The Perfect Carryall for the Season: Market Baskets & Tote Bags

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


We spent our first weekend of October at the Texas Renaissance Festival, thanks to a sweet invitation from some of our closest friends. It was a fairyland of beauty, in a pocket of lush trees and whimsical flower vines that dressed a 16th century British themed village. The dreamy woodland swings and the ethereal attire were some of my favorites, while the outdoor play and the jousting tournament were exciting moments for the kids. With the amazing experience that we had, the entire event ended up being the perfect festival to kick off this month of Fall celebrations. 


From here on out through November, festivals and market events are filling up the weekends. So, I thought it would be the best time to chat all about market baskets and tote bags! If I haven't already talked your ear off about them! They're that special carryall that so easily stores all the pretty home goods and trinkets that you'll be collecting along your fun adventures ... and that includes the pumpkin patch and apple picking at the orchard!

Some of my avorite styles include woven, circle, and drawstring tote bags. Navy is actually a favorite color of mine this Fall in accessories, so I love that Longchamp has one of my favorite totes in this classic rich color.

Here are some carryall's to fancy over, below:



Are there any Fall events you plan on attending this month or next?! I'd love to hear all about them in the comments below! Have a lovely week everyone!   

Warmly ~

Emmahlyn

An October Full of Pretty Things {Autumn Decorating Ideas}

Wednesday, October 3, 2018



In the blink of an eye, September has come and gone and here we are in October, admiring the leaves shifting in hue and the warm afternoon glow. There have been bursts of cooler air, with pecans sprinkling at my feet, convincing me that the feeling of Autumn will soon be here. So, while I anxiously wait, I'll festively prep the house with Autumn decor! 




When I think of decorating for the season, I envision the feeling, the smells, and the traditions of old and new that our family share together each year. There's a sense of easiness that I get with Fall, as if nothing is too overdone, with earthy tones that compliment one another. It's where we enjoy bringing the outdoors in, while creating a comfortable and cozy home in preparation for Winter to begin.

I have the most fun welcoming in the festive colors of Fall through pillows upon pillows. Rust tones, paired with greyish greens resemble a mix of fall leaves with my favorite pumpkins, Jarrahdale's

Natural wovens, like baskets and bowls placed in pairs, act as the perfect spot to house fall florals and small decorative pumpkins, along with fragrant herbs & fruit (pears and apples).

Plaid was a big thing last year, but this time around, I'm devoted to stripes of every size. There are so many variations of the classic stripe, seen in modern prints and vintage fabrics - it's hard to settle on just one! I've made it a must have detail on my list because striped pillows layer and transition seamlessly into Thanksgiving and Winter holiday decor, that follow soon after. Score!

Bring the beauty of the outdoors in by inviting festive wreaths and foliage into the places we like to cozy up in. Wreaths gladly take the spotlight as the focal point of a room and also serves as a large wall art piece to be admired. As an idea to pass along, I made a gallery wall of smaller wreaths last year that turned out pretty amazing! It's creative and a bit unexpected, that will leave visiting guests swooning over your Autumn decor! 

For Autumn foliage, trying searching for fluffy mums and hydrangeas, decorative kale (my favorite), and filler flowers that resemble wildflowers. Display them indoors using ceramic vases and create an effortless arrangement in pots outside. Adorn them with fresh pumpkins to complete the ambiance of a beautiful Autumn season.

What's your decorative style for Fall? Are you a cozy minimalist, a Autumn Queen, going above and beyond with festive decor or somewhere inbetween?! I'd love for you to share your fun responses in the comments below! 


shop the look:


PILLOWS:

WOVENS:

Serena & Lily Natural Rug // Linen & Cake Baskets

DETAILS:

Anthropologie Candle // Article Sven Sofa // Emmahlyn Living (Custom Order Wreath)


Warmly ~

Emmahlyn




  

5 Ways to Pursue the Life of your Dreams

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


As I say goodbye to a Summer full of soul searching, I find myself entering Autumn with fresh new eyes and a long list of goals I've been diving into this past month.  Last September in 2017, I was given the opportunity to take on a full renovation project locally, that jump started a new venture I've been dreaming of for awhile. It tested every facet of knowledge and experience I've acquired over the years in design and as the project is wrapping up this season, it has already left me with an experience that will shift my life moving forward. Forward into a world I've dreamed of in interiors. 

