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Maroger
09-07-2008, 06:39 PM
<p>Ok -- to all you top decorators out there -- how do you decide to use furniture in such a unique way?</p><p>Do you just make it and try it out? Or what? I have an 80 Carpenter so I can build the stuff but I hate buying the rares if I end up not wanting the item. How do you decide to use stuff so uniquely?</p><p>Do you plan it out before hand on graph paper, do make sketches or what?</p><p>Do you plan out the rooms beforehand?</p><p>Curious minds want to know <img src="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/images/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" width="15" height="15" /></p>

Beckah
09-07-2008, 07:00 PM
Seeing the items you can make, the layout of your home, viewing others homes and ideas of your own mostly.There's a few websites with photo's...<a rel="nofollow" href="http://eq2.eqtraders.com/articles/article_page.php?article=g9&menustr=070000000000" target="_blank">Eq2 Traders Furniture Gallery</a><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.everseek.com/" target="_blank">Everseek</a>The link in my signature as well, links to the houses all these wonderful decorators have created. <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />*edit* Fixed the link.

Maroger
09-07-2008, 07:39 PM
<cite>Beckah wrote:</cite><blockquote>Seeing the items you can make, the layout of your home, viewing others homes and ideas of your own mostly.There's a few websites with photo's...<a rel="nofollow" href="http://eq2.eqtraders.com/articles/article_page.php?article=g9&menustr=070000000000" target="_blank">Eq2 Traders Furniture Gallery</a><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.everseek.com/" target="_blank">Everseek</a>The link in my signature as well, links to the houses all these wonderful decorators have created. <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />*edit* Fixed the link.</blockquote><p>I have looked at all the nice house Nefaria and others put up. And I use the furniture database in EQ2trades as well. I have my own 5 room house and I wish it looked better than it did.</p><p>I have a lot of house pets that are always in the way --  I am just curious if these gifted EQ2 decorators were decorators in real life as they have done so many creative things with some pretty simple furniture. </p><p>Do they practice with it first?? Or is it just trial and error on the first go for some of the new things they create?</p>

Snowdonia
09-07-2008, 08:02 PM
My best friend keeps telling me I need to go into interior design IRL since he thinks I'm so good at it in game. lolAs for my decorating process (which takes AGES because I spread myself so thin to craft, level, quest, or decorate across a multitude of characters) I get the idea first (like my player-sized chessboard) then I trial and error various furnishings that I think might suit for construction. I'm a bit of a perfectionist though when it comes to how things can come off or fit together so if it doesn't look right, even by a minuscule amount, I'll scrap a build and try something else.

Lisabethy
09-08-2008, 02:56 AM
Yep - even though I don't play as much as I used to, I keep my account active to decorate LOL For me, sometimes it'll be something I see in a magazine, online or on TV --- and it'll just "hit" me, how I could do it in-game. Sometimes, I'll do a rough sketch just to keep a running note of what I'll need and such (I have a *horrible* memory so if I don't write it down, later I'll forget what I planned to use and where) - but sometimes I just wing it. I tend to keep a TON of furniture on me when I'm decorating so I can try various things if something fails to look exactly the way I want it to. Another handy tip for putting it all together is taking your crafting stuff with you -- I have a friend (Whiskey) who does my crafting for my designs and he brings all the tables and then stocks his broker boxes with every single material he might use and fuels. That way, if something doesn't work just the way you thought it would, you can easily pop something else player made into the design and see if that works. Now granted, I've got quite a bit of plat to play with and honestly, I probably have 2 boxes of rare furniture I can pull at any time. If you're tight on cash though, then definitely make a rough sketch to see what you would like to put and where - that way you can plan financially. Also, if you're tight on cash, don't be afraid to "fill-in" with a common material and upgrade later upon harvesting the rare or coming into some cash.  Also, don't be afraid to ask if people want to trade things - like someone may not have the faction for the faction items and may be willing to trade for rare furniture for things like sales tables and such. Oh! And last but not least, don't be afraid to try combos with things. Sometimes, just playing around with the furniture (stacking it, moving it around each other, hiding it in different heights of things) can inspire you. Suddenly, it'll hit you "OH! If I stack this with this and round off the edges with that, it'll make for something very cool!"  -- Just keep in mind - it's not like real life furniture - it weighs nothing to move it around 100 times <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Nefariaa
09-08-2008, 03:55 AM
<p>I play around with stuff, and come up with some of my designs by accident. </p><p>I also come up with my best ideas when i'm doing other stuff like taking out the garbage, taking a shower or mowing the yard. Sometimes I get up at 4am because i wake up with an idea of how to make something work and can't go back to sleep till i try it. Sadly pharmaceuticals do not help the norrathian home decorating addiction. I am still seeking a decorators anonomys. <img src="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/images/smilies/97ada74b88049a6d50a6ed40898a03d7.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" width="15" height="15" /></p><p>I dont do interior design as my profession, although I do watch way too much HGTV and love how colors and items can tie things together and often incorporate that into what I do in the game. My poor husband has come home many times to a taped off room and me happily rolling away with fresh paint while I've got music blaring on the stereo.</p><p>My carpenter is 80 and I did all of the faction writs with the tradeskill place and the four main factions *priests, scouts, fighters, and wizard people so that I have the maximum amount of options when it comes to the stuff that I can make or purchase off a faction merchant to use and work with. </p><p>I have redwood boxes in every inventory slot, one is for nothing but rares which i keep a stockpile of so i can make whatever item comes to mind that might work in the design (If it doesnt work I can always use it in a different house later or sell it) I also keep a box of fuels and a box of common raw harvestables from every single tier so that it is easy to do the whole trial and error thing without stopping work to go to the nearest broker. The only problem with trial and error is that I have a six slot house vault filled with redwood boxes of discarded items I tried but didnt work so i save them for another project, amd six mahogany furniture sales things that hold 80 items each all filled with discarded items. Which isnt bad cause i can access all of these things from anyone's house that I so happen to be working in.</p><p>As for graphing out a house before a project, I dont. I get a feel for the person that i am decorating for and go with it. The fly by the seat of the pants thing works for me, although it produces alot of items that go into storage lol. <img src="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/images/smilies/97ada74b88049a6d50a6ed40898a03d7.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" width="15" height="15" /></p><p>'</p>

