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14th May 2007, 10:52 PM

Welcome to Decorating With Style!


I'm your host, Nicolette Smith. I will be the one prompting you throughout the whole contest. What do we do, you ask? Well...

What To Do

You will be given an assignment to decorate a room. You will get a list of information.

*Dimensions-4x4 (this obviously means the number of squares on the grid ingame)
*Room Type-bathroom (self-explanatory)
*Theme-Any (Some rounds might have a theme)
*Main Color-Red (This is not the only color. It's just the main color. We must be able to know that the main color is red)
*Custom Content-Any (Some rounds might only be able to use certain pieces of custom content)
*Due Date-Saturday, May 10th (it will also have a time w/ a certain timezone)

-DO NOT ask when the due date for the round is. It will be posted.
-If you are eliminated, please do not whine and clutter up the thread.
-Follow all forum rules.
-Basically just stick to the guidlines for the round.
-If it says "No custom content" you are not allowed any content. If there is when the round says not allowed then you get points automatically deducted from your score.
-Please do not tell me when the round should start or end. I know I set the dates.
-If you aren't going to do your entry, please DO NOT enter the contest.


Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=896308&postcount=57)
Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=900694&postcount=136)
Round 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=906162&postcount=174)
Round 4 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=914674&postcount=231)
Final Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=924432&postcount=269)

First Prize:
(A beautiful cottage created by S2C's jenny)

2nd and 3rd place Prize:
(Male sim created by Zephyrash at Insim)

1.Gerbera-Stella Baudouin
2.coldfloral-Stella La Rue
3.contrakat-Moira Archades
4.BusterBrown-Emmy Lou
5.romyhorse-Chris Cusiter

23rd May 2007, 5:20 AM
Approved 5.22.07
Ends 6.27.07 (Extension Given)

***Do NOT post replies and/or contest applications before the contest host has checked in on this thread, or your post will be deleted.***

23rd May 2007, 1:11 PM
Checking In!!! Let's get those applications started!

23rd May 2007, 2:38 PM

Designers' Name: Champaign Blush

I think I am very creative when it comes to design. I take a slightly different approach than the higher end designers. I try to make the room function for the client. I could add a lot of glitz and glamour to a room, but if my client has four small children running around, the room is not going to work for them. I talk to my clients every step of the way when designing their rooms. I ask questions like, “How much time do you have for dusting?”, “How many times a week do you have sit down dinners? The answers to questions like these are important. If my clients’ lifestyle doesn’t give them a lot of time to spend dusting, they won’t appreciate a room with a lot of knick knacks and dust collectors; I would use different items that would keep the room looking fresh and clean for a longer period of time. If my clients’ eat out all the time I don’t want to do an elaborate cooking area that’s not going to be used, unless of course they want the showplace kitchen. Each client is an individual, and I try to keep that in mind when decorating. I try to keep my designs simple, beautiful and functional. I want my clients to enjoy their newly designed rooms, not be overwhelmed by upkeep of an over decorated or glamorized design.
Right now my business is growing, and repeat clients and referrals are a big part of this growth, so I must be doing something right.

23rd May 2007, 4:26 PM
Does our Sim have to be "human" or can we also use aliens / elfs etc?

23rd May 2007, 10:40 PM
No they don't have to be human.

ms. simbodies
24th May 2007, 1:39 AM
I've not participated in a contest here before but am thinking of joining. I am a huge fan of home design/decorating contests and have participated at other sites. One question before I obligate myself.......how long is the diration of the contest?

24th May 2007, 2:04 AM
1 month until 6-22-07. Or sooner if we finish up earlier.

ms. simbodies
24th May 2007, 2:25 AM
Ok, thanks!

24th May 2007, 3:13 AM
Name - Hannah Jacobs

Why do you think you have what it takes to be a designer? Well im fresh out of design school and dont have a lot of experience but i do know that i have an eye for colour. I have been designing my friend rooms for a few years now and no complaints yet!

24th May 2007, 5:37 PM
I will enter! Yay! I have never entered a design contest before but hopefully all will go well :D

24th May 2007, 6:37 PM
Name: Stella Baudouin
Why do you think you have what it takes to be designer?:
Already as a little kid I have bullied my parents to design their rooms they way I want it. People always tell me that I am good at making things match and look good together. Also I am good at knowing what a client needs and what his personal style is. I have just started my studies of architecture and interior design but I got good feedback from my professors.

24th May 2007, 7:33 PM
Ooo, this contest looks fun!
My last contest was a bit of aa disaster. :(
But I'll make a stab at this one for sure. n.n

24th May 2007, 10:22 PM
Name: Sian Lomas


I have what it takes to be a designer because I am dedicated and I love what I do. I have a unique style that incorperates everything you could ever think of! I do not dismiss any idea however extreme and I love working with all kinds of people whether they are a family or a single woman.

25th May 2007, 1:33 PM
Lets see some more entries, people! Im looking forward to seeing this contest in action :)

ms. simbodies
25th May 2007, 2:03 PM
Designer Name: Erika DeJong


I feel I'm qualified to be your designer as I'm a top graduate of UCLA's School of Interior Design and after fifteen years of experience, am now considered an expert in the field. Before moving to the design program at UCLA, I majored in psychology as an undergraduate. My unique approach to interior design is based on my understanding and knowledge of human behavior. My philosophy and inspiration are drawn from my desire to improve people’s lives and well being through their immediate environment.

I've designed space and interiors for both corporate and residential clients in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Ten years ago I left California for a new experience....and founded DeJong Designs in the SoHo district of New York City.

In the residential market, I have designed numerous interiors for my clients’ luxury homes, getaway properties, estates and historic residences. In the corporate market, I've designed private offices and public spaces.

My most recent addition to DeJong Designs are our newest offices in South Beach Florida where my partner and I are now working on a beachfront condo project. My sharp eye for detail and agressive business sense is balanced with the softer side, just wanting to make my clients happy and bettering their lives through design.

25th May 2007, 2:29 PM
yea, I'm with boolPropped! Lets get those entries rolling!

25th May 2007, 3:16 PM
Designer's Name: Irmgard Schäfer
Why do you think you have what it takes to be a designer? I have been decorating my own home for years and now that I am retired I have time to do what I love. My tastes are more modern, but I can work with a client to make sure a room perfectly suits their own taste.


25th May 2007, 10:10 PM
Awesome, more entries! nice apps, all! :)

26th May 2007, 1:44 AM
Designer's Name: Stella La Rue


Having worked in this industry for 10 successful years, I know I have what it takes to be a designer! I create unique and beautiful spaces for my clients which offer them relaxation and happiness. What more could they want?!

26th May 2007, 8:44 AM
Designer's Name: Kiera Atkinson


I feel that I'm qualified to be one of your designers because I'm a top graduate from my designers school. I feel that I need to connect with what that person wants in their room, how they want it to feel like, and to have that vibe every single time you walk in the room. I had a few clients before, and I've got to say they were really happy with the results, and that makes me feel good. :D I hope I can prove my point to you guys.

26th May 2007, 12:20 PM
Designer's Name
Jessica Perry


Why do you think you have what it takes to be a designer?
I've been decorating my own house since my college years. I know what's best for a room and I graduated as a top designer in a designers school. Now I'm doing all my best to be on top in Interior Designer Career.

I really don't know why it looks blurry when I post it here. But it looks really good in photobucket.

26th May 2007, 3:16 PM
Designers Name: Summer Adams

Why do you think you have what it takes to be a designer?: I have what it takes to be a designer because I have alot of experience with decorating houses. I love to make people happy and listen to their ideas. My main goal in interior decorating is turning an ordinary house into a home that the homeowners can fall in love with all over again.


26th May 2007, 4:33 PM
Nicole, will there be eleminations after the application round?

27th May 2007, 2:48 AM
Designer name: Moira Archades

What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer?: My philosophy is: every home should be a sanctuary for its owner. To further that goal for both my own pleasure and others, I've spent years developing and practicing my skills at creating unique spaces tailored to the needs of individual personalities. Any new chance to spread my wings and be creative is always a welcome experience.

27th May 2007, 2:28 PM
Oh, more entries! :) Looks great, everyone!