Ever since I was a little girl there have been two things that stayed with me throughout my life, and that's my entrepreneurial spirit and creating beautiful surroundings in the form of decorating.  I remember growing up closely with my aunt (my mom's sister), who was a designer and seamstress by trade. After spending weekdays after school with her, I'd sing & dance, and play make believe, while she'd pin fabric and sew her own clothing creations, custom drapery, and other home goods for her customers. We'd visit fabric stores quite often, and there I was, a young girl, getting lost in the aisles of fabric and trim from one end to the other.  She showed me the beauty of design, especially in the details that could transform something from ordinary to extraordinary.  If I could pin point where my love for design and style came from, it was during my time spent with her, my Auntie. 




It was always hard for me to envision my life studying in college to pursue one career for the rest of my life and for me, it was studying pre-law/political science. Design was nothing more than a hobby, which I took full advantage of in every apartment and home I lived in! It was only in recent years that making a living from what you enjoyed was actually possible, especially if you were interested in a creative field, such as interior design. After digging deep into my soul, absorbing tons of outside inspiration and motivation, I finally understood that," Yes! This has been my calling all along and it's not too late to live the life of my dreams!"

So, today I'm sending you my love and support, telling you that it's never too late to pursue your dreams & goals! And this is how you can begin that journey ...

Be accepting to change, as we are meant to grow.

It's ok to start a new journey in life and sometimes start over, if we have to. We are constantly growing and evolving in this life. Our interests change, our style grows, and with that comes a wishfulness for something new and exciting. Life has so much to offer and you have so much to offer to your community! So why not explore more of those interests that you've been thinking so deeply about. And the best part about a dream, is that it's much more than an idea. It's a passion that's important enough to keep your thoughts filled with wonder. That in itself, is assurance and self-motivating that you are meant to do much more.     

Take it one step at a time.  


One of the things that has kept me from taking that leap of faith before (which is the same for many), is knowing that I have little ones to support and no room for failure. If this weighs heavily on you, then start off part-time in your new line of work. Even if it's the smallest step, that's better than not pursuing anything at all. This could involve reading about how to launch this new business venture and working at odd times of the day. On a lunch break, after the kids go to bed ... finding those little moments throughout the week is so important in turning those dreams into a reality. Your life will be a hustle and might be challenging to juggle at times, but with hard work comes great success.  

There is room for everyone to flourish and prosper. 

Always know that there is room for all of us to flourish in what we pursue. We can easily become intimidated by other's successes, but we can't compare our beginnings to someone else's middle. I learned this from an admired Interior Designer, Amber Lewis who made complete sense of it all.  It took years and sacrifice for her to get to the jaw dropping spaces she designs today, but I need to understand that I have to begin somewhere and I can't let intimidation take over the goals I have for myself. At that same token, you also don't need to have it all figured out before launching a new business either. Business is all about learning and making mistakes along the way. We certainly don't feel good about them in the moment, but we have to learn and make adjustments, if we want to become a better person from it.  

God is in Control, so just have faith, believe, and pray.

Something that held meaning with me during a homily in church recently, is that God is in control. Being in my late 30's, I always want to know the outcome of my pursuits because I don't have all the time in the world to dilly dally with whether I will come out victorious or not. But sometimes we just have to let go and rely on our faith, believe, and pray that God will guide you every step of the way! It's a learning process to let go of your fears of the unknown, but also realize that God is in control and he will never let us fall. Just keep moving forward, start to replace your doubts with motivation & positive thought, and just do it

With that said, I too made my leap of faith by starting a new business in interiors called, Emmahlyn Living. A website is currently being worked on and hopefully in a few short weeks you will visually see the transformation unfolding when the website is live. I will continue to post here on the Pretty with Sprinkles website in the meantime and I look forward to finally pursuing this life long passion of mine. I have so much to offer with loads of personal experience over the years and I hope to start creating beautiful moments in other people's homes. I wish you all the very best sweet friends, in all your new endeavors! 

