To Keep or Not to Keep

In our living room is this mid century dresser. It’s been with us through three houses and has lived many lives as a dresser, a buffet and now a credenza. I consider it family at this point.

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It has several draw backs though. For one, it’s HUGE! It’s old school furniture which means its not wood veneers; it’s actual wood which means its heavy as all get out. It’s likely to break your back. It also needs some updating. At this point after two moves, two of the knobs are missing and the closet door is off the track on the left side. It also has a leg that is driving me absolutely nuts by falling off every now and again thereby making a heavy piece even more difficult.

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It’s also way too big for our newest space. The draws are deep and it intrudes on the space. Just looking from the side, you can see how wide the piece is. But it’s a quality piece and most importantly I love it.

 

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With the way the market is right now, it’s in favor of mid century pieces and so I could easily replace it but I kind of love it. At first, it was overwhelming because the wood with our dark hardwood floor boards made the room a little dark. Now that there’s a larger rug in that room and more color the wood and the warmth is actually nice. I’m glad I didn’t paint it a color that I regretted before we got the rug. Now I’m thinking what to do about it. Here are probable options.

Probable options

1) Different shades for the green lamps and painting the base of them gold.

2) Leaving the credenza as is and adding new midcentury knobs to replace the missing ones.

3.) Mount tv on the wall

4) Hide cords behind the wall

Nuclear options

1) Sell it for a smaller mid century piece which would fit in our new living room better like the West Elm Modern White Buffet.

2) Sell it for a smaller piece that isn’t midcentury modern because the midcentury modern may be a trend that is going out soon like the Ikea Besta Media cabinet.

3) Rehab and restain this piece since I love it so much.

4) Rehab and restain this piece and then sell it since the writing may be on the wall for midcentury modern.

5) Paint it to match our current color scheme.

What are your thought on next steps for my little (read: giant) piece?

***Update: Target recently launched a new line called project 62 and there’s a cute little midcentury modern hutch in our price range. There was literally one available at my local Target so I took that as a sign from God that he wanted us to have it and impulsively added it to the cart. I am building it “as we speak”. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the mean time, the credenza that I know and love in going to go in our home storage area while we live in this house since I love it too much to part with.

Update on the Update: I didn’t keep the media set from Project 62. But here’s a photo of it so you can see it.

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New Headboard. Who dis?

So I have been slowly (heavy emphasis on the word slowly) completing projects around our home. The most of the ones I have completed so far are boring (read: not design based) but my first completed design project was a reupholstering of our headboard.

I fell in love with a sketch of a Kate Spade bed from the comforter that we purchased and thought how cute would it be if this bed were a real bed?

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It was just my luck that Kate Spade actually makes a very similar bed and the design in the photo is just up my eclectic preppy little alley.

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So I drove myself down that alley of the Kate Spade Worthington Bed and instantly pumped my brakes, as it retails for the low low price of $7,345 and includes an additional fee of $199 and a shipping and handling charge. But who’s counting?

So this piece became my lofty inspiration and the jumping off point for several ideas. I dabbled with the concept of getting this feel with a vintage scalloped headboard and painting the trim black or getting an upholstered headboard that had the wood exposed. Nothing was showing up when I hunted for vintage wood beds and I refuse refuse refuse to pay $2000 for a bed when I am currently sleeping in a perfectly good one.

One weekend, I woke up and realized I love the shape of our current bed. I just want the feel of the contrasting Kate Spade bed. *Queue DIY music* I decided to reupholster our headboard and just add a contrast trim instead of the piping that was already there.

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Here’s a before shot of our headboard. Note the comfy way I’m reclining against it. I more than paid for that because after years of owning it, our headboard had giant prepford wife (and prepford husband) size stains from body oils. Knowing I wanted a white headboard I took that into consideration when deciding on which fabric to get.

Before leaving the house, I stripped the old headboard so I would know how much fabric I needed.

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It is very much apparent that I did this project on a whim since I didn’t even clear out space for it in our bedroom. Basically in these photos, I removed the legs of the headboard then the decorative black backing GENTLY as I had no intention of paying for more of that strictly decorative netting. When I removed the netting, I realized very quickly that our headboard was made of two pieces which is what gave it the trim that we had. In the third photo, I also realized that there was piping that created that nice line of piping that was on the original headboard. I gently pulled it away, mentally documenting the order that I removed the pieces.

