Emily Hurley


Location
California, United States 
About me:
Community Manager at Houzz and nester by nature. 
My favorite style:
Eclectic and warm. I definitely know it when I see it, but have a hard time creating it for myself. :) 
My next house project:
We have a 1926 Mediterranean bungalow, that is always in need of *something*. 
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amoliveira
My favorite home is where we live now. Before we lived in an apartment. It was very nice but not ours. This house was built 11 years ago and we've made improvements very year. It's beautiful, inviting and in a very convenient location to everything. It's my toy and I love playing with it sometimes much to my husband's dismay! LOL! Next week, the new patio furniture will arrive and then the landscaper will extend the existing patio to add a new seating area around the fire table. I guess I'm addicted to playing with my toy!
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chloebud
I'd have to say the house we have now. It's such a pretty location with lots of oaks and other trees...quiet and peaceful, too. We haven't lived here that long...still lots to do. However, we don't plan to move again.
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Jessica
Donate to the next charity auction you come across and write them off on the taxes next time. LOL!
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Evelyn Moore
I Love my Rowenta, i have dropped several times, well with the $ oh the surge of steam is the best. I replace irons every 10 yrs
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nmscooterman
I also have a Rowenta but recently discovered my late mother-in-law's Sunbeam iron on a shelf. Although it is much heavier it does a great job on heavier fabrics. It heats hotter, the sole plate and body are all metal, and the front has a sharper "V" for getting into seams. I think the Rowenta is over rated, and consider the Sunbeam my favorite.
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architectrunnerguy
Love stained glass. Made these transoms myself. All of them, and these are only two, where a little bit different (note the subtle differences) but all went together.

Doug
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Luciana
Love it, but I wouldn't like such a big window like the one in the first photo, especially in a bathroom - it would make me feel like I'm in a church and I'd probably have problems getting undressed, thinking it's surely disrespectful in some way...

I love the stained glass in our living room, it is just enough to give the room a bit of character, without being overwhelming (the photo below was taken in the first week after we moved in, lots have changed since then, but this is the best pix I have that shows the stained glass)


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Brandi Nash Hicks
Powder sprinkled on the floor cracks
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Masterpiece Hardwood Flooring Ltd.
I've heard the powder solution before but that it doesn't work and could cause more problems. Squeaking could be either the sub floor moving against the joists or the product has milling issues or wasn't installed with enough staples/cleats. Is it an older home on shiplap over the joists? This would be wood planks supporting the floor as opposed to plywood, which could be on top of the shiplap as well. The subfloor being screwed down properly is extremely important.
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p42baker
If this is your kitchen, it is gorgeous. The Saarinen set is amazing and perfect for the space. I have a lot of experience with wallpaper. It all depends on what kind of paper was used and if the wall was properly prepared to begin with. Sometimes it comes off in one second, and then all you have to do is make sure you get the paste off before painting.

If the wall is sheetrock and was not primed, it can be close to impossible to remove the paper without damaging the sheetrock. If this is the case, you will have to do it as gently as possible and be prepared to plaster and sand damage, then put a coat of primer on it. In this case, get it as wet as possible and be very gentle when scraping.

If the paper simply will not come off easily, there is a product called the Zinsser Paper Tiger Wallpaper tool. You use it to scratch and penetrate the surface of the paper, allowing liquid to soak through. First I soak the paper with a spray bottle and leave it soaking for about 30 min. Make sure you protect your floor. Then you scratch and penetrate the paper with the tool , then soak it again and then let it sit again. Eventually, you will be able to just push the paper off with spatula/scraper very easily. Keep soaking until it is ready to move easily. At that point, you must wash the paste off and make sure that you get it all before proceeding.

Sometimes the paste can be the most difficult thing to remove. I would keep washing, scraping it if necessary. Then run your hand over it when it is dry to make sure nothing is left. You cannot paint until you are sure the paste is gone, as the paste will show through. If you are just going to repaper, it is less important to make sure that the under wall is perfect, but make sure to prime the wall in advance. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Amy Russo
I purchased a wallpaper steamer from Home Depot for about $50 it worked great!
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Lisa Sellars
Funny, grobby. I spent last night shopping online for my sister's nursery. I figured tonight I'd obsess on mid-century modern furniture since I can't watch Mad Men. It's how I unwind.
April 9, 2014 at 9:27pm     
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tommypniewski
I moved the desk to the side, so that no one stares at your computer screen from behind and so that you can see what’s going on outside and to your right while working. The desk I placed is the Peter Nielsen Lovig, Danish Modern “boomerang’ desk and its chair is the Herman Miller Eames Aluminium Management Chair I also gave you a AJ Floor Lamp, Black, by Louis Poulsen.

