Looks We’re Loving: Rustic Cabin Decor

When I think of a warm, welcoming, and cozy space, I often visualize a rustic cabin decor. It’s rich and Earthy. When I walk into a room with rustic cabin decor, I feel like it welcomes me with open arms and envelops me in a tight hug.

Rustic cabin decor is all about creating a space that’s visually interesting as well as cozy. What’s not to love? Warm wood tones, Earthy colors, and organic materials all marry together in a look that is classic yet relevant.

Rustic cabin decor is sometimes misunderstood. Some may think that it’s all rusty buckets and barn doors. While those are, indeed, design elements that may be present, think again! Rustic cabin decor is also very relevant and there’s much more to it than that.

You don’t need to go over the top, all-out log cabin…unless you want to. A log cabin is certainly charming! However, simple elements that add to the relaxed feeling of a cabin are easy to add to any home. The trick is to using some of my favorite design elements and architectural elements to get that same flair.

Do you want to know how to get the rustic cabin feeling in any home? Let me share a few of my favorite things about rustic decor.



There’s something about rich wood tones that really speaks to me. Here are my favorite architectural elements..

A gleaming, refinished hardwood floor is one of my favorite elements in a rustic room. They seem to invite me to walk in and explore the space. If you want this look, having hardwood floors installed may be well worth the investment.

While hardwood floors may seem like an expensive item to you, consider this. Once you install those gorgeous floors, you will have them for life. They may need to be refinished in many years, but this initial investment in quality flooring is timeless and won’t fall out of favor any time in the near future.

Live edge details are an exciting way to make rustic very relevant. What’s a live edge? You may be wondering. The live edge is this: When the tree is harvested, the bark is removed from the tree before the pieces are planed into planks. That edge is left natural in shape and lends a very organic, and much softer, feel than a straight plank.

Rolling barn doors, made from reclaimed barn wood, is a huge trend. Taking a dismantled barn and reclaiming the wood is certainly environmentally friendly. Moreover, the final effect is stunning. A rolling barn door creates a focal point that works perfectly in rustic cabin decor.

Layering accessories is one of the best ways to achieve a dynamic effect in rustic cabin decor. Mixing interesting pieces into one charming vignette adds both charm and visual interest. Here are some of my favorite pieces to layer.

Every vignette should have at least one metallic piece. Most often, I advise people to include gold or silver. However, in rustic cabin decor, it can be tin or a slightly distressed accessory piece with a great patina.

Metallic pieces add some shine and are very interesting to look at.

Glass objects are a must have accessory in any vignette. They add a little shine and sometimes reflect other objects which makes the vignette more interesting. They refract light which keeps the vignette from becoming overly fussy.

In rustic cabin decor, glass objects are likely to include charming country items like a mason jar, a tall vase filled with wildflowers, or an antique mirror. These would all work very well with this decor style.

I also love the organic elements that are worked into successful vignettes in this decor. I mentioned the glass vase with a charming bouquet of wildflowers, and that’s great!

There are also elements you could use. Think of what you have outside your own window. If you don’t have wildflowers, do you have pine cones, acorns, or even sand? They can be displayed in a vase. They add charm and show that you’re connected to the world outside of your window.



A great, workable kitchen is a staple in rustic cabin decor. As the old adage states, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where we gather as a family to share meals, drink coffee, and plan our days.

Here’s what I love in a rustic kitchen:

Rustic cabin decor and vintage-inspired wallpaper seem to be a perfect match! Wallpaper is durable, easy to clean, and stands up well to the heat of the kitchen.
Vintage-inspired wallpaper is not stuffy or stodgy. For example, today’s floral prints are printed in a larger format to keep a fresh and sassy look. Look for prints with a classic print but in an updated color. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a neutral print.

Wallpaper is always a great choice for the kitchen. But there’s something special about vintage-inspired floral print wallpaper in a home decorated with rustic decor.

The traditional kitchen table has regained its lost popularity over the past year!

In rustic cabin decor the kitchen must have a natural wood table in a natural, organic tone.

The kitchen table is more than a place to throw the mail when you walk in the door. It actually is a center for the family to gather. Families eat meals, couples share morning coffee, the children complete their homework assignments at the kitchen table. In addition, it can be set up as extra workspace for food preparation when cooking a large meal.

In conclusion, rustic cabin decor is a relevant and charming way to bring a rustic, country feel into your home. Yet, you retain a feel that’s casual and inviting. You can achieve this relaxed feeling by incorporating some of these design elements.

Keep an open mind, and use this style as little…or as much…as it pleases you and suits your lifestyle.


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My Favorite Home Decor Pins For Summer 2017

Today, I am sharing my favorite home decor pins for summer 2017. Summer is about evoking a feeling that’s slowed down, relaxed, and more casual. It seems like as the temperature rises, I just want to chill out inside. You know, the place WITH the air conditioning.

I take the time to revamp my space for the summer and bring the outdoors inside. I love to check sites like Pinterest for my inspiration while I enjoy a cold margarita. It’s my escape from the heat!

So pour an ice cold beverage and join me in looking at my 10 favorite home decor pins for summer 2017.


Greenery. It’s everywhere. Pantone’s 2017 color of the year is still running strong this summer. It looks like it’s here to stay for a while. And why not? These rich, vibrant greens have a are like an escape to the tropics.

For me, I prefer to bring the hot, hot heat to my walls with wallpaper inspired by the tropics. Lush green foliage against a crisp white background can transport even those in a cooler climate on a tropical escape. And why not? It’s a very hot look that will remain relevant for years.

Install an accent wall if you’re unsure…you can add that color without the longer-term commitment as it can easily be replaced sooner than later. But I promise, it will keep your home right on trend.



Summertime is nothing, if you don’t get to take at least one trip to the beach! There’s something so very soothing about feeling the warmth of the sand squishing between the toes..

Escape to the seaside even if you’re landlocked. If you can’t get to the beach, then bring the beach to you! These saturated shades of vibrant aqua mimic the clear blues of the Caribbean Sea.

Use these shades in your accent, area rugs, or bedding to give a beach-fresh pop of aqua
anyplace that you can. You will brighten up the space for summertime and feel like you’re on an exotic getaway.



