Creating exciting and well thought out displays is just part of what we do at the shop. I also share my ideas in Montana Woman (MW) magazine with my column Cre8ing with Colette. I share trends in home décor and give insight on how to display your own antiques.
A living room can have a sofa from the 1940’s, a chair and ottoman from the 1960’s and end tables from the 1970’s. All of these disjointed looks can be pulled together with fabric and color choices. Choose accent pillows in prints you love, and replicate the colors throughout the room. One of the most overlooked areas that easily brings a look together is in your choice of lampshades. There are so many beautifully colored and patterned lampshades from which to choose and that will add unity to your living room. Create even more continuity by repeating the dominant colors in the fabrics with your tabletop pieces, candles, art work and rug. Keeping to a maximum of three to four colors will unify the diverse decades as well. Mixing and matching eclectic pieces is what gives your home a personal feel and reveals your family’s distinctive personality. Enjoy the diversity and have fun in knowing your home is as unique as you! We look forward to helping you with any projects you may have!
Creating With Station 8: Say “I Do” to Spring!
Every year here at the shop we like to throw a little party in honor of spring. We call it our “Spring Open House”; we do this because we know everyone (including 8 Girls) is tired of looking out the window and seeing dingy snow. Gardeners are itching to get their fingers in the dirt, runners are looking forward to running without slipping on ice, and here at Station 8 we are bringing in new spring merchandise while we’re still shoveling snow. This year many of our new spring goodies were purchased with wedding season and other celebrations in mind, because we know what you need to make your celebration fabulous!
Having just planned my own wedding in November, I know how overwhelming it can be! I remember thinking: I just want simple. I believe in living simply, living in the moment, and I wanted to enjoy the journey, most brides do. It was very simple and I decided to focus more on the ceremony and less on the surroundings. Reflecting back on my experience has reminded me that one of our focuses for the shop this year is “Edit your look”. Brides are attempting simplicity through using “Vintage” items of significance
Adding elements of antique heirlooms, salvaged columns, or vintage birdcages add a perfectly imperfectness to your look, and that is what vintage is all about. Using vintage linens, upcycled mason jars, or vintage silver, are all creative ways to use vintage items to keep your wedding simple. Not only will these items make your wedding dazzling, but will also make beautiful accent pieces for your home for years to come!
Here at Station 8 we have helped brides create their perfect day in serval ways:
Visual inspiration: We are experts in putting together “looks” here at Station 8. The shop is a treasure trove of ideas, and vintage inspiration. Come in and be inspired! We would love to help you get your “look” together. We can help you find the perfect elements to keep your day simply beautiful!
And for those of you who are not planning a wedding or other special occasion, we have a very unique selection of vintage and new gifts for the many events you will be attending!
So whether you’re a bride, or an attendee of a special occasion, Station 8 is here to help!
You won’t want to miss our “Spring Open House” Saturday, April 23rd, 9-5 where we will be launching our curated , edited spring looks.
On Behalf of Team 8
Winter is here! Brisk temperatures, lightly falling snow, and a picturesque white landscape, tis the season! I love all the layers of winter. Layers of wool sweaters, wool blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves galore! My closet is full of them! So take it from someone who is always cold; here are my 8 ways to stay cozy this December!
Sweaters: Vintage wool ones are my favorites, but any good cable knit, or merino wool will do! I like to layer them under vintage blazers.
Mittens/gloves: Every girl knows you need multiple pairs for different outfits/conditions. The latest trend in these are texting gloves, fingerless so you can keep your hands warm and still use your phone. Every stocking is going to need a pair of these this Christmas!
Hats: Another stylish way to keep yourself warm. Hats have become very popular for women in recent years. My favorites are newsies, and you can get these short billed hats in warm woven’s, as well as canvas summer styles, so they’re not only fashionable, but also keep you toasty warm.
Scarves: Not only do they keep you warm they are so “in” right now we can’t keep them in-stock! Scarves are truly considered a fashion must have in the cold weather, and we can show you multiple ways to tie them!
Vests/Jackets: From Down-filled to wool pea coats, you can’t live in Montana without having a closet full of different weights of jackets. Layer your vintage vest over your jacket to be both on trend and snuggly!
Mugs: A winter day is not complete without a nice hot beverage! Handmade pottery, or I’ll often see one of the shop girls walking through the shop with a vintage mug in hand, with her favorite, tea, coffee, or in my case hot cocoa, in it! A selection of mugs is a winter must have, and they also make great gifts.
A good book: Being a Montana girl (and a book hoarder) there’s nothing I like better on a blustery winter evening than cuddling up on the sofa in front of the fireplace with a good book. I tend to get sentimental in the winter and read, or re-read the classics. If you’re in need of a little sunshine to brighten a dreary winter day, we have amazing Glacier National Park books written by local authors such as George Ostrom, and Blake Passmore that are full of beautiful photography of the park, and it’s never too soon to start planning summer hiking excursions!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
On Behalf of Team 8,
The Shops at Station 8
I love to stroll thru the historic housing districts of every town/city I visit just to see all the beautiful homes. All the different architectural styles that can be represented in one old neighborhood amaze me! The history and creativity of the designs inspire me. Inspiration I use in creating some of the ideas behind the displays in the shop! They make me think about what went into the planning, design decisions, and functionality of the choices they made based on their lifestyle during that time period. In all the different styles throughout the years I have yet to find one that inspires me as much as the Arts and Crafts style. A beautiful Bungalow makes me swoon! It is one of my goals in life to own one of these beauties. I am so inspired by this design, and its effect on the décor of that time, that I would like to share with you all the history of the Arts and Crafts movement (and one special house in particular).
The Arts and Craft movement began in England in the 1860’s. William Morris, John Ruskin and Philip Webb are credited with its conception. The idea was born out of disgust with the industrial revolution and mass production. The theory was designed to emphasize craftsmanship, and handiwork, which also made it more expensive.
It arrived here in America in the late 1890’s, and continued to be popular through the 1930’s. The first Arts and Crafts exhibition happened in Boston in April of 1897, it showcased the work of 160 craftsmen (half of which were women), and featured over 1000 objects. From there the Society of Arts and Crafts was born in June of that same year. This movement coincided with the decline of the Victorian “over decorated” era, and focused on simpler lines and functional pieces. It promoted hand crafted items, and homes that were made out of local wood, glass, stone, and metal work.
