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Gorica's Serbian Studio

Name:

Gorica

Location:

Belgrade, Serbia

Division:

International

Square Feet:

280

What I Love About My Home


I’ve been in this studio for 6 months now, so maybe it has not reached its full potential yet (don’t be surprised if you see me here next year ;)). I tried to organize space with zones tailored to different activities , and I dare to say I did a good job. Love to think my sweet home is so far from tiny. One of my favorite features of my home is the glass wall. Sunny mornings and the view that I have of the town are a real joy. I do love light quality, white color of the place, and the overall cozy feel.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home


I wanted separation between my sleeping and living area so I made a system of bookshelves, (design of all the wood furniture in the apartment is created by myself, so it’s a little thing that I’m proud of), like the fact it divides the space while allowing light to shine through the whole apartment. I wanted to provide a personal touch on both sides of the faux wall so the shelves are filled only partially. I used the white color and the mirrors to enlarge the space, yet a bold color of the details to make a space warm.

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Very well thought out. Love it.

posted by Dervla on April 12, 2011 at 6:17pm
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Absolutely charming!!!!

posted by lee66 on April 12, 2011 at 6:18pm
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Great job!

posted by nikolina on April 17, 2011 at 1:45pm
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Next summer I will visit Belgrade, I hope you show to us your apartment, Gorica!

I like it!

posted by Dareces on April 14, 2011 at 4:05pm
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i love the color of red in decoration, so beautiful flat! congrats....

posted by burcuayaz1 on April 18, 2011 at 6:44am
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Super! And those views

posted by Allegra M on April 12, 2011 at 2:02pm
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It is everyhting you tried to make it and much more...this takes talent!

Well done!

posted by joyia on April 15, 2011 at 5:20pm
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Great looking appartment. :)

posted by PetarP on April 15, 2011 at 5:53am
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Perfect.

posted by tinajan on April 12, 2011 at 9:08am
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bravo goksi :)

posted by arhboki on April 12, 2011 at 9:33am
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Super!

posted by Milena from Leskovac on April 12, 2011 at 10:05am
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The best so far!

posted by msmezzo on April 12, 2011 at 10:10am
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That view is astounding.

posted by thebean on April 12, 2011 at 10:22am
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Beautifully done!

posted by idontdobeige on April 12, 2011 at 10:24am
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It's darling!

posted by Honore on April 12, 2011 at 10:25am
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Shame about the overexposed pics, but for 280 sqf, this home is hot!

posted by edmarch on April 12, 2011 at 11:08am
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Very nice. Love the bookshelves!

posted by Tracy333 on April 12, 2011 at 11:26am
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One of the first entries I just want to walk into.

posted by Britomart on April 12, 2011 at 12:12pm
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I love how you photographed your home making the best possible use of the light, and showing us its different moods.

posted by Juliet___ on April 12, 2011 at 12:47pm
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Great job! One of my favorites! Love the wall divider separating the sleeping and living area and how the TV swivels. Love your use of red. Good luck1

posted by robertspeg on April 12, 2011 at 12:57pm
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What an inviting and imaginative use of this tiny space. Bravo!

posted by visualeyes on April 12, 2011 at 1:08pm
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thanks guys! I tried to make it cosy, yet light and airy at the same time. For 280sqf it was quite a job :) :*

posted by Gorica on April 12, 2011 at 1:11pm
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Wow, what a great job you've done making your small space both beautiful and functional. This is inspiring!

posted by Reeal on April 12, 2011 at 1:52pm
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Love your divider--such a great way to deal with the sloped ceiling, and very attractive.

posted by azr2005 on April 12, 2011 at 4:15pm
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lovely bright and welcoming. Good job :)

posted by arnold on April 12, 2011 at 4:16pm
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Great job! :)

posted by _Bobo_ on April 12, 2011 at 5:12pm
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Super Cool.

posted by SDazzle on April 12, 2011 at 5:42pm
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Now, that's a perfectly sized kitchen for a studio. And I always love when people have a dining area, no matter how small the apartment is.

posted by little one on April 12, 2011 at 5:46pm
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V nice well done! Love the bookshelves

posted by Ciotola on April 12, 2011 at 5:53pm
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Love the red rug!