You can place a clock or a piece of art work behind you…(the example is a work I made called the ‘lily canopy’)

In order to let as much light in to the room I placed some harry Bertoia Diamond Chairs and an Eames Elliptical Table.

The lights above are from Frank Gehry’s cloud lamp collection: the Frank Gehry Mamma Cloud Lamp and the cloud 10 floor lamp, you can also place a purple rug underneath the coffee table and the diamond chairs.

All these products are on houzz.

Good luck with making a choice!
April 10, 2014 at 4:53am     
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bronagh52
Alongside the 'sensible seating' have a bunch of these little footstools from Orwell and Goode available in designs with Badgers, Foxes and Owls. Even available as beanbag pouffes too. (Made in Scotland by ex-fighter jet mechanic now designer-really!)
Then make your important guests sit on them all the way through a meeting like its completely normal!
#humourtestaguest
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Castanes Architects PS
We have been interested in doing a project with a living wall. Maybe it's something you could try out!
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Jessica
I like having my bedroom on a different level than the main floor. That way it is more private, guests aren't likely to accidentally wander in when searching for the rest room, etc. I'd go for the attic because I like natural light to help wake me up in the mornings. If I sleep in the basement, I'd end up hibernating forever because it's quieter - you don't hear the birds sing, and it's so dark you never know if it is day or night.
February 12, 2014 at 10:14am   
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Admirals Bank
@Jessica: Thanks for the input! Yes, natural light is always nice in the morning indeed. For some homes, the basement might not provide the best opportunity for the sun to enter.
February 12, 2014 at 10:53am   
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Emily Hurley
@Denita Avocado trees, flip flops and 90% humidity though for you guys. :) Start a florida one too!!
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Denita
Oh yea....forgot the humidity for a hot second...:)
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rosecottagehome
Very, very good answer............blushing : )
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iwantit
Well.......................I'm truly sorry if I offend anyone.........I obviously don't know who lives in these rooms but this is just the impression the rooms give me..............the first bedroom looks like it belongs to Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)..........sexy indeed!!

The second one is the female version................
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infodiva
Had it for years, in multiple houses, and it's always been wonderful. The naysayers aren't caring for it properly, in my opinion. Every four or five years, when we go away for a vacation, I have the kitchen floor "screened"--very lightly sanded (no wood loss), and two new coats of water-based poly applied. All done in a day. And no vinegar (it is an acid, after all) to clean it! I use Bona hardwood floor cleaner only. Floor looks like new even after 15 years. Easy on the feet, easy on the eyes, flows beautifully with the rest of the hardwood flooring in the house. I can't imagine anything else.
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a r
Wood is beautiful, charming, warm and inviting. However my dogs and my high heels kill it. In a perfect world, it would be wood all day long. In my less than perfect realworld, I leave the wood floors to less hard working areas of the house.
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pharmchic2007
Thank you sarainitaly! I actually just bought the bed and you made my day so thank you for ALL your help!! XOXO!!! Hope you have a Happy Easter!!
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sarainitaly
So happy!! :O) Awesome! Buona pasqua to you! So glad I could help!
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sarainitaly
I enjoy it, too. I really want to have some things in our new home that I can say *i did that!*. I am making that same headboard. I have all the materials except the buttons. Waiting on my order! Let me know if you ever make it!
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bluenan
Fake greenery above kitchen cabinets has to be one of my most disliked.
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travisinteriors
Sure if you like antiques. Make for a good conversation piece. But does take up a lot of space.
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Mark Bischak, Architect
"Conversation piece" . . . that's a good one.
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tootsie007
As to stljoie's instructions about how to clean silver—it's okay if the silver has no indentations or decorations you want to highlight. When you polish by hand, you cannot get into crevices. This is good because the tarnish in the crevices makes the decoration stand out.
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pattisani
pagerobertson- Excellent point! I have my grandmother's sterling from 1916 and have added to it for about 24 place settings. While we don't use it on a daily basis, we do use it everytime we host a family or friends meal. When you use it regularly, it doesn't need to be polished except for spots. And it just feels and looks lovely to use...
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Vivena Cox
nice
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Genevieve
If eating chocolates in the shower would wash away the calories why not :))
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travisinteriors
Shelly No Lawyers sign, would work for me. Sorry about comments. But most people don't want to be bother. It was fine in my grandmother days. A lot of people didn't drive and would depend on others to sell them stuff. Like Fuller Brush. Avon, But with computers, TV and a phone. No need to leave your house if you don't want to.
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wasacampbell
I remember regular visits from the Fuller Brush man when I was a girl. It was not unusual for my mother to have a list for him. I think my parents bought a set of encyclopedias or some type of educational set of books that way too. We ( 3 siblings and parents) used them for years but then that was before computers and Google. When my husband and I lived on the farm, we had more door-to-door visits than we do now here in town. Some were down right scary! We got a great dane and she certainly did her job. Best farm dog we ever had!
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mairece
@ccclaxton: Didn't know about NOLO or NCLC. Thank you! The neighbors refused to go to mediation. Codes was involved and part of the problem. We had a code inspector tell me their hands were tied and of course later we found out about the free use of city resources and protection of this neighborbor by other city departments. The best city resource we found in dealing with these people were the police. They hate neighbor disputes and I can see why but the attorney told us to post our property and then when we saw or there was evidence of intrusion to call them and file a report, to build a file. This neighbor was so used to intimidation working that he threatened to hit me and this in front of a cop. The cop had a talk with him. Because of their connections, these people considered themselves beyond the law. As an addendum, the city has corrrected the problem with its departments and there are now ways of having situations like this handled.
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Kris Wedemeier
Our backyard is enclosed with a cyclone fence (that is ours) and then each neighbor has a wooden privacy fence that extends to be even with the front of our house. A hedge then continues out to the easement.

