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From Scent to Space

When it comes to designing and styling homes I always say that you should aim to create a sensory experience. Whether it’s inviting tactility in via exposed wooden surfaces and soft linen upholstery or adding vibrancy through color accents, there’s a variety of ways to tick the individual sensory elements in a room. One of the most important yet over-looked sensory element in a room? Scent! Our sense of smell is so in tune with our memories and emotions that a familiar scent can make you feel as though you have been instantly transported to another place. That’s why I’m thrilled to partner with Renuzit today to share how I incorporated their Scent Swirls gel air fresheners into our beach house.One of the best things about Renuzit Scent Swirls are that their scents have a 3-in-1 fragrance. This, coupled with their wide range of scent options, made it really easy for me to find scents that felt personal to my personal tastes. My aim was to introduce scents into the beach house that would transport my heartmate and I back to special moments and memories that we share. The first Scent Swirl we added to the beach house was the […]

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Five Last-Minute Tax Tips (from someone new to taxes!)

As most of you know I am quite new to taxes in the U.S, having moved here from England only three years ago (wow, it’s gone quickly!). Taxes compared to the U.K. are very different and by this I mean the types of taxes, where you pay them to, how deductions are made and the tax year dates. TurboTax invited me to partner with them and try out their new TurboTax Live where you can one-way video chat with a real life CPA or Enrollled agent for advice – you can see them, but they can’t see you. You also get a final review before you submit your taxes electronically. After trying out the service, and given there isn’t long to go until the tax deadline (it’s April 17th this year!), I thought I would share five things that I learned from doing my taxes: 1. Don’t hack your taxes! If I don’t know something I tend to type in the question to a search engine. However, if you don’t understand something when it comes to taxes this isn’t always the best approach – in fact, it can confuse you more! When you are tight on time or hit a […]

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Three Ways To Create & Style A Bedside Table

I’ve always loved a bedside table moment so I was thrilled when grandinroad asked me to create and style three different bedside table looks. The reason I love telling design stories through bedside tables is this: no matter the size of our home we almost always have space for at least one bedside table in the space. The bedside table offers a great design opportunity to set the tone of your bedroom and imprint your personality on the room. With that in mind, I styled up three different bedrooms influenced by different design aesthetics: organic, luxe and playful.The first look, organic, sees a referencing of natural materials and elements, and lots of texture. I love how this organic space calls upon natural materials and elements, from layering the bed with lots of textiles to make it very comfortable and inviting, through to the exposed wood stool, to create a calm and comforting space. I love the beveled detail to the Ellery Teak stool as well; again, that brings another tactile element to something that already is very natural and organic: this design approach very much plays to touch as a sense. The Grayson mirror is a key piece in this […]

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Front Door Updates for Spring

We had the most perfect spring weather in NYC on Saturday! It was so nice to come home from a week of travel (I was in Barcelona last week working on a short film about the city’s architecture) to sunny skies and warm temps. It literally felt like early summer. Then, Sunday arrived and with it came winter like temps and freezing rain. WOOF! Alas, yesterday’s U-turn from spring to winter had me longing for the return of warmer days. So I turned to these three front door updates that I styled using wreaths, planters and doormats from GrandinRoad. If you’re looking for a spring update that will add personality to your home then these front door updates are the perfect project. Painting your front door and sprucing it up with new accessories is an ideal way to give your abode a refresh for the new season. Let’s dive into a closer look at each of the three front door updates. 1. NAUTICAL CHIC No surprise that these nautical front door updates are my favorite – they are perfect inspiration for our beach house! I took my lead from the rope wreath, deciding to paint the front door a deep […]

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How to Paint a Chevron Feature Wall: Volunteering for My Birthday

*This post is sponsored by State Farm®but all thoughts and views are my own; my social media fee was donated to Habitat for Humanity Last year I started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity NYC as part of their A Brush with Kindness projects. I found the charity through the State Farm Neighborhood of Good website, which is a portal that helps you find local volunteering opportunities. The site is free and simple to use; it helped me to actually volunteer, as I had for a long time wanted to do so but never got around to signing up to something before last year. Habitat for Humanity is a charity that works with the local community to self-build houses, as well as manage and carry out other community improvement projects. The charity is made up of multiple local chapters who are autonomous and work in their respective communities. Given my love for design and color, Habitat for Humanity New York City is the perfect organization for me to volunteer with. It’s so fun to get to go out and spend the day adding color and life to community centers in some of New York City’s public housing. I had a thought […]

