Congratulations to all the winners. The Diner Challenge was so much fun! Thank you for the positive feedback. Not sure if I will have time to complete the next challenge as I am out of the country at present, but we will see.
well anyway, I would still love some critique - good or bad - and congrats to the winner.
SillyCailey, I am SOOOOO sorry! It is entirely my fault that your stunning entry was left out. [I don't know how I could have missed it!] I have added it to the official list on the archive, but of course the challenge has already been judged. So let me give you a few comments of my own:
You have a wonderful sense of detail. The CC "clutter" you used gives the diner a perfect retro feeling. It is well laid out, and the outdoor area is charming. I like your choice of windows and doors, too. My favorite shot was of Ben playing an arcade game in the foyer to the men's room! I laughed when I noticed you had put the arcade games in the men's room but a more dignified sitting area for the ladies room! My only advice is to watch the saturation of colors—the reds and blues seemed too intense, especially with all the competing patterns you chose. (And I might have kept the ceiling plain white.) Overall though, a wonderfully playful build.
This was one of the most difficult challenges for me to judge. Each entry blew me away with its level of detail and imagination. I’m glad that each one of the three chose a different inspirational object. It made it so much fun to judge!
Link to media:http://www.flickr.com/photos/aquacatt3/sets/72157627113004171/s how/ Comments: Steam punk Victorian was the perfect decorating choice for the clock as inspirational object. Your use of CC clutter throughout the interior was brilliant. I could imagine a character out of a Jules Verne novel living in it! I was also mightily impressed by your combination of colors and patterns. It is difficult to pull off, but you did so beautifully. My favorite shot was of the Sim using the steam-powered weight equipment. I laughed out loud! I do have a few suggestions: your choice of exterior wall covering, while harmonious and attractive, didn’t really live up to the over-the-top Steam punk interior. Same for the landscaping. There were a few mechanical items (like the wonderful octopus and mechanized hot tub!) but you could have stepped it up even a bit more. Overall, though, a fabulous job.
Link to media:http://s686.photobucket.com/albums/vv225/Kitkat7145/Bahama%20Br eeze/?albumview=slideshow Comments: I have been in high-end beach houses that weren’t as nice as your Bahama Breeze—again, a perfect interpretation of the potted palm as inspirational object. You are another master of CC clutter, and your screenshots looked like they might have come out of Architectural Digest. I loved your use of bold tropical patterns, and I found your use of black to be particularly striking (like in the teenager’s bedroom). The overall build was completely harmonious. The exterior of the house, the landscaping and the interiors all worked together to create a tropical paradise of a house! My only quibble is putting the kitchen where you did. It seems a little odd to enter the house through the kitchen. But, hey, if someone gave me a house as beautiful as that, I’d learn to live with it! ☺ Spectacular job!
Link to lot:http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=4321292 Link to media:http://s220.photobucket.com/albums/dd126/silviaBroome/106-107%2 0SDS/?albumview=slideshow Comments: With your gnome house, we enter a whimsical world of fantasy. I was especially impressed that you could create a house with so much detail without using outside CC. And the landscaping of the house was particularly brilliant—I loved the use of the large rocks. The wood interiors throughout gave the house a charmingly rustic feeling, and I love the plants everywhere inside! It felt sometimes like it was built beneath a large tree. Some of the wall patterns did not work as well as others, I thought. Where you used simple geometric patterns or brick, it seemed oddly out of kilter with the rest of the house. The rock walls, wooden walls, swirlly and leafy patterns looked great. There were a few rooms, too, (like the entrance hall and the bedroom with the princess bed) that you might have raised the level of detail up one notch. But overall, the house and grounds tied together beautifully. You have such a wonderful imagination!
And the winner is:
Thank you all! It was a real pleasure.
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I am substituting for _Princess_Natasha_ today. There’s a whole lot of creativity going on! It was a pleasure to see what you all came up with.