Eveningsong
09-08-2008, 01:13 PM
I tend to get an idea and start working around that, building the basics and then modifying and filling in as I go along.  Sometimes I'll do a sketch and make notes about what pieces to use but not that often.  And often I'll lay in bed at night and visualize what I'd like to do when I'm trying to get to sleep lol (it tends to make me nod off quickly lol).  I do tend to wind up with a fair bit of furniture left over at the end, but I try to leave the choosing rare furniture pieces until the end unless its a key feature or uses a rare that I have lots of.  There's some great T8 rare furniture but its too hard to come by the rares (or they're too expensive) for me to justify using too many of them, at least for my personal houses.  But if I had an unlimited supply of mahogany and tynnonium clusters... *grins*

Donilla
09-08-2008, 01:17 PM
<p> I do a combination of the things already mentioned. I watch a lot of HGTV too but wouldn't say I have any particular decorating genes. I save screen shots of rooms and items I particularly like when I read the forums or visit other homes. I would say it doesn hlep to have some idea of what you want to do.</p><p>I do actaully graph things out somewhat. I start with an idea of what kind of home the character would have. Then I sketch out the rooms and play with the space, what goes where, make some rough drawing of how some small detail of something might go together. If I'm going to add lofts and dividers I find it helps to know generally what you want to accomplish. T</p><p>hen I might check EQ2Traders to see whats out there that I can make, or is within a few reachable levels (I only use stuff my carpenter can make...I'm Dutch and really really cheap in RL and in Norrath<img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />) Then I see what I already have in the rooms in question. Then I start playing around to see what works. </p><p>One thing I would add is don't feel compleled to finish it all at once. Mine are a work in progress' and I sometimes change my mind completely and tear a zone down and start over. I still haven't decided on Donilla's library and WC area. And her kitchen is still progressing. I just can't come up with something that makes me happy, and thats okay. it will come to me eventually. In fact I did not have a concept for Doni before hand, and that is hindering me a bit, that and the fact that I'm too attached to the stuff I already have /sigh. And Deliawyn's kitchen took 4 tries before I found a way to execute the concept I had in mind. Had to play with lots of different ways to get my idea to work.</p><p>And other ideas just wont work at all. I wanted to turn those acorn chairs from the notes into hanging basket chairs for my fae, but so far I have not found a reasonable way to do it.</p><p>Best advice is to get started. The creative process feeds itself, so come on in!</p>

Nefariaa
09-08-2008, 07:58 PM
<cite>[email protected] Bayle wrote:</cite> <blockquote><p>One thing I would add is don't feel compleled to finish it all at once. Mine are a work in progress' and I sometimes change my mind completely and tear a zone down and start over. I still haven't decided on Donilla's library and WC area. And her kitchen is still progressing. I just can't come up with something that makes me happy, and thats okay. it will come to me eventually. In fact I did not have a concept for Doni before hand, and that is hindering me a bit, that and the fact that I'm too attached to the stuff I already have /sigh. And Deliawyn's kitchen took 4 tries before I found a way to execute the concept I had in mind. Had to play with lots of different ways to get my idea to work.</p></blockquote>/agreed