Archive for April 2011


Coordinating window treatments to the nature of your space.
Coordinating window treatments to the nature of your space
Apr 29 2011

Interior design expert Sue Rainville shared some of her insight when choosing window coverings, and color should be one of the main determining factors, according to the Abbotsford Mission Times.

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A splash of color and sufficient storage makes the laundry room attractive and organized.
A splash of color and well-organized storage brightens a laundry room
Apr 29 2011

Laundry rooms aren't usually high on the list of decorating projects. But making it attractive as well as organized may be the enticement a homeowner needs to get laundry duties done.

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Decorating a bed with an interesting ensemble of linens makes it the focal point of the room.
Faux wood blinds are a versatile choice for an updated bedroom
Apr 29 2011

Home decorators looking for a way to spruce up their bedroom can take a hint from the "bed in a box" sets that have become popular in home goods shops.

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Home decorators can learn how to hang a wall gallery by seeing how it is done in art galleries.
Home wall galleries becoming a popular decorating trend
Apr 29 2011

Home decorators can be as creative as they choose when designing a wall gallery that reflects their personal interests and captures special memories.

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Lots of glass in a kitchen gives the room an expansive look.
Glass and mirrors give kitchens an open, expansive look
Apr 29 2011

Glass and mirrors offer homeowners an easy way to give the illusion of more space in a small kitchen.

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Dark Hues are wonderful options for home offices.
Dark hues are wonderful options for home offices
Apr 28 2011

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the shade works best when combined with varying shades of the same color, and could be a savvy option for home offices.

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A few white accents is a charming backdrop for spring styles.
A few white accents is a charming backdrop for spring styles
Apr 28 2011

According to The Columbian, a few white candle holders, window treatments and some spring slipcovers will provide a stunning backdrop for your spring styles.

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The entry hall behind a home's front door can create an attractive first impression on visitors.
Woven shades help create the first impression of a well-designed entrance
Apr 28 2011

Whether a door opens into a tiny vestibule or a spacious foyer, the entryway to a home is the equivalent of a person making a first impression.

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An art work can take the place of a traditional headboard.
A faux headboard can be a bedroom focal point offset by simple soft sheer shades
Apr 28 2011

Creating an alternative to a traditional headboard is a space-saving way to give a bedroom a unique look.

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A specific area of the home can be set aside for comfortable reading.
Roman shades provide an attractive window covering for a reading nook
Apr 28 2011

A reading nook for lazy weekend afternoons and relaxing before-bed reads can be set up in the corner of a room with a minimum of fuss.

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Light-blocking window shades may be necessary for easily disturbed sleepers to get a good night's rest.
Light-blocking window shades are one way to treat sleeplessness shown in study
Apr 28 2011

People who have trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep without tossing and turning, may benefit from neuroscience research under way at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

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Make the best use of light in your business' waiting room.
Make the best use of light in your business' waiting room
Apr 27 2011

This is a cost-effective way to improve your business' aesthetic and will provide superior light-filtering ability to cut down on glare.

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Replacing your window treatments with fabric and solid designs to resist the buildup of allergens.
Renew the look of your home to reduce allergens
Apr 27 2011

Your home should be a sanctuary from the pollen outside, and one way to counteract this is by changing your window treatments to solid or fabric designs, according to TheSpectrum.com.

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Round tables take the edge off the rectangular shape of most apartments.
Variety of window treatments with a valance create a focal point in an apartment
Apr 26 2011

Apartment dwellers often feel confined by the neutral colors on walls, floors and tiling in their rented homes, but it doesn't have to be that way, according to HGTV.com.

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There are many options to consider when decorating your modern kitchen.
Choosing window treatments for the modern kitchen
Apr 26 2011

Kitchen interior design has shifted away from the wood cabinets and linoleum floors of the past to feature sleek lines, dark hues and stainless steel appliances.

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There are some cost-effective improvement such as window treatments and other accents to make your apartment feel more like home.
Jazzing up your small apartment
Apr 26 2011

However, there are still some easy cost-effective improvements, to make your small apartment feel a lot more like home, according to ReporterNews.com.

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Choosing energy-efficient blinds and shades will help you cut down on your utility bills year-round.
Going green just in time for spring
Apr 25 2011

One of the most cost-effective means of improving your home will come in the form of window blinds and shades.

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Sloping walls within a home with a steep-pitched roof creates a decorating dilemma for homeowners.
Sloping walls place emphasis on window treatments as a focal point
Apr 22 2011

Having steep slopes in a home's architecture inevitably leads to nooks and crannies created by sloping interior walls that can be a challenge to home decorators.

