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.

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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.

 

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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

Design Guide: Mixing Metal Finishes In The Kitchen

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

Have you noticed that more and more kitchen designs are incorporating a mix of finishes in their hardware?  Gone are the days of hardware, lighting and appliances  all being one finish like brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze.  Today it’s an eclectic mix of design details that bring a space to life.

When you’re planning your kitchen hardware selections, think of if like you would jewelry to an outfit.  The style of hardware + the finishes you use all help to complete the look of your kitchen decor.  Combining silver, gold, brass, or iron is also a great strategy for adding visual interest and depth to the kitchen or any space in your home.

Here are the do’s and dont’s of mixing metals to achieve the best results:

 

The Art Of Mixing Metals In The Kitchen

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This stainless steel backsplash makes a powerful focal point.  image source: Traditional Home

 

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyleAlong with mixing metals, I also love the look of wood combine with granite or stone.  image source:  House Beautiful

 

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

A pretty patterned floor offset with a mix of finishes makes for a stunning statement.  image source: Becki Owens

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

These brass pendant lights create a dynamic focal point against white cabinets and walls.  image source: Elizabeth Lawson Design

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

How stunning is this copper range hood?  Copper is a great alternative to brass especially if you want a rustic chic look.  image source: Artofrain

 

 

It’s taken me a few years to warm up to mixed metal finishes but now I’m a convert.  I’ve grown to love the look and I’m planning to incorporate different finishes into my own kitchen decor.

 

 

The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own

One of the things I noticed when we were packing and again as we’ve been unpacking is that I have an overload of decorative accessories.  One reason for my ‘collection’ is a result of my profession as a designer and the other I blame on my need to change-up my decor on a regular basis.

As I’ve been unpacking, I’m trying to focus on keeping only those items that can be used in more than one area of my house and are the most versatile.  Taking the time to analyze each accessory got me thinking about which decor pieces I consider essential when it comes to decorating.   I’ve narrowed down the list to 5 items that I think are worth their weight in gold and wanted to share the list with you.

The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

Decorative Boxes are not only pretty to look at but they are one of the most functional decor pieces you can own.  They can be used for storage, to contain clutter or simply as a decorative element on a tabletop or bookshelf.  One of my favorite uses for a decorative box is on a coffee table as part for a grouping of accessories. And you’ll always find a decorative box as part of my bedroom decor on my nightstand.

Drive By Decor

ConfettiStyle

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 Ginger Jars were originally used to hold spices when they were being transported across Asia.  Today ginger jars are one of the most popular and trendy decor pieces around.  Because ginger jars are available in hundreds of different designs, colors and shapes, you can easily find a style that will work with your decor.  I’m partial to blue and white designs but love the impact that colorful ginger jars add to a room.  My favorite place to accessorize with large jars is on top of a bookcase or armoire, or next to a fireplace.  And I love using small jars on bookshelves or kitchen counters.


Citrine Living

Gracious Farmhouse

Simple Details

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The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own by ConfettiStyle

Studio McGee 

I didn’t realize how many Glass Hurricanes I owned until I started packing for our move.  I own clear glass hurricanes in a variety of sizes and recently added a pair to tortoise hurricanes to my stash.  I’m always burning candles in my home so I use small hurricanes throughout the year to hold candles so the flame is contained (learned that trick from Anthropologie).  And during the holidays, I love using large hurricanes to hold ornaments or other holiday decor.  And a hurricane makes a great vase for flowers or greenery stems.

Crate and Barrel

CrushCulDeSac

Country Living

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Studio McGee

I think the next item on my list is a pretty obvious one. A Decorative Tray is an essential decor piece and one that I think belongs in every home.  Like ginger jars, trays come in all shapes, sizes and colors which makes decorating with them easy.  On a nightstand, a tray can be used to hold jewelry and bedtime essentials.  And on a coffee table, a tray adds a layer of style for holding smaller objects like candles, decorative objects or books.