I ended up with three pieces of distinct fabric in the end; the part from the main headboard that I rest against, the trim and the piping. I am the “Measure halfway twice and cut three times”. By measure halfway twice I mean I guesstimate and eyeball how much fabric I need and then run off to the store. I have a good eye for spacial reasoning and distance and have only been wrong maybe once or twice. I swear this method makes my husband nervous.

I went to Joann Fabrics (armed with my customary 40% coupon) and sprinted back to the upholstery wall. I have to be fast in the store because the husband loathes the fabric store and I took him along for his opinion. I purchase furniture the same way I purchase clothing; by touch. I went to the white upholstery fabrics and found a piece that felt appealing and after a visual assessment looked appealing. At $24.99/yd and with 40% I could absolutely swing it. While we were in the upholstery section we also snagged a can of Scotchgard because we were not going to make the same mistake twice with the body oils.

I knew from measuring that I needed about 1.75 yards of fabric and I was going to bump it up to 2.5 yards because I was so lazy with the measurements. At the counter the girl helping us said there was only 2 yards on the bolt. Insert nerves in my gut here. Obviously I took it since I was on a serious deadline here. I also decided to make this a no sew project  -oh you know, since I don’t sew- and grabbed a roll of grosgrain black ribbon for the contrast trim.

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I spread the white fabric out on the living room floor (don’t worry, I swiffered first) and laid the biggest panel of fabric from the old headboard out in a way that left room for the other panels. I eyeballed as usual.

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I cut the panel out, making sure to leave enough to be able to pull around the edge and staple it down. At the bottom of the panel which is the straight end. I left enough fabric to be able to lay the large plank which had the trim (it’s the part that labeled A in the earlier pictures) onto this and staple the fabric to the back of it.

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The batting on my headboard was in surprisingly good condition but if you need any, definitely add it before stapling down. You can see my batting peaking out at the bottom there. IMG_5606

I then added fabric to the piece where the contrast is (part A again). I cut out a piece of fabric by just cutting a few inches from around where I cut out the first piece of fabric since it pretty much made the perfect cut out. For the part with the corners, I just created a bit of a fold in the fabric, pulled really taut and then stapled down to the back to create uniformity. Now for the piping.

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This part is kind of tricky to see but I saved the old piping and made sure that I chose a pretty thick and long grosgrain ribbon. I measured the length of the old piping which was about 156 inches and made sure to get a ribbon that was long enough on the spool so that I would have one continuous piece. When I started this part of the project, I wrapped the ribbon around the old piping like a hotdog bun and then stapled the part that would be open against the side of the white trim. If you look at the pictures above and below, you can kind of see the old canvas color peeking out of the bottom of the black ribbon at the right. I was totally unphased by that since the main part of the headboard would be going over it. IMG_5608

Here’s a much closer picture of it. I continued along the headboard, wrapping and stapling, wrapping and stapling until I got to the curvy portion.

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At the curve, I wrapped and tacked to the headboard and pushed into the corner real good to make sure it didn’t come loose. At this portion of the program it was well into 2 am so the pictures stopped but this is definitely the home stretch. Once the ribbon was in. I placed the other main headboard layer into the hole created for it, pulled the fabric taut on the main headboard piece and staple the back on. Before doing so, I poured almost a whole bottle of wood onto the big trimmed piece.

If I remember I will add more pictures of the headboard.

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Voile finished product. The headboard could definitely have been pulled more taut. That step is very very very important if you want a nice clean finish but overall, I am satisfied with the results and this $35 fix will tide me over until I find the vintage headboard of my dreams.

 

XO Prepford Wife

 

World Market Kendall Sofa Review

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blushkendallWe finally tracked down our beloved blush sofa as pined over here and here. We ended up with the blush Kendall sofa from World Market. Because this color in this style is brand spanking new, we decided you needed a “thorough” review.

This sofa retails for $699.99 and is currently on sale for $549.99 with $59.95 shipping  which can be waived with a free ship code.

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The Good

The listing says it’s “large and comfortable”. Check! In spite of how surprisingly regal they are able to make a $700 sofa, this thing is so comfortable. The cushions are incredibly comfortable and yet seem to be holding up against the weight of full grown people. My husband is linebacker sized and he fits on this sofa without dwarfing it. When we decided to buy it, I had this guy who serendipitously passed sit in the chair for me. He was about 6’4″ 300 lbs and looked comfortable in the chair without being way too large for it. I took that as a sign. It’s also got pretty sturdy cushions. My sister in law took a nap on it the other day and the cushions popped right back.

