A Lovely Entrance

If you are like me and you don’t do a whole lot of decorating for Valentine’s Day, but want to freshen up your entryway or another corner of your home, this post may be for you! I love to have a warm, inviting entrance that welcomes family and guests as they enter our home. I update our entryway often for the seasons because; 1. It’s me, and I’m always changing everything; 2. The entrance sets the mood and the tone for the rest of our home; and 3. This is one of my favorite spaces to decorate in our home. This most recent styling of our entryway, is simple, welcoming to our guests, and I will not have to do much updating once the Valentine holiday is over (which means more time updating another space!). I was able to strike a balance of now (Valentine’s Day) and later (spring) with a few simple and easy touches in one of my favorite areas of our home. Once Valentine’s day is over, you can remove the heart wreath & roses, and you will be left with an already beautifully decorated entryway that will transition your home right into spring!

To update our entryway for Valentine’s Day, I only added two things. A homemade chunky knit heart shaped wreath and a bowl of fresh roses. That’s it! Both relatively inexpensive items but both make a big impact. You don’t need to add much (especially Valentine’s décor) to make your home “feel” like Valentine’s Day.

The chunky knit wreath was a craft I tried for the first time this year, and I had so much fun making it! It is so simple and easy to create, but looks like it took hours. If I can make this, anyone can! You just need a little patience, access to YouTube (if you don’t know how to knit like me), and just a couple supplies. I found the wool roving and the 12″ wreath frame on Amazon, both linked here. You can watch how I made this wreath on this reel on Instagram and for step by step instructions you can watch this video on YouTube (which is the exact video I watched). The pièce de résistance of this wreath is the beautiful hand dyed silk ribbon that I found on Etsy. I cut three lengths of the ribbon and tied them in a bow for fuller layered look. I love how this wreath looks hanging from a hook in our entryway. I also think it would be pretty hanging above a mantle! Looking for another easy and fun Valentine craft?! Check out this blog post on how to make a salt dough Valentine garland!

What flower reminds you of Valentine’s day? I think most everyone would say the rose! I added a small glass bowl of fresh pale pink colored roses to the shelf of our entryway. Fresh floral arrangements do not need to be complicated. You all know how much I love to put together floral arrangements, but sometimes a simple monochromatic arrangement is just as beautiful. If you are intimidated by putting together an arrangement of fresh flowers, this would be a good way to get your feet wet and to feel more comfortable! The amount of flowers you will need will depend on the size of your vessel. For this arrangement, I used almost two dozen roses. To begin, cut the stems of each rose so that just the flower is just sticking out of the vessel. Cut each stem the exact same size so that all of the roses are of even height (to do this I cut one rose the height I need and then use that rose as the guide for the other roses that need trimming). Finally, keep adding the roses to the vessel until the vessel is full. To keep your flowers fresh and long lasting; remove all leaves from the stems and change the water daily so that your flowers have a fresh drink of water each day. What I love about adding the bowl of flowers to this space is that I can easily change out the type of flowers each season or holiday. How great is that! For spring, Peonies or Hydrangeas could be added to the bowl for an easy, fresh, spring arrangement. For an arrangement that will last forever, you could certainly use faux flowers too!

I can’t decorate a space without adding a candle! The candle I added here is the Capri Blue volcano scented candle from Anthropologie. The scent is clean & fresh, and the vessel is gorgeous. I have the mini candle styled here. I also have this larger sized candle and I love this colossal sized candle too!

I added three framed botanical prints that will easily transition from Valentine’s Day right into my spring décor. This was my first time hanging framed prints on the wall in this space, and I love the result! We hung these framed prints to appear as if they were connected or one continuous piece. For the prints, I went to one of my favorite art print websites and purchased (from left to right), a 5×7 elder flower vintage print, an 8×10 white rose of york vintage print, and a 5×7 rosier de candolle vintage print. (To purchase these prints or any other ones you love from Paper House Print Shop, use my code ELEANORROSE10 for 10% off your purchase! Simply choose your print, select the size, and your printed artwork will arrive right on your doorstep.) I placed the prints in these matted frames from Target. These frames are inexpensive and will match any décor with the light stained wood, simplicity of the frame, and white matting. I think the framed neutral botanical prints look so pretty against the green olive wallpaper!

I hope this blog inspires to add a little Valentine’s Day décor to your entryway or any other space in your home! Remember, just a few simple touches are all you need to add the holiday of love or the season of spring to your home.

For more on the bathroom adjacent to our entryway, you can read this recent blog post and what inspired me to refresh that space for spring!

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New Throw Pillows to Transition Our Home From Winter to Spring

If you’ve been following along here for even short amount of time, you know that comfortable and cozy is key in our home. That means that there is always an abundance of pillows and blankets on the living room couch and throughout the house that anyone can grab and snuggle with at any time (including Miss Eleanor). Let’s be honest…can you ever have too many pillows (please do not ask my husband this question)?! Cozy throw pillows are key to a couch that everybody wants to sit and relax on. We recently added a few new throw pillows to our living room that are cozy, will easily transition our home from winter to spring, and did not break the bank.

Before we dive into the new pillows we purchased for our living room, I want to share with you a few of the tips I use before making a throw pillow purchase. Follow these tips and you will have a couch filled with beautiful, cozy pillows too!

  • Purchase throw pillows that have a zipper or button closure. This way you can easily remove the cover for washing whenever it gets dirty.
  • Look at the materials. What type of fabric is the cover? Cotton and linen are the only two fabrics I purchase for spring, summer, and fall because of their durability and breathability.
  • Verify the size of the throw pillow (especially if purchasing online). I only purchase throw pillows that are 20×20 or larger. The larger the pillow, the cozier it will be!
  • Shop for neutral colored pillows. Purchase throw pillows with warm, neutral tones that can be utilized for multiple seasons. This means less money spent on new pillows each time the season or holiday changes.
  • When in-store shopping, test out the filling of the pillow. Bounce the pillow around and karate chop it to make sure the pillow insert isn’t too stiff. Just ignore the looks and glances of fellow shoppers when testing out the pillows! If shopping online, read the product details. Look for inserts that are made with down or down alternatives.
  • If you have pillow inserts, consider only purchasing the pillow covers. This way, you are not filling up closet space with multiple throw pillows and your inserts will be used year-round.