27th May 2007, 3:31 PM
Designer's name : Octavia Haydbak

What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer?
Well, I really think that I have the eye for what what looks good and what doesn't. Like for instance in a small room it's best to keep the furniture minimal and a lighter colour like white to make the room look that little bit bigger. I've designed some rooms for a small company called "Octapus rooms" where I was featured designer of the month three times in a row.
Basically, I love designing and I really have a passion for it.

27th May 2007, 3:58 PM
very nice,I think these entries are going extremely well!

27th May 2007, 5:34 PM
I want to enter but I won't have access to the sims 2 from 2nd - 10th june. Does this mean I can't enter? Or will there still be a day or so either side of that for me to complete pictures for the round?

27th May 2007, 11:26 PM
Name: Cadi Smith


What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer?Hi!! I am full of bubbly life, energy and enthusiasm and you can't design anything without passion for what you do!! I got a taste for designing from when I was 16 years old, my mother said I could redecorate my room as long as I paid for it, a real challenge finding what I wanted witht he money I had. I love designs that have personality and not just clinical and dead.

27th May 2007, 11:43 PM
I want to join so bad. I am going through a "decorating" stage right now. LOL. Be right back with application!

28th May 2007, 1:36 AM
Designer's Name: Emmy Lou, and yes, that is my full name.

What makes me think I have what it takes to be a designer? I think I've got it because my clients love me!! My projects are almost always a smashing success, whether I'm designing a kitchen or a closet. I take a very personalized approach to any room, and I always try to integrate the client's personality into every inch of the design. My clients and thier needs always come first. Function before Form!!
I never went to an interior decorating school, and I have no degree, but that hasn't stopped me! I just picked it all up as I went along, and now I am one of the top designers and am just about ready to open my own business!
So, I think I have what it takes, but it's really for the judges to decide...

28th May 2007, 1:47 AM
Name: Rebecca Taylor
Why do you think you have what it takes to be a designer?: Because I'm flexable enough to be albe to suit the client's needs while still putting my own unique spin on the room.

28th May 2007, 2:04 AM
http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/2889/screenhunter09may260036mv3.png (http://imageshack.us)
Lilith Brigs
Why do you think you have what it takes to be a designer?:
I love interior design I've been designing ever since I can remember I even designed and decorated my own 2 story Victorian revival doll house when I was 8 years old, my parents always encouraged my creativity and supported me in my goals and dreams to become a decorator I have a BA in design a BD in Architectural history I'm also a licensed contractor and I've been running my own business for 7 years, even though I favor modern and contemporary design, I can work with any-one's preference so that's me in a nut shell.

I'll try to edit with a better photo later

28th May 2007, 3:22 AM
Name:Dorathy Taylor


What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer:Ever since college I have been designing my apartment and my friends apartments because I loved to design and decorate when they asked me to.So I thought "why not open a business"and I have never been happier.To a single person to a family of 8 I will not let you down!

28th May 2007, 3:26 AM
Name: Bergholt Stuttley Johnson
Age: 24
Why do you think you have what it takes to be a designer?: I wanted to be a designer ever since I build a rocking horse with my dad when I was six. Now I have recently graduated from my MA in Art and design, I think it is time to show the world what I can do to make it a nicer and more comfortable place to live in.


28th May 2007, 3:44 AM
so when is this contest gonna start?

I think we have enough entries.

28th May 2007, 3:59 AM
Hold on! I am going to join. I will be back with an application!

28th May 2007, 4:08 AM
I want to enter but I can't make my application untill tommorow as that is the first free day I will have. Hopefully I will have enough time to make one.

28th May 2007, 5:09 AM
Designer's name: Jasmine Mase


What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer?
I have that eye to catch something off. Like, if you place a rainbow colored pillow case in a all green room, I will catch it and fix it. I really have that specialty in decorating. It is so easy for me to coordinate every single thing in a room. I mean I am so good you can have me decorate a whole house with different colors but the colors would match to make everything go together much, much better. So, I do think I have what it takes to become a designer, just because I know what I be doing.

28th May 2007, 5:13 AM
so when is this contest gonna start?

I think we have enough entries.

It says right on the main post that she's taking applications until the 30th.

28th May 2007, 10:05 AM
You normally give a set time for apps so the contest will start on the 30th...
:D Okay so I'll have my entry in tonight!

29th May 2007, 3:20 PM
Ok sorry I've had family in and they all just left. (sis is graduating) So to answer all questions...

@Gerbera-There will be no eliminations after the application round.

@Nicola_X-You could try. If it's not possible I might be able to allow an extra day.

@infinity-You are going to have to wait for it to start. It clearly says it starts on the 30th.

29th May 2007, 11:06 PM
Designer's Name: Chris Cusiter

What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer?:
I've been doing some modelling but I want a more reliable career. I have been watching the set designers when I've been at a shoot and getting lots of good advice from them. I have given my flat a makeover and several of my friends were so impressed they have asked me to do their homes for them, and they weren't just being polite! I'm just starting out but hopefully word will start to spread and I can turn this into a real business.


29th May 2007, 11:43 PM
Uh ohhh.. romyhorse is entering. I'm offically scared.... :lol:

29th May 2007, 11:47 PM
im so entering in this but i have one question.when you say [in the rules] "Custom Content-Any (Some rounds might only be able to use certain pieces of custom content)" what do you mean like im confused. lol

29th May 2007, 11:51 PM
Uh ohhh.. romyhorse is entering. I'm offically scared.... :lol:

LOL :lol: I said the same thing when I saw that he entered :anime:

30th May 2007, 1:43 AM
@hellokittycutie-Ok that means that on one round you might be able to use any CC that you could possibly want. Then on another round (let's say bathroom) the only piece of furniture that can be custom is the bathtub. The rest has to be Maxis.

30th May 2007, 9:04 AM
I'll enter.

30th May 2007, 9:28 AM
GIVE ME AN R, GIVE ME AN O... http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/3/38/Onigiri_cheerleader.gif

cannot wait to see your entries! :valentine

30th May 2007, 10:31 AM
What time today does applications end?
I really want to enter but I am only just going in-game now...

30th May 2007, 11:31 AM
Designer's Name
Alicia Campbell

What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer?
I believe I got what it takes to be a designer. I'm a top graduate in a designer school and many people is telling me that I really deserve it. I can do any style that will suit any taste of a person in any occasions.


30th May 2007, 11:50 AM
It's Wednesday *dances*
I can't wait to get started.
Nicole, when are you going to post the first round? I'd love to start as early as possible becuase I don't have much spare time on the weekend ... :)

30th May 2007, 12:10 PM
I am so curious about the first round too. Lets get started! Good luck everyone.

30th May 2007, 1:33 PM
Designer Name: Erin Shaw
What makes you think you have what it takes to be a designer?:
My mother was an interior designer and since then I have always loved it. I have just graduated from design school and although I am not the most experienced designer, I know what goes, I have a great eye for a room and I am understanding and easy to work with.


30th May 2007, 1:51 PM
I can't wait to get started, too!

30th May 2007, 3:07 PM
Ok, welcome to the first round of Decorating With Style! The rounds will get increasingly harder. So round one will be pretty simple.


*Room Type-Bathroom
*Main Color-Blue
*Custom Content-Any
*Due Date-Saturday, June 2nd @6:00pm (GMT-5)
*Pictures Needed-1 Ariel, 2-3 Inside

I know it is a short due date, but this is an easy round. It shouldn't take very long. I know all of you can do it. If you need to talk about expanding the round, PM me. Good Luck!

30th May 2007, 3:42 PM
Thanks :D
I have time off school so I'll go in-game now!

30th May 2007, 4:42 PM
sounds fun, can we use platforms and half walls in our rooms? or only when stated by you? :)

30th May 2007, 4:58 PM
What do you mean by Ariel?

30th May 2007, 5:11 PM
@rainbowshoes-you can use platforms and half-walls if you want to.

@Dylan-That's an overhead view.

30th May 2007, 5:16 PM
ok thankyou, im on such a download spree right now!

30th May 2007, 5:34 PM
I know - same!
:P Now.. just to find a nice layout... but it'll be small.... :o
I'm not so good but hey. Should be fun...