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“Radiant velvet like fabric with a subtle sheen in a soft blush pink hue”. Double check! Its actually less of a blush and more of a rich mauve color. This is what we were hoping it looked like. Since the Kendall in this color never hit the store, we weren’t sure what it would look like. We were pleasantly surprised by the richness of the hue. Because our style airs on the side of whimsical Kate Spade, we needed the sofa to feel a little mature more mature and the color helps it do that. The velvet like fabric is also really nice. It’s so beautiful that had I not read this descriptor, I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t actual velvet. It’s also pretty stain resistant so far. Disclaimer: we are a family with no children and we own black dogs that don’t get on the furniture and have a history of owning white couches that we have been able to keep clean with no problem. Meaning? Don’t use us as a barometer for stain resistance. However our dogs brush against the sides of the chair and I have literally been able to hit wipe any dog hair off with my bare hand.

In addition to being resilient, it’s also resilient. Before buying this sofa, we watched the floor model of the Kendall in turquoise in our local store for two years. Two years later, still in beautiful condition so much so that someone bought it right off the floor one day. The chair of it is still in the store and it’s in perfect condition so I have all the faith in the world that this chair will hold up. The wear and tear it can take makes it worth even more than the $700 for me.

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The Bad

I have none except that I wish the back were taller. This is totally a personal issue  our dog crates (that white sofa table) are behind our sofa and I’d like the sofa to completely cover them. But alas, got to take what I can get. We may sub out the legs for slightly taller ones to give it more lift.

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Overall, I’m 3000% satisfied with this sofa (and anything I’ve recently purchased from World Market). If this sofa does anything to betray me, I will absolutely update you. What do you think? Did we make the right choice with this sofa? Are you considering one for yourself by chance?

XO Prepford Wife

New Stuff in Our Living Room

Our home is coming along. If anyone saw our home they would assume I’m the only one who lives here since it looks like me; very Kate Spade meets J. Crew meets Anthropologie meets world’s dopest thrift store ever. But friends who know my husband well can spot his intertwined aesthetic from a mile away. He is single handledly responsible for all of the big pieces that have come into our home since I would never spend the amount of money he spends on nice things.

As we buy and return (and buy again) here are the things that have made the cut in our home lately. For the most part, it’s all found it’s home in our living room. We just want to get the downstairs of our home complete at this point. Also, it turns out that I really really like animals. I promise I’ll stop after this room.

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Serena and Lilly Awning Stripe Pillows | Pottery Barn Teen Snow Cat Fur Throw| Paper Mache Springbok Bust| Paper Mache Rhino Bust| Multiple Kate Spade lamps (Homegoods)| World Market Blush Kendall Sofa| World Market Camel Print| World Market Giraffe PrintWorld Market Giraffe Print| Target Woven Tassel Lumbar Pillow| Target Striped Throw Blanket| Kate Spade Dotted Pillow (Marshalls)

Long Living Room Layout

When it comes to design, I usually don’t plan ahead. I have no one to explain myself to but myself. Well and husband, but he’s usually really good about seeing my vision. I spoke once before on instastories about my credenza conundrum and the living room layout is single handlely responsible for why that’s a conundrum in the first place. It’s a really long room, a room that more than likely should be split into two parts. Part living room, part dining room. My husband is adamantly opposed to the notion of formal dining when we don’t need it though so that idea was nixed. This left us with a really long room with no intent.

Between my huge credenza, the need to store our huge dogs crates and our insistence upon having a tv in our sitting area (while still having a fireplace) and you have a problem of epic proportion. Especially since there’s a window on the one free wall and a sliding door on the other.

It became imperative to plan. I downloaded the app “Rooms” one midnight when I couldn’t sleep and got to going on a layout that made more sense for our space.

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Here’s our current situation, and by current, I mean three weeks ago before I rotated these bad boys all over the place at 2am.

