View Full Version : Capture This~Project Antigua~Winner Announced

ms. simbodies
29th Jul 2007, 9:33 PM
Welcome everyone to my first contest here at S2C, one I’m hoping will be a continuing series!


Meet Boyd DeBeers, real-estate tycoon and CIO of Vacation Ventures L.L.C.
At his beckon call are his design team, Sasha Barren and Cassandra Mulberry.

Not only is Boyd handsome and a shrewd business man, he’s rolling in cash and buying up property all over the globe. He specializes in turning these properties into Five Star vacation destinations, commanding as much as $1000 per night just to have the pleasure of relaxing there.

The Contest: Vacation Ventures has just purchased another property, this one in beautiful Antigua.


The team is searching for another designer to join the group and renovate the property into a boutique hotel, soon to be named "Villa Del Sol". After application, you’ll receive the Antigua property (All Maxis Made) and you’ll need to place it seaside in a neighborhood of your choice. At the beginning of each round a series of photos that represent what Vacation Ventures wants this property to be will be posted. Those photos will represent that particular rounds work to be completed. The objective is to use the photos to decorate the rooms or exterior design and landscape of the property. You must use the photos to capture the room or exterior scene as close to the photo as possible. This means furniture pieces, furniture placement, colors and landscaping. For each round, you'll be asked to submit the required photos of each room/area that you designed along with a brief explanation on how you Captured This
photo series and what was challenging/rewarding about doing so.

Judges will base their scores on how well you observed the layout of the room, placement of furnishings, how well you followed the color scheme as well as following the overall theme of the contest.

Example: This is an example of a suite, please re-create this suite for this round, place the furniture as shown in the photos, you may use wall covering of your choosing. When completed, photograph your room from two angles and explain how you captured this room.

This contest requires extensive use of custom content and the ability to follow directions! You will be designing the following:

Exterior and grounds, including social space
(lounges, dining, pools, spas, etc.)
The lobby
3 Suites, including sitting areas and baths

You will have unlimited funds and can place walls, doors, pools and landscaping, entrances/exits anyway you desire as long as you keep the exterior walls intact and leave room to complete all the needed rooms/areas for each round. At the end of this competition, you’ll have learned new decorating skills, perhaps picked up some great custom content along the way and will have a beautiful lot for your playing enjoyment.

If you’re good enough, you’ll get an offer to join Vacation Ventures, an opportunity of a lifetime.

Grand Prize: A Two Month Paid Subscription to ~The Sims Resource~
made by our lovely judge Cari4003

also by our lovely judge Cari4003

Please do not join this contest if you don’t have the fortitude to complete, I'm planning for this contest to last 4 weeks, including the approximately five days for applications

Only one entry per contestant
All entrants must complete rounds by the stated time~All times will be listed as Central Standard Time (C.S.T.)
Photoshopping~limit used, only sharpening, boarders and text allowed
Photos should be no more than 650x550

Application Round Requirements:
All applications are due by Friday, 8/10 by 7:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Design Experience
Photo of designer working on a project(Sim must be your own creation!)
Please include a photo and brief explanation of a particular room that represents your talent and qualifications to join Vacation Ventures L.L.C.

Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=978742&postcount=54)~Exterior front lawn, lobby area~Scores (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=990632&postcount=120)
Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=988877&postcount=107)~Guest Suites~Scores (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1001369&postcount=156)
Round 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1000147&postcount=153), Exterior landscape, social areas~Scores (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1008738&postcount=172)

Our Competing Designers:
1. Pinklily Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=974534&postcount=19) Disqualified :(
2. Hencing Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=974987&postcount=20)~Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=985365&postcount=85) Withdrawn:(
due to computer problems
3. Koolaid Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=975392&postcount=22) Disqualified :(
4.Denise0 Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=975880&postcount=29)~Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=987451&postcount=90) Withdrawn :(
5.eedgan Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=975915&postcount=30)~Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=988227&postcount=98)~Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=998219&postcount=140)~Final Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1005399&postcount=167)
6.Nappyfro81 Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=976571&postcount=34)~Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=988730&postcount=102) Withdrawn :(
7. Romyhorse Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=978398&postcount=41)~Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=983097&postcount=79)~Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=997657&postcount=134)~Final Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1004988&postcount=161)
8. Brooke Lynn Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=978484&postcount=46) Disqualified :(
9. SharnaPax Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=978650&postcount=48)~Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=987791&postcount=94)~Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=998448&postcount=144)~Final Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1005087&postcount=164)
10. JoanneDyer Application (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=978715&postcount=52) Withdrawn :(

1. Ms. Simbodies
2. Tyana
3. Cari4003
Emergency Judges:
2. GalaticSimmer94

2nd Aug 2007, 8:52 PM
Contest Approved
Begins 8.2.07
Ends 9.2.07

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

REMEMBER that the Picture Posting Guidelines (http://forums.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=41698) apply to the contest forum as well. If your pictures violate these rules, your pictures will be deleted and you will be alerted/warned.

ms. simbodies
2nd Aug 2007, 10:34 PM
Great, lets get this started. Please, looking for two experienced and committed judges and two as emergency/back-ups. Message me if interested.

3rd Aug 2007, 6:19 AM
Sounds fun. Now that I have my gaming pc back, I can start joining contests.

But unless you've already worked something out with BP, contests can only be 4 weeks in length: "I'm planning for this contest to last 5 weeks"

ms. simbodies
3rd Aug 2007, 1:44 PM
Coldfloral, hope you can join us. I'm checking on the duration question now. If in fact we are limited to four weeks, we'll have many aspects of the design phase packed into three rounds, each a week in length. Thanks for pointing this out.

Looking for one more dedicated judge and at least one emergency judge. Please message me if interested!

3rd Aug 2007, 1:58 PM
Is this contest going to be really hard?

ms. simbodies
3rd Aug 2007, 11:29 PM
I don't think it will be hard, you'll have to follow the picture guidelines so you may find that easier than making up your own rooms but you will have to go and search for custom content (which, personally I find the most fun) to replicate the photo furnishings/decorations, if you don't already have the appropriate content.

still looking for at least one emergency judge.

4th Aug 2007, 1:52 AM
I'll be an EJ if you want!

Cassie :)

4th Aug 2007, 4:56 PM
I like the idea! Count me in.

4th Aug 2007, 6:57 PM
You can count me in too Ill have an app up later on today some time!! I'm looking forward to this being my first contest over here :)

4th Aug 2007, 10:10 PM
This sounds fun! I might try this. =^_^=

4th Aug 2007, 11:28 PM
Well done on your first contest Ms.Simbodies

This looks such fun, I've always failed miserably whenever I tried to replicate a photo whilst Simming so it'll be a challenge, but I'll definately give it a shot.

I'll probably be able to get my app done tomorrow at some time.

Hencing :)

5th Aug 2007, 6:17 AM
This sounds like an awesome contest!! I'm def applying!

ms. simbodies
5th Aug 2007, 2:30 PM
Great, can't wait to see all of your entries. Aside from the photos you'll be replicating, there will be plenty of opportunity for some "free styling" of your own.

6th Aug 2007, 5:50 PM
I am in :) I love the home makover's they are so fun to do.

6th Aug 2007, 10:52 PM
I love this contest! But, I do have a question-probably a stupid one, LOL

Do we have to remake the rooms in the pictures that you will be posted EXACTLY? OR are we suppossed to view the room and then make our version of that?

I am so excited, please get back to me as soon as you can,


Great, can't wait to see all of your entries. Aside from the photos you'll be replicating, there will be plenty of opportunity for some "free styling" of your own.

Nevermind, you had answered my question already.


MUWAHS, Im off to get my application done YIPEEEEEE!

ms. simbodies
6th Aug 2007, 11:08 PM
Great, can't wait to see your applications!

Pinklily, you will be given photos and the objective is to match the furniture that is in the photo (as closely as you can), the furniture placement in the room, and the color scheme. In some cases, I might say that you can pick the wall color or flooring, or add a particular piece of furniture that might not be in the photo, or to expand on what's in the photo in some way. At any rate, it will be a mix.

7th Aug 2007, 5:16 AM
Name: Chloe Landgrabb
Age: 27
Design Experience: I have designed on a small scale, the biggest job being the Landgrabb mansion.

I am a mother of twins, and of course I personally designed their nusery. This was a real treat for me, I love the whimsical feel of a child's playroom.

The first, and biggest account that I have had as a designer was the Landgrabb mansion. It was pretty outdated but I was able to keep a classic feel to the place, while adding slightly feminine touches. Decorating a bachelor pad isn't always the easiest jobs, most struggle to keep ahold of old armchairs and leather couches. But, I was able to do some wonderful things for a magnificent house! Here is the formal dining area; an imported baby grand, beautiful chenille arm chairs, and a lovely Portuguese needlepoint rug bring a certain worldliness to the room.

A massive elephant print flanks the oppossite wall. Elephants are known to bring one good luck and the strength of this print announces male territory. On the right you can see a flicker of the faux-ivory chandelier made to look like the tusks of an elephant. This peice really brings the room tegether.

7th Aug 2007, 8:57 PM
Evie Kendrick, aged 26, head of Hidden Treasure Designs.


I started out in the industry working for my uncle and his building company by furnishing showhomes. After a couple of years, it was then I decided to go it alone and start my own interior design business, Hidden Treasure Designs. The business is young, at only eighteen months old, but clients are steady and my portfolio is quickly filling up.

This particular room is part of one of my first projects and to date is one of my most successful. The pale walls set off the darker tones of browns and tans which I brought in to create a wild theme. To create a focal point I introduced a fireplace in order to invite a comfortable place where my client could relax after a long day. Overall the design came to quite contemporary which is something I like to replicate in a lot of my work, modern yet homely.