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Three Ways To Create & Style A Bedside Table

I’ve always loved a bedside table moment so I was thrilled when grandinroad asked me to create and style three different bedside table looks. The reason I love telling design stories through bedside tables is this: no matter the size of our home we almost always have space for at least one bedside table in the space. The bedside table offers a great design opportunity to set the tone of your bedroom and imprint your personality on the room. With that in mind, I styled up three different bedrooms influenced by different design aesthetics: organic, luxe and playful.The first look, organic, sees a referencing of natural materials and elements, and lots of texture. I love how this organic space calls upon natural materials and elements, from layering the bed with lots of textiles to make it very comfortable and inviting, through to the exposed wood stool, to create a calm and comforting space. I love the beveled detail to the Ellery Teak stool as well; again, that brings another tactile element to something that already is very natural and organic: this design approach very much plays to touch as a sense. The Grayson mirror is a key piece in this […]

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Our Beach House Floors

Throughout all of our beach house design reveals from the kitchen and master bedroom to the living room and walkthrough closet, one of the elements you guys ask me about allllll the time is the floors. So today I wanted to dedicate a whole post to just that: the beach house flooring! We decided to source the flooring from Madera* because we loved the sense of organic minimalism and the Scandinavian influences seen in their floors. Their studio is located in Brooklyn so we were able to go down and look at their ranges of finished hardwood and reclaimed wood flooring options. There were so many beautiful options, all of which highlighted the natural perfection of the wood in question. It was tough to choose but in the end we opted for an Sand, an engineered European oak that was milled in Europe and finished in the USA (rather like my heartmate and I – ha!). We love it so much!Sand was the perfect choice for the beach house because of its light and airy – beachy! – vibe. It really helps to keep the rooms feeling fresh and open, which I love. Plus, it has such a wonderfully soft […]

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Achieving Greatness While Living with Anxiety

// Sponsored by Head & Shoulders | All views are, as always, my own. It’s true: you can be happy and live with anxiety. I just didn’t know it at the time… I touched upon my anxiety in a blog post last year, ‘My Story So Far: Reflecting on The Last Decade’. I posted it when I turned thirty and I shared a series of the highs and lows I had experienced throughout my twenties. One of the major things that weighed on my shoulders was developing severe anxiety that crippled my life for several years. Alongside the sudden breakup of my parents’ marriage when I was eleven years old, those years I spent deep in the trenches of anxiety and panic attacks were my hardest. It’s difficult to put into words how even the most basic of everyday tasks – going to the barbers, standing in line at the post office or getting on public transportation – put a weight on my shoulders that stopped me achieving all that I could. It felt like I had mountains to climb and too often they were peaks that were too high to conquer. My palms would sweat, my heart would race, […]

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Easy Hacks for A Nautical Tabletop

Hands up, who’s used a laundry hack they found on the internet? Vinegar to try to eliminate a lingering odor on clothes? Lemons for brightening when washing your whites? How about baking soda for removing a stain? If you’re anything like me, you’ll have raised your hand for at least two of those laundry hacks. I always remember trying to use lemon to brighten my whites while I was at college and let’s just say the results weren’t exactly, well, bright. As for the that time I tried to use lemon to lighten my hair? Well, the least we say about that the better! Suffice to say that sometimes hacks don’t work the way we want them to – and after the time it can take to do them, that can be frustrating, right? That’s why I was thrilled to partner with Tide to learn how #TideBeatsHacks. In today’s post I’m going to show you two DIY tabletop hacks for a stylish nautical tabletop, that are 100% worth the time and effort! Then, I’ll show you how Tide beats laundry hacks when it comes to keeping my table linens bright, white and stain free. No more stressing over red wine […]

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Three Ways To Create & Style A Bedside Table

I’ve always loved a bedside table moment so I was thrilled when grandinroad asked me to create and style three different bedside table looks. The reason I love telling design stories through bedside tables is this: no matter the size of our home we almost always have space for at least one bedside table in the space. The bedside table offers a great design opportunity to set the tone of your bedroom and imprint your personality on the room. With that in mind, I styled up three different bedrooms influenced by different design aesthetics: organic, luxe and playful.The first look, organic, sees a referencing of natural materials and elements, and lots of texture. I love how this organic space calls upon natural materials and elements, from layering the bed with lots of textiles to make it very comfortable and inviting, through to the exposed wood stool, to create a calm and comforting space. I love the beveled detail to the Ellery Teak stool as well; again, that brings another tactile element to something that already is very natural and organic: this design approach very much plays to touch as a sense. The Grayson mirror is a key piece in this […]