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Key

  • Striped rectangles are dog crates. I took used the measurements to make them to scale. There are other places they could live in the house but Sirius barks if he isn’t on the lower level with views to the doors. Eyeroll at him being temperamental.
  • Gold table is a bar cart that I thrifted years ago before brass was really in style. It’s been through three homes with us and was a prop at our wedding so it has some sentimental value. I wanted to keep it if I could even if it was as a printer stand (again).
  • Rectangle behind the sofa is a white parsons desk. We have two of them. One lives in our office and has a new life as a polka dot desk and the other is in the living room so we can work while enjoying our living space.
  • The Brown box on the right is the credenza. The amount of room it’s taking up is to scale.
  • Purple rug is a 5×7 rug that we purchased before we knew what size this room was.
  • Tv on top of fireplace which is to the right but it’s way too high to watch tv from
  • Long white- sliding back door, Right white stripe- Fireplace, Bottom white stripe- window

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Trial 1

Moves: Credenza offset of the fireplace, dog crates flanking the sofa, bigger rug

Problem: Credenza takes focus off fireplace and tv is off sight of the sofa, can’t see tv from chairs. Dogs are on the rug. No go

Good: bigger rug is a must

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Trial 2:

Move: Bigger Rug, both dog crates near back dog, all furniture on rug, back of sofa to fireplace.

Problems: Sofa back is to fireplace and that’s a no go as far as establishing a focal wall.

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Actually try by moving furniture 

Moves: Bigger rug, All furniture legs on the rug, leave credenza, Both crates near front window, tv on credenza, bigger sofa

Problem: Crates feel awkward credenza takes up a lot of space

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Actually try by moving furniture 2

Move: Bigger rug, Bigger sofa, All furniture legs on the rug, dog crates behind sofa to make a sofa table

Problems: credenza may still be taking up too much space

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Ideal but nuclear option: Get rid of credenza

Problem: Got rid of the credenza

Final Solution: We went with the option labeled try three. Doing so meant that we had a large space to the left of the front window. We managed to put the parson desk that originally started out in the living room in that corner. So far we are pretty satisfied. Doing this by way of an app beats the heck out of manually moving every single piece of furniture. Especially when you are struck by this genius idea at 2am when your husband is sleeping and you’re moving all of the furniture alone.

Promise I’ll show you our living room once its complete

Thank for following along with my home woes

Love, Prepford wife

Final Cut: Where Anthropologie Goes to Die

My husband and I are in hot pursuit of a pink couch for our living room. Think: less flamingo more decadent boudoir. Whatever, its a look. Either way, sofas of this kind usually run upward of $3000 and no matter how much I try to convince myself that that’s a reasonable price for a sofa, it just ain’t happening. Even though Anthropologie has the most beautiful and lux dusty rose blush sofa I have ever seen.

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We were also in the market for one of Anthro’s floral rug; it’s the deconstucted bouquet for all you die hard fans. I saw it when they originally started selling it for a mean $1,598, a price which my little heart can not bare to spend. Between the price and the cost of shipping, just no.

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Queue racing thoughts of wanted J. Crew items and how I’d scour the Earth looking for them only to find them at J. Crew warehouse sales (see here and here). I started wondering, could it be that Anthropologie might have a warehouse sale of their own?! The answer is infinitely and unequivocally yes! And even better than a warehouse sale it’s a permanent brick and mortar store within a few hours drive of my house. Insert quick day trip.

The store is located in Augusta, GA at

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3137 Washington Rd
Augusta, GA 30907
 

According to articles I saw while stalking the internet, see (1 |2| 3|4) they use to have a different location but moved. It’s relatively easy to find it’s right off of Exit 199 in Augusta off of Washington rd. It’s very simple to find with GPS, I’m not sure I can say the same for those of us still using Mapquest in these 2000s.

They carry things from Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, BHLDN and Free People. Much of it is new with tags however some of the clothing items may be damaged so its important to inspect for holes, snags and tears. But for the price of the goodies, it’s totally worth it if you a fan of a lot of their higher end items especially the furniture.

A lot of of the reviews of the store on both Facebook and Yelp complain about the prices; many people comparing them to the price of Goodwill furniture. It is incredibly important in this case to keep in mind the type of store this is and is not. It is not a thrift store, these are name brand high end items and an Anthropologie sofa for $300 is truly the Lord’s work.

I didn’t end up at Final Cut to blog or shop for clothes, so I didn’t exactly do in-depth review. But most of the clothes in the store are thrown into boxes. You are more than welcome to look through them but there are also a few clothes hung. go through those first if you’re there for clothing since they are so accessible. You can try on in store unlike a few of the past J. Crew sales but keep in mind the dressing room is communal and closes a half an hour before the store does (6:30 instead of 7:00 pm) so make sure to allocated enough time if you are someone who tries on. Keep in mind that when you purchase that at the register, they will cut out any and all of the name brand takes so resellers beware.

