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Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour–All Around The House!

And all through the house…

Welcome to the finale of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.   This year’s home tour started off with a bang and now it’s time to wrap up the series with lots of holiday cheer.

If you’re coming over from Green With Decor welcome!  Meg has such a cute home and I love all of the holiday decorating ideas she’s shared in the home tour.

I’m so happy to invite you into my holiday home and share more of my decor with you.  I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I like to add holiday touches throughout my house.   Today I’m sharing those little touches with you so grab a cup of cocoa, sit back and enjoy!

Big thanks to Amara and SmithHönig for sponsoring this holiday home tour. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.

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Let’s start with the coffee table.  The only holiday decor I added to the table was a small red mercury glass tree under a cloche.  It’s a simple decorating idea that has an elegant feel and I love the way it looks.

The red tree on the coffee table coordinates with the red mercury glass trees on the dining room sideboard.  The arrangement on the sideboard is another simple and easy decorating idea.

I added a holiday touch to the sofa with the addition of a solid red pillows and a Merry Christmas pillow that I bought at HomeGoods last year.

Christmas In the Kitchen

I didn’t do much decorating in the kitchen.  A mini tree in a blue and white cachpot sits on the kitchen island and a small wreath hangs over the stove.

Christmas DIY

I didn’t do much holiday crafting this year but I did make this cute cone door hanger.  I’ll share the DIY tutorial on the blog this weekend so stay tuned.  It’s super easy to make and is a unique hostess gift if you have a party coming up.

We’ve only hung one piece of artwork since we moved into the house so I hung this wreath on one of the stair walls.  This was a DIY too that literally took me about 20 minutes to make.

I purchased the wire wreath form from At Home and added some of the pretty pink ornaments I received from Amara.  I’ve loved using these Amara ornaments on my tree, mantel garland and now this wreath.  FYI–Amara is have a big sale of their Christmas decor so now is a great time to stock up for next year.

I hung a preserved boxwood wreath on the door at the top of the stairs and added a multi-layered bow.

ribbon from Costco

Christmas in the Master Bedroom

I deviated from my red and pink color theme in the master bedroom and used blue and green ornaments to decorate a small tree. A pair of wreaths hangs on the doors to the bathroom and I draped swags on the corners of the armoire.

Because the tree doesn’t have lights on it, I used different size and finishes of ornaments to give the tree visual interest. And instead of using the tree stand that came with the tree, I put the tree in a beautiful silver urn that a friend gave me.

Since our bed is the focal point in the room,  I hung a wreath on the headboard and draped garland around the edge. The garland really makes the room feel cheerful.

Do you recognize the sign in the middle of the wreath?  It’s actually a charger plate from the Target Dollar Spot.  I attached it to the wreath using a wire plate hanger.

wreath pillow from HomeGoods

A grouping of silver mercury glass trees sits on our dresser and relates back to the silver urn the tree is in.

And to round out our holiday decor is some of my gift wrap.  I still have lots of gifts to wrap  but here’s a look at a couple of the boxes dressed up so far.  I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas gift wrap along with some of my favorite gift wrapping tips on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by friends. I’ve loved sharing my holiday home with you this year.  Be sure to stop by Positively Southern, the next stop of the home tour.  And then check out all of the other participating bloggers to see their Merry & Bright Holiday Homes.


ConfettiStyle

Positively Southern

M. Jones Style

Rover At Home

Chic On A Shoestring Decorating

Love Your Abode

Green With Decor

Cheers to the season!

 

 

Disclaimer: This blog hop is sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.

New House Diary: Master Bedroom Design Plan

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

Hi friends.  I’ve decided to start a new series here on the blog called New House Diary.  The new series document the decorating journey of our new home.  I’ll be sharing the design plans as well as before and after photos so you can see the spaces come to life.  I’ve already shared the design plans for the office  and the living room and today I’m sharing the plans for our master bedroom.

We’ve been in the house for two months and are moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to decorating.  We have yet to hang artwork or curtains and we’re still waiting for our new sofa to arrive.  Fingers crossed it will be here next week!

When we moved, I made the decision to take my time decorating. That decision has been both good and bad.  The downside is that we’re still unloading boxes and trying to get closets, cabinets and drawers organized.  The positive thing is that taking my time is helping me make the right design decisions.

