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I Can Use Mayonnaise to Clean What?!
Follow this simple how-to about cleaning a white water mark on wood furniture. Using a household product you probably have in your refrigerator, you'll be happy with the results. What is it?
Bedding 101: Choosing the Right Size Mattress
You've decided on a king size bed, simple enough. Or is it? With California, Eastern, Standard and Western Kings all in the mix, finding the bed with the right dimensions, and matching sheets to each, can be a little confusing. I'm here to help. Page 3.
The Dimensions for Standard Bed Frames,...
Learn about basic bed sizes and the specific dimensions of the mattresses, sheets, and comforters associated with each size.
7 Fantastic Tips for Layering Color in Your Home
Take Your Color Story To New Heights With 7 Fantastic Tips For Layering Shades and Tones
Matte, Flat or Satin? Choosing the Right Paint...
If you're wondering which interior paint finish is best for your project, use this brief guide. It describes the characteristics and applications of interior paints.
Color 101: The Difference Between Warm and Cool...
Designers are always throwing around terms like warm colors and cool colors. But what do they really mean? Gaining an understanding of these terms will help you determine what to look for when choosing colors for your home décor.
3 Easy Steps to A Colorful Home
The 3 Color Choices You Must Make in Every Room of Your Home
Top 10 Kitchen Countertops
There are lots of options on the market for kitchen countertops. Our list of top picks gives the pros and cons of the top 10 choices so that you can make an educated choice when you remodel your kitchen.
How High Should I Hang My Dining Room Chandelier?
Learn the appropriate length for hanging a dining room chandelier over a dining room table.
What, Exactly, Is a Neutral Color?
What are neutral colors? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
8 Stunning Ways to Bring Street Art Home
Take Your Home Decor To The Streets With 8 Stunning Ways To Bring Street Art Home
12 Tips to Keep Your Move Organized (and Keep...
When you're moving your home, you can use all the moving tips you can get. Our article provides 12 terrific moving tips to help you get ready to move, pack boxes efficiently, keep things organized, and keep your sanity during the entire event.
Exactly How High to Hang Your Wall Art
If you're not sure how high to hang art on your walls, you'll find that these tips offer helpful ideas and designer secrets for getting the best look when hanging artwork.
The Best Ways to Arrange Your Living Room...
Don't know where to put what? Read on to find out how to arrange living room furniture.
7 Soothing Bedroom Color Palettes
Make The Most Out Of Your Bedroom With These 7 Soothing Color Palettes
Chic Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel
Fireplace mantel ideas that apply to everyday decorating as well as seasonal decor.
6 Fantastic Ways to Rock Your Rental With Color...
Kick The Color In Your Rental Up A Notch With 6 Designer Tips From Kim Myles
Decorating Ideas for Small Bedrooms
Get inspired by this photo gallery of small bedrooms.
12 Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger
Unless you live in a custom-built home with a luxurious bath and dressing room, you probaly wish your bathroom were larger. Without adding any more square footage, you might feel less cramped if you use some of our tips to make your small bathroom look and feel larger.
What, Exactly, is a Warm Color?
What is a warm color? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
What, Exactly, Are the Primary Colors?
You'll learn here what colors are considered primary in color theory.
Understanding Cool-Toned Colors
What are cool colors? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
Comforter Sizes
Comforter Size Chart Also see this Article: Guide to Bed Sizes Comforter Sizes Bed Mattress Measures
Trying to Choose a Paint Color for Your House?...
Read this article for lots of helpful information for all homeowners and home decorators on how to choose paint color, how to determine how much paint to buy, and other things to consider before buying paint for your project.
5 Awesome Online Room Planners
If you're planning on decorating a room, whether it's a big project or small, consider trying out one of the following online room planners. They allow you to play around with different furniture arrangements according to the specifics of the room and give you a real 3-D look at how your space will look when completed.
How Do Interior Design and Interior Decorating...
Interior design and interior decorating are not the same thing. Read on to find out how the two professions differ.
28 Tips for Hanging Art
Get tips on hanging art in this series of photographs illustrating some of the princliples of displaying artwork.
