Becky Harris


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Atlanta, GA  
About me:
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected."
I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog. 
My favorite style:
Collected 
My next house project:
Wallpapering the laundry room, recovering a chair that's had a Vera tablecloth thrown over it for about 15 years ... 
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Room of the Day: An Elegant North Carolina Dining Room

Sophistication meets durability and easy-to-clean surfaces in a dramatic style-mixing space Full Story
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ououne
Absolutely gorgeous. Love the mounting of the prayer rug!
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JTBaldwin
It's all in the details and the stories. Another of my favorite places.
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Dawson & Clinton
I love the idea of starting the rooms color palette from one piece of art on the wall. In this case the prayer rug.
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A New Stepped Entry Glows With Style

Rotting stairs and leaky windows lead to an inviting new facade that welcomes with light Full Story
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Becky Harris
Charleee, I don't live in any sort of HOA-ish 'hood, but you do get a $50 ticket if you leave your bins out more than a day.
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Becky Harris
Ah, I was just chatting with an architect who came up with a great way to screen a banana peel yellow house next door - this super-cool resin with seagrass on it in front of the window:
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charleee
I like that idea! I wonder if banana peel yellow beats chicken fat yellow, the color of our dining room when we first moved in?
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10 Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Look Great

Turn a compact space into a brilliant boudoir with these decorating, storage and layout techniques Full Story
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Becky Harris
I love a small cozy bedroom so much more than a large one. Great tips!
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ibseyb
No pictures of small dark bedrooms? Instead of trying to make a small room seem bigger with light colors, why not embrace what you have a rich paint color that turns the smallness into a cozy cocoon?
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denit
my bedroom is so awkward! 5.6m x 2.7m. I keep moving the furniture around, but nothing works.
The logical thing is to place the bed in the middle, against the long wall, but that only leaves 60cm of walking space between the foot of the bed and the wall.
i've placed the bed against the far wall, under the windows, but that only leaves 70cm on either side to get out of bed.
I've the shoved the bed into the corner, which makes the walkway comfortable, but it's a pain to make the bed, and with so much empty space at the front it makes the room look like an abandoned storage unit.
My bed is a lovely metal canopy, and I love it, but this week i've removed the canopy and left just the base, which still has very pretty legs. So today I'm going to center the bed lengthwise against the long wall, Hopefully it'll look less weird sans foot or headboard. I could theoretically suspend the canopy from the ceiling, but I want to get the placement right first.
This has been going on for 11 months!
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15 Ways to Enhance Your Cabinets With Grilles

It looks decorative, but metal mesh on cabinet doors has a practical side too Full Story
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mcgilla, that's a good idea. For pro help, I'd enlist a cabinet shop. You might even be able to unscrew the doors and have them replace the panels with mesh for you.
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Becky Harris
Hey Decorideas, I'm reading the comments from bottom to top - any advice for mcgilla (the comment below yours?) Your mesh looks amazing!
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ch_100
Thank you, Becky! I should add that I love reading everything on Houzz, but your articles are always my favorites. Now if I just spent as much time actually doing my projects as being inspired . . . I might have a photo to post before 2020. ;)
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mcgilla
Thanks Becky!
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Houzz Tour: Old-School Charm With a Contemporary Twist

Bright and open interiors with a serene vibe belie the challenges of building this Cornwell home Full Story
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Becky Harris
To me, the interiors take a backseat to the vast and amazing bucolic views. The materials/furniture/artwork let the windows be the main focus.
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Laurel Brassard
Love that you actually see toys in several pictures! The reality with kids is that as nice as your house may be they will definitely play into your design.
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leslieg2013
Could someone please tell me: 1) when did stairs and ladders become "dangerous" for children? And 2) when did living in a 2-story house become a "problem" for older folks?

Honestly, children have enjoyed climbing since the beginning of time! Even if they fall every now and then, isn't that part of learning and growing?

And elderly people who no longer have the ability to use stairs can (in the case of my grandparents) simply transfer their living quarters to the main level of the family house where there is a kitchen and bath. Problem solved.

