The Kitchen, ensuite and deck reveal.

Thanks so much for all the fantastic feedback you’ve been giving us on the blog, Facebook and Instagram, we’ve loved reading all your comments and are thrilled that it’s inspiring people for their own homes.

So here are the next batch of shots, first up our gorgeous Hamptons inspired kitchen.

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In the lead up to designing this I spent many many hours on Pinterest looking at Hamptons style kitchens, so when it came time to doing mine I would know exactly what I wanted. It was always going to have shaker style cabinetry, marble or marble look bench tops, a big island bench, a butlers sink, free standing oven and tiled splash back – they’re pretty much all standard in a Hamptons kitchen. I was also always going to go to Alby Turner and Son to make it, because in Adelaide they are the best company for this style of kitchen. I have admired their work for years and was so excited I was finally getting to do my own kitchen with them! I met our designer, Sophie Doumbiotis and we hit it off straight away. We put thought into every single detail, to make sure the kitchen was as fabulous to work in as it was to look at. Sophie had so many great suggestions on how to store things, just little ideas that make a difference like the bin pulling out from the middle of the island bench, which is so handy, and lots of the deep drawers with smaller drawers inside them, to make the most of every bit of space. I would send Sophie links to online pics late at night and she’d respond straight away, we both get equally excited about kitchens!

As I wrote about earlier on the blog I weighed up the pros and cons of marble and decided it was too risky with a family home (and a daughter who is obsessed with craft and drawing) and I wanted the island bench to be the heart of the home and not to be worrying about every tiny thing that went on it. So I went with Caesarstone, which to me looks just as good as marble but is way more practical. I chose the Statuario Nuvo, which has the veined marble look, but is a slightly warmer tone from their Calcutta Nuvo (which is also gorgeous, so it was a tough choice.)

I absolutely adore the butlers sink, which is huge and can fit the largest of trays and baking dishes. You can also hide dishes in there if people pop over unannounced! The tap has a pull down option, which you really need for such a large sink. On the right of the sink is the concealed dishwasher. I went with the Bocsh one (after it received the most recommendations on our FB page) and it’s fantastic! I may have mentioned before that we didn’t have a dishwasher in our last house so this may be my favourite thing of the whole house!!

In the butlers pantry there is another sink, a dish drawer and the pantry storage. We designed it so you would only see closed cupboards from the main area and the food shelves are in the corner, so it looks tidy but is still practical. This is also the coffee/toast/sandwich making area. We made the fridge accessible from both the pantry and the kitchen which also works really well.

The oven is the freestanding Ilve oven and convectional oven with Teppanyaki hotplate. It’s a new model that has a 1000mm top with a 700mm oven and 300mm convectional microwave built in. How fancy is that?! I haven’t actually used the teppanyaki plate yet because we’ve been using the BBQ non stop, but I will!

Above the oven there is a patterned feature on the tiled splashback, which if you look closely is a variation of the herringbone pattern. I came up with this pattern because I wanted something slightly different to the standard herringbone. These tiles are hand cut subway tiles in a warm white/cream and they’re from Beaumont Tiles. They shine when the light hits them and I love them!

Finally with the lighting I have a combination of down lights and pendants, with lighting built into the cabinetry as well. I decided to go with two pendants above the island instead of three because I felt like three was a bit done to death, but both would’ve worked. Then I added some texture and warmth with the oak stools. I did try white stools first but felt like it was too much white, so I changed to oak.

Next up, the ensuite….

SSH Ensuite

My inspiration for this was the luxury American bathrooms I have drooled over on Pinterest (you can find my bathroom board here) which were always grey, marble and white. The shaker cabinetry is also from Alby Turner and Son, who did all the joinery in the house, and they’re painted Wattyl Chalkdust, the same as the walls. The grey tiles are a hand-cut subway tile from Beaumont Tiles and they are the most gorgeous warm grey colour. The marble mosaic is also from Beaumont Tiles – you can’t have a Hamptons bathroom without marble and I decided if I had any marble it would be in the room the kids don’t use ! The taps cut into the ceiling height mirror looks amazing but was a bit of a challenge, we went through two cracked mirrors to get to this point! Finally we installed a skylight in the ceiling so we didn’t have to have the lights on all the time, because it’s an internal room. The toilet is on the right and is painted the same grey colour as the tiles. We also have underfloor heating, which we had on The Block All Stars and I feel in love with, it’s so nice to wake up to!