8th Aug 2007, 2:12 AM
Great job pinkLily and Hencing!

8th Aug 2007, 4:49 AM
Sims name : Tiffany Benz
Desine style: i love modrn look and can work in any size space

Here you can see my in the bathroom that im working on now

This is an voer head shot of a new master room that im wokring on for our new house.

Here you can see the sitting area i had set up for me and the hubby to just sit back and and read a book toget her with a veiw out the window.

Here you can see the dresser/makeup area i wanted this to notbe incolse so i use half wall to make it its own spot but that its not closed off from the rest of the room.

Here you can see the sleeping area i really love how this trned out. its just the right size and stuff to make sleeping like haven

This is my lastest work on a master bedroom

Rest of pics soon to come

8th Aug 2007, 6:00 AM
Thanks Cari! This is my second contest I have entered so far, the first one is a beauty contest and boy its tough!

I promise my pictures from here on out will be bigger-I'm new to all this so don't expect perfection. I kind of like diving into things and figuring it out as I go!

8th Aug 2007, 12:24 PM
When do applications end? I couldn't see it anywhere. I'm going to try and get an entry in but I have a couple of other contest entries to do first.

ms. simbodies
8th Aug 2007, 3:14 PM
Great Romy, I will take applications until Friday evening 7:00 C.S.T., hope you can join us.

Pinklily, Hencing and Koolaid.......just lovely applications, thanks for joining.

8th Aug 2007, 5:03 PM
Sounds great! I was waiting for this sort of opportunity for a long time. And now I actually have it, and tons of free time as well. So I'm definitely in.
Edit: which addons do I need to install your lot? Cause I only have Pets and Seasons already installed, but I have distribs for others if needed.

ms. simbodies
8th Aug 2007, 5:26 PM
Great Joanne, happy to have you.

For all:
The lot that you will be given, beginning with Round 1, was made with all Maxis content, I have all Exp packs with the exception of Pets. Please let me know if you encounter any problems with the lot.

8th Aug 2007, 6:02 PM
Im ganna re do my entry here ina bit lol

8th Aug 2007, 7:02 PM
My name is Breanne LaPort. Its nice to meet you.


I love decorating and designing, it is what I live for. I have decorated and designed many rooms for many different homes and people. Of course each persons taste is different, I am big on listening to ideas to understand what each individual wants captured in the room.

My favorite rooms to decorate are for kids, I love to put all of the ideas together to make a dream become a reality for them.

My favorite room that I have designed recently,would have to be the room that I designed and decorated for my sisters new house, I usually do not work with family, but my nephew loves the beach, loves to surf, so my sister wanted me to design a room that would fit him perfectly. With alot of hard work and a lot of research, this is what I came up with.




I hope you enjoy my decorating, as I would love to set out on this adventure with your company.

8th Aug 2007, 7:30 PM
Name: Maya Chu

Age: 24

Design Experience: I studied interior design at a community college, but dropped out when I fell pregnant with my baby. Fortunately, I have an influential daddy and I got plenty of work with his help, but now I am a sucessful designer in my own right and I think I have just the right blend of innovation and imagination to be an asset to your organisation.

Mmm... where to put that tub?

The room on display is (Bath)Room With A View. A rich client who never had the time enjoy the splendid views from his beach villa... Now when he uses the bathroom (and we all use the bathroom regularly), he can appreciate the true majesty of the Simpacific Ocean.




8th Aug 2007, 8:24 PM
Fantastic entries so far, keep up the good work everyone.

ms. simbodies
8th Aug 2007, 9:00 PM
Fabulous applications Denise and eedgan!

I have now loaded Villa Del Sol for you to download. I want to make sure that it works for everyone prior to starting Round 1 on Friday night.

8th Aug 2007, 11:09 PM
Great Thank you :)

*off to download the house* :yippee:

9th Aug 2007, 4:27 AM
Couldnt resist, I'll probably suck but hey these are fun!

Name: Felicia Lockahart
Age: 30
Design Experience: 7 years Professional Designer a member of both ASID and IIAD, I currently work for Carolyn Adams Design Studio. We work throughout Southern California.

These first two rooms are examples of my usual style of design. Cool colors, and contemporary furniture.

This couple were world travellers, who wanted to display each and every item that they had picked up over the years. While maintaining a clean contemporary look. What you see here is the compromise that was reached.



This room was so far away from the work that I usually do I was suprised when Carolyn asked me to take the job. I found out from the client that I was referred by a former client and freind of theirs. I figured if I couldnt do it or if the client was not happy I could pass the job to someone else, but i wanted the challenge.

They had a massive vaulted bedroom, in which they intended to fill with antiques. I didnt see how they would be able to get across the room with evertything that they had. Several items wound up in storage, there were two more settes, several statues, flower arrangements, paintings, another desk and three wingback chairs. The three tier chandelier that they insisted on is currently being custom made in Italy and should be shipped over soon.



Its not my style but, hey the clients were happy!!

ms. simbodies
9th Aug 2007, 12:32 PM
Nappy.....welcome! That's beautiful.

9th Aug 2007, 3:56 PM
Do you think I could have a day extension?
I'm very excited and I really want to enter, but I have to go out this evening. x.x

ms. simbodies
9th Aug 2007, 4:34 PM
You have until Friday night until 7:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Can you get it in by then?

9th Aug 2007, 6:00 PM
Ahh! I just went in-game to take pics and my game crashed! :mean: I have to go to work now and then to a wake. I'll be going in-game again tonight and hopefully have an app in by tomorrow!

9th Aug 2007, 7:23 PM
Erm, Friday. Yes. That's fine!
But what time is CST?

ms. simbodies
9th Aug 2007, 11:28 PM
Brooke, hope you get that worked out so you can join us. Dalton, you are six hours ahead of CST. If the application cut off is Friday night, 7p.m. C.S.T., your application would be due at 1:00 p.m. your time. I plan to start Round 1 tomorrow evening after application close. If you can get your application in tomorrow evening (your time), I'll allow it and you can start right in with everyone else on Round 1.

10th Aug 2007, 1:25 PM
I may be on time, or a little bit late. I have some urgent business to finish, but I'll try to make it before deadline.

10th Aug 2007, 8:02 PM
Name: Marsaili Leonard
Design Experience: I graduated with a HND in Interior Design in 9 years ago and have worked as an interior designer for most of those 9 years, only taking time off to have my children. I have worked for some difficult clients over the years, but as long as they pay me I'll give them what they want, even if it is purple carpets with green walls!

Here is a one room beach apartment I made over, for one of those difficult clients! I liked the concept of the room but it was just a bit too.... pink for my taste. But it was what the client wanted and that is what I aim to give.





ms. simbodies
10th Aug 2007, 9:05 PM
Beautiful Romy! Thanks for joining us.

Some of you have images posted that exceed S2C forum limits. Please review the Picture Posting Guidelines (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=896229&postcount=1) of the forum. Please resize your images and edit your post. Thanks All!

10th Aug 2007, 9:06 PM
I may apply as I am vactationing in Antigua soon! :)

10th Aug 2007, 9:15 PM
how many hours is left cause i wnat to know if ill be at home to start the round 1 when its posted

ms. simbodies
10th Aug 2007, 9:16 PM
Please do Galatic.......you've got a little more than three hours to get your app in.

10th Aug 2007, 9:21 PM
Name, Age: Charlotte Thompson, 36 years old
Experience: Interior Designer for 10 years.

Working on my daughter Brynn's bedroom

One of my favorite rooms I've designed. The owner of this house wanted a clean and modern look. This room has clean lines, and not too much clutter. I think I'm qualified to join Vacation Ventures L.L.C because I can give people exactly what they want to see.

ms. simbodies
10th Aug 2007, 10:51 PM
Welcome Brooke! Lovely entry!

For those of you that have stated that you'll be participating, please get your applications in. I will have round 1 up later tonight. Round 1 is shaping up to be a bit challenging but I can already see that we have many excellent designers out there so you should find it easy to complete.

10th Aug 2007, 11:44 PM
Hi, I'm Cezanne Titian.


I'm 20 years old and just started my decorating career. I was orphaned as a teenager, and I had to contend with education and bills on my own, so I certainly know how to work on a budget when needed. I scraped and saved to buy a tiny dilapidated building, and I've spent most of my time restoring and decorating it just for me.

My small living area:


A view into the bedroom:


My kitchen:


I hope I can be of use on this project!

ms. simbodies
10th Aug 2007, 11:56 PM
Hi Sharna, lovely entry and thanks for joining!

For those of you that have completed your application, please download the lot and place it seaside in a neighborhood of your choosing. You'll need the entire back of the lot and preferrably the sides by water to achieve the "Antigua Experience" in your rounds. Mod The Sims has a wonderful selection of seaside neighborhoods.

11th Aug 2007, 12:34 AM
Will we need to use our sim again? For Photos? If so can I move her to another neighborhood? I should have probably downloaded the neighborhood first..oops :(

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 12:41 AM
Yes, you will be needing to use your sim again for photos. You can use SimPe to replicate your sim for Body Shop or you can re-create your sim in game.

FYI, the winner of this challenge will be asked to provide a photo that can be used by Vacation Ventures in their future advertising :)

11th Aug 2007, 1:12 AM
Name: Meg E. Guerin
Age: 26
Work experience: three years and a half, so I'm still a bit green around the edges compared to other contestants
At my studio, working on a project
To represent my work I chose one of my most recent projects, both loved and hated equally. Joking *laugh* Maybe. It was a true challenge for me: the room I was working at had a very bad lighting and it was absolutely impossible to make extra window or two to improve the situation. Its shape wasn't the greatest one either. But I worked my tail off on this one and I'm proud of the result of my hard work. The airy colors of the furniture visually make the rooms appear lighter, contrasting dark wall panels and difference in textures make some awkward angles a lot less evident.
Dinning area

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 1:19 AM
Fabulous Joanne, so glad you made it......welcome!