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Our Beach House Floors

Throughout all of our beach house design reveals from the kitchen and master bedroom to the living room and walkthrough closet, one of the elements you guys ask me about allllll the time is the floors. So today I wanted to dedicate a whole post to just that: the beach house flooring! We decided to source the flooring from Madera* because we loved the sense of organic minimalism and the Scandinavian influences seen in their floors. Their studio is located in Brooklyn so we were able to go down and look at their ranges of finished hardwood and reclaimed wood flooring options. There were so many beautiful options, all of which highlighted the natural perfection of the wood in question. It was tough to choose but in the end we opted for an Sand, an engineered European oak that was milled in Europe and finished in the USA (rather like my heartmate and I – ha!). We love it so much!Sand was the perfect choice for the beach house because of its light and airy – beachy! – vibe. It really helps to keep the rooms feeling fresh and open, which I love. Plus, it has such a wonderfully soft […]

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Achieving Greatness While Living with Anxiety

// Sponsored by Head & Shoulders | All views are, as always, my own. It’s true: you can be happy and live with anxiety. I just didn’t know it at the time… I touched upon my anxiety in a blog post last year, ‘My Story So Far: Reflecting on The Last Decade’. I posted it when I turned thirty and I shared a series of the highs and lows I had experienced throughout my twenties. One of the major things that weighed on my shoulders was developing severe anxiety that crippled my life for several years. Alongside the sudden breakup of my parents’ marriage when I was eleven years old, those years I spent deep in the trenches of anxiety and panic attacks were my hardest. It’s difficult to put into words how even the most basic of everyday tasks – going to the barbers, standing in line at the post office or getting on public transportation – put a weight on my shoulders that stopped me achieving all that I could. It felt like I had mountains to climb and too often they were peaks that were too high to conquer. My palms would sweat, my heart would race, […]

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Spring Refresh In Our Beach House Bedroom

As we spent all of last summer renovating the beach house we didn’t actually get to spend anytime living out East during the good weather! By the time the renovations were completed – or, I should say, habitable, after all, is a renovation ever truly finished?! – it was fall and so we decorated some of the rooms with a darker, cozier vibe. It was ideal for the first six months or so but to be honest we were craving a fresh, relaxing vibe that would feel like a weekend tonic from city life in NYC. So, we decided to refresh the master bedroom with a cooler, cleaner palette in time for the upcoming spring summer season. Today, I’m giving you guys a tour of the new look beach house bedroom design. Let’s go!We knew that we wanted the beach house bedroom design refresh to have a modern beachy feel. At the same time we knew that we wanted to keep some of the original pieces in the space, included the gorgeous black dresser and vintage mirror (love!), both from One Kings Lane. We used these black moments as the jumping off point for our modern details we added additional […]

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Beach House Guest Bathroom Reveal

Over on Instagram you may have seen the sneak peek I posted of the beach house guest bathroom last week? Well, today I’m excited to blog the full reveal! I love how we transformed what was a dark and dingy space into something that’s colorful and airy. The transformation is really quite something (if I may say so myself!), but don’t take my word for it – see the before and after for yourself in the slider below:*Use the slider to see the guest bath when we moved in vs. now*If you are scratching your head about how we reconfigured the space – I don’t blame you! Last summer I shared this blog post which shows pictures of the guest bathroom before and during renovation, which is helpful to look at so you can see how we physically changed the four walls and layout of the space. Below you can see the downstairs floor plans before and after renovation: *Use the slider to see how the downstairs was laid out when be bought the house vs. now – the guest bathroom is located bottom centre of the floor plan*As you can see in the floor plan the main change we […]

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Palm Springs Road Trip

Growing up, and indeed in the present day, I always had a romanticized vision of an American road trip: driving a car along a seemingly endless road surrounded by flat plains on either side and soaring mountains in the distance, my favorite tracks on the sound system and a backdrop of glorious sunshine and saturated sunsets. No surprise then that I was thrilled when Genesis asked me to collaborate with them on a road trip in their new Genesis G80 model. I decided to wave goodbye to the East Coast winter for a few days, and headed out west to take a drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. I soon discovered that my American road trip dream wasn’t far from reality…COLORFUL DOORS AND ARCHITECTURE TOUR As soon as I arrived in Palm Springs I knew I wanted to kick off the adventure with a healthy dose of color hunting around the city. Luckily for me, there’s an abundance of vibrantly painted front doors throughout the city. I was grateful to have the comfort of the Genesis G80 to drive from door to door as they are quite spread out. For the best doors, drive […]

