HHD: A home for Jack

October 16, 2016 at 6:03 PM | Posted in AC:HHD, Happy Home Designer | 8 Comments
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To help get in the Halloween spirit, I decided to create a home for Jack!


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In designing his home, I was inspired to strive to live up to his title, “the Czar of Halloween,” by using Halloween-themed items & ideas in the grandest, most elegant ways possible. (For the most part…you’ll see that his bedroom isn’t super fancy.) Jack even tends to talk in a very regal way that you don’t see much from other seasonal characters like Jingle, Franklin, Zipper, etc. When you discuss the prospect of building a new home for him, he says:

“As you’ve heard, I am Jack, the czar of Halloween. … For you see, my home is a dreadful wretch these days. I don’t know how it got so bad, but it pains me. One thing I will not tolerate is insubordination, and my home smacks of it. It shall be replaced!”

So with a title and talk like that, it just seemed fitting to give him a palace, elegant gardens, and a throne room.


When finished working on his home, this is what the exterior ended up looking like in the daytime, but I like it a lot more when I visit it at night after finishing a day’s project! 🙂

Here are some views of Jack’s palace gardens at night:





To the left and right of Jack’s home, I tried to incorporate tiny little graveyard features into the garden, but there’s only so much space to do so.

I also made a path for his home, a fairly easy-to-make one compared to the paths I’ve made for New Leaf (the mosaic ones, fairytale bridge one, etc). But for the most part, I plan to not really make many of my own paths & patterns for AC:HHD, because if I was strict about only making my own patterns for all 400+ villagers, I’d probably be playing this game for the rest of my life. >_> Okay, maybe exagerrating, but I want to have time to focus on AC:NL & AC:WW too. I couldn’t find a Halloween path that had the feel I wanted, though, so I made this diamond-tiled one to match the spooky roof, and the path has little bats & jack-o-lantern faces printed on the tiles if you look closely.

Now for the inside:

This is the throne room, which has a mix of Halloween items, lots of candelabra, and cypress plants. I thought the cypress trees would help with the ~elegance~ factor, and they are associated with mourning/death symbolism; you can see that symbolism with cypress trees in the painting “Isle of the Dead” as well.

Here is the room from some other angles:

Zoomed in


Zoomed out 😛


Jack & his loyal subjects


A close-up of the candelabra & cypress plants lining the throne room

Downstairs:

In the basement, there’s a spooky little study. I was going for one of those rooms you see in movies where the villain or whoever is sitting in a high-backed chair in front of the fire, as the firelight flickers on the stone walls and he plots and broods on his plans xP
At one point when hanging out in this room, Jack started playing the piano, which together with the music (Hypno KK) and the wilderness sound effects I added, was so…atmospheric, in a haunted house sort of way, I loved it.

Upstairs:

For Jack’s bedroom I used his own furniture brand, and he looks very much at home ^_^


Playing with his jack-in-the-box 🙂


Sleep tight and enjoy your new bedroom, Jack~


Jack’s reaction to his new home 🙂


Getting to have some casual chit-chat with special NPCs like this is a fun little aspect of AC:HHD (though I guess you do have to have the amiibo cards).

I hope you all are doing well and have a Happy Halloween! 😀

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HHD Monthly Contest: A robot control room

October 6, 2016 at 6:25 PM | Posted in AC:HHD, Happy Home Designer | 2 Comments

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This is the first time I’ve participated in a HHD contest in a while; before this, the last one I participated in was Challenge #1: “The Sweetest Home Ever” — a theme I was excited for, but at the time didn’t have as much to work with in my catalog as I would have liked. I regret losing track of the challenges because now I’m missing some of the challenge-exclusive furniture, and missed out on a few cool themes >_< So I'm going out of my way to participate this month even though the challenge theme isn't one of my favorites!

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For the photo-op I invited Ribbot (of course), along with studious-looking villagers Mott, Barold, and Derwin.

The inside at a few other angles:








Yes Nook, shaking some maracas is definitely the activity that jumps to mind in a robot control room! >_>


And the outside has a few giant robots guarding the entrance.

Nothing mindblowing here, but maybe I will look to HHD more when it comes to filling in the longer gaps in my blog between the New Leaf & Wild World stuff. 🙂

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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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