One elderly neighbor, despite having a weekly landscaping crew, decided she didn't want to deal with the hedge anymore. She said the property had been resurveyed and the hedge was actually on our property, and we had to take care of it. Okay, no problem. She then thinks that the wooden fence, which is on our side of the hedge, is somehow still hers. (We don't actually care -we only claim the cyclone fence - both neighbors put up their wooden fences without anything to do with us.)

At one point the wooden fence was damaged from a storm, and she expected us to pay for half of the repairs, despite insisting it was her fence, but wanting us to pay because it's on our property. (We did not pay for it!) Then, she decided to have the hedge removed, which despite claiming was ours, she thought was hers to do with which she pleased.

Apparently, anything that is ours is actually hers, and anything that is hers is our responsibility. Oh well. 13 years of living here has shown she isn't the most logical person around, so we just go with whatever she wants to do. (As long as she pays for it!)
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wyndyacre
Yes Rick...I use it alot! We built it from salvage materials 12 years ago and I have used it for seed starting, division growing and heated it to winter over my tropicals and cactus collection ever since.
I start lots of different perennials and vegetables from seed, do cuttings of shrubs and "grow on" divisions of different plants also for my one acre garden.
For 7 years, while I worked seasonally as a horticulturist I also had a massive plant sale at home every May and used the greenhouse and coldframe to prepare for that also. I got a fulltime job as a gasfitter 6 years ago and don't do the sale anymore but still love my little GH for my own gardening pleasure.

You can see more photos of the GH, coldframe and gardens in my Ideabooks...labelled Wyndyacre's Garden.
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siralber1
Just picked out the flagstone in Cartersville, GA to start landscaping for a path. Hopefully we will have it delivered by mid-week. Will start laying out the area or framework for the basic path by removing grass and leveling off this weekend (that is, if it ever stops raining here.)
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Circle Goods Reclaimed
This will be the ceiling and flooring for a grain bin that is connected to our home and will become the master suite on top and the living room on the bottom. For our country home:)
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Bill Yockey
The best of both world--a small college town in Ohio, Small enough to know to have deer walking downtown, big enough to have really great restaurants, and close enough to the bigger cities.
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Creating an Effective Brand Presence on Houzz

With so many design professionals and homeowners researching products on Houzz, it is a natural fit for home related brands to be active on Houzz.... See Ideabook
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Nicolette MacCallum
Thanks for the tips!
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Wicker Paradise
Great Ideas! Thank you :)
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Ciocco
Although I like the dining room and the lounge, the library is my favorite. I like the woodwork, the book cases that are on both levels, the seating, the windows up high, and those books!!!
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mikeswife0904
You'd have a pretty tough time pulling me out of that Billiard Room, unless it was to explore all those books, nooks, crannies, and heights in the library!
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sally78
It depends--not every situation is the same-- but I lean towards chopping….
April 10, 2014 at 1:05pm     
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Lina Kolomeisky
it took about a month to do the renovation. we had to eat out a lot or buy ready food for a quick warm in the microwave. the cost was like any other big renovation, but of course it worth every penny..
April 9, 2014 at 4:32pm     
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Answer these 9 questions to find out what decorating style suits you best Full Story
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Eliete Teixeira
That's me: Contemporary!
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Andrea Matis
Well thats spot on I have a nagouchi coffee table & 2 eames chairs. My daughter has always said im weird eclectic - no im midcentury!
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How to Survive an Epidemic of Walking Dead

