Posts Categorised: Design/Interiors

Updating the Bedroom with Quick-Step Wooden Flooring

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Well. This post has been a long time coming. But I am really pleased with the results so worth the wait I guess.

Some time ago I wrote about my plans for a new bedroom look with some moodboard ideas. The main plan was to change the flooring to Quick-Step hardwood as this has been my ambition for quite some time –  but we also wanted to change the colours and decided to rebuild our wardrobe. In for a penny etc …

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So we got in touch with our local installer Mark Hughes ( who we found on the Quick-Step website ) and he came and completed the job in just over a day. Shout out for Mark because he was excellent and I totally recommend him to customers in the East ! There are no before pictures I’m afraid as I really wasn’t keen on the carpet and just want to share my happiness with the new wooden flooring !

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The feel of the flooring is very smooth which is nice on my feet first thing in the morning and I love the way the boards clicks together neatly. It’s hardwearing which is incredibly beneficial with two kids in the house.

If you didn’t know already Quick-Step also manufacture trend lead vinyl and laminate flooring – a lot to choose from and well worth checking out.

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What do you think of the overall finish ? My aim was to lighten the room so opted for Natural Oak planks ( COM1450 ) as it’s a mid colour and the mirror also reflects light so it’s a nice natural light. We really wanted a serene space with calming hues. A place to retreat to and switch off.

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Here’s a sneak peak inside the wardrobe. It’s much more organised than our cupboard before with designated shelves for shoes – and the hardwood flooring means that it’s easy to keep clean and dust free. I really enjoyed designing it.

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Andy took this fab image of the bedroom through the mirror. It kind of sums how I feel about it.

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Finally a place to chill where I can also do my yoga in the morning before the day starts … with a cup of mint tea.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the little your around the room. Do leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Quick-Step. All opinions are my own.

Fancy a Little Harajuku Home Inspiration ?

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  1. Yellow vase – Next 2. Retro phone – Red Candy 3. Table lamp – Heals 4. Paper garland – Talking Tables 5. Kokeshi Bento box – Japan Centre 6. Shelving unit – Habitat 7. Floor lamp – Habitat 8. Pandrup Rug – Ikea

It’s no secret that I love anything ‘ Japan ‘ themed – you just have to look at the header of my blog – but I’ve never visited. Boo. Luckily my husband Andy has many times and knows the place well so I’m really hoping we can go sometime soon. It’s definitely on my imminent to do list.It’s such a multi faceted country and I’m fascinated by the buildings, people and the colours in Tokyo. Which got me thinking about whether a Harajuku ( a district in Tokyo ) inspired room would work for one of my daughters. I don’t see why not. They both adore anything quirky and bold –  and the wonderful thing is you don’t need to be too matchy with it. Clashing contrasting works !

I’ve put together a few Harajuku style finds in case you’re feeling inspired with us heading in to Spring, to make a few new additions or to try a completely new look. I always find making up a moodboard of items helps to decipher palettes etc and gives everyone else an idea of what you’re thinking.

Not all of these items are high street prices but they are a good starting point for some inspiration. I particularly love the quirky twisted Habitat shelving unit. It would look great full of Manga comics and brightly coloured accessories.

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  1. Neon heart wall light – Trouva 2. Washi tape – The Lovely Desk 3. Cushion – Habitat 4. Tray table – Mariska Meijers 5. Mickey Mouse pixelated art – Conran Store 6. Hoptimist figurines – Conran Store 7. Floor lamp – Habitat 8. Green pouf – Habitat

I really haven’t held back on the colours. In fact, I wanted to go even further with them ! Adding just one piece of furniture to start with can make all the difference. Or defining areas on plain white walls with washi tape, making L or box shape panels is really effective.

How cool is the pixelated Mickey Mouse artwork from Conran Store and I’m also really loving the yellow floor lamp. Great for a slightly more grown up bedroom.

Hope you like my little selection ? Do leave me a comment to let me know what you think or just to say hi … always good to hear from you.

While I have you here also – I did an interview with Ideal Home recently about my trend predictions and DIY disasters. do have a read if you’d like to hear about them.

Lucy x

Giveaway – Win an Acapulco Chair from Oli & Grace

I always seem to disappear of the face of the earth when it comes to school holidays. Although I’ve been quiet on here – it was my Birthday last week and we had a great trip to see the David Hockney Exhibition at The Tate in London. Totally recommend it.