Warmly ~

Emmahlyn 

Thoughtful Details with Journals + Notebooks

Friday, September 7, 2018


Brass Magnifying Glass


Friends, is the the work week actually over?! I can't believe what an eventful few days it's been, coming back from a 3 day weekend. Did anyone else need two cups of coffee everyday this week, just to push through the afternoon? Maybe it's a combination of myself wanting to stay in Summer vacation mode, which you can't blame me for or maybe it's trying to re-adjust to an early morning schedule with the kids back in school again. Overall, I'm happy to take on the busyness and look forward to new changes taking place in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details in a lifestyle post coming soon. If you'd like to follow along on my instagram stories, to see what's been keeping me occupied lately in my neck of the woods, I'd love for you to stop by and visit! 

Onto the pretty things! In mid-Summer, I compiled a list of all my favorite books, perfect for coffee tables and bookshelves, seen here. Books are so multi-functional: they're great for creating different levels in design, they act as an inspirational read for guests and yourself, and are basically your all around decor filler when you're not sure what to add. Alongside these gems is another detail with the same purpose and you've guessed it ... it's journals and notebooks. They really add a thoughtful story to the little vignettes you set-up around your home. Think bedside and accent tables, and work desks.

Give this a try: Stack a pair of two journals in your favorite color scheme with a Fall candle to embrace the upcoming season. For a work desk, rest a large open bound journal laid wide open, to set the scene for a space of reflection and creative thinking. You'll find that there are so many pretty options out there, from leather to floral patterns, and fabric covered. They're all so lovely!

Here are some ways to create beautiful vignettes around the home using journals & notebooks. 


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I had a lot of fun creating these for you while listening to my favorite tunes in country music. What type of music calms you after a busy week or even sparks your creativity to soar with ideas? I'd love for you to share in the comments below! Enjoy spending a little time styling your home this weekend and thanks for stay awhile!

Warmly ~

Emmahlyn


White Paint Favorites Guide

Sunday, September 2, 2018



Let's chat all about white paint today! White paint has been in high demand this past year, as people have been looking for new ways to brighten up their homes. Especially with our busy and complex lifestyles, we are looking for a sense of calmness and serenity in the place we come home to. I remember first falling in love with white walls, after searching through home decor magazines that featured Parisian apartments. I was still in college and signed a lease on the cutest little apartment that had a Juliet balcony. So of course, this romantic detail fell right in line with the beauty of a neutral color palette, the French so effortlessly mastered.

Neutral wall colors, like whites and soft grey's really gives you the freedom to play around with pops of color in a room. It's a fun process to focus on the details, like texture and pattern, leather and brass pieces, along with your favorite colors - knowing that you can switch out a look anytime you have a change of heart. Plus, if you've been wanting to incorporate shiplap, board & battan detailing, and wallpaper, white so brilliantly gives focus to these details.

So, is it easy as going to your local hardware store to pick up a can of white paint?! Selecting the perfect white paint can be more difficult than it sounds. With tons of swatches to run your fingers through, varying hues, and finishes to choose from, it might leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. To top it all off, what may look beautiful and bright in one home, might not look it's best in another. Over the years, I've freshened up the homes we've lived in with paint and I've narrowed down my favorite hues of white to work with. So, if you're wanting to bring new life into your space, the best way to do it is with a beautiful coat of white paint!

My Top Favorites:

:: CRISP WHITES ::

CHANTILLY LACE
by Benjamin Moore
Bright & crisp white, without being too stark. 
{Paint color in our house, minus the living room}

SUPER WHITE
by Benjamin Moore
Simple & Clean with no real undertones
{Paint color of the trim in our house}

:: SOFT WHITES ::

SIMPLY WHITE
by Benjamin Moore
Soft White with a hint of yellow
It is Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year in 2016
and is a fan favorite that works well in most spaces

ALABASTER
by Sherwin Williams
Soft white with an earthy base. Not creamy, but has a hint of yellow
Interior: Best in well-lit spaces and when used on brick & wood
Exterior: Excellent as a beautiful soft white
{Paint color of the accent brick wall and ceiling color in our home}

WHITE DOVE
by Benjamin Moore
White with a hint of grey, not creamy
An on-going best seller for it's neutral undertone
Best in well lit spaces and looks beautiful surrounded
by wood accents & dark hardware

:: WARM WHITES ::

SWISS COFFEE
by Benjamin Moore
Soft Creamy White
Best for all areas of the home in well lit spaces, especially in
bedrooms and as a bathroom color
{This is the color I will be painting our guest bathroom}

CHINA WHITE
by Benjamin Moore 
Best for a warm white-grey exterior. Think French Country!