Still hoping for coldfloral and dalton, but I'll have Round 1 up in a few minutes.

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 1:46 AM
Welcome designers to beautiful, exotic Antigua!

Vacation Ventures is excited to have you on hand to assist us with the renovation and opening of Villa Del Sol our latest acquistion. My design team has been very busy and we are in need of your creativity and talents to open this property on time. We've spent countless hours planning all the features that we'd like this seaside estate to have but don't have the time to complete it without your assistance. Time is money!

We've charted the specifics that we require for this renovation but are also anxious to see what new, exciting ideas you'll bring to our project.

The first order of business is to deal with the atributes of the property that need to be changed, things that we aren't favoring. Upon initial inspection, we thought that we like the rooftop terrace but after further review, we'd like to use that space for suite room. You'll need to extend the top floor eliminating the terrace but we'd like you to leave space for an upper level porch on each side of the suite area. Similar to this photo

We also want to change the color.....something bright and sunny and typical of the area. You'll be using canary yellow as the primary exterior color and white trim for all windows, doors and archways and porch flooring. We'd prefer siding but if you can only find stucco, that will do.


Please make sure that you have the contractors knock down the changing cabana by the pool and get rid of the pool as well as the spa area. We're working on our plans for that area now and will share them with you when complete. We have alot of fabulous ideas in mind for the pool and beach area. Oh, and by the way, you can also have the unsightly fencing removed.

Arches are traditional on Antiqua...the weather is beautiful almost year around and there is little need to shut up the villa behind closed windows and doors. Almost all of our suite plans have adjacent sitting areas that look out onto the beach, the sea, and the pool areas. In order to accomplish this, we'd like you to begin by extending the front porch across the front of the villa as much as you can. We liked the looks of this design

Once the porch is complete, you may furnish the porch using these furnishing as your base, pay attention to the placement because the layout is good for small groups to gather on the porch.
Please feel free to add your own florishes.

When your finished with the porch, please move inside to design a small foyer/lobby in which to greet our guests. Again, don't worry about closed doors as we are favoring the arches and are particularily fond of louvre windows when they are needed.

On some of our recent travels, the design team got a photo of a lobby that we loved. It's a little large for this villa but I'm sure you can scale it down a bit and make it as classy as we remembered it to be. Carry the theme around the lobby, so our guest have a place to gather if they so choose. Remember, don't make it too big, we need some space on the first floor for at least two suites.
Oh, and don't forget to include a small reservation desk. If you think of anything else that this area may need, please speak up!

The final bit of work this week is the front yard landscaping. We have plenty of beach out back so I want the front to be lush and tropical, using many of the native botany species of the area. Get the workmen to remove the beach sand that's accumulated out front. I also want the front of the property blocked off from road noise. You may have to have a fence installed but alot of trees and wild tropical bushes should help that along. Don't forget a locking gate at the entrance of the property, along the fence! Our guests want to get away from it all and I want to make sure their experience is everything they had hoped for. Once you have the front obstructed, start a path from the porch and line it as so

A couple water features would be a nice accent to the plant and tree life, creating a cool space in contrast to the heat of the beach,. We were thinking that perhaps some benches strategically placed around the yard would be nice for those guests that want to walk the property or escape the action on the beach side.

There's a lot of green in these plans but don't forget the native Antigua color


We know that this is a large project, with an agressive timeline but you've got youth and energy on your side and we can tell you're all as ambitious as we are. If you run into any jams, just give any of us a jingle on our cells.......we'll be back in a week and start work on the suites.

Photos required for this round:
3-4 shots of the front of the house, including the yard and the addition to the top story.
2 shots of the lobby/foyer area
An aerial shot of the first and second floor
2 shots of the new porch and furnishings
One of the shots should have your designer hard at work
Please describe how you Captured This round by bringing the photos provided and your ideas together to design Villa Del Sol.

Round 1 ends on Friday night 8/17 at 7:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Judges criteria and scoring
Did the designer follow the theme of the contest for the round evident in their photos and explanations of round? Maximum points for this 75

Did the designer follow the appropriate instructions of Boyd and his design team in their design instructions/furnishings etc.? Maximum points for this 25

Did the designer follow the theme with their own designs? Maximum points 25

Uniqueness and creativity of design Maximum points 25

11th Aug 2007, 2:04 AM
Now I understand why we have a whole week to finish this one =)

11th Aug 2007, 2:08 AM
I would love to enter this but I can't. If possible could I maybe do an application with my round one?

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 2:10 AM
I will take your application if you can get it in by tomorrow morning.

11th Aug 2007, 2:11 AM
I live in england so is it night or day where you live? So then I'll know the timiong roughly

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 2:14 AM
It is 8:15 p.m. here now and I think you're six hours ahead of us. Let me know the earliest you can have it in by.

11th Aug 2007, 2:36 AM
Yep we are. Im going to sleep now but it should once Im up take me about an hour to do. So I would say that I could have it done by about 8-9am your time, possibly earlier.

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 2:39 AM
Thanks Galactic, looking forward to your application.

11th Aug 2007, 8:12 AM
Are those pics really of Antigua? Wow, it looks like a beautiful place!!

So, am I understanding you correctly - we only landscape the front of the property?

11th Aug 2007, 10:40 AM
Hey, I seem to be having troubles with the lot, it installed alright. It's when I go to enter the lot, my game crashes. I have every EP upto Pets although none of the stuff packs.

Could I get the dimensions so I could build it myself?


11th Aug 2007, 11:30 AM
Hey, I seem to be having troubles with the lot, it installed alright. It's when I go to enter the lot, my game crashes. I have every EP upto Pets although none of the stuff packs.

Could I get the dimensions so I could build it myself?


I have the same EP's installed as you - no Stuff Packs either - and it worked okay for me. Have you tried installing with Clean Installer?

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 12:25 PM
Hencing, sorry that you're having problems. I'll go into my game now and see if I can get the dimensions. I'm sorry, I don't have them on hand this moment. I'll also strip down the lot for you and you can try that. The fence I used is from Seasons so maybe that's the problem?

eedgan, yes only the front of the property, from the porch forward and yes there are pictures of Antigua in the mix. As well as almost every tropical island in the BWI and Caribbean. I used many different shots to create the plan for this project.

11th Aug 2007, 12:56 PM
Im afraid I will not be able to enter 'cos I am justso busy, but if the space is still vacent I could be your 2nd EJ

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 1:08 PM
Sure Galatic, I'll put you down and let you know if you're needed. Thanks

Hencing, still waiting for my game to load. As soon as I get those aerial shots, I'll be back with them.

11th Aug 2007, 2:11 PM
You're a star, ms.simbodies, thank you :D :D :D

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 3:47 PM
You're so welcome hun! Hope everything goes okay for u.

I'm going to close applications at noon and move to Round1. If planning to participate, please hurry and get those applications in.

11th Aug 2007, 5:47 PM
Why is everyone's cell phone off? I keep getting voicemail...
I need some more clarity on your instructions, please.
1. Must we add stairs to the upper suite?
2. Upper level - should it be room enough for 1 or more suites?
3. What constitutes a suite? Should we do luxury suites (sleeping area, living area, and bath) or simple suites (bed and bath only)?
4. We must remove the cabana, pool and spa area... according to the floorplan is that A, B & C?
5. Does the current pool area form part of the area that must be landscaped? Or will the new pool be situated in the same spot?
6. The ground floor must house at least 2 suites, can I knock out interior walls and redefine spaces? And if so, will we need to set aside additional spaces for other room like kitchens, dining areas, recreation areas etc.?
7. Is the narrow room (I) the lobby or can it be extended. If it can be extended, can we go out, as in bigger?

Sorry for asking a gazillion questions, but I'd really like to get started...

ms. simbodies
11th Aug 2007, 6:17 PM
Sorry we were unable to answer your calls, we were in flight when you rang, on our way to look at a property in Aspen.

Thanks for your questions, let me clarify:
You will add stairs to the get to the upper level, but that will be next round.
Just extend the room out onto the upper terrace and leave enough room for a 2nd floor porch, as pictured in the round (a porch big enough for a few chairs, etc.) on each end. Suite instructions will be in next round. You will be doing suites with bedroom/bath and small sitting area (hint, which may/maynot be on the porch)
Remove A, B, and C
The first level new porch should only span the front of the villa, additional porch will be added later. Landscape from the porch forward to the street, which will leave the space in front of the former cabana as "free space" as well as the space to the right of the front of the villa. But because we want privacy, you should obstruct the view of the property.........the entire front, from the street.
You may knock down all the interior walls, doorways, etc. your choice
The lobby/foyer can be shaped however you like, just keep in mind that you'll have to have room for at least two suites on the first floor. You'll define the layout of all rooms.
This is a luxury villa, but it will have no kitchen........perhaps a restaurant would be more in order :) We'll worry about that one later, but since it's Antigua most of those social areas will be outside of the villa.

Let me or the design team know if you need anything else!

11th Aug 2007, 6:51 PM
Thanks for the quick response - back to the drawing board.

12th Aug 2007, 4:13 AM
GRRRRR!!!! Why is it I ALWAYS miss the aplication rounds of these things!
Good luck to everyone!

12th Aug 2007, 6:35 PM
Er... me again. Are we supposed to add windows in this round? Also, I just want clarity - other than a lobby, I can use the rest of the interior for the various suites, right?

ms. simbodies
12th Aug 2007, 7:47 PM
Thanks for you questions

Other than the lobby, the rest will be used for suites, etc. You can feel free to include windows this round, but you'll be able to change them if you want as we go forward. Last round will require you to make your final decisions on doors/windows.

