Weekend Update

This is the post that was originally intended for Monday, but my week was totally thrown off by a couple of different things. Sorry for the delay..well, actually I’m not because my niece is here and she is beyond amazing 🙂

Any SNL fans out there? Weekend Update was always one of my favorite sketches, especially when Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon were together. Mostly because you could usually count on Jimmy to crack and start laughing.

But anywho..let’s talk about our weekends! I made a few changes around the house and wanted some input from you guys. I’ve been trying to come up with something to put on the wall next to our front door. A while back, my mom gave me this cool old accordion-ish coat rack that I thought would work well there.

I do like how it looks and obviously it’s functional, too..but it looked so sad on the wall all by itself. So, I thought maybe if I added some coats/scarves/hats..maybe that would help to fill up that space.

Meh. That’s the only feeling I have about this. No matter how I styled it, I was just never happy. {Sidenote: I think it’s also time to change out that summery scarf on Mr. Ram for something more fallish} What do you guys think? Maybe I need a different variety of colors/patterns? Or maybe I need to add some non-clothing decorative type items (the only thing that comes to mind is a horseshoe)? I really want to make the coat rack work there, but if I can’t come up with something better than this, then I may have to give it the boot.

I made one other quick change this past weekend..one that I’m actually pretty pleased with. Before hubby and I got married we purchased a matching bedroom suite for our house. And now that’s one of my biggest regrets. I much prefer the look of a ‘collected’ bedroom over one that’s all Matchy McMatcherville. But what’s done is done and we’ll live with it for now. So, in an attempt to de-matchify everything, I switched out the knobs on my nightstand. I started with this:

Nothing fancy. Just your run-of-the-mill chrome knob. BO-RING! Five minutes and one Philips head screwdriver later, I had these:

Aah, much lovelier! I picked these up at Hobby Lobby for $3.99/each. There’s only one issue: they only had these 3, and there are 16 knobs total (3 on each nightstand, and 10 on the dresser!) in our bedroom. So, let me pose another question to you guys. Do you think it’s OK to have a mix of hardware on your furniture if it’s in the same room? Should I use a more masculine knob on JP’s dresser? Maybe it will help everything look less matchy if I have a mix of knobs? I know you’ve got opinions, so let me have it!


August 31, 2011. DIY, Home/Design. 1 comment.

My New Favorite Show

Have you guys seen Picker Sisters yet? Oh my word, it. is. awesome!

Basically, these two designers (who used to be on Extreme Home Makeover and are totally ditzy-hilarious..I think we could be BFF’s) travel around the South looking for old farms, run down factories, shipyards..basically any place that has old rusty junk. And then they take it back to their home base in LA, where they re-purpose it into some AMAZING pieces. I’m talking jaw-dropping good here, people. Unfortunately, I can’t find many pictures of the stuff they’e made, so here are a few I pulled off the Lifetime website.

This was one of my absolute faves! They found this wood, called ‘pecky wood’ that had been essentially rotted by some fungus, but it left it with this awesome texture. They filled the pecky holes with resin and then gold leafed it for a little bit of glam. I die!

Or how about this seating made from an old drainage pipe? Awesome!

Rustic chandelier? Why, sure!

I just love the rustic-meets-modern look. I’m telling you, it’s a must watch! Seriously, every Tuesday night you will find me parked on the couch, living my life vicariously through these two delightful women. Sigh.

August 24, 2011. Home/Design. 2 comments.

Buffet Inspiration

I’ve been scouring Craigslist lately looking for a buffet or sideboard that’s ripe for a makeover. We don’t have a formal dining room in our current house, but it’s definitely on the list for our ‘someday’ house and I want a nice buffet for dish storage. I’m a little dish obsessed, in case you didn’t know.

So in the meantime, I’ve been scouring blogland and Pinterest for inspiration.

I love the mustard color of this little table and I like how they trimmed out the groove detail in a different shade. And those beautiful spindle legs? Forgeddaboutit.

First of all, WHOA. This buffet is gigantic. There’s enough room in there to hoard all the beautiful dishes I could ever want. Me likey. But the other thing that catches my eye is the dual finish. I really like the mix of the dark wood top and the white base. Very classic..it could virtually fit in with any style or color scheme. Which is definitely something for me to consider, seeing as how I don’t exactly know what my future dining room will look like.

