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Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour – My Favorite Room

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The blogging community is chock full of so many wonderful and talented people, and we’re so happy to call many of them friends. Earlier this month, one of our new blogging friends invited us to take part in her “Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour Series” and we jumped on board right away.favorite-room-edition-graphic[Side Note: If you haven’t heard of Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. then this is your official invite to go love on this crazy talented chick. We admire her laid-back bohemian style, and can’t wait to see what this mama-to-be has in store for her future daughter’s nursery. If it’s anything like she has done in the past, it’s going to be insanely gorgeous.]

Okay, back to the home tour series. This week we’re joining over 2 dozen other bloggers to share a favorite room from our home. All this week we’ve gushed over the gorgeous details that so many of these talented ladies have incorporated into their spaces, and today it’s time for us to show off our space.

So if you just came from Caitlin’s fav room from Desert Domicile, then welcome to DIY Playbook. Today, I (Casey) am going to show off my favorite room in our small Chicago apartment. Wide-Family-RoomThis is our living room, and it really is heart of our home. We live in a small 1.5 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom apartment, and our family room area is the place we often gather. Not just because we have nowhere else to hang (small home problems), but because it is such a comfortable and welcoming spot.

We have a large white sectional that is so dang comfy, and it’s offers the perfect spot to cozy up and relax after a long day of work.  I’ve also filled the couch with soft blankets and textured pillows to make the space even more luxurious. My fiance says I have a pillow hoarding problem, but I like to think of it as a collection. #agreetodisagree

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I love this space because I believe it truly reflects our style, while showcasing some of our personal mementos and treasures. The large white couch is a great neutral piece, and I enjoy accenting it with grays, blues, and teals to add some personality. The coffee table, side table, and wood shelves are all DIY projects that didn’t break the bank.

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Matches-in-bowlMany of the accessories are flea market finds, items from HomeGoods, or treasures my fiance and I have collected over the years (like our bowl of matches from our favorite date nights.)

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Table-TrayBe-Happy-SignYou’ll also find a homemade pallet sign with a sentiment we enjoy as a visual reminder. It says “Be Happy” and this space truly does make us feel pretty darn happy. NightstandCanvas-and-shelvesThis light-filled room is my favorite spot to hang on a leisurely weekend morning. Usually I’ll wake up pretty early and let Finn sleep in. Then I’ll make a nice big bowl of cereal, some hot coffee, and I’ll cozy up on a sun-filled spot and let the morning pass at a nice leisurely pace.

It’s a great time to catch up on blogging, read magazines, and just take a breather before the chaos of the day.

Casey-Drinking-CoffeeSo there you have it. My favorite room in our small Chicago pad. It’s a space that truly reflects what the word home means to me: happy, comfortable, and inviting.

Now I urge you to go check out the next gorgeous space in our little blog hop. Go check out Traci’s favorite room over on Beneath My Heart.

And for even more eye candy, check out all of the spaces from the talented group below. They’ll be showing off their fav rooms all this week.

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  1. Jennifer Susil Griffin

    What a beautiful room, Casey! I love how it’s loaded with personality and looks so chic but comfy.

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  2. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    What a pretty space to spend time in…I can see why it’s a favorite!! Love the colors throughout…

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  3. Summer Hogan

    Your space is amazing!!! I love EVERY inch of it! I’m so glad I found your blog and met you guys! Y’all are too cool for school and if I’m every in Chicago I’ll be knocking on your doors 🙂

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Summer,
      You are seriously the sweetest! Thank you for all of the love here and on social media…you’re seriously too kind! We are so happy we met you too! Come to Chicago!! We promise we will wine and dine you and show you our fav spots around town.
      xo,
      B & C

  4. DIY Playbook

    I actually found it a couple years ago at a resale shop for about $25! It was quite the steal. It’s probably 1.5 feet…pretty big and amazing. Keep searching! Hopefully someday you’ll find your own

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  5. Gigi

    Beautiful place!!!!! Luuuuuv. I recently relocated to Colorado and am missing Chicago *so much* 🙁 . Where did you buy that incredible painting of the skyline? It is amazing! I NEED IT!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Gigi,
      Thanks so much! Chi-town misses you, but Colorado is so beautiful too! We hope you love your new city.

      The cityscape was actually a HomeGoods find from a couple years ago. Only $100…quite the score!

      Thanks for tuning in!
      Casey

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  1. Jennifer Susil Griffin

    What a beautiful room, Casey! I love how it’s loaded with personality and looks so chic but comfy.

