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Fall is upon us in Chicago and although I will miss the Summer, I am looking forward to the changing leaves, beautiful autumn colors, and of course, all things pumpkin. Pumpkin Spice Latte, yes please!

With Fall also comes the annual festival that takes place in the heart of the Grand Avenue Design District where I am happy to call home to my Buckingham Interiors + Design Studio and Showroom! Formerly known as Design Harvest, the all-new Grand Art & Design Festival will take place in West Town on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th from 11 am to 8 pm.

The festival will continue the Design Harvest tradition of showcasing local home and garden design vendors, however this year there is much, much more!

Local artisans, handmade goods, clothing, jewelry designers, neighborhood vendors, a Happy Hour, and live music…

Everyone loves a great food truck as well. Enjoy everything from tamales to lobster rolls, mac n’ cheese to cupcakes!

Bring the kiddos as there are also hayrides and lots of family activities.

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I will be opening the doors of my Buckingham I+D Showroom the entire weekend of the festival. Come check out the beautiful new art exhibits by Artists Francine Turk and Richard Shipps, special festival pricing on the entire Showroom of Modernique® accessories, furniture, and lighting, and also my new Julia Buckingham for Global Views Collection (Don’t think I will ever get tired of saying that!:))

**Stop in Thursday and Friday for 1st Dibs! Showroom is open 11am-6pm**

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Find more info on this year’s Grand Ave Art & Design Festival here.

Hope to see y’all there!

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Xx, Julia


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It has truly been a whirlwind summer! It’s hard to believe it is almost August and we are on to the Las Vegas Market beginning this weekend. Attending the summer markets in Dallas and Atlanta and finally introducing my collection with Global Views to the world has been an incredible experience. It has been a year in the making and I can’t tell you my excitement to share it with y’all.


LOVE my designer gal pals Denise McGaha and Marlaina Teich sharing a giggle at the Hampton Designer Showhouse with my Chartreuse Bella Grapes!

It is just the tip of the iceberg! The greater balance of the collection will be introduced in October at High Point Market and people will really be able to see the versatile, personal and expressive nature of the entire group.

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It is a dream come true to curate a design project of mine with my own designed accessories. I just placed my alabaster Bella grapes in a client project as well as these fabulous glass “Dew Drops” and it was so surreal!

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The items are already starting to trickle into my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago!

A few of the early arrivers…Bubbles in Blue, The Hex Decanters and Glassware, the Pink Dew Drops and Sunset Crown, and the Chainlink Vessel!

Check out the sneak peak of the Julia Buckingham for Global Views collection here.


If you are attending Las Vegas Market, stop by the newly expanded Global Views Showroom and say hi during our Launch Party!

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xx, Julia

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Who doesn’t need a furry sheep stool in their lives? I rounded up this lil guy while at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year. I’m still anxiously awaiting his arrival to my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago…it’s a long trek from Germany!

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He’s also got a fleecy suede friend tagging along for the ride too:)

I was so fortunate to be a part of the 1st ever Blogtour for Modenus visiting the biggest consumer trade fair in the world. I saw so many amazing new introductions in the world of gift and table top decor.

One of my faves, copper, made a huge statement throughout….

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I also always can’t resist a great hair-on-hide piece…especially when it is dyed lilac!!! How fabulous is this hue???

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Big shout out again Veronika Miller, Editor in Chief & CEO of Modenus and her amazing Modenus Team!

Please check out more highlights of my amazing Ambiente Tour experience on the Ambiente Blog!

Xx, Julia

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I’m feeling like a pretty lucky lady! 2015 has kicked off to a fabulous start.

It’s been a good kind of crazy busy with lots of design projects of both new and previous fave clients and amazing opportunities for travel as well!

My first trip of the year to Las Vegas was a double dose of fun with KBIS–The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show–and a quick lil visit to Las Vegas Market!


I was honored to attend KBIS with Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone and quartz, to reveal their first ever designer collaboration series- known as the “Influencer Series” with my talented cohorts-Kerrie Kelly, Courtney Cachet, Kim Lewis, and Mark Williams.


 My color was inspired by the combination of the urban sophistication of the city and my interior design work in Chicago, along with the elements of the Southwest that speak to a natural and elemental mysticism. I have a second home in Phoenix, AZ and the colors of this desert paradise are incredibly inspiring. The mineral‐rich shades found in the Camelback Mountains highlighted when the sunrises over them really served as the catalyst for Copper Mist. Copper Mist offers mineral‐rich shades that highlight the resurging popularity of copper, offering a color that provides a sophisticated, yet earthy look with strong movement.