I’m also very attracted to a grey/white color combo. And chevron stripes? Always a winner in my book!

Another mustard makeover (hmm..I’m sensing a trend), but what really drew me to this was the pattern they put on the buffet. I think it speaks to the mid-century modern style of this particular piece..so it might not look as hot on a more Victorian style buffet.

This is probably not a piece that would ever fit in my dining room, but I just love that they took a run-of-the-mill dresser and did something fun with it. It would be super fun in a little boys nursery!

I LOVE the glass front doors on this buffet, and it looks like it has a metallic sheen to it which I also dig. Put a metallic finish on something and consider me sold. It’s a sickness, really.

Ok, ladies and gents…stop drooling on your keyboard. You know I had to save the most jaw dropping makeover ’til the end! I am seriously so in love with this I can’t even tell you. The color scheme is to die for and what’s not to love about an ikat print? And, honestly, the thing I love the very most is that it’s not perfect. I really like the fact that you can tell that it was hand painted. Call me crazy, but I’m crushin’.

Which on was your favorite? Or maybe you’ve got other ideas of your own? Tell me all about it!



August 10, 2011. Tags: , . Home/Design. Leave a comment.

House Touring: Memphis, TN

Alright guys, I’m back with the first of many posts about our vacation. The posts following this one will be kind of like travel/city guides for the various places we visited, so this one is kind of unique. On our way down to New Orleans, we stopped over for a night in Memphis to visit Jordan’s uncle. He lives in a beautiful old, Spanish style home built sometime in the 1920’s. I’m tellin’ ya, they just don’t make ’em like this anymore!

I’m a sucker for columns.

Check out the living room:

The sofa table has incredible intricate detail..

As does the fireplace..

How cool is that? It’s reminds me of Grecian pottery.

Next up, I wanna show you guys some of the really awesome details in the kitchen. Like this copper apron sink. First of all, I LOVE apron sinks and my dream kitchen has one for sure..but I had never seen a copper one. Definitely a cool, more masculine alternative.

 That hammered detail is just too cool, don’t ya think?

And take a look at this awesomeness..when he redid his kitchen he added an ice-maker disguised as a cabinet on the end of his island.


Here’s the bedroom we stayed in:

You can’t really tell from this picture how MASSIVE the four poster bed was, but let me assure that it was. Like, I had to get a running start to get up there.

I think the thing I love the most about older homes are the small little charming details that give the house its’ character. For instance, these doorknobs:

You won’t find knobs like that in any new construction home. Just beautiful.

Now let’s venture out into the backyard, shall we?

I would love waking up to this every morning!

So quaint.

And here I am with the owner of the home, Jordan’s uncle Jim (aka Tookie).

So, what’d you guys think? What was your favorite part of the house? Are you a lover of old homes, too, or do you prefer new homes? Tomorrow, I’ll be posting my guide for New Orleans so be sure to come back and check it out!

July 20, 2011. Tags: . Home/Design. 1 comment.

Scallops? Like Sea Shells?

Well, I am happy to tell you that my second attempt at stenciling was FAR more successful than my first.

After latex paint failed me, I headed out to Hobby Lobby Monday evening to pick up some acrylic paint. I went with Anita’s Metallic Craft Paint in Classic Gold. It was the color I was looking for and I could see the paint had some shimmer to it, which is just what I wanted. The instructions from Royal Design Studio (which I followed pretty explicitly this time) also recommended using extender with your acrylic paint. It basically waters it down a little so your paint will go farther and also extends the drying time. So I picked up a bottle of Anita’s Extender.I figured by going with the same brand, I would be guaranteed not to get any funky results.

The stencil I used (which is what sparked my inspiration for this whole project in the first place) was Royal Design Studio’s Scallops Allover. If you’re looking for a stencil, you should definitely check them out..they’ve got tons of fun designs! I had a 10% off promo code at the time I bought mine, so the stencil only ended up costing me $28.80 + $9.00 for shipping. When I told my hubby about this stencil his response was “What’s a scallop? You mean like a sea shell? You’re going to stencil sea shells on our wall??” Yes, because nothing screams glamour more than a conch shell. Once he saw what the stencil actually looked like, he breathed an audible sigh of relief.