One of my favorite after Christmas purchases is this palampore, block print pillow cover from Pottery Barn. I love mixing pillow patterns and textures on our couch for coziness. What I love about this pillow cover is the neutral colors and the block print floral pattern (I am obsessed with block prints lately!). It is sophisticated and goes perfectly with the stripped pillows we already had on the couch from the Studio McGee line at Target. Pottery Barn is one of my favorite places to shop for pillow covers. Pottery Barn typically sells the pillow covers as one purchase (some of their outdoor pillows come with both the cover and insert) with the pillow insert another purchase. However, once you have the pillow inserts, you can switch the covers as often as you like without having to purchase the inserts again. Pottery Barn can be a bit of an investment, but their products are high quality and can last for years. I knew I would use the pillow covers I purchased for multiple seasons, so for me, the cost was worth the investment. If you are looking for pillow covers and Pottery Barn seems a little too expensive for you, H&M is my other favorite go to for pillow covers. H&M’s pillow covers are high quality for very little money. We have this linen pillow cover in our home and this ruffled pillow cover too, both from H&M!

Note: When shopping for pillow inserts, always buy the next size up from your pillow cover. If you are purchasing a 20×20 pillow cover, your insert should be 22×22. One of my favorite pillow inserts is this 22×22 down filled insert from Amazon, which can be found here.

If you have not seen the new spring arrivals from the Threshold with Studio McGee line at Target, you are missing out (well…your wallet will be happy you haven’t found it)! This newest collection from Studio McGee is by far my favorite to date. My first purchase from the spring collection was this oversized striped throw pillow. What I love about this throw pillow is the size (24×24), the beautiful striped detail, and the coziness. It’s soft and plush with just the right amount of filling that is not too soft or too hard. I love how perfectly this stripped pillow coordinates with the floral pillow cover from Pottery Barn. A few of other throw pillows I am loving from this collection (that I may need in my life) is this woven jacquard pillow , this oversized mini windowpane square pillow, and this euro etched neutral floral pillow.

I’ve been wanting to add a pillow to our window seats for the past few months, after having no pillows here for while. Last winter, I had about three to four pillows styled on each window seat, but Eleanor had a hard time seeing out the windows with all the pillows and each time someone wanted something from the storage inside the window seat, the pillows would end up all over the floor (that drives me nuts!). I had been looking for a lumber pillow for our window seats that easily be picked up and moved, and one that Eleanor could easily see over for quite sometime. When I saw this oversized oblong boucle woven lumbar pillow online, I knew I had to have it! The size (36″ wide) is perfect for these small seats, and the style of these pillows fit in nicely with the rest of the living room. This lumbar pillow is actually part of the new spring Threshold Studio McGee bedroom collection. That’s another great tip! Don’t let the label of something stop you from doing what you want with it. This pillow was labeled “bedroom pillow” but I thought it would perfect in our living room, so I added it! Remember in your home you can do what you want and what you love. Do not limit yourself, use your imagination when styling your home, and most importantly, have fun!

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Salt Dough Valentine Garland

Can you believe that February begins next week and Valentine’s Day is three weeks away! I’m going to be sharing lots of Valentine inspiration the next couple of weeks…so be prepared for lots of love, hearts, pinks, and reds. This week I am joining a few Instagram friends on a Valentine blog hop! My friends and I are each sharing a Valentine inspired blog post. How fun, right?! I’ll be sharing links to their blog posts at the end of this blog, so I hope you will continue reading to check them out. Each one of these ladies inspire me daily on social media and through their blogs, so I know you will be inspired by them as well!

Salt dough ornaments was one of the things on my “to do” list this past Christmas, however with the craziness of the holidays and time slipping through my fingers, I just ran out of time. I didn’t want to wait a whole year until next Christmas to make them, so I thought I would make salt dough ornaments for Valentine’s day and add them into my Valentine’s décor. Instead of using these as ornaments, I decided to turn them into a Valentine’s garland. This garland is an easy and inexpensive way to add a little Valentine décor into your home. I would venture to guess you have all of the ingredients and supplies you need for this craft already in your home. Décor that doesn’t require a stop at the store or spending a ton of money, is a win in my book! These ornaments are completely customizable, would be fun for little ones to help with, and these ornaments will last for years (due to the fact they are made mostly with salt) which means you can store them and reuse them year after year. This was my first time making salt dough ornaments, so it was a bit of trial and error. My first batch of salt dough was too wet, my second batch was too dry, but my third batch came out perfect. I hope you will give this recipe a try to make your own Valentine garland, or maybe Christmas ornaments for next year!

Here are the ingredients/supplies you will need to make these simple and easy salt dough ornaments:

-2 cups all purpose flour

-1 cup table salt

-3/4 cup water

-mixing bowl

-spoon or spatula

-rolling pin

-cookie cutters

-straw

-parchment paper

-baking sheets

-ribbon or twine

Combine the salt and flour. Slowly add in the water, mix as you pour. If dough is dry, add in small amounts of water, only about a teaspoon at time. (If you add to much, the dough will be too wet and you will not be able to cut out ornaments. Too little water and the dough will be crumbly and will not stick together.)

Once the dough starts to form, knead with hands. The more you knead the dough the smoother the dough will become.

Place your dough ball on clean, flat surface and roll out the dough to about a 1/4″ thickness. You can keep the dough as thick or as thin as you like. However, the baking time will change depending on the thickness of your ornaments.

Cut out your shapes with your cookie cutters. Once your shapes are cut, take the straw and make a hole at the top of each ornament so a ribbon or twine can be strung through.

Slowly peel the excess dough away from the cut out shapes and place the shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once your baking sheet is filled with ornaments, place into a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes. (Please do not judge my dirty oven! It needs to be cleaned desperately!) After 20 minutes, flip the ornaments and bake for another 10 minutes. Note: If your ornaments are not fully dried out, keep in the oven for 10-15 minute increments, checking occasionally, until the ornaments are completely dry. For no bake ornaments, simply leave your ornaments out in a warm, dry place for 3-7 days, and allow them to completely dry and harden.

