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Mad Poster
#51 Old 11th Jun 2016 at 10:14 PM
If the oft-occurring error tooltip that tells you you're not allowed to place neighborhood decorations on or near a lot has been grating at you for a while, there's a way to get around it without any cheats at all (albeit in a less-than-precise way). What it boils down to is placing the decorations first, then deleting them, then placing the lot, then using the neighborhood decoration tab's "undo" option to reverse your deleting of the decorations. It can be hard to place things exactly where you want them, but it works fine, and if you do it at the beginning, it's easy to make your lots around the decorations once they're placed (like in my visitor center lot from the ongoing vacation contest below).

(Trouble is, it's virtually impossible to place them in the same place a second time, so lots using this trick may not be ideal for uploading)
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#52 Old 11th Jun 2016 at 10:30 PM
Oh I like that. You have probably seen what I did Zar and I thought about doing a low walking platform but decided the lot was too small with the cafe and the 'arena'. I can't wait to see how you fit it all in.

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#54 Old 12th Jun 2016 at 8:06 AM Last edited by gazania : 12th Jun 2016 at 6:44 PM.
I am also intrigued by Zarathustra's park kiosk on that same lot. I never thought of putting a window over the maps/notices, or the creative use of that base. The clever use of overlapping columns is a signature Z technique, it seems! I'm usually so absorbed in preventing stompy Sims or (in the case of a hotel), the hotel housekeeper making my life miserable again that I never consider small, but important details like kiosks.

Also, I'd like to thank Zarathustra for probably clearing up a mystery. In a former hood, I had a lot with a tree I just could not delete. Nothing I did on the lot got rid of of it, and the original lot didn't have this tree. It appears that I might have used the lot deco trick by accident. Too bad I deleted this hood after still another inadvertent mess I made that five people here knew not to do, but if this ever crops up again, I'll know the reason!

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#55 Old 16th Jun 2016 at 2:22 PM
So much creativity! I love it.

I like to use the deco stones around my ponds and the architecture items from build mode when making bridges.
It usually ends up looking something like this:
Mad Poster
#56 Old 25th Aug 2017 at 8:26 PM
When you're trying for visual effect rather than functional practicality, sometimes the fact that you can't place things like computers on countertops becomes annoying. However, if you don't mind the fact that Sims won't actually be able to use them, objects like that can usually be placed on the glass OFB shelf, and then that can be placed on a countertop- the end result is a computer that looks like it's sitting on a countertop properly.

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#57 Old 27th Aug 2017 at 11:26 AM Last edited by maxon : 27th Aug 2017 at 3:14 PM.
I sometimes like to put bathtubs up on the half-step foundations and put half-walls around it. It can have a nice effect.



The bathroom set's from Parsimonious

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#58 Old 27th Aug 2017 at 2:28 PM
You need an extra ] for the picture to show up.
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#59 Old 27th Aug 2017 at 2:51 PM
Oops. Thanks!

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#60 Old 27th Aug 2017 at 3:03 PM
Yess! thanks for sharing! those half-level bathrooms are attractive. This is one of my favorite threads so I hope more people post their nifty designs to it!

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#61 Old 31st Aug 2017 at 5:11 AM
I made a lot for some homeless Sims. Here's what I got so far:



Couple of notes:
- Along with the pond, there's a couple of Sun&Moon's fruit trees, nut spawners, berry bushes, herb spawners, and one beehive. At least they won't starve. (Don't know what to do about the fridge situation. Maybe a rusted recolour of the minifridge?)
- The barrels in the middle are a sink and toilet. I put an invisible floor divider (made by @Rosebine) around it so the Sims won't freak out about privacy.
- You can only see it if you squint, but there's a backpack leaning against the tree. It's the one Crisps&Kerosene converted into a dresser.
- I downloaded an invisible mailbox recolour but forgot to install it. I'll do that next time. I plan to ban the mailman with the visitor controller because this is supposed to be a park.
- I also plan to turn both the Blender and Visitor Controller into bushes.
- I used a lot of moveobjects and quartertile placement on the plants to create a kind of overgrown look.
- I downloaded and installed Raynuss's sleeping bag but I have no idea where it is in the catalog. I'll find it eventually.

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#62 Old 31st Aug 2017 at 5:23 AM
I believe it's "Comfort/Misc." Someone - it might by Raynuss, too - has a refrigerator that's a camping cooler. I believe it's part of an actual camping set.

