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The difference between a bookshelf and a book shelf is not simply an extra tap on the space bar. The former is exactly what you think it is, a shelving system for books. The latter is a shelf made from a book, which looks amazing, especially when used to hold other books. We love this easy but oh-so-pleasing shelf from Instructables. Using an old book, an L-bracket and a couple of screws, this eye-catching shelf can be made in no time at all. The intriguing thing about this project is the lack of visible supports. The final effect is a mind-bending visual that will definitely make people stop and scratch their heads. Be sure to scroll through the comments section beneath the tutorial-the user-submitted photos really give you a sense of this project's potential.

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Let us for a moment throw the practical and pragmatic out the window and indulge in a little bit of fantasy home daydreaming, allowing ourselves to consider the details of a dream home filled with the latest technologies. The Kohler Numi, a luxury toilet features a motion-activated cover and seat, self cleaning bidet, integrated air dryer, heated seat, foot warmer, and Bluetooth connectivity. BedroomThe bedroom, a sanctuary for peace, calm, and rest. What's this? A television set in the bedroom? For those who must, here's a luxurious and aesthetics solution which doesn't take over the bedroom. Comprised of an automated TV lift which controls the display at the touch of a button, the Nexus 21 offers multiple variations, from pop-up lifts that hide the television set in furniture, to drop down setups that store the television in the ceiling. With the TV tucked out of the way, the bedroom can at least give the appearances of being distraction and screen-free. So now instead of staring at what's in the fridge, we might just be staring at what's on the fridge. 'Home OfficeIt can be too easy to get distracted while working from home, when a couch and television are mere feet away. But when imagining working from the Emperor 200, chances are I'd have no desire to ever leave. Looking like something straight out of a sci-fi film, this luxe workstation costs a whopping $50,000 for an assemblage of premium features: touch screen control center, an air filtering system, light therapy, electric powered leather seat, surround sound system, and three 27' LED screens. Living RoomWhat does nearly $40,000 get you? The Samsung S9 ultra-HD display, available at a near projection-screen 85' diagonal size. This is the opposite of the Nexus 21 above: the S9 is for people who want to make their television the center and focal point of their room. At this size, there's no way you could ignore a 4K screen this large and clear.

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Colorful dining room

In Japan, hinoki cypress is often grown for use in building temples, shrines, theaters and baths. The high quality wood is particularly well suited to baths and public areas in general because it naturally repels bacteria and is rot resistant. The pinkish brown wood also has a natural soft lemony scent that adds to its appeal. Even if you aren't looking to add a sauna to your home at the moment, you can benefit from the outstanding properties of hinoki cypress in the form of a stylishly designed toothbrush holder by Japanese designer Yoko Ueno Lewis and other goods from the Hinoki line at DWR. Japanese Hinoki cypress is prized for its bacteria-resistant resin that prevents mildew and withstands humidity. This wood is highly rot resistant and its natural lemon scent is used in aromatherapy to reduce stress. Further encouraging a tranquil state is the knowledge that the wood used to make the Hinoki Toothbrush Holder is a responsibly harvested by-product of forest thinning, which is required to maintain healthy growth.

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How do you design a small-space desk to give you maximum use of space? If you're DesignSpray, you just hack off it's back legs and get a much-needed assist from the wall to create a minimal, modern standing desk. The ConSOUL desk from DesignSpray leaves you with no wasted space. It gets a little help from being hinged into the wall, leaving you with a minimalist workspace-and a whole lot more floor than if you'd gone the traditional route. If you're a guy with a lot of desktop 'I-love-looking-at-them' trinkets, then look away. If you're a light computer user in the market for a small, beautiful standing desk, then the ConSOUL is definitely it-if you've got almost a grand to shell out.

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Dining room with pop art

This clever room divider is from Anne and Todd's Gropius Meets Victorian House Tour in Jamaica Plain. We love the clean, graphic look of this divider which they made from.... Old vinyl LPs! Initially they tried painting the records but weren't satisfied with the results so they resorted to contact paper. We've seen the divider close-up and the contact paper does NOT look like contact paper - it looks really finished and polished. We like that this room divider allows you to peek through the two spaces it divides - living room and tv space.

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Dining room and living room

We posted about open shelving in bathrooms previously on Apartment Therapy, but we love the idea of using the shelves to enhance the decor. We absolutely adore the aquatic themed bathroom in the first photo. A collection of starfish, coral, and shells is what you would be surrounded by when taking a bath. The top shelves are used to display vintage cameras and the bottom ones are a perfect storage for towels and other bath necessities. What kind of collections do you display in your bathroom? We came across these wonderful photos on the Absolutely Beautiful Things blog.

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Dramatic dining room

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Feeling crafty? Have we got a giveaway for you! Thanks to Chronicle Books, you can score Amy Butler's Sew-It Kit, Cath Kidston's In Print and Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing. That's right - we're giving away THREE things this week! Here's how the giveaway works: Simply leave a comment below telling us why you love to craft. Maybe it's something to do while commuting on BART? Or you can never find anything in the stores you like so you turned to making stuff yourself? In exchange for having the kit and books bestowed upon you, we ask that you submit a review of them later. We'll run this post for about 24 hours, and then choose our favorite comment. The winner will receive an email from us, and will be announced on the site on Monday Tuesday morning.

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Salvaged building materials often find new homes that revitalize every abstract piece. We'll be heading there this weekend to have some wine and cheese around this completely salvaged and restored garden retreat. The columns were salvaged when their matching counterparts rotted out and had to be replaced-these four of the eight were still strong enough to use. Even the table is built entirely from scrapped wood, and the bench is refurbished with a new(er) plank. The pair of chairs was bought at a thrift store and given new seats. To top it off, the chandelier was salvaged from a junk shop, burnt-out lightbulbs still hinting at its former life. For a little extra flair, a vintage bead garland is draped across the chandelier. The photo predates a rainy spring and flourishing summer: now, after a healthy season or two for gardening, the foliage has grown up all around the back and created a Secret Garden-like feel. The overall effect of this D-I-Y project is rustic and elegant, and it's the perfect place to enjoy a late summer evening.

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The soft tones, natural patina, and simple designs of Belgian interiors are appealing for all rooms of the house. We find that Belgian influence particularly attractive for the kitchen, where the hustle and bustle is what's busy, not the kitchen's design.... Check out the full post: Soft and Serene Belgian Kitchens.

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We usually can't look at big crystal chandeliers without thinking of over the top opulence. When we saw an add for this Baccarat Eight-Light Chandelier with Hurricane Holders, we sort of wished we had a grand formal dining room to hang it in. It costs close to $17,000, so it's not on our Christmas wish-list, but wow is it wonderful.