The space seems very carefully planned and well-thought out. Awesome!

posted by emmelemm on April 12, 2011 at 6:16pm
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Also, I love your countertop over the radiator. What a great use of space.

posted by emmelemm on April 12, 2011 at 6:19pm
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Perfect! The kitchen is adorable, the bookshelves are really cleverly designed, and it looks cozy and personal without looking cluttered. Plus the views! I want to move right in.

posted by cedargr0 on April 12, 2011 at 6:20pm
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very clever, I love the way that the bookcase unit mirrors the ceiling slope and isn't straight. The way your tv moves to be seen in both the sitting room and bedroom is very clever. And your views are stunning.

posted by Threadbndr on April 12, 2011 at 7:03pm
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thanks everyone!
@ emmelemm
I had to figure how to enlarge the kitchen area yet in the same time open the space up somehow (that's way I used the bright colors and the glass elements).. the countertop was practical solution for everyday use :)..

@ cedargr0
@ Threadbndr
- thanks for loving the bookshelfes (design was made by myself), I tried to make every part of the studio complete and
functional, so that it would feel like a real home.The bookshelves separate
the space visually and physically but retain the feeling of one big room, and that was my goal :)

posted by Gorica on April 12, 2011 at 7:31pm
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I pretty much love your apartment! It's super functional, not too open, and still seems to flow from space to space.

And the swivel TV is magnificent.

posted by HandmadeKatie on April 12, 2011 at 7:31pm
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Im a college student and next month Im going to move to a studio and one of the biggest problems I have is trying to separate the living and sleeping areas...Thanks for solving that problem for me in such a beautiful way. Inspiring!!

posted by yanna on April 12, 2011 at 8:21pm
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Great job. You should be proud :)

posted by see on April 12, 2011 at 8:26pm
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Another fantastic space! There's some serious competition today. So smart.

posted by kelleyk on April 12, 2011 at 9:05pm
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That divider is to die for, and the kitchen literally made me squeal. Beautifully done and so well organized!

Sretno :)

posted by fleo on April 12, 2011 at 9:05pm
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I bookmarked this! I'm moving into a 300sq ft apartment soon and your beautiful apartment will definitely help mine.

Hvala, Gorica. :)

posted by mssquarepants on April 12, 2011 at 9:45pm
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Awesome job! I love your divider, and that you can turn the TV both ways. (I've been looking for inspiration images of that type of setup for a long time, so thanks!) :)

posted by lefemmevenita on April 12, 2011 at 11:17pm
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Adorable kitchen!

posted by rajaune on April 12, 2011 at 11:24pm
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I love this home, and it is a home. It is tiny, but doesn't feel tiny. Fabulous!

posted by Wildsong on April 12, 2011 at 11:25pm
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lovely home, lovely view!

posted by illestwifey on April 13, 2011 at 5:58am
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I really love the colors. Adorable place. I would love looking out those windows in the mornings.

posted by qlorne on April 13, 2011 at 7:42am
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One of the best uses of 280 sq. ft. I've seen!!

posted by wyndwalkr on April 13, 2011 at 9:00am
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Everything you love about your home, I love it too. Also, the color seems very well balanced; the small bit of red wallpaper is perfect. Even your floor plan is pretty.

posted by Lilly3 on April 13, 2011 at 10:11am
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Beautiful! I love your wood furniture, especially the bookcase.

posted by Gaidig on April 13, 2011 at 12:08pm
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Loving the floors, the view, the kitchen and dining space. Also the clever shelves. Overall brilliant use of space but not crazy about the amount of red.

posted by shrewt on April 13, 2011 at 1:39pm
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Lovely kitchen, so tiny! and even has a stove and fridge! And those chairs and booke case. Its amazing!

posted by Ofelia on April 13, 2011 at 3:14pm
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Thank you all for such great comments..!

posted by Gorica on April 13, 2011 at 7:56pm
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very clever & cute :-) I especially like the way closets are "packed" so that you have plenty of room for storage in such tiny space, and yet you can't see closets anywhere in the photos. Srecno!

