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Special Places Designed by Kathleen Rivers

canopy bed Kathleen Rivers design Cashiers NCsource

It was cold here this weekend – abnormally cold for the first weekend of November.  We had frost, and we haven’t had a frost this early in the season in probably 20 years.  When the weatherman predicted snow for the weekend in North Georgia and Western Carolina, my husband said, “We should drive up to Highlands.”  I think he was joking.  I wouldn’t trust that super curvy road up to the little town with any kind of frozen precipitation, but it did make me want to be there.

It made me want to be in a rustic but cozy room like this one in nearby Cashiers…

Kathleen Rivers bedroomsource

Or sitting by a fireplace in a beautiful house like this one.

Cashiers NC home interiors by Kathleen Rivers  Garden and Gun

A home that has this wonderful hall…

Cashiers NC home hall Garden and Gun magazine Kathleen Rivers photo by Brie Williams

Or perhaps this rustic but elegant dining room.

Cashiers NC home dining room Kathleen Rivers design Garden and Gun photo by Brie Williams

I would have enjoyed wrapping up in a warm blanket and being out on this porch with a cup of hot cocoa.  Wouldn’t that have been Heavenly?

Cashiers NC porch Kathleen Rivers House

And if the weather warmed up some, wouldn’t you enjoy a dinner out on this porch?

rustic porch Kathleen Rivers

All of these special rooms were created by Charleston designer, Kathleen Rivers, and all are located in Cashiers, North Carolina.  Mrs. Rivers has been working in design since 1972. She is a queen of bringing rustic sophistication to a space, but she always has comfort and her client’s tastes at the heart of her work. Here she is serving as chairperson of the 2013 Cashiers Designer Showhouse.

Kathleen Rivers at Cashiers Designer Showhouse

Would you like to see more of her work?


This living room is one of my all time favorites that she has done.  I love the subtle mix of patterns and colors, and the room has 2 stories of windows.

living room Kathleen Rivers House

And check out the drapes and brown transferware in this cozy dining area.:)

dining area Kathleen Rivers

As I was doing my research, I learned that she and her husband were the developers of Chattooga Club golf course community outside of Cashiers.  Here are a few rooms near Chattooga Club…

(Love this yellow room!)

yellow room Kathleen Rivers

Kathleen Rivers design House

(I’d love to be sitting beside that fireplace with a fire burning there.)

And that’s all the eye candy of Kathleen River’s work I have for you today.  She has been published in Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Garden and Gun, and several others.  So perhaps you have seen her wonderful work in print.

And now I am going to go sit by our fireplace and enjoy some hot cocoa!:)

Until next time…

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Dawn - November 3, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Ok, Kelly,

This is some very nice eye candy. Kathleen Rivers really has an eye for rustic elegance. I love her designs. I have also decided that I need a subscription to Garden and Gun magazine now. Thanks for sharing!
Yes she does Dawn. I think you would enjoy a subscription to the magazine. It has quite a variety of articles in each issue, and of course I love the ones about houses. :)

Louvina - November 3, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Truly my vision of rustic but elegant living in the mountains!! Had I been able to go on my trip — I would have been traveling home on those roads in the snow!! And I have never driven in snow!! Just might have had to stay a few more days!! My, my!;) No fireplace here but did have my first hot chocolate over the weekend!! Let the winter begin, I say!! Or maybe Indiana Summer? Putting up white lights tomorrow on my picket fence –but holding off on green garland.
Whoa Louvina…that would have been very dangerous coming down that road with it snowing. So staying an extra night or two would have been required. :) Can’t believe you have the lights up! (But I bet it looks pretty and festive. :) )

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 3, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Kelly, Love the rustic yet beautiful rooms by Kathleen Rivers. Would love to visit the Cashiers community some day! I had never heard of Garden and Gun magazine until your blog…would be fun to see an issue. The rains have come to the Seattle area…I hope your sons are adjusting well. Thanks for the lovely images…so inspiring!
Gracia, I hope you do get to make a trip to Cashiers (and nearby Highlands) one day. It is a beautiful area of North Carolina. Garden and Gun seems to be a “Southern” publication from what I have been reading in the comments here. Thank you for the well wishes for our sons. They do seem to be adjusting to living in your area of our country.