If you have a well lit space that takes in a lot of natural light during the day, then soft and warm whites will be great options to consider. I reserve crisp whites in areas that need more light and to create the illusion of a larger space, such as in small bathrooms. Keep in mind that the colors may vary on the swatch chips versus what will translate on the walls. I've noticed this quite often with Sherwin Williams paint colors. So, I really like to use large card stock paper (like this) to paint 2 coats of the color, so I can get a true representation of what it will look like in the space. My best advice is to compare the colors during the day and evening, considering the lighting you have in that particular space during all times of the day. Lighting makes a huge difference!

It's true color: If you are painting over a dark wall, consider applying a separate primer to begin with. This will help you achieve the true white you are going for. If you skip this step, regardless if the paint has a built-in primer already, 3 coats maybe what is required to keep the darker paint color from peaking through the newly painted white wall(s).

My finishes of choice: I typically like to use an eggshell finish all around because it's a nice balance between matte and satin finishes, and it's easy to clean. For trim, doors, and wood paneling, I like the look of a satin finish for dimension.

Want to create the illusion of taller ceilings: Paint both your walls and trim all the same color and finish. It's modern and streamlined. 

I hope this guide helps you select the right shade of white for your space and have fun experimenting! 

Warmly ~

Emmahlyn

Calm and Collected: Wood Tones

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Welcome to a new week friends!  The kiddos started a new school year once again and it's back to the daily grind of things. Since the beginning of August, I was imagining how this week would play out. Thinking if I'd be uncertain with my time and this new schedule. But it was proven pretty quickly that I was ready and willing to get back into content creating about all the things that have been filling my brain lately. 

So, today I'm chatting about one of my most used elements in interior styling ... and that's wood tones. Let's face it, I not only use it constantly in my design plans, but also in my fashion accessories; a.k.a, my Cult Gaia handbags! Perhaps, it's my way of showing my appreciation for nature. There's just something about the organic nature of wood, the unique grooves, the charming imperfections and the tones that have me forever intrigued.  

Especially with spaces that are coated with crisp white walls, wood tones provide warmth and coziness to what would typically be a stark and bland space. If you have the budget for it, I love its use in a kitchen island or with dining room furniture. Simply add an accent table, functional tray, or bench placed at the front entryway or foot of your bed, for a look that's calm and collected.

It works beautifully with all metals too, such as brass and copper ... what's not to love! 




For the past few months, I've also been on Pinterest, pinning dark and moody spaces, from cabinetry to paneled walls and exteriors. I just love the look of wood tones paired with charcoal navys and soft blacks. They're the right balance for these darker spaces, even adding that vintage-esque appeal.

When it comes to selecting a particular finish or stain, I personally tend to lean towards pine or walnut finishes (natural or dark) because the grey hues are versatile and classic. It really compliments both lighter and darker wood pieces that you might already have in the home. 

As a rule of thumb:  When mixing wood tones, I like to create an eclectic collection with typically no more than 2-3 different finishes in one space. There's usually a distinct color variation between the pieces, such as a dark walnut console with white-washed decorative boxes up top for personality and dimension.

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I've rounded-up some wood pieces of all scales, that can beautifully be incorporated in and throughout, to bring a bit of nature and warmth into your home. Enjoy!



Warmly ~

Emmahlyn

Current Artwork & Print Favorites

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Lately, I've been finding new ways to spark inspiration in our ever evolving home. The dining area has turned out to be the main place I turn to for inspiration, which overlooks handsome oak trees and the cutest cottage homes in some of my most loved colors. There's also a little corner near the window where a vintage flower stand holds a thoughtful selection of odds and ends that I like to switch out as my inspiration changes.