OK. This pin isn’t interior decor, it is actually garden decor. But we spend so much time outside in the summer that it’s certainly worthy of making the list!

For decades, men have stormed away to their man-cave when they get into a snit. 2017 is the summer of the She-Shed. Look out, we women have declared our own space!

A She-Shed is a small building or space in the yard where the lady of the house (that’s me!) can escape. It gives me a place to decorate so I can relax, unwind, plan, and just get away. No teenagers and no husbands are allowed!

A She-Shed can be elaborately decorated. Or, it can be rustic with storage and workspace to do craft projects. It’s whatever the lady desires.

This particular She-Shed does happen to be painted…no surprise…Greenery.



Popcorn ceilings. The very name may make you look up at your own ceiling and shudder. Circa-1980, popcorn ceilings were in high demand. It was a time of a building boom, leaving many homes with this unfortunate architectural detail.

This pin shows an easy way to stay inside, ratchet down the thermometer, and work up some sweat equity. You can easily, and affordable, cover that popcorn ceiling. Once. And. For. All.



I adore farmhouse decor. When done today, it’s a relevant blend of modern conveniences mixed with old timey charm. It’s cute yet chic. And it’s simple yet elegant. If you are tired of edgy, stark, and empty feeling spaces, this is a trend you should check out.

This pin gives you 41 ideas of small touches that make a big impact in adding farmhouse charm to any room in your home. A lot of them are great, crafty types of projects that give you an excuse to stay inside and beat the summer heat!


Kitchen cabinets are very expensive. And, if you have good quality, well built cabinets, ripping them out and replacing may not be the smartest thing to do. In some older homes the cabinets are very solid and hand-built.

Instead of ripping them out, get on trend and paint them!

This is a great how-to on painting kitchen cabinets so you can bring them back to life. You’ll be sure to fall back in love with your cabinetry when you dress them up with paint.



I love babies almost as I love home decor. Ok. I love babies more…

I love designing nurseries. The top trend this summer in nursery design is the gender neutral nursery. In particular, I love the gray wallpaper accented with other soft neutrals. It makes the bright objects in the room stand out even more.

This nursery will soothe the baby while the pattern in the wallpaper will give her something interesting to investigate.


I chose this pin because it’s simple and classic. It’s a large chunk of change to remodel a bathroom. Choose neutrals like white, black, and gray and you will have a timeless bathroom. I love the earthy tones of the wood cabinetry.

The soaking tub is a splurge that allows the homeowner to soak away the long day and relax!
This bathroom will remain in style for many years.



Please, get your mind out of the gutter. I’m talking about the decor!
Stark, minimalist bedrooms are over. Soft, romantic bedrooms are hot right now. Note the layers of luxe looking linens and textiles on the bed. It makes you want to dive right in and relax!

A romantic crystal chandelier provides softer overhead lighting. Candles await lighting at the bedside. And a bucket of champagne? Stop! I’m dying over this bedroom.

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I love looking at before and after furniture on Pinterest. With chalk paint, even a novice painter can take an outdated piece, add a contemporary color, and have a fresh look in any room. This drab buffet is made sassy with a coat of blue chalk paint. It gives it a very custom look that makes it worth the effort of re-painting.

I love reclaiming and upcycling furniture. It is great for the environment. And, it’s therapeutic for me to get in bring an old piece back to life again.

Do you also have favorite pins that inspire you to stay inside and spruce up your home? Please feel free to share them with us!


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Get On Trend with Farmhouse Decor

If you love a style that elicits a warm and welcoming feeling, then you should get on trend with farmhouse decor. Farmhouse decor combines down-home simplicity and charm with contemporary conveniences in a seamless,

Think of warm, rich wood tones. And if the wood is reclaimed from a century barn, that’s even better! Combine it with soft wall treatments of timeless colors like creamy whites, sophisticated blues with a touch of gray, and botanical-inspired greens. Incorporate simple accessories such as a mason jar filled with freshly cut wildflowers. It’s an elevated take on shabby chic.

This style has gained popularity over the last several years. Many attribute it to celebrity interior designer, Joanna Gaines and her popular HGTV series Fixer Upper. Others argue that the lovely Ms. Gaines has perfected and popularized, not invented, this style. Either way, Ms. Gaines has propelled this style into a hot trend!

Here are 10 ways that you can get on trend with farmhouse decor.

1-Use Warm Rich Woods As Your Feature

Warm wood tones, especially raw woods, are of utmost importance in the farmhouse decor style. Make these the centerpiece of your room. As stated previously, reclaimed wood from an old farmhouse or barn is very important. This is because it lends an authentic feeling to the room.

Some wood features can be a mantel, a table constructed from reclaimed barn wood, or exposed beams in the ceiling.

A little of this goes a long way. You want them to became the main feature in the decor, not become the entire decor. This is what keeps your styling on point.

2-Those Wood Tones Pop Against Ivory and Creamy White Colors

Those warm wood tones absolutely pop against whites. Stick with warm whites, with the tiniest drop of yellow. Stark whites will look harsh and outdated in this style.

Here’s an example.If you have a raw wood table created for you, ask to have the legs and base of the table. This color draws the eye to the piece because the white brightens it up, keeping it sassy looking.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t choose colors. Please do! Just remember that when in doubt of what to pair with the wood, you can’t go wrong with an ivory or creamy white.

3-Vintage Inspired Wallpapers
Choose vintage inspired floral print wallpapers for your walls. This doesn’t mean you need to wallpaper every room of your home (although I’ll admit, I’ll love you if you do!). Use this trick in those key, high-traffic areas like the foyer, kitchen, and laundry room.

This will add another touch of farmhouse charm that is classic and elegant. Plus, you can choose a washable wallpaper! This will give you the ability to clean up any messes with a quick wipe and keep your look clean for longer.

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4-Rolling Barn Doors Make An Interesting Architectural Detail

Rolling barn doors are right on trend in farmhouse decor. They are both an interesting and fun architectural detail. Scout flea markets, estate auctions and yard sales. You never know where you may find them.

In fact, you almost always need to have a carpenter modify the door you find to fit your home. Therefore, if you can’t find one ask your carpenter to build you one out of reclaimed wood instead!