It also coincided with the growth of the American middle class, and the switch from homes that were designed for a society that housed servants, to the era where women did their own cooking, cleaning, and child care. The designs of the Craftsman house brought the kitchens into the heart of the home, and made changes such as doing away with the butler’s pantry in exchange for dining areas with built-in cabinetry, and the birth of the breakfast nook. Other characteristics of these homes are; dark wood wainscoting, and moldings, built-in cabinets, or shelving, open floor plans, exposed roof brackets, stone exterior chimneys, stone porch supports, porches with tapered, or square column’s, numerous windows (some with stained or leaded glass), and beamed ceilings.
Gustav Stickley is responsible for coining the phrase “Craftsman”. His simply designed furniture inspired the movement in America in the early 20th century, and he published the first edition of Craftsman Magazine in 1901. Not only did he design furniture, but also homes. He designed plans for both that could be purchased and encouraged the everyday person to make their own!
Unlike the English, Americans embraced industrialization, and saw the machine as a tool to help them improve life. Companies like Sears and Robuck produced furniture modeled after Gustav Stickley’s, designs. And Bungalow and foursquare kit homes could be purchased making the Bungalow a popular, and affordable house for the middle class.
I happen to have a very good example of one of these lovely homes in Colette’s house! Built in 1910, and then moved, and lovingly restored by Colette and her husband, this house is a beautiful representation of this era, and I am proud to share some photos of its craftsman qualities!
I hope you enjoyed this look at the Arts and Crafts era . As always you can find many items from this era at the shop! Hope to see you soon!
On behalf of Team 8
I love the internet, and not only for Pinterest… but also because anytime I want a little information on something interesting that has come into the shop it’s just a click away. Part of the intrigue of our business is that so many of the pieces we carry have a past life. Whether it’s a very fine antique piece, or something that has been repurposed, I’m always intrigued by the history of the things you can find in our shop. For example I overheard a conversation awhile back about a Hudson’s Bay blanket we currently have on display so I decided to look into it, and this is what I found…A very brief history of the Hudson’s Bay blanket.
The Hudson’s Bay Company was founded on May 2nd 1670. The original full name of the company is The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson’s Bay. It played an impressive role in the urban development of western Canada, having fur trading posts from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and from St. Lawrence to the Arctic. The company itself has a long and varied history, not only in the fur trading industry, but it also has a history in the real estate business, and the oil business.
The Hudson’s Bay point blanket was first introduced into the fur trade in 1870. The concept of the points blanket was invented by the French in the middle of the 18th century. Each point is indicated by an indigo stripe of 4-5.5 inches long woven into the side of the blanket, with half points being half as long. It is used to identify the size of the finished blanket, not the amount of furs to be traded for it as is commonly believed. The company started out with 500 pairs of blankets, 100 of each size starting at 1 point and graduating up by half points with the largest being 3 points. A pair of one point blankets measured at 2 feet, 8 inches wide by 8 feet long, and quickly became a very popular item among the native tribes.
The most common colors are the white blanket with the stripes of green, red, yellow, and indigo (what most people think of when they think of Hudson’s Bay). They were also made in solid colors of indigo, scarlet, green and light blue. In 1929 they made a line of pastel tones, with darker tone-on-tone bars. In the 1930’s they added imperial tones to meet the needs of modern interior design schemes. All the wool for these blankets is a blend of varieties from England and New Zealand. They are designed to be warm, soft, and water-resistant.
These blankets are a time-honored tradition of the oldest company in North America, and are still produced today. I’m so excited to have an authentic piece of this company’s history in our store! Come in and take a look.
On Behalf of Team 8
8 Ways To Use A Vintage Suitcase
One of my very favorite things to buy for the shop is vintage suitcases! I love the versatility, look, and function of these pieces. So here are my top 8 ideas for how to use vintage suitcases!
2. A picnic basket: Fill it with a picnic blanket/table cloth, glasses, plates and cutlery and you’re ready for a picnic any time! Throw in a bottle of wine, and it makes a great wedding gift!
3. Under the bed storage: About a year ago I threw out all of my flat rubber maid tubs and replaced them with vintage suitcases. I love the way they look peeking out from under my bed. They can be used to store your out of season clothing, craft supplies, or your kid’s school projects you can’t part with.
4. Bed side/end table: Add legs to your favorite vintage suitcase, or stack two or three of them to make an inexpensive bed side or end table. Still great for storage, and just the right size for a lamp, a landing spot for the book you’re reading, or the t.v. remote.
5. Very in vogue shelf for your wall: One of the most creative things we have done at the shop with a suitcase is making a shelf out of it! Attach a set of brackets to your wall and then drill thru the bottom of the suitcase to attach securely to the brackets. I love this unique way to display your goodies!
6. Dress up case: What a fun way to store your little princesses dresses, or your little guys super hero costumes. Slides easily under their bed, and (my favorite) helps teach children about repurposing at a young age.
7. Pet bed: Just open it up and add a favorite pet blanket or cut a piece of foam to fit and you have the perfect, stylish spot for your pet to nap.
8. Traveling office: A smaller suitcase is the perfect size to carry your laptop and anything else you might need to take your office on the road. Looks good and adds a solid layer of protection for all of today’s technology must haves.
On behalf of Team 8
The Shops at Station 8
Friendships can start in many different ways. For example they can start as children and last your whole life. They can start over a common interest (junking for example), or they can start with a girl looking for a different job!
Who doesn’t’ love a new vintage shop in their town? So despite the fact that I was in the middle of building a house, and had all of my belongings in storage I couldn’t resist the pull of a new shop to browse through; not only that, parked in the parking lot was my coveted car (1959 corvette). I absolutely had to see what was going on, and meet the person who owned “my” car.
I remember walking into the shop and standing in awe of the beautiful display that greeted me. While standing there, possibly drooling, I was warmly welcomed by a smiling Colette. I quickly gathered my wit’s about me, and proceeded to beg for a job. She kindly pointed to a chalkboard that stated she was hiring part time sales people, and we promptly set up an interview! Little did I know that I had just met, not only my new boss, but someone who would become a very dear friend to me. When I told her I wanted to be her when I grew up, and she replied “I’ll teach you everything you need to know” I knew I had found the place I was supposed to be!
