Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mei's B&B: New Retro Look!

I'm planning on finally updating Tinytree's DA sometime in the summer month this time around. Currently it is set in Autumn during a beautiful orange sky. The look of the town will be pretty much unchanged save for a few PWP changes and trees chopped down to make the town feel less cramped. The biggest changes will be the interior of the houses. New themes, more rooms and room ideas. So much decorating to do!

I'm about 98% finished with Mei's B&B revamp. Previously it was a fairly themeless B&B with a couple rooms to rent (occupied by stuffed bears littered around the house). Now I've settled on a retro/kitschy look throughout the whole house. It has a name now, "Mei & Mom's BnB", with a signage and all! Here's a before and after post to show the changes I've made!

Living Room: Before

My friend came to visit!

The living room was the common space/reception that had a cozy seating area, dessert bar, and a gardening corner. Mei was not liking her job as both hostess and florist. She even put a bear in charge of the reception counter.

Living Room: After

I've decided to completely get rid of the gardening area and dedicate the backroom in Eggs' house to a gardening shop instead. This gave me space to design a bigger but cosier seating area filled with wonderful kitschy knick knacks that Mei probably gathered with her mom while vacationing around the world.

Mei's new interior decoration only snagged her a silver HHA trophy
Behind Mei is the signage for the B&B as well as a terribly drawn photo of her and her "mom". I even made it into a puzzle (seen in the pic before) which I thought was a super cute customisation!

There's a little reading nook in the back behind the bookcase with an eclectic selection of chairs.

Right Room / Mei's Room: Before 

That time Freckles came for a surprise visit and Mei forgot to clean up

The room to the right (next to the reception desk) used to be Mei's personal room. I wanted to give all my residents their own room that matched their personality. I imagine Mei as a lonely individual with a vivid imagination. My favourite part of her room was the board game corner with her stuffed animals and hamster friend. Her room was also suited with a lovely kitchen so she could cook up some breakfast for her guests.

Right Room / New Kitchen: After 

The Fueki pot is cute and all until I remembered that Fueki is a glue brand

My favourite part of retro style houses are the kitchens, so I decided to move Mei's room to a smaller room and use this for a fully fitted kitchen that all the guests in the B&B could use. I'm so glad I changed it because I thought Mei's room felt too out of place. I wish there were more retro kitchen items (I don't like the retro fridge in here though), but I'm happy with the way it turned out!

Here's another view of the kitchen. I customised the cafeteria table to white which I thought fit the retro theme really well. Everything in the Gracie Summer set is perfect for the theme so I have them in a few different rooms as well.

Back Room / Guest Room: Before

The back room was the smallest guest room available that was occupied by an artist type. This is actually one of my favourite rooms I've ever made but I couldn't make it fit the rest of the brightly coloured rooms.

Back Room / Mei's Room: After

I really love this size so I decided not to upgrade it (for now). I even followed the same format placing for furniture because I liked it so much. Instead of the easel I put Mei's lovely vanity. I kept her bed but added a hanger rack and a Cinnamonroll table. I'll probably end up switching the bed out to a smaller size and adding an end-table there again... but I realised this town has such a small catalogue that I couldn't find a bed suitable just yet.

Left Room / Guest Room: Before

This is one of the main guest rooms on the bottom floor with almost a full customised alpine set. The room had its own microwave and kitchen set and a random gigantic bear. I love the alpine set because it's so nice to customise, but in the end I decided to scrap it entirely.

Left Room / Guest Room: After

And the end result! I had so much fun mixing and matching furniture for this room. It's a good thing that the game has so many similar shades of orange that it was quite easy to find pieces that would go well together.

I always thought the Garden Table was a great item but it felt weird that there was a hole in the middle (since it's an outdoor furniture item)... but almost any sized item you put on top of it plugs the hole so it just looks like a normal table again! I don't know if I'm going to keep the stained glass because the blue frame doesn't completely match the rest of the furniture other than the Gracie pieces, but I might keep it because it just looks so tacky.

Basement / Bathhouse: Before

This is the one room I was really unhappy with because it was so random and the pieces didn't work very well together. I also love the idea of a bamboo floor but I hate the way it looks as flooring.

Basement / Bathhouse: After

I'm so happy with the way this turned out. It doesn't exactly fit the theme other than being extremely tacky, but I don't care. I took almost everything out of Paolo's RV and made a standing shower and space for a bathtub! Luxury!

Upstairs / Master Suite: Before

Ok this room hasn't changed much at all, mainly because I don't know what to do with it but also because I love it too much and I can't think of anything that could top it, haha.

Upstairs / Master Suite: After

This room seems a lot more mature than the others, so it could possibly be the mother's room. I did want to update it it a little so I replaced the regal bed with the rococo bed and I replaced the tile screen with the violet screen that was in the bamboo room before.

And that's it! The original rooms are still available to view since I wont be updating the DA for a while. Now I need to work on all the other rooms ahhh! I'll do a similar before and after post for the other ones as well.

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