5-Mason Jar Accessories

Mason jars are indigent to true farmhouses. For centuries, American farm wives have pickled, sauced, and canned their bountiful harvests to “put up for winter.”

Even if you don’t live on an actual farm, you can pay homage to our the farming heritage with simple mason jar accessories. Decorative mason jars can be found in a variety of colors. You can use them for vases, light fixtures, organizers, or for serving cold iced tea.

Invest in these for a charming, authentic accessory.

6-Shiplap Walls

While we touched on warm wood features, shiplap is important enough in farmhouse decor to warrant a separate category.

Shiplap wood is installed to run horizontally, rather than vertically, in your space. It makes an excellent feature wall. However, it’s a versatile material. For example, you can also shiplap it as the facing on a kitchen island to create a one of a kind piece that will wow you every time you see it.

It can be left raw or painted, whichever works best for you. It’s inexpensive and easily installed.


7-Farm Sink In The Kitchen

If you are going for a farm decor look in your kitchen, opt out of the standard stainless steel sink. Instead, install a farm kitchen classic…a porcelain-enameled cast iron farm sink. This sink is a workhorse and can handle any task that you throw at it.

In fact, you may wonder why you didn’t get one sooner! It’s certainly gorgeous! You’ll also love being able to wash the largest pot you have in there with ease.

8-Use Soft Colors

In the past, farmhouse decor meant either pastels or hunter green and burgundy. We’re over that.

Today, you want to choose soft colors. Think of blues the color of washed denim, buttery yellows, or soft greens. While white makes the wood tones pop, these nature-inspired colors will keep the look earthy.

Take a look at Sherwin-Williams “Oyster Bay” for an example. Indeed, it’s a color that you often see employed by Joanna Gaines on her show. It’s luxurious feeling but doesn’t overwhelm the space. It ties it all together in a subtle, but beautifal, way.

9-Rehabbed Furniture Pieces

Grab an antique or two at a yard sale. Strip it down, use chalk paint and wax, and you have a new again piece! These type of pieces add an element of charm to your farmhouse decor. They are unique and often have a unique story. If you can locate a furnishing with local significance that’s even better!

For example, I recently found an old child’s school desk at a yard sale. It was a sturdy tongue and groove construction and had a spacious drawer. A tag inside showed me that it was from the warehouse of the local school district. I found out that it was made in the 1930s when the government was putting men to work building schoolhouses in my area. I bought it, painted it, and it’s now an accent table in my living room.

This isn’t just an accent piece, it’s a conversation piece.

10-Restore Wood Floors

If you have hardwood floors hiding under your carpet, you have a great opportunity. You are a lucky person, indeed! Tear out that carpet and liberate those floors! Hardwood floors are a prominent design element in farmhouse decor.

While some aren’t lucky to have those, you must incorporate them into the decor if you do!

In summary, farmhouse decor is about charm, comfort, and casual elegance. It’s a nod to a simpler era when neighbors knew each other and came over to sip coffee. You can evoke thoughts of that warm welcome with farmhouse decor.


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10 Ways to Dazzle Them With Gold Decor

We associate gold with royal palaces, resplendent in rich colors, dripping with jewels, and trimmed in rich golds. Naturally, we want the best for our homes, and gold is a resurging hot trend in home decor. Today we’ll take a look at 10 ways to dazzle them with your gold decor.

Gold today is different than the “gold” tones of the 1970s and 80s. At that time, it was more a brass tone than today’s gold. Be sure to understand that distinction before you embark on your journey to a dazzling gold home. You want to make sure that your choices in gold are relevant and current, not outdated and sad.

When those brassy golds fell out of favor, gold took a backseat to nickel, brushed silver, and stainless steel for a couple of decades. Guess what! Gold is back. It’s better than ever. With its posh and indulgent feeling, you will feel like a king or queen in a golden room.

For the current gold trends think of 24 karat yellow gold, rose gold, and champagne gold. These are your go-to shades. Today’s gold is brilliant in both shine and finish.

Gold has been coveted since the beginning of mankind. It’s coveted for its beauty. In fact, it’s been used for currency since modern man starting walking upright.You know the term “the gold standard?” That really is a thing. People have fought…and died over gold. Royals and world leaders have collected gold bars as they accumulated wealth. In fact, they have often displayed it, ordering their gold bars to be melted down and used to decorate so they could outwardly display their power and money.

While you may not do any of the above, you still can decorate with gold! Or, at least good quality gold tone that will add that sparkle that you crave.


1-Pair gold with navy for a softer look

Gold and navy are a heavenly match. Gold displays well against a rich navy backdrop. Navy is softer in tone than black. It’s intriguing and Therefore, it’s a look that’s rich yet easy to pull off if you want a more feminine look.

2-Pair gold with black for a bold look

On the other hand, you may want a powerful and bold look. In that case, pair gold with black. Like the navy, gold will pop against black. But the black comes off as a more powerful and deeper look. This makes a great masculine or gender-neutral look.

3-Add gold to your layered decor

Remember when I wrote about how to layer decor a few weeks ago? We talked about creating individual vignettes within the room, each with its own focal point. Use a gold accessory to create that focal point! A true gold tone isn’t bashful! It reflects the light and catches the eye naturally.

Think of using gold candlesticks, vases, or sculptural pieces to become the focal point of your vignette. These pieces can add height and shine at the same time.


4-Create a focal wall with gold wallpaper
Make a huge style statement in any room with gold by making a feature wall that makes any room look grand! Gold wallpaper adds a romantic touch to any room. The luminous look adds shine that simply can’t be ignored. It is certainly a dramatic look.

Metallic wallpapers are particularly fetching in the candlelight. Browse our collection of gold wallpapers on WallpaperWorldwide.com.

5-Gold and crystal light fixtures

There are so many light fixtures on the market today that it’s confusing. If you want to add gold into your space, the light fixture is a great opportunity for you. Instead of an all gold light fixture, select one that features both gold and crystal.

You will find that the crystal and the gold bounce the light off of each other and give an almost iridescent look to your room. In fact, you might never want to turn off the lights again.