Brennachen Link to media:http://s1121.photobucket.com/albums/l520/Brennachan/Summer%20De signer%20Challenge/?albumview=slideshow Comments: I must admit I had a hard time at first figuring out which was your inspirational object. The round windows made me think you were going for a nautical theme, but I couldn’t spot the life preserver in your pictures. My next guess was the potted palm, and when I read your “Lot Description & Details”, I saw that I was right. I thought you made very good use of the World Adventure objects. The interiors had a lovely warm, consistent color scheme, and you used patterns and textures well, too. I especially like the wooden ceilings and the addition of turquoise into some of the rooms. And overall, there was enough “clutter” to make the rooms seem real. I might have made the round windows stone or some other material to take away the nautical suggestion, and there was an (outdoor) refrigerator placed in front of one of those round windows, which seemed a little awkward. The potted palm trees were sticking through the wall into the garage. You might have placed them, using the Alt (or Option on a Mac) key so that the leaves didn’t stick through.
BUNNYBOBOFUK Link to media:http://s979.photobucket.com/albums/ae271/bunnybobofuk/Nautical% 20Bay%20Home/?albumview=slideshow Comments: The lovely Cape Cod style of your house promised a nautical theme, and I was not disappointed when I saw the screenshots of the interior. You found many wonderful CC décor items and used them well throughout the house. You are the only one (so far) to have put all four bedrooms on the upper level, using what others have designated the master bedroom on the ground floor as a kitchen instead. It makes for a great layout on the ground floor but presents some privacy problems for one of the bedrooms on the upper floor. There is a consistency of color and material, and that lends a quiet elegance to the house, but also risks looking monotonous. A few more splashes of primary yellow and red and navy blue might have given an extra spark to the interior décor. There was also a bit of a problem with the horizontal siding in the one CFE’d exterior panel near the garage. There are no easy solutions to that. Overall, though, you created a wonderful nautically-themed house, and I was not the least bit surprised to see the life preserver by the front door in the last screenshot!
golden_glow Link to media:http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/42/350953.page Comments: It’s interesting to contrast your gnome house with the one that ZYIsSims built in the advanced category. Whereas hers looked like a house a gnome would actually live in, yours is more like the house of a Sim who really likes gnomes. Both interpretations are valid. I love the stucco and brick exterior you chose, and the landscaping suits it perfectly. I especially love the stone-lined walks. On the inside, the half-wall works well to define the front entrance, separating it from the dining room. Overall, the color scheme works well, and I love the whimsical touches like the flowers, vines and mushrooms growing in the game room. My only suggestion would be to rearrange the objects in the nursery. Right now, it looks like everything is placed around the perimeter of the room with a big blank area in the middle.
katnico Link to lot:http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=4369134 Link to media:http://s1183.photobucket.com/albums/x479/katnico/2011%20Summer% 20Designer%20Showdown/?albumview=slideshow Comments: You showed a great deal of skill in the overall look of the house. The exterior of the house is charming and beautifully landscaped. I love the domed pergola—very creative. I must admit, though, I had a hard time figuring out your inspiration object until I saw flower trellis near the end. When I figured out what it was, then I could see—going back—how that led to the use of flowers and floral patterns in the house. Each room is beautifully decorated—great combinations of patterns and colors and lots of “clutter” items that make the rooms seem “real”—but I’m not always sure there is an overall decorative thread that ties the house together. I might be obtuse here, however! It really is a lovely house.
lLunaAquilo Link to media:https://picasaweb.google.com/106236421228161102783/SummerDesign erShowdown?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLKQteLYh9bV8gE&feat=direc tlink# Comments: There was no doubt about your inspiration item, since you featured it prominently in many of your rooms! But there were enough nautical décor items about the house to suggest that the life preserver was your inspiration object anyway. I love the pastel colors you used throughout the interior. It gave a consistency to the house overall. And the gray shingled siding was a perfect choice for the exterior walls. It made the house fit in well to its coastal setting. Some of the rooms seemed a little bare, so I would suggest a few more décor items to make the rooms come alive. And be careful of the angles of your screenshots. The distorted perspective in some of your shots make it hard to appreciate all the creative touches you’ve put into your build. I know it’s tempting to zoom out the camera in order to get everything into one picture, but it’s better to take more pictures with less distortion!
mryjn1976 Link to media:http://s738.photobucket.com/albums/xx27/mryjn1976/bns%20106-107 %20Summer%20Design%20Showdown/?albumview=slideshow Comments: You seemed to have had the perfect storm of things going wrong with your media. I do hope for future challenges you can figure out what is preventing you from uploading larger images. I also would have gladly downloaded your lot to see it in game, but I know you had trouble with uploading your lot, too. That said, I did my best to evaluate the images that were there, and I must say I guessed right what your inspiration object would be. Even from the small images, I could tell the house had kind of a modern urban vibe to it, and so when I saw the blue city painting, I was not at all surprised! I loved that you included a pool in the landscaping. And I also appreciated the many clever things you did with the MOO cheat. I just wish I could have seen your house in better detail!