Once your ornaments are dry and cooled, add your ribbon for hanging. I decided to make 2 garlands with my ornaments. One garland with the large and small heart shaped ornaments alternating, and the other with just the small heart ornaments. For the alternating garland, I spaced the ornaments about 2″ apart, and for the small heart garland I spaced the ornaments about 1″ apart. Leave enough ribbon on both ends of your garland to be able to hang your garland from a hook or pin.

I draped our salt dough Valentine garland on our accordion hanger as well as on the framed vintage Valentine print. I love the organic, whimsical touch these garlands add to our home. Your garland could be hung from a shelf, a mantle, on hooks in an entryway, or keep them as ornaments and hang from a Valentine tree!

Ideas to customize your salt dough ornaments:

-Add food coloring to your dough to change the natural color. Pink or red ornaments would be adorable for Valentine’s Day!

-Add glitter for sparkly ornaments.

-Add essential oils for fragrant ornaments.

-Paint your ornaments. Once your dough is cooled, use acrylic paints to add color or designs to your ornaments.

-Press a thumbprint or other shape into the dough before baking. How cute would a child’s handprint or fingerprint be!

-Use your salt dough ornaments as gift tags.

Now that I’ve got you in the Valentine spirit…check out these Valentine blogs from my friends for even more inspiration! Stacey from Green Valley Gable is sharing a love bird inspired front porch and entryway, Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest is sharing how to decorate with neutral colors for Valentine’s day, Brittany at White & Wood Grain is sharing how she refinished a secretary desk and styled for Valentine’s Day, Amanda at Girl About Columbus is sharing how to bring Valentine’s Day into your home, and Pam at Junk Tales is sharing the best vintage items to decorate with for Valentine’s Day.

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Spring Refresh of the Downstairs Bathroom

I know…I know…it might seem a little premature to be thinking of spring and adding that into our home when it’s only mid-January (I am always about 2 months ahead in my décor when it comes to the seasons). It’s been a while since I’ve refreshed this bathroom with new linens and soaps, and so with spring on my mind I decided to do a small spring-ish refresh. We don’t use this bathroom very often, in fact, since we added this bathroom to our home some 13 years ago, we may have only used the shower a handful of times. The plan when we were designing the addition to our home was this downstairs bathroom was only going to be a half bath. However, at the time we were building, we thought it would be a good idea to have another shower for when the kids got older. So we added the stand up shower to the design plan. The kids got older and do not use this bathroom. Everyone in our home prefers to use the upstairs bathroom (which is probably because that bathroom offers a lot more privacy), so if we could go back in time we would not have installed the shower in this bathroom (hindsight is 20/20 right?!). I honestly do not mind that everyone likes using the upstairs bathroom, it makes my life easier when cleaning our home! I should point out, it has not been 13 years since I’ve updated or refreshed anything in this bathroom! If you know me, if even just a little bit, you know that I am changing things constantly in our home. Let’s do a little bathroom refresh…shall we!

For the holidays, I like to have pine scented everything in our home; soaps, candles, cleaners. I thought it would be nice to switch out the winter pine fragrance with a more spring like scent for this refresh. I added a rose scented hand soap, lotion, and candle from Panier des Sens. I collaborated with this French based cosmetic company last year and most recently have become a brand ambassador. If you have not tried their soaps or candles, you are missing out! Their fragrances are made with essential oils and most of their ingredients are sourced right in Provence, France. But truth be told, do you really want to know my favorite part about their products? The beautiful packaging! I love the look of their products next to the sink, they look very high end for a fraction of what similar cosmetic companies would cost. For the vegan friendly Rejuvenating Rose liquid hand soap click here, hand lotion click here, or candle click here. Some of my other favorite scents from Panier des Sens are Lavender, Orange Blossom, and Provence. You can use my code HEIDI20 at checkout for 20% off your entire full price purchase…how cool is that!

A bathroom update or refresh is not complete without new crisp linens. I like to change out our hand towels each season, and I change out our bath towels every few months. I do not typically spend a lot on hand towels since they are changed out seasonally, but I do like to invest in good bath towels. Years ago, I would buy the cheapest towels and unfortunately they did not last long. They would stay wet forever, fray, and would eventually get that musty smell that I could not wash out. I learned the importance in investing in quality towels. Now that I’ve learned my lesson on what towels to buy, our towels dry quickly, hold their shape, and do not develop that musty smell after a few uses. For this refresh, I bought these hand towels from Target. I loved the fringe detail on the bottom of the towel, the neutral colors of the towel, and the print which I thought would match the romantic vibe of the rose soap and flower shaped rug. A few other neutral hand towels I am loving are; this paisley hand towel from World Market, this Turkish hand towel from Olive & Linen, this waffle knit hand towel from Crate & Barrel, and this houndstooth hand towel from Target. The white bath towels I added to this bathroom and what we have in our upstairs bathroom are from Potterybarn (well worth the money!). And finally, the knit facecloths were handmade from this Etsy shop.

Finally, the one item that inspired this whole refresh…this floral rug from Anthropologie. To say I am obsessed with this rug is an understatement! I happened to stumble across this rug a couple of weeks ago while browsing Anthropologie’s website. Do you ever come across something that you just have to have? Well, that happens to me quite often (lol) and this rug was one of those things. I loved the shape and size and thought it would fit perfectly in this small space. You can find this rose shaped bath mat from Anthropologie, here. Some of the other bath mats that I am loving right now are; this riveria bath mat & this tufted bath mat both from Anthropologie, this round bath mat from World Market (which was in this bathroom previously), and this tasseled bath mat from Target.

I am loving the final outcome of this small refresh, what do you think! Sometimes, simply updating a few small things in your home can make a big impact and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Don’t forget to use the code HEIDI20 when shopping the Panier des Sens website! Links to everything (except the soap, lotion, and candle) can be found here on LIKEtoKNOW.it. Tell me your thoughts on this bathroom refresh, do you have a bathroom in need of a small update?! Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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All About Me…Part III!