6-Gold is a neutral

When you are decorating with gold, remember that it is a metallic. Therefore, it’s a neutral. It goes with everything. Let your creativity reign and feel free to use it to brighten up any space. Mix and match it with any color or even other metallics. It’s fun to go over the top with gold in your decor.

7-Decorate with gold-framed mirrors

Mirrors are so important in design. We use them to make a room look larger, to add light and brightness to a dark room, or just to reflect a gorgeous view.

Have fun with mirrors by choosing gold frames. While the mirror does the heavy lifting of actually refracting the light to produce the image, the gold adds a luminous glow that makes it even more dramatic.

8-Remember the roses

Remember also that rose gold is on trend right now. If yellow gold isn’t your thing, remember the rose gold family. All these nifty ideas we’re discussing are relevant in rose gold as well.

9-Walk in fields of gold

Remember the song? Well, maybe you will not walk in a field of gold. However, look for an area rug with gold metallic threads woven into the fabric. These rugs will add a very high-end and luxurious look to any room.

For even more drama, layer three rugs with gold threads and you will create a space that’s just too posh for words.

10-Don’t forget the champagne!

Don’t forget the champagne! Champagne textiles, that is! Look for textilesin champagne to layer on your bed, couch, or armchair. Seek out champagne-colored window treatment. Toss champagne-inspired accent pillows…well, everywhere. Don’t you love an accent pillow?

Why champagne? True gold fabrics are simply not practical. Or affordable for that matter. Champagne color blends perfectly with all your gold. It’s also a neutral. Champagne is a soft gold color but lacks that mirror-like pure gold finish. Therefore, it can be produced in textiles that are practical yet still carry through that golden look.

Get that golden glow going in your home! It’s on trend and luxurious. Because gold goes with everything, you can make these changes right away and glam up your space with gold.



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6 Easy Ways to Add Feng Shui to Your Home

download (1)Feng shui is the ancient Chinese philosophy that helps us achieve a balance of energy in our home. Energy is referred to as Chi in feng shui. According to Chinese philosophy, chi exists is all things. It determines if we have positive of negative feelings or thoughts. Chi flows through and around your room. It is in constant motion.

There is positive chi and negative chi. Therefore, you must balance the chi in order to have a harmonious and happy home and lifestyle. Today we will talk about six ways to add feng shui to your home.


In feng shui, there are five elements that must be used throughout all rooms of the home to balance chi.

Each element has correlating a shape and colors that represent it. Sound complicated?

Take a look at this simple chart.

ELEMENT                                 SHAPE                                   COLORS

Fire Triangle Red, Orange, Purple
Earth Square Brown, Yellow
Metal Circle White, Metallic Colors
Wood Rectangle Green, Teal
Water Curvy Black, blue

A balance of chi is achieved by balancing these elements in each room. That doesn’t mean that you need to have a fountain in every room to incorporate water. For example, you could wallpaper a blue accent wall or add a wavy or curvy print fabric in your sofa. See? Easy!

Now, let’s move on and take a look at those 6 easy ways to feng shui so you can get that positive energy flowing in your home asap!.


Decorators are in love with mirrors. We use them for refracting light to add brightness, to double the size of a small room, to reflect a pretty view, or to hang in a foyer for those last minute lipstick touchups. Seriously, though, mirrors are essential in balancing the chi in a room.

For example, if you need to add metal, choose a metallic frame or a circular shape to represent metal.


A mural is a fantastic element for feng shui. Take notice the next time you dine at an authentic Chinese restaurant. You will probably notice that their interior designer installed a mural. You frequently find murals that represent the elements of feng shui.

Koi fish swimming in a pond represents water. A delicate grove of cherry trees represents wood.
This doesn’t mean that you must use Asian-themed murals, these are just examples of what you see in the finest Chinese restaurants.

Lucky for you, you don’t need to hire an artist to hand paint your mural like that business owner did! .Wallpaper murals are available in a huge selection of high-quality wallpaper. They’re easy to install and add chi to your space.


Feng shui teaches that if your space is cluttered, then your mind is probably cluttered. That sounds about right to me.

Think about when you let the desk in your home office get messy. You can’t find important papers, maybe you miss paying a bill or two because the were misplaced, or you miss an important appointment because the reminder card was in the mess.

The correlation may be correct. Had that desk been cleared, you could have found your paperwork, not missed that dental appointment, and you wouldn’t be hit with a late fee.

Keep your space tidy and neat. Clutter obstructs the flow of chi and creates negative chi.


The front door is where you greet your important visitors. However, positive chi that opens up the opportunity for you also enters the home through the front door. An opened front door welcomes positive chi and allows it to begin its flow in the home. A closed front door blocks chi…and opportunity.


Chi enters in through your front door and exits through the back door. While chi is moving through your space, invite it to stay a little longer by closing the back door.

Okay. I get it. You can’t keep your back door closed all the time, right? Allow the chi to journey through your home in a flowing path by slowing it down. Place area rugs and furnishings to slow down the chi as it travels through your space.

Also, you can use mirrors (is there anything they can’t do?) to bounce the energy back into your room.


Let’s not forget the shapes that represent chi. Incorporate square, rectangles, circles, triangles, and curves through geometric print wallpaper.

Wallpaper adds charm and beauty to your space, there’s no doubt about that! But geometric prints are a fun way to add in your shapes to represent the feng shui elements.

In addition to shapes, pay attention to your colors. You can score double points for choosing a square geometric tile print in a silver metallic wallpaper you will represent both the elements Earth (square) and Metal (silver).

On top of that, it would look ever so chic.

In conclusion, feng shui is an ancient science that has helped an ancient culture balance their homes and their lives for centuries. When you look at it though, it makes sense today. With all the negative influences in the world, we must always look for ways to balance it out with positive.

The principles of feng shui can help restore a peaceful and calm feeling in your home. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, perhaps that’s exactly what you need in your home. Give feng shui a try.


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How to Jump on the Colorful Kitchen Trend

The days of bland gray and white kitchens are quickly passing into a dim memory. Replacing the neutrals of the last decade are kitchens bursting with colorful, even quirky, color schemes. In fact, maybe you’ve admired the trend but are unsure of how to achieve the effect. We will show you how to jump on the colorful kitchen trend.

