Monday, May 12, 2014

French Country Cottage dreams AND a Sherwin-Williams giveaway


If you are new to my blog- you might not know that when we moved into our home
 the grooved knotty pine wood walls everywhere you looked
were a huge selling point for me.
I love them and knew that they after a little bit of paint- they would be perfect

Gallon after gallon of paint, one room at a time
we painted those wood walls to add some much needed light to the rooms
and I love how they turned out. 
Well, I love how most of the rooms turned out...
 I have a confession.

In one of the rooms, I used an off-the-shelf, pre-mixed white paint.
I know.
What was I thinking?
Well, first- I was on a time crunch with out-of-town guests coming and so white was easy.
But, I wanted the 'perfect' white.
 With just enough warmth to brighten a room but not too much of a yellow undertone
 to make it looked aged.
I started with taping paint chips to the walls and staring at them for hours. 
Eliminating that one and adding that one back in. 
I wanted to choose something perfect but I was under pressure to get the guest room painted before guests arrived. 
So yes, I walked in and bought the white right off the shelf.
After quickly painting, I tried to embrace that stock white-
 but the blue undertone was too cool for me to love.
 So, that neglected guest bedroom has been patiently waiting for a makeover into a charming French cottage guest bedroom 
and you guessed it, it is finally getting one.
Here's the before- and the before -before showing the room.


 Before- before- when we toured the house.
Those knotty pine walls were dark, dark, dark and the ceiling was as well.
You can see just how dark they made the whole room.

 What it looked like after the off-the-shelf white, paint-it-quick coat
Brighter and cleaner but basic and bland. 
I didn't love the blue undertone but  since it was a room that wasn't used but once in awhile
 it has sat on the back burner for getting a new look.
I was excited to have the opportunity to work with Sherwin-Williams on a paint makeover
and I had an idea of what color I was leaning towards.
 Actually, I had an idea of a couple colors that might be perfect and I tried them out before I purchased any paint.

Nope- I didn't paint the room in samples to see what I liked. I tried something different.


Talk about awesome-
 you simply load a photo of your room into the Color Visualizer and choose what color you would like to try on your walls and drag the paint color to your photo.
For the first color- I picked SW 0028 Caen Stone.
  I simply dragged the color to the wall, and then it showed me a preview of what my room will look like. You can drag the color to several walls- the ceiling, the floor- truly easy.
Up next- I tried a soft blue called SW 6534 Icy.
I have to admit- I loaded several different photos and played with paint colors for each of them.
I am loving it and will definitely use this tool over and over again. No more painting a whole room and standing back and hiding your face knowing the color is not the right one and it doesn't look like what you imagined.
I am excited to be using Sherwin-Williams Emerald™ paint for this project- which I have heard amazing things about.
So I am off to get painting and give this room the makeover it deserves and I will be sharing the reveal very soon! 
 You can follow Sherwin-Williams along on Facebook  and Instagram- and get sneak peeks at trends, colors and possibilities. They are a fantastic company and definitely so helpful when it comes to choosing paint or if you have a few questions about which one is best for your project. 
As well- how would you like a chance to enter to win a $50 Sherwin-WIlliams gift card?
Just leave me a comment on this post and tell me~

What room would you make over with Sherwin-Williams?

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104 comments:

  1. Ooohh I know just the room actually I have several that need new paint jobs (shame) but my living room has really been bothering me!!! So it gets first dibs on any whole room painting projects! :)

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  2. I have lots of light florals to achieve the french cottage look but in the master bedroom I really need a very light robin's egg blue on the walls. I want that perfect light blue without a grey undertone. Can;t wait ! thank you for all of your great pictures they are an inspiration.

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  3. My bedroom needs a makeover in the worst way! The color is so drab and boring!

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  4. I have lots of light florals around the house working on that french cottage look. In the master bedroom, I need a very light robin's egg blue for the walls. I want one without they grey undertone so many blues seem to have. Wish me well and thank you for all the great post on French country cottage. LOVE THEM ALL !

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  5. I would make over my master bedroom.

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  6. Thank you for this opportunity! Here is the link to the post: http://abundancehouse.blogspot.com/2014/05/50-card-giveaway.html#!/2014/05/50-card-giveaway.html. Thank you again.

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  7. That SW Color Visualizer is awesome...I'm going to go try it! I am like you, Courtney, and have impulsively painted a room (or 2) and now need to go back and do some fixing. Right now, our master bedroom is in dire need of a paint job! Can't wait to see your transformation!

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  8. I would paint my master bedroom, laundry room, and spare bedroom. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  9. I would paint my daughters room. They are need of a make over.

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  10. What a great makeover from those dark walls! I am going to use the color visualizer!!! I'm getting ready to paint my family room and kitchen and I'd love to see how it will look ahead of time.

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  11. I would love to redo the spare bedroom.

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  12. The makeover turned out wonderful.. so bright and welcoming. Blessings, Catherine

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  13. My living room - I am sick of beige walls with wood trim. kcannon@anwsu.org

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  14. I hear ya. I have painted several rooms and stood back and didn't like the color. I would have to paint my living room because it is one of "those" rooms I don't like. The tan color looks yellowish.