30th May 2007, 6:08 PM
Just to check the 4x4 means 4 single tiles by 4 single tiles? Just need to clarify!! thanks

30th May 2007, 6:38 PM
Here's the aerial:

free shots:



This bathroom is designed for a modern loft appartment. The tiles are in a warmer blue tone so the room does look inviting. The white appliances add a clean and fresh touch. This room ist quite open and tidy, a modern man doesn't need much clutter.
The plants and the wall art make the room more lively and inviting.

30th May 2007, 7:19 PM
@bekpek- Yes 4x4 means 4 single tiles by 4 single tiles.

@Gerbera-Yes you did it correctly.

ms. simbodies
30th May 2007, 7:44 PM
Really nice entries so far all. Gerbera, I love the blue tiles with the white fixtures..really fresh and clean looking.

30th May 2007, 8:17 PM
This is the main relaxing, peaceful area. Perfect for soaking in the tub after work or after a hard day looking after the kids. The use of hangings over the bath create a feel of tranquility and the candles add to this effect.


This is where the important stuff happens!! there is plenty of space where all sorts of bits and pieces can be displayed. The counters have drawers as well adding extra storage.


This shows the large shower. Perfect for one or two people and is perfectly utilitarian if you do not have time for a long bath.


Here is the overview and despite the small space I have managed to fit in all of the utilities and it does not look too cramped.


I am really sorry infinity I used the same tiles as you. I hope this is OK. We used different fittings so they don't look too similar. PLease tell me anyone if I need to change it.

30th May 2007, 9:14 PM
All the entries are so good!! With every new entry, my confidence shrinks just a little more... but that's okay. Competing is fun!! :D
Here's my bathroom. I hope this blue is okay. It's more of a teal-ish blue. But it is blue.

30th May 2007, 9:31 PM
I hope the aqua/white color is okay. If it isn't please let me know so I can make it a bluer blue. I also made a company logo for the lulz :-)





30th May 2007, 10:13 PM
ah who cares if you used the same as me.But it looks gorgeus it really evens out,very pretty!

30th May 2007, 10:34 PM
Wow, everything looks so nice. Hope mine can please you all too.

A bathroom designed for an European townhouse (originally build ca 1910). I tried to keep some of the original elements still present in the house and mixed it with the more modern approach the client preferred.


Inside 1:

Inside 2:

30th May 2007, 10:36 PM




30th May 2007, 11:08 PM
you guys are fast and very good!!!

ms. simbodies
30th May 2007, 11:10 PM
For round 1 I designed a second floor bath. Since the bathroom is small, I lofted it to create an open feel. The client wanted blues so I picked a beachfront vibe and combined various shades of blue
with light beachwood.

Aerial View


Day View 1


Day View 2


Evening View 3


30th May 2007, 11:21 PM
OMG they are beautiful!!

30th May 2007, 11:24 PM
Great entries everyone!


Bath Area

Toilet and door

Sink and Mirror

30th May 2007, 11:38 PM
Oh Damit i must have missed the aplications i had it all ready and everything wish i could still have a go

31st May 2007, 12:30 AM
This is a dumb question, but are there going to be eliminations this round? If so, how many? Just curious...

31st May 2007, 12:32 AM
Yes there will be only 3 eliminations in this round.

31st May 2007, 1:34 AM
Oh I am definitly getting eliminated,you can tell beside bathrooms aren't my thing.I am only good at living rooms,bedrooms,and kitchens and dining thats it not bathroom.It's been swell(ps I changed my name)

edit:can I do another?:(

31st May 2007, 2:36 AM
titanic, are you even in this contest?

31st May 2007, 3:54 AM
Hmm... I'm moving on Thursday and then I'm having company until Sunday, so I have no idea if I'll be able to get my entry in... :(

31st May 2007, 7:41 AM
BusterBrown... I love the color scheme, and the floors are lovely!
romyhorse... As always, simply lovely. And youre using a set of my favorite walls to boot!

GREAT entries so far, everyone :)

31st May 2007, 7:57 AM





31st May 2007, 8:32 AM
Ok, just a question... Romyhorse, why your entries are always the one I prefer? This thing is getting boring :rolleyes:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Love your entry, wonderful job :luff:

31st May 2007, 10:11 AM
Dylan, maybe you overrad that but the main color of the room is supposed to be blue. Your main color is dark wood ...

31st May 2007, 10:17 AM
Dylan, maybe you overrad that but the main color of the room is supposed to be blue. Your main color is dark wood ...
Sorry, I thought the blue towel and other stuffs are fine :(

31st May 2007, 10:24 AM
I am not sure .. But when I read "main color" I think that it should be more than just a few items ... Maybe you could change the floor color or something, because apart from the lack of blue the room looks great :)
But before changing anything you should ask our lovely Nicole, just to be sure.
I don't wanna force you to change anything when it isn't really needed :lol:

31st May 2007, 10:29 AM
Ok, gotta change it now.

31st May 2007, 11:31 AM
Wow, these entries rock! It's great to see so much creativity within the limitations...love the task Nicole!

It also seems like each designer's unique style is being established. I'm loving the originality and personality of the entries, everyone. :)

Dylan, the rules say "we must be able to know the main color is red" (as an example). I'd hate to see you spend time changing your entry until you confirm with Nicole whether or not your approach is within the rules.

31st May 2007, 2:10 PM

For my first design under my own label I was assigned a job to make a design for a couple who loved art and were always reading. I added a book case in the bathroom for those times when you want to read in the bath. I also left plenty of space on the wall for their own art. I added a plant and a lovely piece of art for decorative purpose and I really think the rest speeks for its self.






I hope that's okay. And I know some people might call it "Plain" or "boring" but that's sort of my style. ;)

31st May 2007, 3:09 PM
Ariel photo: I was really excited to get this opportunity. I really like the way the room turned out.

The bathroom size was definitely a consideration when designing this room.
My client only specified that the bathroom be blue. Blue can be a cooler feeling color, not the feeling I wanted the bathroom to have. When entering the room I wanted my client to sense a larger room so I added mirrors around the bathtub. A partial wall beside the toilet gives privacy where needed. I like the feel the circular royal blue flooring gives the room. The light blue textured walls brightens the room as well as cozying it up a bit. Adding the pulled back curtain at the side of the bathtub and hanging plants added a relaxing, welcoming feeling to the room.

Viewing the bathroom from this direction you can see I added a rounded shower in one corner and a rounded sink across the room...I didn't want to square everything I was afraid that would give a boxed in impression. I added a hamper and storage cart using the same light wood to blend the tiling of the bathtub and shower with the accents of the mirror and lighting.

Looking into the room from this angle shows the total effect. The room is functional and has decorative elements without being overstuffed.

31st May 2007, 4:58 PM
Hehe, I see I am not the only one in love with the ever shiny floor...

Wow, so many different bathrooms.

31st May 2007, 6:21 PM
Can I ask a question, is it due Friday or on june 2nd (which is saturday?)

31st May 2007, 6:52 PM
I was going to add a wahsing basket in my bathroom but it didn't fit all too well. ;(

And it's in on June 2nd. ;)

31st May 2007, 7:08 PM
A hint of modern spa, a hint of ancient baths.

31st May 2007, 7:14 PM
so Nichole can I do another one?

31st May 2007, 8:13 PM
Ok, so I have lots of questions to answer.

@titanic-Yes, you can change it as many times as you want as long as it's in on the due date. (BTW there's not an h in my name:D)

@Dylan-First, I cannot see your ariel picture. Second, If you think that's enough then that's all that matters. If the judges can see that the main color is blue, then it's fine.