These colorful kitchens aren’t shy! They want to make a statement and show off their style to all who enter the room. The look is casual and effortless. They designers of these kitchens balance out the bright colors with neutrals to keep the look easy and breezy.

Let’s look at how to achieve the look using the most popular colors in kitchens right now.

In most of the photos you see in this post, wallpaper is a key element in the design. Wallpaper is the ideal wall covering for a kitchen. It’s wipeable, even able to be scrubbed clean if needed. And, it can withstand the humidity of this much-used room.


Greenery is, of course, Pantone’s 2017 color of the year. It was hot at the New Year, and it’s even hotter this summer. It looks like it will remain on trend for the foreseeable future. So why not bring this trend color into your kitchen?

Modern green is lively and fresh. Skip the heavy, deeply pigmented greens. They will outdate your look. Think of a green more pigmented towards the yellow spectrum to get the that vibrancy you admire.

In this first photo, the walls are painted a neutral creamy white but a feature wall is created using cabinets painted a gorgeous green and a striped wallpaper behind the cooktop. You may wonder why they don’t have a backsplash, right? With a durable, washable wallpaper, you can easily wipe up splatters and drips. Wallpaper really can take the heat in the kitchen.

The appliances are bright white and the green just pops against that white like nobody’s business!


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Next up, green is paired again with white. It’s a magical combination that just looks clean. Notice they created an accent piece out of the kitchen island but kept the cabinets white. Gives a dramatic effect. The light fixtures are simple and the walls are accented with green plates.

My favorite part? The wallpapered ceiling. If you read our blog often (and I hope you do), you may vaguely recall the post about wallpapered ceilings. Wallpaper is an underutilized ceiling treatment that brings delightful impact. Love the fresh green wallpapers you see here? We recommend this one to achieve this same effect in your own kitchen.


Singing the blues is fun…when it’s your kitchen color of choice. Blue has been popular for decades.

What’s new in blue? Your shade choice. Gone are the stodgy dusty blues. Think of soft aquas, intense teal, or tiffany-inspired blues that are saturated color and almost fall into the range of green. Dreamy blues as clear as a summer day are right on trend. These colors are all retro-inspired classics with a contemporary feel. They are here to stay and blue doesn’t go out of style.

Below, this first blue kitchen is enveloped in a classic, clean strip in gorgeous shades of blue. Paired with white cabinets that and a white backsplash, the wallpaper makes the perfect backdrop for this kitchen. The wood tones add an organic, earthy feel pulls the whole look together perfectly. Simple accessories like blue the blue plates above the range and the metallic light fixtures look casual with a sophisticated finish.
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Next up, the decorator used blue to achieve an even more dramatic effect. Cabinets are painted in Tiffany-inspired blue all the way to the ceiling. Walls are covered in wallpaper in a subtle herringbone pattern, and white floors and countertops gleam against the blue.

The light fixture and accessories are woodsy and keep the overall look from looking overly feminine. Although all of us gals do love all things Tiffany…including our blues!

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Love the look of clear blues? We recommend this wallpaper to get this cool blue look.


Surprise! Forced into obscurity after the 1970’s goldenrod shades, sunny yellows have made a big time comeback. We have welcomed yellow into the kitchen for it’s cheery, bright appeal.

What’s not a surprise? Yellow is paired with crisp whites that show off the zesty appeal to perfection. When using a color this vibrant, you don’t need to add many accessories to make your point.

Modern yellow is as fresh as a daisy. Literally, look to the delicate daisy for your point of reference when choosing a shade of yellow. If you choose too much gold you will be…well, outdated. But when you choose the right yellow, you’re on trend.

Below, the sunny yellow kitchen is fun, cheerful, and shows yellow done in a contemporary way.
Notice how the cabinets and walls appear almost minimalistic. However, they are saved from being boring by the cute yellow wallpaper that brightens the space.

This is a great look for a small space. It makes this small kitchen look spacious and more open by brightening the room with yellow.

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On the other hand, you may have outdated cabinets in bad need of a makeover. Consider painting your cabinets yellow! Because it adds instant color, your entire kitchen will feel like it had a facelift!

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Love the yellow look? We recommend this wallpaper to add some sunshine to your kitchen.

After years of gray, taupe, and tan, the thought of a colorful kitchen may sound more than a little bit overwhelming. Opening your mind to the idea can open up a whole new and exciting realm of decorating for you.

These fun, new-again color choices are fun and add a sense of style that you had probably not considered.Pairing blues, greens, and yellows with white, metallics and wood tones will ensure that you keep the look sophisticated and elegant.

Get in touch with your playful side. Open up to new color palettes. Have fun experimenting with color. Shed those neutral color palettes and fall back in love with your kitchen.


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White & Wood Decor: An Emerging Trend

One look at Pinterest and you will see…white and wood decor is an emerging trend. You could even say…if you’ll forgive the pun…that it’s white hot!

White is classic, clean, and fresh. It works with decor both contemporary and modern. There’s a certain bold look to stark white walls. But when you add in the Earthy, neutral, and warm tones of natural woods, it becomes softer and a bit more inviting.

This look looks highly polished and elegant. Yes, it takes a little bit of styling to achieve this outcome. The time you invest? So worth it!

Let’s take a look at some of the most highly “pinned” white and wood decor rooms that are trending right now and look at the details of how they did it!


First, notice the fireplace bricks are painted white. However, they are a slightly brighter white than the walls making it take center stage. A mantel crafted from a barn beam is rustic and warm.

Hardwood floors ground the brightness of the white. The wood table, box on the mantel, and even the fireplace bellows are all in the same wood tone. Black accessories pop against the white in a look that’s almost graphic. Yet, the natural greenery and flowers add more natural inspiration. This makes the overall look soft and romantic.

JOANNA’S DESIGNER TIP: Keep wood tones in the same color family. They don’t need to “match” but should be similar.


Note that the walls in this photo are almost white; however, if you look again there’s a soft wash of blue that gives the space a dreamy look. In fact, the sofa and the light, sheer curtains look like a cloud against a blue-white sky.

A white ottoman, modern white shelves, and table accessories on the wood-tone table are clean and simple.

The look is brought back to Earth (in a great way) by the wood tone floors, layered with the natural rug with similar colors.