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Stair climbing should be encouraged as early and for as long as possible.
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Houzz Tour: Wild Ideas in the Windy City

When bold art meets great architecture and interior design, something wonderful happens Full Story
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Becky Harris
Whoa. Did anyone else notice that Big Momma is guarding some Big Papa (Bear) chairs? Sad about the sculpture - in the city that allowed Prentice Hospital to be torn down and the state where the governor tried to sell a senate seat, I'm sure it all could have been resolved with a big fat bribe.
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grizzly
I do like much about this home. If it were smaller and the art removed I would like it very much.
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kbdog
The house is spectacular but I would never okay a design with a stairway over the kitchen.
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My Houzz: Serene Simplicity in Brooklyn

Clean white backdrops and minimal furnishings give a Red Hook rental a peaceful air Full Story
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janehommel
Relax - watch the tv, not the wires :-)
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Houzz Tour: Meet a Home Made With Minivan Parts

Sawn-off car roofs for the siding, windows popped out of van doors ... this California home is as resourceful as it is beautiful Full Story
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Becky Harris
@ljorgensen, this house reminded me of a floating house from the front a bit; Karl said boat design was one of the things that inspired him along with a handful of other things when designing this home.

@invitedink, the floors were sealed with soybased binder from Soycrete and water based sealer from AFM.

To those who asked about the shipping container office, I am sorry we don't have the photography, however, those of you interested in cargotecture might be interested in this project of Cate and Karl's:


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@leslieg2013, Why would I say that when I can be more specific in a way that can help other people landscape more responsibly and save water? The plant choices were considered and specific for an important reason.

It is funny to read your comment though because yesterday I just wrote the following in another story:

"I think Vogt and I agree — neither one of us thinks it’s possible to encourage the use of native plants too many times."

Clearly, using native plants is something I know I'll always preach about - i won't waste an opportunity to drop "use native plants" in wherever I can!
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shyr94
Brilliant!
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Kim McCoy Brumfiel Snively
Beautiful house! Very inspiring.
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Houzz Tour: Asian Elegance With an Industrial Edge

Once a grocery warehouse, this Denver loft is now stocked with a mix of dramatic, raw and refined pieces Full Story
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Becky Harris
Christina, Susan is right but there is a bit of hope. Apparently, the original tile company, Kibak, was available via Ann Sacks when this was built. However, I believe Kibak has been bought out by someone else and apparently they have struggled to replicate the beautiful handcrafted look we see here. hopefully they will figure it out someday in the future!
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laurel quint interior design
@thickskin - I would like to comment on your feng shui beam remark, I have worked in China for several years doing residential design and in every home I work on there has a feng shui master brought in to look at my design and look at the home both. One thing they have taught me is that there are many layers to applying feng shui, for example, despite the beam the head of the bed is sitting in the best possible direction for harmony and good sleep. The box that the canopy creates also helps curtail the beam issues. Many feng shui problems can be resolved by balancing in other ways. Problems can often be resolved in a way that improves the xi of the space better than it was before. Except for stairs, stairs are difficult! Thanks!
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Helen Allen
I'd cry real tears if some one designed this for me. A big quarrel of design elements e.g. Entrance railings, uninspired furniture and uninspired artwork. Too bad.
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Kitchen of the Week: Period Details Keep History Alive in Portland

Modern functionality and doubled square footage bring a 1910 kitchen into the present while respecting its past Full Story
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@marytbates, they matched the floors to the original floor they unearthed beneath layers of linoleum. It was strip maple. They tried to salvage the original but it was too far gone, so they matched it.
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Susan McFarlane
Beautiful makeover! I like your Polish pottery bowel. I have a couple signature pieces as well. I love how you kept the character of the home, but still have all the bells and whistles. Truly beautiful.
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Susan
Gorgeous kitchen! I love unpainted wood, and the homeowners did a wonderful job balancing the historical character of the house with modern functionality.
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You Said It: ‘It Was a Symbolic Gesture to Myself’ and More Quotables

Design advice, inspiration and observations that struck a chord this week Full Story
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bananagirl
While I appreciate all of the work done and the finished project, I must say that a parked airstream in a driveway or yard can really encroach on neighbors' personal and visual space. It can change the landscape for the worse. While owners think they are beautiful, having another structure crammed into a lot can be devastating to other people around who are also trying to enjoy the neighborhood.
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Houzz Tour: Comic Book Prints and Vintage Decor Punch Up a Dublin Home

Flowing space and an ever-changing mix of vintage finds are key to this home’s cool, creative look Full Story
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Becky Harris
Can we please get a close up of the Tyrion Lannister print? I am seriously geeking out at the very thought of it. This was a pleasure to tour, thank you!
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April and the Bear
Hi Becky - here's a quick picture of Tyrion, glad you like the house! And idkemper, yes we painted the brick with watered-down white paint. We basically kept watering down the paint until we were happy with the consistency - good luck with your project and thanks for all the lovely comments guys!
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Carole Walker
Nothing I would copy here.
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My Houzz: New Life and Style for a 1976 Airstream

Taking a pass on RV standards, the new owner of this 1976 Ambassador Airstream looked to flexible furniture and clean, organized spaces Full Story
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Becky Harris
I love this so much - he did such a good job!
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@mlzmadsen
"What is the best paint color for ceilings?"