My daughter’s new Vizsla puppy Penelope fits right in with the copper trend!!

I was sooo excited to finally unveil ….Copper Mist!


Power panel in progress below and check out more of our Trendspotter action at KBIS here in this video!

This year Cosentino celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Silestone. I’m so honored to be a part of this rich history.


I was happy to have the chance to sneak over to Las Vegas Market and visit my dear friends at Global Views. My line of decorative accessories, lighting, accent furniture, pillows and rugs with Global Views launches this fall at High Point Market. I am excited beyond words for this extravaganza in October.

They sure know how to host a market party!


The Global Views showroom looked beautiful as ever rocking this copper look paired with deep navy blues for a stunning combination.


Copper is all the rage currently as it is a signature melding of shiny gold and silver. It is glam, regal, yet not snobby!

I loved seeing shimmering specks of copper in this gorgeous console and wall display within the Phillips Collection Showroom. Thank you for the tour Jason :)


Between work, there was of course lots of laughs and it was so nice reconnecting with so many wonderful colleagues I am fortunate to call dear pals!



Rose, Kelly, Joann, Laurie, Jamie, Ron, Patty, Kerrie and Blog Tour…Cheers y’all!


Even made some new friends…”Oh hey Vanilla Ice, fancy meeting you here….”


A city after my very own heart….we share the shoe love.


It was a ball Vegas….until next time!!

Xx, Julia



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Off to Frankfurt We Go!

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Bags are (almost) packed and ready for take-off! I am truly honored and feeling giddy to be invited on the first ever Blog Tour for Modenus to Frankfurt, Germany.

  Ambiente 2015, here we come!!

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Ambiente is the biggest consumer goods trade fair in the world revealing the latest and greatest in gift and table top decor.  This year it features 4700 exhibitors from 89 different countries with USA being this year’s official partner country. I am beyond excited to see all the latest innovations in consumer products and bring these latest design trends back to share (and shop) with my team and my clients. It is sure to be an inspiring trip!

Big thank you to Editor in Chief, CEO of Modenus, and the creative mind behind the Blog Tour-Veronika Miller and her amazing Modenus Team-

Celia, Sarah, Florence, Chasen, Leanne, Julia, Marion and Erdmann Kilian from Ambiente!

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We’ve got an amazing group of designers and lifestyle bloggers on the Modenus Blog Tour, many of which I am lucky to call dear friends. It is always a joyous occasion to reconnect with other creative minds and no better place to do it than Ambiente in Frankfurt, Germany! I’m sure we will share a lot of giggles- as we always do- and make life-lasting memories. I promise to share all of the amazing new products which are laying await in Germany!

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Get ready ladies! Denise McGahan, Lisa Mende, and Courtney Price (Photo credit for this lovely photo)…see you soon!


Xx, Julia





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What city am I in today? (Between the weather in Chicago this winter and the sunshine in Arizona, that answer is clearly obvious!) The last few months have been a whirlwind. I’m reminded every day of how lucky I am to be living my dream.

Next week I have the huge honor of hosting my first seminar at the Decoration and Design building in NYC! Hosted by Kravet fabrics, and joined by my dear friend and Executive Editor of Lonny Magazine, Irene Edwards, I will be sharing my experience of building an interior design brand and my trademark design aesthetic, Modernique.

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Whether you are just beginning your interior design career or your realize that being an interior designer is your next must-do career, I hope you can join Irene and me as we share our secrets of building a successful business and brand within the exciting world of interior design.

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“Modernique” Living Room featuring Kravet Chairs! This recent project of mine is hot off the pages of the most recent Luxe Magazine! Photography by Hausman and Associates

After a quick trip to NYC, it is then off to North Carolina for High Point Furniture Market! It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again. I LOVE High Point Market. The most amazing thing about market is that you get to touch, see, hear, and visualize all the latest and greatest in interior design. It always inspires me and I bring those ideas back to share with my team and my clients.

