Welcome to our 3rd episode of Decorating Tamriel.
Given our experience with Homestead since it’s release, it quickly made sense to us to create an episode where we could show off what was truly possible and achievable for a new player. It’s all well and good making these grandiose mansions, but realistically most players are not in a position to replicate something like that (unless they go the crown store route)
So in this video we decided to focus on decorating the Inn rooms that can be obtained for free by completing a simple quest. We also limited ourselves to strict rules.
- We could purchase some basic items from Homegoods furnishers (no achievement based items) and had a limit of 1500g.
- We could only craft items that we personally have blueprints and plans for. (You can see our available plans here and here )
Elloa settled on The Rosy Lion, and I on The Ebony Flask. They are located in Daggerfall and Ebonheart respectively. Both have restrictions of 15 items, 1 collectable and 1 trophy, although these totals are doubled for ESO+ members. Likewise, both are obtainable for free after completing a small quest, or can be purchased for 3000g.
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Initially upon entering the room I wasn’t decided on what route to take, given our limited choices. After a little thinking I decided to embrace to the true nature of a new player…poverty 😀
At the same time I was very keen to turn it into a unique and cosy nest to display the furniture and items I had collected. My mind instantly pictured a Fallout 4 camp, and with this image I decided to improvise my furniture , making use of everyday items and re-purposing them for my build.
This clearly has advantages, mainly…it’s very cheap and it allows you to be creative with the few items you have found during your adventures.
Firstly I used a some crates and a bedroll to construct my bed and this in turn helped form a better idea of the finished build. Another basic crate became a nightstand, with each item placed the image became clearer in my head.
I wanted to create an overall messy appearance. I did this by overturning a stool, putting some food and cups on the floor to give the appearance of them dropping from the table. Maybe there has een a big fight here , or just maybe someone has had a little too much to drink.
A butcher’s knife in the door frame gives easy access to weaponry should I need to protect myself from an intruder.
To finish off the room I added a monkey pet, complete with his favourite food, in addition to a guar mount.
It was at this point I realised what I was building, it wasn’t a skooma den or the scene of some great fight, It was a used home of a rugged adventurer and her companions. Companions that obviously don’t care much for cleaning!
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Working in small spaces with limited budgets can be a challenge. It forces you to really think about every move you make, it also forces you to consider what you ‘really’ need. We were not only limited by budget and space but also by the amount of items we had available.
Going into this, I didn’t have any plans or themes in mind, I simply wanted to make a room that could be used as intended. A nice place to sleep, sit and relax.
What I quickly learnt is that it’s possible to create something very cosy , if not terribly unique with even the most basic of items. If you aren’t already discovering this fact, I love to play with light. And here is no exception.
The warm light dancing across the walls makes the room seem much more alive and warm.
As the bed we had available wasn’t the most attractive of furniture I decided to use the one mat we had available as a bed throw. I really think this works well and makes the bed much more inviting.
I tried to imagine that if I was living in this room, what would I need. And I decided I would need a small area to store and prepare my food. With those thoughts I decided to add a shelf with some basic provisions including utensils.
I realise that any patron of this inn room would likely die of carbon monoxide poisoning given that it has no chimney for the accompanying fireplace, but I just couldn’t resist. Maybe the fumes are removed by magic…this is The Elder Scrolls after all.
Making the 15 item version of this room for non subscribers wasn’t too challenging. I wanted to keep the overall feel of the room similar, albeit not so well fleshed out.
Some of the food provisions are removed as well as a plant, and unfortunately the bed throw did have to go. You have to be prepared to make compromises when doing this, but overall I’m happy with both outcomes.
We both really enjoyed decorating these small rooms combined with the tough restrictions we imposed on ourselves. You might initially think this was an easy challenge, and you’ll be forgiven for thinking so.
It’s actually more difficult that you might imagine, but extremely fun none-the-less.
Having similar restrictions that might be typical for a new player, ie lack of gold, lack of materials and blueprints really forces you to consider your actions and think every thing through. Hopefully this video has shown you that you don’t have to be rich to have a nice little home and more importantly that you can still have a lot of fun doing so!
You can find a complete list of all the items we used together with their gold and material cost here.
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Rosy Lion Gallery
Ebony Flask Gallery