And It's due June, 2nd (which is Saturday). I just learned yesterday, that May has 31 days. :D

Update: (If you have a smiley you're done)
1.Cari4003-Champaign Blush :anime:
2.rainbowshoes-Hannah Jacobs :anime:
3.Gerbera-Stella Baudouin :anime:
4.bekpek-Sian Lomas :anime:
5.ms._simbodies-Erika DeJong :anime:
6.Goggle-Irmgard Schäfer :anime:
7.coldfloral-Stella La Rue
8.footballer_17-Kiera Atkinson
9.Fenrir-Jessica Perry
10.fadedt0uch-Summer Adams
11.contrakat-Moira Archades :anime:
12.Daltonism-Octavia Haydbak :anime:
13.iampinkstar-Cadi Smith
14.BusterBrown-Emmy Lou :anime:
15.kiki24-Rebecca Taylor
16.fransica-Lilith Brigs
17.titanic-Dorathy Taylor :anime:
18.applesapgodin-Bergholt Stuttley Johnson :anime:
19.joewatson91-Jasmine Mase
20.romyhorse-Chris Cusiter :anime:
21.Dylan-Alicia Campbell :anime:
22.funheart00-Erin Shaw

So we are missing 9 entries.

31st May 2007, 8:31 PM
So my client Sheril Doria wanted her sons bathroom redone.So she came in and asked if I could redo the bathroom and her sons favorite color was blue so 3 days later it was done and this is the picture.

31st May 2007, 8:40 PM
Hi Nicole,
I still need to add my ariel shot...had one done but don't like it. I'll add this evening.

31st May 2007, 8:46 PM
Titanic - I think you deleted your application..

31st May 2007, 9:30 PM
Titanic changed his name from infinity.

Titanic-You need to upload the actual pictures, not the thumbnails.

31st May 2007, 10:29 PM
I am sorry,I am doing the snapshots but they just won't get any bigger,I am very sorry:(

31st May 2007, 10:38 PM
Titanic, if you PM me and explain me your photo-editing problems, I wouldn't mind helping you out with a quick course in D.I.Y. Sim editing and resizing.

I think I know what might be the problem.


1st Jun 2007, 2:10 AM
Wow! :wow: These are all so amazing!

1st Jun 2007, 3:37 AM
Updated to include ariel shot. Getting excited! Great entries everyone.

1st Jun 2007, 7:36 AM
Arial View

View of the sink, counter fillers, a plant, a lamp, mirror and pictures.

Toilet area

Bath area

If there is anything wrong please tell me. This IS my first home based contest that I have entered. :anime:

1st Jun 2007, 9:55 AM
Nicole, I really love to enter this. If I can still enter?

ms. simbodies
1st Jun 2007, 12:26 PM
Just lovely baths everyone! I love to look at all the different styles and tastes.

1st Jun 2007, 2:57 PM
Sorry Marshmallows, but applications ended on May 30th. It's too late.

1st Jun 2007, 5:03 PM
Sorry Marshmallows, but applications ended on May 30th. It's too late.

Oh ok. Thanks Nicole. I hope there's next cycle so I can join.

1st Jun 2007, 5:17 PM



ms. simbodies
1st Jun 2007, 5:43 PM
Very pretty pinkstar!

1st Jun 2007, 5:47 PM
omg pinkstar that is so creative. i love the raised area!

1st Jun 2007, 5:53 PM
Ok everyone, funheart00 just had to drop out. I know we are all going to miss the entries that she could've made, but things happen. So everyone say goodbye.

1st Jun 2007, 5:54 PM
Oh, sorry to see you go funheart00 :(

1st Jun 2007, 6:43 PM
I'm sorry to see you go too funheart! :(

Bathroom - Round 1

Beach Theme

Aerial View

View 1

View 2

View 3

Beach Theme

ms. simbodies
1st Jun 2007, 10:51 PM
beautiful footballer

2nd Jun 2007, 12:50 AM
Aerial View

View 1

View 2

View 3

2nd Jun 2007, 12:51 AM
Ok everyone, funheart00 just had to drop out. I know we are all going to miss the entries that she could've made, but things happen. So everyone say goodbye.

I'm afraid i'm going to have to drop out too :( I'm sorry

2nd Jun 2007, 12:58 AM
Due to the drop outs, only one person will be eliminated this round.

2nd Jun 2007, 1:14 AM
bye bye kiki*sniff sniff*:(

2nd Jun 2007, 3:03 AM
I managed to pull this out of my... ok, I'll stop there ;)




2nd Jun 2007, 3:47 AM
fadedt0uch... I love love love the walls you used in your bathroom!
coldfloral... Great entry! Im loving the crispness of the decor. Simply lovely.

2nd Jun 2007, 4:19 AM
Beautiful entries!

2nd Jun 2007, 8:53 AM
Ohnoes! It's going to be me.
Mine is really plain but that's my style. I like things to be uncluttered and simplistic.
I'm scared. :(

2nd Jun 2007, 1:50 PM
The only person we're waiting for is Fenrir. I hope they get it in on time.

2nd Jun 2007, 2:31 PM
Ohnoes! It's going to be me.
Mine is really plain but that's my style. I like things to be uncluttered and simplistic.
I'm scared. :(
No, I think yours is pretty good and you explained it well. You made up a client who wanted plenty of room to add their own touch to the decor and that's what you did.

Everyone has such beautiful rooms just for a simple challenge! I can tell that this is going to get really hard later on!

2nd Jun 2007, 3:15 PM
your waiting for me too I'll have mine in just a bit my kids are keeping me busy so don't go on without me :)

2nd Jun 2007, 6:42 PM
This is a fun contest to watch! Great job Nicole -- I'm getting so many ideas for decorating, and it's only the first round. :D

2nd Jun 2007, 10:52 PM
Oh I'm sorry fransica. Just as long as you get your entry in on time.

1 Hour left!

3rd Jun 2007, 12:14 AM
Ok Fenrir, and fransica have failed to meet the deadline. That means that they are both automatically disqualified.


There will be no eliminations this round due to the disqualifications and drop outs. So everybody else automatically makes it to the next round! Congratulations.

Round 2 will be up shortly.

3rd Jun 2007, 1:27 AM
hey listen at any timer for my piccies:),I am gonna post the link on photobucket for them so they are full size and stuff!

3rd Jun 2007, 1:36 AM
I'm sorry fransica, but you were too late.
Is everyone ready for round two?


*Room Type-Study/office
*Main Color-None
*Custom Content-Any
*Due Date-Thursday, June, 7th @ 6:oopm (GMT-5)
*Pictures Needed-1 Ariel, 2-3 Inside

There will be three eliminations this round.

3rd Jun 2007, 7:31 AM
I began decorating this home office/study space by first picking out the grey tones for the walls and floors. I chose tile for the lower floor and carpeting for the raised area. I used a very natural color wood to warm up the grey tones.
I liked the idea of having something to look at while sitting at the computer studying, or meeting with clients when working at home, so I added the wall length windows, bringing the outside garden into the office/study space. I really like the way the dark and light tones blended together to give a professional look.


Shot 1:
As you enter the home office/study you see a relaxed view of the garden outside and a place for seating clients.

Shot 2:
This picture looks down onto the lower area. There is a fireplace in the corner to warm the space on those cold winter days.

Shot 3:
This is the raised portion of the office/study. I placed a small conference area in this portion of the room. I also place a television and bookcase for a nice study area/breakroom during a hectic work day.

3rd Jun 2007, 9:59 AM
Just a quick question: Will we nevertheless get points on the first round / will the first round have influence on our chances to win this contest?


I hope I understood this right. I have made a study room for a home, not a business office. If we were supposed to make a business office I guess I'll have to remake it ...


aerial shot:


free shots:




Our client was looking for a modern study room. To create that modern look I decided to go for clear colors: apple green, light wood and white. Also, I did not add too much clutter.
There's a big desk with a modern computer. I have seperated the reading area with a big couch from the rest of the room to make it more comfortable.
Pieces of art and plants make the room inviting and friendly.

3rd Jun 2007, 2:12 PM
Yes you are supposed to be making a home study. :)

You will not receive points for the first round. You start each round with 0 points. The judges rate you and then whoever has the least amount of opints gets eliminated. Then you start the next round with 0 points again.

3rd Jun 2007, 2:28 PM
This is my design for a home office.

My client is a Financial Consultant and works from home so she uses her office for meeting clients as well as home use.

This area is where she meets her clients for the first time and can get to know them. It is a good space for reading as well. The brief said that the room had to be modern and this uncluttered area with bold colours really meets this requirement:


This is the conference area where she can hold larger more formal meetings. The glass desk with the translucent chairs really gives a feeling of space and looks really contemporary.