Next up, the deck and living…

SSH Lounge

The exposed beams were really the first thing we were certain on with the house because we knew we wanted to do them every since our Block All Stars renovation, where we had cathedral ceilings. Yes, they’re probably dust catchers but I love how they look so much that I don’t care! They give such wow factor and make an impact the minute you walk in the room. They give the space height and impact and give the home character. So the were there from the start and when our Scott Salisbury Homes designer, Peter, suggested we take them through to the deck we loved that idea and the house really grew from there. Again the look I’ve gone for when decorating is Hamptons meets modern country, which an emphasis on neutral and blue and white tones and natural textures. I love bright colours but in this house I wanted it to be very calming and soft, which works beautifully.

The sandstone fireplace is another thing I love. We recycled the sandstone from the original house and had it cut into tiles and it looks so beautiful and warm. I can’t wait to turn the fire on as soon as this unseasonably warm weather ends, although we have enjoyed being able to swim right up until May! I realised after posting this photo that the TV is crooked (I had only seen the photo on my phone!) but don’t worry it’s not always like that – my OCD couldn’t handle that! It’s on an arm that tilts and moves so it must have been tilted.



This artwork is from our dear friends Waz and Gav, from the first Block series. It’s from their Designer Boys Art Collection and I have a few of their pieces, their whole range is stunning. These ones went perfectly with the house and I’ve had my eye on them for years!

These shelves were definitely a labour of love to style. I spent weeks, actually months, looking at them, moving things, buying things and stressing over it until it was just right. Shelves are hard to style and there are a lot of shelves in this house! I wanted to get the mix right between looking magazine ready but also like a family home. I wanted it to have character and depth and texture and stay within the soft tones of the room. Hard, but worth it once you get it right!


SSH Deck

I love that this shot shows the skylights, which are such a great feature. I love looking up to see sky and clouds, and trees from certain angles, it’s so restful. We have since added plantation shutters to the windows above the outdoor kitchen, unfortunately they didn’t arrive in time for this shoot. The outdoor kitchen is so fabulous, we use it all the time. That was also by Alby Turner kitchens. I went with a stainless steel bench top here, which is great for outside. Seeing as Poppy loves to paint and craft on this outside table it’s also good to not worry about it getting dirty!

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In our old house we had a tiny paved courtyard and a dark living area, so this is such an amazing change! Being able to open up the bifold doors and let the light in is just heaven and this yard and deck has literally changed how we live. We used to have to go out on the weekends to enjoy the weather but now we don’t need to go anywhere. If the kids say they’re bored I won’t hear of it! With all that lawn, the pool, a trampoline and a puppy – what more could they want?!

The pool is the Symphony from Narellan Pools and the colour is quartz grey. It’s interesting that a grey pool turns a beautiful turquoise colour when it has water in it and that’s the exact colour I wanted – the colour of Fiji beaches! We weighed up the pros and cons of a fibre glass versus concrete pool and I’m really happy we went with this one. You can’t even tell it’s fibreglass when the coping was done.

The pavers are porcelain pavers from Maison Design and they have a very high non slip rating, which is perfect for around pools. I know light pavers are probably a bit impractical for keeping clean, but they look so pretty! I came up with the idea to do the river pebbles around the edge to cover the black drain, which I thought was a pretty good way to disguise it. And then there’s the lovely glass fence, which is also a nightmare to keep clean but looks so fab. That is from Signature Stainless, who were fantastic to deal with.

We’ve entertained so much since we got here and it really is the dream Australian lifestyle, which was exactly our aim when we were planning the house. We feel very lucky indeed to have such a beautiful house to call our own and are once again so appreciative to our builders, Scott Salisbury Homes for doing such a great job.

Have a great weekend and I will be back with kids bedroom, playroom and study photos next week.

