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Pleasantview Makeovers: Part Two

Broke: The Brokes of Pleasantview have always been the topic of gossip. Unpaid bills. Shady business associates. A pregnancy long after Mr Broke was six feet under. But Brandi Broke is resilient, friendly and a sunny disposition. When her husband plunged the family further into debt pursuing his dream of running a business, Brandi encouraged him. She believed in the power of a loving home. She still believes in her own power as the backbone of her family. When Skip died in the swimming pool he'd recently built, locals turned their eyes in Brandi's direction. Anyone else might have fallen apart but Brandi knew she had two boys to raise alone. And more than that, she knew she had nothing to do with the accident not matter how much emphasis was placed upon the word accident by gossipy locals. When Gordon King came by with his family's offer for Skip's half of the Diner, Brandi accepted. Bills needed to be paid and the death trap of a pool needed to be filled in. Brandi was not immune to these increased stresses, she sought comfort in a brief fling with a fellow widower. She wasn't terribly surprised when her morning sickness struck but she's taken it in stride. Like his mother, Dustin is very family oriented though he lacks her temperance in judgment and anger. When he has free time he spends it with his little brother. Free time for Dustin generally requires giving up something, usually homework because work and Angela are definitely more important than school. Dustin had worked at the diner prior to his dad's death, a couple nights a week the Kings offered him some extra cash to run extra errands. The money has gotten better since the Kings bought his dad's share of the business and Dustin has grown more suspicious of his "good friend" Gordon. Beau has his mother's cheerful disposition, his father's cleverness and his brother's serious nature. He's also already aware of how much his brother and mother want him to succeed in life.

Dreamer: When he was in school, Darren Dreamer doodled instead of taking notes but despite this, his teachers thought he was their brightest pupil. "Overflowing with potential" was the phrase most commonly associated with Darren. With one small problem--overwhelming insecurity. Darren took up work as a house painter until he met his with Darleen. He continued his work as a house painter but his wife encouraged him to use his free time developing his skill as an artist so over the years he painted hundreds of canvases. When they had Dirk, Darleen encouraged Darren to quit his job so she could return to her job after her maternity leave was over because she made more than he did. Once Dirk was in school, Darren's work evolved as he devoted hours to sketching and painting. Then Darleen died suddenly. Life at home changed very little--except that bills began to stack up. Darren poured his emotions into his work. Dirk wasn't sure how to process his mother's death, she'd been a stranger in his life. He knew there were feelings somewhere in there but where they were was inaccessible. Mostly Dirk can't wait to finish school, go to college and start his internship at Landgraab Corporation. Dirk is also looking forward to dating girls who aren't so obsessed with death and the meaning of life. He doesn't understand his father's impractical nature, always painting pictures and then putting them up in the attic where no one will ever see them. Sometimes he has nightmares about the Repoman taking his mother's things and breaking her tombstone in two.

Oldie: Herb and Coral are quiet, simple folks. In his younger years, Herb was a businessman who worked hard to sock away money for the future family he and Coral expected to have. After some difficulty, they adopted Mary-Sue. When she married Daniel Pleasant her parents were skeptical and even dismissive of the choice. After the twins were born, Coral wanted to move to be closer to her grandkids but Herb was still working and not interested in moving to Pleasantview. Mary-Sue's difficulties early in her marriage lead to decreased contact with her parents until eventually they were lucky to get a call or a card around the holidays. One day Lilith phoned them up out of the blue. After a long chat Coral decided that the time had come. The couple moved into an affordable home in Pleasantview to be closer to the girls who, Coral worries, are more than their parents can handle. While Coral tends to worry about everything Herb is fairly easygoing. He has always had a bit of a roving eye but his heart belongs entirely to Coral. Now that he's retired he spends his time "bird-watching" and planning out an extended island vacation with his wife.


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Jan. 8th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
I love your style, wonderful makeovers. My Oldies also adopted those dogs. :)
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! The Oldies seem like one of the better choices for them.
Jan. 8th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Everything looks great, I love Darren's art studio. And do I spot wall pictures of Brandi and Skip? So cute! :D
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
:) Glad you liked the makeovers. Darren's art studio was so much fun! And yes, you did see Brandi and Skip pictures. I downloaded them awhile back (they're on the BV frame), they're totally brilliant.
Jan. 8th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
I always love your MMO! The Oldies' kitchen is the best! It really fits their style. Great job, as always!
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy my MMOs :) The Oldies strike me as fairly simple in their tastes and I can't really imagine Coral having a clutttered kitchen.
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Darren's studio is just gorgeous!
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC)
:) Thanks!
Jan. 9th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
Aw, I like how quaint the Broke's home is inside. And I do really like the Dreamer's studio!

Do you go about decorating the houses with a particular style in mind or is it usually something that develops as you begin to decorate?
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked them :)

When it comes to decorating these houses--it ends up being an overly involved process. Usually I try to figure out where the neighborhood is geographically (in terms of climate and proximity to other neighborhoods). From there I figure out which direction to take for the individual houses. For instance, Desiderata Valley was a planned community at the midway point between two established major cities so there was that element of cohesion for the building as well as the decor. After that I figure out the psychology of those living in the house and pick from there.

For my custom hoods it varies, usually I'll have some theme in mind. These makeovers kind of evolved from some writing exercises I was doing using the pre-made sims so everything's kind of snowballed.
Jan. 15th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
I really love the Oldies' house! The outside is so bright and cheery and the kitchen seems so cozy.
I love that you included those pictures of Brandi and Skip in their living room, it really adds to the realism of the game, I think.
May. 18th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
Also very nice! I love the clothes of Coral Oldie! Never seen it before. Do you remember where you for them? Also like the little portraits on the wall in the Broke's house. Their backyard had something cute and romantic, but most of all I like Brandi's bedroom. That Little elf and the Eiffeltower, simply nice! Do you remember where you tot them? And what about the candles on the nightstand, and the bride-assecoiry on the dressingcloset? Hmm, I don't like much of your downloads at all. Sorry if I'm being a little bit too rude!
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