Debra - November 4, 2014 - 1:43 am

It was Ooh and Aah with this post. I especially loved that small yellow room with the mix of old wood pieces, tapestry rug and black wicker chair. That soft creamy yellow is beautiful. Killer porch of course. I have to say the double story windows and check curtains look all too familiar. Hmmmmm… I can see why you would like her design. Isn’t she just a beautiful gal too. What a “take me away” post! Loved every picture Kelly.
I would love to have that yellow room in our house here – especially with that wicker chair! Ha ha on the double story windows. :) So glad you enjoyed the post Debra!

Emily - November 4, 2014 - 4:48 am

Wow, Kelly, You sure do introduce us to some of the most interesting people. Love this designer’s work! The buffalo check drapes are beautiful in the dining room.

Take care.
You know I loved those buffalo check dreapes too! Glad you liked it all Emily. :)

Karen - November 4, 2014 - 5:51 am

Hi Kelly lovely classic decorating.I too love the living room so easy on the eye. Here in Oz at the moment the weather is lovely but we are headed for some unseasonal hot weather for a few days at the end of the week. As always enjoying your posts
Kind Regards
Thank you for reading and leaving your sweet comment Karen! So glad you liked Kathleen River’s style.

Lynne - November 4, 2014 - 8:33 am

Hi Kelly, I love all the decorators you feature and their rooms. I too love the yellow room . The porches are my favorite though. I want a large screened in porch on my next home but everyone says they are so hard to keep clean. Is it a pain to keep your beautiful porch clean in the spring and summer? It always looks so nice and inviting!
Happy Fall!
Hi Lynne! That yellow room was so cheery wasn’t it? I treat the porch here just like any other room here…it gets dusted and vacuumed every two weeks. (And I vacuum the upholstery then as well.) I do abandon it for about 3 weeks in the spring when the pollen is in full force, and I can’t keep up with it then. Then I wash all the furniture and vacuum vacuum everything when the pollen stops blanketing it all.

Donnamae - November 4, 2014 - 9:25 am

Oh Kelly…these rooms are rustically elegant! I could live in those rooms so easily. Where do you find these designers! Thanks for introducing me to so many new to me designers! ;)
I think I first saw her rooms in Southern Accents many years ago, and they were so beautiful to me, that I kept them in my memory for a very long time.
Glad you liked them Donnamae!

Sherry Myers - November 4, 2014 - 10:57 am

Love the work of Kathleen Rivers! With a last name like Rivers, she would have to design tranquil, inviting rooms. They make me wish I was sitting in front of the fire or snuggled in that first bed with the covers up to my ears. Everything is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Now when shall we see a decorating book by you?!
Take care
Another Kathleen Rivers fan! Isn’t her work amazing?! So glad you liked it Sherry. A book from me??? :)

Pat @ Life At Lydias House - November 4, 2014 - 11:32 am

Oh, Kelly, I’m not usually a fan of log cabins because they tend to be so dark inside but I think you have won me over with this one! It is absolutely beautiful and I could move in today!
Log cabins can go in several directions, but the ones that Kathleen Rivers has decorated here are so classic, rustic, and beautiful. I am glad you found them to be rooms you like.

Garden, Home and Party - November 4, 2014 - 11:34 am

This is my favorite style of decor—the juxtaposition between rustic and vintage formal makes for the most inviting rooms that appeal to me every time. I will definitely pin Mrs. Rivers images you’ve shared and I’ll have to search out further examples of her work, I love it!
How fun to have a cold weekend. We had one with a smattering of rain and my heart sang all weekend! :-)
Karen, thank you for pinning the photos. I am glad I could share some spaces with a style you love. You all badly needed some rain, so I am sure you heart did sing! We enjoyed our out of the blue cold here.

Vicki - November 4, 2014 - 11:51 am

Pretty, pretty, pretty. Rustic sophistication describes her designs perfectly. I would happily burrow into any one of those rooms!
Me too! These are really wonderful spaces. I am glad you liked them as well.