Amity xx


  1. Megan Campbell says

    Hi Amity,

    The house looks great. As mentioned in my Facebook message I wanted to know the measurements of your living/dining/kitchen. In particular your width and relative length. We are struggling to determine a good width for ours with furniture.
    Your alfresco attached to the home is also very much the same as what we’ve drawn. Can you explain the measurements for this as well? I notice one side of the alfresco is longer in length than the other side. If you could indicate length and width of this space too that would give us a good visual on the size of space you chose! Very much appreciated :)))))) your home is stunning and bright and light. Exactly what we are going for. You also got me onto the Scyon Linea panels.. I wanted weatherboard but couldn’t fathom the maintenance and lifespan. Cement fibre is genius. Thank you!

    • Amity says

      Hi Megan, I’ve posted the floorpan with measurements now so hopefully this has give you all the info you need! :)

      • Helen says

        I’ve just been reading some of the comments and noticed you have offered the measurements and plans to someone. I’m at the moment trying to decide about renovating or rebuilding and I love you’re layout. If you are happy to share, I would love to see the measurements of the rooms and we could pace it out on our block to see if would fit.

  2. Alana says

    Phil and Amity your home is just stunning! Just wondering whether you might be able to tell me where the lights above the island are from and the one above the dining table. We are amidst a hamptons Reno at our home and I only seem to be able to find those silver lights in more of an antique silver and we really want the chrome look.

    • Amity says

      Hi Alana, the light above the dining table is from Amonson Lighting and the island pendants are from JD Lighting. Those ones were really cheap, so a good find!

  3. Katherine says

    Love the finished product – so inspirational – please warn us if you are ever taking this site down, i need the pictures as reference for what i love! Lol any chance we could have some dimensions – i can see your floorplan, but would love to know the dimensions of your entire living/ kitchen area and even the deck and ceiling height – it is amazing and seems so balanced i find it hard trying to imagine just how big an extension needs to be!?

    • Amity says

      Hi Katherine, so glad you’re getting inspiration from the blog. I am tracking down the floorpan and will post it soon. :)

  4. Helen Squire says

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure it will inspire lots of people. I still remember watching you both as novices on the first season of the Block! I think your theme was shabby chic back then.

    I would like to know some more about the skylights you have. Is it possible to have a photo where they are centre stage? Who is the supplier?

    Congratulations again.

  5. Fran says

    Hi Amity,

    I’ve been following your house build and it’s just gorgeous, you’ve done such a beautiful job of everything. I’d be so happy with a home like yours.

    I am about to begin renovations on our 80’s brick home and am considering a Hampton’s inspired kitchen, I also spend way too much time on pinterest :)

    Can I ask you please what the distance is from your benches to your island? I’m so confused by everything I read online about what works and what doesn’t.

    Thanks Amity, so looking forward to seeing the rest of the house.


    • Amity says

      Hi Fran, the distance from the oven to the island bench is 1070cm and from the sink to the island bench it’s 83cm. Hope this helps!

      • Fran says

        Thank you so much for replying, I really appreciate you taking the time. That helps enormously :)

  6. Linda says

    Hi Amity,
    Your home is absolutely gorgeous. Can you tell me where you got your two blue chairs from?

    • Amity says

      Hi Linda, unfortunately I got those ones years ago and I’ve had so many people ask about them but I think they were just a one off range. I got them from one of the sofa shops in the Mile End Homemaker centre, so you could always try. :)

  7. Jess says

    Such a beautiful dream home – what an amazing achievement! You are my pinterest inspo! lol Just wondering what the ceiling height is? We are having 3m ceilings and now I have seen your exposed beams, well, I want that too now! So gorgeous. x

    • Amity says

      Hi Jess, our ceilings are 3m everywhere except the exposed beams section and they feel really good and high. I think the beams part would be about 4.5-5m. They do look fabulous, even if they’re be a nightmare to dust!

  8. Bonnie says

    Your home looks so beautiful! I was just wondering if you could tell me where you got your floorboards from and what colour they are? They look fantastic! Thank you!!

    • Amity says

      Hi Bonnie, they’re Plantino Oak from Choices Flooring. I really love them, they look great.

    • Amity says

      Hi Michelle, we’ve had the table forever but the chairs and lounge setting are from House and Garden in Adelaide. They’ve got great wicker furniture and really reasonably priced.

  9. Kara says

    Hi Amity! Your house is stunning – you’ve definitely given me a lot of ideas for my dream home!

