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Dec 18, 2011

by Christine Domanic

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This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the dream home renovation of Ashley and Andy Vaughn. Their 1903 Huntsville, Alabama home has been a labor of love since the couple purchased it from Andy’s father in 2006. Their homey style incorporates second-hand treasures, old records, six cozy fireplaces, three cats and one cockatiel.

Outside of fixing up their home and frequenting estate sales, this talented couple also own their own record store, Vertical House Records and photography/design studio, White Rabbit Studios. Visit Ashley and Andy on Flickr for more photos of their home renovation or stop by their website The Real Vertical House where they’ve documented every step of their home’s incredible transformation.

Describe your home decorating style.
I would describe my style as “homey.” My friend, Stephanie, declares it granny chic, which is also true. I’m attracted to honest vintage items, and all of the items in our home are either family heirlooms or second-hand pieces we have found at estate sales, thrift stores, and the like. I’m naturally attracted to certain colors, fabrics, prints, and patterns and our home has provided the perfect backdrop to display all of the bits and pieces.

 

   
   

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
It’s been an evolution. My parents pretty much always had me in antique stores growing up, so I’ve long appreciated the uniqueness of shopping outside of big box retailers. The first house my husband and I purchased was mainly furnished with gifts from our wedding registry, but when we sold that house and moved into the 100+ year-old historic home, we began thinking differently. Around that same time we started going to estate sales weekly, and quickly found that was the way to go. We now have an entire house of furnishings that are “new to us.” We literally have one lamp leftover that came from Target — otherwise everything is pre-loved.

   
   

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I gather a lot of inspiration from other historic homes in our area (I’m an old house nut so we go on house tours every year). I am also inspired by record covers, as odd as that might be. My husband and I own a record store here in town, and with over 20,000 albums in stock, there are all sorts of inspirational covers to gawk over.

   
   

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
Estate sales, thrift store, flea markets, antique stores, etc. While it’s lovely to window shop at Anthropologie and the like, I can’t justify the prices. Plus, at least five times now I’ve spotted something in the store that I adore, and then found an “original” a couple of weeks later at an estate sale. My husband and I have this weird “ability” to think really hard on what we need (want) and then voila! it appears at the next sale we go to.

   
   

What is your favorite part about your home?
This is such a hard question, as it kind of changes with the seasons. I love watching our summer garden grow from our kitchen windows. I adore the way the sunrise floods our staircase and living room with beautiful light. The heart pine floors have the perfect amber glow that blend beautifully with the six brick fireplaces. I guess I really just love the way everything has come together. We started with a dark, moldy, dog hair and piss-covered mess of a house and poured our hearts and souls into restoring everything as historic as possible, and now we have a warm, fresh and beautiful space we call a home.

   
   

Does your home hold any strong memories?
The home is full of them! When we first moved in, the house was still a duplex with lots of problems. We lived upstairs with no heat, electricity, or water during the cold weather, but around spring were able to get one power outlet and a working bathroom. Soon enough we found ourselves finished with restoring the downstairs. We’ve now shifted our focus on working on the upstairs, and by this time next year we are hoping to be “done” enough to work on other projects (like the exterior or a screen porch). We’ve poured our blood, sweat, tears, and love into this home and each day we create a new memory for our humble abode.

   


Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.

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159 comments

  • VerandaVintage

    VerandaVintage said 5 years ago

    Love the eclectic retro look !!!

  • VerandaVintage

    VerandaVintage said 5 years ago

    Love this space....eclectic retro...vintage!!

  • jacklom3

    jacklom3 said 5 years ago

    I LOVE the Fireplace!! Beautiful!!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    adore your style ;)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous.

  • jesperwilson

    jesperwilson said 5 years ago

    I just realized my home is to white and boring.. I need more colors! Very nice to see a home with personality.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 5 years ago

    Oh I just love the rough edges! Wonderful kitchen...lets have coffee!!! ha Enjoy your life. Enjoy your humble abode!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Oh, beautifuul!!!!!

  • Tindaisies

    Tindaisies said 5 years ago

    The kitchen is my favourite, it's like a breath of fresh air. I like the use of the space and how the pieces aren't lined up along the walls.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Great home, terrific kitchen, love the Arts & Crafts era/Stickley style chairs. Thanks for the peek!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 5 years ago

    Our kind of space. Love it.