We, as they say, hit it off immediately! Within the first couple of months we embarked on our first buying trip! Talk about brave…to head off on an overnight excursion with someone you have only known for a little over a month! She could have been a crazy driver and I could have literally been putting my life in her hands; I could have been a party animal who insisted on partying in the hotel bar at night, we were taking a chance on each other, and it turned out marvelously!
On that first trip we found out that we had more in common than we originally thought , Colette is a fantastic driver, and I’m definitely not a party animal, we can both shop until we drop, and are the only other person we know who can keep up with the other one. More importantly we discovered that we had the same vision for the shop. We have the same work ethic, share the same ideals, have the same level of taste, and the same aesthetics. All of this allows us to have a blast doing what we do because it makes working together so easy! For one of us to describe a display that we have in our mind, and the other one to be able to see it in their mind the way we do is truly a gift. On any given day we’re able to communicate using only hand gestures, we always joke around about having the same brain, and we’re not entirely sure we’re not psychically connected! We’ve known from the beginning how rare and special it is that we can be both employer/employee, and very good friends.
I have been so fortunate for the past 6 years to, not only to be in a business that I am passionate about, but blessed to work for someone who I truly enjoy learning from. Because at the end of the day we all know it’s not about the “stuff” in our lives, but the people.
On behalf of Team 8
Rachel Kelly, Shop Manager
The Shops at Station 8
I strive to be a woman of influence, and perhaps the reason why is due to the many women who have been a positive influence to me. Many times I reflect back to what I have learned through the years and how fortunate I have been throughout my years in school and in my career as well.
I was fortunate to know what I wanted to do at an early age, and my passion for business, fashion and merchandising called to me very early on. I recall so many wonderful teachers that made a good impression on me from elementary school on through high school, but it was at the University of Montana that I really connected with the most amazing professors. One in particular truly resonated with me; she was demanding, strict, detailed, compassionate and understanding! She knew all of the current fashion trends, was an expert seamstress, made all of her chic clothes, and was passionate about teaching her all-girl class the joys of making one’s own wardrobe, selecting fabrics and finding one’s style.
She was encouraging and supportive. She allowed me to dream my dreams of making a living in the fashion industry and taught me so many life lessons. I recall working in the sewing lab late on evening ripping out a seam yet again because it wasn’t perfect and my instructor walked in, looked at my work and told me to go home – it was good enough! I still use this example to this day with my employees and share with them that if they have done their best and put in the effort, then that is all that I can ask and it is good enough for me! I hope that I am passing on her many examples she set for me.
Part of my joy in working with fabrics and fine materials came from my textile class taught by this same professor. I learned how to tell the fiber content just by touching a fabric and I still experience the simple pleasure in guessing the blend of any fabric I touch, no matter what it is!
I love fine fabrics and natural blends and enjoy working with fabrics in my shop: window treatments, pillows, slipcovers, and I especially love the vintage fabrics! Whenever I am out shopping I am drawn to fabrics and inevitably go through the racks of clothing, just feeling the fabric. I especially enjoy looking through antique shops in my travels and always head to the vintage linens first, as they just draw me in.
Just recently, while in Tuscon, I discovered a quaint shop with racks and racks filled with antique tablecloths that made me swoon, so of course my shop is filled with antique linens, blankets and other textiles that I simply can’t resist!
I am so very grateful to all those who had such a positive impact on my life and hope that I inspire others to be their best!
All the best,
Colette Gross, Owner
The Shops at Station 8
Being born and raised in the Flathead Valley has shaped my perspective of the world, as it would for anyone who has roots. However, fervent desires to visit faraway places have never been lost on me. Watching the musical “Sound of Music” as a child was the biggest contributor to perceptions that shaped my view of Europe. I vowed to go to Austria and sing at the top of my lungs,”The hills are alive with the sound of music”. Well, I did get that opportunity while living abroad for seven years in Germany and the Netherlands. Although we might share quite a few commonalities with these countries, there were also things that I appreciated and enjoyed as a small town girl from Montana.
The daily ritual of walking to your local baker would include a view of terra-cotta shingled houses of stucco or brick. Immaculately kept walkways of brick or concrete were weed free and swept clean. Rolling hills of open farmland bordered by stone walls or hedges divided pastures. Regularly cleaned windows, were graced with overflowing flower boxes. No matter the age of the home or business it always looked clean and minimalist. In the Netherlands, impeccable gardens were tended to in the traditional wooden clogs. Window “scapes” were created in typical Dutch homes. Phalaenopsis or orchids garnished window frames. Glass vases with botanicals or modern sculptures were prominent as well. At night when lights came on you could regard the whole interior of a neighbor’s living room. Curtains were rarely drawn in large front windows as if to say, “Come look at my décor, behold my great taste!” I wasn’t just looking, I felt I was basking in European style!
Square footage of living quarters in Europe were considerably smaller than what we are used to in the United States. Therefore, the decorating was very direct in its approach. It was simple, uncluttered, orderly, and refined. Décor trends in these countries were leaning towards sleek and modern. If I needed a nice piece of handcrafted furniture, I would check the corner by my house or go to a second hand store. Residents of these countries were converting heavy, hand carved wood pieces into lighter feeling pieces. Linear lines combined with smooth surfaces and minimal hardware distractions seemed to be the desired look. Bright bold colors incorporated into large pieces became focal points in a room.
Another prominent type of décor in these two countries was French country. Soft accents of beautiful textiles and provincial patterns are the key signature of French country. Neutrals of various textures and tone-on-tone patterns brought wonderful visual interest to a room among more neutral color tones. Old world style of wood inlay or wood working paired well with architectural details of exposed wood beams, curved archways and rustic stone accents. Natural elements of woven baskets, wool or jute rugs were as common as stone fireplaces. Antiques were an important component of country French decor. Vintage pieces enhanced the European character of the spaces.
Even though I miss Europe I can still enjoy it here at home in Montana. Station 8 is unique in that we cover a range of tastes and styles. We carry industrial, mid-century modern, rustic, French country and shabby chic just to name a few. We take pride in knowing that if you are looking to add some “Europe” to your home that we can accommodate. The current dollar/euro exchange rate is excellent, but a trip to Station 8 is faster and a lot more affordable!
On behalf of Team 8,
What woman doesn’t like to accessorize? All of us girls here at Station 8 love it! So this month I would like to share with all of you our top 8 accessories for your home. Whether your style is classic Montana rustic, Victorian, modern, or edgy and industrial, I feel all of these are versatile options for your home.
