Skyboxes are one of those things in SL, that are like the ‘and eating it too”, you know. They give you an illusion of space, and can be whatever you want them to be. If you have ever lived on mainland, they were a necessity for the most part, because back in the old days, who could even conceive of living on the ground – unless of course you had the money to afford a large plot of land. But even that didn’t ensure you weren’t back0-ended by some gaudy, loud mess of a structure. That is not to say that all mainland was that obnoxious, there were some great spaces even older, but with the 512 plot land grabs of 06/07 things got ugly lol.
I went skywards back on my parcel once for a few weeks, because I was between sims, and had had my mainland 512 since my first few months here, because its free with premium…I still have it. I was high in the sky and free from all the ugly, and then someone smacked a club right next to me. They could have had any height, but no, had to be the exact same height as mine….seriously. That wasn’t that big a deal, but then they started shouting, winning things noises, and all sorts of stuff, so my friend – evil genius that he is – scripted a responder, so for everytime it screamed in my houses direction, the scripted prim would scream back about monkeys and tv…it was hilarious, but I removed it after a few hours of guilt. I was between sims as I said, so honestly I didn’t much care what happened there.
Then I bought this amazing mansion like house and put it in the sky at work, and friends laughed at me, because it had doors. “Why does your skybox have doors Sasy?” so I showed them, and built a landing pad outside the doors, and everytime someone came to visit, I tpd them to the outside by standing really close to the doors lol, and then making them knock to get in. It was not a skybox though, it was just a house in the air, as many have done before me, and many have done since. But then you come across real skyboxes, the ones with domes, or surrounds, and its a completely different experience. An illusion is created, you can be anywhere, doing anything, you could have space dunes outside, or be underwater in a pod, if you so choose – um where is that skybox, I have never seen one now that I think about it.
Apartment style skyboxes are all the rage too, because you don’t need the rest of the building. The only thing that baffles me about this concept, is when there seems to be more windows than you would normally have in the type of apartment it is, but then again we can have anything we want to in our virtual world.
This Trautmann skybox by Pilot is the first, in I hope an ongoing collection. It is the perfect size to not run out of furniture. There is one main window – with a panoramic outdoors image, and the rest of the lighting comes from beautiful skylighting in the ceiling over the dining area – I do hope in future there may be something like that done in the bedroom too. The walls are a great neutral colour blend, because its not really gender specific, and actually has good resell value – in RL that is. Wooden floors and large entrances to each room, really give it a sense of space that is really needed in a home, because you don’t want to feel too closed in. My other favourite thing is that the ceilings are HIGH, thank you for that, because low ceilings freak me out – we tend to have high ceilings in Australia.
I filled the home with various items of furniture, from Pilot, Cheeky Pea, and Scarlet Apples – which is a collaboration between Scarlet Creative and Apple Fall. I look forward to seeing great things from them in the future also. Even though most of the furniture was released as outdoor style pieces, I think it suits the eclectic vibe of the space. Whimsy came over and provided dinner, a lovely assortment of food, you can get from Poche.
The beautiful new dress from SySy’s is just lovely, the sheer overlay is done with consideration of hair, so that as long as you don’t go past the breast area with mesh rigged hair, you wont have any alpha conflict. That is why I chose this great new style from Wasabi Pills that just fit the bill perfectly. The dress is perfect for entertaining at home, or going out for the day or night. A pretty dress that has a gorgeous length and overall style, and comes in such pretty colours. This one was a great choice to go with the Yummy gemstone set that is at this months collabor88. The set has earrings, ring and necklace, and comes in other beautiful colours, but this ruby one was just perfect.
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Props, Furniture, Build :
Trautmann Skybox – Pilot @ Collabor88/January
Backyard Cinema lounger, ottoman, Garden Party Chairs/Table, Posers Fence – Pilot & CheekyPea
Wool Rug Blanc – Scarlet Apple @ Collabor88/January
Delinger Desk, Larkin Cabinet, Cactus Planter, Vase, Bohn Crate Shelf – Pilot
Vitas Rug, Millesime Baignoire Sofa, Posters, Mainstream Mirror, Georgie Bed, Dandelion Clock, Macaron Pouffe, Dandelion magazine rack- Cheeky Pea
Watermelon Punch Basket, Quiche, Tiramisu – Poche by miyu Adder
Ellis - LeLutka
Natural Curl Sculpted Lashes – LeLutka
Natasha – LeLutka
Jamie - Wasabi Pills
Splash Dress – SySy’s
Shiki – Maitreya
Teardrop Gemstone set – Yummy @ Collabor88/January
Mesh Hands – SLink