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  2. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    What a pretty space to spend time in…I can see why it’s a favorite!! Love the colors throughout…

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  3. Summer Hogan

    Your space is amazing!!! I love EVERY inch of it! I’m so glad I found your blog and met you guys! Y’all are too cool for school and if I’m every in Chicago I’ll be knocking on your doors 🙂

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Summer,
      You are seriously the sweetest! Thank you for all of the love here and on social media…you’re seriously too kind! We are so happy we met you too! Come to Chicago!! We promise we will wine and dine you and show you our fav spots around town.
      xo,
      B & C

  4. DIY Playbook

    I actually found it a couple years ago at a resale shop for about $25! It was quite the steal. It’s probably 1.5 feet…pretty big and amazing. Keep searching! Hopefully someday you’ll find your own

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  5. Gigi

    Beautiful place!!!!! Luuuuuv. I recently relocated to Colorado and am missing Chicago *so much* 🙁 . Where did you buy that incredible painting of the skyline? It is amazing! I NEED IT!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Gigi,
      Thanks so much! Chi-town misses you, but Colorado is so beautiful too! We hope you love your new city.

      The cityscape was actually a HomeGoods find from a couple years ago. Only $100…quite the score!

      Thanks for tuning in!
      Casey

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New Lamps for the Master Bedroom

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I’m chugging along with our master bedroom decorating plan. Last time we chatted about the space, I showed you guys the oh-so-comfy Moroccan rug we added to the room. I’m still obsessed with it, and luckily there hasn’t been much shedding at all (which is great with a new rug!)

Pouf-ShoesWith the rug crossed off my list, it was time to move onto lighting. Lamps are important in this room, because we have absolutely no overhead lighting. Before we moved in our furniture, we painted the master bedroom walls and I remember frantically calling my mom to bring over a lamp because there were zero lights in the room, and no lights = no painting. (Lucky for us, she came to the rescue!)

So since we moved in, we’ve had 2 table lamps in here that were doing a fine job…but they weren’t winning any awards in the looks department.

IMG_97241Here’s one of the lamps atop our large dresser. I remember buying the lamps right out of college, and they had a black base. I eventually spray painted the lamps to get a brighter look in our bedroom. But wear and tear started to take its toll on the metal base, and the white paint started to flake off. Not cute.

So, I knew it was time to find something new and fabulous for our master bedroom.

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I ended up finding 2 glamorous white lamps from HomeGoods. They were only $40 a piece, and I absolutely loved the shiny white base, with silver detailing.

NightstandOne sits on our dresser, the other on this nightstand. When I saw them at HomeGoods, they had 2 entirely different lamp shades. One was gray, and the other blue. But I loved the lamp base so much that I decided to bring them home, and just worry about the shades later on.

Turns out the old lamp shades fit perfectly, so now they’re matching. (Now I’m stuck with 2 random lamp shades…I just may have to come up with a creative craft for those…hmmmm)

Silver-Lamp-BaseI think they add a little glam to the room, without being too overwhelmingly feminine. At least that’s what I tell Finn. He says they look like snowmen…

White-Bedroom-LampDresser-Top-New-LampI suppose if they’re snowmen, then they’re some damn good lookin’ snowmen. I’m just happy that they’re functional and fashionable. That’s always a win-win in our playbook!

Next on the master bedroom list? No more naked bed for us….this bad boy is getting a headboard! All the deets and eye candy coming next week…

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a lot of things on the master bedroom list… not quite there to checking them off yet, though! Gotta finish our painting first!

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  2. craftivitydesigns

    I was just admiring some very similar lamps on Amazon (the $40 price you got is better!!). I love the white bases and they look great of your side tables!

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a lot of things on the master bedroom list… not quite there to checking them off yet, though! Gotta finish our painting first!

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  2. craftivitydesigns

    I was just admiring some very similar lamps on Amazon (the $40 price you got is better!!). I love the white bases and they look great of your side tables!

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Office Gallery Wall Prints

free printables on gallery wall
Why always run out and BUY when there are just as many amazing resources for FREE? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Etsy and spend entirely more than my rookie salary suggests I should spend on Etsy, but I also love the challenge of trying to do it for less. Isn’t that what DIY is virtually all about? The hunt. The adventure. The personal touch. Whatever “it” is at the time, it’s always fun to get a look for less. In today’s case, “it” was my office gallery wall. A few months ago, “it” was the gallery wall in the laundry room. I love Etsy, but I also love me FREE. Today, free it is! I’m here to share my gallery wall prints, so you can get FREE too.
Ironically, first up in the gallery wall line-up is not a printable, but it was FREE to me. I made this string art a few years back with Casey. I was using it somewhere else in the house, but decided to give it some new life by adding it to the wall. Although it won’t be free to you, I can offer a free tutorial. #excusetheawfulphotos #babyblogrookies

Next up- this fun FREE printable from Classy Clutter. (Have you seen some of their makeovers? Amazing!!! You have to check them out, they are adorable & so talented)

Random Horn Hook- clearance at HomeGoods.

This one is possibly my favorite. With a little washi tape, I stuck that bad boy right on the wall and cannot get enough. “You’re a gem…” I just love it. The watercolor. The geometric hints. The message. Perfection…all yours FREE!

The modern hexagons totally stole my heart. I love how this frame compliments the shapes and colors of the print. I added the metal “58” numbers and styled it a little different, but I just love the simplicity. You have to check out how Nalle added a little gold for a super creative edgy look.

