I recently posted a picture on my Instagram account of a room I had created using The Sims 3 and was rather surprised at the positive reaction. I was flying to Barcelona and decided that this was the best way to spend two hours without Internet access. By the end of the flight I had created a rather nice Sitting Room which would have taken much longer to draw by hand.
I must confess that in my teenage years I was rather obsessed with this game; Looking back it was really my way of expressing a desire to make beautiful rooms and creating my 'dream home.' Whilst many of my friends were using the game to create families and experiment with the different ways to kill Sims, I was only ever interested in building the perfect house. In recent years however, I rarely get the opportunity to indulge in my guilty pleasure, so the flight was the perfect chance for me to be sixteen once again.
It has to be said, in my humble opinion, I really cannot think of a better tool for virtual house/interior design. The game really is very well designed for this purpose with excellent graphics and realistic, detailed objects such as windows, wall coverings, ornaments, furniture etc. For the amateur especially, it is a great way of seeing how a room will look before spending money and ultimately not being pleased with the end result.
Today I thought I would share with you a project that I completed back in 2012, the 'White House' created using the The Sims. I have provided floor plans of the House so that you can see the layout of the House and to show how rooms correspond with each other.
On the ground floor of the House are the formal State Rooms. These rooms are used for official entertaining and are also open to visitors. On the first floor are the Private Apartments that are used by the First Family. As you will see from the floor plans, the White House is rather a successful house in terms of it's layout. Although it is a large residence, it does not feel empty or 'rambling' and this is because it flows beautifully from room to room.
It was Jacqueline Kennedy who first sparked my interest in this house. I had always admired her style, beauty and grace and when I learnt that she was responsible for transforming the White House into mostly what we see today, I was further impressed by her enthusiasm and passion for creating a sense of history. Mrs Kennedy not only restored the entire interior of the house, she also created new legislation that protected the contents of the house for future generations; Previous to this Presidents could come and go as they pleased taking furniture, paintings and objects with them when they left. Mrs Kennedy knew the significance of the White House to not only the people of America but also to people all over the World who viewed America as a strong power. Within a year of occupying the residence, the Kennedy's had succeeded in creating a symbol that Americans could be proud of.
The State Rooms
The ground floor plan showing the easy movement of the layout. The Entrance Hall and Cross Hall are the centre point for the rooms, connecting the East and West wings of the House. The enfilade of State rooms along the South portico interlink creating an accessible space for large state events and functions.
The Entrance Hall and Cross Hall as it is today.
The Entrance Hall and Cross Hall replicated using The Sims. As you can see the Staircase is not exactly the same as the original, this is due to the limitations of the game. You will also notice that roof is missing! This is to enable me to show the rooms as best as possible.
The Green Room as it is today, shown here decorated in Festive regalia. This is probably my favourite room of the house, I just love the green and pink combination.
The East Room as replicated using The Sims. It does not really quite convey the level of grandeur of the original!
The Private Apartments
The First Family have a beautiful suite of rooms on the first floor of the White House as shown in the plan above. As with the ground floor, the Center Hall runs across the length of the house with the rooms accessible from it. There are not many pictures available of these private rooms as they are today, however there are many showing how the rooms looked during the Kennedy administration. When replicating these rooms on The Sims I really designed them to look how I would have them if I was in residence! However some of the rooms are replicas of the originals.
The East Sitting Hall replicated using The Sims.
Perhaps my favourite Bedroom in the White House - The Queen's Bedroom. The palette is so pretty with it's hints of ballerina pink, pea green and oranges. Certainly fit for a Queen.
|The Bedroom recreated using The Sims. |
This Bedroom was designed by Sister Parish for Mrs Kennedy in the 1960's. It is testament to the superb design that this room still looks chic today.
Mrs Kennedy's Bedroom recreated using The Sims. Although not an exact replica, I did stick to the colour scheme of cool blue. I had found a Toile du Juoy wall covering and could not resist using it for this room.
I hope that this rather unconventional tour of the White House has been enjoyable and somewhat educational. For me personally, discovering the layout and interior of famous residencies has always been a source of fascination. I suppose that the main point of this post was to show that there are many different ways to put one's creative energy to use and that you don't necessarily have to be a skilled artist to transfer ideas into reality