Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazinehttps://freshome.comFreshome is a website dedicated to show you the latest trends in modern architecture, modern interior design and modern furniture design.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:15:57 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.comLandscaping for Fire Safetyhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/qwbcb_skzMo/https://freshome.com/landscaping-fire-safety/#respondWed, 14 Nov 2018 22:00:55 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=306393Certain parts of the country used to have a fairly predictable fire season, but the times are changing. California, for example, now has to be on fire alert throughout the entire year. That means there’s no time like the present to prepare your house for a fire. And that doesn’t just mean buying homeowners or […]

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Certain parts of the country used to have a fairly predictable fire season, but the times are changing. California, for example, now has to be on fire alert throughout the entire year. That means there’s no time like the present to prepare your house for a fire. And that doesn’t just mean buying homeowners or renters insurance. There are some fire safety steps you can take to make your home or apartment less likely to burn in a fire. By implementing these three landscaping fire safety tips, you can better protect yourself, your family, your belongings and your property from a wildfire.

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Move combustible patio furniture at least 30 feet from your house. Image: Thom Filicia

Create defensible spaces

One of the top fire safety steps every homeowner and renter should take is creating defensible space. This is essentially clearing space around the walls of your abode. If you’re a renter, this can be a little trickier; get permission from your landlord first. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends removing vegetation, debris or anything else that could catch fire from the perimeter around your home. Generally, it’s considered best practice to maintain two zones of defensible space.

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Imagine a 30-foot ring around your house. Now remove anything even remotely combustible from that ring. That means clearing out your gutters on a regular basis, removing fallen vegetation from your roof and trimming tree branches as needed. If you keep a wood pile, make sure you move it at least 30 feet from your home. Yes, it means lugging the wood a little further when you want to make a fire. But it also means there won’t be a big pile of kindling just waiting to go up in flames right next to your house.

If you have patio furniture that you store within the first defensible space, make sure it’s non-combustible. You may also want to upgrade your deck to a non-combustible material.

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Keep up with your outdoor maintenance within 100 feet of your home, or up to your property line. This means regularly mowing grass and trimming any other foliage and clearing the ground of dead leaves and pine needles. Generally, any tree branch that’s less than six feet from the ground should be cut. If you have trees, shrubs or other plant life, think through the spacing. Trees, for example, should be at least ten feet apart so fire has a more difficult time jumping between them.

Even beyond 100 feet from your house, keeping your property thinned and pruned makes it less likely that a fire quickly reach your home.

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Use hardscaping to create an area around your home where fire won’t find any fuel. Image: Eric Brandon Gomez

Use hard surfaces

Hardscaping has a number of benefits. It’s easy to maintain, adds architectural appeal to your outdoor spaces and is fire safe. A wide concrete driveway, for example, can protect the front of your house. Gravel, steel and stone are other great hard surface options that resist fire and can help you protect your home.

Whether you’re taking on a small-scale outdoor task like edging your planters or renovating your deck or patio, choose hard surfaces to literally build fire safety into the fabric of your outdoor space. You can also intersperse hard surfaces within your landscaping to break up large swaths of vegetation.

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Succulents store water in their leaves, making them less likely to burn. Image: Debora Carl Landscape Design

Use native vegetation

Fires need fuel. Your landscaping can be just what it needs to travel right up to your home, putting it at immediate risk. Or, it can be a help. When you’re planting the areas around your home, it’s generally a good rule of thumb to choose native species. These plants are adapted to thrive in your area, meaning they’ll root deeply and retain water more easily, making them less likely to burn. On the flip side, non-native species are more likely to get dried out by the conditions to which they aren’t naturally acclimated, making them ideal kindling for a fire.

Most areas will have resources available about which native species are most fire-resistant. In general, look for plants with leaves that have a high water content and do not create much dry wood or leaves. Succulents are an excellent example since they store water in their leaves.