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Having some bedroom furniture that is the same color as the walls can make a small room seem bigger.
Furniture choice and sheer window treatments open up small bedroom
Apr 22 2011

Giving the illusion of more space in a small bedroom can be deceptively easy for home decorators who try some new tactics when choosing their furniture.

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Painting the cabinets and adding new hardware is an inexpensive way to get a new look for the kitchen.
Kitchen makeovers can have a stylish look without breaking the bank
Apr 22 2011

Homeowners often find the price tag of a full-scale kitchen renovation reason enough not to do a makeover. But there are small changes that can be made that give a tired kitchen a facelift without the cost of a renovation.

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A mantel can be decorated in a formal or informal style.
Whether formal or informal, mantel décorations need a balanced look
Apr 22 2011

There was a time when a painting was hung above the fireplace and the mantel was kept bare so it wouldn't detract from the art.

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Furnishing your new apartment is easy with cost-effective improvements such as bamboo woven wood shades or soft sheer shades.
Window treatments for small spaces
Apr 22 2011

Luckily, window blinds and shades are cost-effective options that will instantly spruce up your space.

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Window treatments are perfect options for your screened-in porch and can cut down on glare and provide privacy.
The perfect window treatments for screened-in porches
Apr 22 2011

Using some durable window treatments in this space will spruce up the look of your porch.

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Finishing a basement expands the livable space in a home.
Finished basements offer expanded space and added value for a home
Apr 21 2011

When a family outgrows its home above ground, it's time to look below to design more living space in the basement.

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Choosing the perfect window treatments in your sunroom means weighing privacy with light-filtering capabilities.
The right window treatments for sunrooms
Apr 21 2011

The best layout is to use window treatments that allow light to filter in and form a tight seal during the winter time, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Window treatments and fresh coat of paint could work wonders to improve your home for the spring.
Cost-effective spring improvements that will spruce up your household
Apr 21 2011

Window blinds and shades, draperies and even a fresh coat of paint will improve your home without hurting your wallet.

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Decorative throws can add a splash of color to neutral furnishings.
Fabric roller shades complement ensembles that include decorative throws
Apr 20 2011

Decorative throws have become a staple in home decorating ensembles as well as serving a function as a quick cover in a chilly room.

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Different fabrics used in a room's design should be complementary.
Custom drapery blends well in a room with different fabrics
Apr 20 2011

Using three types of fabric in a room's design instead of just one solid and one print can add not only variety in color and pattern, but also in the scale and texture of the décor.

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Choosing the perfect furniture and window treatments will help to open up your apartment's traffic flow.
Decorating in small spaces means weighing your choices carefully
Apr 20 2011

Interior designer Tessa Roulston has decorated her fair share of small apartments and she believes that the best way to create a homey space is to blur the line between where the home begins and ends, according to the Melbourne Leader.

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You can increase your home's energy efficiency for Earth Day by installing cell shades to cut down on air leakage.
Increase your home's energy-efficiency for Earth Day
Apr 20 2011

Improving your home's energy-efficiency may seem like a daunting task, but with today's window treatments, you can cut down on your utility bills and improve the look of your home for very little money.

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Bamboo woven wood shades will add a natural aesthetic to your home and will blend beautifully with your other accents.
Incorporating natural materials into your interior design
Apr 19 2011

Kristin Drohan is one of American's top interior designers, and she recently told the news outlet that incorporating eco-friendly materials into her client's homes is the best way to create a healthy home.

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Make cleaning your window treatments or replacing old ones a part of your spring cleaning ritual.
Make window treatments a major part of your spring cleaning
Apr 19 2011

Make the effort to clean your window treatments this spring, or install some new fabric shades instead, according to NorthJersey.com.

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Working with dark furnishings means using light-colored accents to break up the color scheme.
Choosing window treatments with dark furnishings
Apr 18 2011

One of the easiest ways to perk up your living area is to add some medium or light-colored window treatments to accent your furniture, according to The Kansas City Star.

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Something as simple as laying out a guest's towels will make them feel at home during a visit.
Making visitors welcome includes furnishings that will keep them comfortable
Apr 18 2011

With the onset of spring, families start getting ready for visitors and family reunions that aren't as easy to accomplish when snowstorms and blustery weather threaten to interrupt get-togethers.

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Visualizing your space before you begin your redesign will help the process run smoothly.
Visualizing your space before taking action
Apr 15 2011

She recently interviewed with The Mississippi Press to share her designing process of visualizing the space before her, and choosing the perfect decorative accents to pull it all together.

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Taking proper measurements and keeping wall color in mind is essential when decorating your space.
Rules you don't want to break when choosing window treatments
Apr 15 2011

Interior design expert Sue Rainville recently interviewed with the Caledon Citizen to help homeowners choose the perfect window treatments for their home.

