Yolanda had been inspired to become a stylist after she and her sister spent all their summers with their Great Aunt Mercer in her house in Bridgeport. Years passed, Yolanda moved to Aurora Skies, fell in love, got married, had two beautiful daughters, Great Aunt Mercer died and left her old house to Yolanda... Then tragedy struck and Yolanda's husband left her a widow. She decided to start a new life for her daughters and herself in Bridgeport in her inheritance. The girls found the move to this old fashioned house a culture shock - no dishwasher, no trash compactor! Record players and a black and white television! But for Yolanda, these very things reminded her of her happy childhood, swinging with her sister under the washing line, catching butterflies round the pond, scattering breadcrumbs for the birds then using the telescope to watch them fly away...
Basement/Ground floor - kitchen, dining, family area, laundry, toilet (UK for half bath!)
First floor - Stylist's studio, back door to stairs up or down, toilet for clients and clothes waiting for collection
Second floor - 2 bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room
Their first morning got off to an unexpected start. Yolanda rose early to make pancakes for the girls before their first day in their new schools, but they had some unexpected visitors...
Later in the week, the basement looked calmer
Yolanda felt odd sitting at her Great Aunt's drafting table when she used to be the child playing with the dolls' house or loosing to her sister at chess while Aunt Mercer's clients chatted on the sofa as they waited for their turn at the styling station
Ginger comes up from the basement to show the doors to the family's quarters are hidden from the clients behind doors
Kristjana learnt to play Great Aunt Mercer's old piano, just as Yolanda and her sister had and their mother before them
While Yolanda read in the cosy nook
While Svanhilde was keen to play with the old toys and see how tall her mother and aunt had been at her age
Ginger's scratching post was put in the garage away from the old furniture
And he loved to drink from the pond
The old rubbish bin now had a recycling bin and compost bin by it
While Yolanda cooked tofu dogs, Kristjana looked over the city and wondered what friends she would make here. Svanhilde tried to swing high enough to touch the sky and see if Daddy, Aunty Faye and Great, Great Aunt Mercer were watching her
All in all, Yolanda thought they could be happy in dear old misty Bridgeport
All from Mod the Sims:
Armiel’s traditional piano;
Kithri Kreations’ Grammaw’s cookie jar;
Lisen’s sliding doors, simple hopscotch, radiator;
Qbuilderz’ Match Stuff horizontal painting.
Also used on these sims, Skins by Aikea-Guinea & Navatsea;
Hair by Anubis360;
Childrens’ clothes by Hysterical Paroxysm, Kiara24, poundingheart, Oddysee
I'd planned to do a work space this time and know Yolanda would love more space to work than she has in her house in Aurora Skies, so had planned to make a house & studio for her. I used the random house creator at Springhole . net for a styling idea which gave me
This small house has a retro look to it and is in good condition. The interior is done in wintery colors. The yard is large and resembles a meadow.
so that's what I tried to do. To me, wintery colours are cool, pale and icy, and a meadow has random flowers scattered about it. I restricted myself to planting I might find in an English meadow.
Edited to take out duplicate first floor plan and replace with required second floor plan
World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, Generations, Pets, Seasons, Island Paradise; Town Life, Outdoor Life, Fast Lane, Master Suite, 70s 80s & 90s; Aurora Skies, Riverview, Monte Vista, Hidden Springs, Sunlit Tides, Barnacle Bay; Steampunk coffee maker (don't browse the store from your mobile while logged into your account... ), Zen Again, Sunlight Studio for Performing Arts, Year of the Rabbit, Year of the Tiger, Multi tab. Plus various store content that was free. I haven't gone back to the build and checked exactly what I've used though.
Second Edit to add details of store content potentially used
Third and final edit (unless when looking at this as I can't preview the changes I realise I got the pictures wrong in which case I shall cry as I'm meant to be cooking dinner (dinner cooked and eaten and photo sizes edited again. I'm not sure if I ever want to see them again!)). Now I know. I don't.
Change sizes of pictures in line with judge's comment from Round One - according to photobucket, I could set the upload size before uploading to photobucket but once there I was stuck so I deleted them from photobucket and reloaded from pc;
Looking at pictures for Round Two and complacently thinking I'd already autonomously implemented some of the suggestions judges made and realised I hadn't used CAS on skirting board & cornice in sitting room so took did and took new pictures of that & replaced previous detail shots;
Changed left elevation to one without something showing through wall that shouldn't have been there (obviously, I wouldn't have kept MOO on while putting bunk beds in a room, failed to check there was no clipping caused from doing such a thing, taken a photo of the house showing any clipping or used a photo showing clipping for a competition entry...)