Pretty and Patterned
Pretty Patterned Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 11.
Finding the Right Paint Colors for Your Bedroom
When it comes to choosing bedroom paint colors there are a few things you should keep in mind. Most importantly, the bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation so for most people calm and soothing colors are best. That said, the bedroom is also a very personal room, so if wild and crazy colors make you happy and put you at ease, feel free to use them as you see fit.
A Winning Combination
Small Bedroom by Isabella and Max Rooms. Page 8.
Yellow and White
Small Yellow and White Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 9.
Bold Patterns
Small Patterned Bedroom from Southern Living. Page 10.
5 Tiled Bathrooms That Will Amaze You
Give Your Washroom Decor a Little Extra Kick with Colorful Tile Work In Stunning Patterns
Function and Style: The Basics of Recessed...
Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your old home, recessed lighting is a key element in both the function and style of the space. Here are some basic tips on what to look for when considering installing recessed lighting.
Top 6 Luxury Bedding Manufacturers
Luxury bed linens are used in the finest hotels worldwide, but are not reserved exclusively for the wealthy. Many manufacturers offer their products on the retail market and have them available for your home. Read here about some of the top manufacturers whose sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers are considered five-star.
10 Major Things to Think About During Your...
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Understanding Monochromatic Color Schemes
What is a monochromatic color scheme? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
Sophisticated Chic
Small Bedroom by The Couture Rooms. Page 7.
Clean and Contemporary
Small Contemporary Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 4.
How to Decorate Your Home in the French Country...
When you think of Provence and the French countryside, you're sure to see lavender fields and bright sunshine. While there are many elements that contribute to the French Country style of decorating, the resulting look is always rustic, old, and welcoming. Learn how to bring the element of French Country style into your home.
White and Airy
Small Bedroom courtesy of French Larkspur. Page 5.
Sleek and Sophisticated
Small Bedroom by Nicholas Moriarty Interiors. Page 6.
The Top 8 Interior Paint Manufacturers
Painting your walls, ceiling, or furniture can be one of the least expensive ways to bring a fresh change to your space. But if the job is done poorly or the finish doesn't hold up, you'll feel that the results are less than satisfactory. Read here for our top choices of paints for interiors that are available in the US and visit the company websites to help decide which brand is right for your project.
Choosing the Right Wall Color for Your Master...
An introduction to help you pick colors, hues, styles, and shades for your master bedroom, which can be a personal retreat, or a center of activity.
We Look at the Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring
Read the pros and cons of laminate flooring and determine if the styles, colors, and patterns will work for your home.
Light and Streamlined
Light and Fresh Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 12.
Romantic Style
Small Bedroom by Stacey Costello Design. Page 3.
How to Make Your Bedroom Feel Like a Super Chic...
Malinda Zimmerman, Interior Design Director of New Development and Brand Management in North America, Renaissance Hotels, offers tips design for a truly luxurious bedroom.
How to Remove Old Wallpaper and Borders
If you remove wallpaper in your home will it be your dream home? Remove the wallpaper and obrdes without ruining the paint job underneath. Here's how.
Painting Your House? Check Out These 10 Smart...
Painting tips and tricks everyone should know before getting started.
Wedding DIY: Make Your Own Flower Arrangements
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Decorating Do's and Don'ts
Learn how to avoid common decorating mistakes and make your home look like it was designed by a pro. Check out these decorating do's and don'ts.
20 Decorating Mistakes You Definitely Want to...
Decorating your home isn't brain surgery. But there are some rules about what not to do when you're making decorating decisions. Read about them here.
Window Treatments 101: The Do's and Don'ts of...
Framing windows with long curtains and drapes is a great way to add glamour and personality to a room, but before you head out to the store to buy some check out these curtain do's and don'ts.
11 Easy Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger
There are things you can do to make a small room feel more spacious, less cramped. Read some of the tricks professionals use here.
Express Yourself
Small Bedroom by Tara Seawright. Interior Decorating. Page 2.
