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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.
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.
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.
How High Should I Hang My Dining Room Chandelier?
Learn the appropriate length for hanging a dining room chandelier over a dining room table.
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.
10 of The Most Inspiring Colorful Kitchen...
Kitchen cabinets in bright shades.
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.
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.
What, Exactly, Is a Neutral Color?
What are neutral colors? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
3 Exploded Myths About Bohemian Style
3 Exploded Myths About Bohemian Style by AphroChic
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.
Color Crush: 5 Marvelous Ways To Bring Coral...
Ring in the Fall with 5 Marvelous Ways To Bring Coral Home by AphroChic
7 Stunning Restaurants with Decor to Inspire!
Take a World Tour with 7 Stunning Restaurants with Decor to Inspire from AphroChic
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.
What, Exactly, Are the Primary Colors?
You'll learn here what colors are considered primary in color theory.
Keep a Halloween Pumpkin Fresh
To preserve your Halloween pumpkin and enjoy it longer throughout the season, read these tips on how to keep a Halloween pumpkin fresh.
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?
3 Unsolved Mysteries of the Chesterfield Sofa
Explore 3 Unsolved Mysteries of the Chesterfield Sofa with AphroChic
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.
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.
Understanding Cool-Toned Colors
What are cool colors? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
Decorating Tips
Check out these decorating tips to make your home the best it can be.
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.
28 Tips for Hanging Art
Get tips on hanging art in this series of photographs illustrating some of the princliples of displaying artwork.
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.
What, Exactly, is a Warm Color?
What is a warm color? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
Carve a Halloween Pumpkin
Find some basic pumpkin carving tips in this how-to on carving a pumpkin for Halloween.
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.
Understanding Monochromatic Color Schemes
What is a monochromatic color scheme? Find out in this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
Chic Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel
Fireplace mantel ideas that apply to everyday decorating as well as seasonal decor.
Decorating Ideas for Small Bedrooms
Get inspired by this photo gallery of small bedrooms.
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.
20 Colorful Sofas For Your Living Room
Update your living room decor this fall with one of these colorful sofas.
Comforter Sizes
Comforter Size Chart Also see this Article: Guide to Bed Sizes Comforter Sizes Bed Mattress Measures
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.
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.
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.
10 Major Things to Think About During Your...
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How to Find the Perfect Chandelier for Your...
Learn how to find the right size chandelier for your dining room.
Painting Your House? Check Out These 10 Smart...
Painting tips and tricks everyone should know before getting started.
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.
What is an analogous color scheme?
What is an analagous color scheme? Find out in this FAQ from About's interior decorating site/
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.
Decorating Small Spaces
Decorating small spaces certainly poses a few challenges, but with the right design advice you can create a gorgeous environment that feels spacious and beautiful, no matter what the size.
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.
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!
Easy DIY: How to Cover a Lampshade with New...
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Pretty and Patterned
Pretty Patterned Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 11.
20 Fabulous Pendants
Overhead pendants for your living room.
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!
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.
Wedding DIY: Make Your Own Flower Arrangements
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#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...
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.
A Winning Combination
Small Bedroom by Isabella and Max Rooms. Page 8.
Yellow and White
Small Yellow and White Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 9.
Clean and Contemporary
Small Contemporary Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 4.
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.
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.
Top 10 Choices for Christmas Trees
Everyone has their favorite type of holiday tree. Yet if you don't know what kind of tree to choose, this page can help. Find a list of our Top 10 favorite Christmas trees.
White and Airy
Small Bedroom courtesy of French Larkspur. Page 5.
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.
Sophisticated Chic
Small Bedroom by The Couture Rooms. Page 7.
Bold Patterns
Small Patterned Bedroom from Southern Living. Page 10.
Sleek and Sophisticated
Small Bedroom by Nicholas Moriarty Interiors. Page 6.
Romantic Style
Small Bedroom by Stacey Costello Design. Page 3.
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.
4 DIY Tips to Tame Your Tiny Kitchen by Kim Myles
Tame Your Tiny Rental Kitchen with Four DIY Tips from Kim Myles
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.
Decorating with Patterns
Learn the rules for decorating with patterns.
Would You Set Your Christmas Tree Upside-Down?
An upside-down Christmas tree is one of the hottest fads of the season. Read about its history and the reasons for its popularity.
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.
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.
#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...
Great Ideas for Fall Decorating
Find photos and how-to instructions on fast and easy fall decorating projects. You'll love our ideas on how to transform your home with wreaths and centerpieces.
Light and Streamlined
Light and Fresh Bedroom. Interior Decorating. Page 12.
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.
How to Incorporate Art Deco Style in Your Home
Styles of Decorating: Art Deco. Interior Decorating.
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 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.
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.
7 Pre-Move-In Projects for Your New Home
After your old home is empty and your things are in the moving truck, you should be thinking about things to do before the moving truck arrives at your new home! Read here for our favorite projects to do in an empty house.
Renovate, Remodel, and Redecorate for An...
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Art Tips on Lighting and Art Shelves
Art Tips on Lighting and Art Shelves Narrow art shelves offer flexibility Beautiful artwork can be lost
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.
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.
Express Yourself
Small Bedroom by Tara Seawright. Interior Decorating. Page 2.
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.
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.
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
The Perfect Height for Your Foyer Chandelier
Find out how high to hang a foyer chandelier.
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.
5 Surprising Color Palettes For A Stylish...
5 Surprising Color Palettes For A Stylish Modern Nursery by AphroChic
Tips, Tricks and Techniques for an Easy...
