In today’s post, we are going to tour the last three houses in my Orchard Neighborhood. In the front of the neighborhood are, from left to right, houses for Jacques, Julia, and Flora. I can’t remember if I mentioned this in the previous post, but it was a little bit of a challenge to fit all of the houses into this open island space. Because of this, I didn’t have much room for yards or outside decor on the houses. This was a little bit of a bummer to me, as I wanted to do cute, little fenced yards for each house because I love how charming that can be. Since I didn’t have room for this, I gave each house a little patio that I tried to decorate according to each villager’s personality.
Jacques: At the front of the Orchard Neighborhood, the house on the farthest left side, next to the beach, belongs to Jacques. Jacques is a smug bird villager with a dark blue, bright lime green, and yellow-orange color scheme. This is the outside of his house, which I ended up changing quite a bit. The exterior is the same style, but it used to have dark paneling, a dark green roof, and a blue door. I changed out the siding for a lighter color, as Jacques’s house is right in front of Static’s. I didn’t want two dark houses right together. I was never wild about the green roof, so I switched it for blue, and I kept the blue door. I gave Jacques a “cool” sofa, some fun lava lamps, and a microphone on his patio because he is always singing!
Welcome to Jacque’s house! This is what you see as you come in the door. His house originally had concrete walls, steel flooring, a surveillance camera, a laptop computer, the starry garland, an exit sign, a DJ turntable, a synthesizer, a diner neon clock, a diner counter, a diner mini table, and a diner neon sign. Overall, his natural decor was very “diner” and very “warehouse”. I think it was intended to represent an edgy, musician sort of aesthetic, but I wasn’t a fan. His house wasn’t welcoming, and it did not seem very “house-like” or comfortable.
Here is an overhead view showing more or less the entire house. Jacques is smug and kind of sophisticated, in an urban way. At least, that’s how he always strikes me. I used the city wallpaper as an accent wall and dark brick on the rest of the walls. I have had this “wacky” flooring in my storage for a long time, and I always wanted to use it in my own house. I never could figure out how to do it. It’s a hard flooring to use because of the colors and the pattern. It’s pretty bold, even in ACNH world. I felt like it was just right for Jacques, and I based my other choices more or less around this flooring.
I picked the “cool” sofa design with a bright green color to match the flooring and Jacques’s color scheme. I gave him a small ironwood bed with neutral bedding, as well as a retro stereo, a bright green-yellow lava lamp, a small kitchen, and a fireplace for a cozy feeling to the house. I put a TV above the sofa and decided to add a bit of extra “elegance” with a console table and bonsai tree behind the sofa. Jacques’s house was my last redesign on the island, and it turned out to be my favorite!
Julia: Julia is Jacques’s next-door neighbor. She is a snooty ostrich villager with a peacock-themed appearance that uses blues and greens as the dominant color scheme. Julia is my only snooty villager. I find this is a personality type I can only take in small doses. With that said, I actually like Julia. She has an interesting and fun character design, and she seems sweet underneath her natural snootiness. She’s more like that snooty best friend who makes you laugh with their antics than someone who is actively trying to be mean.
I didn’t change much on the exterior of Julia’s house. The house’s style, siding, and roof are all the same. I gave Julia a little patio with a simple garden table and chairs set. I added a different wreath, and changed the door design and color.
Hello, Julia! May I come into your house and make myself at home?
I ended up straying pretty far from the house’s original design in my redo. Julia’s house originally had green moulded panel walls and the simple blue flooring. She had the rattan bed, rattan towel basket, rattan low table, rattan vanity, rattan stool, rattan end table, and rattan bed. (Clearly, Julia is a fan of the rattan!) She also had the long bathtub, the bathroom towel rack, the black wooden deck rug, a bathrobe hanging on the wall, and a portable record player. In the end, I tried to capture the main feeling of Julia’s original house design, but I feel like I did not preserve much of her style. Sorry about that, Julia!
To me, Julia’s original house design was all about a relaxing, spa-like experience in a fancy bathroom, as well as hitting her blue and green color scheme pretty hard. Because there was so much white in the design, it felt cold and uncomfortable to me. I decided to warm up the interior with wood tones in an antique bed, some simple night stands, wooden flooring, and some wooden screens to delineate the bathroom. I wanted Julia to have her relaxing spa bathroom, even if it had to be tiny. So I screened off part of the room just for that. She still has a cute tub, as well as her vanity and a rattan stool. I added a shower over the tub, as well as some plants in the bathroom area. I paid homage to her original green and white walls by giving her the green floral accent wall and white brick walls in the rest of the house. I softened things up a bit by adding peach stripes rugs (which always look pink to me) across the back of the room for the bedroom and the bathroom. Julia also has a tiny kitchen and fridge, as well as a cute little eating area.
Flora: Flora’s house is the last house in the Orchard Neighborhood, but certainly not the least! She is Julia’s next-door neighbor, and her house is directly in front of Shep’s house, next to the river. Flora is a peppy ostrich villager with a pink flamingo design. She is one of two peppy villagers who live on my island, and I adore her. She is so cute and enthusiastic about life and cheerful. I love her little sayings, as well as her crazy sartorial choices! Flora is definitely a villager who can NEVER LEAVE. (*insert ominous music …*)
I did not change Flora’s house shape, but I changed up the exterior a bit. She originally had a pink clay exterior, white wooden roof, and pink iron grill door. I flipped the color scheme by giving the house a white clay exterior and pink roof. I gave her a black door for a pop of contrast, and I added a little patio on the side. Because Flora seems so cheerful and playful, I gave her a donut-themed director’s chair and a fun pink tent. The bridge in front of Flora’s house connects across the river to the Plaza Neighborhood.
Welcome to Flora’s house! Come in and make yourself at home, because you finally have a place to sit.
I say this because Flora’s original house design was pretty much “open meadow with pond” and very little furniture. Her house had the meadow vista wallpaper on every wall, oasis flooring (which is basically sand with a little pond in the middle), a wild log bench, a log bench, a sleeping bag, a campfire, a portable radio, and Mr. and Mrs. Flamingo.
I only have one interior picture of Flora’s house because it is probably the most visually simple of the redesigns. I changed the interior drastically so that it looks more like a house and not a swampy meadow. I kept the log bench, but brightened it up with a white color scheme. I kept a water-themed accent wall and added light pink walls for the rest of the house. I gave Flora simple white board flooring, and I stuck with the green and blue color themes by using the blue Persian rug on the floor. I gave her a small, simple bed with brightly colored, fun bedding, and I carried the bedding colors to the other side of the house with some fun director’s chairs. I added a cute lily pad table to continue the water theme, and I let Flora keep her portable radio. Finally, I gave Flora a HUGE tub to replace the pond she previously had in the middle of her floor. I finished things out with a tiny kitchen and fridge and one of the flamingoes.
I’m not sure how to end things other than to say, “That’s it for the Orchard Neighborhood! I hope you enjoyed your tour!” As I said in my previous post, I had a lot of fun with these redos. The fun thing about ACNH is that you can run around and basically do whatever you want. Yes, there are limits in terms of camera angles and spacing, and so on. But there are few limits to the creativity and simple, mindless fun of this game. I think that’s what drew me to it in such a huge way: That it is mindless, happy fun. I need that in my life!
I want to show a tour of the houses in my other neighborhood, too. So, I will probably tackle that in a future post — hopefully in the near future!