- Vintage cameras: These black beauties work nicely in any room. Displayed on a shelf below a collection of fabulous Montana scenes, in with a collection of black and white antique family photos, or used as book ends for your favorite reads.
- Fly fishing creels: Typically seen in very Montana-esque homes hung on the wall next to grandpa’s fly rod, these aren’t just for the fishaholics anymore! They bring a natural element into even the most modern of homes.
- Old ladders: We’ve seen them used as quilt racks, hanging pot racks, and in a bathroom as a towel rack. These versatile vintage finds are a must have for any home.
- Glass cloches: One of my favorite things to play with in the shop! They are a beautiful way to protect and highlight one special item in your home, use wire led lights to light them up for a more industrial look, or put a plant under it for a quick terrarium.
- Metal letters: Whether they are from an old neon sign, or shiny new and galvanized we can’t keep them in right now! Perfect for an addition to your family photo wall, a kid’s room, even on the outside of your house. Spell out a meaningful word, or just a great way to celebrate your name! They also make great wedding gifts for a happy new couple!
- Wood crates: I don’t have enough space to fully explain all the awesome ways to utilize a fabulous wood crate! Some of my favorites are…Hung on the wall to store books, pictures or other awesome finds. Of course they are wonderful storage for under your bed, in a kid’s room for toys, or in your living room to contain throw blankets, or magazines. We love stacking them in the shop for height in our displays.
- Leather books: Old books in general are an amazing look in any home, but there is just something about the rich caramel color of vintage leather books that bring warmth and comfort to any home. Displayed on a shelf, or used as risers to display any collection. In my opinion you can never have too many leather books!
- Something Salvaged: Corbels, pillars, reclaimed hardware, shutters, doors, and windows, to name a few. My mind is full of ways you can incorporate these into your home! Our favorite “go to” salvage pieces are vintage shutters. We love the versatility of them: hung and used as a message board; add legs and a glass on top for a fantastic coffee table; or hung as “quotation marks” for a group of prints on your wall.
So many wonderful accessories out there and so little time to list them all! I hope you have enjoyed reading about our favorites. How many of them do you have in your home? What’s your favorite? Share a picture of one of these, or one of your favorite accessories in your home on our Facebook page this month for a chance to win a gift certificate to purchase a new accessory!
Until next time!
On behalf of Team 8
I remember fondly the first time I walked into the shop. I believe my exact words to Colette were, “You have done exactly what I would have done with this building, and you have my car!” (I was referring to her 1959 Corvette.) Who knew that in less than a year I would be back begging her for a job, and my amazing adventure with Station 8 would begin!
When I think back on those first few months and what the shop was like (very shabby chic), I am amazed at how it has changed! Although we still love the Shabby Chic look, and the beautiful pastel colors that come along with it, we have become so much more! Who would have guessed that in a few short years we would go from all things floral, to covering everything in burlap, to this new wonderful zig-zag pattern called chevron! We have pulled old fabric off of settee’s to achieve a “deconstructed” look, and have embraced all things industrial. I can’t begin to describe how my heart flutters every time I come across a rusty metal old work bench, or a locker unit on wheels…sigh
Those aren’t the only transitions we have made at the shop. We have gone from many vendors to a few core vendors that share our vision, and goals for the shop, and who love vintage as much as we do! We also went from sourcing all of our merchandise locally to going on these amazing adventures called “buying trips”! It all started with me saying something like “hey wouldn’t it be fun to get out of town and go on a buying trip”; less than a month later we were hitting the road! Since then we have been on more than 20 buying trips, ranging from New York to California, and many points in-between. As a matter of fact, Colette is on one now! She has never been afraid to dream big, and make things happen! It is part of what makes Station 8 so wonderful, and my job such a blast!
Part of following our dreams is always keeping current with the markets trends. Our shop is always transitioning from one look to another (one of the things our customers always comment on, and love about the shop). We devour any new design books we can get our hands on, looking for new inspiration! I’m always surprised where inspiration can come from. Some of our inspiration comes from fashion trends, and we all know how often they change! Currently we have a set of beautiful dining chairs that have an amazing cheetah print back on them! Like they say “every woman should have some animal print in their wardrobe”, so why not in your home as well! I personally am inspired by color, coming from a family of house painters; it comes somewhat naturally for me. At the shop we anxiously await the Pantone Color of the Year to be disclosed, and then scour the store looking for items we might have in that color! Then we find ways to incorporate the color into our current vignettes, and of course encourage our customers to freshen their homes, or wardrobes, with this color. This year’s color is Marsala, a very rich wine color. I can picture this color being used in a Boho/gypsy like room, where there is a lot of jewel tones and texture, like velvet throws, or in a more traditional home with Victorian influence. The options are endless!
How will your home transition this year? Will you add a touch of Marsala to your décor? How about your wardrobe? Here at Station 8 our journey to become a better version of ourselves is always ongoing! Looking for some inspiration? Come in and see what’s new!
On behalf of Team 8,
Rachel Kelly, Shop Manager
The Shops at Station 8
When was the last time you attended a wedding celebration? Isn’t the creativity and personalization incredible! There are no rules to follow which means couples can have limitless creativity in telling their story and making a memorable experience for their guests.
There are no rules but the trend today is all about telling the couple’s personal story by weaving together a setting that describes who they are as a couple. The trend is to incorporate vintage pieces that have special meaning to the couple which tells their unique story. Blending glamour and sophistication with rusticity is popular and you see this in table settings. The contrast of the intricacy of a lace tablecloth covering the raw surface of a rustic table makes an unforgettable statement. Silver and crystal add elegance and touches of nature with branches, birds’ nests and birch chargers all add contrasting accents. A burlap runner on an elegant table communicates a relaxed vibe while silver and crystal additions tell a story of refined luxury.
Chalkboards, banners, and vintage letters all help tell their story, as does the use of any type of typography. Architectural elements like columns, shutters, ladders and antique windows and picture frames bring a sense of old world sophistication to the setting. Chandeliers hanging in a barn or from tree branches add glamour to the mood of a rustic setting. Using tufted velvet and silk brocade chairs and sofas in a rustic or outdoor setting is pure glamour. Stacks of old crates filled with flowers and black and white photos of the couple at the entry to the party welcomes guests and gives a sense of nostalgia, and evokes a sense of charm, simplicity and a timeless style that today’s wedding celebrations strive to create.