How to Decorate Your Home with Contemporary Style
Decorating in a contemporary style means that the home is up to date, modern, of today, right now. If that sounds like you, then you might like a contemporary style of decorating. Learn some more of the characteristics and elements of a contemporary style of decorating and how you might bring the look into each room of your home.
5 Essential Questions You Need to Ask Before...
Answer These 5 Questions Before Buying Your Next Mattress To Make Sure That Your Float Off To A Perfect Night's Sleep Every Time
How to Find the Perfect Chandelier for Your...
Learn how to find the right size chandelier for your dining room.
Dress Up the Dinner Table with These Beautiful...
A beautifully set table is enhanced when you learn some simple napkin folding skills. See our easy tutorials on how to create 12 different napkin folds. You're sure to find one you love!
5 Best Interior Paint Brands
Get A Jump On Your Next Home Project With The 5 Best Interior Paint Brands from AphroChic
Kim Myles Gives 5 Amazing Designer Tips for...
Kim Myles Shows You How To Rock Your Rental And Earn Some Breathing Room With Tips for Stylish Storage.
Easy DIY: How to Cover a Lampshade with New...
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How to Make a DIY Window Valance (Even if You...
You can make a window valance for your home even if you don’t sew. Here are step-by-step instructions for making a window valance, with or without sewing.
Simple, Effective Ways to Decorate Your Basement
If you have a basement you probably struggle with the same problems as most people who have basements. They tend to be dark, dreary and hard to decorate. But with the right light, colors and attention to detail a basement can become just as beautiful as any other room in your home. Whether it functions as a rec room, an office, a bedroom or an entire apartment, follow some of these tips to create a beautiful basement living area.
Transform Your Tile: How to Paint Ceramic Tile
You might be surprised how easy it is to paint ceramic tile. You'll see an amazing transformation to your space and save a lot of money over putting in new tile.
#7 Pocket Napkin Folding Instructions
A perfect fold for a buffet table. The pocket could also be used to hold a placecard, decoration, or tiny gift...
Remodeling? Check Out These Free Online Design...
If you don't want to purchase design software, how about trying some of the free online programs?
5 Pet-Friendly Fabrics for Your Home
If you let your pets on the furniture you'll want to be sure to have it covered in a pet friendly fabric. Here are five that hold up well against scratches, stains and damage.
What is an analogous color scheme?
What is an analagous color scheme? Find out in this FAQ from About's interior decorating site/
The Right Way to Clean Your Hardwood Floors
Find simple how-tos about caring for hardwood floors. Learn what supplies to use, how often to clean, and a list of a wood floors' worst enemies. This is an easy how-to with good basic information for every homeowner.
Bold and Beautiful
Small Bedroom by Domicile Interior Design
11 Major Decorating Don'ts
Walk into just about any house that hasn't been professionally decorated and you're bound to see at least one of the following decorating mistakes.
Decorating with Stripes: Add a Bold Pattern to...
Whether you use them in a traditional way or in a totally modern and contemporary way, decorating with stripes is a great way to get a
Living Room Decorating
From arranging furniture to placing accessories to determining what lights should go where, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to creating a functional and attractive living room. Check out About.com's tips and ideas for living room decorating.
How to Decorate Your Home with Shabby Chic Style
A comfortable, casual decorating style, identified by Rachel Ashwell, that uses vintage accessories, pastels, and comfortable furniture.
Furniture Upholstery – What Does it Cost?
Instead of buying new furniture every time one of your existing pieces looks tired and dated, why not get it reupholstered? If you start off buying quality, well-made pieces with solid structures you can save tons of money over time by reupholstering them when the fabric gets old or dated-looking.
Basement Apartments from HGTV's Income Property
Basement apartments don't have to be dark and dreary. Check out these examples from HGTV's Income Property and learn how to create a bright and fresh living space below ground.
Bedroom Decorating
In many ways the bedroom is the most important room in the house. It's where we go to unwind, relax, and spend time with the most important people in our lives. It's the place where we truly get to be ourselves. So it's important that the bedroom not just reflect our personal styles, but be as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Everything You Need to Know About Track Lighting
Track lighting is easy to install, even when remodeling or redecorating a room. In most cases, power is usually already available in the wiring of an existing ceiling fixture. Here are some basic tips in what to look for when considering installing track lighting.