Again, I did a dry run first on a piece of cardboard and that instantly confirmed that acrylic was the right way to go.

In both of the shots above, the paint was rolled on with the Purdy White Dove rollers I mentioned in my previous stenciling post.

After testing the paint, I found the exact center of my wall and taped my stencil up with painter’s tape so that the middle of the stencil lined up in the center of the wall. Since my stencil is a repeating pattern, it didn’t matter as much where I start but you want your design to be centered, so it’s always best to start at the top center and work your way out.


You could also use stencil adhesive instead of or along with tape. Some people claim that will help you not have as much seepage around the edges of your stencil. But all I had on hand was painter’s tape so that’s what I used and it worked out just fine. I just made sure it was taped down really well on all sides so it wouldn’t move or gap at all.

Once the stencil was secured, I rolled on my paint. I started off very mild with the amount of paint on my roller and could see that it wasn’t doing the job, so I loaded up the roller a little more. All in all, I had to do quite a bit of rolling to get the stencil to show up as much as I wanted it to and not look splotchy. It came out looking fine, but I knew I would have to go through a ton of paint in order to do my whole wall. My theory is that because the paint is acrylic and not latex that the fabric on the roller sucked up all my paint like a hungry hungry hippo. But who knows.

So I decided to try using a brush instead to see if it made a difference. Did it ever. I loaded my brush with a fair amount of paint and then instead of brushing it on, I used something akin to a horizontal jabbing motion. I kept the brush perpendicular to the wall and jabbed my little heart out. And when I say jab, I don’t mean it has to be violent..just forceful enough to show that stencil who’s the boss (and I’m not talkin’ about Tony Danza). And when I pulled the stencil away from the wall, I was much more pleased with the result. You may not be able to tell the difference from the photos, but it’s a more even application and it used a lot less paint. So that’s the method I stuck with throughout.

Also, you see these little marks? Those are registration marks and they make it wayyyy easy to line up your stencil so that everything stays nice and straight. I also used a level periodically just to double check that things were staying straight.




Overall, it probably took me about two hours to knock the whole wall out and I am IN LOVE with the way it turned out. It’s totally not perfect..there a few places where the paint seeped under the stencil a little or the application was uneven, but when you’re looking at the wall as a whole, you can’t really notice. Or at least not enough that I care to try and retouch it and risk making it worse.

Doesn’t it look like shimmery fish scales or something?! And the thing I love the very most is looking at the wall in the reflection of the mirror. Is that weird? I don’t know why, but it makes me as giddy as a kid in a candy store..at Disney World..with Mickey Mouse. That’s pretty giddy.

I know it looks blobby on the left side, but I promise it’s not..these are just bad pictures taken with my phone!

Now my next mission for the bathroom re-do is to get some new accessories. This is the fun part! And of course I’ll share it when it’s all done 🙂 If any of you have any suggestions for stores or online resources that sell stylish bathroom accessories, please let me know!

June 24, 2011. Tags: . DIY, Home/Design. 5 comments.

Summertime Shake-Up

Hooray for today being the official first day of summer and the longest day of the year! The warm weather inspired me to do a quick change up for some summer decor.

We don’t have a real entryway in our home..the front door just opens right up into the family room. So I’ve kind of created my own entryway ‘moment’ with a sofa table that has some various entryway-like accessories (bowl to throw keys, etc.). We hung a mirror over top of it and my two beloved animal heads from ZGallerie flanking either side of the mirror.

Over the course of the winter, the animal heads became a coat rack of sorts. Mr. P hung his scarf over the ram and his hat from the horn of the rhino. And I kind of liked how it added function to what normally would have been just a decoration, so I left it.

And it hung there until this afternoon when I decided it was time to trade it out for something more summery.

So I grabbed one of my lighter summer scarves and my Panama hat and made the switch.

It’s a really small change, but I love the impact it made. It got me thinking that it might be a fun challenge to switch up the decorations on these guys more often..a Santa hat for Christmas, a homemade heart wreath for Valentine’s Day…hmmm..yes I’m thinking that could be a VERY fun challenge 🙂

I also cut a few blooms from one of my plants (and I can’t remember what kind of plant it is, so if any of you recognize what they are feel free to chime in) and stuck them in my awesome vintage deer planter.

