I’ve been working a lot on re-furnishing and expanding a few of my characters’ houses lately, so I thought I would give an overview of what I’ve done for each of my characters and their houses to this point, and what my goals are for each of them. I’ve especially focused on Estel’s and Lyra’s homes recently, which have both been changed into castles! ^_^ I thought that having a few castles in my fantasy city would be fitting, but that having every single house be a castle would be over-doing it, so Violet’s and Fern’s homes will be more humble, cottage-style houses.
First I added left and right wings so that I could get the mansion exterior, which is required in order to buy one of the architectural upgrades from Nook’s Homes (the zen castle/castle/modern house). The regular mansion doesn’t look bad at all, and I can always go back to it if I want to, since the mansion structure is also sold at Nook’s Homes.
Eventually I’d like Estel’s castle, garden, and pretty much the entire side of town her home is located on, to be designed and landscaped to look best at nighttime, with lots of whites and cool colors.
The main room is still similar to what it’s been like for a while, cloud-themed with regal furniture. It’s supposed to give the impression of something like an entrance hall rather than a bedroom with a complete series. I added some tables on the sides that have music box versions of Forest Life, Stale Cupcakes, Only Me, and K.K. Swing, so there’s a few choices on what you can listen to.
I’m using regal furniture in the upstairs room as well, but unlike the main room, I’d like for the upstairs room to be a nighttime-themed bedroom for Estel, with the lunar horizon wallpaper (I don’t have it yet) and other furniture I think would be fitting, like the star globe, aurora screens, maybe September’s new DLC of the full moon vanity, etc. The room is far from complete and it’s already feeling cramped, so I’ll probably have to expand it to the full size.
And so far, the right wing is a bathroom… just something easy to fill up this small space.
And now it’s of course a castle! Lyra’s castle is located on the busier side of town with the train station, town hall, Re-Tail, and many villager houses. Unlike the side of town with Estel’s castle, I’d like for Lyra’s side of town to look best in brighter conditions with lots of vibrant hybrids and fairy-tale themed projects. You could maybe say one side is the city of the moon (ruled by Estel) and the other side is the city of the sun (ruled by Lyra)… er, we’ll see how it turns out, but it’s at least a feel to strive for in the future. 😛 Right now, though, I’m definitely sacrificing current aesthetics for the sake of growing hybrids, so that I can better decorate my town in the future.
I don’t know if I’ll always have it here, but I recently added a floral arch in front of Lyra’s house, with my goals for PTS in mind. (Isabelle still says I need more PWPs!)
I’m not 100% sure what to do with the interior of Lyra’s house yet. I’d like the interior to at least somewhat match the exterior of the house, but there isn’t an exactly matching “fairy-tale” furniture set to match the exterior decorations. What I’m going for is a grand feel to match the castle exterior, but also with a more whimsical feel (ie. I think the elegant white furniture in Estel’s house would be too “plain” for Lyra’s house), and maybe a color scheme of pink, blue, and gold. Feel free to give suggestions if you have any!
This is my attempt at making a sort of throne room/entrance hall to Lyra’s castle, using jewel-customized furniture, stained glass windows, and stained glass lamps to change the lighting (so that the mosaic wall and tile will match the furniture better). I thought sapphire- and ruby-customized furniture would especially match the fairy-tale decorations both in grandeur and in color scheme.
The only other room I’ve somewhat decorated in Lyra’s house is this little bathroom with mermaid furniture. I don’t know if I’ll have it forever, but for now, I like the idea of an ocean-themed bathroom! ^_^
Unlike the two castles above, I’d like for Violet’s house to have a quaint cottage-in-the-woods feel. I’ve made a lot of progress on getting the exterior of her house the way I want it, but that progress might be put to waste because I’m considering moving her house to another location (a more forested location). Her house is near the waterfall that meets the ocean, which at the beginning of the game seemed like a great place to put a house, but now I’m realizing there might be a better place for it. So I’ll probably move her house soon because in the long run, I can re-do the expansions and re-collect the house parts, and her house will be in a more fitting location.
This room looks kinda messy because of the mix of different themes (ranch, alpine), but eventually I’d like it to be a cozy kitchen/living room. There are lots of cute little kitchen-themed items to put on the walls in this game that I’m eager to use!
I dream that one day Fern’s house will be a cobblestone cottage on the edge of this cliff overlooking the sea, but it will probably be a while before I can start making any progress on it. 😦 The reason for this is I’m using Fern’s character as my villager-house scout, which means that on days I’m expecting a new villager to move in, I delete and re-make her character, resetting until I get a house plot in a decent location. I feel forced to do it, I just can’t deal with having houses randomly land on gardens and paths and areas I’ve worked hard on. Hopefully one day I’ll have all my dream neighbors in locations I’m happy with, and then I can start to work on Fern’s house (both the exterior and interior) more.
The path to her house is one of my neater dirt paths, I think! Most of them are extremely messy and unfinished right now.
Lastly, here’s a map with labels showing where each of their houses are:
Well, that’s it! My characters’ houses are still far from complete, and my catalog still has a lot of growing to do before I’m satisfied with the interiors, but I’ve been spending a lot of time and bells on their houses lately (lots of beetle-hunting, catalog-ordering, waiting on Cyrus to refurbish things, and so on), so I felt like sharing my progress. 😛 Feel free to give me feedback, ideas, and suggestions! I’ll save my screenshots of recent everyday-happenings for another post.