It's the perfect landing spot, just before leaving the house for a final look at my outfit of the day, a little toss of the hair, and a quick glance of our sentimental "Darling" sign behind, that preps positivity for the day. It's moments like these in the home that I want to create more of, particularly in the hallway and the master bedroom.


"Darling" Wood Sign | Metal Floral Scroll (Vintage Find)

 Madewell Woven Crossbody Bag

McGee & Co. Market Basket 

For the most part, I have a neutral color palette running throughout the home, with earthy tones and blush pink as an accent color. Coastal blues and emerald green have been growing heavily on me this season, so I wanted to find more ways to incorporate these colors where I could. The best way I felt was to create a well-thought out collection of artwork and prints to tie everything in! 

Prints have been a design element I've been meaning to add in for months. I just haven't had the time or patience to hone in on exactly what I was looking for. So, I finally buckled down and searched online this week for artwork and prints that would marry beautifully with my existing decor. After toying around with many styles, it turned out that florals would be a must have on my list, along with these pieces that have currently caught my interest:



Other's I've been considering: 

Be sure to also take a peek at MintedRifle Paper Co., and this darling shop on Etsy, Hearts of Colors, to see all their other amazing prints. How do you like to stay inspired and is your home a place of inspiration for you? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Warmly ~

Emmahlyn

HEALTH + WELLNESS: Self-Care Practices for the Everyday Gal

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Home on Coronado Island

From the start of a new month, August has been filled with joyful moments, thanks to a long awaited vacation back to my home state, California. It had been two years since my sisters and I have been together in the same room, and it only took but a minute for us to start spilling out our best jokes, while gathering over a fresh stack of homemade chocolate chip pancakes.

Our conversations were refreshing, insightful, and grown-up. We were older now, parents in the midst of raising our school-aged children; and for my youngest sister, a newly promoted business gal, waiting to begin a new phase in her life. We stepped back from the chaos of trying to have life all figured out and came together for sisterly bonding and family fun. It turned out to be the best vacation I had been on in years, but also brought about many unexpected emotions to light.

These spurts of emotion made me realize that I had taken too long to recharge and unwind. My mind was overwhelmed from daily life and all the running around. It was undoubtedly a juggling act between motherhood and being a wife, my work in interior design, and growing my blog. And not once could I give my 100% commitment, to any one thing I was trying to grow. There wasn't enough time, let alone any time to care for myself.  One thing I needed to learn was that my happiness, health, and well-being had to come first because that's what's required for everything else to be great!"

A glimpse of our Airbnb Home in San Diego

Serenity at Best on a San Diego Pier

Oh, the priceless teachings from a brilliant woman Sheri Salata, former Executive Producer of the Oprah Winfrey Show and Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN. After rekindling my love for podcasts this Summer, I came across an interview where she promotes that self-care (through 7 pillars) is the key to creating your best life. That the savviest and most respected women in the future, will be the ones with the most quality of life. This resonated with me deeply because as a woman and mother, we tend to feel as though we are being selfish in wanting to aid ourselves. And once we build up the courage to finally do something for "ourselves," we think it involves an afternoon at the nail salon or going out with a group of girlfriends. However, it's much more complex than that. This is one of the lessons I want to grow from, as I wish to achieve happiness and success with myself, my family, and with my creative business ventures. 

After much thought, reflection, and self-assessment, these are the ways I will gradually incorporate self-care in my daily routine and I hope these practices will be helpful to you as well in your everyday life:

1. Start each day with a calm mind. How often do we wake up every morning thinking about all the endless tasks we need to do for the day? Instead, approach each morning as a way of becoming the best version of yourself. Enjoy some quiet time with a healthy breakfast and a good cup of jo, stretch and mediate, go on a brisk walk. Implement a simple routine that will take away your anxieties and replace it with something that will create a more productive day.  

2. Remember to be kind to yourself. There will be times during the course of a year where you feel doubtful or feel like you're still a million miles away from reaching your goals.  It can be frustrating and disheartening, with wonder of where to go from here. But we have to remind ourselves that greatness is a process. I can't expect success to happen in a few months or even in a year. Don't be too hard on yourself, especially if you're doing the best you can. Easier said than done, but with an optimistic mindset, it will fuel us to achieve much more, rather than hold us back.