This weather vane (?) was actually a $2 thrift store find. It used to be gold, and unfortunately, not a cute kind of trendy gold. An ugly, tarnished, off-gold. I added a little white & teal spray paint. Super easy, totally worth the two bucks.

This enlarged print came with our wedding package. Call me crazy, but I absolutely love it. Like I mentioned earlier this week, I was totally inspired by Deanne’s print and knew I needed to incorporate this preppy look into our home.

Both of the storage drawers on top of the desk were from HomeGoods. They are home to some office essentials, and the little boxes to the right hold all of our cords… separately. #lovethat
The wishbone on the bulletin board can be found here. But you have to check out how Jen used it in her gold & glamorous office gallery wall. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

And last but not least, the three prints that mean the most to me. I wanted to create three pieces of very simple art that reflects my outlook on… well, life really.

Work Hard. Be Kind. Stay Humble.
If there were three rules I hope to live by and stay true to, I hope it is these three simple phrases. And what better way to remind myself of these truths than through a constant reminder in our home?
And that’s exactly what I did. I created 3 printables and hung them in our office to constantly remind us to always….
1. Work Hard.
2. Be Kind.
3. Stay Humble. 
And because I heart you all so much (and owe these fabulously creative people who shared their creativity with me!), I decided to share these free printables with the internet world.. and of course, all of you. You can choose to print one of the quotes, all of the quotes or mix & match the colored and white version of the prints to remind yourself of the importance of work ethic, humility, and respect.
DOWNLOAD the black and white version HERE
DOWNLOAD the colored version HERE
I hope you enjoy! And a huge thanks for all of your support; absolutely none of this would be possible without you taking time to check in on us each day. You are amazing. Don’t ever forget it.
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P.S. My fellow rookie even printed one out for her desk area! Check it out!
work hard print in blue frame
 
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  1. daniellesig .

    Hi! I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEE the way you styled this wall above your desk! Looking to do the same with mine! I wanted to ask you where you got that wire file hanging piece from? I’ve been looking for something like that for mine!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks!! I got the wire organizer at HomeGoods. I love that it doesn’t take up valuable desk space yet holds so much of my office essentials in a “fashion-friendly” way! Thanks for stopping by… good luck with your gallery wall!!

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  1. daniellesig .

    Hi! I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEE the way you styled this wall above your desk! Looking to do the same with mine! I wanted to ask you where you got that wire file hanging piece from? I’ve been looking for something like that for mine!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks!! I got the wire organizer at HomeGoods. I love that it doesn’t take up valuable desk space yet holds so much of my office essentials in a “fashion-friendly” way! Thanks for stopping by… good luck with your gallery wall!!

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10 Tips for Decorative Pillows

our love for pillows
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again..and again…and again. We’ve got a serious thing for throw pillows. In fact, you may have to call it a shopping obsession. If we see a cute decorative pillow, at a decent price, you better believe it’s hopping into our carts.
Lucky for us (& our wallets) many of our favorite stores have great pillows with inexpensive price tags. I mean, have you been to the HomeGoods pillow aisle? It makes you want to curl up and take a nap right there amongst all of the fluff, color, and pattern.
So enough chatting about pillows, let’s get to the eye candy…DSC_0021
Casey: I’ve got a few decorative pillows on our master bedding. The gray geometric ones and the light blue are HomeGoods. All were pretty inexpensive, which makes me feel better if I ever want to change the color scheme in there. Come read about our bedroom over in this post. Blue-Gray-Bedroom-PillowsCaseys-Bedroom-Vertical-White-Duvet
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Casey: We’ve got lots of gray and blue tones in our family room area. Most of these pillows are HomeGoods finds. Typically if I find something in our color scheme, I scoop it up right away!
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Bridget: Much like Casey, I stick with the cool colored pillows as well. I find that I’m often drawn to blue pillows, striped pillows, soft geometric prints or pillows with a hint of nautical.

I scored the watercolor print on major clearance at JC Penny’s and the rest of the blue pillow rotation at HomeGoods.
Bridget: This pillow is very much outside of my traditional style, and maybe that’s why I love it so much! I scored this zip pillow from IKEA and I love it because you can easily remove the pillow and wash the case with one easy zip!
Bridget: Again, I’m a sucker for stripes. This pillow was in the clearance aisle at HomeGoods and adds a whole different color and texture combo to this floral print chair. As far as I’m concerned, mixing and matching prints is always a great idea (even if my mom tends to disagree).bridget room
bridgetBridget: Are you surprised? More stripes! These nautical pillows were all HomeGoods scores. I like that each are a different size and add a little extra dimension to the bed. I think I scored all of these for $30 total! Plus, when I get tired of this combination in our bedroom, I switch out some of the pillows from other rooms and have a whole new look in each area of my home!
Bridget: Don’t be fooled, pillows aren’t just for the indoors. I scored the majority of these outdoor pillows at SteinMart. I love that I was able to step outside my traditional pillow style and add some serious pops of color to our outdoor patio. Of course I don’t leave these out all of the time, but they add a whole new level of coziness to our outdoor patio when it’s time to relax or entertain!