posted by Jetsi_ on April 14, 2011 at 2:33am
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Thanks Jetsi, I had to choose only 5 photos, so unfortunately you can't see the closet, it's hidden in wall & takes up no apparent space. there are two sliding doors, one is white (like the rest of the furniture), and the other one is a mirror, so it opens a space a bit more.

posted by Gorica on April 14, 2011 at 3:05am
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Wonderful! I was going to ask about the closets too. I loved living in a 300 square foot one bedroom (so I didn't have the divider need), but without those "extra" 20 square feet I had I wondered where you put your clothes & things!

posted by whytravel on April 14, 2011 at 10:29am
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I need those 'extra' 20 sqf very badly :).. well, had to all figure out in advance, so the closet is carefully planned for the clothes as well as other stuff (like the vacuum cleaner, the iron, etc.). Thanks!

posted by Gorica on April 14, 2011 at 2:47pm
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people would think we don't know each other :), thanks for your vote david :)

posted by Gorica on April 14, 2011 at 4:12pm
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Goriciiiiiii! Jeeeej! :))) Vidim ima ovde i nekih upozavajucih ponuda! :)))
Bas su divni komentari, ponosna sam na tebe!:***

posted by Kovrdzica on April 15, 2011 at 5:27am
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hihi, jao kakvo prijatno iznenadjence :).. pa hvala draga, nadam se da cemo iduce godine, rame uz rame, udruziti snage :) :*

posted by Gorica on April 15, 2011 at 6:08am
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Your apartment is beautiful! The way you have it decorated it seems much larger than its 280 sq feet. Somehow it seems both warm and cozy AND light and airy. The view is spectacular, as well.

posted by KatinaM on April 15, 2011 at 11:12am
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Thanks Katina! :)

posted by Gorica on April 15, 2011 at 1:39pm
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Very nice. Can you swivel the tv so you can watch it in bed or from the couch? Really not a fan of refrigerator magnets as I think they aren't sophisticated.

posted by House Voyeur on April 18, 2011 at 12:15am
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Love it, such a sweet home

posted by bloggergal on April 18, 2011 at 12:44am
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I love that there's a Serbian contributor! Plus, he does an excellent job:D
And I don't care if magnets aren't sophisticated at all...my kids love going to hang their artwork at a level they can see :D

posted by elle31 on April 18, 2011 at 5:41am
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Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

@ elle31 :) Im glad someone actually knows how challenging this is for some modest studio from Serbia! :) It was so challenging for me to fill my small space with pieces that I love but could also afford. I'm honored my home has been selected for the contest, 'cause, to be honest, there are so beautiful yet expensive interiors wide world you can see here, that for me - this is already a success :)

posted by Gorica on April 18, 2011 at 6:56am
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@ elle31, & it is She :)

posted by Gorica on April 18, 2011 at 6:58am
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unintentional!!! :D

posted by elle31 on April 19, 2011 at 8:52am
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I just love predominantly white interiors flooded with loads of sunshine and highlighted with some bright color...awesome!!!

posted by far.east.movement on April 20, 2011 at 12:11pm
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far.east.movement? :) it reminds me of Shanghai :)... thanks for the encouragement!! :)

posted by Gorica on April 20, 2011 at 2:39pm
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This so remind me of my apartment with all the red accents. Love!

posted by cbeatty23 on April 20, 2011 at 2:54pm
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Svaka čast, zaista je PREDIVNO! :)
Dom kakav svako želi! Sviđa mi se kako je prostor iskorišćen. Sve je po mom ukusu, imaš 10-ku od mene! ;)

posted by sanja ns on April 20, 2011 at 4:22pm
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Hvala Sanja! :*

posted by Gorica on April 20, 2011 at 6:57pm
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Great colors, nice use of sunshine, and it does indeed look like you've got a spectacular view. Well done!

posted by tornadoZ on April 21, 2011 at 5:21pm
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Great use of such a small place and beautiful too.

posted by brabecova on April 22, 2011 at 12:02am
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O, what a view!!!