My team at Station 8 loves to work with brides and event planners in helping to gather these antique and vintage elements that will make the celebration unique. I am always on the hunt for one- of- a- kind pieces to add to the shop and have available pieces that will bring their story together.
Team 8 offers styling services, as well as renting out special pieces just for the event. Creating vignettes, setting up and staging the visuals for a photography session or decorating for the wedding day is all part of the services we offer. We specialize in styling for themed events and are delighted to share our passion for decorating!
We look forward to a year of celebrations and beautiful events and hope that you will have much to celebrate this year!
All the best,
Owner, the Shops at Station 8
Rejuvenations in life often come from the most unlikely of places. When it comes to rejuvenating your current cool weather wardrobe, the same rule applies. Although it seems somewhat ironic that pieces from the past would serve as the most effective update to your winter wardrobe, vintage pieces are a valuable tool with which to renovate your closet. While my interest in vintage clothing is relatively new, my experiences thus far have made clear that pieces with the character and craftsmanship found in clothing from past decades can make even the unassuming outfit extraordinary.
Perhaps the easiest way to add vibrant color and interest to your existing winter wardrobe is to add a few vintage silk scarves to your arsenal. These accessories are fairly east to come by, and can be found in a wide array of hues and patterns. Many of my best loved scarves have been picked up at local antique shops for very little cost. I love to pair one with a black sweater and my favorite jeans as an easy way to bring color and life to an otherwise dull outfit. Vintage scarves can also be tied around the handle or shoulder strap of your handbag as a sophisticated detail. Your winter jacket can be just as easily brightened, simply by popping a vibrant scarf from yesteryear around your collar.
Another easy and accessible way to update the more basic pieces in your existing winter wardrobe is vintage costume jewelry. I scour garage sales, secondhand stores, and antique shops for funky mid century baubles in bold colors and interesting arrangements. On days when I don’t have the time to put a great deal of thought into my outfit (or, if we’re being honest here, when I don’t have the motivation), vintage brooches and bangles serve to add a touch of elegance to even a simple tee shirt.
Equally as valuable in updating your winter wardrobe is a great vintage wool jacket (or two… or three…). One of my all-time favorite articles of clothing is a gorgeous cropped jacket from the 1960’s, made in taupe and black hounds tooth wool. I typically wear this pieces with a black dress and black boots. Paired with such basic pieces, the jacket is allowed to speak for itself. When I am in the “I have nothing to wear rut”, I reach fro my staple dress and my vintage wool jacket. While vintage outerwear can be found anywhere from an online retailer to your grandmother’s closet, I would urge you all to shop locally in your quest for the perfect jacket or swing coat.
In the coming months, as the inevitable winter doldrums set in and your begin to feel as if your wardrobe has adopted the blandness of the weather, I would encourage you to look toward vintage pieces to provide the update you’re searching for. Not only will you be adding a touch of spark to your favorite closet classics, but you’ll be wearing a bit of history.
By Meridith Stolte,
The Shops at Station 8
Is your home dressed to “kilt” for the holidays? Traditional plaid is a great way to decorate for the holidays. The word “plaid” comes from the Gaelic language meaning “blanket”. Also known as Tartan, this classic and distinctive cloth is arguably the best known cloth in the world. Tartan is generally defined as a fabric woven in bands of colored yarn that repeat in sequence, not only across the width, but along the length of the cloth. Tartans can be found in many cultures across the globe, but in Scotland and Ireland, their specific colors and patterns represent clans, sects, families, and institutions. As it turns out, this print style goes back as far as 100 BC, created by ancient Celtic populations. For modern looks, incorporate these traditional patterns of color into curtains, pillows and tablecloths. Big pieces, such as chairs, rugs and couches containing plaid can make a big statement. Station 8 has many options if you choose to decorate in plaid, on a large or small scale.
Not sure you want to use plaid? Well, where do you start? Categorize decor into size, textures, colors, metal, and woods. I like to mix as many of these as I can to achieve the desired look. The Christmas tree will definitely add texture and color to a room. Do you desire glass ornaments and garland or would you prefer cloth? Do you tend to lean towards a country feel as found in Country Living or is your style traditional modern like Restoration Hardware? Do you appreciate small detail? Add tiny lights to inconspicuous places. Bring the outdoors inside with fresh cut pine boughs. Fill various sized glass vases with glass ball ornaments or with peppermint candies. Fresh flowers or evergreens look beautiful in a glass vase full of cranberries. Color, texture and size are achieved!
Evergreen plants, like holly, ivy and mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up the long dark winter. Greenery reminded people that spring would come and that winter would not last forever. In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who could not read. In these plays the “Paradise Tree” in the Garden of Eden was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it. They represented the fall of Adam. Red is also the color of holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. Of course, there is no set rule saying to use traditional colors. Add touches of sparkle with gold and silver.
Children are an integral part of Christmas. The wide-eyed countenance of their sweet little faces can be enjoyed here at Station 8. A great tradition to start with your children or grandchildren is our Children’s Christmas Market. This is something that I have enjoyed with my children. We section off a special area where just the children can shop for family or friends. Get your children into the holiday spirit of giving to others. Regardless of how you choose to decorate, remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. Pace yourself and take time to enjoy the little things. Don’t get caught up in the non essentials of life. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.
On behalf of Team 8,
Inspiration influences our hobbies, careers, and actions. I’m an interior designer who works at The Shops at Station 8, and thankfully my hobby is my career. I can’t say what inspires me in design without saying what inspires me in life. Design is my blood and its interwoven through my daily life. It was only natural for me to get my degree in Interior Design. My mom has a very good eye for placement. Growing up, our house was always pleasing to the eye and comfortable to the soul. I remember at a very early age wanting to be able to arrange my own room, and thankfully, she let me. I loved rearranging my furniture. I continually looked for opportunities to change things up. I still do! It’s like food for the body. I need to create.
There isn’t a project I do, big or small, where I don’t pray over it. Whether I am working with a client or doing a floor set at the shop, I ask God to give me creativity and direction. This doesn’t mean it comes without trial, but I can trust that it will all work together for good – sometimes even a life lesson. Many times He just pulls things together in a way that I couldn’t have, just as in life. He is the ultimate creator.