This is my clients main working area. I designed it as an uncluttered space but this is what it looked like a week after I left! This area is seperated from the rest of the room to shield the mess and to give my client some privacy.




Thanks for looking!

3rd Jun 2007, 3:39 PM
I'm going to go and start work on mine now.

3rd Jun 2007, 7:21 PM
Round 2
My client had picked out a fun and colorful wallpaper that she wanted for her home office. I used pinks and whites as the main colors with the other colors as accents.





3rd Jun 2007, 9:04 PM
Love the wallpaper, Goggle!

3rd Jun 2007, 11:23 PM
The client (a graphic-designer who workes from a home-business) asked for a modern styled studio-office with plenty of space for business-meetings and filing.
I designed the room in neutral tones (grey, white and black) with yellow accents to create a sunny and clean atmosphere.
The round table has a multi functional use as a comfortable place to talk to clients while making quick sample drawings (the light element underneath the foot makes it possible to use the impressive glass surface as a tracing-table) thereby, it makes a functional clean desk for laptop use. (Designers these days don't need a desk stacked with papers anymore).
The custom made photo-print forest wallpaper (designed by the client) forms a nice contrast with the industrial glass and steel designs of the furniture, and is not only a life-sized representation of the clients work, but also gives the office a relaxing natural twist.

1: Ariel

2: Inside1

3: Inside2

4: Inside3

(( I made the forest wallpaper (from a real life photoprint WP design) myself. So no, it is not downloadable (yet)... but for the people interested in it, Galilea once did a similar design (with the same wallpaper as a basis) which is 4 panels instead of 5 (as used here) that one can be found here: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=116985&highlight=mural.))

4th Jun 2007, 5:28 AM
For this room, my client wanted a very corporate office vibe. She- the client, I mean- runs a home business designing residences for wealthy people, and she wanted them to feel like they were in a very professional architect's office. However, she didn't want the cold and shiny feeling that goes with the average corporate office, so she picked out a rough slate tile and said, pull your colors from here. So I did. I chose white furniture and glass tables to give some contrast to the rough texture of the floor and walls, and the whole room pulled together very well. My client loves it!!

(Sorry about the lack of landscaping outside the windows. I totally forgot when I was taking pics, and when I remembered, I didn't really want to start the game up again and take all new pics... sorry.)

4th Jun 2007, 7:17 AM
Ok, now I am getting nervous ... Everone except for me has made a home office, I have just done a study room ... Do I really not need to change it?

4th Jun 2007, 1:21 PM
I don't think you need to worry Gerbera. I think your entry looks great. And I for sure meant my room as a study/office in a house not a business-business office (with cubicles.. blech) ... it seems that was what the round was about.

Now I am starting to worry if my design is not to business-like? (Mhh lets blame the style of typical modern dutch design for that. This looks in a way like my moms study...... :blink: )

4th Jun 2007, 3:04 PM
Yeah Gerbera, your room was what I was invisioning. I didn't mean for people to take it as a business office. This is a home decorating contest, but whatever.

4th Jun 2007, 4:35 PM
Fhew. Mine is like a home study too. BTW, I'll have that posted this evening some time.

4th Jun 2007, 5:25 PM

Wait, so I did it wrong? Do I need to redo mine? Because mine was meant to be a very business-y type of office. Please tell me now while I still have time to redo it if I need to...

4th Jun 2007, 6:31 PM
It was meant to be a home office. If you think that could be used as a home office then it's fine.

4th Jun 2007, 7:03 PM
Well, I guess I won't change it then. It was designed to be an office for a home business, after all...
*still worried*

4th Jun 2007, 7:11 PM
Oooooh, so pretty! Cari's is my favorite, I just love the cool layout, but that pink wallpaper in Goggle's is amazing!

4th Jun 2007, 7:25 PM
For my design bried I was told to create a modern home study for a couple who were musicians and had their own website. I decided to create a space for relaxing (Seeing as it's a home study). A place for practicing music (the key board on the floor) and a slightly seperated computer area. I used a charcole range of colours to create atmosphere for this artistic couple. Then I added the nitty-gritty stripped floor to add a rustic look.






There we are. n.n I hope it's better than my bath-room at least.

4th Jun 2007, 7:54 PM




4th Jun 2007, 8:04 PM
Wow, I love that study! <3 I wish the study in my real house looked like that. :lol:

4th Jun 2007, 8:56 PM
Thanks peridae. Everyones entries are so creative. I'm loving this contest Nicole.

4th Jun 2007, 9:31 PM
I am going to keep mine as it is. Although I said it is used for working from home it can also be used as a normal study. It is quite versatile.

5th Jun 2007, 12:06 AM
Ok here it is but I can only do all still the pics,well here you go:)






5th Jun 2007, 7:09 AM
Coldfloral, I LOVE the black & white with red & orange combination. I would never have thought of that. Gorgeous!

Did I mention you guys are all amazing. My sims houses are going to looks so much better after following this contest, :D

5th Jun 2007, 11:31 AM
The client I designed this particular office for has a love of dark wood and wanted it to be modern at the same time. My client works as a substitute teacher so in her design brief she asked for: lots of filing space for lesson plans and report cards, a place to read and store all her books, and lots of plants, modern is always good but as long as its not harsh and cold.




5th Jun 2007, 3:20 PM
This study was designed for an artist who wanted a modern "urban jungle" feel to work, study, and relax in. Lofted windows look out on a small courtyard garden, while touches of green and planters large and small bring the garden inside.

5th Jun 2007, 3:37 PM
http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/8079/l2ot2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Quiet corner for reading or playing guitar

http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/5766/l3ga6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Large L-shaped desk with space for 2

http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/8761/l4pf7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/7325/l1zd7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

5th Jun 2007, 4:09 PM
contrakat, you need at least one more inside picture.

5th Jun 2007, 5:51 PM
Thanks for the compliments!

Romy, you never fail to impress :)

5th Jun 2007, 6:48 PM
Wow. I love all of these, they're really cool. n.n

6th Jun 2007, 2:18 AM
Ok here it is,sorry I am only able to give the link:





I hope I do good this ain't nearly as good as anyone elses!

6th Jun 2007, 4:30 AM

Desk Area
With huge window to keep their spirits up when working. A nice big desk and loads of books.

Reading Area
A sparsly decorated corner so as not to draw attention away from the books!

Art Corner
A sleek modern easel and scatter cushions to sit on

6th Jun 2007, 5:00 AM
titanic, all you need to do to make you photos show up in your posts is to surround the link with tags

6th Jun 2007, 7:08 AM
This study was designed for an artist who wanted a modern "urban jungle" feel to work, study, and relax in. Lofted windows look out on a small courtyard garden, while touches of green and planters large and small bring the garden inside.

where did you get that wonderful wall map from?

6th Jun 2007, 10:09 AM
Romy I love the desk! And also the world map on the wall, that's so cool! :lovestruc

6th Jun 2007, 11:23 AM
WOW, these are some amazing rooms! There's so much CC I love...I'll need to start some threads in WCIF lol.

Really unique and beautiful entries, everyone :)

ms. simbodies
7th Jun 2007, 12:35 AM
The latest renovation that my clients wanted for their Hampton's summer home was a modern office space. The specifics; modern design but keeping with the theme of the rest of the home, spacious with room enough to pay the bills, store all of their important files, work on the p.c. but comfortable and relaxing enough to make you stay and read a book or listen to music.

Because they come here from the city, they also needed the room to look professional enough to meet their clients when telecommuting from the Hamptons.