Decor Pad


BelleMaison23

The Everygirl

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I must admit that I have a bit of an obsession with Decorative Bowls.  Silver bowls, chinoiserie themed ceramic bowls and rustic bowls are my favorites for decorating.  If you’re looking for an impact statement on your coffee or console table, a large bowl filled with decorative spheres or flowers is nice.  And small bowls are a stylish way to hold matchboxes or trinkets on a tabletop.

HGTV

How To Decorate

Design Indulgence

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The details are not the details, they make the design!

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When it comes to decorative accessories, not all decor pieces are created equal.  There are some accessories that are classic, timeless and stand the test of time against design trends. 

So what do you think of my list of essential decorative accessories?  Is there an item or two that you’d add?

p.s.  if I were to add another item, it would be books!

Fall Tablescape Design–Autumn Elegance

Fall 2017 Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

Hi friends.  You might have noticed that I’ve been challenged with keeping a regular blogging routine that past couple of months. Life has been a whirlwind of activity lately with the move to our new house, work demands and an extended vacation thrown into the mix. I’ve wanted to be here with you everyday but as I struggled to keep up with life’s demands, I made the decision to give myself a break.  My blog is a bright spot in my life and I want to share and inspire you but I can’t do that if I’m not feeling like I’m giving you my best.  Sometimes in life you just have to stop and take a breath and that’s what I’ve allowed myself to do.

  Even though life continues to be busy I’m slowing easing back into a routine and getting back on track.  Thanks for hanging in there with me and continuing to follow and support the blog.

Ok, enough about my busy life, its time to get to some fun fall decorating.

 Today I’m sharing my Fall Tablescape with you.  I’m calling it Autumn Elegance because it a fun combination of chic and rustic.

p.s.  there’s a full source list at the end of the post to make shopping easy for you

Fall Tablescape:  Autumn Elegance

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

The color theme I choose is a twist on a traditional fall color palette.  The mix of terra-cotta orange with blue & white and shades of green give the table the feeling of fall but with a lighter edge.  And the wood elements add the rustic touch.

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

For the centerpiece, I used a vintage dough bowl and filled it with faux pumpkins, hydrangea and ornamental cabbage.  I love the look of real cabbage in an arrangement and was excited to find faux stems at the craft store.

Since my bowl is deep, I placed a few pieces of dollar store floral form in the bottom and nestled the flowers between the foam.  The foam also helps to elevate the pumpkins and keep everything in place.

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The place setting is where the mix of chic and rustic elements come together. I mixed my elegant Blue Willow china with casual Fiestaware plates and the wood charger.  I found the  Bird of Paradise bread plates last week at an antique store and they are perfect for my color theme. And to add another rustic touch, I used my favorite faux bamboo flatware to complete the place setting.

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

 

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

I’m all about layers when it comes to creating tablescapes so I also mixed in several different accent plates.

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

Our dining space is not fully decorated yet but I did add a few fall touches to the buffet.   I kept the arrangement eclectic and used a pair of tortoise hurricanes, ceramic pumpkins and brass pineapples. The tortoise hurricanes I snagged at Pottery Barn on super sale but these from Amara are similar.

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

I just love how lush and layered the centerpiece is.  It really is the star of the show and sets the tone for the entire table.

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

I love how this tablescape came out!  I think it’s so warm & inviting and just the look to get me in the spirit of the season.

How do you decorate your table for Fall?  Do you go with neutrals or traditional Fall colors?

Fall Tablescape Design Tips:

*  Find one item that can serve as the jumping off point for your table decor.  Use it to pull your color story together and to decide the style of your table.

Create a focal point with your centerpiece.   If you’re creating a larger floral arrangement as your centerpiece, pay attention the height.  You want to make sure and keep the arrangement low so conversation can easily flow across the table.

*  Make sure your tablescape has depth vertically and horizontally…layer from the bottom up and from side to side.  My centerpiece provided horizontal impact on the table  and the layered place settings gave the table visual interest.

