Holiday Happenings

The holidays have set in! With all of the festivities come our Christmas Open Houses! Both shops (Ridgeland and Oxford) have open houses coming up, so take note!

SummerHouseOxford is participating in the Oxford Square Alliance Open House THIS Friday, November 24, and should be a total blast! Check out the below poster for the full rundown of events on The Square. As far as SummerHouse, we’ll offer 25% off pillows, accessories, gifts, and all Christmas, so be sure to come stock up on fabulous gifts!

SummerHouse Oxford Christmas Open House // www.alwayssummerblog.

In Ridgeland, The Township is hosting a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 7. There’ll be some live music going, some face painting, some Santa, plus so much more! We’ll have some special offers for y’all that night, as well! ūüôā

SummerHouse Ridgeland Christmas Open House // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope you’ll make plans to attend whichever one is closest to you! We always love seeing you guys in person! ūüôā

Also, just a reminder that we are closed tomorrow and Thursday. Have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving, and we hope to see you Friday! (Check back here tomorrow to get an idea of what our Black Friday is going to look like!)

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11 Holiday Entertaining Tips To Lessen Your Party-Planning Stress

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It’s time to start thinking about holiday party planning! The less stressful a party is for you, the hostess, the more fun it will be for both you and your guests! The SummerHouse staff has rounded up some of our best party tips to share with you to hopefully lessen your holiday stress and increase your party-planning fun!

Executive Design Assistant Camille Parker: “I love to throw a quick party, and usually end up with equal parts store bought goodies and home made treats! A great trick is to always put the store bought things in a nice dish or piece of pottery/china, it completely transforms the dish and your guests are none the wiser!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Elish Moon: “My best party tip is create balance in the budget, preparation, menu, etc.. I have a cake that I make every year specifically for Christmas. It is incredible but extremely time consuming. To make sure I enjoy the party prepping and don’t get overwhelmed, I break making this cake down into manageable stages. I make the layers about two weeks ahead of time and freeze them. Then the day before the party I make the filling and the icing and put the cake together. The day of I’ll garnish. This makes the process less daunting for me! Try applying this method to other areas. To lower the impact of a party to your budget start buying what you can ahead of time. This way everything doesn’t hit all at once. I try to remember- if hosting a holiday gathering gets too stressful because of things within my control, I’m defeating the whole purpose of the party! If buying ready made cookies and icing them yourself or not hand making place cards saves a step and helps you breathe a little easier it’s worth it! Not only for you, but for the people who are there to enjoy your company! Happy Holidays!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design Assistant Anabel Webb: “Something that my mother and her friend group has always practiced (since I can remember) for literally EVERY dinner, get together, or party is that they will pull out the serving platters about a day ahead of time and then they’ll label what will go where, like “the McCarty will hold the Sausage Balls” and what not…I’ve started doing it ever since I’ve gotten married and my husband actually thinks it is the most organized, uptight, and brilliant idea he’s ever heard of.”

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Interior Designer Katherine Shelton: “I personally do not host many holiday parties. However, I have attended many and know never to show up empty handed. I always bring a nice bottle of wine or a simple dish that everyone is sure to love!”

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Interior Designer Lana Pate: “I always serve a signature cocktail but I also include a festive punch for non alcoholic guests and children. One of my favorite holiday cocktails is Milk Punch!”
SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Receptionist Della Turner: “Make sure you’re well stocked on bathroom must haves!! Have plenty of toilet paper, hand towels, and hand soap. And make sure you have a candle lit, or at least have some air freshener on hand!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo: “I’ve learned over the years that the day of a party is not the time to try a new recipe. If you want to make something you’ve never made before, I recommend doing a practice round a week or so in advance, just so you can work out any kinks and perfect it in time for the party! That way, if it’s a total flop, you have time to figure out what went wrong or just make something completely different!”

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Interior Design Assistant Krystle Short: “Be sure to appeal to all of your guests senses! Natural elements like rosemary sprigs and whole cranberries are always beautiful, especially when combined with nostalgic treats like ribbon candies or peppermint sticks! ¬†When entertaining, I try to use cohesive scents from candles throughout the home (like this yummy Aerin candle). ¬†Keep treats and snacks scattered throughout the space to prevent people from bunching up in just one.¬† When playing holiday tunes, go for artists that are easy on the ears like Nat King Cole or She and Him.¬† Low lighting from lamps and string lights are best as overhead can be too harsh.¬† As far as refreshments go, I highly recommend a big ol batch of Brandy Milk Punch!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend: “It’s always nice to have a holiday candle burning for holiday parties.¬† If you are on a budget, trying using fresh greenery or flowers from your yard or somewhere near by.¬† Christmas tree farms will give away cuttings for free — they are great to use for a large table piece or around your mantel.”
SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Director of Operations Marty Smith:¬†“Don‚Äôt fret over fancy fresh flowers.¬†You have a huge source of fabulousness in your back yard, ¬†around your neighborhood ¬†or even off the side of the road. Clip from your tress, shrubs, and other plants in your yard.¬† You will be surprised at what an impact a big bunch of magnolia branches in your favorite container will make. You have guestS to tend to and food to make, no need to have flowers being an added stress.¬†Sit back, get a good play list going, grab a cocktail and ENJOY.”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Laurie Conway: “I like to pull out my favorite crystal or silver serving pieces and place a cake or dressing into them, garnishing with rosemary and fruit.¬†My secret is that it was all prepared by Mcdade’s but everyone thinks I prepared it all and will ask for my recipe!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