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Earthy colors were often used in American colonial-era homes.
Colonial era paint choices still work in modern-day home decorating
Apr 15 2011

Modern home decorators can take a cue from the American colonial era when distinct styles of design emerged and continue to this day.

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Extending a kitchen counter is one way to set up a space for bill-paying or children's homework.
Kitchen 'command center' helps keep non-kitchen duties in order
Apr 15 2011

St. Petersburg kitchen and bath designer Paul Anater warns his clients not to build a kitchen desk, because too often they become an unused repository for junk. But he acknowledges the need for a place to get non-kitchen duties done in the room most people consider the heart of the household.

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Making the best use of natural light is essential in your bathroom's redesign.
Lend some beauty to your bathroom with contemporary window treatments
Apr 14 2011

Bathrooms are normally the first places where renovations take place, and window blinds and shades are cost-effective ways to renew the look of the spaces in your home that get the most use.

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Slipcovers can unify the colors and textures of furnishings in a room.
Slipcovers can unify furnishings and change the seasonal look of a home
Apr 14 2011

Long viewed as part of an easy room makeover, slipcovers offer home decorators a way to unify furniture that is mismatched in color and style.

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Creating a winning interior design starts with the planning stages and keeping a clear idea in mind.
A winning interior design is all in the planning
Apr 13 2011

It's also important to go into a design project with a clear idea of your room's layout, and personalize your space from there.

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Cottage-style decorating can incorporate old and new furnishings.
Cottage decorating is an eclectic style that combines what homeowners love best
Apr 13 2011

Being eclectic is the heart of cottage-style decorating, in which a variety of furnishings can reflect what homeowners love best.

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Half-baths can be made to look larger with pedestal sinks rather than those with a vanity.
Pleated shades provide privacy needed as part of half-bath decor
Apr 13 2011

For homeowners who are looking for a way to make their half-baths look less cramped, some decorating tips can help give the illusion of more space in those tight quarters.

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Faux wood blinds will add depth and character to your home.
Faux wood blinds are durable choice for your home
Apr 12 2011

Faux wood blinds are a popular choice for interior designers, as they lose the drawbacks of real wood while keeping its visual brilliance.

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Bold colors matched with neutral tones can work wonders to pull together a space.
Let your design choices shine with bold colors
Apr 12 2011

Topper uses a multitude of different schemes, but she believes that pairing neutral colors with bold hues is a wonderful way to open up a space.

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Ottomans can offer additional seating or a place to set down trays.
Ottomans and occasional tables offer seating and storage in living room
Apr 12 2011

Comfortable seating may be the most important element within a living room or family room, but having the right tables and other surfaces play an important role in the function of any gathering place.

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Apartment dwellers should aim for balance and unity in their room decor.
Roman shades have a classic look that upgrades the look of an apartment
Apr 12 2011

No matter how small their apartments, renters should take their decorating lead from people who have much larger dwellings. Flea market furnishings are fine as long as there is some unity throughout the apartment that's often found as rooms flow from one to another in a well-designed house.

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Choosing the perfect color for your window treatments will help tie together your entire interior design.
Choosing the perfect color for your window treatments
Apr 11 2011

Interior designer Elizabeth Hassé recently gave journalists from the Montreal Gazette a tour of a private showroom open to design professionals only to show some of her tricks of the trade.

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Simplicity is the name of the game when combining window shades and draperies.
Dos and don't when considering window treatments
Apr 11 2011

Interior designer Barbra Yaffe has been designing living spaces for over 15 years, and recently shared some tips with the Montreal Gazette to make your living room beautiful.

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Changing an attic into livable space requires construction improvements to meet building codes.
Attic renovations are increasingly done to extend a home's livable space
Apr 11 2011

A recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute found that one out of five homeowners polled said they were planning to renovate their attics into livable space in the near future.

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The Art Deco style can complement contemporary furnishings.
Custom blinds are well-suited to the geometric style of Art Deco
Apr 11 2011

A decorating style that began in the 1920s is well-suited to today's homes, because it includes many of the sought-after materials that homeowners want most for a streamlined decor.

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One way to reduce eye strain from computer work is to eliminate glare on the screen.
Window treatments can minimize eye problems related to computer glare
Apr 11 2011

Dry or sore eyes, headaches, blurred vision - all are symptoms that can affect both children and adults who spend long periods on a computer.

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Wood accents such as blinds and bamboo shades will add warmth and texture to your home.
Show off natural materials in your living space
Apr 8 2011

Blurring the line between indoors and outdoors is a common style choice for interior designers by using natural accents and warm colors to create a welcoming living space.