*  Candles are a must…Candles could be tall candlesticks or small tea lights depending one your table decor.

*  Personalize your place settings.  Use place cards, napkins or decorative element within your tablescape to add the personality to your table.

*  Mix and Match to make the table come to life.  Combine different china patterns, linen textures and materials to add personality and interest to your table.   I love mixing refined china and cauual dinnerware and using a combination of silver and gold finishes.  The perfect mix of rough luxe!

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*  Layer, Layer, Layer!  I’ve mentioned this before but can’t stress enough how much layering will enhance your tablescape.

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Fall Tablescape Source List: 

Orange Tablecloth (similar here)

Blue and Orange Dinner Napkins (Pier 1 on clearance. Etsy is a great source for custom embroidered napkins)

Bamboo Flatware  (purchased at Neiman Marcus but also available here)

Wood Charger Plate (thrifted–similar here)

Blue Willow Dinnerware (lots of vintage options here)

White China 

Orange Fiestaware Plates (available in every color under the rainbow)

Small White Cake Stand (Target dollar spot last year but you can get them here for under $4.00)

Blue and White Coasters–vintage/thrifted

Large Dough Bowl–Lakewood Antiques Market 15 years ago–great vintage source here)

Pumpkins–Target (dollar spot) and Hobby Lobby

Faux Cabbage (looks like the real thing)

Silk Hydrangea

Fall Tablescape Decor by ConfettiStyle

For more entertaining and table design inspiration, check out some of the other tablescapes I’ve created:

Bohemian Inspired Table

Autumn 2016 Tablescape

Fall in Natural and Gold

Thanksgiving Table for Two

 

 

 

 

 

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My Home Office Design Plan | The Vision

One of the rooms I need to get pulled together as soon as we return from our vacation is my office.  I am going to be turning the bedroom on the lower level or our townhouse in my office and creative space. The room is fairly large and has a wall of windows that I love. When we bought the house, the room was painted an admiral blue and had carpeting that was in desperate need of changing. Here’s a before photo I snapped with my iPhone.

Home Office Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

Before we began moving in, I had the entire house painted and choose a soft color palette for this room. I haven’t been able to take any after photos yet because the room is filled with boxes but I’ll share those when I start decorating this space.

 The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Whisper and I freshened up the trim with BM Simply White and I used Black Satin for the doors.  The biggest change came when we removed the carpet and had hardwood floors put in.

 

When I started thinking about how I wanted to decorate my office, I had several things to consider.  In addition to providing ample space to work on design projects, I also need storage for my Etsy shop inventory.  And I wanted the space to feel more like a living space and less like a traditional office.

I started looking around for inspiration and came upon several office space images that spoke to me.

Ballard designs

decor pad

source unknown

HOME OFFICE DESIGN PLAN

After finding my inspiration I’ve come with a design plan that I’m excited about.  The general feel for the space will be sophisticated and elegant with lots of black and brass.  I’m also planning to infuse pink and blue & white into the space to add pops of color.

A lot of the furniture I’m looking at is from Ikea and most of the accent pieces are items I already own.  Here are some of the pieces I’m considering…

Ikea Ingatorp Table

Billy Bookcase with Glass Doors–Ikea

Brass Desk Lamp from Target (also available in black)

Black and White Herringbone Rug–Rugs USA

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I’m looking forward to getting started decorating this space.  Because I’ll be spending lots of time in my office, I’m making sure it is the perfect blend of style and function.

Chair Crush: Spool Chairs & where to shop for them

Spool Chairs

My favorite chair style at the moment is the Spool Chair. Spool furniture dates back to the 18th century with small tables and stool being the first design crafted in this style.  Spool furniture is making comeback today with this iconic chair becoming a in-demand design item.

When it comes to shopping for spool chairs, there are several great sources with pricing ranging from very affordable to pretty expensive.  I’ve done some online shopping and rounded up what I think are the best sources for high-quality, affordable Spool Chairs.