3. Set a small personal goal that will build up your self-confidence. For me, I have challenged myself to workout 15 minutes a day during the weekdays. I am horrible at keeping up consistency if my workouts are too long. But what I do know, is that I can always make room for 15 minutes in my day to concentrate on my health and well-being through exercise. Not only will this boost my self-confidence levels, but it will also give me a sense of accomplishment. 

These are only three small, but mighty practices that will help achieve daily self-care for ourselves and my hope is that these practices will turn into positive results, with success flourishing in all aspects of our lives. 


Warmly ~

Emmahlyn

Dreamy in White Dresses

Friday, July 20, 2018


There's something about white dresses that I really enjoy wearing during the warmer months. It's an instant companion to all my woven accessories and works as an effortless option for any occasion, big or small. Understated, yet dreamy, it's the elegant details that really make a white dress shine! Eyelet lace, ruffles, pretty silhouettes, and more. It has truly become a well loved piece in my wardrobe that I keep reaching for year after year. 

A regular routine of mine includes running around between work projects and the kids activities during the weekdays, so having looks that require little effort to put together is something I really appreciate. You can catch me wearing a white ensemble with casual lace up sandals and wedges for a bohemian inspired look. And because it's a blank canvas for color, I like to play around with accessories with a beautiful pair of drop earrings, a market tote like these, here and here, and a wide brim straw hat when we're out exploring or having a picnic during sunset.    

I put together my favorite dresses in all shades of white that are gorgeous for the season! There's even a top/skirt combo if you want to add more versatility to your wardrobe.  Enjoy!


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Warmly ~

Emmahlyn


Decorating with Pretty Books {Interiors}

Monday, July 16, 2018


Welcome to a new week friends!  As I continue to beautify my home for the season, I wanted to chat about another element in design that can amp up your space within the blink of an eye .... and that's with decorative books!  Regardless of where you place them, your coffee table, bedside table or use them to showcase your favorite perfumes, they are a simple decorative element that works with any and all spaces. 





Personally, I like to select books with neutral illustrations and photography on the cover and spine, which includes colors like white, black, beige, and (yes) blues and pinks. It makes coordinating your books simpler when stacking them in groupings of 2 or 3. So, how do I like to style them? Stack books flat on coffee tables and when using them as a platform for decorative objects ... always remembering to place the largest book on the bottom, followed by smaller books leading to the top. 

It's also a lovely look to display a small group of books standing tall between beautiful bookends (like this marbled one I have at home) or against a pitcher vase on a bookshelf.   I selected some of my favorite hardcover books I like to decorate with in the genres of style, floral design, and in cooking. So, take your pick and happy shopping!  




:: SHOP THE POST ::




Warmly ~ 

Emmahlyn



Summer Refresh

Friday, July 13, 2018


For the past couple of months, I've committed myself to finding new ways to refresh the home. I try not to steer far away from my Anthropologie inspired space, but overall I think I've created a beautiful mix of eclectic finds, both old and new that somehow all work together. Romantic hues of blush and soft neutrals, woven textures, and gleaming brass accents, stay the main focus throughout, but I've introduced a bit of Summer into the house with a splash of blue. It's a pop of coastal vibes that I'm missing from my home state of California and it's perhaps my way of keeping a piece of home right here in Texas.  










I've added a few new additions so far, nearly all on sale, which is how I like to shop most of the time. Of course, there is the occasional splurge, but because I like to change things out pretty frequently, keeping my purchases budget friendly is the smart route to go. Plus, it gives me the freedom to swap out my decor with the seasons. We purchased a mid-century leather sofa that I'm head over heels for, as well as changed out our bedding for something light and airy. I also added a few decorative items in white and natural finishes, and recently added a touch of Paris into our home with a beautiful woven bistro set. 

Creating a new and fresh space to welcome Summer in can be simple and easy with the right direction. These are all items that will beautifully transform your home into a light, airy, and inviting oasis. Try to concentrate on the heavy traffic areas of your home (living room, dining room, entryway, etc...) and finish everything off with fresh blooms and indoor plants to breath life into your newly inviting space.  


Pillows + Throws



Decorative Objects




Furniture, Baskets + Linens



How will you be updating your home this season?

Warmly ~

Emmahlyn

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