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Achieving Greatness While Living with Anxiety

// Sponsored by Head & Shoulders | All views are, as always, my own. It’s true: you can be happy and live with anxiety. I just didn’t know it at the time… I touched upon my anxiety in a blog post last year, ‘My Story So Far: Reflecting on The Last Decade’. I posted it when I turned thirty and I shared a series of the highs and lows I had experienced throughout my twenties. One of the major things that weighed on my shoulders was developing severe anxiety that crippled my life for several years. Alongside the sudden breakup of my parents’ marriage when I was eleven years old, those years I spent deep in the trenches of anxiety and panic attacks were my hardest. It’s difficult to put into words how even the most basic of everyday tasks – going to the barbers, standing in line at the post office or getting on public transportation – put a weight on my shoulders that stopped me achieving all that I could. It felt like I had mountains to climb and too often they were peaks that were too high to conquer. My palms would sweat, my heart would race, […]

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Joyful Design For January

SHOP THE LOOK: fig.1 | fig.2 | fig.3 | fig.4 | fig.5 | fig.6 | fig.7 | fig.8 | traditional | mid-century | playful Hey, friends. How’s your week going? Hope it’s been a good one so far. I’m super excited because this month sees the first of my room designs go live in the grandinroad website and catalog – a gorgeous blue and green living room! Each month, between now and June, I’m going to be creating a make-you-smile style room from grandinroad’s product assortment to inspire you and provide achievable yet stunning ideas for home updates. How fun is that? This is such a fun project for me and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Creating warm, welcoming, gently colorful spaces that make you want to, well, never leave(!) is a favorite aspect of my work. If doing this also gives me the opportunity to inspire you guys to want to make similar updates to your own homes along the way then that really makes me smile! As you guys know I get a ton of my design inspiration from travel, so my friends at grandinroad and I thought it would be fun if I designed […]

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Five Things I Learned From Doing A Home Renovation

Today’s post is written in partnership with Trane, who we worked with to install a Trane HVAC system during our beach house renovation. See that smiling picture of me above? Well, that’s largely because we finally have a place with a reliable HVAC system! You see, I am a very light sleeper and if it is too hot I really struggle to sleep. Our first NYC apartment was a charming brownstone but it had steam heat and for the entire year we lived there both my husband and I really struggled to sleep because it was constantly so hot. To be honest, that first year is a bit of blur because we spent most of it feeling sleep deprived! The worst was in the summer when the steam heat was locked on and it would like 90+ degrees in the apartment. Awful! So, when it came to renovating our beach house we knew from the outset how important it would be to invest and install a reliable HVAC system. Thankfully, we had the team from Trane on hand to ensure we did everything correctly. As the first part of renovations start to come to a close out at the beach […]

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Three Ways To Create & Style A Bedside Table

I’ve always loved a bedside table moment so I was thrilled when grandinroad asked me to create and style three different bedside table looks. The reason I love telling design stories through bedside tables is this: no matter the size of our home we almost always have space for at least one bedside table in the space. The bedside table offers a great design opportunity to set the tone of your bedroom and imprint your personality on the room. With that in mind, I styled up three different bedrooms influenced by different design aesthetics: organic, luxe and playful.The first look, organic, sees a referencing of natural materials and elements, and lots of texture. I love how this organic space calls upon natural materials and elements, from layering the bed with lots of textiles to make it very comfortable and inviting, through to the exposed wood stool, to create a calm and comforting space. I love the beveled detail to the Ellery Teak stool as well; again, that brings another tactile element to something that already is very natural and organic: this design approach very much plays to touch as a sense. The Grayson mirror is a key piece in this […]

