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Open For Business "Euro" Door and Window Recolors

by iCad Posted 25th Feb 2012 at 2:44 PM
16 Comments / replies (Who?) - 4 Feedback Posts, 12 Thanks Posts
This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

Ugh! What a mess! I figured I'd probably like these windows/doors better in some better/more useful colors. And I do. They're actually pretty, in fact. Especially the doors, IMO. But EAxis certainly didn't make it easy with their haphazard/non-existent linking. :\ But, I guess in the end it was worth it because I do use these now, whereas they used to just sit like eternally hopeful wallflowers in the ol' build catalog because their colors were ugly/useless.

So! The Euro Windows/Doors from Open For Business, in the usual 20 colors each, with added moderately-strong graining so that they don't look quite as flat and "painted" as most of the original colors do. They are also single-color across the board, as opposed to EAxis's bizarre combinations like white with bright turquoise trim. Yeah, that's useful...

First up, the doors. There are three of them, the Mullionaire (The one with...uh, the mullions), the Tallish Transom (The one with...uh, the transom), and the Abiding Elegance, which has neither mullions nor a transom. The Tallish Transom and the Abiding Elegance doors are linked, so one set of files recolors both. Yay. However, the Mullionaire uses basically the same textures...but isn't linked to the other two. (Whatever, EAxis! Just make my life difficult, whydon'tcha? ) Anyway, here are the colors, and look out 'cuz it's a big pic:

Then there are the windows. Again, there are three of them: The Safe-T Arch, with the weird-looking deco thing at the top, the mullioned Belhooven Maroo, and the double-width mullioned Fenetre Fantastique. Although the latter two use the same textures, they are not linked, because EAxis hates me. At least the Safe-T Arch has an excuse, since it's texture file is totally different. Anyway, here are the colors:

*sigh* One of these days, I WILL sit down and figure out the whole slaving thing. I tried to do so once and just made myself thoroughly confuzzled. But one day I will conquer it, because it will make my life easier and my Downloads folder smaller. (Yours too, I suppose, if you download my stuff.) When/if I do figure out that whole thing, I would like to make fancy versions of these, with gilding, because it would be pretty easy to do given that the original textures are already conveniently two-toned. But given their mostly unlinked state, that's just too darn many recolors to make/have of one door/window set. But if I ever figure it out...

Anyway, for the heck of it, here are all of the pieces except one of the windows in one of the colors (which happens to be Cayenne, which is my not-so-secret favorite of the bunch), to show how they look together:

The missing window in the pic above is the double version of the Belhooven Maroo window on the right. I just couldn't get all six pieces in one pic and have it be at all close-up enough to do any good. And I didn't feel like making a collage.

Now the question arises: To recolor (or not) the store display shelf thingies that match these? I never use them because of the weird-ass colors, but in better colors... *sigh* I guess I should just accept the fact that I will be recoloring...every damn thing.

Anyway, as usual all of these (100!) somewhat redundant files are pre-Compressorized and are clearly named so that you can get rid of the colors you don't want. But for the two doors that EAxis actually bothered to link, each of the pieces is available for download separately. And I should mention that MaryLou made a slaved expansion set for the Belhooven Maroo window. And then Leesester expanded her set. Those two downloads are linked on the "Related Pages" tab, if you don't already have 'em; they do make that window quite useful, and now you can have a matching door in the Mullionaire Door, too.

But anyway, despite my grousing, these ARE pretty when they're in not-strange and not-two-toned colors, so maybe they can become less wallflower-y in your build catalog, too. Let the poor things have a dance, eh?

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iCad_AbidingEleganceDoorRCs.rar | Also recolors the "Tallish Transom" Door.

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Test Subject
#2 Old 25th Feb 2012 at 3:28 PM
Thanks you for these, I've always wanted to use them but couldn't deal with colour combos. They'll get used a whole lot more now. Thanks again.
Constant Contestant
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#3 Old 25th Feb 2012 at 4:26 PM
Wow, makes them so much more useful now! Thank you
Test Subject
#4 Old 25th Feb 2012 at 4:30 PM
I'm not sure If I have ever replied before, but I love your work and the fact that you've also released your colors so others can recolor sets to match. I've been doing Buy Mode Objects in your colors and tend to use your creations in most of my lots. And since you branched out to do some of the maxis objects, I've been even happier. Well, I was happy back when you had just released your flooring.

(I have done the Euro Shelving, and it looks nice- plus they are slaved except for the podium)

Once more- gushing all-around thanks.
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 25th Feb 2012 at 6:14 PM
Lovely! I really wanted to use the Mullionaire door, the Fenetre, and the Belhooven Maroo windows but EA's colors were so horrendous. Thanks for the beautiful recolors!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 25th Feb 2012 at 9:25 PM
These are some of my favorites, but I only get to use them when I'm building very flamboyant buildings. Now I can use them always! <3 Thank you!
#7 Old 26th Feb 2012 at 12:42 AM
Thanks, I love the shape of those doors and windows, but whenever I use them I tend to use the white/blue version and end up with a white/blue house. Now a sim with the same shape doors won't have to have a white/blue house. Plus I'll be looking out to see if you work on the stairs too.
Top Secret Researcher
#8 Old 27th Feb 2012 at 3:48 PM
Thank you for these. I'm working on a lot with minimal EPs, so these really will come in handy to add a bit of "modern" flavour to the lot.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 29th Feb 2012 at 6:48 PM
This Is Great!!!!! I love the style of these doors & windows, but the colors were absolutely terrible! Now I can use them and my house doesn't have to be that ugly bright baby blue! Thank You So Much!!!!!
Field Researcher
#10 Old 7th Mar 2012 at 11:26 AM
Great colors...Thank you
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 9th Mar 2012 at 6:52 AM
Thank you so much for making these beautiful doors useable with these non-ugly colours, gah!
If you did the matching shelves too, that would be lovely!
Test Subject
#12 Old 28th Apr 2012 at 3:29 PM
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Test Subject
#13 Old 29th Apr 2012 at 2:33 AM
I just want to say thanks for not just these doors/windows but all the recolors you've done on the others and the furniture and stairs and flooring/walls. You really do BEAUTIFUL work and make the game much less frustrating during the building process. THANKS!
Test Subject
#14 Old 18th Aug 2012 at 7:18 PM
You are my HERO. I started playing Sims 3 when it came out and was delighted with the fact you can recolor almost anything however you want, which made for some very pretty houses, but I always loved the Sims 2 gameplay so much more. I recently started playing Sims 2 again and while I love it as I always did, I found myself beyond annoyed that there doesn't seem to be a complete set of ANYTHING in Build Mode. Colors don't match, sizes of things don't match, and nothing looks right together. You've certainly improved the quality of my Sims' lives--now their houses don't look completely stupid. So thank you, thank you, thank you!
Forum Resident
#15 Old 28th Nov 2014 at 2:47 PM
now I can use these build items! thanks :)
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