Happy Home Designer Update#2: Starting to build up my clientele

February 28, 2016 at 6:46 PM | Posted in Happy Home Designer | Leave a comment

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Hi everyone, long time no post! 🙂 I haven’t been completely absent from the AC world in that I’ve still been playing various AC games (from AC:NL, AC:WW, to AC:HHD!) and I’ve posted on my AC tumblr some, but I’ve definitely neglected this WordPress blog of mine, and I’m sorry for that. Part of the problem is that I’ve had some lengthy projects on my hands for a long time now, like making the most ambitious path I’ve ever made in my AC:NL town Citalune, and working on completely re-landscaping my AC:WW town Dafdilly…and I have less time in my day-to-day life to work on these projects than I did in the past, like when I had more free time upon first starting this blog back in 2011; my life is simply a bit busier now, so progress is slower. Another reason is that I don’t like posting about in-progress projects on WordPress; I prefer to wait to have one long, comprehensive post on a completed project here. So you can expect more posts once I finish some of these town-relandscaping projects I have on my hands! For now, I’ll share some more of the AC:HHD progress I’ve made, since I’m on a bit of a vacation right now.

A bit of a disclaimer… Keep in mind that despite this long post, I still haven’t scratched the surface of the huge amount of clients, catalog items, and unlockables in this game, which prevents me from making the best possible designs in some cases. I also don’t have the motivation to put forth all of my designing effort into these little houses & yards in the same way that I do when I design a full-fledged town, like Citalune or Dafdilly. And the main way I take pictures is from the little montage that plays when you finish a project, so I’m pretty much at the mercy of the angles they give me during that montage! 😛 But enough excuses — onward!

Alicea mix of antique pieces

A cute theme to work with! And fun to see Alice again, a resident of Citalune

CurlosA Toy Day celebration

Didn’t get a good picture of the exterior, whoops. The main room is simple enough (jingle series), but the back room was supposed to have a Santa-toy-workshop type feel except it’s super tiny!

Klausan ancient bathhouse

This is a theme that appeals to me greatly, evidenced by the fact that I already have a room like this in my AC:NL town. I had fun with my choice of the acre that has lots of ponds, as if they’re ‘natural baths.’ & I loved how there was a rainbow in the exterior shots!

Tammya Halloween-themed place

The main room is kinda witchy, with the door to her more festive-Halloween-style bedroom hidden behind a bookcase.

Bunniea perpetual birthday party

The fun thing about Bunnie’s house here is that since I have Bunnie’s amiibo card, and I have the game Amiibo Festival, I was able to put Bunnie’s cute little fairytale-style house that I designed into my board game town on Amiibo Festival! And I put her house right above a “fairytale park” I built in my board game town, so it looks quite fitting. It’s my favorite part of my board game town! ❤

Elvisa royal palace

Of course Elvis deserves something so grand! 🙂

Daisya magnet for Santa

Came out looking like a better version of Curlos’ house, lol. The interior looks kind of busy from these angles, but I remember finding it quite cute in person when I was walking inside it.

Willowan alpine-themed room

A subtly designed room (to go with a subtle theme) — nothing too fancy, but nice. Plus I got some good angles in the montage at the end 😛

Boba floral atmosphere

Aww, Bob, I loved designing for him because he’s one of my favorites and I’m a sucker for any sort of flowery theme! He is quite famous for his pink flowery shirt (that I alluded to in my design for his bedroom), so I think the theme is fitting enough for him, though a lazy-cat-retreat with lots of food and cozy beds might’ve been even more fitting imo!

Deirdrean autumnal atmosphere

I remember being disappointed by my options to work with for the interior, but I like how the outside turned out.

Eloisea nod to all things green

Well, I’d say she got what she wanted! Green’s my favorite color but even I couldn’t stand this much green in my home

Pancettia sleep sanctuary

Sleeping when it’s raining outside is one of my favorite things in the world, so I picked an acre in which it was raining for Pancetti’s sleep sanctuary. But once I saw her getting poured on sleeping in the hammock outside, I was like “oh man, I messed this up…” xP

Marcela zen-like washroom

Certainly wouldn’t have thought of a room like this myself! The shots of him doing his business in the montage…er, yeah.

Motta physicist’s office

I could’ve probably made this interesting if I tried hard enough, but I didn’t have the investment.