  • RitaVanTassel

    RitaVanTassel said 5 years ago

    Eclectic, retro - love the exposed brick. All that work is what really makes the house a HOME. Perhaps if more people devoted themselves to their space like you did they would feel much more satisfied with themselves. :) Great work!

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 5 years ago

    Wonderful, warm and inviting home!

  • specimenboxshop

    specimenboxshop said 5 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • PittiVintage

    PittiVintage said 5 years ago

    Nice!!!!!!!!!!

  • PierogiPicnic

    PierogiPicnic said 5 years ago

    Love it - such a great cozy style!

  • brandmojointeriors

    brandmojointeriors said 5 years ago

    Hoosier's are the best!

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    I especially like the vintage kitchen and black & white tile floor! Neat.

  • hollyberry67

    hollyberry67 said 5 years ago

    I really love this home!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 5 years ago

    my grandma has this little dancing santa decoration! It was nice to see it again... I like this post :)

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 5 years ago

    Love how you have kept the exposed brick - so gorgeous!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Great sty! I am in love with everything goin on in that bathroom, love it!

  • PollyPainting

    PollyPainting said 5 years ago

    I so enjoyed reading your story. It's a wonderful home!

  • EndQuotes

    EndQuotes said 5 years ago

    Wonderful post- great etsy finds!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    I really love the homey warm feel of this house and the gathering of things that are important to them and using their own style and that's what makes their house their home.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Just beautiful!!!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 5 years ago

    love the yellow bed spread.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 5 years ago

    this is so my style...love!

  • TheEverlastingPosy

    TheEverlastingPosy said 5 years ago

    Thank you for including our dried globe amaranth flowers in your blog items!

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 5 years ago

    Love your style at ease! Congrats!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • celestewelch

    celestewelch said 5 years ago

    very comfortable!

  • JodysVintage

    JodysVintage said 5 years ago

    This is lovely..what fun...love this blog!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 5 years ago

    Lovely home!!!

  • chiquiita

    chiquiita said 5 years ago

    Love your style, very homey......is that wallpaper in the bathroom? Just love it!

  • dawnhouser

    dawnhouser said 5 years ago

    so lovely– happy holidays!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

    Love the old fireplaces.

  • tbtcwedding

    tbtcwedding said 5 years ago

    This is awesome!

  • FleaMarketGal

    FleaMarketGal said 5 years ago

    stunning home!

  • GoldenDaysAntiques

    GoldenDaysAntiques said 5 years ago

    Beautiful home! Vintage done right.

  • jojosvintagecupboard

    jojosvintagecupboard said 5 years ago

    I LOVE that kitchen!!!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    I love your style! The bathroom and kitchen are amazing!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    LOVE IT AND LOVE THE POP OF RED IN THAT CHANDELEIR! what a cozy home you have and than you so much for sharing it with us! LOVE the huge industrial table...NICE!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    ps... I totally love the record cover inspiration! i think you have captured it for sure!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 5 years ago

    Wonderful home!

  • gumo

    gumo said 5 years ago

    super stylish thanks for sharing x

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 5 years ago

    OOHHH ~ how I love that Hoosier cabinet. It's perfect!

  • WhimzyThyme

    WhimzyThyme said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh ---- love the kitchen and that Victorian tub is so fantastic. I live in a house that was built in the 1940s and I absolutely love it. I wish I had a Victorian tub.

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    Very nice home! Thanks for sharing it!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful home! I need that tall cubboard in my kitchen! I love how popular vintage decor has become. When I was 16 all I wanted for my birthday was a beautiful oak vanity from the 1800's. I thought I was going to get the less expensive one that didn't have all the detail and when I got home from school was so surprised my mom got me the one I really wanted! That was 1986 and I still have it today, and am using it as a tv stand.

  • ArtDecoDame

    ArtDecoDame said 5 years ago

    Beautiful home!I'm in love with that aqua chair!

  • MariesMaison

    MariesMaison said 5 years ago

    This home is just my style, seriously luv the bath! -marie

  • VintageNChic

    VintageNChic said 5 years ago

    Love that it's such an old home, yet colorful and bright. This is so much more interesting than "box store" decorated!