SHOPPING FOR SPOOL CHAIRS

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No. 1–Ballard Designs

The Shiloh Spool Chair  from Ballard Designs is the most expensive option I’ve found. The upside is that you have lots of fabrics and 5 finish options to select from so you can really customize this chair to fit your design needs.  Pricing starts at $1099 and goes up from their based on the fabric and finish your select.   And they have free swatches available to order although you will pay a shipping charge.

Ballard Designs Spool Chair

No. 2–Wayfair

This is a very affordable option produced by Birch Lane.  The Henderson Armchair is available in a variety of pattern and solid fabric options and there are two finish colors to choose from–white and walnut.  Pricing ranges from $391.99 to around $550 for the most expensive fabric and finish option I found. A big positive is that Wayfair has free fabric swatches available to order so you can see the fabric before your order.

Wayfair Spool Chair

No. 3–Joss & Main

I found another affordable option at Joss and Main.  The Balalan Spindle chair is a traditional spool chair design and is priced at just $349.99. This chair is only available in this black/brown espresso color finish and grey fabric as shown.

Joss and Main Spool Chair

No.4 –Z Gallerie

If you’re looking for a white finish, Z Gallerie sells a Spool Chair priced at $599.  The fabric is a natural colored rayon and linen blend which makes it perfect for cottage, farm-house or beach decor.

Z Gallerie Spool Chair

 

No. 5–Pottery Barn

The Loralie Upholstered Armchair is a custom order piece from Pottery Barn so it can take 6 to 8 weeks to receive once order.  And the sale is final so there are not returns or exchanges.. Pricing starts at $699 and can go over $1000 based on the fabric you select. The only finish option is a stained walnut which is a classic finish for this chair style.  One of my favorite fabric options available form PB is this black and white buffalo check.Pottery Barn Spool Chair

When I shared my living room design plan a few weeks ago I had a spool chair as part of my plans.  The hubby is not sure about this choice so we’ll hitting up a few stores so he can test our the design.  Hopefully he’ll fall in love with this chair design like I have.  Stay tuned…

top image via VT Interiors

Inspiration Notebook | September 2017


September–A Season Of Change

September is a magical time of year!  Summer is winding down and the pace of life seems to slow a bit. Vacation getaways are replaced by lazy Saturday mornings and weekend road trips.  The days are still warm but there is a recognizable chill in the morning air because fall is fast approaching.

This is my favorite time of year to go thrifting, visit the farmers market and take walks in the park.  I’m hoping to do all of these things in abundance and enjoy each day as it comes.   We still have a lot to do to get settled into your new house  into our new house but my focus this month will be to get my office together.  I’ll be sharing my design plan for this space later this week so stay tuned.

While I’m enjoying the beauty of September and the coming of fall, I also have the holidays on my mind.  I’ve starting flushing out my holiday decorating plans and a sneak peek of my color theme is included in the images below.

It’s going to be a busy month but I plan on making the most of the glorious month.

 

September 2017 Inspiration Notebook by ConfettiStyle

September 2017 Inspiration Notebook by ConfettiStyle
September 2017 Inspiration Notebook by ConfettiStyle

 

While we’re easing into a new month, here are some fun facts about September that I thought you might enjoy.  Cheers to the month ahead and the adventures that await.

Fun Facts About September

♦ The 9th month of the year marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern hemisphere.

♦ September starts on the same day of the week as December each year, but does not end on the same day of the week as any other month in the year.

♦ This month has three birth flowers: the forget-me-not, the morning-glory and the aster. Forget-me-nots represent love and memories, asters represent love as well, and the morning-glory represents unrequited love. These are all very passionate flowers.

♦  In the northern hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox occurs and fall begins. This takes place on September 22nd or 23rd, depending on the year.

♦  Fun days to celebrate this month:  9/5: National Cheese Pizza Day,  9/9: National Teddy Bear Day, 9/16: National Play-Doh Day, 9/19: International “Talk Like A Pirate Day”.