It’s a new year and a new installment of “All About Me”! It’s been a few months since I’ve posted one of these fun “get to know me” blog posts and so I thought it was time to do another one. It’s fun sharing a little bit about me so that all of you can get to know me and Eleanor Rose Home a little better. I recently asked my friends on Instagram to send me questions that they may be interested in knowing about me. I received some great, tough, thought provoking questions. I really had to think about some of my answers! This is the third “All About Me” blog post, if you want to read the first post click here and the second post is located here.

Who is your biggest design influence? Was it your mom or a friend?

I have always loved to decorate, even as a young child. I think I inherited that from my mom and maybe a little bit from my dad. Growing up, we always lived in fixer uppers. On the weekends, my mom and dad were always working on some project around the house. My mom would come up with a home project and my dad would execute it. My mom has always had an eye for what looks pretty and my dad has always been handy building and fixing whatever needed to be done around the house. My mom would always decorate our house beautifully each holiday and anyone who came over would always compliment what a beautiful home we had. So because I grew up with projects going on all the time, I think that is why we constantly have something going on in our home. It’s what I know, it’s what I grew up with, and boy am I lucky to have a found a man that can get things done like my dad!

What is your favorite movie?

I can’t think of one particular movie as my favorite; I have a few. I can watch movies that I love over and over again, on repeat every day. I grew up loving TV and the short escape from reality that TV & movies provided. We didn’t have cable in our house growing up, so my sister and I would always pop VHS tapes into the VCR on the weekends and watch movies. I still love to veg in front of the TV with one of my favorite movies on the tube. Here is a list of my favs. Some of these movies I can recite word for word!

Field of Dreams – Takes place in Iowa (where I am originally from) and summer in Iowa always makes me nostalgic.

The Shining – I have no idea why I like this movie, but I always like to watch it around Halloween or when we get a snow storm.

Titanic – When this first came out in the movies, my friends and I went to the movie theater to watch it about 10 times.

White Christmas – This is a movie my sister and I would watch over and over again growing up. I think this movie takes me back to my childhood, and so it is on all the time at Christmas.

While You Were Sleeping – This is such a cute movie with Sandra Bullock. I put it on when I want a movie that is funny and romantic!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Need I say more!

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles – If you have not seen this movie please do so around Thanksgiving time! It’s such a funny movie that we just discovered a couple of years ago and we watch it every November.

What is your favorite item to decorate with?

Florals and greenery for sure! One of my favorite things to do when decorating our home is to add in elements of the outdoors. Bringing nature inside makes our home feel warm and cozy. I love clipping stems, florals, greenery, and even the occasional weed from our yard and displaying them in a vase. I also love to grab fresh cut flowers/greenery from the grocery store to create floral arrangements. Roses, Hydrangeas, Peonies, Ranunculus, Eucalyptus, and olive stems are some of my favorite cut stems to buy. I do not have a green thumb and cannot keep a house plant alive, so we have faux greenery in our home as well. Some of my other favorite things to decorate with are candles, books, and vintage prints.

How old is Eleanor and where did you find her?

For those of you that don’t know, Eleanor Roosevelt is our dog and is a mix of Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier. Eleanor is 7.5 years old and is originally from Arkansas. We had put down our yellow lab, Scout about 6 months before and had said we would not get another dog. However, one Friday morning after cleaning the house, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw two pictures of sister puppies that were on their way up to Massachusetts from Arkansas. (Eleanor and her litter mates had been left on the side of the road in Arkansas, and luckily were rescued by a local animal rescue league.) As soon as I saw Eleanor’s face (she was named Fannie at the time) I knew I had to have her. The kids came home from school that afternoon and I showed them the pictures and asked which puppy they would like. Each one picked a different puppy, and I said, “Now we have to convince Daddy to let us get one of them.” Dave got home from work that day and was not convinced that we should adopt another dog. I told him the puppies might already be taken, and I would just reach out to see if either one was still available, and we would go from there. I messaged the woman and someone had already adopted Ellie’s sister, but Eleanor was still available. She asked if we would like to meet the puppy and we could see if we all were a good fit for each other, of course I said yes! We meet the woman at a park that Sunday and as soon as we meet Eleanor (she was so small and was wearing a little blue knit sweater, it was so cute!), we knew she was a part of our family. Eleanor has been the light of our lives ever since!

When did you discover you were passionate about interior décor?

I’ve always been passionate about home décor. However, I always thought of it as a hobby and not necessarily as a career. I never really had a desire to decorate or design someone else’s home, and so I thought there really was no avenue for me to pursue. After high school, I went right into the workforce and worked retail for a few years until becoming a stay at home mom, and then working in an office. But, once COVID hit I was spending a lot more time at home and it quickly reignited my love of home and home décor. I started doing more things around the house and completing home projects that we had been putting off. In addition to falling in love with home décor again, I discovered Instagram. I looked forward to the inspiration I found and seeing the stories of the influencers I followed every day. I soon started asking myself, why can’t I do this?! Within a couple of months, May 14, 2021 specifically, I decided to open a professional Instagram account and shared my very first post. I haven’t looked back since!

What is your favorite season?

Fall. The older I get the more I love fall. Over the past few years it has slowly become my favorite season. There are so many things to love about fall, especially living in New England. We typically have hot, humid summers so the cooler, drier weather that fall brings is such a respite. We have so many deciduous trees in New England that each fall when they change from bright green to a million shades of reds, oranges, and yellows that the woods look like a beautiful piece of art. Pumpkins, gourds, squashes, cranberries, and apples all come into season and are in abundance at local farm stands for us to eat and enjoy mother natures bounty. And how about fall scented candles…those are the best and my favorite scents! The best part of fall is that it leads to my favorite time of the year and holidays…Thanksgiving and Christmas!

