Welcome to Decorating Tamriel.
Today we are visiting a long time friend’s home. Strident Springs located in Reaper’s March.
Alakina succeed brilliantly in illustrating the life of a rich family living in the Strident Spring Desmene.
The Garden is divided in several areas, each of them showing a different scenery, as many tableau of the Manor’s life. A market, with different stales, and abundant merchandises, take place around the blossoming Cherry trees.
In the backyard, by the well, stand an elegant statue and its fountain covered with flowers. Maybe the shrine of an ancestor, or a revered tomb of a fallen beloved hero. A table with fruits, wine and writing gear offer a wonderful resting place along the lake and the waterfall. With creativity, Alakina added a moth pet, or some fishing floats, to give more depth to the scenery. A bit further, we will find the paddock for the horses designed with just enough items to suggest the idea in the visitor’s mind.
What we love about this home is not the excellent attention to detail, or the well-furnished layout. It’s the time , insight and effort made to create the unique items. Here Alakina has used a few simple items to create a harness for her horse , seemingly connecting it to the cart behind. This one small detail makes the market area feel much more real, here you have the horse and cart that delivers the goods to be sold at the market.
Another creative handmade feature are the unique flower vases shown at the entrance, just a simple basin turned up side down over the plant creates a very different look.
Inside, Alakina continue to dress up the portrait of this family.
They are rich, their table is well served. They enjoy intimacy, and reading in front of a cosy fireplace, while savouring some delicacies. They have taste for art, literature and beauty. Someone is studying arcane arts and alchemy. They have several children’s and they have a passion for animals. Each scene is illustrated with few well chosen items.
Alakina’s creativeness doesn’t stop with the outside and the inside whilst simple on initial glance is far from it.
The fireplace is just another example of a handmade feature. Alakina has painstakingly placed each individual block to make this one of the most unique and refreshing looking fireplaces we’ve seen.
The kitchen is also one of the most complete kitchens I’ve come across. ESO has a great selection of kitchen details, and Alakina has combined this with her creative hand crafted furnishings to make a very rustic experience.
Alakina’s home embodies where I see Homestead’s future. Not with random furnishings created in house by Zenimax, but actually, hand crafted furniture made out of random items. This offers a much more expressive outlet and I can only hope that Zenimax creates more ‘basic’ items that can be crafted with this goal in mind.
One thing to consider is the item limits get small real quick when decorating this way.
That said, Alakina has pulled it off beautifully, using both pre-made furnishings where needed and taking extra time to add her special brand of details.
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