There are a ton of decorating options available in EverQuest II. With those options come endless ways to use them to create amazing homes in-game. We are blessed with many creative and innovative players in our community! This week: Pexxip's home (and totally awesome dimensional globe) at Aerie Kolmas in Kelethin on the Runnyeye server.

What was your inspiration for this home?

After creating my upside down house, I wanted to do something really cool with layouts. I spotted the Norrathion Globe item in my guildhall and thought it would be amazing to be able to create a huge one, and so the idea was born!

What are your favourite materials to work with in-game to create certain effects (waterfalls, stairs, grottos, aquariums, etc)?

I very much like natural materials such as wood, stone and garden type ones. I like materials that can be used to create effects that weren’t what they were originally made for. I love the introduction of the cloudy squares with the cloudy movement on them – combined with the layout feature they open up so many possibilities. I also love the marble items as they have a lovely texture and reflect light really nicely.

How long did this home take?

In total this took 5 days from start of idea to finishing the project. By 5 days, I mean 5 days of constant working all day. I did waste one day as the globe was turning out too big so I had to tear it down and start again.

Did you plan it with a certain story in mind, or did it just grow out of what you had on hand or what your character would want in their home?

The story actually came last. I decided on the globe first then decided that it needed a story to go with it as well. Because the story located the globe within a dimensional pocket I realised I had to create that pocket and so built the enormous cube using white marble tiles. I have to say that player made books were invaluable for this project – even though there are only two of them, I think they add a great effect.

How many items did you end up using and was it hard to keep within the limits?

The house contains 549 items. I was worried about the item count at the start as the cube itself took around 220 tiles so I was concerned that I would run out of space for the actual globe, but it worked out fine and I didn’t even need to use an expander.

What decorating tips do you have for your fellow decorators (veteran or newbies)?

A couple really – buy an expander if you need more space. The escape key is your friend – if you accidently start to move the wrong item, hit escape and it will go back to where it was. Make friends with other decorators – use the homeshow forum a lot and also join the homeshow chat channel which is full of friendly people – use /join Antonia_Bayle.Homeshow or just /join Homeshow if already on AB. Don’t be afraid to experiment with using items in unconventional or experimental ways. Finally, a practical tip – if the house is going to hold sales crates, think carefully about where those will be. People hate hunting for a sales crate if they have only entered your house to buy something. For that reason, I always place my sales area where it can be seen from the door, even if it is through an archway in a separate room, as in this house.

What one thing would you like to be able to build in-game if you could have all the materials you wanted and item limits weren't a constraint?

I would love to be able to design a house from scratch, including size, layout etc. This would enable such creative houses to be built. For I house item I would love a water or glass tile without frames, a starry tile which looks like the sky with movement included on it such as a shooting star – like the movement on the cloudy squares and finally I would love a guestbook in which visitors could leave comments. While I am on the subject of what I would like – I would like to see the link between size of house and number of sales slots removed – as a decorator, I often pop into random houses to look around and all too often the big houses are just empty apart from sales crates. Alternatively an in-game feature where people could list their houses if they want visitors would be great.

If you change your decorations seasonally, what is your favourite time of year for decorations?

I love Frostfell but this house won’t change at all. I can’t face redoing it =O)

Who was involved in the decorating for your home, if you had help?

I did the decorating myself but need to thank Jesdyr for his layout program. I also need to thank Kearie who responded with a donation of teleporters when I asked for help in 1-9 chat. Finally I need to thank 2 of my fellow Fate guild members – Monkeymezza and Viracocha who donated the tokens that I needed in order to obtain that many white marble tiles.

Please join the discussion on our Official Forums and for more decorating ideas, be sure to check out the Norrathian Homeshow!