rezoned residential – adele’s super chouette

I love commercial structures, or at least late19th/early 20th century commercial structures. Warehouses, old schools, storefronts, scary abandoned factories. If it’s got old brick, high ceilings, and questionable asbestos abatement, chances are I’ll feel right at home.

When I was in my 20s, I lived in a warehouse in downtown Seattle. It was not, actually, zoned residential, which was part of the fun. In fact, the top floor housed a production sewing firm that started their thundersome business day at 5:30 AM, causing a fine dust of unknown particulate content to sift down upon my sleeping face from the ceiling 22 feet above.

We were on the second floor. There were tenants on the first floor, but they were mysterious and I never saw any of them myself, though I was assured they were there by my neighbors who’d lived in the building longer than I had. They were probably a lot more serious about whatever they were doing than we were. In theory, all of us living there were artists. We all had, at least, artistic ability. Only two (maybe three) of the dozen or so people living there at any given time were actually doing much art. There were lots of parties, lots of wandering from one’s own space to one’s neighbors’ space, lots of drunkenness and ill-considered naked behaviors. My neighbors happened to be particularly well-connected in the local music scene and we would venture out in a boisterous pack to see bands two or three nights a week. Our local music scene was just amazingly lively then, and we probably should not have been surprised when it became the international music scene nearly overnight. Suddenly, all those people we knew in bands were famous. Really famous.

I suppose I ought to be showing you posters from early 1990s Seattle bar shows – yes, I saw Nirvana play in bars, many times – but even though I should have a lot of that stuff, I just don’t. I got rid of all that ephemera in an attempt to forget the crash and burn of a dramatic Big Love. This tactic was, of course, unsuccessful. I regret the losses – I could have sold that stuff for a lot of money.

These are recolors of Adele’s Super Chouette set that was released as part of the WNF Aspiration Set for December 08. Upholstery in burgundy, blue, green, olive, rust and white. Posters in three groups, as shown. Table offered in two different cements, as well as black and white.

Edouard Benedictus was not a name I knew until, well, I knew it. But I knew his style and, for me, it’s what I think of when I think ‘1920s pattern.’ These images are from a Dover publication that included a CD with gargantuan .tif files, and now that I’ve made these for Sims, I think I might look into what it would cost to have them printed up huge for me.

The Chang and Fak-Hong posters delight and appall me. The colors are beautiful and the “mysterious east” motifs are excellent kitsch. The haphazard blending of various cultures into one generic “Oriental” package would offend me deeply in a contemporary poster, but I…well, I can’t say I “like” it in vintage ephemera, but I’m fascinated by the more or less innocent racism of the past. Innocent in that it would not have occurred to most middle-class (white) people in the 1920s that “Orientals” were a diverse group – and one with it’s own internal racism – or that they were anything more than exotic fantasy figures. Anyway. Moving along…

Richard Prince did this series of nurse paintings a few years back. He did a painting for the cover of a Sonic Youth album, both the record and the painting appropriately titled Sonic Nurse. This made nurse kitsch suddenly “important.” I’m not all that interested in Richard Prince’s other work, and even though the nurse paintings are a joke taken maybe a bit too far, I still think they look good on a wall.

Get REZONED RESIDENTIAL recolors here:
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MESHES are NOT INCLUDED. They were originally part of an Aspiration set at WNF and may still be available there, but they are now available at MTS2.

Get Adele’s Super Chouette meshes here

16 Comments on “rezoned residential – adele’s super chouette”

  1. #1 julieth
    on Jan 1st, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Lovely recolors, and nice stories as well!

  2. #2 enchanted_black
    on Jan 1st, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Nixy, I swear you are just made of awesome.

  3. #3 Buttercup
    on Jan 5th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Absolutely superb, thank you so much :).

  4. #4 Solar
    on Jan 5th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Gorgeous recolors! The 20’s prints are especially nomful…

  5. #5 Jelly
    on Feb 5th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Nixy these are farking awesome! Thank you so much!

  6. #6 Morgaine
    on Feb 9th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Gosh, Nixy, I gasped when I saw those beautiful reolors! What a nice work, such lovely colors! Thanks thanks thanks!!!

  7. #7 Delfine
    on Feb 25th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Me since discovering GoS yesterday:

    *click click click click click click click click*
    …ooh, stories! *stops, reads*

    *clicks with deepened sense of appreciation and happiness*

    Your site is wonderful, and I love your writing style. Reminisce more, please!

  8. #8 Bee Hoon
    on Mar 4th, 2009 at 2:51 am

    I can see why you’d want those posters! Lovely work, and I look forward to seeing it ingame! 😀

    P.S. Sorry if there are typos, Firefox is being wonky.

  9. #9 Spring4Sims » Rezoned Residential - Adele’s Super Chouette Recolors by Elegant Decay
    on May 26th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    […] everyone loved this set by Adele and I’m also pretty sure you’re going to like some new recolors for it. I think the paintings couldn’t be any better! I’ve never been a big fan of too […]

  10. #10 ire
    on Jun 24th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    wowwwww thanks !!!!

  11. #11 jude
    on Jul 5th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    thank you

  12. #12 herbaciarnia
    on Dec 6th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing! It’s a pity that it’s short:)

  13. #13 ilikefishfood
    on Jan 24th, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Your stories are as awesome as you work! Wish I was there. Now I’m inspired to create a ‘living arrangement’ just like that for my simmies! Love it!

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