I love mixing new with old. I enjoy the clean and fresh lines of modern design, but my favorite pieces are those that are sentimental to me. I know the story behind them; pieces that my relatives once used in their daily lives and are now in mine, or items that I remember as a child. I have some of these in every room of my house. These pieces add warmth, depth and character that can’t be duplicated. Combining the uniqueness of vintage pieces with the crispness of modern design is my favorite way of decorating. That’s part of what makes working at Station 8 so exciting. Every piece that comes through that door has its own story.
God’s country. The Last Best Place. I’ve been blessed enough to call it home for over 6 years now although even as a child my heart called it home. There’s something about Montana that satisfies that soul, and gives root to creativity. Being surrounded by God’s creation and splendor is inspiring. Some of my preferred elements to incorporate into a space are wood, glass and stone. It’s like brining the outdoors in. This quote by William Hiortsberg says it perfectly, “Of all the memorable views, the best have been framed by Montana windows”.
I started working at The Shops at Station 8 just over a year ago. I realized quickly that Colette, the owner, had a wealth of knowledge that I wanted to tap into. She is encouraging, inspiring, inventive and incredibly savvy. I’ve never been more challenged and I love it! We need other career women that spur us on to greatness, women that inspire us in our field. I’m thankful to have found that in the leadership at The Shops at Station 8.
I’m blessed to call Montana home and to be able to draw inspiration from my faith, family and surroundings. Stop in and see me at the shop and share with me what inspires you!
On behalf of Team 8,
Jennifer Goff – The Shops at Station 8
There’s just something about autumn that makes me desire change! It’s a time to be adaptable. The trees are changing color and getting ready for their long winter naps! If you’re a gardener you have to get your garden ready for winter. If you’re a mom you’re getting used to your kids being back in school, just starting school, or maybe even going off to college. The weather gets cooler, and just about everyone is transitioning from their summer wardrobes and getting ready to layer up. Out come our wool sweaters and boots. I start thinking about brining out my favorite down comforter, and wool throws out of my closet, and again gracing my bed and sofa with them. I love change! Whether it’s changing hairstyles, homes, towns, or even something as simple as changing the pillows on my sofa–I love it all!
I think that is why autumn is my favorite time of year, well that and I love the fall colors, and of course Halloween! They call me “quirky” for a reason! I appreciate things just a little different: spooky, colorful, or just plain random. I use a lot of curiously curated items in my own home. Some things just call my name, and I have to have them! Like a funky old radio shaped like a knights helmet, a copper statue of Lady Liberty that is a combination lamp/clock from the 40’s, or vintage bowling trophies. And, yes, I do own a jar of old denture molds that I bring out at Halloween to add some spooky! For me it’s all about my own personal style. It doesn’t have to be about, “Is it practical?” it’s more about, “Is it me and do I love it?” That’s why one of my very favorite things about working in the shop is helping people find their own personal style. Yes you can have an old metal cubby next to a fine antique you inherited. Your home should be a collection of things from your past, things you’ve inherited or picked up on road trips, all blended with things you love now. It should paint a picture of who you are and how you became that person, so that when friends walk into your home they feel like they’ve been hugged by you! And like you, your home should always be evolving and changing!
As a buyer for the shop I also like to pick out selective quirky items for our looks in the store. Right now, it’s combining fun industrial accents, like old black telephones as bookends, or rusty old pulleys that can be a statement piece on a bookshelf or buffet and serve no other purpose than just being a fun conversation piece!
I love how the shop is always changing and always adapting to the newest trends and mixing them in with vintage and antique items to make it purely Station 8! Have fun creating in your home and come in and say hi to me; I look forward to seeing you!
On behalf of Team 8,
Rachel Kelly, Shop Manager-The Shops at Station 8
Integrating this principle of design into visual presentations has become second nature to me. Through a background in Fashion Merchandising, I was taught the two forms of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical. The latter immediately intrigued me; the idea of using contrasting fabrics, such as linen vs. leather, to create a unified product made so much sense. To me, symmetry seemed banal, even easy. So why not create an asymmetrical visual presentation, using creativity to achieve the same sense of balance? Through the years, I have translated this concept from apparel to interiors: filling a pristine, rounded vase with colorful, vintage crayons is perfection to me. The contrast between the clear, structured glass and the childish crayons brings a sense of harmony. My concept of balance is less about the number of items used in a visual presentation, and more about the attributes of the items and how they will accentuate one another. This has become my approach to apparel design as well as displays within Station 8.
Within the concept of balance, there are six contributing elements; color, texture, size, shape, quantity and space. Simply listing these isn’t enough for me, however visualizing them creates imagery and something I can make tangible. Imagine a barn wood picture frame, with it’s perfectly worn wood, hanging on a wall over a piece of soft, warm, caramel colored suede. The contrasting of patina’d wood and supple leather, compliment and add intrigue to the display. This is my ideal example of asymmetrical balance using texture. It is less about the item’s similarities; more about the item’s contrast, which showcase their beautiful characteristics. When creating a vignette in The Shop, I must consider each of these factors and how they play-off the others. A deep lilac, crushed velvet couch as a centerpiece can be balanced by a mustard-yellow, mid-century coffee table. The two may have contrasting attributes but by using these complimentary colors, the display is tied together, creating visual harmony.
For me, the worlds of fashion and interior design are based upon the same principles. These six foundational elements that I use daily for my vignettes, are prominent in my wardrobe and apparel constructing. For work today, I paired a fitted, black chiffon blouse with torn, boyfriend jeans and a pair of Adidas tennis shoes. The dissimilarity of the fabrics and fit of these items creates a well balanced overall look. My apparel designs use the same principle of contrast, integrating vintage fashion with modern trends. Each item is hand altered, pairing contrasting fabrics, such as tweed and silk, to create my own unique balanced garments.
This concept of balance I have embodied transcends design and is incorporated into my daily life. I believe it is important to find beauty and contrasts in everything you do. Every mistake must be looked at as an opportunity for improvement and learning. A long day of work must be followed by an evening of play. Enjoy the contrasts in life; they are what ultimately create an overall sense of balance.
