(Okay, I added the Name Game reference in the title.)

Once again, I'm behind on blogging, so this weekend will (hopefully) be catch up time! Let's get started with the latest release from Aya Liotta of -abode -: the Rico. I like the looks of this house - it's a little urban, a little brownstone, and a little storefront all mixed in.

I enjoy the little patio on the back, and I like having the tree and little hedges included...the textures on the hedges are a little strange, making them look more like seat cushions than hedges. Of course, it's entirely possible that they ARE cushions...I've totally misinterpreted builds before. It's a cozy little patio area nonetheless.

Back around front, the double doors open into a nice foyer area and L-shaped stairs (one of my favorite styles). I really like the use of brick throughout the house - Aya did a very nice job with her textures in this build. The first floor has a bonus room on the back, and the front living area has some nice architectural details - the picture ledge on one wall is awesome (I added a pic to show it off), and the alcove at one end gives nice depth to the room.

Here's the bonus room off the back - great for an office, bedroom, kitchen - anything goes, really.

Upstairs are two large (but not too large) bedrooms. I really like that these aren't basic square bedrooms - there's some character to both - and the wall textures are warm and rich. There's a nice little landing at the top of the stairs, too - I love spaces like that for random bookshelves, sideboards, etc.

In past reviews, I've commented on the vertical scale in Aya's houses, that it seemed a bit on the taller/larger side. The Rico is much more realistically scaled for an average-height avatar. Definitely worth a look, the Rico is available now at -abode- !

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