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  15. Our bedroom is in dire need of some color -preferably a rich, soothing blue. I have used the color visualizer and chipit!, from Sherwin Williams quite a bit and they are really helpful!

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  16. Just what I would need to get a push on getting some projects done. I've used the online color visualizer before and loved it.

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  17. I've used all Sherwin-Williams paint inside and outside my home, and I am still not done! It's a great give-away.

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  18. My master bedroom was painted electric yellow by the former owner. It is a pain in the eye that needs a Sherwin-Williams paint job to fix.

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  19. I used SW paint on our new deck railings and it went on like a dream! Next.....the laundry room!!!!

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  20. The color visualizer is a fantastic boon to those, like me, who are "project addicted"!!! My next paint project....the master bedroom!

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  21. So excited to use this tool. We're moving in 2 weeks and there are a few rooms that need makeovers! This will save me tons of time and the possibilities are endless!!!

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  22. Just moved in with my Gram (good deal all around, help around the house for her and affordable rent for me) and am staying in the bedroom designated for us grandkids when we were little. I actually got to design it originally, about 20 years ago, and it was great! But the bright yellow walls and border of primary colored handprints aren't quite my style anymore, so it's the room I would paint.

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  23. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/sallykellyDFMS/status/465985952679096320

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  24. I would love to paint our kitchen!

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  25. My Dining Room!!! I too have knotty pine boards on the walls, and it driving me crazy!!! My husband put it up in the dining room to "hide" the finger prints and mess from the kids, but the kids are now all in their forties!!!!! He lovesssss they way it looks and has a whiney fit whenever I talk of painting it, BUT the time has come, and gone, and come, and gone again, but now is here and I'm gonna do it!!!!

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  26. I would love to paint our master bedroom!

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  27. I'd give the currently gutted/soon to be reborn kitchen in our 1897 farmhouse a fresh new color

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  28. I would absolutely,positively paint my family room white, just like you did~over dark knotty pine that I am so tired of! Pick me please!!! haha

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  29. I have remodeled my living room and painted over my cedar batten board siding inside...and it was great..lightened up and went on easy after priming. Good quality paint. Great to Winn some more paint, have lots of unfinished projects.

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  30. I need to paint the guest room. It has been ever so long since it was painted so it is time.

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  31. I need to paint my bedroom. Tomorrow I'm taking pix and going to the SW website. Thanks!

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  32. My kitchen needs a new color of paint. I chose what I thought was a pale yellow but at night it turns very orange (and ugly)!

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  33. I would update my kitchen paint color. It's been 10years since I first painted it so it needs a refresh!

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  34. I would redo my spare room which I'm trying to convert to a office.

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  35. I really need to paint my bedroom it is dreary! Thanks Courtney......

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  36. Here's my link: http://abundancehouse.blogspot.com/2014/05/50-card-giveaway.html#!/2014/05/50-card-giveaway.html.

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  37. I love SW visualizer and have used PROMAR 200 around my house for 13 years. Now it is time for an update in my guest romm. I would love to try the Emerald paint! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  38. My daughter's bedroom needs to be redone. She has had major health issues & her room should have a more "grown up" look to it.

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  39. I have a large kitchen which runs along the back of our home. Last year I changed the wallpaper to a gorgeous blue and white Thibaut toile. Now here's the challenge . . . I knew if I wallpapered all the walls in this toile it would prove to be too busy, so I papered the back wall containing the glazed cream and umber cabinets, bump out, soffets and an adjoining wall which houses a white and glass country French china cabinet. After much consideration I decided to faux finish the other walls in a soft gray. It looks good, but now I want to change it. My challenge is, what color should I paint the walls? The background of the toile is white, but a soft white. I don't want to paint my walls white at all. I also don't think I want to paint them blue to compliment the wallpaper unless it's the perfect blue. I'd like to paint them a lovely cream color, but will that look odd against the background white of the paper? And yes, there is one adjoining wall. I'm a long-time customer of Sherwin Williams so I know they'll have the answer. Please I need help!

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  40. My bathroom is being remodeled and I haven’t decided on a Sherwin Williams color yet...... this would be the best win ever.

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  41. I will be painting my spare bedroom soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I would love to repaint my living room. Today, someone is coming out and laying new flooring in this room. A beautiful new paint job would be so nice to have with a new floor!

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  44. My kitchen!!! It is in dire straits!!!

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  45. I have my own bedroom to paint....it's been "riverstone" blue forever and I can't stand it any longer! I need to refresh this room ASAP!

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  46. I am about to paint an entire house! Hope to close on it in 2 weeks.