Like I said, I didn’t go to blog but I did take a few videos for instastories so I here are screen shots of those videos. I”ll include the actual video at a later date.

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Guess what else I found in this Mountain of Monstrosities?!

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We saw three pink sofa options and all of them were lovely but had some draw backs that we weren’t willing to live with. The one not featured here is the Linen Willoughby which is listed on the site as having a “generous recline”. When they say generous, they mean it! My 5’4” frame was left with my feet swaying in the breeze like a child and there is no way someone elderly can sit on this chair and just spring back up when they are ready. So we passed on a sofa but found a ton of other items that we needed including a rug.

 

So here’s what husband and I came away with from the store, a price list of what we paid for it, the original cost, if there was damage,  and if it was something that we were actually in search of per our list of must buys for the house.

Dorette Pendant Lamp- $298 $70 Needed for our upstairs hallway. The shade is coming apart a bit on the upper left but for that price, I own a glue gun.

 

Sphere Study Floor Lamp Ensemble $998 $50 Didn’t come with a shade but I found one for $20 at Target and I had to fix the part where the bulb connect.

Forbury Dishware- Bowl $20 $5 Small Plate $22 $6 Large Plate $22 $7 Teapot $68 $20 I purchased a full set of these. The only problem is that there is only one of the first plate and three of the other print. I’m not entirely bothered by that yet. I couldn’t pass on the full set.

 

URBAN OUTFITTERS Marte Rattan Side Table $198 $60 Perfect condition.

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Donna Morgan Margaux Shirt Dress $98 $15 Perfect condition

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Max Wanger Waikiki #5 Beach Print 44 x 44 $385 $40 The picture itself was in perfect condition but the frame was cracked but for the price, no complaints.

Constance Curtain Rod $128 $30 $88 $20 and rings I went there with these on the list of things to buy. I hate curtain rods and I think most of them are ugly. So when I saw these online, I knew I needed them if they were available. I snagged two for the living room (one long, one short) and then one for our bedroom.

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Faryl Robin x Free People Atwood Vegan Pumps $128 $25 Perfect condition

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New York Giants Beanie $24.95 $5 My SIL has this so I bought it so she and my husband could match in the winter.

Patagonia Duffel Bag $98 $10 Perfect Condition

Towel Ring $28 $5 Gold towel rings seem to be hard to find and this was on my list so I picked it up asap.

Jenny Krauss Ombre Pink Pillow Case $84 $10 This pillow case must have been older because it took me hours to find the listing. It’s in perfect condition though and will look great on my desk chair.

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And my  pièce de résistance the rug we went with in mind.

The Purple Garden Rug $1598 $480

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They actually had the exact rug that I was interested in, in exactly the size I needed it for $980 which is a steal compared to the site but upon closer inspection the color was way too dark for our living room. This rug was analogous to that with brighter, lighter, friendlier colors that would meld beautifully with our current colors for a fraction of the price. This 9 x 12 rug was a grand total of $480 which was half of the cost of the deconstructed bouquet rug. I was so excited and the guys in the picture did such a beautiful job that a rug that huge fit right into the back of my little SUV without much problem. They had a great method of pulling rugs off the high stacks and did so without a single complaint even though this girl and I both wanted to see rugs on the bottom of the stacks. People in the reviews on their social media commented about the terrible service which was obviously not a problem we had.  (**Disclaimer: we are literally the nicest people in the world to service staff and literally bring out the best in them. I say this not to brag on us but because I am positive that someone else may have actually had a different experience)

Anyway, in total we spent about $917 which is down from $4587.95. I consider this a saving because I literally had the deconstructed floral rug in my cart online and with shipping it would have cost me a grand total of $985 which means I won. The store was absolutely great and worth the drive to Georgia and they’ve also recently announced that they are opening a new store in Marlboro, NJ which makes perfect sense since their headquartered in Philadelphia.

Keep an eye on their social media. A lot of the times, they do additional sales and they will announce them on there especially instagram where they post a sampling of merchandise.

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Bonus: Because the warehouse was in Georgia, I got to see my bestfriend in the entire world since we were seven. Can you believe we’ve been friends twenty years?! It didn’t happen if there isn’t a photo so here you go.

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