Rookie Pillow Tips

  1. Find pillows with a zippered, removable cover. That way you can keep the cushion and find new covers if you’re looking to change things up. Major cost saver.
  2. Zippered covers also come in handy for washing. You can easily toss it into the wash and you’re good to go!
  3. We try not to spend more than $25 for a single pillow. We try and aim for $12-$16. Look for steals, sales, and clearance sections. You can find some great stuff if you’re patient.
  4. Avoid being too matchy-matchy. That goes for color, texture, and pattern. Change it up and you’ll have a more appealing, layered look.
  5. Incorporate a wide variety of pillow sizes on couches and beds.
  6. As with most home decor, group pillows in odd numbers (we prefer 3’s & 5’s)
  7. Switch pillows from room to room around your home for a “fresh” look without a new price-tag.
  8. Only buy pillows that you absolutely LOVE; don’t just buy to buy. If you wait for a pillow you really love, rather than just settling with what’s in stock or available, you’ll tend to use it for a lot longer and will continue to love it every time you look at it, which is way better than always looking at that pillow and wishing you never bought it.
  9. Choose pillows that fit your style… no one else’s! With Pinterest, the blogosphere & every amazing Home Decor magazine putting you on decor overload, sometimes it’s easy to adopt someone else’s style rather than embrace your own style. Buy pillows that fit YOUR style, even if that style is different than what’s the most pinned. You’re the one that has to cuddle up with it at the end of the day… be proud!
  10. When you find the perfect pillow combinations, do NOT forget the most important part – – kicking up your feet up, cozying up on that adorable couch & enjoying all of your new fluffy friends!
We hope this helps with your next pillow shopping trip!
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Want some advice on bedroom pillows, check out this post!
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  1. heather

    I’m curious how you determine how many pillows and which sizes to use. I have a couch and loveseat and am considering changing up my pillows, but can’t decide how many I need and what sizes. I do have both euro shams and 20×20 forms available to use. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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  1. heather

    I’m curious how you determine how many pillows and which sizes to use. I have a couch and loveseat and am considering changing up my pillows, but can’t decide how many I need and what sizes. I do have both euro shams and 20×20 forms available to use. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Decorating Over the Couch

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When you’re a home decor blogger, you expect to get emails from readers looking for the “scoop” on the items you feature and display in your home. We love dishing these details and telling you guys where we’ve found some of our fabulous scores!
But there is one frequently asked question that we receive pretty often….”where did you get that art over your couch?!” The funny thing is we have 2 totally different pieces of artwork over our family room couches, yet we still get asked the question pretty equally.
People want to know all about Bridget’s cool coral frames….
Casey's Family Room
And people want to know all about my large city canvas.
Even though our “artwork” is very different, we purchased both pieces from the same store….HomeGoods!
HomeGoods Canvas
Art can be expensive, especially when you’re looking to purchase a large scale piece to take up a good chunk of the wall. But that’s where our favorite shopping spot comes in. HomeGoods has such a wide array of artwork, frames, and canvases and most won’t break the bank.
Side Table
The only unfortunate thing is their selection and stock is constantly changing (which can be really awesome in some cases), but not so awesome when you’re trying to purchase this specific canvas. We have found that if you can’t find a specific piece you once spotted, don’t give up! We’ve noticed that these pieces come back to stores eventually, sometimes even months and months later. However, the constant change in “selection” isn’t always a bad thing. If you really can’t find “this one”, that doesn’t mean you can’t find “the one”. Thanks to the never-ending variety, you’re more likely to find a “one of a kind” piece to display in your home and showcase your personality. 
Closeup of Canvas
Casey: I love the muted tones in this cityscape, along with the small pops of orangey-pink. It adds a nice subtle color to our walls without looking too “busy.”
Bridget: I love the concrete art aspect of my coral art, and the structure of both sleek frames.
Cityscape Canvas
Casey: When people ask about my canvas, they often think I DIY’ed it. Ha! I wish I had those artistic skills….that would be very impressive! Finn and I actually found it about a year ago at the HomeGoods in St. Louis. We scored it for only $100! What a price for that big ol’ piece of art. In fact, this canvas was so large that we had to return to the store with my SUV to pick it up, because it wouldn’t fit in the backseat of our smaller car.
Bridget: My frames add a coastal feel to my family room, which meshes well with the nautical theme you can find throughout the rest of my home. The blues give a nice pop of color to my light gray walls, and the thick silver frames bring a shiny metallic into the space. I scored BOTH separately (they’re not even a set!) on clearance for a whopping combined total of $130!
Art over couch
We both love our very different decor over our couches, and we feel that they showcase our unique personalities and homes. And since they were reasonably priced, we won’t feel bad replacing them with something fresh when the time comes. Not that we have plans to do that anytime soon, but with HomeGoods and that rotating stock… you just never know what you may find & fall in love with. For now, we are more than happy with these affordable finds!
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  1. Andrea

    I was just recently telling a friend how I love Casey’s cityscape and thought it was similar to one I had seen at Homegoods a while back (love that place). Kicking myself for not picking it up because I haven’t seen it again since! Funny that you would have a post about it now!