Speaking of layers, please notice the layers of mixed-pattern accent pillows and the throw draped casually along the back of the sofa.

JOANNA’S DESIGNER TIP: Layering textures and mixing patterns can add a cozy, warm feeling to any space.


White and wood decor looks stunning in the kitchen. This kitchen has a lot of white in the cabinets, countertops, and even the chairs and accessories. It has a contemporary look.

Of course, the white is the first thing that most people will notice in this photograph.

When you look again, you notice that against all that white, you see a distinctive and very cool focal point–the reclaimed wood table. It is naturally gorgeous, weathered, and draws the eye because of the contrast with all the gleaming white.

Look a third time. You will start to notice that the kitchen island is actually painted taupe and the floors are also a color similar to the table. Also, gleaming chrome light fixtures warm up the space and add a touch of shimmer.

JOANNA’S DESIGNER TIP: When you have a literally one of a kind piece like this custom table, keep other accessories to a minimum. This table is so worthy of stealing the show…let it!



Up next is a white bedroom that’s simple and modern. The white walls and recessed lighting give it a distinctly contemporary look. The clean, white look is repeated in the bedding. Dark wood floors are perfectly suited for the white walls.

There are a couple of items that make this room very unique.

First, the sliding barn door made from reclaimed wood is a fantastic architectural detail. Second, the floating desk is a perfectly modern amenity…it provides a place to charge a laptop and iPhone.

JOANNA’S DESIGNER TIP: Don’t be afraid to work in functional space. A charging area can be attractive and useful as well as part of the architecture. Make you space work for you!


Finally, I’m circling back to another living room. This room is more wood and white than white and wood.  This means that, in my opinion, the wood is more predominant.

Dark cherry floors are traditional and elegant. Shiplap wood makes a unique feature wall to house the television. A wood shelf under the television is a great place to display layers of accessories. An oversized coffee table with a cherry wood top takes the center position of the room.

I love the soft white wall with just a drop of gray. I also love the fresh slipcovered furniture that gives a bright, cheerful white. But what I really love the most about this room is that the decorator broke up the white..and the wood…with touches of rich cobalt blue.  From the area rug to the accent pillows, throws, and even accessories on the shelving unit, you see little touches here and there of blue.

JOANNA’S DESIGNER TIP: If you love the white and wood look but are afraid of too much white, feel free to work in your favorite color. Both white and wood tones are neutrals. This means you can add your own favorite color and metallics with abandon!



When you’re planning to redecorate with white and wood there are a few special considerations to consider.

  1. Will white and wood work for your family? If you have very young children with sticky red juice boxes, you may want to pin it at try it later.
  2. How much money do you plan to invest? If you love white and wood but can’t afford all new furnishings, steal the slipcover idea from the final photograph above. You can slipcover all your furniture for pennies on the dollar as compared to purchasing new.
  3. Do you have hardwood floors under your carpet? Maybe you love the look of hardwood but don’t know if you have hardwoods under your carpeting. It’s easy to check! Find an inconspicuous corner (maybe inside a closet) and gently pull back the edge of the carpet. You can wiggle the carpet up from the tacks. Peek and see what lies beneath. If you have hardwoods, the cost to refinish them is only a couple hundred dollars. If you need to purchase them, it can run in the thousands.

Look to these photos for inspiration. When you’re ready to leap into the white and wood trend, do it with confidence. You have done your research. You know which rooms you love. And, because both white and wood are neutrals, your space will remain relevant for years to come.



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Jazz Up Your Walls with Geometrics

Eclectic-with-vintage-credenza-and-geometric-wallpaperIf you love the idea of a bold wallpaper pattern that adds life to the room, think about how you could jazz up your walls with geometrics.  Geometrics add a distinct vibe to any room. They have a feeling that is best described as timeless with a modern feeling. They never go out of style, yet they have an edge to them that make them fun to use in every room.

Most humans are attracted to geometric prints. There’s something about them that draws us in. We like the simple shapes and patterns. We take delight in the predictable patterns.

While the shapes are fun, look also to colors that you love when you are looking at geometrics. Combining a fun geometric pattern with lively and colorful accessories is a sure way to breathe new life into an old room.  A winning combination of color, pattern, and texture can take your redecorating plan to the next level.

Let’s look room by room at some ideas for mixing and matching geometric patterns that will jazz up your walls.


I start with a nursery because they are just so darn cute! There’s literally no greater pleasure I’ve ever taken than decorating my daughter’s room when she was little.  Then I found myself redecorating it, just because I wanted to do it all over again. Now that she’s a teenager, I can’t even see the floor, but that’s another story.

Babies and young children are very inquisitive. They lay in their cribs during nap times and when falling asleep and look at the ceilings and walls. Let these spaces feed their curiosity. Babies are stimulated by shapes and color.

Jazz up the nursery walls with a simple geometric dot print with little multi-colored owls. The polka dots ground the pattern and keep it from being confusing to baby. The little owls are darling and will delight the baby.  The multi-color print goes with almost any color scheme, so it doesn’t matter if your baby is a boy or a girl. They will be equally stimulated by this scene.

Continue to play up geometrics with fun crib bedding and blankets. Keep the textile color palette similar to the wallpaper, playing off the color scheme that you have chosen for a fun yet cohesive look.



Your master bedroom should be a place where you can relax after a long day. Maybe you kick back in the bed and read a book before bed. Or, you spend time cuddling with loved ones. My friends, relaxing does not translate to boring!

Jazz up your walls with geometrics in the bedroom and you can create a feeling that is calm yet bold.

To create a retreat that’s luxurious and posh, create an accent wall with a soft geometric such as a swirl shape in rich beige color. Keep the luxe feeling true by painting the walls a stately, vibrant blue that adds intensity but keeps the feeling serene.

Select a bedding set in a rich cream color. Layer on throw pillows and blankets in fun and colorful geometric prints that will pop against the taupe and cream and keep it stately yet not stuffy.

Repeat the swirl shape in slightly curved wall sconces above the nightstand or in curved curtain tie-backs.

This would be a master bedroom I’d look forward to retiring to!


The dining room should be a special place. It’s where we gather for holidays and special occasions. Also, we entertain and host dinner parties. Make your dining room a show-stopper of a room. You deserve it, and your friends will love it!