Planting wisely, leveraging hardscaping and creating defensible spaces are the keys to fire safety outside your home or apartment. Use these tips to help defend against this natural disaster so you can rest easier no matter what the seasons bring your way.

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Millennial Pink Christmas Ideas and Decor for a Blush-Worthy Holidayhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/E7wxqoNo-DU/https://freshome.com/millennial-pink-christmas-ideas/#respondWed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:57 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=303903These Millennial Pink Christmas ideas and decor will convince you of why the color is so popular for the holidays. Whether it's a few ornaments and accent pieces or a Millennial Pink tree, this color is a great way to brighten your holiday season.

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Pink is so hot in home design it even got a new name – Millennial Pink. And the MP trend continues into the holidays. It’s an easy pink to work with since the slightly muted tone is softer and earthier than some other pinks, flowing well with neutrals, blacks and whites.

These Millennial Pink Christmas ideas and decor will convince you of why the color is so popular for the holidays. Whether it’s a few ornaments and accent pieces or a Millennial Pink tree, this color is a great way to brighten your holiday season.

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A Millennial Pink Christmas home is a combination of everyday blacks and whites with gold hardware and accents. The pink decor works perfectly with the existing decor. Image: Homegoods

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If you have a grey interior, Millennial Pink Christmas decorations also work well with the modern neutral. Image: The Every Girl

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Pink garland strung with LED lights gives the white banister a candy-like holiday feel. Image: My Christmas

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This pink flocked Christmas tree setting looks wonderfully dreamy and whimsical. Even the gifts are wrapped in color-coordinated paper. Image: Summer Adams

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Faux fur accents like the white throw pillows and lambswool rug add luxury to a Millennial Pink living room holiday setting. Image: Overstock

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For a unique Christmas table, use candy-inspired colors and arrange pink and champagne-color Christmas ornaments down the middle of the table. Image: Birds Party

Check out this Millennial Pink Christmas decor

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How to Keep Pets Away from Holiday Decor & Other Hazardshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/FCW5c5KwREY/https://freshome.com/keep-pets-away-from-holiday-decor/#respondWed, 14 Nov 2018 12:00:38 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=300201To ensure that everyone has a holly, jolly, vet-visit free season, it's important to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal safety risks.

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The holidays are a time to gather with your family members, and that includes those with fur and four legs. This is a sweet season to enjoy with everyone you love – including your pets. But it’s also a particularly risky time of year for our animal friends. To ensure that everyone has a holly, jolly, vet-visit free season, it’s important to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal safety risks.

This isn’t rocket science, but it does require a little forethought. Thinking through the potential hazards for your pet now, before the season really picks up, can make it easy to avoid disasters and expensive vet bills (the last thing you need after gift shopping). Here are a few tips and trick to keep pets away from holiday decor and keep your season merry and bright.

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Putting your tree in a basket with weights in the bottom can help keep pets away from holiday decor and prevent a spillover this season. Image: 30s Magazine

Support your tree

You’ve probably seen plenty of cute pics of cats and dogs poking out from between the branches of a toppled tree. While that’s good for a giggle online, it’s definitely not a scenario to which you want to come home. Avoid this by giving your tree some extra support. Putting it in a weighted pot or elevating it on a pedestal can help it stay upright. For extra safety, move your most fragile ornaments to the highest branches.

Also, avoid edible tree decorations. While they might look cute, they can attract your pet to the tree. And don’t add anything to your tree water to preserve it because your pets could lap it up. A tree skirt can help deter a particularly curious pet from drinking the tree’s water.

If you’ve got a cat who loves to climb, you can also consider an alternative to the traditional evergreen tree. We’ve rounded up some unconventional Christmas trees for you.

Tuck away their presents

If you wrapped up a bone for Fido or some catnip for Fiona, don’t put it under the tree with the rest of the presents. Your furry friend can smell those tasty treats inside, and the temptation might become too much to bear. And once your pet has unwrapped one present, it’s harder to protect the rest. Instead, keep pets’ gifts in a secure, inaccessible location until it’s time for them to be opened.