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Homemade chocolate chip cookies. Need I say more! Notice how I added homemade to the front of chocolate chip cookies! The best cookies are homemade and cannot be bought in the store. What makes a great chocolate chip cookie? The crunchy outer layer, the salty and sweet flavor combination, sweet chocolate chips that melt in your mouth, and the warm gooey inside especially right when they come out of the oven. If a cookie has all of these things I could easily eat half a dozen in one sitting! My other favorite cookies include sugar, peanut butter blossoms, and monster.

Do you have any exciting plans for 2022?

I am excited to see where Eleanor Rose Home goes in 2022! This will be the first full year of Eleanor Rose and I can’t wait to see the possibilities and growth that will happen this year. We do not have any vacation plans this year. We do hope to start and complete the kitchen remodel, among other home projects. There are a few other exciting things happening, which I will share with all of you as soon as I can!

What is your design style?

I guess I’ve never really thought about my design style, so I am not 100% sure about this! I think my design style would fit into multiple categories and not just one. You could probably say my design style is a little bit traditional, vintage, Scandinavian, and farmhouse. Combine these styles and I think that describes our home. When it comes to our home, I always decorate with things I love and function for our family. Some of the things I use may not be on trend or a specific design style and that is ok! Our home reflects who we are as a family, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.

What are some of your goals for 2022?

While I do not create new year’s resolutions, I do think about goals and things I want to accomplish in the new year. A few of my goals for 2002 are…Continuing to grow Eleanor Rose Home blog and brand by sharing on social media platforms, working with brands I am passionate about, and participating in workshops to help grow the brand. Renovating the kitchen (most excited about this one!). Reading more books, specifically self help books. Finding vintage Santa mugs, a collection I am hoping to start this year. Finally and most importantly, spending more quality time with my husband and children. I found myself doing too many things in 2021 and not spending enough quality time with my family. This lead to my 2022 word of the year, be present. You can read more about my word of the year choice, here.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me! It’s fun sharing small tidbits about me with all of you. Is there something you would like to ask me or know more about me, my family, or our home? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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How to Keep Your Home Cozy After the Holidays

After an exciting couple of months with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, we now find ourselves entering a new year and the coldest couple of months ahead (in New England anyways!). This time of year can be a strange time for me and I tend to have mixed emotions. On the one hand, I am excited to be done with the hustle and bustle of the holidays and I am excited for the endless possibilities a new year brings. However, on the other hand, I am sad that the Christmas decorations and the Christmas tree are taken down and stored away until next year. Christmas decorations make the house feel so cozy, warm, and magical with the twinkling lights, the happy Santa faces, and sprigs of green sprinkled throughout the house. And so, once the decorations come down, the house feels a little…well, empty and cold. I like to take this time between the holidays and spring (yes spring!) as a chance to assess, take inventory, and take advantage of the blank canvas that is our home. The possibilities are endless with a blank canvas and so, instead of feeling down that Christmas is over, I like to think of this time as an opportunity to start fresh! One element that is extremely important to me when assessing and deciding what to use for decorations in our home during the winter (and really anytime of year) is, coziness. Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean your home still can’t feel cozy and well loved. Here are a few of the things I do in our home to keep that keep cozy feeling all winter long…

Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop potpourri is a great way to keep your home smelling like Christmas all winter. It permeates your home with smells of pine, cinnamon, citrus, and cloves. I love walking into our home after being outside on a chilly day and smelling the delicious scents coming from the kitchen. Stovetop potpourri is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home feel lived in and well loved. The scents can be changed by simply adding or subtracting ingredients based on what you like and what makes your home feel cozy. For the recipe and instructions on how you can make your own potpourri, read my blog post here. My favorite stovetop potpourri pot can be found here.

Pillows & Blankets

You can never have to many pillows, blankets, and quilts during the winter months in my opinion! I love snuggling up on the couch with a bunch of comfy pillows and warm blankets on a snowy day. Simply adding blankets and pillows to your couch will instantly make your living room and home feel warmer and cozier. For the winter months, I like to have pillows and blankets that have lots of texture. Texture equals warmth. Warmth equals coziness. Knits, linen, fleece, wool, and velvet are all great winter textures and elements that will add warmth to your space. For depth, mix textures. For instance, on a couch layer (layering is key too!) a large knit square pillow with a smaller linen pillow, and then add in a cotton quilt. Some of my favorite cozy pillows and blankets can be found here.

Books

Books are one of my favorite things to decorate with all through the year. It’s something we use all of the time and they are so easy to style. When using them in our décor I like to mix new books with old, vintage books. Old books have amazing character. I love thinking of the history, of the hands that touched the book before me, of the story behind the name written on the inside cover, of the reason why page 38 was folded over. The combination of new & old books adds depth to our décor and thus adds coziness. When styling books in your home whether on a shelf or a table; make them look they have been or are being used. What does this mean? I used to style the books on our bookshelves all in uniform style. I would style them biggest to smallest or vice versa, all in a straight line. Do not do this! Style your books mixing heights, thicknesses, and alternating old and new. Doing these things is what will add the cozy factor to your home when decorating with books. Some of my favorite home décor books I am currently reading can be found here. Not only are these books good reads, they are perfect for styling as well. My favorite shop to find vintage books can be found here.

Candles

Candles add warm light to dark winter days. There is something about the glow and smell of a candle that can make a home feel so cozy. We always have candles on hand, and burn them 365 days a year. I bunch candlesticks (group items in odd numbers, I tend to like groups of three) with taper candles on our mantle or on our kitchen table for a cozy glow. I also have jarred candles sprinkled around the house so that whatever room I am in, I can light a candle for ambiance. Some of my favorite candles can be found at Antique Candle Co., Anthropologie, and Yankee Candle. I like to invest in higher priced candles that are made with high quality materials, they smell so much better and last a lot longer.

Comfort Food

Nothing warms the soul or a cold body better than delicious comfort food. Meals during the winter for our family are typically hearty, stick to your ribs ones. I figure a few lbs. in the winter isn’t a bad thing, besides it adds a little more insulation to the hips and thighs to fend off the cold weather. Comfort food for our family consists of casseroles, crock pot recipes, breakfast for dinner, and anything with cheese and more cheese. One of our favorite foods is macaroni and cheese. I discovered a similar recipe to the one I will be sharing with you below on Pinterest a couple of years ago and it has become one of our favorite recipes. It’s super easy (no need to make a rue) and extra tasty and cheesy! I like to serve our mac & cheese in these small cocottes, for some reason these dishes with cute little covers, make the food taste so much better!