Here’s a look at our master bedroom the day we closed on the house.  The carpet was in desperate need of replacing and the paint colors were not at all appealing to me.

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

The bedroom is a good size but there aren’t many options when it comes to arranging the furniture.

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

Here’s the space plan for the room…

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

 

I want for the room to have a calm, sophisticated and warm look and feel so that’s what inspired the colors and design plan.

The walls are painted a soft grey, Whisper by Benjamin Moore and I absolutely love the color. All of the trim is BM Simply White (semi-gloss) and the doors are BM Black Satin also in semi-gloss.  I’ll be introducing darker grey through some of the accent fabrics the fabrics which will give the space more depth.

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

We already own most of the furniture for the room but are purchasing a couple of new pieces to complete the space. And I’ve got new linens and decor on my shopping list too.

Master Bedroom Design Plan…

 

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyleTo add dimension and visual interest to the neutral color palette, I’ll use patterned pillows and textured linens. The neutral foundation will also make it easy to  change the look seasonally, adding more color during the warmer months.

The plan is for velvet curtains and to use velvet on a bench that I’m having recovered.  Brass lighting will add a touch of shine and glam within the room.  I have one vintage brass lamp that I want to use on the nightstand and I’m hoping to luck upon a matching one at an antique or thrift store.

 The pillows patterns I’m showing are the general direction that I want to go, using a plaid, floral and animal print together.

 

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

 

I’m planning to have our bedroom complete before Thanksgiving so stay tuned for the reveal.

 

Black Nightstand 

Black Undredal Dresser (I’m planning to change our the drawer hardware)

Washed Percale Waffle Duvet Cover (also available in grey)

Charcoal Grey Plaid Pillow

Schumacher Linen Leopard Animal Print Pillow

Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock Pillow

Brass Chandelier

Charcoal Curtain Panels

Decorative Trim (similar here)

Upholstered Bench (I’ll be recovering one I already own)

Vintage Brass Lamp (similar here)

Medallion Rug

Book Review: Making House | Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

You all know I love design books.  I am constantly checking my favorite book publishers websites to see what new books are being released throughout the year.  Getting a new book feels like Christmas morning so you can only imagine how thrilled I was when I received some happy mail recently.  The great folks over at Rizzoli sent me a copy of the recently published Making House- Designers At Home to check out.

When it comes to design books, there are a few ways I can tell if a book is good or not.  The first is from the cover image.  I knew immediately that the simple chair vignette on the cover  meant that the images and content in the book was going to be good.

The second way I can tell if a book is good is by quickly flipping through the pages.  If the images capture my attention and make me want to dive into the book, its a winner.  The images in Making House–Desgners At Home did just that.

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

 Miles Redd

Written by Dominic Bradbury and photographed by Richard Powers, this book showcases the personal homes of some of the worlds best-known designers such as Jonathan Adler, Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent, Miles Redd and Neisha Crosland.   The book gives you a look into their design process and the personal spaces in which they live and create.

All of the spaces in the book were photographed specifically for this book so the view into the lives and style of these designers is fresh and new.

 As the story of each designers’ home unfolded, I found myself captivated and inspiring. I jotted down design ideas and took to heart the words written by this group of amazing designers.  I especially loved this quote by Miles Redd…

“If you have a keen eye, then it doesn’t matter where you are buying–you can get great stuff anywhere. I am not a provenance snob at all, and if you are, then you miss out. 

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brant

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Neisha Crosland, London

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home


Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Frederic Mechiche,  Morocco

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

 Jean-Louis Deniot, Chantilly, France


Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Kelly Wearstler

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Steephen Sills, NY

If you’re in the design industry or just have a love for design then you’ll definitely want to add this book to your collection.  The book makes for an inspiring read and is a wonderful source for design ideas that you can use to create your own personal oasis.

You can purchase your copy of Making House–Designer At Home here {affiliate link}.

 

New House Tour | Before Paint and Pretties

Hi friends.  I’m excited to give you a look into our new house.

(all of these photos were taken with my phone so they are not the best–sorry)

As I mentioned last week, we purchased a three-story townhouse just north of Atlanta in  Peachtree Corners.