As you may know, I do love hosting a giveaway so am feeling pleased today that I have a really good one for you. If you look over on my instagram you will see that I have an Acapulco Chair from the fab shop Oli & Grace and they are, very generously, offering one of my readers their very own chair too. More on this at the end of the post where you can enter via Rafflecopter if you’d like to.

If Oli & Grace are a new find for you then let me tell you a little more about the team.

Already having had the experience of travelling the globe designing and manufacturing pieces for retail stores – they had a head start and wanted to use this experience to create some furniture for the home that wasn’t mass produced, good quality and not overly expensive.

So, Oli & Grace came up with classic designs made sturdy materials such as good solid wood and that is sustainable sourced ( good ! ) and stand up to the challenge of modern day living.

While the company and collections have grown –  they will stick to their initial promise of easy to assemble, quality homeware.

I do love the colourful, industrial style chairs here. It adds a splash of colour to the room. What do you think ?

 

As I have an Acapulco Rope Chair myself, I can tell you that they are supremely comfortable. It’s a clever design as the shape is reminiscent of the cool 70s but the legs are contemporary and it works really well in our home ( as you will see on my instagram ). We have all been fighting to have a go at sitting on it.

Being offered up by Oli & Grace  is the natural shade as you can see above. It’s easy to click the legs in and it’s not too heavy so can be moved around the house easily. The RRP is £120 so it’s clearly a good strong item.

It’s a nice simple Raffelcopter giveaway and there are several ways to enter. It takes only seconds to take part. So, if you do  – good luck.

Make sure you do leave a comment telling me whether you have followed on instagram or twitter or just left a comment etc though as this option is mandatory to be officially entered.

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Terms and Conditions

The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter and notified as soon as the giveaway ends.

This giveaway is open to UK residents only.

Postage and packaging supplied by Oli & Grace.

No cash alternative or other prize offered.

The winner will be notified as soon as the giveaway has ended – if I do not hear back within 48 hours, a new winner will be picked at random.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Oli & Grace. All opinions are my own.

All images copyright Oli & Grace 2017.

How About These Valentine’s Day Treats in the Post ?

 

If there is one place we like to visit as a family when we are in Noting Hill then it’s Biscuiteers. We like to support small businesses , especially ones that make sweet treats – yes I know I’m being virtuous at the moment but one or two can’t hurt can they ?

Anyway, I was pretty overjoyed to receive some mutual love in the form of a personalised Valentine’s Tin as a gift from the lovely people at Biscuiteers, full of treats from their personalised Love Letter Collection.

You’d have to have a steady hand to ice a name that well wouldn’t you ?

Obviously the girls and Andy were pretty chuffed too so I’m not sure they will last too long but that one literally has my name on it ! It’s mine.

Here is the whole selection from the tin. So cute ? You can find out more about ordering gifts on their website. I really love their cupcakes and they also do hampers and gifts for him, her and kids.

  1.  Heart Card – Studio Sarah London 2. Postbox Flowers – Bloom & Wild 3. Roses Candle Diptyque 4. Molecule Spritz – Liberty London 5. Heart Dishes  – Oliver Bonas 6. Love Print  – Showler and Showler

Here are a few more ideas here too on some ideas if you want to order something to surprise your Spouse / partner / BFF on the day or just treat yourself ( and why not ? ) with something special in the post. Or if you are reading this on the morning of the 13th and realise you’ve forgotten that .. it’s tomorrow ! Fear not.

I wear Molecule perfume and it’s unisex so suitable for anyone if they like earthy scents. It smells different on everyone as it enhances natural pheromones. Of course these things are all my taste but the shops here stock lots of different things. Hopefully this helps if you’re still on the look out :)

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m off to eat a Biscuiteers love letter before someone else does !

Do leave me a comment under this post if you have any mother ideas or just to say hi … always good to hear from you.

Lucy x

AirBnB and Pantone Create a Greenery Haven

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As a blogger, I get invites to many different events and workshops and I feel very lucky. I don’t attend too many of them as it often takes a large chunk out of the day to attend, but when the opportunity to visit an Outside In House in London pops up. Yes please.

You may have heard about this amazing AirBnB and Pantone collaboration in Dingley Place, East London .. cool front door, hey ?  They have transformed this home in to a plant oasis and project venue based on Pantone’s Colour of The Year  – Greenery – for a family of four for overnight visits.