Isn’t she adorable?

Have you guys made any seasonal decor switches? I’d love to see how you welcome summer!

P.S. –  I’ve found stencil success! I’ll be back tomorrow with all the deets 🙂

June 21, 2011. Home/Design. 1 comment.

Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture





As promised, I’m back with the details on my recent priming/painting adventures. I intended to post this yesterday, but real life got in the way. Rude.

Here’s what you’ll need: fine grit sandpaper, a screwdriver, primer, paint,  painter’s tape, and two paintbrushes. 

To start with, I unscrewed the hinges on the cabinet doors and removed them. And here’s a helpful tip: if said cabinet happens to be over your toilet, close the lid. I was thisclose  to doing some unpleasant fishing for a screw. It’s also a good idea to put all your screws and hinges in a plastic bag so that you don’t lose anything.

Now is also the time to fill in or make new holes depending on whether or not you’re going to replace the hardware. I bought some new cabinet pulls that luckily fit in the holes that were already there so I didn’t have to worry about it. Otherwise, you could fill any pre-existing holes with wood filler and make new ones.

Next, you’ll want to sand down all the surfaces you plan to paint. This will rough up the surface and make it a lot easier to cover with paint. There are some cases where sanding isn’t necessary, but I think it’s easier to do it in the beginning rather than take the risk of getting less than stellar paint coverage. A quick once over with a fine grit sanding block should do the trick.

Un-sanded vs. Sanded. See the difference?

After you’ve sanded, make sure to wipe off all excess dirt and dust with a clean cloth. Now you’re ready to prime! My primer of choice is Kilz Odorless. I love it. It dries in 30-60 min and, as the name may imply, there’s no headache-inducing smell. It’s fantastic! Make sure and shake your primer up really well, it should have the consistency of paint. This is where hubby came in. He’s the official paint shaker..and yes, I danced around the room and encouraged him to “shake it like a polaroid picture!” I don’t know that there’s any real technique to priming..just paint on a thin, even coat and wait for it to dry. And primer is pretty much impossible to get out of paintbrushes so don’t plan on using that same brush for the actual painting.









Once you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time (look on your can of primer, it will tell you how long to wait), you can start painting. Some tutorials suggest using a roller brush, but I prefer to use an angled paintbrush. It helps get into all those nooks and crannies. I used Olympic Premium in the white semi-gloss right off the shelf. Olympic Premium has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which basically means there’s no harmful chemicals for you or the environment. Score. Again, just paint on a thin, even coat. It will take 2-3 coats in order to get a good amount of coverage. Your paint can will tell you the recommended wait time between coats.



Now the process for trim is basically the same. Light sand, wipe down, prime, paint. The main difference comes with the taping. Not only did I have to tape off the floor, but because my walls are already painted, I had to tape off the wall as well. Double taping. Ugh. I try my best to work my tape in between the trim and the wall if I can. Luckily there’s enough of a gap between my trim and the wall that it really wasn’t that difficult. Yayy for shoddy construction! Also, if you’re painting trim around a door, make sure to wrap tape around any hinges and inside the casing on the strikeplate. I was painting my trim, but not my doors so I also taped off the top of my door to avoid any drippage.

And then the waiting begins… Most sources advise waiting 3-5 days before rehanging your doors. That was the most tortuous part for sure. I could see my beautiful, fresh white doors and my beautiful, fresh white cabinet but I just couldn’t put the two together! But I didn’t want to risk smudging my new paint job, so I waited. And after I was sure that they were dry, I rehung them and screwed in the new knobs. They’re from the allen + roth line at Lowe’s and they are pretty fantastic. 

You love them, don’t you? Me too! Just the touch of old Hollywood-esque glam I was looking for 😀 

And here’s the finished cabinet

Gratuitous knob shot.

And here’s a wider shot of the bathroom so you can see the trim as well

Shoot that light switch cover is straight awful.

I’ve got some touch ups to do, and it’s definitely still a work in progress but so far I’m digging the change. The white really brightens up the space! 

Have you guys been doing any makeovers in your own home?

June 15, 2011. DIY, Home/Design. 4 comments.