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Our Beach House Floors

Throughout all of our beach house design reveals from the kitchen and master bedroom to the living room and walkthrough closet, one of the elements you guys ask me about allllll the time is the floors. So today I wanted to dedicate a whole post to just that: the beach house flooring! We decided to source the flooring from Madera* because we loved the sense of organic minimalism and the Scandinavian influences seen in their floors. Their studio is located in Brooklyn so we were able to go down and look at their ranges of finished hardwood and reclaimed wood flooring options. There were so many beautiful options, all of which highlighted the natural perfection of the wood in question. It was tough to choose but in the end we opted for an Sand, an engineered European oak that was milled in Europe and finished in the USA (rather like my heartmate and I – ha!). We love it so much!Sand was the perfect choice for the beach house because of its light and airy – beachy! – vibe. It really helps to keep the rooms feeling fresh and open, which I love. Plus, it has such a wonderfully soft […]

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DIY Lazy Susan Pantry Design

One of the worst enemies of an organized person is clutter. No matter how meticulous you are at some point in your life, you will have to deal with clutter, and the damned thing takes really long to clear up. Also, clutter in the kitchen can make it really difficult to be clear in your […]

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A Unique Farmhouse which was Converted from Three Old Grain Silos

This unique structure is a splendid example of a new form of architecture. This exquisite farmhouse has been built with grain silos, and the architect must be commended for its hard work and effort. The grain silos definitely lend a very conventional look to the house along with giving it an industrial feel. The strong […]

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20 Creative Window Box Ideas

If you want to add visual interest and a splash of color to your home, window boxes filled with different combinations of plants will be a great idea.The essential attractiveness of window boxes is cute gardens in miniature. In this post, you can check out 25 cute and creative window boxes.They will add living personality to […]

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Leave Me Alone Sweater

There are many kinds of statements that one can make with their dresses, and most of them are to do with the fashion of that day. However, if you ever feel the need to scream at the world that you want to be left alone, then you should look at the solution from Ruth Grace. […]

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Achieving Greatness While Living with Anxiety

// Sponsored by Head & Shoulders | All views are, as always, my own. It’s true: you can be happy and live with anxiety. I just didn’t know it at the time… I touched upon my anxiety in a blog post last year, ‘My Story So Far: Reflecting on The Last Decade’. I posted it when I turned thirty and I shared a series of the highs and lows I had experienced throughout my twenties. One of the major things that weighed on my shoulders was developing severe anxiety that crippled my life for several years. Alongside the sudden breakup of my parents’ marriage when I was eleven years old, those years I spent deep in the trenches of anxiety and panic attacks were my hardest. It’s difficult to put into words how even the most basic of everyday tasks – going to the barbers, standing in line at the post office or getting on public transportation – put a weight on my shoulders that stopped me achieving all that I could. It felt like I had mountains to climb and too often they were peaks that were too high to conquer. My palms would sweat, my heart would race, […]

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Joyful Design For January

SHOP THE LOOK: fig.1 | fig.2 | fig.3 | fig.4 | fig.5 | fig.6 | fig.7 | fig.8 | traditional | mid-century | playful Hey, friends. How’s your week going? Hope it’s been a good one so far. I’m super excited because this month sees the first of my room designs go live in the grandinroad website and catalog – a gorgeous blue and green living room! Each month, between now and June, I’m going to be creating a make-you-smile style room from grandinroad’s product assortment to inspire you and provide achievable yet stunning ideas for home updates. How fun is that? This is such a fun project for me and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Creating warm, welcoming, gently colorful spaces that make you want to, well, never leave(!) is a favorite aspect of my work. If doing this also gives me the opportunity to inspire you guys to want to make similar updates to your own homes along the way then that really makes me smile! As you guys know I get a ton of my design inspiration from travel, so my friends at grandinroad and I thought it would be fun if I designed […]

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Winter Wonder

// Posted in partnership with Macys. All views my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that enable me to run Bright Bazaar.January and February are ironic months: the days are some of the shortest yet they both seem to drag on foreverrrrr. It’s around this time of winter when I feel ready to welcome spring with open arms. Sadly, it’s still a good two months or more until we can expect spring-like temps so I’m gonna embrace the colder temps and enjoy layering in style while I can. On that note, I’m excited to share this new Bright Style look that’s head-to-toe Tommy Hilfiger from Macy’s.When I invest in new looks at this time of year I’m looking for those great transitional pieces that I know I’ll be able to wear through the back end of winter and into spring. This Tommy Hilfiger look is perfect for that. The blue and black sweater is lightweight enough to wear alone on milder spring days while being flexible enough to wear with a tee underneath and a bomber over the top on colder winter days.The shearling collar detail on the bomber jacket is detachable, which is another design detail that makes this […]

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