Welcome to our first episode of ‘Homestead – Decorating Tamriel.’
In this series we aim to give you tips, tricks and ideas on how to decorate your new shiny home in Elder Scrolls Online.
Over the course of this series we will be taking suggestions from you on what projects we should work on next. That may include suggesting the house itself, or possibly a theme or even working to a specific budget.
We also plan to feature some great builds by you, as well as offering our decorating services to our viewers.
In this episode we chose a small Nordic house, located just outside Nimalten in The Rift. It’s called ‘Autumn’s Gate’ and costs 60,000g. We have chosen to just focus on the garden for this first episode.
Anyway, onto the builds!
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When I think about a garden the first idea that comes to my mind is a place, hidden behind high walls, covered with ivy, vines and other climbing plants.
I think of a place, where different little corners exist separated by rose trees or hedges, like little gardens within the garden.
I think of a place where nature and the gentle touch of humans work in harmony to create a place of peace and tranquility, a place to read novels, write a diary, or simply dream.
It was very fun to transform Autumn’s Gate, a fierce house built in Skyrim into my secret garden.
I started to cover the solid walls with ivy, and if I could have added roses, I’d would have placed some here and there.
I softened the Nordic aspect of the house by covering the roof with ivy and added a Breton touch with typical candelabras, lanterns and furniture.
I used the vegetation and objects that would best fit my vision of a secret garden.
I wanted to evoke a pleasant afternoon spent with beloved friends in the sun and shadows of the branches, and of nights spent dreaming about poetry and love.
I wanted to mix a touch of softness with cherry trees and delicate flowers, a touch of emotion with lanterns and candelabras, and a touch of spontaneity with abundance and vegetation growing wildly.
I wanted my garden to feel like it had been abandoned for some time but was filled with memories. However it was now in the care of someone and had become a theatre of happy events.
I like this theme very much, and I know I’ll use it again in different houses, using more objects, to perfect it and explore it fully.
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I must admit I’m not a natural designer, nor do I consider myself creative. At least not in the natural sense of the word.
When creating this garden, I decided to just go with what felt right, and what aligned with the general feeling of how I wanted this garden to look.
With that said, I love nature, I love wood, and I love green things. I also love lighting and shadows…but more on this later.
The garden you start with is pretty basic, plain..but nice.
I tried to imagine what I would want if I lived here? And the answer to that was a nice shady place to sit. There’s something about the feeling of sitting outside in a warm summer’s eve that I find very appealing. Some good friends, a book or two , even a picnic. It’s all very romantic.
I digress..The terraces were born from the above wants and needs. The provide a nice place to sit and relax , and maybe chat about days passed.
I also wanted to emphasise that this is a house that is lived in, it’s used. Some things are a bit worn, but everything is used. This is the reason why I went for the opposite of perfection.
The last point I’d like to mention is lighting. Things have to look good in the dark too! It’s surprising how often people forget this.
Lighting can give your place a completely different look. Get smart with your item placing, experiment with clipping things into other objects, hide lights under plants.
All of these combine to make a rather special look.
I hope this has given you some great suggestions and ideas for your own builds. We plan to expand on this series and hope that you enjoy the first instalment.
For the next episode we would very much like to hear from you. We want your suggestions!
We want you to challenge us! Suggest a theme , a specific house or even a budget to work to, make us work for your views!
We are also looking for people that would like to have their builds featured in a video, these can be on the EU or NA megaservers.
Lastly, if you don’t feel up to the task of decorating your own place, we are offering our services to you! Give us decorator permissions, place all your furniture and items and we will do the hard work.
Don’t delay! Get in touch with us now by joining our Discord community.
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Please remember that ESO+ members can place twice as many objects as non-subscribers so you may have to consider this in your approach.
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