  • LoveP

    LoveP said 5 years ago

    love it, seriously inspirational!

  • calluna13

    calluna13 said 5 years ago

    I wish I had the ability to decorate this way! My brain just doesn't wrap around how one's eyes and mind can visualize and obtain this type of haven. Love it!

  • oldwhalingcompany

    oldwhalingcompany said 5 years ago

    What a great story! You did an amazing job!!!! I love your house!

  • UnderMilkWood

    UnderMilkWood said 5 years ago

    Love the style really original and personal, especially the unfitted kitchen!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    I love your style! Thanks for featuring my apple canisters! :)

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 5 years ago

    very...cool rustic eclectic space inviting and very interesting to look at

  • ACESfinds

    ACESfinds said 5 years ago

    Now these are our kind of people! This home is so lovely, and unique! We are like minded when it comes to shopping and decorating. It is so nice to see true creativity in the way you have transformed your habitat. Love this piece Christine! Cool House Ashley and Andy! Happy Holidays~

  • mynameiskorrine

    mynameiskorrine said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 5 years ago

    I love these details...make the difference!!!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago

    So cozy!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 5 years ago

    Love the Fireplace!

  • Challand

    Challand said 5 years ago

    Looks like a warm and inviting home!

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns said 5 years ago

    Just peachy =)

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    You've created such a beautiful home, great job!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    Your individuality rocks ~ and the "pre owned " finds look better than anything new and disposable ~*~

  • purplmama

    purplmama said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh!! The kitchen sink drawers and the stove remind me of my childhood. ... This is awesome! Your website is wonderful, by the way. Loved seeing the process.

  • aRToFaBSTRACTION

    aRToFaBSTRACTION said 5 years ago

    So lovely. Homes filled with pieces that combine history, color and character bring a bit of soul to all who enter. And there's just something about a black & white checked kitchen floor... (full disclosure: I have one too!)

  • nachan

    nachan said 5 years ago

    Love it! I need the fruit cans!

  • LuzAmigurumiPatterns

    LuzAmigurumiPatterns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • TheDancersSpirit

    TheDancersSpirit said 5 years ago

    Good come back, Get the Look Decor!! Beautiful home :-)

  • NomadStudio

    NomadStudio said 5 years ago

    Love your home! Great job! Very Wabi Sabi......

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Did you say six fireplaces? Lovely home. Thanks for the peek.

  • Pengwen71

    Pengwen71 said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Lovely home......thank u so much for sharing it all with us!

  • SISTERBATIK

    SISTERBATIK said 5 years ago

    just gorgeous! especially loving the exposed brickwork fireplace and the stand alone bath tub.

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage said 5 years ago

    This is so amazingly beautiful! What a gorgeous home!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful home so full of character, it has such personality as every home should!

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 5 years ago

    Simular to home...mine wasn't intentional though. Nicely done:)-

  • dandedesign

    dandedesign said 5 years ago

    My dream home, only transplant it to Savannah, GA.

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 5 years ago

    Very cute home!

  • myalexasstore10

    myalexasstore10 said 5 years ago

    I love this home! Great style!

  • quiltfever

    quiltfever said 5 years ago

    Great home. Also glad to know that my style has a name...Granny Chic.....I love it.

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    Love the retro vibe! Thank you so much for inviting us into your beautiful home!

  • SentimentalHVintage

    SentimentalHVintage said 5 years ago

    basically, exactly what i want my home to look like. exactly.

  • SaintAndSailor

    SaintAndSailor said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 5 years ago

    Love the look

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 5 years ago

    " otherwise everything is pre-loved"... love it =)

  • HelloMountains

    HelloMountains said 5 years ago

    so beautiful!!! I love this style!!

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 5 years ago

    LOVE this~

  • sweetindependence

    sweetindependence said 5 years ago

    love it!!!!

  • RenataandJonathan

    RenataandJonathan said 5 years ago

    Charming :)

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    Six fireplaces - lucky girl!!! I just love your home and style! Loved reading about you!!