I am thrilled to be asked to return as a host of a “Suite Spot Tour” at the Suites at Market Square! Please join me and my fellow fabulous cohorts- Crystal Palacek, Christian May, and Corey Damen Jenkins- as we share design trends and innovation as we see it. My tour is Sunday, April 6th at 2:00pm! Sign up today! A huge shout out to the International Market Centers and my pal, Gretchen Aubuchon for spearheading the fabulous festivities!

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That Sunday, I am also taking over Instagram for market! Follow me on Instagram @designonhpmkt as I takeover and snap pics of all my fab finds!




Here is a sneak peak at some of my tour stops…

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Chan Geo Collection Look # 8 Chandelier, Gold


Ro Sham Beaux

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Fluted Table


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Mae Chandlier in gold/silver gilt with vintage blue Murano Glass


Tommy Mitchell

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Lucite Gilded Flower Side Table

Stray Dog Designs

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I’m counting the days till market. It is not only wonderful seeing all the beautiful introductions in the world of interior design, but also seeing old friends, making new friends, and who could forget eating your way from showroom to showroom and party to party!! Hope to see y’all there!



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NAPA 2013 A

As of last Sunday, the 2013 Napa Valley Showhouse at the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena California is history. Sometime next year, many of its beautifully designed rooms will appear in the glossy pages of Traditional Home Magazine,  but nothing tops visiting a quality show house in person and seeing it firsthand. And speaking of firsts, it was a first for me. Not just doing a show house: I’ve been privileged to take part in a number of good ones over the years.  But I had never done one on the West Coast before. And if you haven’t been there, let me tell you, the Napa Valley is one of this country’s most beautiful areas.  So of course I said Yes when they asked me! Yes yes yes!

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Trad Home has been sponsoring showhouses for a number of years but the house they chose this time was unique: an expansive hundred-year-old farmhouse owned by vintner Peter Mondavi and designed by Willis Polk, one of San Francisco’s most important historically architects. And while you know I always love to see what’s new in the design world, I also love history, so this was a perfect chance for me to do one of my favorite things–blend the two!

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The dining room still retained its historic wood paneling, so we introduced color with fabric–the fun Kravet Kelly Wearstler print upholstery on their custom chairs (thank you so for a fabulous job with expediting), the crazy cool Jonathan Adler for Kravet fabric sourced for the roman shades and the glistening Maya Romanoff wall covering above the plate rail-one of my favorite local Chi town vendors. Thank you also to Benjamin Moore   for donating the paint for the ceiling and another shout out to Bloomingdale’s for supplying all the tabletop accessories. Speaking of my dining room tabletop…. the showstopper was a one-of-a-kind ceramic masterpiece by Ohio artist Tara Winslow. I became obsessed with Tara’s works when first spied at the High Point Market last Spring.

One thing I didn’t do was use any wine-themed motifs–old labels, bottles, grape leaves, that stuff–because those things were all around us already.  What would be the point? Instead, I used a series of blues & greens in our room: some soft, some vibrant, all beautiful, and, together, perfect complements to the warm tones of the wood. Plus a gigantic table big enough for the whole Peter Mondavi family. It featured a glass-topped gearwheel out from a historic European water mill, and let me tell you, getting that beast into place was a real feat for our heroic installers, who had to roll its ancient wood–very carefully--through the other designers’ rooms without wrecking the floors. When we finally got it into place, we were all ready for a glass of wine. Maybe more than one!


But it wasn’t just the installers whose efforts I need to mention.  To everyone involved in this massive project–the magazine that invited us, the other talented designers I got to meet, the Charles Krug winery, the Napa Film Festival that benefits from all the visitors, and all the patient and professional work crews, a big Thank You from all of us at BID. Thank you for making me feel welcome at my first California showhouse.  And to my own team–back in rainy, cold Chicago, while I was basking in the glory of a California autumn–you are the best! (But you already know that.)

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Screen Shot 2013-07-14 at 11.20.09 AM I am psyched to see my fellow Material Girl, Jill, during the action packed Brizo Reunion for Blogger 19 taking place in Memphis this week! We are very lucky to have been invited to attend this all-expenses paid reunion. Yahoo! We will be staying at the historic Peabody Hotel, which I have heard has some famous inhabitants that have thrilled the likes of Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan + President Jimmy Carter just to name a few.

Screen Shot 2013-07-14 at 11.23.07 AMThe Peabody Ducks pictured above are apparently a “Must See” while in Memphis. They proudly march through the lobby at 11am and 5pm daily. I am pretty sure that this will be an event to remember…my hubby who has witnessed the ducks waddling says that I will likee.