12th Aug 2007, 8:54 PM
ok im ganan give this a try and start working on it when i get home from work

13th Aug 2007, 1:29 AM
do the colors and furniture need to match your photographs of the porch, and do the colors in the picture of the lobby also need to be present? I wasnt sure if you wanted us to replicate those photos, or make our own tropical paradise out side and into the lobby. thanks

ms. simbodies
13th Aug 2007, 1:46 AM
Thanks for asking,

I'd like you to follow the colors and furniture styling of the porch furnishings and the lobby. It doesn't have to be exact, but try to get close. Outside, I'd like a lot of greenery as present in the photos, but the addition of colorful plants/flowers is also welcome, like present in one of the photos. If it's exact replica......bravo, if you get close, bravo too! Just stick with the theme, do the best you can and I'm sure everyone will do great.

14th Aug 2007, 12:36 AM
First to post :D this was a tricky one! Please let me know if I've done it right.

Front of house showing top storey


Close up of front entrance








Aerial Ground Floor - can see layout of garden


Aerial First Floor


Porch - it looks a bit bare as there is nothing behind it



Designer at work - helping out with planting


How I Captured This Round

First of all I worked on the building, knocking down the interior walls in preparation for building, and expanding the upper floor. Then we got to work painting the exterior and extending the front porch. We chose yellow siding as suggested with white doors and arches. I then chose some nice white tile for the porch (easy to take care of) and furnished it with some white wicker furniture. There are a couple of large sofas at the entrance where guests can sit whilst waiting on their taxi, or just to admire the garden, and there are 3 other seating groups. The porch isn't very big as I wanted to make sure the garden was big enough to do something with. In the foyer we used cream marble flooring and cream walls to create a cool and inviting room. There is a small reception desk in the corner and a selection of international newspapers for the guests.

The garden was my favourite part. I put up a glass fence then planted ivy on the inside to give privacy. The path passes a central fountain and there are 2 separate paths meandering off the main one, one going to a bench from where to enjoy the garden, the other to a hidden pond. For planting I used lots of greenery in different heights to create interest and added some splashes of reds and orange, my favourite being the large Bird of Paradise plant next to the bench.

ms. simbodies
14th Aug 2007, 3:18 AM
Great job so far Romy, looks to me like you captured all of the elements.

14th Aug 2007, 5:58 AM
fabulous!!! as always Romy, to be an interior designer must be your calling.

14th Aug 2007, 8:47 PM
I feel totally dumb asking this question-but where do we download the resort?

14th Aug 2007, 10:25 PM
I feel totally dumb asking this question-but where do we download the resort?

It is at the end of post number 1 :einstein

ms. simbodies
15th Aug 2007, 12:09 AM
Thanks eedgan! Pinklily.....did you find everything ok?

15th Aug 2007, 1:01 PM
This definately was a challenge, I shudder to think what my computer will think of me when the entire villa is done, but on with the show....

The villa and gardens




The lobby



Aerial views



The front porch



Me at work, keeping the garden in top condition


I captured these designs by keeping as close as possible to the images provided, which proved much more challenging I had initially thought, particularly to when it came to finding the porch furniture, the benches were found underneath several old bathtubs in the backyard of an junk shop, I only had to re-upholster them and they were as good as new. I installed several potted lemon trees which I thought complemented well with the colours of the fabrics.

The lobby was possibly the hardest part of the project, because I wanted the right shade of marble for the flooring, so I had to get it especially quarried and sent over, so that caused it to be the biggest expense.

The garden was the nicest part of the project as I haven't been able to much landscaping before, so I had great fun doing this as you can see from the shot above. I created a large pond at one side which gives a tranquil air to the entire space, whilst keeping that grand appeal which is generated by the double entrances. I used a lot of greenery with the odd hint of colour just to add flavour.

I hope I did everything right

15th Aug 2007, 5:33 PM
I can't seem to figure out what's wrong. It seems like everytime I try to load the lot, the game crashes. I'm going to try and put the lot in a regular neighborhood instead of a business area, maybe that's my problem. Hope it works! I'm loading the game now and hopefully will have my entry in by tomorrow!

15th Aug 2007, 5:54 PM
I might need a day or two extra to do this my friends mother die yesterday and she needs my help thu it
so im not sure if illg et it due by the due date so if i could get a day or two extra im sure i can et it done

ms. simbodies
15th Aug 2007, 6:11 PM
Brooke, what exp packs do you have? The lot was created as residential using maxis made content up through the Season exp pack, minus the Pets exp pack. I can send you a stripped down lot, just pm your email. The stripped down lot has no fencing, siding, doors or windows (which may be one of the offending/conflicting objects. I also took aerial w/grid shots in case someone wanted to construct themselves.

Koolaid, sorry to hear about your friend however in order to end this contest on 9/2 the greatest extension I can give you is until Saturday morning sometime, allowing others to continue to round 2. Is this doable for you?

15th Aug 2007, 8:01 PM
yes i can do that cause i well be back from her house on friday

16th Aug 2007, 10:54 PM
This was quite challenging, I must say :)

Front of house


Other side of porch



Garden Sitting Area, there I am tending to the flowers, we want to make sure they are big and beautiful



Ariel View of Main floor

Ariel view of Top Floor

This was a fun round to complete. There is so much color, I love the tropical colors and tried to utilize as many as I could.

I think the colors make it look inviting and capture the tropical setting. I wanted the guests to remember how peaceful and relaxing this resort is. We did put the tall flowers around the porch so it created a more private feel, along with the privacy fence in the front. The porch was my favorite to design, I wanted to be inviting and seat as many people as possible without seeming crowded.

The lobby is my 2nd favorite part of the resort, It is warm and inviting but still has a tropical feel to it. We used golds and greens with whites to make it seem larger. We gave the Lobby alot of seating and a bar, where people could socialize while waiting for their suite or just to relax with a cold tropical drink.

ms. simbodies
16th Aug 2007, 11:02 PM
Denise, Excellent!

All, I can't wait for you all to see the next round, which of course are the suites for the villa. I think you'll find it enjoyable......and challenging. For those of you that are worried about you're games performance by cramming lots of stuff into a large lot, you will have the option of reusing the blank lot for each round. Of course, the downside of that is that you'll not have a completed villa for future game fun. Just wanted you to know in case you were concerned.

16th Aug 2007, 11:13 PM
Thank you, It was a little harder than I thought it would be to match the color schemes :) I love tropical resorts..I think its time to go back to one in real life......AAAAHHHH ;)

17th Aug 2007, 4:25 AM
Okay im gonna put my pics up later today or tommorrow morning but, I didnt get paid early enough to get a subscription account on TSR to get the louvre windows soooo... ummm.

17th Aug 2007, 4:59 AM
This was most fun and very challenging! I must say that everyone's entries are wonderful! ... and, um, well, here's mine (gulp and big deep breath).

Front View


While I used the requested archways throughout the rest of the building, I took it upon myself to add swinging doors entering into the lobby. I thought hard about this, and I feel that the small doors not only break up what might be a monotony of arches, they also might say to customers, "It's private and safe here, come in!" If, however, you don't approve, it won't take a moment to remove the doors.

Here are shots of the new front veranda. This first shot shows two separate conversation areas, plus a small refreshment bar.


The second shot is from the far end of the porch, showing other furniture groupings. I did my best to work with the colors, fabrics and furniture styles you requested.


The new gardens were both a delight and a challenge. I've never worked with tropical plants before, but I did my best. I lined the paths with small painted stones. One end of the garden has a fountain, with a seating area. The opposite end has a small gazing pool, with another seating area.



Here is the lobby. I scoured the area for local artwork to display. There are seating areas, and a small reception desk.




The ground floor top-down view.


The top floor.


Finally, a shot of me putting up the paintings in the lobby.


I hope you approve of what I've done so far!

ms. simbodies
17th Aug 2007, 12:30 PM
Wonderful Sharna!

The round closes this evening at 7:00 pm C.S.T. and we are still missing several of your entries.

Can't wait until you see the next round which will begin later this evening.

17th Aug 2007, 2:33 PM
I know I cant wait until the next round :)

17th Aug 2007, 2:56 PM
This one will be a hard one to judge....great rounds so far everyone.

17th Aug 2007, 4:29 PM
I selected a slightly weathered looking finish for the exterior walls, I feel that it will fit in better with the older, historical buildings on the island, I also think that it adds character to the resort. I made a few structural changes, of course you are aware that Antigua experiences a lot of seismic activity, and it was necessary to re-inforce some of the load bearing walls. I did not make the front porch area overly large, as I am sure our guests would rather sit at the rear porch and enjoy the view of the ocean.
Outside, I used high fences to ensure the privacy of our guests. Access to the lobby is across a delightful bridge. The garden features many indigenous plants, including oleander, as well as few more exotic varieties to add more colour and diversity. There is a delightful flower garden, tree lined garden path, as well as a gazebo - ideal for small beach weddings or private dinner parties.







With regards to the lobby/reception area, I decided to span the entire width of the building. So our guests can walk in the front door and view the sea at the other end. There is some seating for the guests and they are encouraged to make use of the computers (wireless internet, of course!). The paintings in the foyer are also sourced from a local up-and-coming artist.












I am sorry, but I had to add the stairs to the upper floor in this round, as it is part of my lobby. One More... (http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i1/eedgan/CTG5.jpg)

ms. simbodies
17th Aug 2007, 4:51 PM
Lovely eedgan!

17th Aug 2007, 8:23 PM
WOW...everyones entries look so fantastic :) Its going to be a hard contest, I would hate to be judging this one.

ms. simbodies
17th Aug 2007, 10:19 PM
We are still missing five contestant entries and the only one I've heard from is Koolaid. Please get your entries in or let me know what's happening. Round 2 will be up later this evening and we'll be judging tomorrow morning.