    I was wondering if you could post some other photos of the house? eg Laundry; view from the front door down the hallway (and from the rear of the house down the hallway to the front) and the side passageway? I’d love to get a sense of the light and flow of your house when comparing to the floor plan, as that’s the bit I find tricky – never knowing how everything translates!

    Also – what are the dimensions of your laundry?

    Thank you so much!

    • Amity says

      Hi Kara, we just did another photo shoot yesterday so I will be posting more photos very soon! The floorpan is on here, so that should help you. And you’re not along finding it hard to visualise a floorpan, I found it really difficult too. I think everyone does!

  10. Sheila says

    Hi Amity
    Love your house and home.
    Can you pls let me know what floor titles and tap ware you used in your ensuite? Do you have any more photos of your ensuite you can share?

    • Amity says

      Hi Sheila, the floor tiles are the 183019 Rio Limestone Grey 456×456 from Beaumont Tiles. They have been discontinued for some reason but my contact at Beaumont Tiles checked with the overseas supplier and they still produce it so it can be ordered in, there will just be a 16 week lead time. I’ve already had a few people ask though so I wouldn’t be surprised if they start restocking it!

  11. Kathryn says

    Hi Amity, we are currently designing our forever home. We are deciding on the raked/pitched ceiling or 9ft ceilings. I absolutely love yours. However I’m afraid it will make our space echoey and cold. The kitchen/living/dining is 12.5 by 8 metres so a large room. What do you think? Thanks

    • Amity says

      Hi Kathryn,

      That’s a tricky one to answer! Our living room is 7.4 x 5 and it doesn’t feel echoey and cold at all but I can’t say whether it would in a bigger space. I think it depends how much light you have coming in. If you don’t have a lot it could feel cold but if you do I think it could potentially look amazing. I’m not sure if that answer is hopefully helpful, but good luck with your decision!

      Amity :)

  12. Jennifer says

    Hi Amity

    congratulations on your Hamptons inspired home :-)

    I am looking for a couch like yours in those lovely linen tones. Where did you find yours please?

  13. Sara Giles says

    LOVE IT! I am also planning a Hamptons style kitchen reno. My fear is picking a white (marble look alike) quartz counter that will make my cabinets look yellow! Can you give an advice on how to avoid that!? My Cabinets are Benjamin Moore White Dove. What is your cabinet color?

    • Amity says

      Our cupboards are Wattyl Chalkdust, which as a tiny bit of yellow in it. I don’t know that Benjamin Moore colour because unfortunately you can’t get BM paint in Australia, much to my dismay! Another Caesarstone colour to try is Calcutta novo, that has a slightly colour tone. Good luck!

      • Gayle says

        So the doors are painted or the laminate matches a paint colour?

        I have spent the past few days reading your entire blog Amity. THANK YOU I have picked up many helpful tips. I have designed our house which will have a Hampton theme.

  14. Amanda says

    Hi Amity

    I love everything! We are currently building in Perth. I hope my home looks as beautiful as this on completion. Can you tell me the total floor space in m2? Also, where did you purchase your dining table and chairs and your bedside tables?

    • Amity says

      Hi Amanda, I’ll have to try and find where I have the total floor space, but in the meantime you could probably work it out from the floor plan:

      The dining table is from House and Garden in Adelaide, the chairs are from Provincial Home Living. The bedsides are from La Maison. :)

      • Trish says

        Hi Amity,

        Thankyou for being so generous with your answers and pictures of your beautiful home!
        I’m currently in the middle of a similar build and choosing all my furniture now. I noticed you said you bought your dining chairs from Provincial (cross back) and wanted to know if you could give me any feedback regarding quality etc? I’m wanting to buy them but have seen so many poor quality ones I’m a bit nervous!
        Many thanks

        • Amity says

          Hi Trish, I haven’t had an issues with the quality. I did choose the 8 chairs I wanted and made sure they were the best quality though. So if I was you I’d ask if you can do the same and you should be right.

          • Trish says

            Thankyou – I’ve ordered them and will hand select them when they come in :) Are your chairs the natural or deep oak? They look lovely with the colour table you’ve chosen. Thanks again for being so helpful!

  15. Karin uther says

    Love the look guys – it’s just the inspiration I need to finalise our plans.
    your ceilings are exactly what we were thinking of but not sure if we will paint the beams or leave as timber. Did you consider leaving your beams unpainted? Is the lining a painted sheet material like the hardiegroove or individual boards?