  • jdever

    jdever said 5 years ago

    perfect and inspiring. : )

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 5 years ago

    I love the home decors in etsy! I really enjoy the fire place, it looks so romantic and mysterious

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    oh i like this one very much.. love that kitchen

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Love it! Couldn't be more decorated in perfect vintage!

  • dravensmum

    dravensmum said 5 years ago

    love it!

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 5 years ago

    I've not heard the expression "pre-loved" used for anything but cars. It's perfect to sum up your lovely home. Well done!

  • LARaised

    LARaised said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 5 years ago

    LOVE the bathroom!! Wonderful job.. good luck with the rest of your projects!

  • sylviatrench

    sylviatrench said 5 years ago

    it is a beautiful place sure to be filled with new memories (and old ones). the style is eclectic but flows gracefully. it is inspiring to read about the process and also to learn that nearly everything is "new to you"...what a great way to make a house a home and save the planet in style. peace!

  • SereneSiren

    SereneSiren said 5 years ago

    I have to laugh that what everyone is calling "Vintage" is what I have had at home for many, many years!!! I recycle my treasures from room to room, unpack and pack up items as the mood fits and most items have a good memory to go with them. I too, love to window shop at Anthropologie but don't have a need to spend more than what I earn to buy there. It is great to see items "pre-loved" that are saved from destruction or the trash heap.. and I always thought that we should do what the Hobbits did, pass a gift along to someone who would really love it, if it didn't fit your tastes or needs anymore!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Love it. I actually have those vintage ornaments and a few others things here. Very nice!!

  • rhapsodyattic

    rhapsodyattic said 5 years ago

    Loved reading your feature, congrats!!

  • Hippiechicjewelz

    Hippiechicjewelz said 5 years ago

    A great retro-inspired kitchen, I love it!

  • peshka

    peshka said 5 years ago

    Beautiful done! Love it!

  • rafya

    rafya said 5 years ago

    How Gorgeous!!

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 5 years ago

    My favorite home yet!! Love the dressers in the kitchen... and all that color!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 5 years ago

    Love this!

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 5 years ago

    love it! your "granny chic" home is amazing Thank you so much for sharing with us the process and the final outcome

  • belrossaboutique

    belrossaboutique said 5 years ago

    The kitchen space is amazing!!

  • GardenDaisies

    GardenDaisies said 5 years ago

    This is just lovely! So homey!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • botny

    botny said 5 years ago

    SOO beautiful!!! We JUST bought a house so I have just been obsessed with your "Get the Look Decor" articles...soooo inspirational and fun!! (and dangerous!! ;))

  • lillysshoppe

    lillysshoppe said 5 years ago

    love this look!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 5 years ago

    Love it ;)

  • stuartroadvintage

    stuartroadvintage said 5 years ago

    Great look-love the turquoise chair!!

  • PearlAmourJewels

    PearlAmourJewels said 5 years ago

    I don't know why but I love brick walls in the house. You have a lovely home!

  • dreadsandcurls

    dreadsandcurls said 5 years ago

    This is officially my new dream home. Beyond!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 5 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 5 years ago

    I love the old home with the pops of color. Finding treasures to love in my home that someone else had in theirs add so much history, like each piece has a story and you're adding to that story. A wonderful feeling that I think people feel in homes like this.

  • BookCraft

    BookCraft said 5 years ago

    This is SO beautiful. I just love the look of all the yellow in dinning room against the old brick. I too love old homes & buildings for inspirations. I just living right outside of Pittsburgh where there are just dozens & dozens of little old homes & buildings. Many of them have been turned into coffee shops and other shops. The businesses that move in usually always keep the old rustic charm of the building which makes them so much more fun to go to.

  • StitchyLifeVintage

    StitchyLifeVintage said 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS bathroom! Love that wall paper and open feeling.

  • BirdEnergy

    BirdEnergy said 5 years ago

    It looks like a home to love. I like that you used sunshine yellow so cheery.

  • ItchinStitchin

    ItchinStitchin said 5 years ago

    ♥ this space!! Very beautiful :)

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 5 years ago

    Lovely home!