18th Aug 2007, 12:10 AM
Felicia Lockhart

For my design I tried to keep close to the design and layout as determined in the guideline pictures.


view from the street


On the front porch I added two seating and eating areas for guests who want to sit outside and enjoy each others company or a meal outdoors.

Front Porch




For the landscaping in the front of the property I made sure to use a large amount of plants and trees that added to the tropical appeal of the Villa, I also had to ponds dug on either side of the yard fitted them with more exotic plants and finally put in water spouts, to add interest and help drown out the street noise. There are also gravel covered paths that lead to each pond.








Picture of me putting the final touches on the room.


aerial view of upper suite

hope its all right!!!

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 12:15 AM
Wonderful Nappy!

18th Aug 2007, 12:49 AM
When will the next round be posted ms. simbodies? I am so excited to get started :yippee:

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 12:53 AM
We are waiting for our missing entries to arrive........seems a shame that we've not heard from so many :( Unfortunately, due to a previously given extension and late round postings, our panel of judges will not be able to judge these until tomorrow sometime. Hopefully we'll have scores and comments by tomorrow or Sunday at the latest.

I will have the next round posted by 8 pm C.S.T.

18th Aug 2007, 1:04 AM
Ok, Great thank you :)

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 1:59 AM

Hello Designers!
We're very impressed by just our first glimpes of Villa Del Sol, it really looks like it's starting to come together.

In this round, we’ll be working on our suites. These suites are the backbone of our revenue. Although our guest play hard all day in the pool and ocean, they want a luxurious place to relax, entertain or just sleep when indoors. My design team has selected the finest furnishings, linens and bath fixtures for you to work with and only the best will do. You should feel confident in choosing appropriate art work or plant life for these rooms. This round will separate the men from the boys……err so to speak. Please follow the photos in furnishings and placement as best you can. If you make your own decisions on the décor or placement, please be prepared to explain them to us when we get back, we may love it.................or not!

First, if you’ve not done so already, place a staircase of your choosing to get to the second floor. Please make sure your staircase keeps in theme with the rest of the villa.
The second floor suite is the largest of all of our suites and we are expecting at least $1000 a night for this room. Most of our vacation properties have an executive level suite, usually rented by honeymooners or corporate clients who entertain.
The bedroom faces the ocean so our guests have a full view of everything going on beach side. Please make sure that you tastefully decorate their balcony so if they’d like to sip a few cocktails from there, they can do so.

This suite also features a sitting room with combo dining area which faces the street side balcony, again please ensure that the balcony on this end is suitable for entertaining. Oh, while we like the dark woods, the exterior doors and windows should still be white on both balconies.


Interior suite bath:

Our second suite is on the main floor to the left of the lobby when looking from the front and will eventually be poolside. In order to accommodate this suite and other features in the next round, must be exact in continuing the porch. Do a single title foundation from the front porch and then head to the back with 13 single tiles of foundation/porch until you get to the back of this room. When you get there expand the porch across the front of the suite and go out about four or five tiles to give you ample porch space.

The bedroom:

The bath:
Although we love our bath design for this room, it’s a little dark, please tone it down a shade or two in keeping with the theme of the suite.

Again, this is a pool side room so make sure that they have a place to gather outside the room on their deck. You can choose the furnishings, but please as in the rest of the villa, make it quality!

Although we cater to many couples, we are a family oriented vacation destination. We feature resort activities for young add old alike. We have a special suite for the young ones to stay in….sort of like a big slumber party for the little people, complete with 24/7 nanny supervision. This way the family can play together all day and in the evenings parents can socialize with the adults and feel comfortable that the kids are looked after. For the children’s suite, we’ll be using the former owners addition that spans to the far right off the main house. The Children’s suite is airy and bright with a bustling activity area in the center, please create a small deck off the end of the room facing the ocean. Just like the adults, the kids need a place to relax too! For the benefit of all, please place a security device in this room.



Children’s Bath
The connecting small room between this suite and the main house will be the children’s bath. Although the bath is primarily white, please liven it up a little with some colorful children’s prints.

The final suite will be on the main floor to the right of the lobby. Please make sure to give them a nice deck space as well and furnish the deck as stylishly as you’ve done the rest.

The bedroom:


I'm extremely proud of those of you that have shown us your talent....if you find our missing designers, let them know we've noticed their absence.

We are off to Venice, to put an offer in on a very exciting property there. We'll see you in one week. We can't wait to see the fine suites you'll design for our guests. Feel free to contact us by cell if you have any questions.
Ciao Designers!

Photo's for this round

For the master suite we would like a couple of shots of the bedroom area, including one like the photo provided. Same for the sitting/dining area and bath. Make sure that in your bedroom and sitting area shots you capture the balconies.
Children's suite and bath, a couple of shots of the sleeping areas, play area and bath, including ones that represent the photos given to you. Additionally, any representative shots of their deck or additional entrances.
For the other suites, we want a couple of shots of the bedroom and bath areas, including ones that replicate the photos given you. Additionally we'd like a couple of shots of what you've done with the deck. If one captures the essence, that's fine too.

Round 2 ends on Friday 8/24 7 pm CST

18th Aug 2007, 8:26 AM
I have a question, again!
The Executive Suite will span the entire upper level, correct?
If so, thats alota space (you ought to up the rates!) :)

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 8:38 AM
Yes, it's very spacious.................the rates will go up once the place catches on......in the mean time, you can fill it it with designers choice.

18th Aug 2007, 9:15 AM
I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it. My dog died yesterday and I took it hard. His father died last year, and now my boy is gone as well. We buried him today. I'm sorry, but I was in no shape for contest.

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 3:35 PM
Joanne, sorry to hear, thanks for letting me know.

18th Aug 2007, 4:04 PM
I just want to tell everyone what a great job they did and how difficult the judging was. Keep up the great work and I can't wait to see round 2.

18th Aug 2007, 4:16 PM
Thank you, ms. simbodies. Maybe I'll join the next cycle if there will be one. I had so many ideas, it's sad to have 'em gone waste.

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 4:18 PM
Judging is in progress. We will have scores for you by tomorrow morning. We have one judge that is gone for the weekend but said she'd have her scores in by tomorrow. I have asked one of our emergency judges to step in and judge round 1 in case she doesn't get back in time. I don't want to keep anyone waiting.

We have not heard back from Koolaid so unless that designer posts by noon, Round 1 is closed. Congrats to all of you that stuck with round 1 and produced such lovely entries.

I agree with Cari, what an awesome job you all did first round..cannot wait to see your second round entries!

18th Aug 2007, 4:31 PM
Should the children's suite be accessible from the lobby or have it's own entrance? What do you mean by a security device?

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 4:42 PM
Romy, good questions

The children's suite has a beach side entrance and if you wish, an entrance on the opposite end, but not an entrance from the lobby. A security device could be a wall alarm or a security camera, etc. your choice.

18th Aug 2007, 8:44 PM
Hey Boss, how's Venice? I heard from your PA that we needed to take some pics of our design progress. How many pics do you need for the Portfolio? (Screenshots?)

ms. simbodies
18th Aug 2007, 9:39 PM
Good point eedgan........sorry, I was remiss in giving proper photo instructions

For the master suite we would like a couple of shots of the bedroom area, including one like the photo provided. Same for the sitting/dining area and bath. Make sure that in your bedroom and sitting area shots you capture the balconies.

Children's suite and bath, a couple of shots of the sleeping areas, play area and bath, including ones that represent the photos given to you. Additionally, any representative shots of their deck or additional entrances.

For the other suites, we want a couple of shots of the bedroom and bath areas, including ones that replicate the photos given you. Additionally we'd like a couple of shots of what you've done with the deck. If one captures the essence, that's fine too.

I'll copy this to the rounds instructions.

All, I've posted a poll in the discussion forum asking for feedback on the concept of this contest. I know it's alot of work for all of you but it's also alot of work for me to pull it together. I'd like your feedback on making this contest a series...........so please, visit the Thread (http://forums.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=46596) and leave your vote.

All judges and participants that finish this challenge will receive a custom, tropical wall and floor pack, designed by yours truly as a participation gift. I love texture, so this is my little gift for all your hard work.

Here's what you'll be receiving at contest end

19th Aug 2007, 1:48 PM
Those are beautiful, ms simbodies, thank you.

ms. simbodies
19th Aug 2007, 2:40 PM
I have received and tabulated scores for Round 1.

You were judged on 4 catagories by 3 judges. All scoring and comments should be taken as constructive and helpful for future rounds. Remember, we all get better with practice!

Congratulations go out to all for this somewhat difficult round. I'm learning as I go here and your comments have been really helpful.

On with the show.........

Followed Theme: 205/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 59/75
Own design touches: 66/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 60/75
Total Points: 390/450
Panel comments: I like the privacy fencing and the gardens. The front porch looks relaxing and can seat a nice number of small groups without being crowded. The lobby looks a little sparse and I would have like to seen a seating area around or near the pond. Overall very pretty. My favorite of yours was your attention to detail on the porch. The furniture, placement groupings were very much like those pictured. Well done. Try to get a little closer on your aerial shots so we more easily view placement.

Followed Theme: 209/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 62/75
Own design touches: 65/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 66/75
Total Points: 402/450
Panel comments: Great job adding privacy and blocking the road, terrific plant and garden choices. The lobby is very nice and the artwork is beautiful. Ariel view of bottom floor is missing. The porch is a little thing to be comfortable. Beautiful entry. Love the fountain in the yard and tropical plants used. Missing lower level aerial shot.