Juliana mythical home

Juliaaan, darling unicorn of Citalune, how happy I was to design for you! And how happy I still am with this design, even though I’ve unlocked more fitting things for his home since then.

Camofroga nature sanctuary

Good luck cleaning that jungle floor of yours, buddy *scratches head*

Claudiaa cool coffee shop

I was pretty happy with this, seems like the sort of cool modern cafe she wanted.

Carolinea rustic ranch house

I think the inside came out cozy enough, but man, I was at such a loss on how to make the exterior at all interesting….

Soleila summery stronghold

Look forward to revisiting this later, the main idea that occurred to me at the time that I liked was to use gold-customized cabana furniture. Fun fact: Soleil is the name I wish I had given Lyra in Citalune, looking back.

Chrissya delightfully dotted room

Oh Chrissy, oh dear, oh my. I’m not opposed to cutesy things, but this is too cute even for me. I feel like this is just the sort of thing you have to design for Chrissy though, it’s unavoidable.

Stitchesa colorful toy box

Nothing groundbreaking, but fun! Felt the need to make his house the box-like shape to match his request for a toy box 😛

Rhondaa relaxing island getaway

Wow, I gave myself such little outdoor space to work with by picking that acre! I like the inside well enough, though.

Phoebea fiery hangout

Phoebe is such a gift, I love her & hope I did this beautiful rainbow phoenix’s fiery wishes justice. ❤

Pekoean exotic resort

I had fun interjecting some of what I perceive to be Pekoe’s personality into the design, like with the colorful flowers and pink bedspread.

Applean apple-inspired room

Not really happy with this, I’ll definitely want to go back to it.

Avaa professional kitchen

I didn’t get a lot of great angles for displaying the interior, but maybe you get the idea? Edit: also, I see that one of the chairs is facing the wrong way, that’s embarrassing

Coltona noble living space

Very happy with what I did for Colton’s house so far! I feel like I have a good idea for what his tastes are (elegance, grandeur, likes fashion & music) from having him so long in my AC:NL town.

Sprinklea frozen world to play in

I feel like this is a little too austere for what she wanted (a frozen world to play in), but I like it at least! >_>

Flurrya winter wonderland

Two wintry requests in a row! Not much to say, it’s cute, like it well enough.

Peggya mermaid’s life

I love the elegance of the back room even though it’s small! And I feel like I could’ve made a much better exterior design if I had more flowers unlocked :/

Allia mushroom manor

I liked this house a lot until someone I showed irl said it reminded them of something from the Smurfs, lol. Now I want to re-do it 😛

Grouchoa farming homestead

I would’ve preferred to make the interior look like a farmhouse, not an additional farming area, but I was pretty much forced to because of the required items.

Divaa place with good vibes

Designing this house led to a months-long hiatus from this game, believe it or not! The theme of “a place with good vibes” sounded appealing to me, but when I saw the assortment of items from vastly different cultures that were unlocked & required for this home, I didn’t feel confident in arranging & putting these items together in any sort of cohesive/meaningful/respectful way. But in the end I eventually threw someting together and moved on, and now when I boot up Happy Home Designer these days I tend to work on my town’s Main Street instead of work for clients. So maybe my next post on Happy Home Designer will be on how my Main Street is coming along 🙂

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My Beginning to Happy Home Designer

October 3, 2015 at 11:48 PM | Posted in Happy Home Designer | 20 Comments

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Well, it’s been about a week since I got Happy Home Designer, so I thought I’d do a little post on what I’ve done in the game so far! I named my designer character Flora — was trying to resist reusing one of my favorite character names from New Leaf, like Lyra or Violet. And I also figured it would be fitting since I tend to love using flowers as decoration so much 🙂

This was what I came up with for my first assignment (a room with “a lovely atmosphere”), which at the time I thought was either for a mystery villager client, or just a test-run/tutorial of the new bottom screen set-up for designing.

But it was a pretty big surprise for me that it turned out to be Lottie’s house! I might’ve worked harder on it if I’d known >_>

I wonder if I’m doing something similar 😐 Will I get to design a home of my own eventually?