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I was pleasantly surprised to hear on my tour around the home that one night’s experience in this entire place, so close to the centre of London is only £200 per family. Even better is that every nightly fee is matched by Pantone with all proceeds going to charity.

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This setting of trees was just as you walk in the front door. Apparently it took them two days to convert the whole house, which is pretty impressive.

Maybe because we are a little closer to Spring than when Pantone first announced Greenery, I loved it even more. Such a refreshing and zingy colour and it really works on such a big scale.  The aroma of the herbs planted around the rooms was incredible.

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I’m pretty sure my girls would squeal with delight at the thought of staying indoors in a teepee adorned with fairy lights. This was downstairs below ground level along with the master bed and bathroom. I loved the lawn flooring and continuation of sweet and healing scented plants surrounding the beds.
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greenery pantoneSo serene and hidden away in such a busy and non stop city.

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screen printing greenery craft london teacher After a tour and a super healthy cup of herbal tea drink we sat down in the dining room / craft table with Walthamstow based, textile and surface designer Daniel Heath, and tried our luck at screen printing on wood surfaces.

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Daniel showed us the process and then we looked around the conservatory for a plant that inspired us to have a go ourselves.

It was incredibly therapeutic to do and also great fun watching everyone’s stencilling turn in to a cool creation to take home.

Definitely a blogging afternoon to remember !

So, has Greenery grown on you yet if you didn’t love it at first ? Or maybe it was love at first sight ?

Leave me a comment under this post  – I’d love to hear from you.

Lucy x

 

Why It’s Important to Define Your Interior Design Style

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Some time ago now, I told you about my interior design course.

As you’ll know if you read the post before this one, I have been taking it quite easy over the last few months but am now back, ploughing on with it all. If I could be an eternal student, I would. But I really do want to complete this KLC interior design diploma soon and crack on with what I love doing professionally.

For someone who really enjoys playing with colours and indulging in fabric and wallpaper swatches, this part of the studies couldn’t be more ideal. I guess this is how things will be from now on – although much harder and in detail work is coming up and I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping the technical side will be an exciting challenge.

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What is interesting at this stage, is that I’ve been really working what my personal style is so I can not only define my vision ( and not confuse it with a clients brief ) but also to look back once I have finished this course and see how I have progressed. I’ve found it harder than I thought because I am in to so many style eras and palettes. It’s a really helpful exercise and part of this curriculum so has to be completed properly. I write key words and have found I am quite often drawn to ‘ quirky, colourful and Scandi looks .. now there’s a surprise.

It’s really handy to have instant photos to pop in to my personal record journey to use as inspiration, so I carry my camera around with me a lot – and I’m forever finding colours and textiles that I love  – so they go in to the book too. This is my passion and I feel really lucky to be doing this now for a career.

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As I’m already very much in to interiors, it’s been useful so far to know where to look for ideas but there are so many great companies out there starting up and it has opened my eyes to them. I found a shop called Perch and Parrow who sell gorgeous homeware and I will definitely use in the future and love some of their fabric samples here. The velvet is so lush.

It’s also a great excuse to read even more home magazines. It’s my addiction anyway but I’ve taken it to new levels. Well, it’s all in the name of research ;)

So, that’s where I’m at right now. I am starting to also draw up plans which is the bit I was nervous about so here goes .. I am sure some will appear on my instagram if you follow me.

If you are reading this and tempted to find out about the KLC School of Design then I do recommend them. They run all kinds of interiors and garden design courses at their HQ in the famous Design Centre East by Chelsea Harbour or if you study online then they offer lots of support if ever needed. They do expect a high level of input from their students but in return offer a really good qualification at the end.

Now about you. If you had to describe your own personal style, how would you ? I’d love to hear your thoughts, it’s all great research !

Thanks for reading.

Lucy x

Why Yoga and Meditation is my Inspiration for 2017

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Hey, Happy 2017. Hope you are having a good start to the New Year. I’m easing myself in to it and so far, so good ..

But for some time I have been wondering whether to share a little bit more about me on the blog. I tend to keep it as a positive place and always will … although one thing I found last year, which I want to talk about is that I struggled a bit to keep up with the mad pace of social media. Usually it wouldn’t be an issue but truth be told, I haven’t been too well.

Over the last few years I have had a condition where if I get overworked or tired, my throat and eyes gets very sore and and I end up with a very swollen and raw mouth. At first I thought it was something I had eaten, like an allergy reaction, but then realised a pattern to it. The last few months have not been so great. It has done something a little odd to my immune system so I really do lack energy sometimes. Is it just me or do you know anyone else that this happens to ?

