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Hanaya has the Perfect Finishing Touches for Almost Any Virtual Living Space (NWN Readers' Choice, Top SL Brand)

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Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

I was happy to see Hanaya nominated for this list repeatedly, because it's a brand that I've kept in the back of my mind for when I'm redecorating and a room is lacking that certain... je ne sais quoi. A quick glance at Hanaya's marketplace storefront may give you the impression that there's not much to this brand of furniture and decor, but you would be absolutely wrong.

Hanaya designer Moriko Inshan has kept the focus of her brand quite broad, offering everything from sofas to horse stables. She often favours the same kinds of designs you'd see at Urban Outfitters or on Etsy in real life with strong vintage and rustic/DIY influences, so if you take the time to turn the pages of her marketplace shop you'll almost certainly find dozens of gems you didn't realize you (and your virtual living space) needed.

We're blogging the top 20 brands in our Readers' Choice list. Stay tuned for the rest soon!

Mixed_reality_iris2010 Iris Ophelia (Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.

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