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Battery-operated lights or ones that come built into the tree minimize cord-related risks. Image: Dirt, Stains and Paint

Tie up cords

Stringing up holiday lights can be a lot of fun. Worrying about the electrical safety of those cords is decidedly less so. However, it’s also key, especially if you’ve got a pet who loves to chew. You’ve got a few options. You can mount the cords higher up the wall and out of your pets’ way. You can cover them with a heavy-duty cover. Or you can swap out your plug-in lights for battery operated ones. It’s easy to tuck the battery packs away from pets by stuffing them into tree branches, stockings or other protected areas.

Mind your holiday plants

A lot of the holiday classics are potentially harmful to pets, including poinsettias, holly and mistletoe. Before you bring something living into your home for the holiday season, do a quick Google search to check if it’s safe for your pets.  You might be surprised by the results – but you’ll be glad you learned the potential risks now, rather than via a trip to the vet. It’s easier to skip these toxic items altogether than to have to worry about ways to keep pets away from holiday decor all season long.

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Flameless candles can prevent a Christmastime catastrophe. Image: Falken Reynolds Interiors

Go flameless

Candles are a holiday tradition – and hazard. An open flame is pretty risky if you’ve got pets roaming around, especially when you have guests over, overstimulating your furry friends and distracting you from their activity. Avoid this potential catastrophe by swapping out real candles for battery-operated ones. The newest options look shockingly like real flames and can even be scented. Changing out your candles gives you one less thing to worry about during the hectic holiday season.

Create a drop-off zone

While you’re cognizant of the hazards the holidays pose to your pets, your guests might not be. And during the holiday season, it’s not uncommon to have chocolate in a coat pocket or purse, or tempting tinsel topping a gift. When you’re hosting, designate a room where everyone can put their jackets, bags and gifts. Add a sign to the door (you can decorate it with holiday flair!) that reminds everyone to keep the door shut. That way, you protect your four-legged family members from risks you can’t control.

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Move your trash out of the kitchen to an area your pet can’t access if he or she likes to hunt for food scraps. Image: Bell Cabinetry & Design

Secure your trash

With all the holiday baking and cooking you’ve got ahead of you, your trash is probably going to fill up with some pretty tempting scraps. If you have a pet who loves to paw through the trash, this is a time of year worth taking extra precautions to avoid that. Bones are especially interesting to pets, but when chewed, can break up and pose a serious threat during digestion. Move your trash to an inaccessible area, put something heavy on top of it or invest in a trash can with a secure lid to protect your pets.

What do you do to keep pets away from holiday decor and other seasonal risks? We’d love to learn your tips and tricks so we can all protect our furry family members this season!

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Here Are The Latest Non-Chocolate 2018 Advent Calendars For Home Decorating And Giftinghttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/hZt3gMamB2g/https://freshome.com/2018-advent-calendars/#respondTue, 13 Nov 2018 18:00:59 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=303737Treat yourself (or someone special) in the 24 days before Christmas with a 2018 Advent calendar. Some have become cult favorites that sell out the day they're released. Some are quite the splurge. Here are the best 2018 Advent calendars for home:

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Advent calendars are a traditional European way for parents to help children keep track of how many days are left before Christmas. They often hide a small daily chocolate treat behind a door or drawer. But adults can get in on the fun, too! More and more of the stores and brands we love are creating their own unique, non-chocolate versions of 2018 Advent calendars.

Treat yourself (or someone special) in the 24 days before Christmas with a 2018 Advent calendar. Some have become cult favorites that sell out the day they’re released. Some are quite the splurge. Here are the best 2018 Advent calendars for home:

Decor-Related 2018 Advent Calendars

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This whimsical, Nordic Advent calendar from Cost Plus World Market, $20, reveals a small woodland ornament each day for a Christmas wonderland theme.

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The Avian Holiday Pop-Up Advent Calendar at The Met Store, $20, is based on the 1953 watercolor “Avian Holiday” by Adolf Dehn. Every day reveals a new bird to hang on the included tree.