I’ve tried lots of different ways to treat it but I don’t think anything works completely unless you start looking after yourself and your body really well. Pressures of life can take their toll, especially when you are juggling many plates.

This is where my new hobby comes in …

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Yoga.

Something that I have wanted to try for what seems years. I have meditated before and found it really effective, so combined, hopefully it will make headway – and it will be interesting to see if it has any impact. I hope so, as this is the year that I will qualify in interior design and really can’t wait.

I had to find a mat that would inspire me. What do you think ?

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  1. Constellations mat – Blisscloud 2. Yoga belts – Yoga matters 3. Colourful mat – Yoga Design Lab 4. Blankets – Yoga Direct 5. Pink mat – Shake it London 6.Tropical mat – Yoga clicks 7. Bolsters – The Yoga Shop 8. Green mat – Liforme

Because, of course, my mat had to be colourful – I now know many online stores, found in my search .. You can see it here in my selection of finds, at number 3. I also think the Constellations Mat at number 1 is pretty amazing.

If yoga is something that you would like to try then maybe some of these finds will inspire you too.

From mats, belts and bolsters, there are so many out there. If you’d like to see where any of the above are from then you can click on the links.

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I was also sent two great books called Spark Joy by Maria Kondo and At Home in The World by Thich Nhat Hanh. Thank you Penguin Random House for posting them over.

Spark joy is essentially is a guide to decluttering your home, covering each room and ways to make more space and remove anything that doesn’t bring you joy. Sounds like common sense but actually it can be quite hard to let go of old pieces sometimes, even if they aren’t purposeful.

At Home in the World is an autobiographical read, by Nhat Hanh’s life and how he has taught Zen and Mindfulness throughout his life, while travelling the world. It is quite fascinating.

This year, I also aim to eat well and try some new styles of cooking. I’d love to do more Thai food.

I hope you have a great 2017. I’m really looking forward to sharing lots of inspiring posts with you.

If you have any yoga tips or would just like to stop by to say hi then do leave me a comment underneath. Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Five Favourite Posts on Lucy Loves Ya for 2016

As we are really close to Christmas now, I am hanging my boots up until the New Year  – although I no doubt will be posting pictures over the festive period on my instagram. I can’t stay away.

I thought you might like to see some of my favourite posts for this year – the ones I have enjoyed making the most. Although actually, I have enjoyed curating all of them.

If you remember way back in Spring, I did up my living room a little and made new curtains, cushions with Designer’s Guild fabrics and put up some new artwork ? Well, this is it again above and you can see it in full here.

 

More and more, I’ve loved trying out recipes in 2016 and sharing a few with you. My Dad is a meeeaan curry chef and passed on his wisdom with a lovely monkfish curry for this post. Omg – it was tasty. Do try it out.

Then there were the moodboards.

I came up with three colour palettes that I really liked for the bedroom. Are you thinking now that I am a huge fan of green ? Well, I am, but check out my other boards – and you will actually see the bedroom reveal early next year ( It was delayed due to some things taking longer than expected ) and I can’t want to show you.

In the Summer, we brightened up the design room with some new paint and and accessories. It feels much more contemporary now and still love the freshness. Unbelievably, I’ve managed to keep those fabrics in the cupboard all pretty neat too .. somehow.

If you’d like a little tour around the room then you can find the post here.

Like I say, lots of things I have enjoyed doing this year – but this is the fifth one I have chosen.

I was asked by The Joy to Plants to photograph some Speciality Orchids as they are Houseplant of the Month for November. It has made me really fall in love with them. In fact I’ve become a bit of a nerd when it comes to looking after them here at home. Such amazing and interesting flowers. I’ve never really been very good at looking after plants but the last year has made me much more aware of their needs and, well, they just look so lovely around the home don’t they ?

So, that’s my little roundup. Have you enjoyed any posts in particular ? Which ones do you like the most .. my days out, recipes, home DIYs or fashion shots ?

Once again this year, I’ve been lucky to interview some really inspiring designers and authors. In January I have another really good one.

I’d like to also say a big thanks to all of you who have added your amazing and colourful photographs to #InspirationIsColour on instagram – we are heading toward 8000 and it’s such a treat to see and share them on my other account @InspirationIsColour.

Have a really Happy Christmas. Hope you get to relax and enjoy some time with your loved ones.

Thanks for reading.