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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.
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?
10 Of The Most Enchanting Bed Frames
Modern, full, queen and king size bed frames.
Your Guide to Choosing a Christmas Theme for...
It's fun to design your Christmas decorations, at least for your Christmas tree, around a special theme. We've listed lots of ideas on how to incoroporate a theme into your Christmas decorating, from traditional to contemporary, whimsical to classic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Ways to Make Your House Guests Feel Right...
You certainly can’t make your spare room into a room at The Ritz, but there are some things you can do to make it just as comfortable. Find out our picks for the most important ingredients for a welcoming guest room.
#10 Cuffed Roll Napkin Folding Tutorial
This napkin fold is simple and takes up little space on a holiday table...
Bold and Beautiful
Small Bedroom by Domicile Interior Design
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.
Choosing the Right Size Chandelier for Your Space
Learn how to determine the right chandelier size for your room.
Hanging Art in Symmetrical Arrangements
Hanging Art in Symmetrical Arrangements Use this principal to echo a room's decor Use symmetrical or
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.
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.
#11 Tulip Napkin Folding Tutorial
Here's another beautiful napkin fold that is easy and pretty...
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.
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 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.
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.
We Explain Secondary Colors
Find out from this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site what colors are considered secondary in color theory.
How to Make Your Small Spaces Look and Feel...
Decorating small spaces doesn't mean sacrificing style. All you need to do is plan accordingly and make smart design choices. Here are a few to help you on your way.
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.
Hang Wallpaper
Wallpaper can make a tremendous difference in the appearance of any room and if you learn to hang wallpaper the right way, you'll be ready to transform your home.
Decorating Books
There are thousands upon thousands of decorating books on the market, and sometimes it can be hard to decide which ones to spend your money on. I tend to pickup decorating books that speak to me on some level. Either through beautiful photographs or the lessons they demonstrate. Here are some of my favorites.
Landscape Art - Tips for Hanging Artwork
Landscape Art - Tips for Hanging Artwork Open up smaller spaces Landscape art is one good way to visually
Instructions on How to Stain Furniture
If you have some beautiful hand-me-downs or like to pick up pieces at thrift stores and flea markets, learn how to stain furniture to give the pieces a fresh look without ruining the original design. It's an easier job than you might think.
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.
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.
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.
5 Things to Love About the Lonny Relaunch
It's been a few weeks since Lonny magazine, one of our favorite online sources for interior design inspiration, came back in full force with their new
6 Outdoor Decorating Trends for 2014
AphroChic Presents 6 Outdoor Decorating Trends for 2014 on About.com
Composition: Anatomy of a Scandinavian Room
Have you ever looked at a room and thought, Wow! How did they do that? We understand that question (we ask it all the time). In this installment of
Designer Must Haves at 55 Downing Street
AphroChic Presents Designer Must Haves at 55 Downing Street
#2 Traditional Napkin Folding Tutorial
The next napkin fold is the Traditional Fold. It too is very easy and attractive...
Design Geek: Suzani
If there is a single lesson to be learned from an investigation into the history of design trends old and new, it is that globalism, while a relatively
Simple Ways to Give Your Small Space Big Style
Make the most of your tiny living area with these rules for decorating small rooms.
The Do's and Don'ts of Decorating with Throw...
Using throw pillows is a great way to add a little color and pattern to a room, liven up a boring sofa, or add comfort to a cozy bed. But when you're using throw pillows there are a few important tips to remember.
#9 Three Point Hat Napkin Folding Tutorial
Here's an easy decorative napkin fold for your holiday table...
Hanging Artwork in Diagonal Lines
Hanging Artwork in Diagonal Lines Add drama to an arrangement Hanging artwork in diagonal lines makes
What is a complementary color scheme?
What is a complementary color scheme? Find out from this FAQ from About's Interior Decorating site.
#1 Scarf Napkin Folding How-Tos
Learn how to do a variety of napkin folds for special entertaining. The first and easiest fold is the Scarf Fold...
Tips on Decorating Your Christmas Tree
Once you've chosen your Christmas tree, you're in for some fun. With so many choices of ornaments, garlands, colors, and decorations, you'll have decisions to make. Read our tips on decorating your Christmas tree before you start. You'll create a treasure for the whole season!
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.
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.
Hanging Artwork with Horizontal or Vertical Lines
Hanging Artwork with Horizontal or Vertical Lines Use line to underscore a decorating mood The use of
Garland Tips for Christmas Trees - How Much to...
Garlands add a unifying element to Christmas tree decor. Learn how to use garland on your tree, get tips on how much to use, and how to place it.
#12 Cat's Paw Napkin Folding Tutorial
Remember folding these out of paper? Try it with a napkin for something different...
Christmas Tree Skirts
Whether you need to cover up an unsightly tree stand or want to create a total picture with your Christmas tree, a Christmas tree skirt can serve as a special finishing touch for your tree. Get great ideas here about using and making a Christmas tree skirt that will really add a lot to your tree.
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
Lighting 101: The Right Lighting Options for...
In a living room it's important to have lighting that not only looks great but also accommodates all of the events that take place there. Check out these tips and ideas for making the most of living room lighting.
Buying New Bed Sheets? Read This First!
Do you remember when all bed sheets were white cotton? If so, you're probably amazed at how many options are on the market now. You can add color, style, and pattern to your bedroom with the newest bedding. Read here what you should do and know before you spend your money to buy new bed sheets.

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