I was much happier with the room I put together for my first real customer the following day, Goldie 🙂

She seemed quite happy with it too 🙂

Customer #2! Just found him outside Nook’s Homes, which is how I’ve approached all of my clients. The only amiibo card I have right now is Digby, who came with my game. I reaally want Melba’s! x3

Well, I tried. He wanted a stylish urban space, and these types of modern/sleek/minimalist type rooms aren’t really my favorite to do.

This, though, this is my favorite room I’ve designed so far ❤ It's such a nice mix of cozy and elegant imo, which is fitting for what Pecan asked for (“chic and relaxed”). I also purposefully drew inspiration from her home in past games, so it feels like a spruced up version of her old favorite room design.

Aww, meeting Isabelle for the ‘first’ time 🙂 She’s here to help with building public facilities, but still had some paperwork to do before we could get started.

So I helped another client I found outside, Roscoe, who wanted a “black and white bastion.” Again, I tried 😛

Now we can get started on our first facility together 🙂

I had trouble picking the exterior of the school, they were all so nice D: Green’s my favorite color and I liked the darker wood, so I went with that…hopefully I won’t regret it, since it’s also important to me that all the buildings mesh well together in the end.

And this is how the classroom inside turned out. There’s a teacher’s desk area, a blackboard and some standard school-desks, an art table and science table, a cozy reading corner, and a space by the door for students to put their bags and lunches and things. It’s nothing mindblowing but I’m reasonably happy with how it turned out:

Oh man, it’s soo cute seeing the major NPCs and villagers as the teacher & students ❤

And the following morning there was a ceremony. Aww, well isn’t this dialog familiar :’)

The same day as the school’s opening ceremony, I got my first new house request (for a room, house exterior, and yard)! This was something I was really looking forward to 😀

I like how the yard turned out, and how I was able to set the season to Autumn. The Fall colors add so much coziness to the playground & decor!

For Carrie’s interior, I went with a cozy-but-messy feel, and I like how a lot of the colors inside remind me of the color scheme outside 🙂

Since house exterior & yard designing had just opened up with Carrie’s request, I decided to go see Goldie again and offer her a new house re-design. She originally requested living in a “forest of books,” and mentioned that she was drawn to living in a quiet countryside, so I loved the idea of giving her this forest cottage. 🙂

For the interior, I didn’t change anything except adding a new clock I’d unlocked above the fireplace.

When I saw Tangy hanging outside Nook’s Homes, I didn’t hesitate to work with her next; she was in my first Animal Crossing town on the GameCube and as a little kid I was in love with and jealous of her fruity room, and of all of that fruit furniture I could never seem to get a hold of. 😛

In AC:GC I remember one of my villager houses being placed in a river nook, and there was an impressive semi-circle of an orchard around the house. I don’t think it was Tangy’s house, but I still used that nostalgia to influence how I decorated Tangy’s new home in HHD here ^^

This was the day I had just unlocked ceiling-hanging items, and I think those items added a lot to this room.

Enjoy your new home Tangy! ^_^

Designing Muffy’s new home was another one I was pretty excited about (rococo!!), and it also greatly benefited from having ceiling-decorations. I wish I could’ve customized the rococo to Gothic Black/purple, though.

I felt pretty limited in landscaping her house’s exterior: no purple and black roses for a ~goth garden, no fountains to play up the grand feel of her home’s interior…

Purrl here asked for a “kotatsu cottage where she could nibble on oranges,” a request that sounded intriguing compared to the other options that day. In the end I tried my best with what I had to work with, but I was feeling pretty limited by my flower & foliage options again.

The interior also felt pretty “meh” to me.

Like Carrie, Sylvia was another kangaroo who wanted a home & yard for her joeys to play in. She wanted a pool in particular, so I picked a plot of land that had a large ‘natural’ pool, but then I saw that a magnificent actual pool had been unlocked :O I didn’t end up using it because it didn’t go with the casual backyard atmosphere I’d envisioned (so I used the inflatable backyard pool instead), but it was a surprise for me to see a fancy pool like that in Animal Crossing xD

I also unlocked purple tulips with Sylvia’s home, which gave me hope that eventually in the future I won’t feel so limited in my gardening options.