That's sort of like asking, "What's the best tasting food?" Generally, in something like an Airstream trailer with a ceiling just 6'-7" high at the apogee, a light color will help curb claustrophobia. Mine is going to be some shade of white, with the color temperature tending toward blue. It's tempting to paint it sky blue in an attempt to make the ceiling seem to disappear, but I'm sure that the illusion wouldn't work in such close quarters.

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gusmom61
Love your renovation. I agree with previous posts on keeping weight to a minimum. We have an adorable vintage camper that has murals painted all around the outside. It is a real head turner and we get all kinds of thumbs up and waves of admiration while traveling down the roads and in campgrounds. But we bought it after a friend did the inside reno. She paneled it with a lot of rough cedar siding with a cowboy theme. It is cute as can be but so heavy we get terrible gas mileage. I am afraid we will eventually just end up parking her and using her as a guest house (she already has been put into service this way several times) and finding another older camper to restore. This time doing everything possible to keep the weight down to a minimum. Just a week or so ago, Houzz featured another restored camper where she used cork penny tiles for her backsplashes. Vinyl flooring that looks like wood planks is a great choice as well. Just remember during your restoration how all that weight adds up. If you ever plan to pull it anywhere, you don't want a wall full of books or a bunch of heavy dishes and pots and pans. The few favorite books that Jordan kept wouldn't be a problem, but again... weight.

And remember that items shift in transit. We used to have a beautiful 39' RV with 3 slide outs but it was totaled in an Oklahoma hail storm about a year ago. One trip we must have hit a bump or something and our liquor cabinet door bumped open. A full bottle of Skye Vodka fell out onto our couch. Wouldn't have been a problem except a very heavy bottle of tequila tumbled out on top of it and broke the vodka bottle into a million shards as well as soaking the couch in vodka. It was not fun trying to ensure that all the minute fragments of glass were vacuumed out of the carpet and the couch cushions. And I was pretty high on vodka fumes as well! No going barefoot for a while in there.

Regarding living or camping in your boat, we have actually tossed around an idea of buying a smaller size vintage house boat (less than 30') and restoring it all nice and bright and fun. Then we can pull it wherever we want to camp, put it in the water, and we won't have to pay campsite fees! So we'd have our camper and boat all in one! And in response to the idea of just placing a boat in your yard for a fun decoration and play house, a friend of ours recently showed us a pic of his brother's back yard. They have a pool and have parked a boat beside it. They call it "the boat that don't float"! I found a pic but it's kinda blurry. I also attached a couple of our little camper.
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The Cure for Houzz Envy: Guest Room Touches Anyone Can Do

Make overnight guests feel comfy and cozy with small, inexpensive niceties Full Story
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Becky Harris
Linus, is it truly a guest room or do you need to use it for other functions when you don't have any guests? The reason I ask is because I've seen plenty of nifty bunk rooms on Houzz. If it needs to be more temporary, there are some things you could do with trundles and blow up mattresses that can be stashed away. There are also full bed with bunk overhead combos, which takes care of a couple plus one. You do have quite a challenge there.
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Linus Reimann-Kaißer
It's just a guest room. I try to keep it clear from anything that isn't guest-related. There are 2 200x140 matresses, 1 200x90 matress and bedding. And a wall-mounted IKEA ALGOT system.
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Becky Harris
Linus, why not send a photo, perhaps post it to the "Design Dilemma" board for more visibility. Five guests at a time and how to make them comfy is a good challenge for discussion - I'm sure Houzzers will have some tips from their own experiences to share:
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/design-dilemma
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10 No-Fail Tricks to Help You Eat Healthier at Home