    Thanks Karin

    • Amity says

      Hi Karin,
      Phil suggested leaving them unpainted so I briefly considered it, but always knew I wanted them white. I thought it may look a little heavy and dominate the room if they were timber. However I’ve seen lots of rooms where they are unpainted and they can look great. If you look at my Pinterest page there are photos of timber beams that look gorgeous.

      I’m pretty sure the lining is hardiegroove. Hope this helps!

  16. says

    Amity, absolutely perfect house. We would love to have Scott Salisbury build our new home too but he doesn’t build in NSW. Does your builder have any contacts in NSW, particularly on the Central Coast that we could use. Elizabeth

    • Amity says

      Thanks Elizabeth. Funnily the Scott Salisbury office has had quite a few calls asking the same thing! I don’t think they do have any but if you email Russell Gwynne he will be able to let you know. [email protected]
      good luck with your build!

  17. Lizzie Webb says

    Hi Amity, your house is so stunning. I’m absorbing every detail to use in our new build.
    Are you able to tell me the exact tiles you used from Maison Design around the pool? I was looking at silver travertine, but these look even more like the look I’m hoping for!

    • Amity says

      Thanks Lizzie! The pavers are porcelain pavers from Maison Design in Adelaide.

      Ours were model #7653, cream travertine. I was also looking at travertine but less had a higher non slip rating and were less glarey, while having a very similar look. I’m really happy with them! If you’re in Adelaide call Pete at Maison and he will help you out. Good luck with your new build!

  18. Emma says

    Hi Amity

    Your house is really beautiful. Your feed popped up on my Pinterest feed and I have just enjoyed reading all about it. I hope in your new photo shoot, you have put some pics of the butlers pantry in, would love to see that.

    Your work is inspiring. Emma

  19. Kristy says

    Hi Amity, I love your lighting and was just wondering where you purchased it all from??
    I’ve got some serious house envy – just gorgeous!! x

    • Amity says

      Hi Kristy, I got most of my pendant lights from Amonson Lighting online. And for the amount of people I’ve referred there I should’ve asked for a discount! ☺️

  20. Sarah says

    Hi Amity, what a stunning home you’ve created for your family! You’ve said you have a ‘dish drawer’ in the butlers pantry as well as a large concealed dishwasher in the main kitchen. Sounds like a dream – so convenient. Are you using both very much? Is the dish drawer just for small clean up (breakfast / coffee etc) ? Sarah : )

    • Amity says

      Thanks Sarah, yes it is a dish drawer and was meant for exactly what you described but to be honest we don’t really use it! We have used it after parties if we had extra dishes but I’m finding for day to day I just put stuff in the main dishwasher over the day and end up with one load at night. Which is probably better for the environment than running too loads!

  21. j says

    Can you please share your kitchen backsplash details? Name, style and color please. Also, have you been happy with your countertops? We are looking into quartz options. Thank you in advance.

    • Amity says

      The splash back tiles are from Beaumont Tiles, 97733 model number, Devonshire White Gloss 75×150. I am very happy with the Caesarstone bench tops, they look great and if anything stains it the Caesarstone cleaning cream gets rid of it.

      • Linda says

        Could you please tell me the colour or name of coping you used around the pool and size of pavers if possible? I can’t believe that pool is a grey colour fibreglass, would have never thought of using that.

        • Amity says

          Hi Linda they are porcelain pavers from Maison Design in Adelaide, the code is #7653 and the colour is cream travertine. I can’t think of the size off the top of my head, but if you call and speak to Pete or Nicki they will let you know. They look great with the grey fibreglass pool!

          • linda says

            Cheers thanks, just trying to tie in my coping with my grey pool! Want it to look just like yours, we are also rendering out the back and have white windows, what colour did you use on your boards?

  22. Alison says

    Hi Amity. Absolutely love what you’ve done with your home. I’m just wondering what colour your roof is?

  23. Joy says

    Hi guys.
    Love your home and style is perfect.
    We are just starting to build a hamptons house. I am currently choosing colours and I am getting stuck on such small details. I wanted a white kitchen, similar to yours but wasn’t sure on the grout colour for the subway tiles? I know a minor detail, but also important. Do I go light grey with white tiles or stick to white grout with white tiles. I am worried about keeping them clean?
    Any comments would be much appreciated, as I love your style.