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#63 Old 31st Aug 2017 at 7:06 AM
Yes, it is Raynuss. I have it and it works very well as a fridge. I tried to go with a picnic basket, but my Sims could only get snacks out of that one.
For some reason that I do not recall, I did not like the sleeping bag. So when I had a homeless Sim he slept on a mattress on top of wooden pallets.
Here's the Raynuss download link (his site is P-Bucketed): http://simfileshare.net/download/76294
His site is Photo-Bucket-ed, but you can see his camping items here: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.co...rls-camping.jpg
Here: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.co...3b5bec3601b.jpg
Here: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.co...54d5630819b.jpg
And here: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.co...rls-fishing.jpg
and this is the pallet bed I used: https://www.thesimsresource.com/dow...ims2/id/629512/

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#64 Old 31st Aug 2017 at 7:10 AM
I found the sleeping bag but it kept throwing too many iterations errors. I'll try the pallet bed.

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#65 Old 31st Aug 2017 at 8:06 AM
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#66 Old 31st Aug 2017 at 8:20 AM
Thank you

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#67 Old 13th Nov 2019 at 10:24 PM
Resurrecting this thread because it's awesome and I want other people to post cool design tricks too (totally not so I can steal them or anything... yeah.....)

Tired of the fact that there's only one EAxis floor lamp candelabra and it kind of has a dungeon-y, Spanish Inquisition-y vibe that you wouldn't really expect in most cases (No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!), and that the light it casts may not actually light things correctly?

You can actually make a pretty good fancy golden candelabra (or silver with some of the other recolor options, through it doesn't work as well) by using one of the fairly modern floor lamps, and then using the 45-degree angle and quartertile placement cheats to encircle that modern blown glass top with inward-facing gold wall candelabras.

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#68 Old 16th Nov 2019 at 5:10 PM
Park is a WIP, so no judgement, but the fountain has chair-height stools around the edge so that sims can sit around the edge of the fountain. You could use an invisible chair so it looks better, but I find them harder to use in play.

I used OMSPs and some CC tiny sail boats to create a decorative model boat pond.

And in apartment lots, I often use bookshelves as room dividers since you can't build walls (without cheats), and it keeps the space more flexible.
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#69 Old 17th Nov 2019 at 10:38 PM
Double posting because I didn't want to screw up the attachments-

The pottery fails make for kinda cool looking abstract art, especially when paired together.

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Mad Poster
#70 Old 7th Dec 2019 at 12:57 AM
If you're not interested in dealing with lighting mods, you can almost always find something to hide a light that casts the right color light you're looking for inside of with move_objects... I've started concealing tiki torches everywhere near my candles, so that it looks appropriately orange.

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#71 Old 7th Dec 2019 at 1:32 AM
I have one from my earlier simming days. Flower pot + puddle + (those squid-like deco thingies that I think came with BV) = instant ruined flower pot, at least from a distance.



I also like getting creative with default items. You can do a lot of fun things if you put them together, which is why I don't like to hide them from the catalog. Basically being creative with what you have instead of throwing CC at all the problems.

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#72 Old 10th Apr 2020 at 5:29 AM Last edited by inspiredzone : 10th Apr 2020 at 6:00 AM.
This may not be new to anyone else, but I just discovered it. I've wanted a sideboard/console table surface for decoration. Tables are too wide and I don't want sims serving food on it. Coffee tables are too short, end tables are single tiles. I could get CC, but that's kind of a rabbit hole getting all the styles I would want them in.

So after years of thinking "man, I wish I had a sideboard for this space", on a total whim, I turned 2 end tables to face each other using quartertile placement, and realized it created one. Since it masks the front, I can turn a cartoonish kids end table into a chic, modern display surface.

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#73 Old 11th Apr 2020 at 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by inspiredzone
This may not be new to anyone else, but I just discovered it. I've wanted a sideboard/console table surface for decoration. Tables are too wide and I don't want sims serving food on it. Coffee tables are too short, end tables are single tiles. I could get CC, but that's kind of a rabbit hole getting all the styles I would want them in.

So after years of thinking "man, I wish I had a sideboard for this space", on a total whim, I turned 2 end tables to face each other using quartertile placement, and realized it created one. Since it masks the front, I can turn a cartoonish kids end table into a chic, modern display surface.



LOVE this trick and cool varieties! I'm so glad my favorite thread is active again with new inspiration!

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#74 Old 12th Apr 2020 at 2:05 AM
Love this thread, and so glad someone brought it back.
One trick I learned along the way was to create a new fence by placing a foundation behind one, putting another on top, then deleting the foundation.
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#75 Old 27th Apr 2020 at 9:41 PM
I don't know how creative or nifty this is, but I was decorating pbox's children's home when I realised that the bent stairs (using a stage at the bottom) have the perfect amount of visible bannisters for two rainbows. I thought it was neat for an orphanage, preschool, or any building that you're trying to make as cheery as possible! I used Honeywell's recolours on the base game green stairs for this, and I thought that maybe the kids at the orphanage could have painted the bannister themselves as a fun activity.

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