The dining room is a place where a big, large-format geometric print will have maximum impact. One of the most classic geometrics is wide stripe, but kick it up with velvet texture. This space will support such a grand wallpaper. Choose your favorite bold color for this room. Let your style and taste shine through when you jazz up your dining room walls with geometrics.

The dining room often presents a unique challenge. It’s a medium to large-sized room. However, the furniture is usually very large. Think about it. You add a large table, a hutch and/or buffet, and 6 or 8 chairs. It fills up quick, and it often looks way too crowded! Picture your own dining room, I’m sure you will agree with me.

To create the largest impact, wallpaper all four walls of your dining room with wide vertical stripes. This will make your dining room feel taller and grander. Even if it’s actually cozy in your dining room, or if it’s stuffed with furniture, this will trick the eye and just make it feel airy.


Indeed, the kitchen is the perfect room for wallpaper. It’s a heavily used room. Wallpaper makes sense in this application.

We often enter the home through this room, transferring mud and dirt from our hands and feet to the walls and floors. In food preparation, we splash and spray foods all around us. Steam and cooking oils splatter.

Wallpaper has a washability and durability that make it a go-to application for the kitchen. But utilitarian doesn’t need to mean dull!

Choose a square tile wallpaper in a soft pastel color. This is especially fun if you have square tile floors. There’s an interesting look to layering these square elements. Soften the edges by hanging some circles on the walls to contrast with the square patterns.

Think of displaying some of your favorite dinner plates in fun colors, round mirrors or artwork framed in circular shaped frames.

These square and circle elements are delightful when paired together.

If you are thinking of new ways to jazz up your walls, think of geometrics. They can add a visual interest that is appealing and fun yet classic. Whatever geometric print appeals to you…go for it! You can play it safe with neutrals or add bold geometric colors to suit your tastes.


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Everything You Wondered About Wallpaper But Were Afraid to Ask

Every week, we receive inquiries from all around the world from homeowners who are redecorating their homes. They ask us all kinds of questions. In fact, many people start their e-mails with an apologetic tone.  “I know this sounds like a silly question…”   My friends, please rest assured that there are no silly questions. That’s why today I’m putting together a list of everything you wondered about wallpaper but were afraid to ask. Consider this your wallpaper FAQ reference.

So, please put your mind at ease. Read on and learn the answers to your wallpaper questions.



This is the #1 question that we get! I’m going to tell you the truth. It is not at all hard to hang wallpaper once you get the method down pat. Hanging wallpaper is like any other DIY skill. It takes a little while to get the hang of it. It’s a somewhat repetitious task, and the more you install wallpaper, the easier it gets.

If you want to read a little bit more on exactly what’s involved in hanging wallpaper, we’ve got you (and your walls) covered.  Click here for more information.


Hanging wallpaper requires just a few tools. They are nothing special, or particularly expensive. In fact, you probably have most of these items in your toolbag.

The items that you will need include:

  • Screwdriver
  • Chalkline
  • Wallpaper Smoothing Tool (inexpensive and available at any hardware store)
  • Putty Knife
  • Utility Knife
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Paint Roller or Wide Paint Brush
  • Level
  • Ladder
  • Wallpaper Paste


Measuring for wallpaper is easy-peasy.  It’s just calculating square footage. You get the total square footage and then factor in the pattern repeat.

  • Take the measurement of the width of each wall on which you intend to hand wallpaper, add that up to get the “Combined Width.”
  • Take the measurement of the wall height
  • Get the Total Square Feet by multiplying the combined width by the wall height. If your wallpaper has no repeat or is indicated as “random match,” use the Total Square Feet to order your paper.
  • If your wallpaper has a pattern repeat, now you factor that into your wallpaper measurement.  If the repeat of the pattern is under 18”, divide the Total Square Feet by 23; if the pattern repeat is 19-25”, divide the Total Square Feet by 20.

Still unsure?  Feel free to contact us for help. We’re here to help!


A pattern repeat is the vertical distance between which the wallpaper pattern repeats itself. For example, Suzie is looking at a wallpaper with a distinct floral print. The floral print repeats itself in 18”.  That means the pattern repeat is 18”.

When you hang wallpaper, you need to match this up so that you don’t wind up with seams that show. The rule of thumb is that the smaller the pattern repeat, the less wallpaper you must trim away.


Yes! Indeed, wallpaper is safe in humid areas like a bathroom or a kitchen. We do, however, recommend you stay away from textured wallpapers like damask or flocked velvet as the fabrics may appear droopy over time from the humidity. Stick with a durable vinyl wallpaper for high-humidity environments. It’s completely safe in the bathroom and kitchen!


Yes! However, we recommend durable vinyl wallpapers in areas that are high traffic or prone to smudges.  Areas like hallways, kitchens, and laundry rooms get smudges, splatters, and scuffs.

While you can spot clean textured wallpapers, save those gems for lower-traffic rooms like the dining room. The flocked textures of today are made of synthetic fibers. Unlike the damask that your grandma may have had in the 1970’s, today’s can withstand some occasional spot treatments.

So, we are pleased to reassure you that today’s wallpaper is very easy to clean.


Easy! Your accent wall (aka feature wall aka focus wall) is whichever wall, in any given room, that you wish to call attention to.

Here are some examples of some rooms that are great for accent walls:

Maybe you have an interesting architectural such as a large picture window with an amazing view.  Perhaps you have a large piece of furniture with a special history, such as your Great-Granny’s china hutch sitting against the wall.  Or maybe you have a huge, long, expansive wall that showcases just how large your master bedroom really is.

All of the above are all great opportunities for creating an accent wall.


While old-style wallpapers had a reputation as a nightmare to remove, hold off on making quick judgments! Today’s wallpaper glues make the task of removing wallpaper far easier than previous generations of wallpapers.

To remove wallpaper later on, you will use a scoring tool (purchased at any home improvement store – cheap!) to score marks in the wallpaper. Spray the scored areas with wallpaper remover spray, wait 15 minutes or so. The wallpaper should remove fairly easily in long strips. If you find you do need to scrape in a few places, go very gently so you don’t scuff your walls.