We haven’t spent a ton of time in the community yet but we can tell already that we are going to like it.  Everyone waves as they drive by and few of our neighbors have already stopped by to introduce themselves.

Most of the changes we are making in the house are cosmetic.  In addition to having the entire interior painted, we are changing out all of the lighting and ceiling fans.  We’re also replacing the carpeting and having the kitchen cabinets painted.

 

 

When it came to picking paint colors, I decided to keep the color palette neutral.  We’re using just three colors throughout the entire house so I’ll have lots of flexibility with decor and accessories.

I choose my go-to white, Simply White by Benjamin Moore ( OC-117) for the main floor walls and trim.  The current wall color is white but the color is creamier than I want.  BM Whisper (CSP-500) will be used in the bedrooms and BM Black Satin (2131-10) will be used on the doors and stairs.The painters started painting Monday so the transformations are underway.

This is the first time that I’ve ever used the color Whisper and I have to tell you I love it.  I stopped by the house yesterday and the color is so beautiful in the master.  It’s a soft grey with a tiny hint of taupe in it.  In natural light it reads light grey and in the evening it takes on a slightly darker feel.

I’ll share all of my design plans with you as I flush them out but we’re taking our time with decorating so things will be in constant flux.

So while the paint is drying, let me take you on a tour.

NEW HOUSE TOUR–A LOOK INSIDE

The lower level of the townhouse is off the garage.  There’s a large bedroom and full bath on that level as well as an entrance area.

I’ll be using the lower bedroom as my office/studio space. I’m so excited because I won’t have to lug fabric books and all my design paraphernalia and up stairs anymore.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to do carpet or hardwoods on this lower level yet but we’re leaning towards hardwood.

From the lower level you go up a flight of stairs to the main floor where the living room, dining area and kitchen are located. At the top of the stairs you can go down the stairs to the front door.

The main floor is open concept so all the areas flow together.  We love how large and open the space is. And I love the picture molding detail on the walls.

The floors on the main level are Brazilian hardwood and they are in good condition so wer’e not changing them.

The bookshelves one each side of the fireplace will be painted white.  And down the road we plan to have a mantel built.

***If anyone can give me a good reason why the builder didn’t take the bookshelves all the way up to the top I’d love to hear it.  The open space is too small you can’t even put baskets up there. #buildersdothefunniestthings

The kitchen is a nice size (especially for someone who doesn’t do a lot of cooking) and is in good shape but we’re going to make a couple of changes in this area too.  The kitchen cabinets are getting painted white and I’m having a bookcase/cabinet built to fill in under the island extension.  Since I don’t want stools at the island the bookcase will give us added storage.

I’m also planning to add a glass front cabinet on the empty wall for more storage.  This will be the perfect space for my ever-growing dinnerware collection.   I’m currently considering this piece from Wayfair.

From the main floor there’s another flight of stairs that take you to the third floor where the bedrooms are.

The master bedroom is at one end of the hall and has lots of windows and a tray ceiling.

The master bath will get a new look over time–new counters, flooring and shower.  For now I’ll be changing out the lighting and framing the mirror.

The laundry room is down the hall between the master and the guest bedroom.

The guest bedroom and bath are at the far end of the hall.  This bedroom is fairly large and just like the other rooms in the house it has large windows.  More cosmetic changes will take place in this room.

There’s not much I can do outside on the front but I do have plans for the deck off the back of the house.  We’re adding a section of fencing on the street side for more privacy and I’ll use planters with lattice along the back side for decor and privacy.

We’re excited to move in and get settled, and I’m excited to start decorating.  Managing this move while juggling cient projects is no easy task but I’m managing to get it all done with a little less sleep.

More on the house and my design plans to come….

 

An exciting announcement–We Bought A New House!

Today’s the day to share my exciting news with you!

We bought a new house!

Our New House--2017

I’ve never mentioned it here on the blog before but we’ve been contemplating a new house for a while.  I started searching for homes online a few weeks ago and saw several that were of interest.  We originally started looking at single family homes (free-standing) but quickly decided we didn’t want to have to deal with yard work anymore.   All of the homes we’ve owned in the past have had big yards which required lots of time and energy.  This time around we didn’t want the responsibility of yard work so we decided to look at townhouses.