Screen Shot 2013-07-14 at 8.30.46 AMI am so looking forward to reconnecting with my pals from our Brizo group. Here we are posing during our gala event during New York Fall Fashion Week in 2011. I am lucky to see my pals often during other national design events throughout the year and I treasure the friendships that were made through our mutual love of design and fashion. And, meeting Jason Wu was a huge bonus! I am also thrilled to be hanging with familiar faces from other Brizo groups…all in all a terribly fun time is ahead. Memphis are y’all ready for us??!!

Follow our fun and experiences from visiting the Brizo Manufacturing Plant, hanging at a private Jazz Club to our work with St. Jude Hospital via #Blogger19 on Twitter, Facebook and on Instagram @BrizoFaucet


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My girlzzzzz

My girlzz and me at The House of Rock in Santa Monica

I was recently asked to become a Silestone Trendspotter for 2013. As a HUGE fan of Cosentino– the manufacture of Silestone as well as its sidekicks Eco, Sensa, Prexury, Scalea and most recently Dekton (more about this fabulous product later) I was an immediate “YES!” As a Trendspotter this year I am lucky enough to be part of an interior design trio which includes Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 hailing from Dallas and Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento. What a treat!

Our “First Encounter of the Design Kind” was two weekends ago when we attended the fabled Los Angeles hosted Dwell on Design. Our experiences were vast and equally as inspiring….as Trendspotter’s our first order of duty was to spot and to call out our favorite trends-that is anything that I couldn’t keep my eyes off of. Suffice it to say that I had my head barely screwed on straight after our first day. Here are some of my favorite items from all over the map (quite literally)….

Modern Art is NEVER not trending!

Modern art is never NOT trending!

Artist, Staci Cross carried by Saatchi online. Colors to die for! This piece has so many things going right for it COLOR, texture and fabulous abstract design…I also noticed that the palette has a lot in common with the latest and greatest hot Silestone colors that I glimpsed while I was in Spain at the Cosentino Headquarters this spring….


Unique volcanic glazes make up these East meets MidCentury Modern pottery pieces by Josh Herman Ceramics.

Midcentury Modern is a current design trend embodied here with this dynamic pottery and sculpture where nature and the east all combine

Imagine one-or more-of these textural Josh Herman beauties atop one of the new “Nebula Code” suede or leather finish Silestone products as a buffet or countertop? Textural and tactile, with his signature volcanic glazes and modern, natural forms, Josh Herman’s one-of-a-kind sculptures and vessels express a true collaboration between the artist and his medium. I say true that and yes please :)

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“It takes Moxie to shower out loud.” says Kohler of its latest innovation. This showerhead + wireless speaker delivers up to 7 hours of music, news and more by pairing wirelessly with your device enabled with Bluetooth technology. It never fails that I acquire a new list of design “needs” whenever I see the latest cool goodies-darn you Kohler!

Household gadgets have gone all colors of the rainbow!

Color is now officially EVERYWHERE…and just when I thought that red was the craziest color for a vacuum cleaner this lineup from Panasonic appeared around the corner. I think it is safe to say that pushing one of these babies around may make one feel a little bit better about the daily drudgery of cleaning our homes.

Devine Color-super creamy paint

Ultra-creamy paint hues which will make your walls glow + a new way to explore

Devine Color Creamy Wall Coatings claim to be more than just paint. They like to say that “it is paint illuminated!’ Their color illuminating formula is infused with premium- quality pigments that embrace light and let true, rich, radiant color shine through. Devine color is luxuriously creamy and coats walls abundantly with a soft, lush finish that is durable washable and zero VOC. Add to all of this their “Discovery Cards” that step away from the traditional fan deck to see color in a whole new light. Each card features a boutique collection of colors artistically arranged around a viewing window that makes it easy and intuitive to compare shades and discover new paint combinations. I was thrilled to find out that this is a Chicago based company. I am anxious for my very own collection of “Discovery Cards” coming my way!

Check out this "Seat Ball!"