posted by Danielia on April 22, 2011 at 8:06am
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Love the multi-directional TV idea.

posted by analogdialog on April 22, 2011 at 6:23pm
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red and yellow! fabulous!

posted by queenyellowsun on April 25, 2011 at 4:44am
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Great job. A lovely space. You deserve more votes.

posted by Eva Gorman on May 1, 2011 at 3:04am
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Hard to believe this is no even 300 square feet. It looks much more spacious. as othes have said, love the divider to separate the sleeping area. Beautifully done!

posted by mayabee on April 30, 2011 at 7:08pm
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Meant: "not even 300 square feet."

posted by mayabee on April 30, 2011 at 7:09pm
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This studio answers to all challenges one meets in decorating apartment of this size. Subtle mixture of colors give of several rooms indifferent moods, main usage of light colors (and the sunlight itself) visually expands the flat, whereas usage of different shades of dark red in combination with pictures gives this flat warmth it gracefully shows us. Little overusing of pictures is present, however with some rearranging of these nicely framed pictures impression can be improved. At the end, design of wood elements, especially bookshelf gives this flat owners touch, providing inspiration to other with good taste and imagination to try the same... ;)

posted by Jevta Car on April 30, 2011 at 2:46pm
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Realno. jevta car :)

posted by Gorica on April 30, 2011 at 3:21pm
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Thanks mayabee.. believe me it Is 280 sqf :), like the fact every inch of this space is utilized.. :)

Thank you all so much for all your great comments & the encouragement! :) I really appreciate the feedback..! :)

posted by Gorica on April 30, 2011 at 10:26pm
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Thank you Eva :). at the end, I'm in the international group, somehow it seems to me those are the least visited entries :)..

posted by Gorica on May 1, 2011 at 4:15am
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Superawesome job!
It is unbelievable that there actually is a kitchen smaller than mine :-D
Срећно Горице!

posted by Ela&Vuk on May 1, 2011 at 11:24am
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Хвала Ела, Хвала Вуче! :)

posted by Gorica on May 1, 2011 at 11:37am
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Truly inspiring. Great job, Gorica.

posted by chaotic on May 2, 2011 at 3:49am
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So how does this voting business work exactly? I've been trying to vote for the last couple of days without success. Voting is supposed to be between May 2 and May 9. It's only May 5 and you already have an international winner. WTH?

posted by chaotic on May 5, 2011 at 8:53am
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Ah, you're a bit late, I'm afraid :)
the initial round of selecting favorites was during April (4th April - 1st May).

Reader favorite feedback on the NATIONAL entries move on to the final vote where the grand prize winner will be determined.

BUT for the ones from INTERNATIONAL group the voting has been finished on 1st May (International contenstants are not eligible to win prizes, that is why you can't vote anymore for this group :),

Anyways, thank you for your lovely comment, I'm glad you like my home as much as I do.

posted by Gorica on May 5, 2011 at 3:15pm
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what a cute kitchen !!

posted by pizzapi on May 8, 2011 at 11:45am
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well done use of small space I've seen yet. AMAZING VIEWS - I'm jealous

posted by Debbie Chap on June 26, 2011 at 1:16pm
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:), Thanks Debbie!

posted by Gorica on June 28, 2011 at 12:55am
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Divno...šteta što nisi pobedila...pozz

posted by jas and on January 3, 2012 at 7:27pm
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ovoliko glasova od neznanaca, svakako da je bio veliki kompliment za mene, pogotovo ako uzmemo u obzir materijalni opseg uredjenja stanova ostalih ucesnika (mahom iz Amerike). Ja sam zaista prezdovoljna komentarima :), hvala JAS AND! ;)

posted by Gorica on January 9, 2012 at 12:42pm
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ovoliko glasova od neznanaca, svakako da je bio veliki kompliment za mene, pogotovo ako uzmemo u obzir materijalni opseg uredjenja stanova ostalih ucesnika (mahom iz Amerike). Ja sam zaista prezdovoljna komentarima :), hvala JAS AND! ;)

posted by Gorica on January 9, 2012 at 12:56pm
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