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  2. Stephanie

    You both have beautiful homes and I love to see how each of you decorated with your own twist! It inspires me and makes me excited for my move this summer.

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  3. Jackie Blomberg

    Bridget, you should hit up the Marshall’s in Orland; they have sea glass inspired vases on sale and also Japanese fishing floats as does Home Goods and TJMaxx. There is so much nautical right now at these stores! I don’t have a nautical theme, but I couldn’t pass up the floats! I love them and the real ones can be extremely pricey.

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  4. Katie Bachinski

    I love your beautiful homes girls! I have fallen in love with your cityscape Casey. Thanks for sharing where you found it. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled. It doesn’t say who made it on it anywhere by any chance does it? (original tag?)

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Katie, you are so sweet! And yes…isn’t the cityscape awesome? I’ve gotten so many requests for the artist, but sadly there isn’t any info on it! So keep your eyes peeled..

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  1. Andrea

    I was just recently telling a friend how I love Casey’s cityscape and thought it was similar to one I had seen at Homegoods a while back (love that place). Kicking myself for not picking it up because I haven’t seen it again since! Funny that you would have a post about it now!

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  2. Stephanie

    You both have beautiful homes and I love to see how each of you decorated with your own twist! It inspires me and makes me excited for my move this summer.

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  3. Jackie Blomberg

    Bridget, you should hit up the Marshall’s in Orland; they have sea glass inspired vases on sale and also Japanese fishing floats as does Home Goods and TJMaxx. There is so much nautical right now at these stores! I don’t have a nautical theme, but I couldn’t pass up the floats! I love them and the real ones can be extremely pricey.

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  4. Katie Bachinski

    I love your beautiful homes girls! I have fallen in love with your cityscape Casey. Thanks for sharing where you found it. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled. It doesn’t say who made it on it anywhere by any chance does it? (original tag?)

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Katie, you are so sweet! And yes…isn’t the cityscape awesome? I’ve gotten so many requests for the artist, but sadly there isn’t any info on it! So keep your eyes peeled..

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Bright City Space

Chicago Apartment Makeover
She’s fashionable.
She’s funny.
She’s humble.
She’s honest, sometimes a tad too honest.
She’s by far the most generous & thoughtful person I know.
She adores Nashville, but not as much as she loves Chicago.
She secretly does great things when she thinks no one is watching & would never step forward to take credit for these selfless acts.
She was voted “best hair” in high school.
She hates being late.
She’s a professional, a dedicated one to be exact.
She makes a mean guacamole dip.
She enjoys a good book, some serious sunshine, and a drink on the beach (not necessarily in that order)
She’s an independent woman with big dreams.
She watches ESPN during the commercials of the Bachelor.
She’s working on her second Master’s degree.
She’s probably going to kill me for this.
She’s my baby sister, my best friend, my role-model, my favorite redhead, and truly one-of-a-kind.

Oh, Maggie. Although she is my baby sister, she is someone I look up to & completely admire. She’s amazing and is always (and I mean ALWAYS) working so hard to help others without ever thinking twice of putting herself first. It’s hard to “treat” someone who is always treating others, but if I know my sister like I think I do- I can sneak a little spoiling her way with a little extra planning and the help of the rest of the O’Connor clan.

Maggie recently moved into a new place in the city of Chicago and has been excited to spend her summer in the city, living it up as a single twenty-somethin’ lady. As Maggie was looking forward to her new adventure, I thought I would take the chance to make sure her new “home sweet home” matched her trendy, independent style and gave her a place to relax, entertain & enjoy!