19 Characteristics of Traditional-Style Decor
A home that's comfortable, casual, and classic is probably decorated in the traditional style. It just feels like home.
Everything You Need to Know About Chandeliers
Chandeliers are a great addition to just about any room, but knowing what size is best and how high to hang them can be tricky. Check out these chandelier do's and don'ts for all the info you need to know about decorating with these gorgeous light fixtures.
Top 10 Ways to Add Color to a Living Room
You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money when decorating to see a nice change and pick-up to the look of your living room. Read here for our 10 favorite ways to add color to your living room and liven up the décor of your home.
How to Find the Right Size Chandelier for Any...
Are you ready to buy a new chandelier but not quite sure what size is right? Read these tips on choosing the right size chandelier for your room.
Choosing the Right Size Chandelier for Your Space
Learn how to determine the right chandelier size for your room.
Decorating Tips
Check out these decorating tips to make your home the best it can be.
Choosing the Right Style for Your Home's...
Whether you're decorating a single room or a whole house, a cottage or a castle, you'll find our guides to decorating styles helpful. The style guides will help you focus in on your likes and dislikes and learn elements that will help you achieve your dream room or make your home express your very unique taste.
Art Tips on Lighting and Art Shelves
Art Tips on Lighting and Art Shelves Narrow art shelves offer flexibility Beautiful artwork can be lost
#8 Stand Up Fan Napkin Folding Tutorial
This is a neat fold that is simple to do. It's often seen in restaurants and will look great on your table too...
19 Awesome (and Practical!) Housewarming Gifts
It's a good idea to have a gift in hand when you visit a friend's new home. Find some traditional gifts and new ideas for a housewarming offering.
Cool Neutrals Create a Calm Space
Small and Bright Basement Seating Area from HGTV's Income Property. Page 14.
What Should You Put at the End of Your Bed?
If you have a little room at the end of your bed but don't know what to put there, here are some great ideas from About.
Keep Your Bathroom Bright and Airy with These...
Popular bathroom paint colors and combos that will ensure a light, bright space.
Tips, Tricks and Techniques for an Easy...
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Top 8 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Winter
Even if it is cold outside, your home can have a warm and cozy atmosphere. You don't always have to turn up the heat. Follow some of these tips which offer easy ways to cozy up your home for winter.
Dining Room Decorating
From the different styles of dining room tables to how high you should hang your dining room chandelier, we've got the tips and tricks that will make dining room decorating a breeze.
Tips for Decorating a Beautiful Bedroom
A bedroom should be a personal getaway, a sanctuary, which expresses your favorite colors, feelings, and collections. Learn the main things to remember when decorating your bedroom.
Color Palettes That Always Work
One of the things homeowners and renters struggle with the most when decorating is color – particularly how many colors to use and what colors work together. To try to make it a little easier here are some ways to create some no-fail color palettes guaranteed to work together.
Bright and Fresh Laundry Room Ideas
Have fun with paint in the laundry room. Page 4.
What is a complementary color scheme?
What is a complementary color scheme? Find out from this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
Sweet Decorating Ideas for Girls' Rooms
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Open and Airy Works Best in Basements
Spacious Basement Apartment from HGTV's Income Property. Page 13.
7 Sofa-Buying Dos and Don'ts You Didn't Know
One of the biggest furniture investments you'll make is a sofa. Sofas cost a lot of money, they take up a lot of space, and they're where you and your family will likely spend a lot of time. So make sure you know what you're doing before you go out and buy one. Check out these sofa do's and don'ts to make sure you get the best sofa for your investment.
5 Ways to Make Your Small Space Look Larger
It can be tough to create an airy and open atmosphere in a few hundred square feet, but when properly planned and thought out a small space can be just as beautiful and functional as a large one. In fact, there are plenty of things that can be done when decorating small spaces to make them look larger. Here are a few tips.
Is a Down Comforter Right for Your Bed?