Check this out! A street football “Seat Ball”made in Guatemala

Dwell onDesign was a feast of the very trendy hand-crafted and bespoke furnishings, accessories and artifacts that brought out many first time exhibitors. While I was immediately attracted to this seat/ball/I wasn’t sure what by its use of woven materials it was an amazing surprise to actually experience sitting on this street football “Seat Ball.” The interior houses a european football and the springing, bouncing vibe when you sit down makes you laugh out loud! When I mentioned that I wanted to purchase a pair (in the multicolored variety) for my Buckingham I+D Showroom, the Fabrica owner + designer said “You what?! You will?!” Fabrica is design for HAPPY PEOPLE as they say on their website and I am very happy.


Table made from salvaged remains from the Golden Gate Bridge

Own a tiny piece of history from an enormous architectural feat

And last but not least I have to get in a plug for the huge trend of repurposing architectural elements into furnishings and accessories. I like to call these pieces  “modern art ” although they are made from vintage or antique remnants. Repurposing is a way to decrease the amount of salvage that is tossed into scrap yards and it allows us to remember something that may have had a very different past life. This table base was sculpted from portions of the pedestrian handrail replaced due to deterioration in 1993 from the original Golden Gate Bridge completed in 1937. Each of the pieces created by The Golden Gate Bridge Furniture Company is of limited number. Richard began his business with a 12′ long, 1000 pound handrail section! The table shown above is unusual for him as most side and coffee tables are topped with glass. The repurposed (note a trend!) top is mango wood that shows off in its graining a subtle nod to the color of the bridge element. The historical perspective and this talented man’s vision and artistic abilities really define a true American spirit.

A huge thank you and shout out to the team of completely inspirational, supportive and FUN group with whom I had the opportunity to share the week with. Trendspotting with y’all was a BLAST! xx

Nicole Janok, Sharp PR, Patty Dominguez, Cosentino NA, Yours Truly, Abbe Fenimore, Studioten25, Kerrie Kelly, KKDL at the ASID Design Awards Gala. Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Nicole Janok, Sharp PR, Patty Dominguez, Cosentino NA, Yours truly, Abbe Fenimore, Studio Ten 25, Kerrie Kelly, KKDL

Happy 4th of July to you all! Here is to a weekend of family, fun and fireworks!

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{The Adamsleigh Estate in Greensboro, NC}

 I had such a wonderful time being a Style Spotter at High Point Market last fall, and was honored when I was asked to host a “Suite Spot Tour” for this market (along with other MGs Emily, Lauren and Jill). It is always a majorly fun gig to mingle with my dear friends, favorite vendors-both old and new- and of course with the “Mama” to us all, Cheminne Taylor-Smith who brings this whole world alive for us twice a year in High Point, North Carolina.

Between running around market looking for the latest and greatest pieces for my clients and showroom and prepping for my tour, I made it to the Junior League of Greensboro Showhouse.  I was invited to attend a small, private tour of the home with Traditional Home who is the sponsor of this magnificent undertaking- which was an amazing, intimate way to be able to view the stunning home. The philanthropic endeavors that this ShowHouse is sponsoring with all of the proceeds are grand and noble-to say the least. It is truly a brilliant collaboration between Trad Home and the Junior League. We are a design obsessed group and what better timing to highlight the fabulous work of some of my treasured colleagues than our annual Spring trek to market! So good to see you Beth Brenner and your warm welcome into the Showhouse was the icing on the cake. I confess to a Krispy Kreme sampling as well :)

I am currently working on the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago’s Lake Forest Showhouse for the second consecutive time, so I have the utmost respect for these designers who put their blood, sweat and tears into their spaces.  It definitely all pays off  in the end!  The house looked absolutely gorgeous.

There were so many rooms I loved, I could not just pick one favorite.  Did I mention that this 15,00 square foot, 33 room historic mansion located on 13 acres is on the market and can be yours for around $4 million?  After seeing the photos below, you might want to give your realtor a call.

Here are some of the highlights of this amazing and historic home. A fun fact is that many of the family’s own photographs are exhibited within the Showhouse to add to that historic and personal feel of the family that once spent many years within. Right up my alley!


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Lisa and Traci had this wallpaper custom made to match the elevations of the house!

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And this wallpaper was also custom made to pay homage to the original homeowner’s textile business of making black socks!

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I hope that all of you that are enjoying the markets of High Point this season will stop by for a “Bird’s Eye View” of this labor of design love. It was truly the highlight of my time spent here. Congrats to all of the talented and lovely designer’s that created this eye candy for us all to devour!

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