¬†What are your top holiday party planning tips? We’d love to hear!

As always, thank you for stopping by today! Happy holiday season to you!

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Holiday Hours

With the holiday season officially upon us, we’ve already started making as many plans as we can! We wanted to share our holiday hours to help you make your shopping plans as well!

SummerHouse Holiday Schedule // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving, but we will absolutely be open Friday! (Stay tuned for details on that!)

Then for Christmas, we will be closed on Christmas Day and the following day (since Christmas is on a Monday this year.)

For the New Year, we will be open on New Year’s Eve, but closed New Year’s Day.

We look forward to seeing you in the shop this holiday season decking your own halls and getting unique gifts for those you love! As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. We are thankful for all of you!

H A P P Y . H O L I D A Y S !

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Christmas Is Kickin’ In

Things are getting Christmassy up at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Marty and Tammy have been hard at work hanging snowflakes, putting out garland, hanging ornaments, detangling a few things… You know, the norm when it comes to getting things all holiday’d up! ūüėČ

Their hard work sure has paid off and the showroom looks amazing! Take a look…

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Stay tuned for some photos of SummerHouse | Oxford all fixed up for Christmas next week!

Thank y’all so much for stopping by! We appreciate you ūüôā

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Happy Christmas

Christmas with SummerHouse

Happy Friday to all of you! We wanted to remind you that we will be closed tomorrow (Saturday) and Monday in observance of Christmas!! We ARE open today, though, so feel free to stop on by and finish that last minute shopping. We have fantastic gifts in stock and we even can gift wrap for you. Easy!

Today, we wanted to share a few of our favorite holiday photos from the past several SummerHouse years. We hope these leave you inspired and excited about the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas with SummerHouse

Christmas with SummerHouse

Christmas with SummerHouse

Christmas with SummerHouse

Christmas with SummerHouse

Christmas with SummerHouse

Thank y’all for being the best clients in the world. We love getting to work with you and count ourselves very thankful!

Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Tis The Season For A Sale!

SummerHouse Christmas Sale

We are celebrating Christmas a few days early with a little sale! Well, it’s actually not all that little… 40% off Christmas accessories, ornaments, and wreaths is a big deal! We’re also offering 25% off jewelry, pillows, and throws, all of which make excellent gifts.

These offers are only good IN STORE (at both locations) so make a few minutes to stop in and get some great deals.

We will see you soon!

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Holiday Open House TONIGHT!

Stewpot GIVE & GET Coat Drive at SummerHouse

Happy Friday! You made it! Way to go! ūüôā

We wanted to remind you of the Christmas Open House going on at The Township tonight! From 5 p.m. til 8 p.m., businesses at The Township will be open with refreshments, opportunities to enter raffles, and special deals and discounts! We hope to see you come by! We have an outstanding selection of gift items sure to make you look like the best gift giver EVER!

The Township's Christmas Open House

Tonight is also the kickoff of our Fourth Annual GIVE & GET COAT DRIVE! For each new or gently used coat you bring to donate to Stewpot Community Services, you get one entry into a raffle for $250 to SummerHouse! Bring ten coats, get ten entries! Every single coat is SO much appreciated by our sweet friends at Stewpot!!!

Stewpot GIVE & GET Coat Drive at SummerHouse

Stewpot GIVE & GET Coat Drive at SummerHouse

The coat drive kicks off tonight but you have until the 20th to get your coats added to the donation!

We are thankful for such a generous client base who loves giving, especially during the Christmas season! Thank y’all for making our community extra great!

We look forward to seeing y’all tonight at the open house!

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Holiday Shop

SummerHouse Holiday Shop

Our Holiday Shop is now open for business! We have added new items this year (like those vintagey silver bells in the above photo!), brought back some old favorites, and are ready to serve you and your holiday gift and accessory needs! Here are a few of our newer items as well as a few favorites!

SummerHouse Holiday Shop

Milagro Arrow Ornament

SummerHouse Holiday Shop

Light Gray Stocking with Cuff

SummerHouse Holiday Shop

Round Gold Flask

SummerHouse Holiday Shop

Cage Quartz Ornament

SummerHouse Holiday Shop

Starlight LED Wire String Lights

SummerHouse Holiday Shop

Parliament of Owls Ornament

See much more HERE! And don’t forget about the special we have going right now on gift cards! Online ONLY, through December 2nd, we’re offering 20% savings on gift cards with the code SHCYBER16!