The Snowball Effect

Have you ever had a moment when you’re so inspired to do a project that you need to have it done, like, yesterday? Well, I had one such moment Friday afternoon. I was perusing the blogosphere and stumbled upon a stencil that I instantly loved. So, then my brain went into overdrive trying to think of a wall I could use this stencil on. I decided it would look great in our half bath. But then I thought to myself that if I was going to stencil one of the walls, it just wouldn’t look right if I didn’t paint the trim. And if I was going to paint the trim, then I would need to paint the cabinets, too. And if I was going to paint the cabinets, maybe I needed to replace the awful lighting in there.

This, my friends, is what I like to call ‘The Snowball Effect.’ It’s when you start out with a small snowflake of an idea, but that idea leads to another and another and another…until you’re left with a giant snowman.

Now, in this case, my snowman is made up of totally doable tasks. So Saturday evening, I made a quick trip to Lowe’s to pick up some supplies and I got started.

This is normally where I would insert a before picture of our tiny little bathroom. But I was in such a flurry that I forgot to take one. Bad blogger. Virtual slap on the wrist to me. Let me describe it to you. Small. No windows. Dark wood cabinetry. Gross linoleum. And it has not just one, but two ugly doors. Thats TWO! TWO UGLY DOORS..MWA-HA-HA! A little Count von Count anyone?

You may be saying, “Dacia, why in the world have you waited this long to tackle this monstrosity?!” Well, you see, we aren’t homeowners..we’re renters. Before we got married, we toyed with the idea of buying a home, but decided it would just be better to save up some money and buy a couple years down the road. Jordan is the assistant pastor at our our church, so luckily we had the option of renting one of the houses they own for a great price. It’s a ranch that was built in the early 90’s, and while it’s a very nice house (especially for a young, just-married couple), there are some things about it that drive me absolutely up the wall.

For example, there are 3 bedrooms and every stinkin’ closet in them has mirrored slider doors. And the master bedroom has two closets, so I basically feel like we’re sleeping in a weird fun house. When we toured the house (the church bought it just before we moved in), the previous owners went on and on about how much they ‘enjoyed’ winkwink nudgenudge having the mirrors in their master bedroom. Gross with a capital yuck.

This house also has quite the wide array of linoleum. It’s in the kitchen, laundry, half bath, and there’s a lovely rose-patterned linoleum in the full bath. Not exactly my style. Also, all of the kitchen cabinets are dark and outdated and the countertops leave much to be desired. And I couldn’t go without mentioning my second biggest nemesis next to the mirrored closets: vertical blinds. Who ever thought vertical blinds were a good idea?! We only have one set (thank the Lord!) in our family room on the sliders that lead out to the patio, but I truly despise them. There are no words.

So, there are all these things I’d love to change, but the fact that we rent really holds me back. Not that we wouldn’t have permission to do basically anything we wanted, but I just have a hard time motivating myself to make huge changes to a house that we’ll probably only live in for 1 or 2 more years. Other, than new paint on the walls, we really haven’t made any changes to the overall bones of the house. {Sidenote: I think I’m going to have to post a house tour soon so you guys can visualize what I’m talking about}

But I went against my instincts for this project. I figured this bathroom was a small enough space that I could handle the total room makeover. So here’s how it stands in its’ current state.

I have no idea what that weird rectangle thing is in the middle of the picture. You can see our laundry area beyond the bathroom.

And this is the view from the other door. That’s the master bedroom in the background. The walls are a dark grey.

I’ve primed all the trim, and started to put on the first coat of white paint. I’ve also primed and painted the cabinet above the toilet. I’m waiting for the doors to dry and then I’ll rehang them.

Still on the checklist to do: Finish the trim/mirror, prime and paint the vanity white, stencil the wall, find cute bathroom accessories, maybe switch out the lighting. I haven’t decided on that last one.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a more detailed post about how I primed and painted the cabinetry/trim for any of you that are wondering!

So what about you guys..have you ever started a project on a whim only to find it snowballing into a much larger project? Do you have things about your house that totally bug you?

June 13, 2011. DIY, Home/Design. 1 comment.