A cuddly down comforter is not just for people living in Alaska. Down bedding products are available in a variety of weights, qualities, colors, and sizes for a cool sleep or one that will warm you from the chilliest of night winds. Because down is so lightweight, it's one of the most comfortable and sought after fills for a blanket or comforter. Before you shop for a blanket, get some basic information from our tips on buying a down comforter for your bed.
How to Make Your Guest Room Feel Like Home
If you're like me, you love to have house guests! I like to help them feel especially welcome by preparing their room to make it comfortable. Check out some of our ideas and use them for your own guest room. Your guests might never want to leave!
Decorating in Farmhouse Style
Farmhouse decorating is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. It eschews modern sensibilities and goes back to a simpler time. Here are some tips and ideas for decorating in farmhouse style.
Choose a Color Scheme
Follow this simple how-to to help you choose a color scheme for your home. Learn to mix colors and fabrics and how to repeat color throughout the room. Read some of the principles of decorating and learn how to use coordinating fabrics and dressmaker details.
6 Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring
There's nothing that adds the beauty and value to a home more than hardwood flooring. Read the pros and cons of installing hardwood flooring in your home.
How to Incorporate Art Deco Style in Your Home
Styles of Decorating: Art Deco. Interior Decorating.
Streamlined Furniture Keeps a Space Open and Airy
Contemporary Basement Apartment from HGTV's Income Property. Page 12.
How to Make Your Bedroom Feel like a Luxury Hotel
Hotels at all levels are attracting customers by offering a really great sleep. Luxury hotels provide top-of-the-line beds and bedding for your to enjoy at home.
Modern with a Traditional Twist
Bright and Modern Basement from HGTV's Income Property. Page 8.
Go with the Flow! How to Decorate Your Home...
When decorating rooms it's important not to think of them as a single entity. Every room should connect to those around it in some way. If they don't you end up with a very choppy looking and disjointed home. Don't worry though, when decorating rooms it's easy to make them connect and flow together.
How to Clean Every Piece of Furniture in Your...
You can keep your home looking like new if you follow our guidelines for cleaning furniture. And you can revive tired, old furniture using the proper products and methods. Read how to have beautiful wood, leather, and hard surface furniture with our furniture cleaning tips.
Discover Your Favorite Decorating Style
You learn so many things through the years in school. But you seldom get education on styles of decorating. This short guide from About will steer you to quizzes and resources to help you determine your specific decorating style.
The Best Places to Hang Mirrors in Your Home
Whether it’s a hallway or grand ballroom, baby’s room or bathroom, if you hang a mirror you'll be adding beauty to the space and making it feel more open and spacious.
We Explain Secondary Colors
Find out from this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site what colors are considered secondary in color theory.
The Perfect Height for Your Foyer Chandelier
Find out how high to hang a foyer chandelier.
How to Update a Kitchen
There are a lot of ways to update a kitchen without doing a total renovation. Check out some of these ideas for kitchen updates.
Dining Room Furniture - Sideboards and Buffets
More often than not dining room furniture will consist of a table, chairs, and a buffet or sideboard. Depending on the size of the room there can be more pieces, but very rarely is there less.The purpose of a buffet or sideboard is to provide storage for extra dishes, flatware and linens, and also to serve as a surface area for placing dishes of food and/or decorative accents.
The Do's and Don'ts of Decorating with Area Rugs
Area rugs are a terrific alternative to wall-to-wall carpet, namely because they're easier to remove and clean. They're also less of a commitment because they're easy to switch if you ever get bored or want to redecorate. But when it comes to using area rugs in your home there are some important rules to remember. Before buying, check out these area rug do's and don't.
Create a Seaside-Inspired Retreat
Seaside Inspired Basement from HGTV's Income Property. Page 9.
How to Sponge Paint a Room
Using the simple sponge paint technique, you can transform a boring space into an exciting area. Learn this simple, yet artistic treatment for painted walls.
How to Decorate Your Foyer for Style and Function
Whether you've got a giant entryway with plenty of room to spare, or a door that leads directly into a tiny studio apartment there are a few things your front entryway should have. When decorating a foyer remember to include these essential items.