Aerial View


View 1


View 2


View 3


7th Jun 2007, 4:14 AM
Update {@=Completed}

1.Cari4003-Champaign Blush @
2.rainbowshoes-Hannah Jacobs @
3.Gerbera-Stella Baudouin @
4.bekpek-Sian Lomas @
5.ms._simbodies-Erika DeJong @
6.Goggle-Irmgard Schäfer @
7.coldfloral-Stella La Rue @
8.footballer_17-Kiera Atkinson
10.fadedt0uch-Summer Adams
11.contrakat-Moira Archades @
12.Daltonism-Octavia Haydbak @
13.iampinkstar-Cadi Smith @
14.BusterBrown-Emmy Lou @
15.titanic-Dorathy Taylor @
16.applesapgodin-Bergholt Stuttley Johnson @
17.joewatson91-Jasmine Mase
18.romyhorse-Chris Cusiter @
19.Dylan-Alicia Campbell

So we are missing footballer_17, fadedt0uch, joewatson91, and Dylan

8th Jun 2007, 12:23 AM
Round 2 has ended. footballer_17, fadedt0uch, joewatson91, and Dylan have been eliminated for not turning in their entries. Before I post round 3, I have something to say. It is very upsetting that someone just doesn't do their entries. There will no more tolerence for this. I may sound mean, but this is very frustrating. If you need an extension I would be happy to allow that. I thank those of you for actually following through with this contest. Thank you so much. Now on with round 3.

*Room Type-Backyard area
*Main Color-None
*Custom Content-Maxis only!
*Due Date-Tuesday, June 12th @ 6:00pm (GMT-5)
*Pictures Needed-1 Ariel, 2-3 other

8th Jun 2007, 1:32 AM
Does Maxis only mean we can or can not use Maxis recolors?

8th Jun 2007, 2:43 AM
no recolors. Only things that came directly with the game. Any ep content is fine.

8th Jun 2007, 5:27 AM
ooOOoo...I just love this contest. I'm having so much fun watching - just like watching real life reality TV, lol! I can't wait to see what everyone does with the er...limited Maxis selection.

:D pieridae

8th Jun 2007, 9:22 AM
Wow this will be fun. Will we have to actually build a house or can we just make it look like there is a house in the background with a couple of walls or something?

8th Jun 2007, 9:41 AM
Does it have to be an open space or can we also do somethink like a decked porch?

8th Jun 2007, 1:11 PM
I have all the ep's, what I need to know is how do I tell if the content I want to use is Maxis or recolor. I know cc has the little * by it.

8th Jun 2007, 4:34 PM
@bekpek-You can make it look like a little house is behind it if you want to. It doesn't have to be a full blown house.

@Gerbera-Yes a decked porch would be an awesome idea!

@Cari4003-You just answered you're own question. Just go with stuff you're sure is Maxis.

Remember everyone, be sure you watch what content you're using!! Depending on how much custom content you use, it could dock of some major points needed.

8th Jun 2007, 6:36 PM
Can we do a roof garden?

8th Jun 2007, 6:42 PM
OK guys you are all way overthinking it. NO buildings unless it's like a set (like the house in the background). So no, you cannot build a roof garden. You can have a porch, but it cannot have a roof.

8th Jun 2007, 11:30 PM
Okay, I get it.. no house, no weirdness, just Maxis content.

BUT... how about the invisible driveway?
invisible driveway (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=90875)

Since it is invisible and would allow us to use something else (original content)on the driveway than just those ugly brick or concrete versions that come with the game.

I mean I could make a driveway with just tiles.. but then I can't put a car on it...

9th Jun 2007, 1:20 AM
appels, you could just use moveObjects to place the car. It'd be fine as long as you don't intend to play the lot...

9th Jun 2007, 9:27 AM
Patio Area:

A shaded area where adults can relax and have a glass of wine in the evenings:


Garden area:

Here we can see this area is more children orientated. There is a sandpit and a swing in the corner. There is also a sunbathing area for those seroise sun worshippers. In the background you can also see the play area for the kids on the patio.



This is the plunge pool. It is fenced off so that children cannot wander over and fall in.




9th Jun 2007, 6:49 PM
bekpek...I lovsies that patio. Makes me think of a hot summer evening with a blissful warm breeze...friends sitting out drinking red wine and listening to music...oh! I need a deck!

9th Jun 2007, 8:23 PM
Ariel photo: This picture shows the entire backyard. There is plenty of lighting so the yard can be enjoyed during the evening hours as well as the light of day.

Patio area: This area comes off of the back porch. Next to the fence is a small garden for herbs and fresh vegetables. The fence is surrounding the pool and hot tub.

Play area: I made a kid friendly play area on one side of the backyard. There is a sandbox, swingset, slide and bubbleblower. Children of all ages can enjoy this backyard. There's also a sitting swing so adults have a place to sit and watch any small children.

Pool/Hot Tub Area: A nice relaxing area to sit and enjoy the hot tub or cool down with a nice swim. I fenced this area in so small children would not wonder where they shouldn't be alone.

9th Jun 2007, 11:27 PM
so Im guessing because there were so many drop outs due to non existent entries the rest of us got through to round three? Can i ask why we don't get told our points scores or get any feedback?

I don't like gardening!!! I'll have my entry tomorrow!

ms. simbodies
9th Jun 2007, 11:47 PM
Beautiful Cari, excellent use of maxis (ugh) content.

10th Jun 2007, 1:02 AM
Hey, can we use the One More Slot Package??? It's not maxis, but technically it's not 'there' because you can't see it... I just wanted it for my outdoor dining area.

10th Jun 2007, 3:55 AM
Nope, if you downloaded it, you can't use it. Sorry! I know this is very hard to do!

@iampinkstar-I did not have the judges score the last 2 rounds because of people's failure to get their entries in. If you would have looked at the post with round 3 requirements in it, you would have seen that you all made it through. So if everyone gets their entries in, I'll let the judges rate you. I don't want the judges to have to do something when there's no point to it.

10th Jun 2007, 4:21 AM
This patio space was designed for a older couple that loves being outside. They wanted a large amount of deck space for entertaining, and they wanted to keep the landscaping maintence to a manageable amount. They also wanted a small play area for thier grandchildren, but didn't want a pool fence, as the kids are only there for short periods of time and are always supervised.
(I also wanted to say here that the wooden fence is not cc! I repeat, not cc! It's a normal wall, lowered and painted.)

10th Jun 2007, 10:55 AM
This task was rather difficult because our client had not told us any specific style or color he would like to see for the backyard.
We decided to stick with the modern style we usually prefer and to add in some more classical elements to give this yard a timless look.

Here is an overview:


These are other views of the yard:



We decided to make a small decked porch with a wood flooring. There's a table with some chairs and a BBQ. We have put a few recliners in the garden, a sandbox for the kids, a dog house and a nice pool for refreshing.
To make the garden more beautiful we added flowers and a big tree.

And a nightime picture will the lighting turned on:


10th Jun 2007, 3:41 PM
My clients were an older couple who wanted their backyard transformed into a space for relaxation and entertaining. The yard is surrounded by tall shrubs for privacy. The garden is kept on the borders and there is plenty of free space in the center for a larger number of guests. The longer tables on the deck can be used to serve food on these occasions as well as to store gardening supplies everyday. There are also two dining areas for more daily use - on the deck and by the fish pond. The fish pond is a way to have a little bit of nature in a small suburban backyard, and is a perfect view for meditation and relaxation.





10th Jun 2007, 6:11 PM
I have a question? How do you place pool slides / steps on round edged pools and how to you make square ponds?

10th Jun 2007, 7:12 PM
Use move_objects on and boolprop snapobjectstogrid false (and maybe boolprop allow45degreeangleofrotation true) to place the slides :)
You can make the pond look square by using the smallest water tool and being careful ...
Or you place tiles in a square shape (with a "hole" in the middle) and then use the water tool in the middle to make the pond ....

10th Jun 2007, 11:37 PM
I created this garden for a client's beach holiday home. They wanted a low maintenance garden suitable for entertaining friends. It's right next to the sea so there is no need for a pool. I did however put in an outdoor shower to wash off the salt water and a hot tub for relaxing in.

Rear deck has lounging area, and bbq and outdoor eating space.

http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/6371/e1zh3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Hot tub and outdoor shower. There is also a bar and a large levelled area lit with lanterns, suitable for parties.

http://img487.imageshack.us/img487/9820/e2lj6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Night view

http://img487.imageshack.us/img487/3871/e3jp5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)


http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/4950/h1ty1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

ms. simbodies
11th Jun 2007, 1:24 AM
My clients elected for a simple backyard and since it was their summer beach house and they aren't here all the time,
they wanted to keep it low maintenance.