Is there something you do in your home that makes your house feel extra cozy? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you! I look forward to sharing more of my home with you and inspiring you to have a well loved home!

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Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

1 lb. elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons butter

12 oz. can evaporated milk

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper

1 cup shredded american cheese

1/2 cup shredded colby jack cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded muenster cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups cubed chicken breast, cooked

1/4 cup buffalo hot sauce

1. Bring water to boil in a large pot and cook macaroni according to package directions.

2. Drain macaroni when al dente and set off to the side.

3. Return the pot that was used for the macaroni back to the stove, turn heat to medium, add butter and melt.

4. Pour in the evaporated milk and milk, stir.

5. Bring mixture to a simmer.

6. Add in salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Stir to combine.

7. Stir in all of the cheeses and melt. Once cheese is melted turn off the heat.

8. Add in the cooked chicken breast and the macaroni. Stir until the chicken and macaroni are covered with the cheese sauce.

9. Pour into ramekins or large casserole dish and serve immediately or add more shredded cheese on top and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly.

Enjoy!


Be Present

As December 2021 begins to wind down and come to a close, I begin thinking and planning for the new year ahead. I am not someone who makes new year’s resolutions. I am not sure why, it’s just something I’ve never done. I think I tried when I was younger and after a couple of weeks, I had completely forgotten about what I had planned on resolving in the new year! What I have started doing recently to help me achieve my goals for the new year is to create a “Word of the Year”. It’s not easy choosing a word to focus my year around, and it’s not something I take lightly. I put a lot of thought and care into choosing one or sometimes two words to be my word(s) of the year. The first step I take in choosing a word is to reflect back on the current year. What do I want more of in my life? What do I want less of? How should I be spending my time? Am I happy? What makes me happy? Asking myself these questions, helps me to take inventory on what I want to focus on in the new year.

Last December, I was having a hard time coming up with a word for 2021. I kept bouncing a few words around in my mind, and kept coming back to one. I felt like it was a silly word and kept pushing it out of my mind, thinking I should chose a word with deeper meaning. Then, one day I was helping William with an assignment (I cannot remember what it was for) over Christmas break and the word I had been mulling over somehow appeared in his assignment, and a little light bulb went off in my head. The word was, creativity. It wasn’t a silly word, it was exactly what I needed and wanted more of in my life! In 2020, I started working from home (due to COVID) and rediscovered my love of home and decorating. I loved how my creative mind had started working again; new ideas about how to style this, or a home project that I had time to think about, or seeing something differently because I was home and not racing around doing this or that. I knew at the end of 2020 that I didn’t want my creativity to end in 2021 when I returned to the office and life finally returned to normal. Choosing creativity as my 2021 word of the year has been one of the best decisions I have made. It helped me to find myself and to begin understanding what I want and need in life to truly be happy. The creative side of me began to feel fulfilled when I began posting blog posts consistently, sharing our home and projects on social media, and meeting like-minded peers.

The second step I take in choosing a word of the year, is to reflect back on the year and take mental inventory. A few words will typically make their way into my mind. I start bouncing them around and visualizing how those words will impact my life. Which word makes the most sense? What word will make the biggest impact? And…trust your gut. This is hard one for me. I always fight what my gut says, and I usually end up right back to what my gut was telling me originally!

Lastly, I stay committed to my word. Once I have my word of the year, and it feels right (back to trust your gut!), stick to it. If I am not committed to my word, I know I am not going to put in the effort to actually make changes in my life in the new year.

So without further ado, my 2022 “Word(s) of the Year” are…BE PRESENT.

These words have presented themselves to me quite frequently lately, and so this years’ words of the year were actually quite easy to choose. What does “be present” mean to me? Being here and now, living in the moment, and not giving into distractions. I’ve noticed over this past year that although I am happier, I am doing too many things at once. I have found that I am constantly distracted and not living in the moment. I have not been giving my full attention to anything in trying to get everything done. I want that to change. I want to be fully present in everything I do; I want to enjoy the time I have. That means when I am with my family, giving them 100% of my attention. When I am at work, giving 100% of my efforts. When working on Eleanor Rose Home, giving 100% of me. I am not going to lie, this is going to be a challenge for me! I am someone whose mind is constantly racing, always thinking of something to do, and needs to be busy all the time, so consciously slowing down is going to be hard. But, I am committed to putting in the effort to make life changes and to be present in the here and now!

I challenge you to find your word of the year for 2022. What are you looking to change in your life? How can you be happier? Reflect on this past year and look forward to the future. Challenge yourself to grow and become a better person! I would love to know if you have a word of the year or if this is something knew you are thinking of trying. Leave me a comment!

I wish you a happy new year! Let’s welcome 2022 with open arms. I am excited to see what this new year has in store…

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas does not feel like Christmas in our home without homemade Christmas cookies! When I was a little girl I would help my mom bake cookies during the holidays and I have done the same thing with my family for the past twenty or so years. I am not a baker like my mom is, so baking cookies during the holidays is special for our home. My favorite cookie to bake during the holidays or anytime of the year are sugar cookies, followed by chocolate chip cookies, and then peanut butter blossoms. The sugar cookie though brings me right back to my childhood. I vividly remember my mother rolling out the sugar cookie dough, cutting out the shapes, and having my dad, sister, and I decorate the cookies with frosting and sprinkles. My dad always thought it was funny to do weird things with the frosting or the sprinkles and my mom would get so mad! I don’t get much help in the kitchen from my husband or my children but they certainly like to eat the cookies I have baked.