    • Amity says

      Hi Joy, grout colour with subway tiles is actually really important because it totally changes the look. White tiles with white grout look nice but plain, but put black grout in between them and you’ve got instant industrial chic! We did grey grout and I’m trying to remember if it was Misty Grey (lighter) or Magellan (darker). I think it was misty. My tiler was nervous because he’d not done that before but I’d seen enough Pinterest photos to know it looks good so told him to trust me! Look up subway tiles on Pinterest and it’ll give you a good idea of how different grout colours look. Good luck!

  24. Virginia says

    Hi Amity
    Beautiful home … stunning
    We have ordered a new kitchen … unfortunately found your site a bit late. Our kitchen design is very similar ( I have been obsessed with Pinterest/Houzz). I have chosen shaker type doors too but have ordered the cabinetry in natural white dulux. I can’t change do you think it will have the same espffect as your beautiful wattle chalk dust.?

    • Amity says

      Hi Virginia, Natural White is a lovely colour and from memory it’s a fairly warm tone so I think it will still look fantastic!

      • Virginia says

        Thanks Amity for your feedback and sharing of thoughts. Yes natural white should be ok …. now for the benchtop and splash back ..thanks again

  25. Lizzie says

    Hi Amity, random question for you. Are you’re windows aluminium or wood? And how did you decide? I looove the look of your house and I’m referencing it constantly for our new build!

  26. Sarah says

    Hi, LOVE your house! Could you please tell me where you bought the two wall sconces you have at each end of the ensuite vanity? They’re beautiful!

  27. Carol says

    Hi Amity, You have a dream house and the pool is stunning too. Do you recommend your pool builder and did you have any problems. How is the magnesium after using for a while now.

    • Amity says

      Hi Carol, Narellan were great and so is the magnesium. I couldn’t actually tell you how it works but I know the pool looks and feels amazing so that’s a success for me!

  28. Jelena says

    HI Amity,

    I LOVE EVERYTHING about your house. We are currently finalising the plans for our builsd and I was hoping you could help me out with something.

    Our current kitchen layout is very simialr to yours, however the sink is in the island bench (which I know is the most common place these days, but I am not a fan) I was thinking about moving it to the same place you have yours (or on the back wall next to the oven , IF it fits). My question is, do you find it inconvenient to have the sink away from the oven/cooktop and not within easy reach when you are cooking?

    Thanks so much, any help would be appreciated.


    • Amity says

      Thanks Jelena. I am SO happy we didn’t put the sink in the island bench. That area is perfect for prep, serving, kids doing homework and eating breakfast etc and I’m really glad it’s not cluttered up with a sink. I haven’t found it an issue at all not being within close reach to the oven, I think it’s just right were it is. Hope this helps!

      • Jelena says

        Thanks Amity, that really helps. I definitely don’t want it in the island bench, so I’ll probabky go with a similar spot to where your is.

        Thanks again

  29. Patrice says

    Hi Amity,

    We are about to put in the symphony pool and will need to build a retaining wall down one side. What material have you used on the small wall next to the pool?

  30. Patrice says

    Hi Amity,

    We are currently in the process of putting the symphony pool in and will need to retain around the pool. I love the wall you guys put around the pool – can you tell me what product you used.


    • Amity says

      Hi Patrice, I forget what brand they are but they are stone retaining wall blocks and you can get a similiar product from Boral. They worked out really well.

  31. Rachel says

    Hi Amity,
    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. It’s definitely my renovation inspiration.
    Can I please ask what colour subway tile you used in the ensuite? We’re looking at Beaumont’s ‘Devonshire Seamist Gris Gloss’ but not sure if it’s the exact same colour.
    Kind regards,

  32. Jodie says

    Hi Amity

    Congratulations on your beautiful renovation. I was wondering if your kitchen cabinetry is also painted chalkdust and if so did you go full strength or half strength?

    Thanks also for sharing so many details on your blog – your help has been great!

  33. Robyn says

    Hi Amity,

    Could you please tell me the brand of the bathroom vanity basins and taps/mixers you used. Your home is stunning……….beautiful job. Thanks.

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