I started by adding a beachwood deck, smoothed with age.....no staining required. Below the raised deck,
I added a small fresh water pond and a fountain.
A few adirondack chairs, which could stand the elements, some potted palms and a simple wood burning fireplace.
Simple, classic beach.....but a great place to relax or entertain.


The next phase was the pool area. I added stone fencing and trellised vines for privacy, palms, a few lovely japanese purple maples for contrast and potted annuals.

A perfect place to lay out and work on the tan.


I surrounded the beach area with palms, some low maintenance shrubs and pruned back the wild sunflowers growing on the property.

All this area need was a couple of adirondack loungers
for ship and surf watching


Aerial View


11th Jun 2007, 1:50 AM
These entries are great guys! Glad I'm not a judge. :lol:

11th Jun 2007, 11:51 AM
Im sorry Im asking so many questions!! But when does this round end? I know june 12th but what time zone are we operating within? Sorry I'll be quiet from now on I promise!

11th Jun 2007, 2:21 PM
Here we have a small courtyard garden, complete with a work area for crafts, bonsai, music, or whatever suits your fancy, a space for serene meditation surrounded by the relaxing sense of candles and bamboo, and everywhere the feel of being beside the water.

11th Jun 2007, 2:57 PM
@iampinkstar-Did you read the rules? The very first rule says 'DO NOT ask when the round ends, it will be posted.' It has been posted. Please go back and look for it. Your question has already been fully answered.

11th Jun 2007, 5:36 PM
Aw man, I've been working on a Japanese garden for this round... Back to the drawing board...

11th Jun 2007, 6:25 PM
But I'm sure yours would be different. ;)

11th Jun 2007, 11:44 PM
Well my client wanted a hawian the in his backyard so what do ya know it came out very nice.

12th Jun 2007, 12:09 AM
I am really really sorry, but I have to drop out of this contest due to lack of time and RL troubles. I just don't seem to find the time to start up the sims this week. it's a shame, I really liked doing this one.

Good luck to everyone else!

12th Jun 2007, 1:44 AM
That's a bummer, appelsapgodin. Sorry to see you go.... :(

12th Jun 2007, 3:09 AM
Everyone has such lovely entries! I think I'm going to (retroactively, and on my own, of course) try the challenges - just to see if I can do it. xD

Keep at it, everyone!

12th Jun 2007, 3:43 AM
OK everyone. Daltonsim has requested an extension. Round 3 will now end Wednesday June, 13th

12th Jun 2007, 1:03 PM
I'm really impressed how creative you all are with just Maxis items! Another fantastic round of entries everyone :beer:

12th Jun 2007, 7:18 PM
I love the canopy of palm trees titanic! From the arial view it looks like a picture frame. :D

And I would love to own contrakat's backyard all for myself...what an amazing place it would be to relax!

Great job everyone! Amazing use of Maxis content.

12th Jun 2007, 7:55 PM
I'm really really sorry to have to be dropping out now after requesting an extension. But I have alot of exams that I need to be revising for and I haven't got any time to be using the sims 2. And I'm really annoyed about the situation because I loved this contest and I've picked up so many tips along the way. And I'd like to thank Nicole for giving me the chance to do this. And I'm so so sorry. :cry:


12th Jun 2007, 8:52 PM
I was contacted by a retired couple to landscape and decorate their large backyard in a serene Japanese-style.


I had contractors install a large greenhouse, as well as an outdoor kitchen, complete with mini fridge, sink, and built-in BBQ. Perfect for entertaining on warm summer nights.

On the small island, under the willows, is a chess table.

I wanted the yard to be equally usable at night, so there is plenty of solar-powered lights to illuminate the space once the sun goes down.

13th Jun 2007, 2:11 AM
So, the last people we need are iampinkstar and rainbowshoes? Then we move on to the next round?

13th Jun 2007, 2:50 AM
I designed a courtyard garden for a young couple who loved to dance and hangout outside the problem was that they had limited space. They wanted light colours and some low maintenence plants.

Flowerbed and "Dancefloor"


Mini Fountain

13th Jun 2007, 5:24 PM

I appreciate that I made a mistake and didn't read the round info properly but I don't think there was any need to be quite so short with me!
I may be a little late with the round, Im sorry, my parents are having a kitchen remodelled and the electricity has been off for the best part of two days. Im going to go into the game now and create the back yard but please let me submit if Im a little over the deadline.

13th Jun 2007, 5:54 PM
I am looking forward to seeing your entry iampinkstar :)

rainbowshoes, your's looks great, I have never used that wall before but I think I might actually do on a future house ^^

13th Jun 2007, 8:40 PM
Ok its a little late but hopefully you'll all forgive me

Its a simple little cottage garden, a place to sit, a couple of flower beds and a spot to plant the vegetables.





13th Jun 2007, 8:49 PM
Beautiful entries everyone...I am HOPING I actually get to give you guys some comments this round! :)

Daltonism, very sorry to hear you need to drop out, and good luck on your exams! Your work has been beautiful here!

13th Jun 2007, 9:00 PM
Yea!! We can start judging now!!! Maybe we can get some scores and comments this time.... *winknudgenudge*

14th Jun 2007, 2:24 AM
Alright, sorry I'm a little late!


I will be sending the judges their pm's! We get to judge this round!!! 3 people will be eliminated.

14th Jun 2007, 11:31 PM
Ive sent my votes in. Good luck everyone :)

14th Jun 2007, 11:36 PM
Ditto, I should have told you all I sent them in earlier...best of luck!

15th Jun 2007, 1:34 AM
I'll be working on my scores... they will be in within a few hours.

15th Jun 2007, 1:34 PM
Ok I asked the judges to rate you on a scale of 1-10. (10 being the highest) I also asked them to write a small comment. So here are the results from most points to least points. 4 will be eliminated.

coldfloral-Stella La Rue 30-It has a very woodsy feel which is awesome. It looks very professionally done. Great job!

-A complex space made intimate by your use of trees, pathways and plantings...I love how your placement of seating areas here and there promotes strolling around...lovely job. I also appreciate that it’s feels very relaxed and park-like. A stand-out.

-Holy huge yard, Batman! But I really love what you’ve done with it. Greenhouses are so pretty to me, and I love that you decided to include one in your backyard. The third and fourth pictures illustrating the bridges and weeping willows is so romantic, I could just see two young Sims swooning over one another in the background Very, very, very well done.

romyhorse-Chris Cusiter 28
-Lovely! The beach theme is great!

-I can really see kicking back with my friends and enjoying this space. Very real, understated and relaxed and perfect for parties.

-And another contestant uses my favorite table/chair set. The outdoor shower is such a cute idea and a wonderful addition to the backyard. This is a great example of a nice yard with which to entertain!

BusterBrown-Emmy Lou 27
-Wow, I love the large deck area and the shape of the pool. Excellent job!

-This entry is a stand out. Complex but very refined, excellent use of knee walls and retaining walls, love the different levels. Fantastic materials selections. You also made sure the seating areas were plentiful and conversational. Great job.

-Where’s the grass?! As opposed to some of the other more child-friendly yards I’ve seen, I would say this yard is a little too dull for the kiddies. The yard is huge and great for entertaining, which is a great feature.

ms._simbodies-Erika DeJong 25
-Wow, this looks high class and amazing. Great job!

-Very nice selections, and I like the different levels and focal points very much. Well done.

-The pond is a nice addition to the yard. I’m not usually a fan of having both a pond and also a pool in one yard, but this works nicely. It looks like an awesome place to spend an evening under the stars, lounging on the lawn chairs. Good work, overall.

Cari4003-Champaign Blush 21
-Your design looks very classy, I like it.

-A really fun yard, I like the awning especially. Very versatile space as well. I just have to question some of your material selections. I’d have preferred seeing something softer, like shrubbery, or a lower fence to surround this property. The high fence feels a little ominous and closes in what is really a very nice space.

-The presence of the fence is nice, however the yard seems a little too kid-proofed for my tastes. I would have liked to see a little more room for the big kids (aka adults) to have fun in, but the overall aesthetics of the yard were nice.

bekpek-Sian Lomas 21
-Looks good, I love the thought you put into your design.

-This space feels very real. Nicely done and very good material selections.