 

Four Overhead Lights I’m Loving {plus where I shop for lighting}

 

I’ve been sourcing a lot of lighting lately and one of my go to sources for affordable and stylish lighting is Ballard Designs.  Ballard’s mix of lighting ranges from
 traditional styles to trendy pieces.  I came across 4 awesome overhead lights while shopping their site recently and wanted to share them with you.

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Four Overhead Lights To Love

1 //  The Gigi Pendant from Ballard Designs is such a fun take on a traditional quatrefoil design and the brass and cream color combination is just stunning.  I would hang this in a dining room, bedroom or office space.  And it would look great in a small foyer space too. On sale for $246.75.
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle

2 // Gone are the days of the flush mount ‘boob light”.  Now you can find super chic flush mount lights to fit any decor style.  I am especially fond of this Starburst Ceiling Mount Light  and think it would look fabulous in a powder room, kids room or hallway? On sale for $ 261.75.
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle

3 //  If you’re looking for a causal lighting style, the Kiki Pendant with its bohemian vibe would be a great option.  A pair of these wold look stunning in a sunroom, over a kitchen island or in a causal breakfast eating space. On sale for $111.74.

tip: you could probably paint this if you wanted a more colorful statement. 
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle4 // The Urchin 12 Light Pendant is one of my favorite takes on this popular Sputnik design trend.  I love the slender arms and antique gold finish and would hang it in a foyer, office space or large bedroom.  On sale for $ 674.25 which is a savings of over $220.
My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lights by ConfettiStyle

My Favorite Sources for Affordable Lighting by ConfettiStyle

 

Lamp Plus is the nation’s largest lighting retailer.  They carry a wide range of lighting from all of the top brands in the country.  I love shopping them for chandeliers, table lamps and outdoor lighting.  In addition to lighting, they also sell home decor and  furnishings.

Wayfair carries a large variety of lighting brands with looks to fit every decor style and they have a great selection of outdoor lighting.  I love the look and price of this outdoor wall lantern.

Overstock is one of the best sources for affordable and stylish interior lighting.  And this is a great place to shop If you like crystal lights. This gorgeous chandelier would look awesome in a walk-in closet or over a garden tub.

HomeGoods  has always been a great source for affordable table lamps and the last two years they have really upped their style game. Their assortment is constantly changing so if you see something you love, buy it.

Crate and Barrel is our source for lighting with a modern, contemporary design aesthetic. By hovering over the lighting image on their website, you can also see what the light looks like lit up. This brass desk lamp is one of my all time favorites.

Pottery Barn has a good selection of moderate-priced, transitional lighting that will work with just about any design style     This tapered metal flush mount light is a classic design that would look great in a hallway or mud room.

Rejuvenation has an online store as well as several retail stores across the country.  Their speciality is reproduction antique, Victorian and period-authentic lighting.   The story of how the company was started is pretty interesting–you can read it here.

School House Electric is much more than a lighting company.  Their portfolio of products include furniture, decorative accessories, kitchen & bath products and hardware.  The Satellite Sconce is one of my favorites from their lighting collection.

Target really does have it all when it comes to lighting, from table lamps and floor lamps to outdoor lighting and desk lamps.  In addition to selling their private label Threshold collection, Target also sells popular brands like Uttermost and Safavieh.  tip:  always check their pricing on-line because I’ve noticed several styles that are cheaper on-line than in-store.

Shades of Light is another online source with a vast array of lighting options. Their contemporary collection is my favorites and I’ve got my eye on this light fixture.

Ballard Designs has a nice collection of lights and their price points are very affordable. They have a great selection of glass and ceramic table lamps and  I also like their lantern styles.  Ballard’s is also my source lighting accessories like cord covers and chandelier chain sleeves.

 

As you think about the lighting in your home, look at it like you do jewelry to an outfit.  Stylish lighting can be the finishing touch to your decor.

 

all images via Ballard Designs

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