What to Put in Front of Your Sofa
Not every living room or family room sofa has to have a sofa table sitting in front of it. We offer some options to this over-used piece of furniture
Use Bold Colors for Maximum Impact
Colorful Basement Apartment from HGTV's Income Property. Page 11.
The Best Spots for Your Living Room Accessories
A lot of items tend to go in the living room so it's important to arrange them all in a balanced and well-proportioned way. Here are a few tips for hanging and placing living room accessories.
Quick Clean Any Room in the House
Do you dread cleaning day? With our quick tips on cleaning a room, you'll be done in no time at all!
Don't Be Scared of Color
Bright & Colorful Basement from HGTV's Income Property. Page 10.
More Art Tips about Colors and Size
Art Tips about Colors and Size Match or contrast for your room scheme Choose artwork that underscores
How to Use Bohemian Style in Your Home Decor
Bohemian decorating is for those who want their homes full of life, culture, and interesting items for all the world to see. It flies in the face of modern sensibilities and embraces the carefree, the relaxed and the unusual.
Home Decor 101: The Do's and Don'ts of Wall Art
There's nothing more depressing or empty looking than a blank wall. But before you start buying and hanging art, check out these artwork do's and don'ts.
How to Makeover Your Bathroom in One Weekend
You don't have to endure a whole bathroom remodel to enjoy a fresh look. If your bathroom feels dull and dingy, there are a number of things you can do in a day or a weekend to really perk things up.
Twin Bed
A twin bed is the smallest bed made for adults.
#10 Cuffed Roll Napkin Folding Tutorial
This napkin fold is simple and takes up little space on a holiday table...
11 Tips for Setting Up a Home Office on a Budget
You don't need to spend a fortune to set up a home office. Here are some tips and hints for setting up a home office on a shoestring budget.
#11 Tulip Napkin Folding Tutorial
Here's another beautiful napkin fold that is easy and pretty...
Carry Your Color Scheme from the Floors to the...
Yellow and Grey Basement Apartment from HGTV's Income Property. Page 15.
Light, Bright & White
Basement Apartment form HGTV's Income Property. Page 7.
Easy DIY: How to Make an Upholstered Headboard
Making your own custom upholstered headboard can be a fun and satisfying project and add personality to your bedroom. You'll be surprised how easy it is to do.
Dining Room Tables - The Most Important Piece...
The central piece in any dining room is the table. It takes up a prominent space and sets the tone for the entire room. Before you buy think not only about the style and size but also about what kind of mood and environment you want to create. Read on for some valuable information about dining room tables.
Decorating with Neutrals
There are plenty of people out there who think decorating with neutrals is boring, but when done right, neutral rooms can be lively, beautiful and full of life.
Decorating Your Home with Comfy, Casual Style
Do you long for a room that is homey, warm, comfortable, and inviting? Who doesn't want to be comfortable in their own home? If you want to put together a casual style room, learn the basic elements that combine to create a truly casual room.
Color Crush: 8 Sensational Ways to Decorate...
Give Your Decor A Taste Of Something New With 8 Sensational Ways to Decorate With Blue
Bed Skirts- Tips for Buying Bed Skirts
A bed skirt can add color and pattern to a bedroom. Read about what to look for when you're ready to buy a bed skirt for your room.
Give Your Space a Dramatic Focal Point with a...
Adding a feature wall is a great way to create depth and add interest to a room.
Open-Concept is Best
Basement Living Room & Kitchen from HGTV's Income Property. Page 5.
Landscape Art - Tips for Hanging Artwork
Landscape Art - Tips for Hanging Artwork Open up smaller spaces Landscape art is one good way to visually
Finding the Right End Tables for Your Space
There was a time when people decorated their homes with matching furniture sets. It made shopping easy, but rooms often ended up looking predictable and uninspired. These days people branch out a lot more and purchase pieces that compliment each other rather than match. And while this is a great way to go, many people are at a loss when it comes to knowing what works with what. This is a common problem when it comes to buying end tables.

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