On Behalf of Team 8,
Elise Davis, Assistant Manager
The Shops at Station 8
The creative process is, by its very nature, a highly individual affair. To create is to provide the world with an unflinchingly-honest illustration of not only our talents but our tastes, which are as unique as we are, because they are shaped by the unique stories and contexts which define us. As a lover of history, and a shameless stalker of antiques, I find it difficult to overstate the tremendous importance of story to our everyday lives, as context provides a sense of identity. As a decorator, I find it even more difficult to overstate the importance of story to the creative design experience. Our tastes are different because the stories behind them are. Our individual stories play an undeniable role in shaping our tastes, in determining what speaks to us and the manner in which it speaks.
On top of the variance of our individual sensibilities, our highly singular contexts also decide how we assign value, whether we are dealing with an antique in a shop or piece we uncovered in a relative’s home. The story attached to the piece, and the memories it brings back to us, can make even the most (seemingly) unremarkable item a treasure beyond even monetary value. This concept of beauty by association brings to mind an experience I had here at the shops, as I was folding an old and well-loved quilt. It had been stitched together by hand in the mid-1930’s, using remnants of flour sacks. A literal assessment of the quilt’s worth would likely focus around details such as the slightly faded prints, or the obvious wear at the edges, leading to the conclusion that the piece has little real value. As I turned it over in my hands, however, I realized that an assessment of the story of the piece made it priceless. I imagine it was stitched in love, that a mother saved scraps of material for months in an effort to create a blanket of security to keep a child warm amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of the Great Depression. While not the work of a master quilter, it is, in its own right, a masterpiece.
I like to believe that, when we are creating our spaces, our own stories and the stories of the pieces we use can liberate our decorative sense. Rather than attempting to force a room to fit a theme, and rather than attempting to shop to a highly-specific theme, decorate by instinct – use the pieces that you love, the pieces that perfectly suit your unique tastes. Your own story, the tale that guides your likes and dislikes, will not lead you astray. In using the items that truly speak to your unique context, you become the “theme”, if you will, the unifying factor that ultimately allows you to create a warm and distinct living space.
I encourage each of you to reconnect with your story, and consider how it has molded your tastes.
On behalf of the entire Station 8 Team,
The process of creating for me is just that, a process… It begins with fashion. Fashion magazines, online blog and posts and any news of runway trends is my “go to” place for inspirational displays in my shop! I cant’ seem to escape my fashion merchandising background as it continues to play a huge part of my life even today in owning a vintage home decor business. I can barely wait to get my hands on the monthly publications and find inspiration for shop displays from the photos! I pay attention to details like colors, patterns, fabrics and combinations used in styling the outfits shown. I tear out the most intriguing pages, pin them on my huge six foot inspiration board (made from antique door trim) and the magic begins for what I want to create for the next season’s shop looks! Last season, ruffled petticoats and girly looks were seen in fashion, which translated to my layering actual vintage petticoats on bistro tables instead of using an ordinary tablecloth. We even hung petticoats over chandeliers like a lampshade!
Just as I find inspiration from fashion, I am intrigued and inspired by hearing the story on each piece that comes into the shop. These previously loved pieces give me ideas for displaying them in new ways as learning their provenance fuels my imagination. After hearing the story, I am able to interpret it and help write the next chapter in its life by displaying it in a new manner. The fun continues in sharing its life story with my customers and in turn, hearing how they envision it becoming a part of their life story. A vintage piece can be timeless and made relevant to today if done in a respectful way to its history, and with a bit of finesse and imagination, giving it a new life in moving its story onward.
I personally curate each piece that I carry in my shop; whether it is from one of my exciting buying trips, or a piece that is presented for consignment, or in welcoming in a new artisan. It is important to me that I have this thoughtful approach as I want to ensure that the most unusual and hard to find items are represented in my shop, as well as having the current looks in home fashions. I show vintage pieces in a stylish manner that gives value to its place in time right now. You’ll be surprised in the impact you can make with a simple color scheme taken from the pages of fashion; radiant orchid and navy add pizazz to a hundred year old dining table and chairs! The shop is filled with combinations that show an heirloom piece displayed in a manner that brings them up to date with a current color scheme, or combining accent pieces that give a treasured piece a fresh page in its timeless story!
Come in for a visit and share a story with me of one of your favorite pieces. Perhaps you’ll find new inspiration, allowing a new chapter to be written!
All the best, Colette, Shop Girl
Owner, The Shops at Station 8
I’ve been told I have a vivid imagination. Perhaps because I spent most of my childhood reading Grimm’s Fairytales and any other fairy tale stories I could find. I loved visualizing the scene in my head and of course today, use that creativity and “fantasy imagining” in styling weddings and events and creating fantastical displays in my shop!
Perhaps the most joy I get is helping others see their dreams come to life by assisting their visual process when looking at an ordinary piece of furniture or accent décor. Customers often ask me what they can do with a crate or a chest of drawers other than the obvious, and I immediately start sharing my boundless ideas!
This month it seemed appropriate to show how one piece can be used in several different ways to achieve versatility. I selected an antique counter top “pie keeper” that was once used in a café in Eastern Montana that is gorgeous just as a display case. I fell in love with this exceptional case that still has its original wavy glass and is just the right size to place on a small table. Upon seeing it, the ideas started flowing and I knew I had to have it in my shop. The irony is I discovered it in southern Arizona so I was actually bringing it back home to Montana!
One pretty idea is to display some of your favorite jewelry in it; showing your necklaces or bracelets in vintage dishes within the case and it will keep them clean as well as you will be able to see your bling every day. It would be so pretty in your bedroom or walk in closet. Another unique way to use this pie keeper would be to place it on a wheeled cart, fill it with your summertime treats when entertaining, and have it adjacent to your outdoor dining table to serve from. No worrying about insects that might also be tempted to nibble at your potato salad or huckleberry cobbler. And one of my favorite visions for this wonderful pie case would be to use it at a wedding or other very special event, allowing your guests to enjoy it. After the wedding, it could be your shadow box for wedding photos and keepsakes!
I encourage you to dream and have fun when coming up with new ways to use favorite items, and this month I am inviting my readers to submit a photo and brief story of your best inventive idea by posting on my Facebook page. You will be entered into my drawing! I can’t wait to see your creativity!
