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Home of the Month March 2013 Round #2


We are pleased to bring you ROUND #2 of the HOTM contest!  As of today’s date there are over 450 entries - wow! The Fansite reaches over a quarter of a million Sims players from around the world making the HOTM competition the contest to participate in and winSo what are you waiting for? There is still plenty of time to enter! 

The next three homes to make it to the top 25 are eye popping and exceptionally creative! For round two we’ve selected very different homes including homes with a strong cultural past, a fantasy home and a futuristic home. We just cannot get over the incredible amount of creativity and talent of all of the submitted designs! I know you will love these homes as much as we do!

Eyes Smith – Yuyuan Garden

This water themed composition is stunning and we love the colour palette but the thing we like about it the most is the boat! The boat is pure genius and we are extremely impressed by the creative use of  the  Cogsworth railings and Happy egg roll to form the paddles, the Paramour flower lights and Utopia palm leaves to create the lily pads, and the use of the Shanghai bed to create a canopy on the boat. Eyes Smith uses a combination of grouping, stacking, composition and huge amounts of creativity! We love this design and we LOVE the boat! Did we mention that we love the boat? :)

Paola Del May – Pink Confection

This pink confection is a girly-girls dream come true! Pink, pink and then more pink and we love it! Check out the expert stacking and patience needed to accomplish the intricate roof - or should we say roofs? The cotton candy clouds and the curved walk way add a layer of interest and help to draw you into the picture. This design is simply sumptuous!

Leonardo  Picciotti – Futuristic Living

We know that there are many guys out there who play TSS so we figured that you might like to see a more masculine design, so here it is! What do you think, isn’t this just over the world?  We thought you’d think so. So let’s take a closer look at this space age design. The first thing that appealed to us is the artful use of the neon blue against the black drop back.  This design really catches ones attention! We love how the rooms seem to float in thin air. This effect was achieved by placing the dark tiles under the rooms in an offset manner. Try it yourself and you’ll see what a cool illusion this is.

Lisa Hug – The Victoria Age


We dropped by for tea and cucumber sandwiches after we noticed this fab design. Lisa was the perfect host, thank you Lisa. The design looked even more incredible in person, if you can imagine that! Lisa limited her colour palette to mint, fuchsia and green and we think that in so doing the design comes together perfectly. There is also a great deal of attention to detail and of course expert stacking throughout. 

What do you think? Do you love these as much as we do?   Are you going to create your own design and submit it to the HOTM contest?

I've mentioned stacking and other illusion techniques throughout this post and I am pleased to inform you that soon we will have a dedicated section on The Sims Social Fansite for 'tips and tricks' related to The Sims Social home design. The Fansite is partnering with top designers throughout the Sims Universe to gather the latest and best tutorials and tips available anywhere! Stay tuned for a further announcement!

You Could be Next ! Enter March’s HOTM Contest – there are still 10 days to enter!

Do you want a chance of being crowned the HOTM designer as well as winning 250 Sim Cash? We are accepting HOTM entries from now until March 31, 2013. The winner will be announced on April 10th. In addition to new designs we will be including all of the qualifying designs posted in the old forum for July and August's contest. That's right - this will be the BIGGEST contest in Sims Social history! To enter, simply register at our brand new and improved Sims Social Fansite Forum and post your design(s) to the HOTM March 2013 thread. You may also want to post your 1) Tile Art, 2) Inspirational Homes, 3) Plumbobs Around the World, 4) Fan Art or 5) start your own topic in the forum.

What you need to do to enter:
  • Post a screen shot of your Sims Social Home on the new Sims Social Fansite Forum. (If you include a photoshopped entry you must also include the same design without being photoshopped. Entries must be original and created by the entrant and cannot be copies of someone else’s designs. It is wonderful to be ‘inspired’ by someone else’s work, put please enter your own creative designs in the HOTM contest).
  • Post a link to your Face Book profile. (We need this to award your prize to you should you win. Please remember to include this as many past entries were disqualified because they failed to include this vital information).
  • Post a screen shot of a post to your profile wall showing that you have “shared” one of our Fansite postsNEW: Extra points will be awarded if you also share the HOTM Fansite post.
Entries will be judged using our point system where our Fansite team members will choose their top 25 entries. The top 25 entries will be posted on our Fansite Page from April 1 to April 7th, 2013 to be voted on by you. The top four and winner will be determined through points gained from the number of ‘likes’ they receive from you as well as points afforded by our Fansite staff based on the designs Style, Space, Design, Flow, Composition, Artistic Elements (texture, form, shape, colour, line and tone), Creativity, and Originality regardless of Sim Cash items, house value or use of expert stacking and design techniques.  The winner will be announced on April 10th, 2013. Good luck!

So what are you waiting for? Enter your designs for a chance to win and to be profiled in:


Feel free to chat with on TwitterFacebook, our Forum or via our Chat Room about these amazing designs.

We can't wait to see your HOTM Submissions! Happy designing!

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