These sugar cookies are not fancy by any stretch of the imagination. There are so many talented bakers and artists out there that make the most perfectly decorated cookies. Some of the cookies I have seen are almost too beautiful to eat! I do not have the patience to create perfectly iced cookies so if you are looking for that, you will not find that here or at my house! What I can give you is a delicious cookie recipe. This sugar cookie recipe produces a cookie that is slightly crunchy on the edges and soft and buttery on the inside, isn’t that the perfect texture for a cookie?! The cookie is then topped with jarred sugary Betty Crocker frosting and fun festive sugars and sprinkles. That is exactly how my mom made them, and that is how I love them! This cookie is not a true Christmas cookie until it is topped with jarred store bought frosting. I have tried making my own icing, but there is something about using exactly what my mom did, that makes these cookies feel special and takes me right back to my childhood.

Before you begin baking your sugar cookies, you will need to have your Christmas cookie cutters and festive sprinkles and sugars ready. The cookie cutters I have were purchased almost 20 years ago and include a Christmas tree, bell, star, reindeer, angel, gingerbread man, and stocking. If you are in need of cookie cutters or want to update what you have, here are a few that would be perfect to cut out your Christmas cookies. This 26 piece cookie cutter kit from Williams-Sonoma has all the cutters you could possibly need, here is a smaller set that has the classic shapes from Williams-Sonoma, or this classic set with rubber gripes from Wilton is adorable especially for those with younger children. Picking out the cookie embellishments is the most exciting part of cookie baking! Each cookie should be different and unique and adding sprinkles or sugar to the tops of your cookies will make them just that. These holiday sprinkles have a variety all in one jar, these sugar crystals look delicious, how cute is this gingerbread sprinkle mix, or how fun are these St. Nick sprinkles.

I highly recommend making your sugar cookie dough from scratch. It tastes and bakes up so much nicer than the ready made dough that you can purchase in the store. These cookies are easy to make and well worth the short amount of time it takes to mix the dough and bake the cookies. This recipe is not just for Christmastime. I use it for Valentine & Halloween sugar cookies as well. Recipe is included below! I would love to know if you try this recipe and love it as much as my family. Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe? Let me know by leaving a comment, I would love to hear from you and which treats your family enjoys during the holidays! Links to products can be found throughout this blog, they are also linked here LiketoKnow.it (using this link provides me a small commission).

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Rolled Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter, softened

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-2 jars white frosting

sprinkles or colored sugars

1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, egg and blend well.

2. Add flour, baking powder, salt and mix well.

3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

4. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

5. On a lightly floured surface roll out 1/3 of the dough at a time to a 1/8″ thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated.)

6. Cut with floured cookie cutter and place about 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 5-9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

8. Once cookies are cooled completely, spread frosting on top of cookies and sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles.

Makes about 6 dozen. Enjoy!


Brown Paper Packages

Can you believe there are only eighteen days left until Christmas?! That means I need to get a move on my Christmas shopping and finish it sooner rather than later. Christmas shopping leads to one of my favorite activities…gift wrapping! I I love wrapping presents. I’ve loved wrapping gifts for as long as I can remember. As a child I would search for items around the house that I thought my parents or sister would like just so I could wrap the item and decorate the package. I would be so proud to give them the gift I wrapped! I realized at a young age that a gift can mean so much more when presented with beautiful packaging. One of the best feelings is finding the perfect gift for a family member or a friend and watching them tear into the wrapping to find the gift they’ve been wanting! Think about it. If someone gave you a beautifully wrapped gift or a gift just placed in a bag with tissue paper, which one would YOU want to open more?! I guarantee almost everyone would want to open the gift wrapped present. Taking the extra time to wrap your presents instead of throwing in a bag, shows your gift recipient that you put a lot of thought and care into not only their gift but the presentation as well. Oh…and another great reason to wrap your gifts, you can admire their beauty underneath your Christmas tree for the season!

A few years ago, I actually thought of opening a gift wrapping business. I had a name picked out too, “Brown Paper Packages” (Get it…from the song, “My Favorite Things” sung by Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”). I had this whole idea of what I wanted to do and what services I would offer. But then, I started think realistically about having to wrap other people’s presents during the busiest time of year and realized maybe this business idea was not the best. I also had the fear that if I started wrapping gifts all the time for a business, I might end up not loving it, and I did not want that to happen!

I’ve compiled some of my tips and tricks for gift wrapping that you can use to help you this season to ensure your gifts are wrapped beautifully. For those of you that don’t love to wrap gifts, maybe this will help you to get into the spirit of gift wrapping! And for those of you that love wrapping, I am happy to be in the same club with you!

Set up a wrapping station that is comfortable for you. Your station could be at the kitchen island, the dining room table, or maybe you have a custom built wrapping station (jealous if you do!). For me, my station is on the floor in the living room right by the Christmas tree. I turn a Christmas movie on (typically White Christmas) and enjoy my time by the ambiance of the tree. Wrapping can seem like a monotonous task, but take the opportunity to sit down, relax, and let your mind wander. Enjoy this time of year and everything that comes along with it, it’s only once a year, right?!

Set yourself up for success by having the right tools for wrapping. That means a sharp pair of scissors, clear sticky tape, thick quality wrapping paper, and thick sturdy boxes. I’ve found I have spent just as much money on the dollar store wrapping paper as the higher end brands. Invest in a quality paper and you will waste less paper, and your package will look like a million bucks. Just like anything else in life, when you have the right tools, your job will go a lot faster and easier. There is nothing worse than trying to cut paper with dull scissors, paper that keeps ripping, or trying to stuff something into a flimsy box that keeps collapsing every time you touch it!

Gather your wrapping supplies. For Christmas, I like to pick out at least 3 different but coordinating wrapping papers that I will use for all of our gifts (excluding Santa presents) as well as the ribbon and embellishments that coordinates with the paper. I typically pick all of this out before I even start buying gifts. This way when I am ready to wrap, I have everything all ready to go. This year, I chose a green ticking stripe paper, brown kraft paper, and an ice skating scene wrapping paper. Each paper uniquely different, but all go together cohesively. The ribbon I decided upon this year was a green & white velvet frayed ribbon as well as a brown twine that I was already using throughout the house for Christmas décor. So naturally, I decided to use that same ribbon & twine for the gifts as well; coordinating the presents back to the décor in the house. For the gift embellishments, I wanted to use a natural element, dried orange slices as well as a fun Christmas item, gold bells.