  • figmintvintage

    figmintvintage said 5 years ago

    One must look at the "before" photos to truly, deeply appreciate the amount of work that was put into this house! Good lord...and to think that a simple bathroom remodel is driving me nuts! All hail to the masters of true southern hospitality:)

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique said 5 years ago

    So gorgeous! :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Wow~ what a great place to call home~ like all the fireplaces and her decorating style too~ thanks for sharing with all of us christine.

  • shlomitofir

    shlomitofir said 5 years ago

    What a great home to have! I wish my father could have had someting like this to sell to me...Enjoy!

  • HowFetching

    HowFetching said 5 years ago

    Every time I think I've found my favorite GTL:D house, the next one comes out and I'm just as smitten. Lovely!

  • JunkBoutique

    JunkBoutique said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your cozy home , it is beautiful . I too live in an old house and would love to have that brick wall behind my stove.

  • SouthernPearlDesigns

    SouthernPearlDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great article and your home is lovely! I'm going to have to check out your record shop the next time I'm down town.

  • HeyAbby

    HeyAbby said 5 years ago

    Everything is beautiful. I would never want to leave.

  • HomeStudio

    HomeStudio said 5 years ago

    Love this. Thanks for the article!

  • gremlina

    gremlina said 5 years ago

    stunning style! totally with you on all of it. thrilled you have the Stereo in there, it deserves a spot in this. lovely.

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir said 5 years ago

    I grew up in a house with hardwood floors, pinewood walls and a brick fireplace in the living room. Seeing those fireplaces brought back a lot memories. It's always nice to see that there are those of us who would still prefer to do our own thing and fill our spaces with things that matter to us (not what we see in show rooms or catalogues). I have a tiny collection of old LPs now hanging on the wall--I have them because they reflect my music taste and I love looking at the covers. My small city flat prevents me from rescuing any more previously-loved items though I find antiquing and thrifting fun.

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 5 years ago

    Love your sweet home and fabulous vintage treasures-- especially wonderful with exposed brick and a wonderful fireplace in every room! Thanks for sharing-- and Christine-- love the related finds you've rounded up here. Happy Holidays!

  • Velvetcoco

    Velvetcoco said 5 years ago

    WWHHAOOO thats like my dream home, ive started collecting for when i get my dream house cant wait :)

  • mistyorcutt

    mistyorcutt said 5 years ago

    Love your style. Do you have an Etsy store? I really liked what you said about thinking real hard on something & then it appears. I have the same. It is a great blessing.

  • jenrosenstein

    jenrosenstein said 5 years ago

    I really like the color palate of your taste!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Love the kitchen and the bathroom!

  • PetiteLemon

    PetiteLemon said 5 years ago

    Love everything about your home. Thanks for sharing!

  • NaturalVintage

    NaturalVintage said 5 years ago

    I'm crazy about your style! I don't comment on all of these feature articles, just the ones that speak to me, and you guys have a homey eclectic style that I really love! Can't wait to check out your home revocation story. =)

  • Zetro

    Zetro said 5 years ago

    Light, breezy kitchen! Absolutely lovely.

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 5 years ago

    Love your home, Great ideas, Wonderful story.

  • NicoleKatherine

    NicoleKatherine said 5 years ago

    What a fantastic style this home has... it looks warm, inviting and inspirational for hours of imaginative creating!

  • HuntandFound

    HuntandFound said 5 years ago

    Love this story!! Wonderful decor and style!

  • sorrythankyou79

    sorrythankyou79 said 5 years ago

    so awesome! love their style

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 5 years ago

    very homey indeed!

  • MyLittleSheep

    MyLittleSheep said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed the visit!

  • madelinefeliciano

    madelinefeliciano said 5 years ago

    Nice cute home!

  • fiveorsixgirls

    fiveorsixgirls said 5 years ago

    it's the law of attraction!! wonderful xx

  • packmatthews

    packmatthews said 5 years ago

    Such a fine interview. Stunning photos and interiors! Could we hear more about your "Viola!" technique of visualizing before estate sales? That's a very handy skill.

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 5 years ago

    I actually look at this posts multiple times lol the photography is so good ^^

  • tableclothpad

    tableclothpad said 5 years ago

    SO beautiful home i love this.

  • SteamBathFactory

    Gin Shakespear from SteamBathFactory said 4 years ago

    Love the kitchen & bath!

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