Carolyn - November 4, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Ha! I have all these pictures in my files. Obviously love her work and it relates to where I live – a log home in the mountains of North Carolina (not Cashiers, but Asheville). I love it when magazines and blogs feature this style, because it really is a bit of a local vernacular. We had snow this weekend on the mountain – about six inches! It was quite a storm with really fierce winds and was our first hard freeze. So cold weather came in with a bang. Sat by the fire all day. Then it got really warm the next day and the snow melted, and was in the upper 60’s today. Crazy!
Since I love North Carolina so much, it would be logical that I am drawn to this vernacular style. 6 inches of snow!!! Wow. I know you enjoyed being snug by the fireplace.

Design Chic - November 4, 2014 - 8:05 pm

It was indeed cold this past weekend in North Carolina, and I would have loved to been in any of these beautiful homes by a big roaring fire. I have to admit, I’m longing for a few more crisp fall days…what a talented designer – would love to see her work in person!
It has warmed up here, so I too would like to see more real fall days. And yes, wouldn’t it be great to see some of Kathleen River’s rooms in person- especially those at Chattooga Club?!

A Halloween Dessert Bar on the Porch and the Winner of the Giveaway

Halloween on the porchHappy Halloween! Before this day of spooky fun is gone,  I wanted to let one lucky reader know that she is the winner of the Melanie O’Hara Traveling Tea Ladies mystery books and other tea related items. It was lucky number…


which belonged to this comment:

winning comment

Congratulations Jenny!  I will be emailing you tomorrow to get your mailing address.  Thank you to all of you for your very kind words in the last few posts.  It has been such fun for me to read! I have another giveaway planned for November so please stay tuned.  With Thanksgiving coming, I think you are really going to like this one.:)

I also wanted to do one final post on the last of our Halloween decorating. This time we are going out on the back porch for tonight’s Halloween dessert bar.

Halloween dessert serving areaI had already planned to serve the meal inside, but I wanted to use the porch for the dessert area. But it was really too chilly to eat out on the porch tonight – even if it was just dessert. So I just set up a few drinks on the table and the dessert items in the serving area – brownies, sea salt caramel gelato, various Halloween candies, a caramel sauce, a chocolate fudge sauce, and whipped cream. We served out there but brought it inside to eat.

porch tableFor the porch chalkboard, I simply listed as many candies as I could think of (afterall, what is Halloween without candy?:))  My husband had to help me brainstorm the last few.

Halloween chalkboardWould you believe my mother skipped the brownies to have a doughnut in the kitchen??  (She really loves doughnuts.:))

Halloween dessert buffetAnd here is a quick tour around the rest of the porch.

The old desk…

deskThe wicker sofa wearing its new orange pillows…

porch wicker sofaAnd the wicker swing looking like a lady wearing its new orange shawl.

wicker swingAnd that finishes up all the Halloween decorating for 2014. I am sorry I did not get to do any seasonal decorating in the playroom this year, but I have a good excuse.  It is currently overflowing with furniture from my workroom. (I want to call it an office, but that sounds more formal than what it really is.) My husband has finished putting in new flooring for me and is currently building a storage cabinet in there. And I am pondering what I want to do with the walls and drapes for that room. It is a small space, but I am sooo looking forward to it being my room.Yippee!:)Here is the empty space before the flooring went in. (I will try to do a full post on it all soon.)

room in progress

Hope you have a great weekend in store as we start the new month of Thankfulness – November. Can you believe it is snowing right now in the mountains of North Georgia????  Crazy, huh? Stay warm!

Until next time…

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Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - October 31, 2014 - 11:13 pm

A first time reader won? How lucky is she! This is surely a Halloween treat for her! Thanks for all the great Halloween ideas.
Yep, a first time reader. I laughed out loud when the random number was hers. :) Thank you for reading all the Halloween ideas this week.
Hope your weekend is a good one, Leslie Anne!

Jayne - October 31, 2014 - 11:16 pm

I got all excited when I saw the J at the beginning of the name. Oh well! Maybe next time. Lol Congrats to Jenny! And first time to your blog. The porch looks great. The “office is coming along nicely. Excited to see the finished room.
So sorry the J wasn’t your J, Jayne. But take heart. There is another giveaway coming soon! Thank you for the compliment on the porch. We are working on my room today. :)
Have a great weekend, and stay bundled up in this wind!