Lucy x

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 Greenery

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1.Pantone Nail Polish – Butter London 2.
Vase – Habitat 3. Peridot Earrings – Leif 4. Sofa – Wayfair 5. Bugatti Toaster – Amara 6. Chopping Board – Jospeh Joseph 7. Moroccan Glass – Habitat

It’s been announced. The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017 …. Greenery. I’m so excited. I was hoping it would be green in some form and I love the zing it has – have you noticed it has a hint of yellow to it ?

Unfortunately I couldn’t make the unveiling of this yesterday ( but thanks for my lovely pieces in the post, Pantone !) so instead have put together a collection of products in a greenery shade from some of my favourite stores.

Greenery ( or Pantone 15 – o343 ) is transitional – works in all seasons but I really can’t wait to see it used for Spring. For me it evokes nature and is fresh and full of hope which is most welcome, really.

I’d be interested to know your thoughts on it ? Are you happy too or sitting or the fence … or really not sure at all ? Can you see yourself using Pantone’s new colour of the year on your walls or wearing it ? I’m looking forward to using it with some other strong colours  – do you remember my bedroom mood boards recently ? I used a very similar green there.

So, how will we see Greenery feature in 2017 ? I can’t wait to see – I think there will be some bold patterns and bohemian style – that’s for sure …

Lucy x

Festive Living Room Blog Hop 2016

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I’ve been looking forward to today. It’s  my turn on the #UkHomeBlogHop organised and hosted by the very lovely Kimberly over at Swoon Worthy, along with 4 other bloggers who I will let you know about at the end of this blog post.

You may have come here directly from The Ordinary Lovely, and not have popped in to say hi here before which is great – welcome ! I’m Lucy and write and photograph about colourful interiors, fashion, travel and food. I also interview inspirational designers and artists.  If you are a regular reader then I will put you in the picture as to what this is all about.

There are many fabulous interior bloggers out there and we all like to support each other. So what better way than to spend this week while we are all starting to get festive in our own homes, by hopping from one blog to the next so you can discover some new ones and we can meet some new readers too.

I will directing you over to the next blog at the end of this post once you have had al little tour of my living room …

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Things are getting cosy here in our home. We spent our Sunday making gingerbread and getting the decorations out. Actually, let me rephrase that – we spent Sunday eating far too much gingerbread and faffing about with baubles and and loads of cables.

It was really fun though and as you can see, we have the fireplace looking ready for Christmas.

I hope some of my ideas here for decorating my home appeal to you and give you some inspiration if needed. As my girls are still quite young, this is essentially a kids themed room but hey, do any of us want to be grown up at Christmas ?

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The usual place for our large tree is in a corner of the room which is now filled with a sideboard so I rather fancied having two small trees sitting on top of the fireplace which makes it symmetrical. I popped some pom pom baubles on them and they just kind of attached themselves so no string needed. Nifty, huh ?

They’re kind of cute, don’t you think ? These are real trees from Bloom & Wild ( yes, they actually arrived in the post ! ) so I water them regularly and hopefully they will survive until the end of December.

Of course you need lights and warmth at this time of year. I’ve tried to keep things quite simple to avoid clutter in the room ( there’ll be enough once Father Christmas has been ;) ) so focused on lighting what is already in the room rather than adding loads of extra ornaments .. bar one or two !

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Hanging some bauble type lights down one side makes for a contemporary look and these can be used elsewhere all year round. I will probably move them to our bedroom once it is all finished ( another post to come soon ) …

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Wrapping some wire lighting around the logs makes it a feature and I have put some little toadstools amongst them.

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I couldn’t resist this little double bass as we all love music so much in the family.

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We’ve already wrapped some presents for relatives and have used Washi tape to add their initial in a big and bold way on the front. Will make searching though gifts on Christmas Day that bit easier.

Over the next few days you will see our larger Christmas tree and room being decorated over on instagram in my design room.

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But until then, a few more biscuits will be consumed on the sofa, once we have lit the fire.

Warm gingerbread and a hot chocolate for guests arriving from a long journey is always most welcome. I definitely recommend leaving some out at this time of year. It doesn’t last long ..

Now, I’d love you to visit the next blogger – Sarah Akwisombe on this Blog Hop  at 11 am tomorrow morning when her post becomes live.

In fact, check out all the others involved in this week’s #UKHomeBlogHop below because they’re all great and hopefully you will find some new blogs to enjoy.

Lucy x

 

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