With the help of her favorite 7 people, we all smooshed into this apartment and worked for about 2 hours to unload her stuff, build her stuff, hang pictures, decorate, and take pictures. When our time was up & dinner called, this is what we ended up with! What do you think?!
Not bad, right? And might I add… definitely not too shabby for doing this all without a level, a tape measure, a clue as to what furniture she brought/the sizes of each piece, what accessories she had, or a budget. I bought a few items, but mostly just made what she already had work, which once again proves that sometimes all you need is a few cute pillows, a throw, and some personal accessories to make a big difference!
Here’s an itemized list of what you see:
Couch – Ashley Furniture
Chicago Picture – IKEA
Pillows/grey blanket – HomeGoods
Striped Blanket – IKEA
Coffee Table – Walmart (for under $20!! $18 to be exact… not even on sale!)
Keep Calm & Shine on Journal/Colored Pencils – HomeGoods Clearance
Vase/bowl – Goodwill
Basket that striped blanket is sitting in: Target Clearance
But the before & after drama isn’t done yet! Here’s a look at some other highlights…
My mom and I created this Chicago gallery wall in less than 10 minutes (no joke). Like I said, we didn’t have a level, a tape measure, or any idea of what frames she had for us to work with. When we walked in, we made use of what we found in her boxes and came up with this! Not too bad for some impromptu decorating.
If you notice, almost all of the pictures here are of Maggie’s all-time favorite spot in the city… the Chicago River at Michigan Ave. I loved that we had the opportunity to highlight this memorable spot for her.
Here’s another piece of DIY artwork we created to highlight Mag’s love for the city. Using an old pallet, we created a Chicago flag that hangs above her table. (Shameless plug: If you want one of your own, email us at diyplaybook@gmail.com. We actually have a whole garage of pallet flags for sale…. long story. Don’t ask, haha)
And what city apartment is complete without a little bar cart? Unlike Mehul’s modern & masculine bar cart we showed off a few weeks ago, Maggie’s bar cart is more traditional and kitchen-esk. It’s from Target and is accessorized with a few pieces from Goodwill and a DIY string art that I made using this tutorial.
I added a cocktail recipe book and an old book that totally reminds me of my little sister called, “Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret”. It’s a novel we read probably back in 3rd grade, and although I forget most things about it, I do remember the main character Margaret. Margaret gets into all of these awkward situations, which still makes us giggle & think of our very own Margaret and the awkward situations she gets herself into.
Rounding out the makeover is her charming little bathroom. How cute is this tile?! I didn’t want to get too up-close and personal with the tour but did want to show you a little stylin’ opportunity in the bathroom. Who knew a little can go such a long way in a small space like a bathroom.
Thankfully, the previous renter left this over-the-toliet storage unit that offered a tiny shelf to be styled. I added a thrift store glass with some of her necklaces & accessories. Functional, fashionable, and oh so cute!
And there you have it, Maggie’s bright city space. Now that I know:
A. What the place looks like
B. What furniture/accessories she has already
C. How everything fits
D. What tools I would need
…I’m sure I’ll be adding a few more things throughout her time here. But with our limited resources… I’m proud of our family’s progress and so excited that we were able to create a space Maggie could enjoy all summer long!! Hopefully our hard work earned us an invite or two this summer.
Cheers to a happy summer in the city for my favorite little sister! May you find time to work a little less and spoil yourself a little more…. you deserve it!!
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Above the Fridge Decor

Wicker-tray
Decorating and styling awkward spaces is…well, awkward. One area I’ve always had a problem styling is above the fridge. If your refrigerator doesn’t fit perfectly snug under your cabinets (or you have no cabinets at all), then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Fridge before
Check out our refrigerator area. Our fridge is short and squat and definitely doesn’t fit snug into the open space. I think the builder anticipated a much taller fridge going into this spot. Yes we have 2 nice kitchen cabinets above for storage, but we’re also left with a weird in-between area.
Because it’s so darn awkward, I’ve chosen to neglect and ignore this area. I just threw a basket up there, and a vase with some napkins in it and called it a day. But the area always bugged me (it looked pretty terrible), and I knew I couldn’t leave it looking like that much longer.
So I took 10 minutes, gathered some stuff from around our house that was currently “homeless”, and got to work styling.
Fridge after
I knew that I wanted three things for this area.
1. I needed some height. Putting something short and squat up there was not going to do any good.
2. I didn’t just want this to be decorative…it needed to also be functional with some kitchen storage.
3. If I needed to access those upper cabinets, I had to be able to take down and put up the decor very easily.
I think my wicker tray (found in the basket aisle at HomeGoods) definitely helped fulfill all three categories.
wicker Homegoods tray
It’s great because it corrals all of the items, so they’re not loosely hanging atop the fridge. If I need to access the upper kitchen cabinets to find my fondue pot (you bet I’ll be using that bad boy for some chocolate fondue once lent is over!), then all I have to do is lift the tray right down onto the counter, and then put it right back into place.
pellegrino and hydrangeas
It’s also great because it holds some items that were crowding our bar cart like these Pellegrino bottles and champagne glasses.
candle and napkins
I also tucked some extra coasters, a candle, and our linen napkins right up in the wicker tray. The silver candle looks like mercury glass and I’m obsessed with this HomeGoods find. Something that smells good and looks good? Yes, please! The peacock bowl was found in the HomeGoods clearance aisle last year and it’s currently holding some blue linen napkins.
Now if I need to set the table I’ve got all kinds of goodies right at my fingertips.
pellegrino and champagne glasses
wicker tray from HomeGoods
For now, I’m loving my new styled area in our kitchen. The space is definitely less awkward, and a lot more “me.” (But heck, I’m plenty awkward too.)
Bridget added a fun and unique setup above her fridge. Check out her “Pop Shop” in this post.
Casey DIY Playbook
What do you have above your fridge? Any decor ideas we can try out up there?
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  1. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  2. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  3. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  4. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  5. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  6. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  1. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  2. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  3. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

    Reply
  4. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

    Reply
  5. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  6. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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Be Our Guest

Finn & I absolutely love love love when people come to visit. It’s like having a grown-up sleepover with your friends and family.