Followed Theme: 205/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 68/75
Own design touches: 71/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 69/75
Total Points: 413/450
Panel comments: I love the amount of color from the plants and flowers on the walkway. The front porch has a nice open feeling, but not enough small group seating. I really like the swing to sit and relax. The lobby is very pretty. Great entry. Your garden really stands out and screams tropical and your porch furnishings are right on target. Some of your photos are a little distorted, try to resize them differently so they don’t appear smooshed.

Followed Theme: 214/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 65/75
Own design touches: 66/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 68/75
Total Points: 413/450
Panel Comments: The villa looks amazing in your first shot. Love the uniqueness of the water features and bridge. I don’t think you followed the photos for landscaping so try to follow the photos and then add your unique touches. I love the entrance onto the porch, the bridge was very unique and really gives an exotic feeling to the entrance. The gazebo was a nice touch for extra gatherings. Very unique entry.

Followed Theme: 218/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 69/75
Own design touches: 68/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 68/75
Total Points: 423/450
Panel Comments: I love the pottery and stone pathway. The little pond is pretty but a little cluttered. The lobby is gorgeous, as well as the front porch. I really like the garden area. Beautiful entry. Awesome yard and villa shots, just stunning. Love what you did with the yard. The porch furnishings were nice and perfectly appropriate but didn’t follow the photos much.

Followed Theme: 219/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 69/75
Own design touches: 73/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 72/75
Total Points: 433/450
Panel Comments: I love the groomed and organized garden/pathway area, very nice. Porch is a little crowded. The lobby is beautiful. I really like the exterior design, very pretty. The exterior shot and your lobby really stand out, excellent. Really liked the shot of your designer hanging artwork, great job. Beautiful and organized entry.

19th Aug 2007, 9:33 PM
I have a question and am unable to get anyone to answer their cell phones. The sitting area in the upstairs suite...is the sofa and chair green, cream or gray? It looks like an in between of all 3.. LOL Thanks

ms. simbodies
19th Aug 2007, 10:18 PM
I believe it to be green.

22nd Aug 2007, 1:49 PM
Do a single title foundation from the front porch and then head to the back with 13 single tiles of foundation/porch until you get to the back of this room. When you get there expand the porch across the front of the suite and go out about four or five tiles to give you ample porch space.

I am confused by this....we are to add a porch to the side of the room?

ms. simbodies
22nd Aug 2007, 10:04 PM
You will only do a single tile foundation/walkway from the front porch until you reach the back, then expand the porch across the front of the suite. You can go out 3-5 tiles if you want. The reason for the single tile on the side is to create a walkway but leave enough space on the side for another project for last round.

23rd Aug 2007, 7:01 PM
Hi, I was wondering if I could ask two questions please...
1. I am somewhat overwhelmed by the tasks in this round and was wondering if I could get an extension until Saturday - maybe noon? Please?
2. Can I delete all the furniture in my lobby, as well as some of my garden goodies? Or will we need to show them off again later? My PC is suffering from poor performance due to the large lot and huge amount of CC I am using.

23rd Aug 2007, 7:49 PM
I am overwhelmed by this round as well, I cant get 2 of the rooms together right. An extension until Sat. would be great!!!

23rd Aug 2007, 7:58 PM
Hi, I was wondering if I could ask two questions please...
1. I am somewhat overwhelmed by the tasks in this round and was wondering if I could get an extension until Saturday - maybe noon? Please?
2. Can I delete all the furniture in my lobby, as well as some of my garden goodies? Or will we need to show them off again later? My PC is suffering from poor performance due to the large lot and huge amount of CC I am using.

2. Someone asked this and she said it was okay, you could use the empty house for each round if you need to.
The outside is the last round so what I did was after the first round moved it to the house bin, then placed it back in the neighbourhood, leaving a copy in the house bin. When I come to do the last round I will still have the outdoor decor from the first round without all the interior.

ms. simbodies
24th Aug 2007, 1:33 AM
Thanks Romy..........that's exactly what I stated for those concerned with performance issues.

I will gladly give an extension until Saturday 12:00 pm CST. This has been a learning experience for me and I've realized I've packed too much into each round. When I originally envisioned this contest, I had expected to have a week for applications and 4 rounds, each one week but wasn't able to because that would have extended the contest for 5 weeks which is against the rules of contests here at S2C.

With the extension for round 2, I'm going to try to pare down the work for the final round as the contest must be completed by 9/2.

My thanks to all of you that have continued to participate. Still can't wait to see your entries.

24th Aug 2007, 2:11 AM
Thank you, ms. simbodies! I was frantically finishing some recolors and told the spousal unit I would probably be pulling an all-nighter, so this extension really helps. I can breathe now.

ms. simbodies
24th Aug 2007, 3:10 AM
Your welcome sweetie, no need to pull an all nighter!

24th Aug 2007, 4:52 AM
Thanks, I appreciate the extension. I was actually going take off work to finish this round... now I do not have to!

24th Aug 2007, 5:11 PM
hey does everybody get an extension? I surely could use one I still have 2 rooms to do!

ms. simbodies
24th Aug 2007, 6:36 PM
Yes, everyone gets an extension until 12:00 pm CST on Saturday. Judging will commence thereafter and I'll have the "pared" down final round posted sometime tomorrow.

24th Aug 2007, 10:32 PM
Okay, here goes all 25 pictures for this round!
I've created an album so you can see them easier if you want here (http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/220034/overview)

This round was really, really tough! I didn't want to download any extra CC as I have to much of it already so I just used what I had, so if it doesn't match up to the photos too well you know why :)

First suite on upper floor:



Round the corner to the left is a dressing area.


Sitting/Dining Area


Because the shapes of my rooms are different from the photos the layout is different but I've still tried to keep the same elements there.



I have used mirrors to replace windows in the photos on interior walls.






Second Suite

This is the suite to the left of the lobby.


I hate the bed but I love how the rest of it turned out.





24th Aug 2007, 10:33 PM
Third Suite

Suite to right of lobby

Again I have replaced the windows with mirrors as it is an interior wall.






Children's Suite

I wasn't sure if we had to do both sleeping areas but chose only to do one as I didn't really have room to do both.


I added a closet area.


I didn't have anything resembling the furniture in the play area but I like how it turned out.



The bathroom was my favourite part, it looks so fun.



I added a large awning over the childrens patio to keep them in the shade.


Please describe how you Captured This round by bringing the photos provided and your ideas together to design Villa Del Sol.

I thought this round would be easy! Boy, was I wrong! I'm not really a gardener so I thought designing the interior would easier than the front garden area. I hadn't bargained on so much work though, you are slave-drivers! I did have some trouble matching the furniture to your exact requirements but on the whole it turned out great. For each room I took the essence of the photograph and adapted it to the room layout I had and tried to match the style and colour as best I could. I think this worked best in the suite to the left of the lobby and the childrens suite as neutral colours and white always look good. I also added storage for clothes and other practical details which weren't shown in the photos.

ms. simbodies
25th Aug 2007, 12:22 AM
Romy, that's just lovely.

All, in addition to the photos, don't forget your short narrative in response to:
Please describe how you Captured This round by bringing the photos provided and your ideas together to design Villa Del Sol.

25th Aug 2007, 2:47 AM
Wow.....that's fantastic, romy. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this time. Good luck guys, you can see the time and effort needed for this round.

25th Aug 2007, 3:23 AM
Romyhorse, your entry is spectacular! Everyone in this contest has done a great job I know I wouldn't be able to be in a contest this complex!

25th Aug 2007, 4:12 AM
I jumped out of the game to make a couple of floors (why does Homecrafter take so damn long to load? grrr) .... and I see romy's entry. Wow, romy, those shots are beautiful! You did such a great job, you set the bar way too high! lol

25 pics, huh? Ugh, I haven't even begun to set up screenshots. That suite to the right of the lobby is giving me fits.

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's entries. This was (and, for me, for a few hours more, still is) quite a challenge.

25th Aug 2007, 1:39 PM
Part 1...













25th Aug 2007, 1:43 PM
Part 2...













This contest is hard! I tried to stick as close as possible to the images provides, but it was hard finding simmified furnishings that were exact. In the adult suites I used warm wood furnishings, most were made to order, I am sure our guests will appreciate the exclusivity it affords. The childrens rooms are light and airy with touches of pastel. My favourite area is the deck outside Suite 2, which boasts its own hot tub - great for use as a Honeymoon suite!

ms. simbodies
25th Aug 2007, 3:44 PM
eedgan, that's wonderful!

25th Aug 2007, 5:33 PM
Capture This... a contest I now affectionately call Sims Ate My PC!!!:)

25th Aug 2007, 6:10 PM
Wow. Just ... wow.

First off, I made certain there were security devices in each suite, plus a security camera in the children's wing. We certainly want our customers to feel safe. Next, the layout of the rooms was quite a problem. I solved it somewhat by using false walls, screens and adding small entry foyers in Suites 2 and 3, with tables on which to throw down card keys or bags.

The Executive suite is huge, but since it is the most expensive (and the price should probably be raised a lot now!) I added a spa/exercise room for those wanting to shed a few calories before hitting the beach. I also added a small office areas for those business people who need to check on work even while vacationing.

Here are pics of the Executive Suite.



And below is a shot showing the entry to the spa and office.


As you can see below, the bath is very large. It has a separate shower/dressing room and a separate small toilet area.




Here are shots of the exercise room and the office that I added. I hope you approve.



Next are the front and rear balconies:



Suite 2:




(continued next post)

25th Aug 2007, 6:12 PM
Suite 3 gave me the most problems but I hope I solved them to your liking.





The children's wing was the most fun. I went a little overboard with the toys, perhaps. The beds all have light and fluffy blankets, all in different pastels. I've tried to include plenty of activity items. If I could be a child again, I would want to stay here!








