It’s Halloween. Everyone's Entitled to One Good Scare.

Just like clockwork, October is here and the rest of the holiday season is just ahead.

Let’s ignore the presence of Christmas decorations in some of our finer retail establishments and focus on the first of the trinity of upcoming American holidays.

You may be seeing Halloween decorations out and about in your neighborhoods, and they’re sure to increase in number as we get closer to the end of the month.

This is the only time of year when neighbors proudly display pumpkins, skeletons, tombstones, spiders and (especially) cobwebs. Maybe you’ve already dressed up your own home for the occasion.

Coffin

Did you know that you can do the same thing in Egowall?

We have more than fifteen assets for you to add fun seasonal décor to any of your living space(s).

Jack-O-Lantern - Scary

The available Halloween-themed objects - several of which are shown at right (click any of them for a larger view) - are:

  • Candy Bowl

  • Cemetery Gates

  • Coffin

  • Flying Bat

  • Hanging Bat

  • Swooping Bat

  • Scary Black Cat

  • Standing Black Cat

  • Happy Jack-O'-Lantern

  • Sad Jack-O'-Lantern

  • Scary Jack-O'-Lantern

  • Tombstone - Crumbling

  • Tombstone - RIP

  • Tombstone - Skull & Crossbones

  • Web Floor Mat - Large

  • Web Floor Mat - Small

  • Web Floor Rug

To see photos of the rest of our spooky assets, check out our Instagram feed or our Facebook page.

Tombstone - Skull and Crossbones

In the game itself, you'll locate these holiday objects in the "Miscellaneous" section of the Furniture shopping category for each applicable living space style.

Add one or all of them to your inventory and use them to boo-tify your living space(s) for the season.

After you've done that, we'd like to see what you come up with. Share your favorite sites here in the comments.

Whether you are going to a costume party or staying home to dole out too much candy to trick-or-treaters, we hope you have a fangtastic holiday.

And don't forget to #BeTheRealBoo at all times.

And if you happen to live in Haddonfield, please be very careful.

Memories - Just Like Trix - Are For Kids

What a child can do in cooperation today, he can do alone tomorrow.
— Lev Vygotsky

Who Are You - Really?

A lot of what we do here in the blog and on our social platforms is to illustrate how adults can use our unique 3D living spaces to showcase their interests, experiences and accomplishments.

Your home - and the furniture, photos, art and other décor that you use to decorate it - provides a pretty accurate a picture of what you are really about.

And we think our game is the best spot for you to do the same thing online.

That's what we mean when we invite you to Be The Real You™ with Egowall.

But What About The Kids?

We also want to give that opportunity to your children, who have their own interests and accomplishments to share.

To that end, we have approximately seventy (70) furniture and decor items specifically designed for use in kids' rooms.

Items in our Kids Collection are split among the following themes:

  • Jungle (33)

  • Military (3)

  • Pirate (6)

  • Princess (18)

  • Sports (9)

If you look at the images at right for examples of the craftsmanship of our kids furniture items.

Show Me More

Each weekday for the next two weeks we are showcasing images from our Kids Collection on our Instagram feed.

This week, we focus on sports-themed furniture objects and next week we will follow up with a look at five beautiful items you can in our Princess collection.

So if you don't already subscribe to us on Instagram, please do so to make sure you don't miss these posts.

We encourage you to create spaces for your children and work with them to decorate their rooms with the things that will show their friends who THEY really are.

Sign up for a free account (note that all account holders must be age 13 or over) today and start documenting your - and your child's - memories with Egowall.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
— Charles R. Swindoll

Instagram Makes It Easier To Discover Your Favorite Things

In case you missed it, Instagram recently made a significant change to its app that could have a big impact - a positive one - on how you interact with your favorite content providers.

Instagram users can now more easily follow a specific topic they're interested in by following hashtags. Users will still be able to follow accounts as before.

The upgrade is aimed to help you "discover more posts from the interests and communities you care about," Instagram said in a release following the December 2017 update.

It's now easier for Instagram users to discover photos, videos, and People relevant to their passions.

How to Follow Hashtags

Here's how to use the Instagram app to follow a hashtag:

1) Tap on any hashtag in the app that interests you - whether it appears in your feed or you locate it via the search function.

2) At the top of the resulting hashtag landing page, tap on the "Follow" button. Several examples are shown below.

Once you follow a specific hashtag, the Instagram algorithm will pick and choose posts that feature that hashtag and display them in your feed, in Instagram Stories, and in the Following section of your profile.

The image below at right is an example of what a photo from a followed hashtag looks like.

You can unfollow a hashtag at any time.

To do so, simply tap the hashtag and then tap on the Following button.

Put More Egowall In Your Feeds

Here is a list of some of the most commonly used hashtags in Egowall's Instagram feed:

  • #betherealyou

  • #videogame

  • #decor

  • #gamedev

  • #3d

  • #furniture

  • #contemporary

  • #retro

  • #scifi

  • #kids

We invite you to follow any or all of these hashtags to increase the probability of our content - we post at least one each day - appearing in your Instagram feed and Instagram Stories bar.

And as always, you can sign up for a free account today and start using Egowall to Be The Real You™.

See you on Instagram! Will you see us too?

Shining the Light On This Year's State Fair Memories

We weren't able to get back to you by early October with this post as we had promised, so we're definitely sorry about that.

'Nuff Said

'Nuff Said

But we hope the end result of that delay turns out to be worth it for you.

Keep reading to find out why.

Our first trip this year to the State Fair of Texas was during the middle of the day. The photographic opportunities are quite different in daylight than later in the day.

So we made a second trip to Dallas' Fair Park to take in the Fair the late afternoon and evening.

Last year's State Fair of Texas Gallery site was a customized Urban Gallery space.