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Get your home ready for spring with some vibrant spring accents.
Simple decorative accents to get your home ready for spring
Apr 8 2011

There are some cost-effective ways to spruce up your living room to ensure that your guests will be impressed at your next get-together, according to The Morning Call.

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Gray is a versatile neutral that goes with many strong colors.
Fabric roller shades in gray can offset or complement other room colors
Apr 7 2011

Home decorators who want to integrate gray tones in their homes don't have to give up their love of warm colors.

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A home office must have a clear floor plan to be effective.
Home office needs clutter-free, functional floor plan to enhance productivity
Apr 7 2011

Portland, Oregon interior designer Angela Todd believes that the design of a home office can have an effect on the productivity, creativity and energy level of those who use it.

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Aluminum mini blinds are a versatile choice for any area of your home.
White blinds offer a sleek look for spring
Apr 7 2011

White blinds could be a wonderful choice if you're looking to remodel your living room or kitchen, and their reflective qualities will enhance your usage of natural light, according to The San Fernando Valley Sun.

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Renew the look of your home with soft sheer shades for superior light filtering ability.
Get rid of those tired window treatments with warm spring styles
Apr 7 2011

Spring interior design trends are usually those that make great use of natural light and tend to lean towards bold, vibrant colors.

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Fabric window treatments such as roman shades will look wonderful with patterned fabrics.
Fabric window treatments can add textured patterns to your living room
Apr 6 2011

Fabric wallpaper and window treatments are an easy way to add texture to a space and the wide range of color possibilities will ensure your space is truly personalized, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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Motorized blinds or shades can manage light easily from a skylight.
Skylight window treatments can be controlled by remote or electric switch
Apr 6 2011

Consumers have a choice of window coverings that are well-suited to skylights, but for the ease of adjusting the amount of sun that enters a room, a motorized window shade or blind can manage both light and window drafts.

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White accents will help renew your living spaces for the spring.
White is a wonderful way to decorate for spring
Apr 5 2011

Replacing the dark neutrals will work wonders to open up your home, according to the Northwest Herald.

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Go for a large amount of natural light when choosing window treatments in your kitchen.
Choosing the perfect window treatments in the kitchen
Apr 5 2011

If you've caught the spring fever for home remodeling, one of the first places you should put your time and energy into improving is your kitchen.

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Today's kitchens are often multi-function rooms.
Window treatments can offset cabinetry in kitchen decor
Apr 5 2011

Setting up different "zones" within a kitchen can provide defined spaces for cooking activities, conversation spots or a place for bill-paying and homework.

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A home reading nook should have window treatments that protect books from sun damage.
Cellular shades can block sunlight from damaging a book collection
Apr 5 2011

Creating a book lovers' haven in a den or in part of the family room can also provide an opportunity to organize the family's book collection.

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No matter what window treatment you choose, you will instantly improve the aesthetics of your living space.
Be adventurous with your window treatments
Apr 4 2011

Window treatments are one of the most cost-effective options available when redesigning a home.

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Wooden accents can work wonders to create an inviting bathroom space.
Wood accents add warmth and personality to bathrooms
Apr 4 2011

Whether you choose a wicker basket or some quality wood blinds, the style is the easiest and most cost-effective way to modernize your bathroom.

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A variety of shelving options extend the storage possibilities within a bathroom.
Small changes can revamp an outdated bathroom at little cost
Apr 4 2011

A bathroom renovation can cost thousands of dollars, but homeowners can take an alternate, less costly route to revamping an outdated bathroom. Changing cabinetry hardware, adding open shelves and refinishing an old vanity are some easy, low-cost ways to update a bathroom.

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Choosing the perfect shades for your greenhouse will help reduce your energy bills.
Increase your energy efficiency with greenhouse shades
Apr 1 2011

The addition of cell shades or shutters will help to cut down on utility costs to make the space more functional.

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Paint color and creative use of window treatments can really spruce up your bedroom.
A sense of balance is essential for interior decorating
Apr 1 2011

For bedrooms in particular, choosing the right wall color and creatively using window treatments is essential to having a room you can live with for years to come, according to Silentnight.co.uk.

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Open design in offices generally allows more natural light to stream into the work areas.
Movement to open design offices requires more control of light and sound
Apr 1 2011

Open design in offices is a resourceful way of allocating space in a workplace. It often saves money for a business by fitting more people into less space and saves energy by allowing natural light to stream throughout the work areas.

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The ancient Chinese design philosophy, Feng Shui, incorporates eco-friendly features to enhance energy in a home.
Eco-friendly window treatments are in line with Feng Shui principles
Apr 1 2011

The principle behind the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is to enhance energy in one's home that is beneficial to health, prosperity and relationships.

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