Tips to use around the house and garden to prep for the zombie apocalypse Full Story
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Becky Harris
Watch The Talking Dead too; my crush on Andrew Lincoln increased ten-fold after hearing his accent!
March 31, 2014 at 10:04am     
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moster
"Never turn your back on a cornfield. Nothing good emerges from between corn stalks" LOL!
March 31, 2014 at 12:33pm     
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Becky Harris
Game of Thrones will soon fill the void!
March 31, 2014 at 6:52pm     
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Meaghan B
Walking Dead & Game of Thrones? Becky, you clearly have excellent taste in television. Also, if you have a crush on Andrew Lincoln, might I suggest watching the amazingly awesome Love Actually?
April 1, 2014 at 4:28am     
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Simple Solar Homesteading
I live in an off-grid cabin. I hunt and fish and can skin a bear with my teeth. Bring on them Zombies!
April 1, 2014 at 2:15pm     
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grobby
Thanks for the advice on cinnamon powder gorgeous ants. Have been trying black pepper for those pesky ants. Trying to avoid chemicals,
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designideas4me
Thanks for the info. I spend $85 a month to have this man take care of the pool and was told it costs about $30 in chemicals monthly to keep it clean so I figured I pay his about $50 for the labor fee which I guess isnt bad. Mainly on hot summer days where its 100 degrees in the blazing sun it saves me from having to do it myself and since I have back pain I figured it less to worry about when the sides occationally need scrubing. He also seem to know when the solar isnt working how to fix it or when the filter housing craked how to replace that as well so I guess I need the help for the labor related stuff since I would have to do it with a bad back. I never heard of a sand filter.
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keatherl
Pool and a sauna :) even living in a cooler climate I would love a pool in the summer months !
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April 9, 2014
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JC Redesigns
Good Morning! A big HELLO to you.....
April 10, 2014 at 7:59am      Thanked by Emily Hurley
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Mark Bischak, Architect
Okay, I said it . . . now what??
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nwduck
While wood floors can be quite pretty, I think it is telling that many people cover them up with huge area rugs. It seems more economical and hygienic to pay a professional $99 to shampoo 3 rooms of wall to wall once a quarter than haul off those gigantic area rugs for cleaning....whenever. It also seems the worst name for a product is "HARDwoods". Unless you are getting Brazilian ipe, wood dents, gets scrapes, etc. and takes some care in use. Your preference in cleaning/maintenance regimens and personal underfoot comfort would dictate selection. Doesn't seem one is better than the other, in my view.
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janadiane
I have carpeting, hardwood and area rugs. Every summer my carpet cleaner cleans what carpeting I do have and moves the area rugs into the garage. I put down tarps on the garage floor first and he cleans them right there. Some carpet cleaners say they have to haul them off for cleaning but you can find an excellent cleaner who will do them at your residence. The living room and hallway is distressed wood so I don't worry about dings or scrapes. My dining room and kitchen are not distressed so those do need to get refinished at some point. The area rugs only get one cleaning a year and the other carpeting gets twice a year. We are only two so don't get then too dirty.
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Review for SD Preview Pro:

Our experience working together was outstanding. We had heard stories about embarking on this kind of project, but we have to say, we feel like the luckiest pe...
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Review for Wilson Kitchen and Bath:

When I found Wilson Kitchen and Bath on Houzz, I knew I had struck gold! I had been planning my kitchen renovation for years and not getting anywhere, but from...
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Review for How-To-Houzz Design:

I could not be happier with my craftsman! The team I had working on my site every day was reliable, responsible, and best of all, right on time in terms of mov...
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Review for Jennifer Friess:

Jennifer has helped me with a few small design projects over the years and was always so easy to work with and had exquisite taste, particularly in selecting fa...
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Review for Z Gallerie:

I've long been a fan of Z Gallerie. It was one of my favorite places to shop when I first had my own place years ago, and it is still one of my favorites all t...
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Review for Just Windows:

We used Just Windows on the advice of our Realtor and we could not have been more pleased with the results. The crew did a great job and the price was more tha...
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Review for ManEstate:

We hired Lindy to replace the flat portion of our roof after they were recommended by several neighbors. Their crew was fast, responsive, friendly, and the job...
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Review for The Land of Nod:

I fell in love with The Land of Nod catalog before I ever had children, but when my son was born, I furnished his room with bunk beds and beautiful blue dresser...
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Review for Emily's Odds and Ends xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxs:

She knew just what to do with my vintage pieces! It's almost like we are one and the same person. We were just on the same page with every decision.
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