This year we chose a smaller, somewhat more intimate space - an Urban Studio where you can basically stand in the center of the space and see every one of the available images.

All of this year's images are different from last year's photographs and include a mix of photos taken during our two visits.

Collectively, they provide you with some idea of the wide tapestry of sights available to fairgoers.

Fair Park's Hall of State and Esplanade

As much fun as it is, the fair only (!) lasts for 24 days each year.

And the 2017 edition of the great State Fair of Texas is now in the books and more than 2 million visitors have returned home with great memories and perhaps a few souvenirs.

But as certainly as the sun rises in the east, Big Tex will rise again and the Fair will be back for another go-round in September 2018.

Do yourself a favor and come to Dallas next fall and take in the sights and sounds of a state fair like no other.

In the meantime, we invite you to create your own photo galleries in Egowall to showcase some of the memorable things you've been doing this year.

Then be sure to share them with your friends so that everyone you know can learn more about The Real You™.

5 Furniture Styles That Can Define Who You Are

Egowall members can decorate their living space(s) using any of the nearly 1000 pieces of digital furniture available in five different styles:

  • Colonial
  • Contemporary
  • Retro
  • Science Fiction
  • Kid

Let's take a closer look at each type of furniture you'll find in the game. Each summary below includes sample images of the relevant furniture style in Egowall.

Some content in this post is adapted from external resources. The links labeled "History" point to the websites where the information was obtained.


Traditional Love Seat - White

Traditional Love Seat - White

Oval Marble Top Coffee Table

Oval Marble Top Coffee Table

Colonial (55 available pieces)

History: Colonial was the most notable traditional furniture style from 1900 to 1960.

It includes two sub-styles - Early American and 18th Century Colonial.

The 18th Century Colonial style was more formal and included higher grade furnishings and materials.

Fabrics included tapestries, velveteens, and linen. It leaned toward English styles.

By contrast, the Early American style is more casual and rustic.

It was considered to be much more comfortable, and so was used in summer cottages and cabins as well as smaller primary homes.

The Traditional Love Seat and Oval Marble Top Coffee Table seen above - along with all our Colonial furniture items - are available in the Colonial section of our Furniture shop.


Contemporary Table

Contemporary Table

Contemporary (655 available pieces).

History: Contemporary (aka modern) furniture refers to designs produced from the late 19th century through the present that is influenced by modernism.

Post-World War II ideals of cutting excess, commodification, and practicality of materials in design heavily influenced the aesthetic of the furniture.

Modern Sectional Sofa - Red/White

Modern Sectional Sofa - Red/White

It was a tremendous departure from all furniture design that had gone before it.

Dark or gilded carved wood and richly patterned fabrics from the the decorative arts period gave way to the glittering simplicity and geometry of polished metal.

This shift to minimalist principles of design are usually attributed to the introduction of new technology, changes in philosophy, and the influences of the principles of architecture.

The Contemporary Table and Modern Sectional Sofa seen above - along with all our Contemporary furniture items - are available in the Contemporary section of our Furniture shop.


Retro Console Cabinet

Retro Console Cabinet

Retro (78 available pieces)

History: Per Wikipedia, retro style is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, music, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the past.

The term "retro" has been in use since the 1960s to describe new artifacts that self-consciously refer to particular modes, motifs, techniques, and materials of the past.

Upholstered Sofa - Blue

Upholstered Sofa - Blue

When designers, manufacturers and customers speak about retro furniture, they are referring to a style of furniture that looks back with nostalgia and pays homage to styles that were once popular.

Retro furniture was popular in the decades of 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Recently, the industry has added the 1980s to the list.

Retro style can be whimsical, it can allude to pop-culture and even be tacky or kitschy.

The retro style furniture you'll find in Egowall is all of the above.

The Retro Console Cabinet and Upholstered Sofa seen above - along with all our Retro furniture items - are available in the Retro section of our Furniture shop.


Leather Chair with Orange Accent

Leather Chair with Orange Accent

SciFi (60 available pieces)

Though science fiction literary works have been published since the 16th century, there is no specific science fiction furniture style.

Despite that, a lot of creative designers have come up with scifi-inspired pieces of furniture to meet the thematic desires of genre fans.

Metal Storage Case

Metal Storage Case

Think about the various science fiction works you've seen on television or in the movies.

In them, furniture seems to fall into two categories - clean and futuristic (or at least what the designers at the time THOUGHT would appear futuristic) or dirty and industrial.

The science fiction themed furniture you'll discover in Egowall falls neatly into those camps, with a dash of color here and there.

Our scifi furniture offerings allow hardcore zealots to share their love of the genre and make whatever living space they are placed in a futuristic showcase.

The Leather Chair and Metal Storage Case seen above - along with all our science fiction furniture items - are available in the SciFi section of our Furniture shop.


Doll House

Doll House

Kid (60 available pieces)

Jungle Hut Bed

Jungle Hut Bed

We recognize that it's not only adults who want to share their passions and get to know people who have common interests.

So not only does Egowall welcome children (ages 13+) as members, we also provide kid-themed furniture for them to use in decorating their living spaces.

Our child-themed furniture covers the following genres:

  • Jungle (33 pieces)
  • Princess (18 pieces)
  • Sport (9 pieces)

The sample assets you see at right (click to see a larger view) illustrate how beautiful and creative all of these assets are.

They become even more impressive and functional - when you - or your child use them within the game to document important events and accomplishments.

The Doll House and Jungle Hut Bed seen above - along with all our Kid furniture items - are available in the Kids section of our Furniture shop.


So there you have it - an overview of the five major furniture styles available for decorating your rooms in our game.

There are hundreds of individual furniture pieces available for you to use in creating your story and sharing with those you know - and those that you will soon get to know.

Sign up today for a free account. It's time for you to Be The Real You™.