All the best,
Colette, Shop Girl
Owner, The Shops at Station 8
Knowing the story or provenance of a vintage piece is part of the appeal of owning the item! Whether it is a set of dishes, a beautiful linen tablecloth or a handsome piece of furniture, knowing where it came from and the road it traveled prior to arriving in your home is important. Too often the story is lost and not shared between generations of owners and therefore the value and significance of the piece is not appreciated. In my shop, we share stories and invite the customer to have a glimpse into the previous life of a piece because we believe it is important and significant, and simply fun too!
Some of my favorite stories are derived when a piece comes in to consign and the individual can tell me their memory of the item and how it was used in their family home. Chairs always seem to stand out with me as having a fabulous story. I recall several sweet stories about chairs, and one in particular was with a simple dining room chair. It was a chair with a caned seat that looked like so many other chairs from the early 1900’s. But the story was magical which made this piece sing of its heritage! The man who inherited the chair told me it used to sit in the corner of the dining room at his grandparents’ house. When he would visit, his grandmother would pull out this chair and prop a pillow on it in order for him to reach the table, which made him feel like a grown up seated at the family table! Other times if there were garden vegetables that needed cleaning, his grandmother would carry “the chair” onto the porch so he could help! When it was too hot to eat inside, his special chair would be taken out under the trees and he would once again feel all grown up! He recalled the love that was represented in the chair. After hearing his story the simple chair took on a new level of meaning that touched my heart!
The joy of being surrounded by furniture and home goods that have age, patina and soul is in the stories that come with each piece. I enjoy hearing the stories and passing them along to the new owner. As we come together with family gatherings this season, perhaps you will want to take a moment and ask about the stories behind some of your own family pieces. You just may hear some amazing tales!
All the best,
Colette, Shop Girl
Owner, The shops at Station 8
I love finding inspiration in my travels. I have been home one week from my latest adventures on the road, and I must say, I love what I do! To be able to travel, select the goods and décor that I want to carry in the shop and to see the trends in the home décor business, what could be better? I travelled from Seattle down to Oregon, over to Utah and then through Arizona, and I was made aware once again that we decorate and style our homes and patios based on our environments. We are heavily influenced by what we see out our windows, whether the view is a mountain range, the ocean, a river or the desert, we want our homes to reflect ourselves and our surroundings.
The coast has the trends and Seattle was very mid-century mod with clean lines and lots of industrial and Steam Punk! Utah has a blend of shabby chic missed with traditional antiques and just a bit of industrial. Arizona was very western, lots of strong, vivid colors to balance the intense light and sunshine and not a pastel shabby chic item in sight! There is a return to the popularity of mid-century lines, Danish Modern and repurposed factory pieces, steel and wood work benches, metal racks and lots of chrome, galvanized and steel. These looks also fit well in the Montana vernacular as they enhance the myriad woods we use here to decorate our homes.
Of course being in the warm weather made me crave our spring and even though I returned to heavy snow, I was invigorated for the change of season! I returned home even more passionate about the spring season but must say the sunshine in Arizona made me yearn for some color in our wintry landscape. What better way to start the season than with some mossy greens, bright yellows and cheery pinks and blues! I know that in a few weeks, Montana will be enjoying some warmer and spring like days as well, so now is the time to ready ourselves for this wondrous season.
I returned with dozens of new ideas, an entire trailer loaded with pieces that will work with any décor and focused on selecting pieces that are both functional and fun. I crammed the trailer with huge metal typography letters that once were part of the lettering on a building front, metal storage racks that once held important office or government files and even mid-century metal patio chairs that are just waiting to be placed in an entry or patio! I can’t wait to set up new vignettes using mossy greens, yellows and blending the functional metal pieces in. In order to create some springtime inside, I love layering in moss, potted plants, robin’s eggs and lots of natural branches this time of year. It is a rebirth with the trees starting to bud, the vivid greens returning and Easter just on the horizon. Using lots of moss, eggs, branches and bird motifs is what springtime is all about. Using natural and faux birds’ nests is perfect for table décor for gathering of family and friends.
It may be too soon to bring out the patio furniture, but it is definitely appropriate to lighten and brighten our homes as we head into warmer temperatures. One way to brighten our entry and welcome spring is by changing out the porch décor or entry vignette popping some tulips, freesias (faux is okay) or other bulb beauties nested in pots on a colorful chair or small table. What a way to celebrate our springtime and bring some charm to your home! Stop by and help us welcome spring!
All the best,
I must confess I am not in Montana as I write this month’s article! I am in sunny warm Tucson, Arizona! What an adventure my husband and I have had since driving out of the Flathead on an icy morning in January. We headed south to Tucson to meet with our “new” vintage Airstream Travel trailer that was awaiting us there.
Pulling into the RV Park and seeing our new home was momentous. I could barely contain my excitement. Stepping inside and getting to feel the potential was a dream-come-true! I had spent most of the trip down envisioning dreaming and scheming about decorating and transforming the generic trailer into our own personalized place. Let the Makeover begin!
As most of you know, RV’s have a good basic look to their upholstery, window treatments and flooring, and none of them have a vintage vibe until they have been transformed and retro fitted with a bit of creativity. Ah, my specialty! I wanted to do the makeover in stages, so that we would be able to live in it while the transformation occurred, and keep it affordable as well. My husband knew my plans and was eager to see my nesting begin!
I started with the flooring, since that is the foundation for everything, and I selected charcoal grey carpet that would be neutral yet fashionable for the palette I had selected for the living room. With the exterior of the trailer in aluminum with blue awnings, I wanted to keep a cool color palette inside also and charcoal grey works well. Next came the sofa which will eventually be recovered, but for this first phase I wanted an easy update. I shopped for a king size bed cover and by the 5th store found the ideal piece: a sky blue dove grey stripes that I could then use to cover the sofa and use the king shams as pillow coverings by tucking the sofa pillows into one end of the sham, then folding the balance of the fabric around to create an “envelope” pillow with no sewing!
The next challenge was finding a chair for the dining area that would complement my look as well as fit in the small space. I was so excited when I spotted the perfect chair! It was a charcoal grey high-backed chair that had a retro look that would complement the accent pieces need to be functional and offer a style that expresses our taste. I an RV, you can make minimal changes to transform the factory looks into your own by adding color, texture natural elements and a few “special finds.” The result is a unique home no matter where you travel. Remember to think outside the box and that just because the piece wasn’t designed for an RV doesn’t mean you can’t try it; just be Cre8ive!
All the best,
Colette, Shop Girl
The Shops at Station 8
Photos by Andrea Blair
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