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  47. Great idea for those of us who cant make up our mind. When we repainted our bedroom, there were 10, yes 10 stripes of green on our walls for months. I wanted to see the sunlight on each shade. Glad we did, we love the color we selected. Now we are about to re-do our stairs. Off with the carpet and on to hardwood stairs. But they are against a bright accent wall of red. This would give me the best opportunity to view the wall before we paint. I Love Color and would love to play with this concept. Im sure my husband would appreciate not having to paint 10 diffetent stripes. Now, is there one that shows me what to hang on the wall?
    Thanks to you and Sherwin Williams for sharing this with us.
    Barbara Ann
    Www.etsy.com/shop / barbaraannscreations

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  48. Wow! So glad to learn about this now. I have been in a dilemma for several weeks trying to decide what color to paint my daughters room. It has nineteen year old paint on the walls. Way past time for paint.

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  49. I would love to make over my 12 year old sons room. This is the first room that he hasn't shared with his older brother. Thank you for the chance to win

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  50. I would love to make over our full bath! It's been the same color since we moved in 6 years ago.

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  51. Need to paint my bedroom!!!!

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  52. I would love to makeover my living room. I just moved into a new apartment and the walls are bare and I have no paint on the walls. I need some new furniture too!

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  53. I tweeted under @yarbr012 https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/466275814137688064.

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  54. Loved this! I've done nearly the same thing...except it was ooops paint! I thought the color would be great - it really does pay to get samples. When I changed my kitchen I tried their program for testing out colors and LOVED it! Thank you for hosting this amazing giveaway! And yes, very timely - I'm preparing to do some serious painting after 10 years!
    Blessings,
    Kathy

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  55. Nice giveaway. I'd repaint my bathroom in Pure White flat. It's my favorites SW white.

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  56. I'd makeover my daughter's bedroom :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. Great giveaway! I would paint my kids' rooms.

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  58. After I paint the bedroom, I'd redo the master bathroom with similar color and replace all the fixtures and end up with a totally renovated master suite.

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  59. I would so paint my RED dining room a lovely off white to set off my mom's china cabinet and my dark furniture!!! :)

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  60. The guest bath is mid-reno - winning paint would be awesome! Thanks for the opportunity - my fingers are crossed!

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  61. I would definitely make over my kitchen!!! The color in there was put up 11 years ago and it's time for it to go!!

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  62. slowly redoing my living room and paint is the final thing -so I can match it to furnishings

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  63. We will be painting a lot of our home right after the Hubbie retires at the end of May. Time for a freshening up in our house especially after the looong winter we just experienced.

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  64. My bedroom could use a makeover. It's quite the hodge-podge of pieces and it sits half empty. The white walls could use some sprucing.

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  65. my kitchen needs a desperate brightening up! thanks.

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  66. Master Bedroomvwill be getting some SW paint, would be nice to have that gift card(because I buy Superpaint$$).

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  67. I would like to paint my spare bedroom - been fixing it up for guests!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  68. i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/467129257391435777

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. I love SW paint and have used it for years. I've been using the color visualizer for a couple of years now. It's fabulous. We're having a new home built so all rooms are fair game.

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  70. Here's my Tweet URL: https://twitter.com/Nancy_Reinke/status/467138377641242625

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  71. I'd paint my kitchen. Thank you for the giveaway!!!

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  72. Sherwin Williams is the ONLY paint. I love their products!

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  73. Oh, thanks for the opportunity of a gift card to Sherwin Williams...I have used their paint and love it. Now the bathroom and my bedroom need to be painted...Leaning toward "Watery"... Hope I win! BTW....just love your blog and your home is to die for..

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  74. I would repaint my living room a warm, pale blue. It really needs a new look!

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  75. I would give my living room a make over.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  76. I would makeover our living room

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  77. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/467650535944757248

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  78. I would love to remodel the kitchen

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  79. i would makeover my livingroom

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  80. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/468101262349983744

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  81. I would love to make over my children's playroom, it’s a very bland color and just not an inviting space for them to play in!

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  82. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/468151707549978624

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  83. I would love to makeover the kitchen

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  84. I will be moving soon and cant wait to paint before we move in. I love this brand.

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  85. I would make over our bedroom.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  86. I would makeover my master bedroom with Sherwin-Williams
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  87. twwet - https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/471631089417469952
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  88. I'd like to makeover the kitchen.

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  89. I would makeover the kitchen.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  90. I would make over my bedroom which so desperately needs it...OR the bathroom. It has about three different colors on it from trying out GRAY paint over other colors and I left it that way cause I couldn't decide. HAHA!!
    Blessings~

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  91. tweeted- https://twitter.com/realityjulie/status/472135202064437249

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  92. What a wonderful giveaway! We are moving to a new home in a couple months so I could use it to paint any room ;) but would most likely use it for our girl's nursery! :) ~ arielle elise

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  93. I would makeover my bedroom. The white walls are driving me nuts! It needs a major pop of color neyabenz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. I would makeover my master bedroom.
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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  95. https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/472585660230938624
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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  96. My kitchen needs a paint makeover. She's a dirty white and needs to be a brand-spanking new clean white.

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  97. I would makeover my living room.

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  98. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/472956733439356930

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  99. I would make over my daughter's bedroom

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  100. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/473189488257028096

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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