Because the housing market here in Atlanta is a seller’s market, homes are selling quickly and multiple offers are not uncommon.  We looked at a handful of homes but for one reason or another nothing spoke to us.  And we wanted a home that didn’t require a lot of renovations and was an easy commute for the hubby. I also wanted something that wasn’t too large or too small and had a space for my office/studio.  Our new home checked off all the boxes.

I spotted this three-level townhouse the day it went on the market and our realtor was able to show it to me the next day. The following day the hubs saw it and we submitted an offer and had an agreement a few days after that.

Our New House--2017

OUR NEW HOUSE

The new house is located in Peachtree Corners which is a suburb of Norcross, GA.  It’s about 10 minutes from where we currently live and is close to shopping, the freeway and some of my favorite thrift and antique stores.  Ours is an end unit with three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths and was the model when the community was originally built 9 years ago.  And we love that the community is small and quaint.

Our New House--2017

Our New House--2017

I’ll share photos of the interior next week and tell you about the changes we’ll be making. The painters start painting the interior on Monday and then new carpeting will go down.

p.s. If you read my blog post on Monday I shared a ‘very personal’ design plan that I’m working on.  Well, it’s actually the plan of our new house.  I’m still refining and tweaking it but this is the general design style and direction we’re going for.

Our New House--2017

We officially move in late August so there’s lots to do between now and then.  We’ve already started some work like having the deck re-done, power-washed and re-finished (before photos below).  And the hubs and I painted the garage last weekend.  It’s now a pretty soft gray with bright white trim. #garagesdeservetobeprettytoo

Our New House--2017

(he was in charge of the walls and I did the trim)

In the coming weeks I’ll also share my design plan for the deck which includes comfy seating, privacy lattice and stylish decor.

Our New House--2017

Our New House--2017

Until the fun of decorating starts, there’s lots of packing and purging going on.  We’re really taking a hard look at everything we own and are donating any and all unnecessary stuff so we can fully enjoy what stays.  #lessismore 

Our New House--2017

 

We are excited about our new home and I look forward to sharing it and this decorating journey with you.

Home Tour: A French Provencal Farmhouse In Atlanta

One of the things we love to do on the weekend is to head out for a drive and explore new areas of Atlanta.  Even though we’ve lived  in Atlanta for 17 years, there are still so many areas and neighborhoods that we have never visited.

Our afternoon drives usually include lunch at a new-to-us restaurant and lots of oohing and awing at all of the beautiful houses in Atlanta.  From mansions to small homes, the city is filled with some of the most charming properties I’ve ever seen. Last weekend we spotted a gorgeous home in Buckhead even though we couldn’t get a close up look without trespassing, I knew this house was amazing.  The house happened to be for sale so I did a quick search and found the listing photos.  Are you ready for a virtual tour?  Hold your horses because this French provencal farmhouse is gorgeous!!!

Atlanta Farmhouse in Buckhead

Just check out the entrance to the house.  The tree lined gravel driveway and the lush landscaping is breathtaking.  FYI–it’s very common here in Atlanta to see light illuminating trees around a property.  #sosouthern

Can you imagine hanging out on this lawn during the summer–crochet anyone?

Atlanta Farmhouse in Buckhead

And then when night falls this fire pit is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.


Atlanta Farmhouse in Buckhead

No words for the stunning French inspired garden!

Atlanta Farmhouse in Buckhead

I’m in love with this covered patio and check out the glass panel behind the chair that serves as a wall.  #designdetails

Just give me a flamingo pool float and a cocktail and I’m all set to spend all day at this pool.  Anyone else want to know what’s in that stone outhouse behind the pool?  My guess is a potty and shower.

Let’s move indoors.  You’d think the stone floors, whitewashed wood stairs and neutral color palette would feel cold but I just love the European charm of this foyer.

The main living room in this farmhouse has beautiful wood beams and a massive fireplace.

fyi–even in a mansion, curtain rods should be hung as high as possible

Living space #2. Maybe the most beautiful reclaimed wood floors I’ve ever seen. And that metal bookshelf behind the sofa is so unique.

Living room #3 has high-gloss black paneled walls that are breathtaking.

The sitting area off the master bed/bathroom really makes a statement.  Love the barn doors, wood window casing and black slate floors.