Sue - October 31, 2014 - 11:45 pm

It all looks wonderful Kelly. I love all of your fall touches and I really love your dessert bar. It’s my favorite part of the meal;-) We have a cold snap too ~ hard to believe you couldn’t eat outside in October. {we can’t either in TX}
Thank you Sue! Desserts are my favorite part as well. And I bet you look at the dessert section of menus first when you dine out, right?! :) This cold weather is like we have gone from summer to winter in a matter of a few days…crazy.
Stay inside and enjoy your Saturday!

Debra - November 1, 2014 - 12:57 am

Is your workroom above the garage or in the main house? Your own little room will be a welcomed new space I’m sure. I love your orange quilted pillows. Did you sew them yourself? Porch envy continues…… I have to say that my daughter and I are with your mom. We had pumpkin decorated donuts with crème filling for our treat with hot Orange Spice tea by Stash. If I had your gorgeous porch, I’d had a coat on and been all cozied with that pretty new throw while enjoying my treat. How cold was it there tonight? It is oh so cold here. There was no fire in the fire pit or sitting on my porch swing of the outbuilding tonight. :( It was morning flurries, high winds, blowing leaves everywhere and evening brought a brisk 32 degrees. Ugh! Needless to say we are back to square one on the fall clean up. Our acre lot is carpeted AGAIN! :(
It is in the main house, and it was our family study before everyone moved. It had 3 computer workstations and some very old gross carpet – but a nice big closet (that has GOT to have some MAJOR reorganization.) So glad you liked the orange pillows. I am afraid I did not make them. They were a steal from TJMaxx – with the cover and inserts included for less than $10 each. Another doughnut fan! Your treat sounds delicious, and my mother would have loved it. It is in the thirties here right now. Everyone here could have handled the porch temps last night except for my father. He is very cold natured and would have loved to have been sitting by a fire in the fireplace. Your weather sounds like full on winter. So sorry about your yard! My husband raked and raked pinestraw in the evenings last week knowing that this weekend would bring falling leaves on top of it with the wind…and pinecones too. Enjoy your weekend inside, Debra!

Shelley+@+Calypso+in+the+Country - November 1, 2014 - 7:54 am

I love your porch – as always and I am sure your workroom will be beautiful as well! Snowing? Wow…it’s pouring down rain and chilly in NJ. So glad we have no plans today!
Thank you Shelley. I am so glad you liked the porch in all its Halloween attire. Cold and rain are no fun, so stay inside cozy today.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 1, 2014 - 8:29 am

Your porch is gorgeous and I adore the touch of orange. Beautiful dessert buffet. Can’t wait to see the new room too, how fun.
You are so sweet Marty. Thank you! I am not usually a fan of orange, but I do love it for the month of October.
Have a great weekend!

Dawn - November 1, 2014 - 10:48 am


Your porch dessert bar and decorations look so nice. I am a huge dessert fan! I would have had to have the gelato on top of a warmed up brownie, topped with hot fudge sauce and crushed Heath bars. It looks so yummy! I plan to make a chocolate chip cookie pizza with my daughters leftover trick or treat candy tonight or tomorrow for our dessert. She lets me crush up and sprinkle her mini candy bars on the chocolate chip cookie pizza when it comes out of the oven. Then we have a lovely dessert and we use up some of the candy bars that she loves a bit less and it doesn’t just sit her candy bag and get old. I am anxious to see what your work ends up looking like. I was hoping to see the playroom since it is my favorite room in your home but I will try to be patient and hope that we will get a peek of it at Christmas time perhaps (No pressure on the Hubby here of course). Enjoy your Fall weekend! Thanks for sharing.
You just described my dessert choice Dawn! Delicious!! And your chocolate chip pizza is such a good idea. I just may have to copy that one! Sorry about the playroom…hope it will be ready to be back to its normal self soon.