The deck has areas to stash their beach toys, plus areas to enjoy a snack or just relax a bit. Outside the deck are even more toys, plus clothes lines to hang up their little beach towels or swimsuits.



(edited ... left out a photo!)

ms. simbodies
25th Aug 2007, 6:17 PM
Excellent job Sharna!

We are missing some entries. Please hurry and get them in. If the missing contestants don't want to continue, please let me know immediately as to not hold up judging and the final round.

I have still not heard from Nappy or Denise. I will give them until this evening to get their round in. I'll have the final round posted tonight sometime and scores for you by tomorrow.

25th Aug 2007, 10:31 PM
Fantastic entries. You all deserve a pat on the back, fabulous jobs. Judging these entries is going to be really tough.

25th Aug 2007, 10:38 PM
I am so sorry, my game would not load at all. I finally got it to load a few minutes ago. I will post within the hour, I Promise. I dont want to hold anyone up.


25th Aug 2007, 11:32 PM
I may not be able to finish this contest :( now that I can get into the game, I keep getting the "application has crashed" I really need to figure out what is going on. I dont want to hold anyone up. I am so sorry, this was so fun. Thanks

ms. simbodies
26th Aug 2007, 12:35 PM
Thanks for letting us know Denise, sorry to see you go.

and then there were three................judges, please get your scores in to me as soon as possible.

You all have done a wonderful job and I'll have round three up today.

26th Aug 2007, 1:03 PM
It's a shame so many didn't complete this round, but I'm looking forward to the final round :)

26th Aug 2007, 5:35 PM
I just wanted to say that I think that is the hardest round I've ever had to judge. Everyone did fantastic and each suite was unbelievable. Good luck with the final round everyone. I look forward to seeing your entries.

ms. simbodies
27th Aug 2007, 1:20 AM

I know this has been a difficult challenge but Vacation Ventures doesn't open ordinary properties. All we can say is ladies, the villa looks wonderful. We are so happy with what you've done with the place. We may have undershot our estimates on what we could charge per night to stay here. I think you may have given us the potential to increase our revenues.

Well, the work isn't quite over yet.........

The final round really brings this vacation paradise together. Our visitors come from around the world just to swim the pristine beaches of Antigua and soak up the sun. Our budget is getting a little thin so we’ve eliminated our workout facility and business center. I doubt the guests will miss it as we’ve got plenty of other things for them to do.

First we need to replace the cabana with a new one. This will test your contracting skills. We have special plans for the cabana so you’ll need to construct it following specific instructions, it will be a bit similar to this when completed:


The new cabana will begin three tiles in from the front porch on the left side of the property. It will be on a foundation, so connect the foundation to the existing porch and make it nine tiles long heading to the back of the villa. Then complete the foundation by making it 10 tiles wide. Once the foundation is in place, you can start on the walls. The wall facing the ocean should start three tiles in on the foundation, again leaving a small deck prior to entry. Extend the wall across the front of the cabana and complete it with arches for an open feel. Then make a room 4 tiles by 10. The last room, facing the front of the villa should now be 3x10 tiles.

The 3x10 room facing the front of the property will be split into two rooms. Continue facing the front and divide the room at the forth tile from the left with a wall. The room on the right should be open to the front, so remove that piece of wall and then extend the foundation three tiles out creating a small deck.

When your done, it should resemble this:

Now, open up the front, facing the ocean with arches so its airy. Decorate the deck in your choice of luxury beach furniture and potted tropical plants/flowers. Don’t forget the staircase in front.

In the next room, you’ll find our Spa area. A place for our guests to relax, have a massage and rejuvenate after a day in the sun. We’ve given you a start here, you design the rest.

The final room, the one you opened up facing the front of the property will be a changing room/and outdoor bath:

The changing room should feature stalls to change into swimwear and counter/sink space to freshen up after all the beach and pool side activity. Pay attention to the décor, as this isn’t your public beach changing room!

Continue into the room with the deck and add toilet stalls (the cabana is co-ed) but on the deck, please include the following “Natural bath area”. Make sure you provide a natural fence with trees and plant life for privacy.

When the cabana is completed you can start work on the pool. The pool should start at the stairway of the cabana. Use your imagination with the pool, but we have something like this pictured in our minds:


Around the pool include some scattering of beach-type furniture and snug a hot tub along the base of the pool somewhere.

Close to the pool you need to include the traditional tiki bar. The design team likes the look of this one:


Please make sure that the tiki bar has music.

The area between the children’s suite and the main house, right off the beach is our future dining facility. Keeping the beach theme, it’s a great place for alfresco dining. A small bar and three or four tables should do. Back in the corner, you should have enough room for a few cooking items (grills, sink, fridge, counter) for an outdoor kitchen. Use a nice fence w/gate to keep it out of view. Please capture the design teams wishes by following the specifics of the photo. Provide a nice,but open fence to section the dining area from the beach and don’t forget the dinner music and reservation desk.


Pay special attention to the deck off the suite on the front right of the villa. Again, hopefully you’ve provided a nice deck space and equipped it for entertaining but we think that this piece of lawn, off this suite would be a great location for the second community hot tub. Make sure that it’s private with plenty of greens and flowers.

Make the final decision now on your doors and windows, remember they should be white. Additionally, you should make any adjustment to your roof and color it to match the villa. (Hint: Niol, at Mod The Sims has a great mod that lets you intensify the color of your roof. With this mod you can even create a true white roof (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=193906). Outside the children’s suite, make a little play area on the beach just for the kids.


Play with the terrain, raising and lowering and cover it with the best mix of sand money can buy. There should be plenty of things to do to keep young and old entertained. Including, playing in the surf. Make sure that there is a lifeguard station for our guest’s safety.

The last bit of work you have to complete is a small but very romantic dining area, right in the surf that is available after dark and only by reservation.


For young designers you all are amazing. We are going to have a very difficult time deciding which one of you to invite to join Vacation Ventures. Rest assured, just by competing, you’re already creating a name for yourselves.

We’ll be back next weekend, survey the property and welcome our newest partner.

Good Luck Ladies!

This round we'd like to see 3-4 shots of the cabana
2 good shots of the pool
1 shot of the tiki bar
2-3 shots of the restaurant facility
1-2 shots of the area off Suite 3, showing the front yard and new tub
3-4 shots of the beach area, including surf dining
Additionally, please summarize what you've learned during this competition, what you liked, didn't like, how you Captured This Challenge.........and why Vacation Ventures should pick you to join their team.

27th Aug 2007, 8:03 PM
Does the cabana have to be the exact size and shape as prescribed? The reason I ask is the 3x5 spa room is so tiny that you can fit in a bed and just about nothing else. Our guests will be unimpressed... and what about couples who want more intimacy by sharing a massage...

ms. simbodies
28th Aug 2007, 12:22 AM
I believe there is a misunderstanding. Looking at the aerial shot, you should have a room that is the entire width of the cabana. The small room is the back is for the changing area and off that is the room for the natural bath.

ms. simbodies
28th Aug 2007, 4:00 AM
Congratulations to our three remaining contestants on our most difficult round. You've all done a great job and should be extremely proud of the way this property looks. Only a few points seperate these fine designers.

Again, you were judged on 4 catagories by 3 judges. All scoring and comments should be taken as constructive and helpful for the final round.

Panel Comments: Master suite, the bathroom is fantastic and the orange, yellows and browns make a very pretty room. Suite 2: I love the bathroom in that suite. Very nice suite. Suite 3: I love the creativity in this suite and the bathroom again is my favorite. Love the sitting area in the master suite, especially the wicker furnishings. Excellent job on the bath in the second suite, very close to what was pictured. Favorite area is the kiddie room. Fantastic job on such a hard round. You take the best darn pictures.
Followed theme: 218/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 66/75
Own design: 72/75
Uniqueness/creativity: 66/75
Total 422/450

Panel Comments: Master suite: The only thing I didn't like in this suite was the bathtub....honeymoon suite with only a single person tub?
Suite 2: I like this suite, but it didn't jump out at me. Not
exactly sure why, but you matched everything very close.
Suite 3: I would have like to seen a gate on the deck of the childrens
area, no roaming onto the beach. The master suite was perfection, until you got to the bath….needed that double tub. The kids room and other baths replicated the photos. Great attention to detail and excellent photography. Fantastic job on such a hard round.
Followed theme: 218/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 68/75
Uniqueness/creativity: 69/75
Own design: 69/75
Total 424/450

Panel Comments: Master suite: I love the overall design of this suit, you came very close to the photos given. Suite 2: My favorite is the balcony in this suite, great idea. Suite 3: Love the childrens' room and balcony. Eedgan, you totally got the photos, especially on the master suite, bath and kids room. Excellent attention to every detail. The master bath was flawless. Loved the 2nd suite as much as the master. Wish you would have chosen different patio furnishings for the master suite deck, instead of wood, straight back chairs. Good ideas for inserting your own designs. Fantastic job on such a hard round.
Follow theme: 220/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 72/75
Own design: 69/75
Uniqueness/creativity: 69/75

Total: 430/450

28th Aug 2007, 4:52 AM
I believe there is a misunderstanding. Looking at the aerial shot, you should have a room that is the entire width of the cabana. The small room is the back is for the changing area and off that is the room for the natural bath.

Sorry I misunderstood... :blink:

ms. simbodies
28th Aug 2007, 12:10 PM
No problem

28th Aug 2007, 8:07 PM
When is this round due?

ms. simbodies
28th Aug 2007, 10:41 PM
This round will be due Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. CST

31st Aug 2007, 10:42 PM
I'm almost certain I'm not going to get this finished :( I've got a big family party tomorrow and there's lots of relations coming from all over the UK. All the beds in my house are booked! So that's pretty much taking up my whole weekend, but I want to post what I've done as I've had lots of fun in this contest, although it's been one of the hardest ones I've ever done!