It’s remarkable I’ve never had scurvy because, until recently, I rarely ever ate vegetables or fruit. Prior to 2014, a half-rotten banana... See Ideabook
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Luke Badman
Love the edible kitchen garden. As long as it gets enough sun!
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Tony Been
Remove the ridiculously tasty pizza delivery number from your phone?
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Decorating 101: How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes Full Story
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JTBaldwin
Enjoyed this and would only add: if you are moving into a new home, don't try to do everything right away. Live there for a while and give some thought to anticipated traffic patterns, natural light and seating requirements. You may just find that what you thought would be perfect might totally wrong for the new space.
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My Houzz: Cool, Creative Midcentury Style

Art, simple tweaks and timeless furnishings give a 1958 classic in Del Mar a new spin Full Story
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Becky Harris
This is one seriously cool family! Everything is so perfectly placed and arranged - it's so pleasing to the eye, yet you can see their personalities shine through. I love that duck piece by Paul James - i did a double-take and it made me smile.
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goodewyfe
I love that they took a mid-century home and...left it alone. They made it their own through art and other decorative touches. Great home, great family.
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shyr94
The house is great but the painting of the dog at the top of the staircase is brilliant.
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Houzz Tour: A London Book Tower House Worth a Browse

To fit their mountain of books, these owners went big on scale with a double-height bookcase by the stairs Full Story
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Becky Harris
Brilliant! I love it when people are passionate about books - a number of my favorite homes featured on Houzz were designed around books - this one is now on my list.
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goodewyfe
I don't know how many books I have, but I try to separate fiction from nonfiction and then do subcategories in nonfiction - dictionary/thesaurus/grammar books, biographies/autobiographies, essays, books on the same subject, etc. In fiction, I keep books by the same author together, though they aren't in alphabetical order. I only have several hundred books (not thousands), so it is easier for me to find the one I am looking for even without a more formal system being in place.
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rYem MunSeng
진짜 멋있어요.책장이 벽속에 "숨겨"진듯한 느낌이 아주 좋아요 ㅋㅋ
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Swing Into National Hammock Day

Only one day to celebrate such a worthy pastime? Pshaw. Start on July 22 and let these photos inspire you to keep on rockin’ Full Story
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Becky Harris
Deb, Gaffigan is my favorite. I already have my tickets for his show in Atlanta in October - splurged on StubHub for the third row. Last time I saw him live I laughed so hard it hurt.
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ilovejoey
Use this pic for new sewing room!
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Angela D
My husband spent two years in Mexico and what you call the Ecuadorian style is what they use as beds. Much more comfortable than our US versions with the wood slats because in theirs you can shift position better (more ergonomic). I've been waiting for a place where we can put it up somewhere.
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Houzz Tour: Reading Shapes a Seattle Home

Written words drive the design of a house for aging in place, from a plethora of bookshelves to a personal word wall Full Story
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Becky Harris
Regarding before photos, I feel lucky when the pros have any photos to share and simply upload what they give me. No one is trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes, we are just sharing what we've got. Often they are ripped from the old real estate listing or a client's personal photos. At best someone barely remembers to be take them moments before demolition begins. I appreciate John DeForest digging these up to show the us the differences.

As a side note, back in the Stone Age when I was in architecture school, we had one digital camera for the entire population to share (it was a recent invention and cost thousands of dollars), and a scanner or two in the entire building, so we used this weird stuff called film and had it developed. I would often opt for black and white film for site studies - it was more expensive, but seeing things rendered in black and white always allowed me to see patterns, lines and spaces that color distracted me from seeing. Most of the site studies I pinned to the wall when presenting my projects were in black and white, whether they were prints or cheap black and white blow ups from the copy machine. It was also easier to draw right on top of the black and white when coming up with design ideas - like mapping flow and systems with colored lines to better understand the site.
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meiniac
Love the word wall!!!
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lessismoore
Love the way this place looks, but it's a bit hard to see how seriously they took the "aging in place" aspect of the remodel. Yes, they have a second bath that is universally compliant and an apt for caretakers and the elevator - but the step down into the LR could easily make that room less accessible, and the Kitch banquet seems like it would be difficult to navigate - who knows about the kitchen proper? The current master bath, while ideally located, could end up being useless. Oh well, the views alone could provide consolation for most anything.
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Room of the Day: Newlyweds Embrace a Colorful New Look

Bright accessories and rich textures amp up a bland living room in a couple’s first home together Full Story
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susanaikman
Iluvdiy, I totally agree with you.

I love this room. What a fun way to start out.
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I have been collecting Heather's pieces for several years now and I am so excited to see her on Houzz! Just when I think she cannot come up with anything more b...
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