Garden, Home and Party - November 1, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Everything looks so pretty. I just read from a fellow blogger that orange was huge at High Point.
Congratulations on the room getting closer to being complete.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Orange is growing on me (which is a good thing since it is a school color for 2 of our 3 children. :) )
Hope your weekend was a good one Karen!

Janice - November 2, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Kelly, I just discovered your blog and have enjoyed browsing today. I am searching for white dinnerware and have a list of possibilities. Could you please share the name of your dinnerware?
Hi Janice! The white dinnerware is a combination of a 20 year old set of basic white dishes from Williams Sonoma, new plates from Williams Sonoma (their pantry line), and other white plates from Target. My favorite is the pantry line from Williams Sonoma. I got them at a WS outlet for a great price. Hope this helps!

Cindy - November 3, 2014 - 7:23 am

I am so excited about your workroom. Can’t wait to see what you do with it and what color you use.
I am at my daughter’s home and we are putting up Christmas trees! I know it is way to early….but we put up so many we need a week.
This was the only time we could work it out.
I came expecting to put up 5, but just finished our seventh tree last night!!!
We have a great time…that’s what retirement is all about!
7 trees …oh my! (And just think, you get to undecorate that many as well. :) ) Yes, retirement is looking better and better.

Kim - November 3, 2014 - 9:52 pm

I just love your dessert buffets & chalkboard menus — they are really works of art! I hope that you had a good Halloween.
Thank you, Kim! We did have a good Halloween. Hope you had a good one too.

Decorating for a Halloween Dinner

Halloween tableI mentioned in our last post that I was using yellow and black in the family room because there was soooo much orange and black in the rest of the house.  Today you are going to see what I mean about that typical Halloween color scheme.  It is everywhere in the dining room and kitchen!

The curtains are back to black and white gingham, and the table is set for our Halloween dinner.

Halloween dinner in the dining roomThere are orange plates and black and white checked napkins for the place settings.  I picked up some small black cauldrons (from Target) to use for individual servings of butter.

Halloween place settingA larger black cauldron holds mums for the centerpiece.

Halloween dinner tableAnd the menu for the dinner is written with a chalk pen on a bright orange pumpkin.

pumpkin menuThose orange plates are deep enough that they can handle the beef stew almost like a bowl.

black gingham napkins for Halloween table setting

Halloween dinner

Over on the dining room cupboard you will find more orange in the form of decorated shortbread cookies and napkins.

dining room cupboardAnd you will also spot it in the built in cabinet there as well.

dining room cabinetThe island also gets orange striped napkins by the cereal bowls.

kitchen islandPops of orange appear in the kitchen too (along with the black in the gingham curtains.)

kitchen  beverage area

kitchen windownEven the doughnuts I picked up this week had orange frosting!

pumpkin doughnutsThe counter has orange and black cookbooks.

kitchen cornerThe chalkboard sports a recipe for a delicious (and easy!) pumpkin pie dip.

kitchen desk

kitchen chalkboardAnd that brings us back to the dining room ready for our Halloween dinner.:)

Halloween dinner with candlelightI hope you are reading this before midnight on the 30th so that you can enter one last time for the fun drawing of the Melanie O’Hara Traveling Tea Ladies mystery series and tea goodies. All the details are here.

October giveawayAnd I hope your Halloween is a day full of fun treats!

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liz piccione-volger - October 30, 2014 - 10:11 pm

Look very festive! Love the view looking at your sink in the kitchen. Your home looks very warm and welcoming. I would provide a good home for those tea goodies!

Carolyn - October 30, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Yummy! I’ve also noticed how you have the best handwriting and printing. That’s an art! Do you keep your pumpkins until Thanksgiving or do they disappear after Halloween?

Monika - October 30, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Will have to run to Target tomorrow to see if they still have the small and large cauldrons – will use next year. Where did you find those orange plates? Your decorations are fabulous – you even have orange scissors on your desk – perfect!
shhh…don’t tell, Monica. The plates are plastic, and they came from Walmart. :)

Vickie - October 30, 2014 - 11:12 pm

I adore all the black & white checks and gingham!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

Dawn - October 30, 2014 - 11:14 pm


Your home always look so welcoming and inviting. I love it all. The coffee station and the donuts call to me. They say pour a cup of coffee, grab and donut and lets go sit on the porch and chat awhile. Thanks for sharing your ideas and photos. Have a happy Halloween!