Gorgeous master bedroom with wood planked ceilings and those herringbone floors again.

Every master bedroom needs a sitting area to enjoy your morning coffee or tea.

.The closet in the master bedroom is the closet of my dreams although there might be one too many mirrors for my liking.

Just like the rest of the house, the kitchen is expansive with a rough luxe design style.  That arched metal framed door is a beauty.

The dining room is pretty charming with grey washed wood paneling and stone floors.  The chandelier looks like an art piece and really makes a statement in the dining room.

Here are a couple of the guest bedrooms.

And the upstairs family room/game room looks like a great spot for lounging or entertaining.  The wood beams and white walls keep the space from being dark and drab.

For all you wine lovers, here’s a wine cellar to admire.

Atlanta Farmhouse in Buckhead

And just in case you needed one more fun space to hang out, how about a basketball court?!

Atlanta Farmhouse in Buckhead

Designed by William Litchfield, this beautiful home was inspired by a 17th-century French Provencal farmhouse.  The house sits on 4.2 acres of land and has 5 bedrooms/ 7 full bathrooms / 4 half baths and a total of 9955 sq. feet.

This beautiful home is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and can be yours for just under $10 million.  You can see more of this beautiful home here.

 

Merry Christmas Wishes From My House To Yours

Now that the halls have been decked, presents are nestled under the tree and we’re settled in for a cozy night of movie watching, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’m signing off for the year to enjoy some much needed downtime and to begin planning for 2017.

Thank you all for reading the blog and for all the wonderful comments and support you’ve shown throughout the year.  Cheers to the season and hoping all your holiday wishes come true.

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour–And All Through The House…

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

It’s the final post in the Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour.  If you popping over from Chic On A Shoestring Decorating, welcome.  And if you missed part 1 and 2 of the blog tour you can find my post here and here.

This is the second year for the blog tour and it has been pure joy to partner with my fellow bloggers and friends to bring you loads of holiday inspiration.  Be sure to check out all the other bloggers on the tour (links at the end of the post).

So let’s jump on in to the finale’ of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.

Even though I started decorating late this year, I’m really enjoying our decor and I’m excited to take you on a tour today.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

A pop of red and green in my blue and white bedroom.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

I love adding holiday themed vignette in every room, mixing Christmas decor with everyday items.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

It’s always fun to add a holiday skirt to my dress form.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

I switched out everyday art for these fun Christmas themed prints I found on Etsy.

Ginger Jar // Wreath // Ornaments // Potted Tree

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Pretty ribbons and paper are always a part of my holiday decor.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

A bowl full of ornaments on the coffee table.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

The Poinsettia gift wrap from Paper Mart inspired my holiday decor.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

My decor this year incorporated lots of bright, bold colors.  And I used accent of black to add contrast and drama.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Wrapped presents are accented with handmade fabric gift tags

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Big ribbon bows hang on the Christmas tree.

Black and White Fun Plaid Ribbon

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Handmade holly leaf swizzle sticks were a fun addition to my cocktail bar.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

The dining table is dressed out in a mix of patterns and pops of red and black.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Bohemian Geo Cuff Sheets

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

One for my favorite holiday decorations is this beautiful preserved Boxwood Wreath from Silk Plants Direct.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Pinecones & Poinsettia Gift Wrap // Red & Gold Satin Ribbon

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

DIY Gift Wrap Crate

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Multi Holly Leaves Ribbon

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Gold Metallic Arabesque Ribbon

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

Mason Jar Matches

Here’s wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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The next stop on the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour is Life and Style at 60.  Head on over to Sheila’s blog for more holiday cheer.

And be sure to stop by all the participating bloggers to see how they’ve decked out their homes for the holidays…

Positively Southern
Wife In Progress
Design Asylum
Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
ConfettiStyle
Life and Style at 60
M. Jones Style
My Life Well Loved
The Home I Create
Refresh ReStyle
Green With Decor
Love Your Abode

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A big thank you to the generous Merry & Bright sponsors, Paper Mart & Silk Plants Direct who provided products featured in this post. All images and opinions are mine.

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Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour--Part 3 from ConfettiStyle

I’ll be back tomorrow with more gift wrap inspiration but this time is has noting to do with wrapping gifts.

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