Wrap your gifts as you buy them. This is a really great tip! I do not save all of my wrapping to be done once I’ve completed all of my shopping, I wrap gifts as I buy them. This makes the task of wrapping less daunting, and the more likely I will do it.

Keep it simple. You do not need to overload your gift with tons of ribbon and embellishments for it to look beautiful. Sometimes less is more. A simple bow with a couple of dried oranges, gold bells, or greenery can make a big statement.

Remember it is all in the details. The smallest details can make all the difference to your finished present. Keep your wrapping paper tight to the package for crisp edges. Make sure to fold in the cut edges of your paper about a 1/4″-1/2″ to give that professional finished look to your gift. Always add the finishing touch to the cut edge of the ribbon. Instead of leaving the cut edge of your ribbon cut straight across, finish it by folding the cut edges (of each ribbon end) together and cut in a diagonal upward motion. This will leave a pretty little triangular cut out at the end of your ribbon. These simple little touches will set your gift apart from others!

I hope these tips and tricks help you when wrapping your Christmas gifts this year. Do you have any helpful tricks that you use when gift wrapping? Let me know by leaving a comment, I would love to hear from you! Links to products can be found throughout this blog, they are also linked here LiketoKnow.it (using this link provides me a small commission).

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Stovetop Potpourri – A Homemade Christmas Gift Idea

Tis the season for…Christmas shopping and Christmas gifts! With Thanksgiving behind us, we are in full on Christmas mode and that includes lots of shopping and gifting. I try to get the bulk of my Christmas shopping done well in advance of December, but this year is proving to be a challenge. I am not sure why I am procrastinating; could be I don’t have the time or that my creative mind is constantly preoccupied with Eleanor Rose Home (I believe the latter to be most true!). Christmas shopping can be a stressful time for almost everyone. There is so much pressure to find the perfect gift or to spend more money than your budget allows. I hope this blog post will give you the freedom to (just maybe) take some of the stress off of buying a few presents for those on your list, and possibly making your own gifts this year!

One of the things I enjoy most about the holidays is creating homemade gifts for Christmas. Almost every year, I come up with a gift that I think my friends and family would love and make it myself. Homemade gifts come from the heart and can mean so much to the ones you are gifting. It’s a great way to save money during the holidays, and everyone will cherish the gift knowing it was made from your heart. Some of my favorite homemade gifts I have gifted in the past are cinnamon baked ornaments, homemade candles in mason jars, homemade vanilla extract (this was one of the easiest and most loved homemade gifts), and baked Christmas cookies. This year, I decided to gift homemade stovetop potpourri. This would be the perfect hostess gift, or a great gift for a teacher, bus driver, hairdresser, coworker, etc. Stovetop potpourri was something I discovered this fall, and I could not believe the incredible smells that filled our kitchen! I remember my husband walking into the house one day saying, “What is that amazing smell!” So, when I was thinking of what I wanted to make for gifts this Christmas, I knew my family and friends would love this potpourri as much as I do.

The recipe I am sharing with you can be changed up a million different ways based on what you like and what smells you enjoy. Some great additions or substitutions to your potpourri could be dried rosemary, dried cranberries, pinecones, or dried lemons. The ingredients I selected are some of my favorites scents and evoke the feeling of Christmas for me. Let’s make some stovetop potpourri!

What You Will Need:

10 8 oz. glass jars

5-6 Dried oranges

4-5 Dried apples

Cinnamon sticks

Bay leaves

Cloves

Star anise

Pine stems

Twine

Brown Kraft paper

Scissors

Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

Instructions:

1. Gather all of your ingredients that you are going to be adding to your jar for the potpourri (I did not measure out the ingredients, I eyeballed everything and had enough for 10 jars). Lay all of your ingredients out on a counter or in bowls so that you can easily grab each item and place into the jar. (Click here for instructions on how to dry your oranges and apples. Your fruit should be completely dried out, otherwise the fruit will mold in your jar.)

2. Alternate your fruit and spices into the jar so that you have about an equal amount of each item. Presentation is key here, so as you are putting items in the jar, keep an eye on how the outside of the jar looks. Pack your jar filling in spaces with the smaller items.

3. Once your jars are stuffed with your potpourri ingredients, seal with the cover.

4. Take the brown Kraft paper and find a circle that you can trace onto the paper that is about 1″ bigger than the cover to your jar. You want the Kraft paper to overhang so that you can wrap the twine around it. Cut out all of your circles with scissors.

5. Heat up your hot glue gun. Place a small dab of the hot glue in the middle of the cover to the glass jar. Quickly center and press the paper circle to the glue dab on the jar top. Next, on the side of the cover, add a small dab of hot glue. Press the paper to the dab of glue. Continue about 3-4 times around the side of the cover, securing the paper.

6. Once all the Kraft paper circles are glued to the jars, cut your twine. I cut the twine about 36″ long so that I could wrap the twine about 3 times around the top of the jar.

7. About a 1/4″ from the top of the jar, wrap the twine around the brown paper/cover so that the paper is secure and the twine is tight. I went around the jar about 3 times with the twine. Once wrapped around the jar, tie a knot.

8. Add a tag with instructions on how to use the potpourri or add any other item for decoration. I did not add any tags, but did secure a dried orange slice with the twine, and then tied a simple bow.

How To Use:

To use the stovetop potpourri, add the entire contents of the jar to a pot and cover with water. Simmer on and off for a few days. Turn the heat off at anytime if the scent becomes Too strong or if your home smells sufficiently Christmassy. After a few hours, the smell will began to fade, turn the heat back on for a fresh infusion of scents. As the water evaporates, continue to add more, covering the potpourri. The potpourri will last about 3-4 days and should be stored in the refrigerator overnight.

Instead of running around trying to find the perfect gift this year, consider making your own. Whether it’s stovetop potpourri or something else, your gift recipients will appreciate the love and effort you put into your homemade gift. Do you have a favorite homemade gift that you have gifted before that everyone loves? Let me know by leaving a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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