

The MacVey’s can be downloaded here.

These are the MacVey’s holding little Catrina in front of their new home.

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This is Leynard.


This is Sachii.

Here’s the floor plans.

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Foyer half bath.

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Dining Area

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Living Area

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Upstairs hallway. (Sorry about the picture. I couldnt get rid of the odd light reflection.)

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Leynard’s Studio

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Upstairs Bathroom

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Catrina’s Room when she’s old enough.

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Master Suite

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Dressing Area

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Master Bath

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Back Patio


Sachii’s Garden


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