Yes, it’s time consuming. It’s tedious and boring.  But in case you’re wondering…No, it’s not difficult to do.


If the old wallpaper is a smooth, vinyl wallpaper you may be able do this. However, if the old wallpaper is textured, definitely not or you will have a big old hot mess on your hands. Your new wallpaper will appear dimpled and lumpy. Not the kind of look you want.

Wallpapering over old smooth wallpaper can be done. We caution you! Down the road this can cause problems. If the old wallpaper is extremely old, the glue may start to dry and crack, causing your new wallpaper to buckle.  Also, when the day comes that you want to remove the wallpaper that you installed, you will need to get through two layers of wallpaper.

Therefore, while hanging wallpaper over old wallpaper may technically be able to be done, it is most definitely NOT recommended.

I hope that answering these questions addresses your overall concerns about wallpaper. Should you have any other questions, please do feel free to contact us. We are always glad to help!


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Steampunk: A Modern Way to Fall Back in Love with Traditional Wallpapers

Steampunk decor style offers you a modern way to decorate with wallpapers. In fact, you will see a fresh new way to fall back in love with traditional wallpapers. This hot style trend is over-the-top, showy and even edgy. It’s the perfect way to display traditional and antique-inspired decor pieces. Simply put, Steampunk presents old things in a way that makes the stylish all over again.

Steampunk is a style of home decorating that’s inspired by the historic period of the late 19th century. During this period of time, steam engines made it possible to travel quickly and transport goods across continents. The era was the dawn of many technological advances in agriculture, medicine, manufacturing, and telecommunications.  This style pays homage to  the innovative minds who pioneered these advances.

The Steampunk style combines highly stylized design choices that feature steam pipes, valves, clocks, and vintage metallic accessories. Think Victorian London parlor meets 1890s manufacturing plant. It’s a look that is equal parts of dark, dramatic, and elegant.

Beyond that, the style nods back to other period-inspired trappings. Steampunk decorators used large, oversized wood-frame, velvety sofas and chairs. Obviously, lighting is actually electric, but it’s inspired by the gas lights that lit drawing rooms in the late 1800’s. This decor meshes well with exposed beams and steampipes.

The colors that dominate this look are dark and rich. Think of shades like deep burgundy, dark red, black, charcoal gray, and intensely rich purple.

In addition, the Steampunk decorator relies heavily on traditional wallpapers to set the mood in this decor. Wallpaper is important because it was the most important wall treatment of the late 1800s.

During that time period, homes were built by hand, not machine. Walls were plastered by hand, often leaving small imperfections or wavy patterns in the walls. In addition, homes didn’t have central heating or cooling. This meant that the interior walls inside the homes, especially in extreme climates, were prone to cracking.

Those cracks combined with the imperfections in the plaster to create walls that were not very pretty.  Naturally, the people of the era wanted to make their homes cozy and cover these eyesores. Their go-to method was to hang wallpaper to cover them up.  Obviously, the wallpaper beautified the wall. However, it had two secondary purposes. First, it helped to insulate the crack from the heat and cold. Second, it helped to add strength back to the cracked section of the wall.

Therefore, Steampunk decorations most definitely embrace these wallpapers as they capture the essence of the era. Indeed, they are the period-correct choice for the rooms which they style.

If you’re inspired by Steampunk style, the easiest starting point is wallpaper. But, my friends, you can’t just throw any wallpaper on the wall.  It must be perfectly punked to work.  Here are some hints on how to make traditional wallpapers work into a Steampunk-inspired room:


Choose wallpapers in deeply and richly saturated colors. I mentioned this earlier, but it bears repeating. The colors of Steampunk are dark, bold, rich, and dramatic shades of red, purple, deep gray, and black.

While this may make you feel a little bit outside your comfort zone, that’s okay! Steampunk is an alternative style. Feel free explore this style with the bold expressions of color.




Flocked wallpapers were an extremely popular option in the late 1800’s. They adorned the finest homes as an expression of wealth and prosperity. They were designed to add a texture that made a grand statement to all who entered the home.

Flocked wallpapers became accessible to the middle-class through mass production in the early part of the 20th century. At that time, most homes were still plaster walls. The texture of the flocking made it an ideal medium for hiding those pesky cracks in the walls.  Turn of the century housewives loved to use this style of wallpaper in their parlors, where they entertained their friends and neighbors because it lent a cozy and warm welcome to the room.

By the 1960’s flocked wallpaper was replaced by geometric prints and flatter finishes. Sadly, by the 1970’s flocked wallpaper was almost a forgotten item.

Fast forward to the mid 1990’s.  Punk rock music inspired Steampunk, a new and edgy style that embraced the steam culture of a century earlier. An appreciation for the styles, clothing, and technologies of the Victorian era re-emerged.  Thankfully, that appreciation extended to the high-style look of flocked wallpaper.

Flocked wallpapers have a velvety texture that is elegant and grand. Today’s flocked wallpapers are usually made of nylon or rayon. Those fibers are glued by machine in dense groupings to create the velvet finish pattern. Unlike earlier generations of flocking, they can be gently spot cleaned due to the family-friendly fibers.


Damask wallpaper is also popular in Steampunk style. It’s especially popular in a black on black color combination in this application.

Like flocked wallpaper, damask is textured. However, it’s texture comes from the fibers being woven into the wallpaper in elegant, floral-inspired designs.

Damask actually dates back to the middle-centuries. The robes of royalty, popes, and dignitaries were woven using this same time-honored technique. Damask was truly for the extremely rich at its outset. It’s history, from there, is much like the history of flocked wallpaper.  It was mass produced and remained extremely stylish for over 80 years until the 1960’s.

The Steampunk movement resurrected this elegant style in the mid 1990’s and it’s now very popular.

If you want a style that’s both modern and edgy yet romantic and soft, damask is the option for your Steampunk decor. It truly gives a luxurious feeling to any room and is a choice especially popular for a Steampunk master bedroom.

If you are leaning towards a Steampunk style, then you have great taste! For all these style elements are timeless treasures. Indeed, they are older items that are used in an edgy and modern, stylized manner that respects the roots of modern society. What a tribute to pay to the inventors who were able to think outside the box and give us the comforts of today.

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