Happy shopping and thanks for stopping by! XO!

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Fourth Annual Give & Get Coat Drive

Stewpot GIVE & GET Coat Drive at SummerHouse

Our Fourth Annual Give & Get Coat Drive is coming up! We are kicking it off at The Township Christmas Open House on Friday, December 2, which you can find out more about here!

Each year, we collect new and gently used coats from you guys and deliver them to the wonderful folks at Stewpot Ministries, one of our favorite local non-profits! For each coat you donate, you get one entry into a drawing for $250 to spend at¬†SummerHouse! The more you bring, the better your chances of winning are! ūüôā

Stewpot GIVE & GET Coat Drive at SummerHouse

The last day to get your coats to us is December 20th! We look forward to being able to provide for the less fortunate in our community this Christmas season. Thank you for your help in this!!

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Fig & Dove

We have a new line of Christmas Couture that we are so excited to tell you about! We are the exclusive retailers in our area for the beautiful brand Fig & Dove. You’ve got to see these items in person to truly appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship! These items are¬†hand crafted to compliment elegant design, like¬†the signature SummerHouse Style, during the holidays. Here’s a peek at what you can expect when you come take a look in person!

DOVE ORNAMENT

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

SOLID STOCKINGS

Each stocking is finished with a hand applied gold dove to add Fig & Dove’s signature.

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

EMBROIDERED STOCKINGS

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

FORTUNY STOCKINGS

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

ACRYLIC HOLIDAY ACCESSORIES

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

You can probably see why we are so crazy about this line! We hope to see you coming to check it out very soon!

Fig and Dove hand crafted Christmas couture available at SummerHouse

Thanks so much for dropping in today! We hope you have had a fantastic week!

In case you missed where we posted our holiday schedule, click here!

XO!

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SummerHouse Holiday Schedule

With the holidays right here upon us, we wanted to go ahead and share our holiday schedule with you! We will be closed a couple of days surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, so here’s our plan! (This is just for the Ridgeland store, by the way! We’ll keep you as updated as we can on firm dates regarding the Oxford shop once we have them!)

SummerHouse Holiday 2016 Schedule

Speaking of Thanksgiving and Christmas… Our online HOLIDAY SHOP is now open! We’ve added a few new things and updated a few favorites! You can check it out right here!

Thanks for dropping by today! And in case you missed our Designer of the Week feature on Katherine, head this way!

Happy Thursday!

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Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Our showroom is a little happier and brighter these days as we prepare for the holidays just around the corner! We’re loving having little twinkle lights, pretty ornaments, and a little extra greenery adorning our space right now! Here’s a quick little glimpse at the happy + bright fun that’s in store next time you visit us!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Happy and Bright!

Let us help make your home a little happier for the holidays! We also have a fantastic gift selection. We look forward to helping you!

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Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Have you picked up the latest issue of Social South Magazine? The most beautiful cabin designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend was featured in all of its Christmas glory and it could not be more stunning!! We love the simplicity and charm. Lindsey worked with the homeowners in the beginning stages of construction, and completed the project not only with furniture, soft goods, and accessories, but with Christmas decorations so their home would be holiday party ready!

Click here to see the digital version or grab a hard copy the next time you’re in the store!

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Here are a few extra photos of this pretty cabin that you won’t see in the magazine! All captured by photographer James Patterson

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

Christmas at the Cabin

 We hope all of you had a great weekend! Thanks for dropping by today! XO!

 

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Easter Inspiration

Happy March!! This new month has really snuck up on us, even with the extra day in February (hey, leap year!), but we are so excited that spring is inching closer. We were just thinking about what March has in store for us and realized Easter will be here before we know it!

Our designers have some great tips about decorating for Easter so we decided to share a few with you!

Designer Katherine Shelton

This year when you go to decorate your table take three pots and paint them you favorite spring color such as robins egg blue, mint green or my favorite color this year Gray. Place them straight down the center of the table and plant white tulips in each. Around each pot place two to three eggs on each side unevenly. This year rather than dying your eggs boil them and leave them white. Then add a little gold or silver leaf to the white eggs.  Set the table with your favorite spring china or solid white china, silver and linen napkins and your done!  Will look so simple and amazing.  Happy Easter!

Designer Elish Phares Moon

My family never did decorate for Easter, but when I was younger decorating eggs was always a tradition. Now that I’m older I’d love to try some of the more mature designs that have been on Pinterest!

Thank you ladies! And of course we aren’t going to leave without great eye candy. Here is some Easter inspiration to kick off your day!