Lindy James - October 30, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Love your idea of writing your Halloween dinner menu on a pumpkin! I also noticed that you had several products from Williams-Sonoma, where I work as an associate, always a good choice. Take care, Lindy

Pam Jenkins - October 30, 2014 - 11:28 pm

I love decorating for fall. Looking forward to reading those books while I drink a cup of tea!

Louvina - October 30, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Well, I decided to check my mail and there it was!! Your wonderful dinning room and kitchen decorations. I got all my items for the deep dish pizza while I was out today. Also engredients to make beef stew very soon as the weather is suppose to turn cool over the weekend! Great minds– you know!:) also going to make a pumpkin cake– no tricker treaters here at the lake:( too scary and deep in the woods! Hope you have a ” not too scary ” Halloween at school tomorrow and hope a few sweet “boos” may come your way!!:)

Emily - October 30, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Love the orange shortbread cookies!

Take care.


Merri Jo - October 30, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Every room you decorate & every table you set is so very inviting & lovely–I want to come have tea @ your house!

Donnamae - October 31, 2014 - 12:11 am

Everything looks so festive! I’m loving those orange plates…where did you get them? ;)

Arlene@Nanaland - October 31, 2014 - 10:44 am

What a pretty table! As ususal! We are missing Halloween because we are heading to Atlanta for the Ga Tech Homecoming Game tomorrow, then Phantom of the Opera at the Fabulous Fox Theater!! Can’t wait!!
What a fun coincidence! Our daughter’s college homecoming was also this weekend (but not at Tech) AND she went to see Phantom of the Opera on Sunday. You two were probably quite close to one another. :)

Jayne - October 31, 2014 - 11:33 am

Happy Halloween, Kelly! Your kitchen and dining room are as creative as ever! God had blessed you with the gift of creativity, that’s for sure!

KellyinPA - October 31, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Very festive, as always:) I love the menu on the pumpkin, I will be stealing that idea! We are hosting for Thanksgiving and, once again, I will be stalking (in a nice way) your blog for ideas. Thanks for sharing, Kelly;)

Nan, Odessa, DE - October 31, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Hi, Thanks for inviting us over!
You know I am always .watching for your next post.

Question: Give details about the chalk pen, please.
My white one from Amazon does not erase. Do they usually?
I know you don’t want to erase a pumpkin but there are times you need to erase.

I am your twin in country design that loves, loves, RED, black and white. So true how you can change out color with the blk/wht now seeing your orange!
Nan, I use a wet cloth (or paper towel) to wipe it several times. That usually takes it all off, but it leaves behind the shadow of the letter. So then I wipe it well with a Mister Clean magic eraser, and that usually works. Hope this helps!

Nan, Odessa, DE - October 31, 2014 - 3:01 pm

PS I keep watching your filled jars and copying your ideas!
Don’t ever stop using your talents.
The children in your classroom are blessed to have you for a teacher.

Robin Madden - October 31, 2014 - 5:29 pm

I’m LOVING all the orange and black little details in your house!!! What a great idea to write the menu on pumpkins! Your handwriting is beautiful by the way :-)

Thanks for sharing your home with us!

DiAnne - October 31, 2014 - 7:38 pm

My two favorite things about this post are the black/white check napkins AND the menu written on a pumpkin, I am “It’s the little unexpected things that make me happy” kind of girl.
Oh and I love a small dinner party.

Garden, Home and Party - October 31, 2014 - 9:58 pm

You did such a great job with touches of orange, but just the right amount. Have you cooked anything from the Momofuku cookbook? Our oldest so asked for it forChristmas one year. I’m not sure he has cooked from it ( too busy).

I love the menu on he pumpkin idea and will definitely use it soon.
Happy Halloween.
That is so funny that your son wanted the Momofuku cookbook because the copy actually belongs to our middle son. He has cooked one entree out of it, but I have not cooked anything from it. Glad you liked the menu on the pumpkin idea! :)

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