Chocolate-Alternative Gourmet Advent Calendars

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The DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea 2018 Advent Calendar, $49, features holiday brews like Gingerbread, Candy Cane Crush and Caramel Shortbread.

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Amitea Organics at Etsy features an Advent Tea Calendar, $47, with daily organic teas in eco-friendly packaging, complete with wooden clothesline pins for hanging on your garland.

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French tea company Palais Des Thes created a Countdown to Christmas 2018 Advent calendar, available at Nordstrom for $30. Each door reveals a tea bag so you can sample a new tea every day until Christmas.

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12 Nights of Wine from Vinebox, $129, features wines from around the world. The unique gift idea sold out in less than a month last year.

Create-Your-Own Countdown

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If you’d rather skip the chocolates and daily indulgences, this vintage-inspired Hallmark Days ‘Til Christmas wooden block set, $25, counts down as many as 99 days until Christmas.

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Pottery Barn’s Glitter Houses decorative Advent calendar, $129, lights up and reveals something special behind each daily door.

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Add your own gifts and treats in each tin bucket of this large Advent Calendar Ladder at Wayfair, $145.

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The Embellished Advent Calendar Pillow by Kirklands, $35, comes with a small gingerbread man that can be placed in each numbered pocket to mark how many days ’til Christmas.

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Here’s an updated Nordic version of the traditional Advent calendar at Nordstrom, $70, featuring drawers where small goodies can be placed. The village scene above lights up.

2018 Advent Calendars For Indulging and Gifting

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The Body Shop’s 24 Days of the Enchanted Advent Calendar, $70, has favorites from their body, skincare, makeup, hair care and accessories collections.

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Lush’s Advent calendars have become a cult favorite for bath lovers. This year, they’ve designed their Wonderful Christmas Time gift box, $199, to feature a treat per day and include their best-selling bath bombs, soaps and shower products.

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The Discovery Advent Calendar by Atelier Cologne at Sephora, $59, is a great gift for a man or woman. The pure perfumes and nourishing bath and body treatments feature exotic spice and citrus scents that can be worn or used by anyone.

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What a great way to dress up your small home office. Kikki.K Lovers Advent Calendar, $130, hides notepads, pens, affirmation cards, a key ring and pin, gift tags, page markers and much more behind each navy and gold door.

The Ultimate Holiday Candle Advent Calendars

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For candle fanatics, Diptyque Paris is the ultimate candle. Their 2018 Advent Calendar is $425 and still manages to be nearly impossible to find by Thanksgiving. It’s loaded with candles, fragrance and body care products in a gorgeous gold box.

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Jo Malone’s exclusive perfume and candle scents can now be sampled in this high-end 2018 Advent Calendar, $450.

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8 Holiday Decorating Secrets You Need This Yearhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/NjiAMuCma48/https://freshome.com/holiday-decorating-secrets/#respondTue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:07 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=298991We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Every year we tell ourselves that this will be the year we throw ourselves into holiday decorating by creating a Pinterest-worthy home for the holidays.  It can happen this […]

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Holiday decorating with colorful greenery adds curb appeal. Image: FrontGate

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Every year we tell ourselves that this will be the year we throw ourselves into holiday decorating by creating a Pinterest-worthy home for the holidays.  It can happen this year, with a plan and these easy tips for seasonal decorating.

Your idea of decorating for the season could be an every-room-decorated extravaganza or simply adding a few holiday accessories. Whether you go big or keep it simple, you can make decorating easier with a little bit of planning and organization. Here’s how:

1. Find Your Inspiration

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Setting the perfect holiday table starts with inspiration. Image: West Elm 

You can start your seasonal decorating any time during the year by scouting out decorating inspiration. Every beautifully-decorated home starts with a vision or idea. Something you see in a catalog or on Pinterest can be the inspiration for your decorating plan.