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We’d love to hear from you –¬†Comment below and let us know how you like to decorate for Easter! Or take a picture of your Easter decor and tag us via social media (@shopsummerhouse) so we can see your #SummerHouseStyle! Thanks for stopping by!

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Stewpot Coat Delivery

Many of you know that we’ve begun a yearly tradition of hosting a coat drive for Stewpot Community Services in downtown Jackson each year at Christmas! This year’s drive was an overwhelming success thanks to all of YOU!

We had a great time delivering the coats and just getting a minute to talk to some of the folks at Stewpot! Thanks to all of you for giving us this opportunity!!

SummerHouse delivers coats to Stewpot Community Services // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Mary at Stewpot with Laurel, Lisa, and Patty!

SummerHouse delivers coats to Stewpot Community Services // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope all of you are still feeling the happiness that the Christmas season provides to us! Thanks again for allowing us to serve on your behalf by delivering your generous donations! This is why we LOVE our SummerHouse family SO MUCH!

Find out more about the next way we can serve Stewpot together by clicking here!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s been a wonderful 2015 up here at SummerHouse! We have loved working with all of you on making your homes, stores, offices, weekend getaways, and other various spaces just a little bit more beautiful! We are honored that we’ve gotten the opportunity to help so many of you!

We are hopeful that 2016 will be every bit as great as 2015, if not better!

Happy New Year! XOXO, SummerHouse

We wish you a very safe and happy new year and we can’t wait to see y’all in 2016! Thank you so much for your business, love, and support! We would NOT be where we are without all of YOU!!

CHEERS!

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Very Merry

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas!

We hope you and your families all have a fantastic Christmas together celebrating this most wonderful time of the year!

In case you missed it, you can look here to see how our staff celebrates the holidays with their families! There are so many great ideas and fun traditions amongst the SummerHouse fam! You’ll definitely want to read more about them! ūüôā

Quick reminder: Our hours are a little different this week and next, so be sure to check those out!

Thanks so much for stopping by and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!!

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The SummerHouse Family’s Holiday Traditions, Part 2

Earlier this week we shared a few of our staffs’ favorite holiday traditions/memories! Now it’s time for the rest of them! ūüôā

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RECEPTIONIST / DESIGN ASSISTANT DANIELLE ROONEY

I have different traditions with each of my parents. With my mom, we always make hot chocolate and drive around different Madison neighborhoods looking at lights and listening to Christmas music.

We tend to celebrate typical Irish Christmas traditions on my dad’s side since he is from Belfast. My dad usually brings over holiday “poppers” and candy from Ireland. Around 6 years ago, I created a “Rooney Christmas Book” full of Christmas stories and songs and had dad bring it to my Granny and Granda for Christmas. Ever since then, my family gathers around and reads it together. It’s kinda like a representation of us being present with the rest of the family since we are so far apart during the holidays!

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

Every year, the week of Christmas, all the women on my mom’s side (we are at 10 now) get together and spend a whole day (sunrise till well into the night) making candies, cookies, and treats like home made chex mix and trail mixes, fudge, and popcorn balls! It is always fun and gets everyone in the family spirit for the holidays!

INTERIOR DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

As a child I have memories of our season starting with us all going to pick out the Christmas tree and coming back to decorate together.  I have already continued this tradition in my family: we all went together to find a tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving! And we always ride around on Christmas Eve to see the Christmas lights!

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHERINE SHELTON

As a child my Christmas memories are of my family going to pick out our real tree and coming home to decorate it.  My dad always made wassail and it was so much fun pulling out the ornaments to trim the tree.  Mom and I finished by decorating every room of the house with Santas, nutcrackers, and snowmen.  We also always had a Nativity that I helped put out on the coffee table.  Now that I have my own family we also all decorate the tree together. My boys love to help me put ornaments on our tree and figure out where to put all of the Santas!

INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT MARGUERITE JOHNSON

One year my family somehow ended up getting three christmas trees and ever since then we have to have 3 threes! Also, we love the Elf on the Shelf.  We always try and see which family member can come up with the most creative thing for the elf to do!

You can get to Part 1 here in case you missed it!

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Family Christmas

Some clients of SummerHouse designer Todd Prince had their beautiful home and Christmas traditions featured in the current issue of Social South Magazine! The Johnston family shares how they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and why this Christmas season is just a little bit different as they eagerly await the release of Same Kind Of Different As Me, a movie filmed here in Mississippi of which Stephen Johnston was the lead investor and producer!

Todd had the pleasure not only of designing several rooms in the Johnston’s home for year-round use, but also of decorating for Christmas. He did a great job of allowing the beautiful Southern architecture of the home to shine through the simple holiday¬†decor.

The full story can be read here.

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Family Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

If you haven’t had a chance to flip through the whole issue, you can get to it here.

(( Keep an eye out for our pretty ad on page 4! ))

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