The interior reminded me a lot of what I did for Carrie’s home >_>

Moe asked for a “magician’s hideaway,” which was such a juicy request I couldn’t resist. I wouldn’t have ever expected a theme like that in this game, least of all from Moe, a lazy cat I never thought much of (preferring other lazy cats). It was also a fun parallel for me since in New Leaf right now I’m working on redesigning Violet’s magician’s workroom. Moe’s came out quite different from what I plan for hers, but I like it:

For the exterior I didn’t do anything too fancy — wanted a stark, plain atmosphere, as though it was the magician’s goal for his hideaway to remain hidden in the mountains.

Moe’s my latest client so I have nothing more to share, really! Currently working on my second facility, the hospital. At first I was putting off doing any of the facilities until I unlocked more furniture from working with clients, but then I heard that you can always edit the facilities later (I think?? is that right?), so there’s no real point to putting them off for that reason.

Some miscellaneous/overall thoughts and opinions on the game so far:

• I loove the sweeping camera angles and adorable music that plays when you finish a home/facility design! It’s really a wonderful way to celebrate and appreciate the finished work. Of course, I’m also thrilled about a lot of the updates like squeezing between close furniture, ceiling decorations and whatnot, but I had heard about these for a while from tumblr and such, so these weren’t a huge surprise. Still great though 😀

• One of the most exciting things about the game for me is actually the fact that every single villager in the game has a request for their ideal home. It excites me because I’ve always been fascinated about learning the things that make individual villagers unique — like it’s often touted that all villagers of a certain personality type are identical (and rightly so, as far as dialog goes), but there are still little things that set them apart, and that you can use to form your own head-canon/interpretation of each villager. Things like catchphrases, favorite quotes, the music they play in their house, how they design their homes (and in this game, what they request for you to design), what clothes they wear and umbrella they carry, and even their house exterior in some games. You can imagine how this game is a pot of gold for me as far as learning more about the villagers’ tastes, learning what their dream home is, and what furniture is dear to their heart. And sometimes I’m left very surprised by what I learn, like magician Moe!

• The opportunities and process for designing in this game is really different for me from New Leaf. In AC:NL the only rooms I’d design were ones that were to my taste and choosing, and usually fit the theme of my town. In HHD there’s probably hundreds of clients, each with a request fitting their own taste, not mine, resulting in me getting to design rooms I never would’ve done before.

• Sometimes the limitations can be a little disappointing and frustrating, though. Like not having those purple/black roses for Muffy’s house, not having access to the furniture and PWPs you want, etc. The house plots themselves are kind of limiting, even though you can choose from a wide variety of marvelous locations, because they’re smaller than the landscaping spaces you have access to in a traditional Animal Crossing town. I doubt I could ever landscape something like the garden in front of Estel’s castle in Happy Home Designer, for example. Also, I notice some awkwardness with the landscaping placement tool sometimes. Usually in traditional AC games a tree takes up one space, and you can plant flowers on all sides of that one space. In HHD a tree takes up four spaces, and when you try to plant flowers next to it, there’s an (often unwanted, for me) bit of space between the flower and the tree. There’s a similarly awkward space like that when you try to plant a flower right next to the house itself :/ Stuff like this can put a bit of a damper on my creative-excitement, and lead me to abandon ideas I was looking forward to designing. I’m sure some of my frustrations will be solved once I simply play the game more and unlock more stuff, though 😉

I also want to add, while I’m at it and writing a post for the first time in forever, that it was never my intention to abandon this blog, or abandon AC:NL. I’ve still been playing, and steadily working towards a summertime dream update for Citàlune. I’m really really excited for this dream update, and can’t wait to finish it both for my own satisfaction, and for letting you all finally see something other than that cherry blossom update xP It’s been a lot of work so far; I demolished Violet’s house and rebuilt it, had to pay off the loan again and track down all the house parts, and I’m still in the process of redesigning the interior. I’ve also re-done a lot of rooms in Estel’s and Lyra’s homes. Though it’s not my WordPress posting style to share stuff like this before I’m done (when I can then do a comprehensive post on everything), so that’s why I’ve been quiet. Also have to admit that I’ve got a bit more going on in my life than when I first started this blog, so that’s why my town-building progress might not be as speedy as it used to be, I hope you can understand & forgive me for that 🙂

I hope you all have been doing well! Feel free to let me know how you’ve been doing and what you’re up to in the comments, how you feel about and what you’ve done in HHD, what you’re still doing in AC:NL, and so on! I’ll try my best to catch up on some WordPress posts I’ve been missing in my reader, along with replying to comments and such 🙂

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