Tamlyn Link to lot:http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=4354197 Link to media:http://tamlynsims.livejournal.com/11586.html Comments: Gotta love steampunk! And of course, the clock was your inspiration object. I loved the Jules Verne style windows at the front of the house and the yard littered with mechanical contraptions. The inside of the house is crazy (!), but there is definitely a method to the madness. It works well together, and you were very consistent in the level of detail in each room. I laughed at the excess plumbing in the upstairs bathroom—an inspired touch. But then again there were fascinating details everywhere. I liked the over-the-top exterior to a point, but I would have softened the orange. And I’m thinking that a crazy professor type might have fenced in her yard to keep prying eyes away, but maybe that’s just me! Overall, a great job.
Second Place (Tie!): golden_glow and Tamlyn
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Scoiattolo, thank you for all the feedback. I will try the ATL tip for plants/trees showing through the walls. That has always bothered me, but I never knew there was a trick to fix it. I have a feeling there are a lot of cheats and tricks out there that I don't know anything about! Just learning as I go, I suppose! I always appreciate the judges comments. Thank you so much for taking the time to make them.
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Wow thanks so much! I have been a quiet admirer for a long time and this is my first challenge to be judged. Thanks Scoiattolo for the constructive critique and I certainly did not expect first place with all the beautiful entries. Congrats to golden_glow and Tamlyn for their tie at second place.
katnico wrote: Wow thanks so much! I have been a quiet admirer for a long time and this is my first challenge to be judged. Thanks Scoiattolo for the constructive critique and I certainly did not expect first place with all the beautiful entries. Congrats to golden_glow and Tamlyn for their tie at second place.
Katnico, such great work and congratulations on a great job! I tried to friend you on the sim pages, but the pink bunny sticker was in the way so I couldn't. Anyway, if you would like to be friends come on over to my profile and add me. Happy Simming, Brennachan
Adorable architecture! Love the trees! The kitchen and dinning area in picture #3 are a little dark; try to play with lighting more next time. Bathroom is well lite! Very pretty garden but I'd like to see some terrain paint under the hydrangeas and other plants next time! After all, it is free! I don't see a lot of wall art but you did well by using the walls as sort of art with the lovely patterns you chose! Very creative! Pretty pond! Once again, TERRAIN PAINT! It makes a huge difference! Overall you did a fantastic job!
LINK TO LOT: http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=4419815 LINK TO MEDIA: http://www.thesims3.com/contentDetail.html?contentId=342440
Amazing architecture! Some of your interiors are a little dark! Play with lighting a little bit more next time! Great use of terrain paint! Love the veggie garden! I love the colors you used esp the green in the one bedroom! I feel as if a few parts of the house could have used a piece of wall art to liven it up a bit! Sometimes in a budget build wall art tends to be over looked making the interiors seem 1/2 finished and a little bland! Love your use of the brick accent wall. Maybe, instead of expensive wall art, you could have used it a bit more in the bedrooms to liven things up! Just a thought/idea! Lots of book cases! Overall you did a really great job!
LINK TO LOT: (coming soon)
LINK TO MEDIA: http://s911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/mens0067/Buildnshare%2
Love the architecture! Love the landscape! You really know how to terraform and terrain paint! I love it! Lots of plants and a little garden; perfect for the outdoorsy Sim! Our door BBQ area! Fantastic! Picture #19 gave me a little laugh! Thanks for that! Exercise room! Perfect! Love the bathroom altho that toilet wouldn't be my 1st choice! That is prolly one of the best looking garages I've ever seen! I love it! Not too fond of two lamps on the dresser in the master bedroom! One and a little plant might have worked better!
LINK TO LOT: http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=4403720 LINK TO MEDIA: http://s138.photobucket.com/albums/q280/Malikie24/...%20Basics/ ?albumview=slideshow
AND THE WINNER IS...
Oh boy! This was a touch decision! You all built, decorated, and landscaped so perfectly! But there must only be one winner...
Congrats! I felt out of everyone you had the most well rounded lot! You thought of everything to make the house a perfect home for your client! And had lots of great client in new house pictures!
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