(Side note: Bridget & I totally believe that sleepovers are a “do” even for grown-ups! Why should you stop hanging out with your girlfriends, watching movies, staying up late…just because you’re an adult?! Ours will continue on forever, and hopefully our fort making skills will improve over the years.)

 But, there are some steps you need to take to make your guests feel truly welcome in your home. It’s more than just providing a comfy bed and a clean towel. It’s about making them feel at ease and comfortable, and making your space their “Home Away from Home.”

Guest Room Essentials

Here’s a little check-off list of things you might want to incorporate into your own guest room…

The Basics (a.k.a. T-Ball)

Towels in wicker basket for guests

-Clean Towels:  I would recommend providing at least a few for your guest. I’m a fan of all white, because then you can bleach those babies and keep them bright for years!

Towels in wicker basket
Extra pillows and blankets in guest room

-Extra Pillows & Blankets: You don’t want your guests tip toeing around at night in search of an extra blanket if they get chilly. Have everything right there, so they can cozy on up in your guest room. 

White nightstand with yellow target lamp

-Bedside Table with Lamp: This allows your guests to read in bed in the morning or at night, and also adds to the coziness of the space.

White Vintage Alarm Clock

-Alarm Clock: Some people might use their phones for alarm clocks, but give them the option of an old fashioned clock.

The Next Level (a.k.a. Minor Leagues)

Open Electrical Outlet

-Easily Accessible Outlet: This tip is often overlooked, but I feel it is very important. It seems like everything needs to be charged these days…phones, ipads, computers. So make sure you have an open outlet for your guests to charge up. Don’t make them crawl on the ground to find one, and then find out it is stuffed with cords from everything else in the room.

Water Decanter Cups

-Water: I’m the kind of girl that has a glass of water on my bedside table every night. I can’t go to sleep without it there. Offer this option to your guests too. You can keep water bottles in a cute basket, or fill up a glass decanter with fresh water.  It doesn’t need to be an eyesore…in fact incorporate it into the spa-like decor of your guest room.

Tissues

-Tissues: Keep some tissues on the bedside table, or tucked away in the top drawer.

Empty Wood Hangers
Vintage Luggage Rack

-Luggage Rack/Hooks/Extra Hangers: Living out of a suitcase is never fun, but you can make it a little easier on your friends. We have a cute little luggage rack (found at a flea market for $10) that I keep in the room. Extra hangers are also a must. If you’re looking to save space, over the door hooks are great to hold your guest’s wet towels, jackets, and bags.

Practically a Hotel (a.k.a. Major League)

iPhone Charger

-Extra Phone Charger: Often times chargers are overlooked when someone is packing. Anticipate your guest’s needs and have a spare charger all ready to go in your guest room. We have an extra iPhone charger, but it might be a great idea to have a universal charger for all types of devices.

-Ear Plugs & Eye Mask: These touches takes things to the next level and help create that spa and vacation atmosphere for your visitors.

Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Mason Jar with markers

-Entertainment: This could include old magazines or your favorite books.  If your guests will be staying awhile, you could even share some local magazines or newspapers that might give them some fun options while they’re in town.

Desk with Magazines Better Homes and Gardens
Pen and paper

-Pen & Paper: Because you never know when someone will suddenly have a great idea!

Black Basket
Basket with toothbrush, toiletries, ibuprofen

-Extra Everything: It’s always nice to have some toiletries on hand. I just buy mini versions of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.  Find a cute basket to put all of your mini bottles in and your guests will be blown away by your thoughtfulness. Also, be sure to put some pain relievers in the basket too.

-Mirror: Now this is one tip that we don’t follow, simply because we don’t have the room.  If we had the space, I would add a dresser with a mirror on top, so our visitors would have a place to get ready.

Yellow white and gray guest room
So what do you think? Will you come be our guest?
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No longer F-A-T

Heck of a post title right?!

Well, I’m not talking about me being fat…instead I’m referring to the faux metal letters we have going on in our kitchen.

Anthropologie Inspired Zinc Letters spell EAT
Anthropologie Inspired Letters

 Remember the Anthro-inspired zinc letters from this post? Well, last time I was having a bit of trouble with the letters looking like they read “FAT” instead of “EAT.”

Anthropologie Inspired Zinc Letters EAT

I used the temporary solution of a basket to give the letters a boost in height.

Fast forward a few months, and I finally have a permanent solution (things move slow around here!)

I had a bulletin board hanging in our kitchen that I made out of old wine corks. It served as a great catch-all for pictures, invitations, and knick-knacks. But, it was just too small for the corner.

I figured the silver letters would look much better in that space, and take up a nice long chunk of the wall.

Command picture hanging strips

All I needed was a few picture hanging strips…

…and a level.

I was good to go in 5 minutes flat!

Anthropologie inspired zinc letters spell EAT

I feel like it fits the space much better!