Tiki Bar


Surf Dining


I literally had an hour free this morning so I quickly did the rest of the outdoor space. I didn't have time to do alot of finishing touches but here it is:

Dining Area and Bar



Childrens Play Area




Front Hot Tub



I hope I haven't missed anything, it was a bit of a rush!

Edit: Just realised I did forget something! I forgot to answer the questions.

Additionally, please summarize what you've learned during this competition, what you liked, didn't like, how you Captured This Challenge.........and why Vacation Ventures should pick you to join their team.

I have learned alot during this challenge, especially that making over a villa is much harder than designing someone's bedroom! I also learned that attention to detail is very important and can make the difference between a plain room and a wow! I liked the challenge of pulling together so many different aspects of the villa and the challenge of trying to replicate the phtographs provided. I didn't like having to work so hard, I must have shed a stone between the work and the heat!

It was difficult finding space for everything you wanted this round, wanted a nice big pool like in the photograph but that took up alot of space, then trying to find a good layout for the bar and dining area in that space was quite tricky but I think it turned out okay.

I think Vacation Ventures should pick me to join their team because I can deliver the goods, on time, as ordered, but with a little bit extra thrown in.

31st Aug 2007, 10:48 PM
beautiful romyhorse! just beautiful! i LOVE your pool! *stares at pics longer*

31st Aug 2007, 10:58 PM
Thank you :giggler:

1st Sep 2007, 12:41 AM
(post 1)

I think I liked these tasks the best. I managed to finish in the allotted time and have a few hours to relax. I may even go out and celebrate! Thank you for trusting me with your villa the last few weeks. It's been a joy.

Here are the latest additions: The cabana seen from the pool.


The relaxation area, off the front patio. I included scented oil bowls and heated rocks for the perfect massage. As you can see, I put the entry to the changing rooms here, offset with curtains.


The changing rooms are small, but fully furnished with mirrors and seating. There is ample room to freshen-up. I also added the toilet stalls here. I did this to keep the Natural Bath area much more private.


Showing the toilet stalls:


The Natural Bath area is fully blocked from view on all sides.


The pool is large enough for fun, but includes nooks and crannies for a bit of privacy. There are fountains and a large hot tub, with plenty of tropical plants to enjoy and lots of seating areas. The tiki bar is just off the pool to the rear. This first shot is looking from inside the cabana patio.


This shows the hot tub to the right, and the tiki bar.


A closer look at the tiki bar, complete with music speakers, and ready to serve.


(continued in post 2)

1st Sep 2007, 1:01 AM
The restaurant has an open-but-private trellis fence. It still lets the ocean view through but adds a bit of privacy, especially from the children's wing. There is ambient dining music, and I've continued the "barely there" stone flooring used at the front of the villa.



I placed the kitchen behind the tiki eating section, fenced and gated.


The private hot tub area around front is completely blocked from prying eyes.


A view from within the hot tub.


The beach has enough fun for everyone, with a lifeguard to keep watch.


The children's outside play area is fenced and gated, and it has even more toys to occupy the little ones. Chairs for the nannies are provided in a shaded area.


And last, here is the private dining area next to the surf, ready to toast newlyweds or that big business deal or a simply wonderful vacation.


From all this, I especially learned not to be afraid of gardening. I'm much more confident with plants now. I also learned that too much clutter isn't necessarily "eclectic" or appealing.

I liked the intense challenge of everything ... from hunting down the perfect furnishings, to placement and color and texture.

Some of the tasks were extremely time consuming; big jobs in a small time frame left me exhausted, and some of the instructions weren't very clear.

I think Captured the Challenge by attempting to follow the instructions when I could, and inserting my own creativity and judgement when it was required. I feel that I did capture the exclusive setting of the villa, but I also interjected a bit of fun. Vacation is about play and relaxing, not just how nice the surroundings are.

I would be an asset to your company. I've proven I can deliver on time, follow instructions, and yet I'm not afraid to use my own discretion to add changes. I want to learn something new with each job.

(edited: silly grammar)

ms. simbodies
1st Sep 2007, 2:39 AM
Romy and Sharna, your entries are just wonderful!

1st Sep 2007, 12:06 PM
Yikes, I don't think my attempt is half as good as the others, but due to time constraints I have to post what I have... So here I go...

The Spa/Cabana Area





Cabana Toilets (http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k29/eedgan1/snapshot_93c101fc_f3e59cf7.jpg)
(Note: I did not like the idea of toilet stalls. As we are targeting a more up-market clientele, I decided that water closets were more appropriate.)

Pool Area








Tiki Bar


Hot Tub Off Suite 3


Beach & Surf Dining Area



The play area of the kiddie suite has a pirate them. A genuine replica pirate wreck is perfect for adventurous little people.

This contest has taught me patience (1hour loading time!), and how to manage my time. I liked the challenge of the contest, however I must admit that the outdoor pictures (in my opinion) were the hardest to replicate within the constraints of the game. I wish the lot had been smaller, and that less tasks were required.

Why should I be choosen to join your design team. I am young, hard-working and very motivated. I enjoy challeges and work well with others. I can stick to a budget and can deliver punctually.

1st Sep 2007, 12:27 PM
:howdy: I've been lurking, and I'm blown away by the complexity, detail, and quality of these entries.....stunning, stunning, stunning!

1st Sep 2007, 1:23 PM
I've finished mine, great entries Sharna and eedgan. Good luck!

1st Sep 2007, 1:53 PM
Wow... Romy, I think you've got this one won already! Darn.

ms. simbodies
1st Sep 2007, 5:07 PM
Wow, what a wonderful finale............you have all done great and I can see this will be as difficult to judge as the other rounds. Our judging panel will have scores together as soon as possible and I'll post immediately thereafter.

Update: We are still waiting for one of our judges scores. I will let you know as soon as I receive them.

Update, as of 9/7 7am CST, I am still missing scores from one of our judges. I will get them to you as soon as possible. Sorry for the long wait!

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!! We have all scores in and as soon as they are tabulated, I'll post the scores and winner. Thanks again for your patience!

ms. simbodies
5th Sep 2007, 1:27 AM
Well, we've finally reached the end of my first edition of Capture This Challenge and I gotta tell you.........this has been a learning experience for me. Your comments have been useful to me for planning another contest. I will probably do another series, but a bit scaled back. I couldn't think of any finer contestants than you three. Your are all outstanding in our book and only a few points seperated you throughout all the rounds. Each of you exceled seperately in seperate rounds which made judging this very difficult.
I certainly hope you'll rest up a bit and join us again for another challenge. I also hope you enjoy playing with Villa DelSol in your games.

Points shown will be for the final round, using the same criteria as past rounds and I'll summarize the final point totalling all rounds and declare our winner.

Round 3
Panel Comments: Fabulous cabana area. Nice tiki bar but I don't see the music output. The childrens' area is nice and I love the hot tub. Your tiki bar and dining area’s were amazingly lifelike. Your cabana spa and natural bath were superb. Great job.
Followed Theme: 221/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 71/75
Own design touches: 70/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 69/75
Total Round 3: 431/450

Round 3
Panel Comments: The private beach dining didn't grab me. I thought the children’s play area was terrific. Your changing room in the cabana was outstanding. Loved the pool area as well. Although original the beach area didn't sing. Great job.
Followed Theme: 219/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 72/75
Own design touches: 70/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 65/75
Total Round 3: 426/450

Round 3
Panel Comments: Great photo arrangement, I could really get the feel and see everything of this area. I really like the spa area. Loved your pool and tiki bar area. Your surfside dining photo was the best in my opinion. Great job.
Followed Theme: 222/225
Followed written instructions/photos: 73/75
Own design touches: 70/75
Uniqueness/Creativity: 72/75
Total Round 3: 437/450

eedgan with Maya Chu :3rd

total points

Romyhorse with Marsaili Leonard :2nd
total points

and our Winner SharnaPax with
:baloons: :1st Cezanne Titian :1st :baloons:
total points

Your overall transformation of Villa DelSol exceeded our companies expectations. Cezanne, will you do Vacation Ventures the honor of joining our team?

Sharna, you win the prize for the 2 month subscription to the Sims Resource, alternatively, if you'd rather I will make an eqivalent donation to a site of your choice.

Romy, you get your pick of the two fabulous sims made by Cari

Eedgan, you get the other fabulous sim made by Cari

All, watch your p.m.'s for the link to your participation prize.

Thanks to Cari and Tyana for judging. Thanks go out to Cari for making our two sim prizes.

I was playing along with you all while you were in this contest. I found it very useful for planning purposes. My villa isn't complete yet but here are a couple of shots of my master suite and kids suite. I plan to post the album when I finish everything.




5th Sep 2007, 2:35 AM
Thank you so much! I'm astounded, truly. This was my very first contest, and pretty much my first screenshots.

I learned so much from doing this. I especially learned from you, and from watching eedgan and Romyhorse. I swear, Romy can take THE best screenshots I've ever seen, and eedgan has a sense of style that I envy. They are both so good. I'm glad *I* didn't have to judge!

Thanks again, and I hope both eedgan and romy join the next cycle, too!

5th Sep 2007, 3:02 AM
Great job everyone. That was a really hard one to judge, and you all did fabulous. Beautiful pix as always miss simbodies and congrats on a job well done.

5th Sep 2007, 3:22 AM
Oops, I forgot to answer the most important question!

Cezanne would be honored to join Vacation Ventures. Just let me know what you need!

5th Sep 2007, 9:19 AM
Congratualtions SharnaPax, your entries have been great all the way through.

Great contest ms. simbodies :)

5th Sep 2007, 6:12 PM
Congrats romyhorse and SharnaPax. It was lotsa fun!