If you aren’t using Pinterest yet, you might want to create an account to save your inspiration online. If you’re an experienced “pinner,” then you’ll want to create a holiday board for saving images in one spot. Once you look at what you’ve saved, you can see a pattern in the colors or the styles that you like.

If you prefer a more hands-on style of gathering inspiration, clipping images from catalogs and magazines works just as well as saving images on the internet. Combining the two styles of collecting ideas could be the perfect choice for you. Whatever your style of gathering inspiration, you’ll use the images the same way — as a visual kickstart to create a seasonal decorating plan. But first, it’s time to gather your team and create a simple budget.

2. Enlist Help and Ideas

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Holiday decorating can be a team effort. Image: Grandin Road

We love everything about planning and finding inspiration for seasonal decorating, but not all of the work that goes into making it a reality. Once you have a vision in mind, enlist the help of friends and family to bring it to life. Working on decorating as a team not only lightens the workload for you, but can also give those close to you a feeling of ownership and connection to the results.

3. Set Your Decorating Budget

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Beautiful seasonal decor becomes a stunning table setting. Image: Pottery Barn

Yes, even simple seasonal decorating is made easier with a budget. Knowing what you plan to spend on new decorations and accessories gives you a framework for what’s possible for each area of your home. A simple budget is also helpful when you’re shopping so you won’t be susceptible to too many impulse purchases.

Your budget doesn’t have to be complicated. You can simply have a total spending limit written out for each room. With a per-room budget in mind, you can deduct money from one room if you want to go a little overboard in another.

4. Create a Plan for Your Seasonal Decorating

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Plan for beautiful holiday entertaining with a stylish buffet. Image: FrontGate

We promise that seasonal decorating will still be fun and creative, even if you take time to make a plan first. Your holiday decorating plan might be as simple as deciding where you’d like to add seasonal accessories or following a mood board you’ve created for each room. To get the most out of planning your seasonal decor, your plan should include your ideas for each space in your home. Your living room plan will be more elaborate than a guest bedroom, but you’ll want to have a list of what you’ll need for each room — this makes shopping a breeze.

5. Choose a Color Palette

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Celebrate with beautiful holiday colors. Image: Pottery Barn

Every holiday season has its traditional colors, so it’s easy to find decor if you stay with that palette. If you’re feeling more creative with your color scheme, you can add unexpected accents to the traditional colors. Metallics are a glamorous and simple way to elevate your holiday color scheme. Look for metallics in unexpected colors like copper, blue and pink for an on-trend decorating palette.

6. Repurpose and Shop for a Fresh Look

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Decorate your home with a mix of old and new. Image: Pottery Barn

Before you shop for new decorations and accessories this year, you’ll want to go through your stash from previous years to see what you can reuse or repurpose. Once you know what you already own and have a plan in your hands, shopping is more fun and more focused. A popular way to create a fresh look without buying new decor every year is by having two or three sets of accessories to rotate throughout the year.

Your accessory rotation could include throw pillows, blanket throws, guest towels and candles in seasonal colors. When decor is rotated in and out a few times a year, it won’t become stale. Purchasing a few new items to supplement your seasonal accessories gives your home that put-together look for each season or holiday.

7. Plan to Decorate Inside and Out

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Create a magical entertaining space for the holiday season. Image: Overstock

The outside of your home can also shine during the holiday season. Your seasonal color palette can be used outdoors through planters, flowering plants and a door wreath. Your goal for decorating outside is to create a seamless visual transition as guests walk into your home. Patios, porches and other outdoor spaces can be decorated as an extra entertaining area for holiday gatherings.

8. Create Holiday Decorating Magic

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Blend your existing interior decor with your seasonal decorations for a comfortable style. Image: Pottery Barn

All of your hard work gathering inspiration, creating a plan and shopping comes together when you implement your seasonal design. We aren’t striving for the perfection of a professionally-designed department store window, but the happiness of being surrounded by decor and colors that are beautiful and meaningful to you.

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