-The little, round pool is the cutest! The area for the kids is nice, and you’ve used my favorite table/chair set. Overall, the set up was nice.

contrakat-Moira Archades 21
-Well, it’s different. I like the creative touch in going with a unique theme.

-A very serene little corner of the world. I’d personally enjoy having a space like this, but I wish you had included some more comfortable and plentiful seating..

-Your yard had a very Zen-like feel to it. I’m not personally a fan, but you seemed to make it work quite well. The bridge is cute, and I like the small fountain in the pond.

Gerbera-Stella Baudouin 20
-Hmmm the dark coloring on the flooring looks weird to me. Overall, it’s just ok.

-A fun and funky space, great for both families and entertaining. I question the use of the very dark hardwood for a deck in suburbia, but it’s something I can easily appreciate translated into a more chic, urban setting. Very unique selections as well.

-This is a lovely balance between space for the kids and space for the adults. I love the small sand-area for the children to play in, and I like the grassy sitting area off to the side of the yard. Well done!


titanic -Dorathy Taylor 19
-It’s pretty cool, a little plain but still nice. I love the palm trees surrounding it.

-An overly commercial look for a typical backyard, but you made some gracious decisions with materials and scale.

-The pool was funky, and I like the cute little sitting area with the boarder of palm trees around the whole yard. Overall, you did a pretty good job!

iampinkstar-Cadi Smith 19
-Nice and simple. Not bad. I wish you had included more things, however.

-It’s a nicely laid out little space, but I wish it were a little more inviting. I’m sorry to say it really feels unfinished.

-You know, this is one of the most simple yards of all the entries, but I really like it! Its so cozy and "sweet" looking with the garden and flowerbeds. Very nice work overall.

Goggle-Irmgard Schäfer 17
-I like the way you planned everything out, but I wish you could have included more things.

-A nice space and great selections, but could have used more seating and expanded entertaining
areas. Very pretty.

-Goggle, I love the deck area. I would have liked to see a little more decoration on the deck, but it definitely serves as a nice place to eat a picnic or just chill with friends on a hot day. The pond is cute, and I like the outdoor fireplace.

rainbowshoes-Hannah Jacobs 15
-It’s pretty boring. It looks nice but I think you should have included more things.

-This is an intimate little space, but needs more visual interest. Nice selections and it seems very peaceful.

-The tiny garden is simply that - tiny. But its rather cozy and comfortable. Another great choice with the table/chair set, and overall I think you did a pretty good job.

So we have to say our goodbyes to titanic, iampinkstar, goggle and rainbowshoes. Thanks for playing. The scores were very close, and I thought all of you did a wonderful job on everything. coldfloral will receive an automatic 2 points at the start of the next round. Congratulations everyone!

15th Jun 2007, 5:13 PM
Oh, that was very close for me ... Sorry to see you four go though :(

When will the next round start?

15th Jun 2007, 5:20 PM
OMG, coldfloral!! You got a PERFECT score!!! That's fantastic!!! Great job, you put a lot of effort in and you deserved it. Congrats, and I'm sorry to see the rest of you go... :weep:

15th Jun 2007, 5:41 PM
Bye Bye everybody*sniff sniff*

Well Nicole I think you hosted a great contest and hope to see your work again,You are very talented,lets all give a clap to Nicole *clap,clap,clap*

Ok bye bye.

15th Jun 2007, 6:08 PM
No way!

Thanks judges for the score :)

15th Jun 2007, 8:03 PM

*Room Type-Kitchen
*Main Color-Black
*Custom Content-Only Custom, No Maxis
*Due Date-Wednesday, June 21st @6:00pm (GMT-5)
*Pictures Needed-1 Ariel, 2-3 inside pictures

This round is pretty easy and I look forward to see what you all can do in a kitchen!

ms. simbodies
15th Jun 2007, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the nice comments! Congrats to those that continue and I'm sorry for those eliminations. You all did a great job!

15th Jun 2007, 10:12 PM
*reads round four and giggles evily* Hmmmm.... this ought to be interesting...

17th Jun 2007, 12:28 PM
This task was again quite difficult as a room with black as the main color can easily look depressing and uninviting - the complete opposite of what a kitchen is supposed to look like.
For this reason I decided to combine black with white and ligh blue. Also, I didn't want the kitchen to be hyper-modern as I don't really know the style of the client so I decided to go for a slightly retro look.





As you see there is plenty of storage space in this kitchen, and it offers modern technolgy. For a quick breakfast there's the island counters (A bigger meal can take part in the extra dining room of the house).

17th Jun 2007, 6:46 PM
Hi this is my entry for Round 4.

My clients for this round were young, hip and modern. They wanted a kitchen that was practical but looked good as well.

They wanted to me to use a lot of black which I have done but the rich purple of the walls takes away the harsh modernity of the kitchen units. The slate floor was also a success and looked good in this kitchen.

Here is the main part of the kitchen where all the modern appliances are. Although it is a compact kitchen there is plenty of storage and the rug on the floor makes the slate floor more bearable on a cold morning.


Here is the eating area. This is more of a breakfast area than a formal dining area. The purple chairs are funky and modern and look good in the room. This space is perfect for informal dining. The three floor to ceiling plate glass windows look fantastic and let a lot of light in but the clients can decide how much light they want to let in the the floor length blinds.



Here is the overview of the whole room. It is not a big room but it is uncluttered making it seem more spacious than it is.


17th Jun 2007, 6:54 PM
Using an updated style, I incorporated an island area to allow for more cupboard space for cooking and storage. I angled the refrigerator and placed extra cabinets along the perimeter, leaving plenty of room to move and prepare meals.

This view of the kitchen shows the backsplash of color used to warm the kitchen and make it feel inviting. I also incorporated this color into the wall colors and floor tile. Plenty of lighting is used, both natural and artificial, to help brighten the room.

This view emphasises the backsplash color by having the whole wall done, and blends the walls and flooring together without taking away from the black focal color used. Also by adding touches of white throughout the space I lightened the darker colors without washing out the main color scheme. The glass double door allows even more natural lighting to flow into the kitchen.

ms. simbodies
17th Jun 2007, 9:14 PM
Just beautiful all. I really love what you've done with the "color" black!

18th Jun 2007, 2:40 AM
In order not to let the black overpower the kitchen and become gloomy, I was going for very clean, slightly retro lines with just the occasional hint of the homey or ornate. Ample counter space complete with a small reading corner for the chef waiting for the next phase or researching a recipe, and a pleasant breakfast nook.

18th Jun 2007, 3:08 AM
Great entries everyone! I love seeing all the different styles with the same directions.

18th Jun 2007, 3:09 AM
contrakat: You can't have the diagonal in the wall.

18th Jun 2007, 3:12 AM
My apologies; it had been accepted in previous rounds and I didn't realize this one will be different. I will change it shortly.

18th Jun 2007, 3:16 PM
I'm so sorry. I did not realize that people had been using diagonals. You may keep yours. For everyone, starting now, no more diagonals. Again, contrakat, I'm so sorry.

18th Jun 2007, 3:26 PM
It's fine, really...I already changed it, so no big deal. :)

19th Jun 2007, 12:20 AM
For this round I designed a kitchen for a bachelor who wanted a masculine kitchen where he could impress the ladies.





19th Jun 2007, 12:43 AM
Wow romy that's gorgeous....I soooooo want your graphics card.

Great job everybody.

Thank you Ms. Simbodies!

19th Jun 2007, 2:36 AM
I have been watching.

And romyhorse THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!

ms. simbodies
19th Jun 2007, 3:53 AM
Just beautiful Romy

19th Jun 2007, 6:15 AM
This kitchen was designed for a young couple in a new apartment. They wanted a modern style, with black being the main color, but they didn't want the room to feel oppressive. Also, since they are rather constrained on space, and they don't entertain much, the couple decided that they only needed dining space for two.





Please just ignore the funky looking bit in the top left hand corner of the first pic. I had to overlap furniture there to get it to look right, and you don't see the funkiness from the sim's vantage point...

19th Jun 2007, 1:05 PM
Busterbrown, nice job! Great entries everyone!

19th Jun 2007, 1:35 PM
Cannot wait to see the results of this round...