Dreamin’ – Outdoor Spaces

With the temperatures climbing outside, I’ve been itching to do some work to our sad little patio. So, like any good decision-phobe, I have been scouring the web for inspiration…and WOW! There are soooo many beautiful outdoor spaces. And even though most of them are far outside my realm of possibility, a girl can dream!

via Pinterest

Aren’t those yellow bistro chairs to die for? Granted, I’ll never have a beautiful rooftop in the middle of a city to use them on, but I think they’d still look cute on a tiny porch in Indiana, don’t you??

via Pinterest

I love all the plants and flowers, so pretty! And the bright colors on that table just make me happy 🙂

via Pinterest

This patio just oozes glamour and sophistication to me. It makes me want to run out and get some gold spray paint to use on our currently-black patio set!

via Pinterest 

When we visited Pottery Barn a couple weeks ago, they had a display similar to this one and I absolutely fell in love. I’m currently on the hunt for some old ladders so I can try to make something like it myself. If any of you lovely readers have any that you want to donate to the cause, I would be cool with that 😉

via Pinterest

I melt. One day I will have a nice enough backyard to throw a party like this and it will be awesome.

After searching around a bit, I decided to make up a little mood board of the things that I’m feelin’ right now for a patio space.

Pillows & Chairs – West Elm; Table – K-Mart; Rug & Lanterns – ZGallerie;Swingasan & Pillow – Pier 1; Bench – West Elm

When you’re decorating an outdoor space, why not just look to nature for your color inspiration? I love fresh greens and yellows mixed with both light and dark woods. But even though our patio is far from picture perfect, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting out there in the evening with a good book, watching the hubby play fetch with Lucy. That’s true paradise, people.

P.S.- I had the random urge to do a cartwheel today and quickly discovered how out of shape I am. I think I may need to reacquaint myself with the elliptical machine!

P.P.S. – I’m linked up to a summer linky party over at tenjune..check it out!

ten june

June 1, 2011. Tags: , . Home/Design. 7 comments.

Dishing It Out

Hello lemon-droppers! I hope you all had a good weekend. We had such a fun time with our family in Oklahoma..it was a great little getaway! Yesterday, we got a chance to do a little window shopping at some of my fave-o-rite stores: Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and ZGallerie. Best. Day. Ever.

While we were browsing, I kept pointing out these beautiful spring/summer plates and bowls in delicious patterns and colors. As I oohed and aahed, I was always met with a blank stare and that slow, I-think-you’re-weird nod from Jordan. Finally, after pointing out the 12th floral plate, he said, “Dacia, we already have dishes.” I’ll pause for a moment so you can imagine me standing in the middle of Crate & Barrel with my mouth agape. I thought to myself, “Did he just say that? Doesn’t he understand that I need lots of dishes to mix and match for the fabulous dinner parties I plan to throw when we get a bigger house and I learn to cook?!” Granted, both of those things are most likely a few years away, but still. I’m a sucker for a pretty table setting, and in an ideal world I would have a bevy of dishes with which to set said table. But, since I’m not a Real Housewife of Indiana just yet, I will settle for browsing 🙂

via Crate & Barrel

Love these beautiful flowers..makes me want to set up camp on our patio and enjoy the warm summer weather!

via West Elm

These dishes scream elegance to me..nothing better than a white/gold combo!

via Target

Are these not adorable? They’re called ‘dessert excuses’ plates and they have things written on them like,”We’ll have two forks please” and “No, No, I couldn’t.” I love ’em!

But what good are all these dishes if you don’t know how to properly use them to set your table? Well, kids, our lesson for today: Tablescapes 101.

Now, obviously this is just a guideline so you can add or take away things that you know you won’t need. Also, in many decorative table settings, a charger is used under the dinner plate..it just adds another layer of decorating fun! And you might even add a salad plate in between the dinner plate and the soup bowl.

Also, you can always switch up the napkin placement. I think I actually like it better when it’s used in between the plates.

via Pinterest

Isn’t that little gold dog on the plates so fun?! I’ve really been digging on gold lately..I’m a little obsessed. But anyway…now, for maybe my favorite tablescape of all..drumroll please…..

via Pinterest

Gah! The plates, the colors, the little peacock feather accent thingy! I love it all so so much!

So, that’s what I’m dreaming of these days. And due to my whining persistence, I was able to convince hubby to let me start my dinnerware collection with these beauties. 4 of the brown salad plates on sale for only $2 bucks a pop..can’t beat that!

via ZGallerie

May 24, 2011. Home/Design. 3 comments.

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