Anthropologie Zinc Letters in Kitchen spelling EAT
Best part is no one will ever, ever think it reads “FAT”again!
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  1. DIY Playbook

    @Manda Wolf I seriously did not even notice until my fiance said, “umm are you trying to tell me I’m FAT?” Hilarious!

    And yes, they’re much better (& more readable) in the new spot.

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  2. Brittany DeKoch

    Where oh where did you find that “Wausau Brewing Co.” box? I grew up in Wausau and had no idea such a thing existed!!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Brittany, so amazing to hear from another Wausau gal!!! We lived there for about a year (2010-2011) and we loved it!

    I purchased the Wausau crate at the antique store in the middle of downtown Wausau…the one right by the Back When Cafe. They had a few in the basement, and I knew it would be something I would keep forever to remind us of our time there.

    Good luck finding one for yourself! I hope you do 🙂

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  1. DIY Playbook

    @Manda Wolf I seriously did not even notice until my fiance said, “umm are you trying to tell me I’m FAT?” Hilarious!

    And yes, they’re much better (& more readable) in the new spot.

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  2. Brittany DeKoch

    Where oh where did you find that “Wausau Brewing Co.” box? I grew up in Wausau and had no idea such a thing existed!!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Brittany, so amazing to hear from another Wausau gal!!! We lived there for about a year (2010-2011) and we loved it!

    I purchased the Wausau crate at the antique store in the middle of downtown Wausau…the one right by the Back When Cafe. They had a few in the basement, and I knew it would be something I would keep forever to remind us of our time there.

    Good luck finding one for yourself! I hope you do 🙂

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Tips & Tricks to Styling a Bookshelf

I’ve gotten quite a few questions lately on how I style my book shelves. My biggest advice: there is no right or wrong way to do it, the best thing is to make sure your shelves fit your style. 
But for all of you who still need a little assistance or some helpful hints…here are the tips I try and follow, while adding my own style along the way.
Tips and Tricks to style bookshelves

No matter which shelf you’re styling, always add layers! Layers eliminate that bare look that make accessories look like they’re swimming on a wide open shelf. No swimming here. Check out my step-by-step layering technique.

Each layer added a little something until the shelf was completely filled. Start with the bigger accessories and work until you’ve added your final touch (usually the smaller, more personal items like the photo strips).
If you have lots of shelves to fill (like I do) adding an entire row of books is a great space filler. It’s great because if you add accessories to every single shelf, sometimes the accessories start to look like a big mess of clutter. An entire bookshelf adds color, while eliminating that crazy clutter look that we try to avoid around here.
It’s all about the compromise around here. It’s always good to add a little bit of his and a little bit of hers to make a new home “ours”.
Ladies, I know it’s sometime hard to add a little bit of “his” but if you use your imagination, you can make even some old baseballs look cute! Plus, major brownie points for displaying a little bit of “his” proudly. #winwin

Books can say a lot about a person, so adding a few of your favorites in a prominent spot is a must!

Adding sentimental value is also a must. I added my grandparent’s wedding picture because it reminds me of them. I’d like to add my parent’s wedding picture alongside my own wedding picture up here some day too.

Seriously, don’t. Stacking these shelves with accessories can definitely become pricey, and pricey is not always better. My advice: scour the shelves of your local thrift shops, vintage stores, and garage sales to add charm to these shelves without breaking the bank. You’ll thank me later.

And one last tutorial on styling another shelf:

Regardless of what tips work for you, always remember… there is no right or wrong answer in styling your shelves. As long as you love the look, that’s all that matters. 
I love my look and my shelves are still constantly changing. It’s okay to change the look when you find a new treasure or re-do an old one… that’s what decorating is all about. Arranging, re-arranging, and continuously changing to love the space you’re in: that’s what we’re all about here @ the Playbook. 
Good luck styling your shelves! If you have a stylin’ shelf that you’d like to share, we’d love to feature you. Email us your pictures at diyplaybook@gmail.com.
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  1. Our Wolf Den

    Very well written.
    Sometimes it can be overwhelming to style shelves. We are building some around our TV and I am a
    little frustrated because 75% of it is going to be taken up in DVDs but it is
    what we need to they aren’t in boxes in the spare bedroom.

    You did a very beautiful job on yours!

    -Manda @ Our Wolf Den
    ourwolfden.wordpress.com

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Manda! Functionality trumps style… but with a little creativity, there’s no reason why we all can’t have functional style! =) Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!!

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  1. Our Wolf Den

    Very well written.
    Sometimes it can be overwhelming to style shelves. We are building some around our TV and I am a
    little frustrated because 75% of it is going to be taken up in DVDs but it is
    what we need to they aren’t in boxes in the spare bedroom.

    You did a very beautiful job on yours!

    -Manda @ Our Wolf Den
    ourwolfden.wordpress.com

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Manda! Functionality trumps style… but with a little creativity, there’s no reason why we all can’t have functional style! =) Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!!

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