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The rail supports multiple cabinets, and once it's level and fixed to the wall, there's no need to individually align and level each cabinet. We were able to hang each cabinet in a matter of minutes, but because we had to modify several cabinets, it took most of the week to get all of the wall cabinets in place. In order to fit the cabinet around the pipe, we had to remove an entire rear corner of the cabinet. The cabinet looked a little unstable with a missing corner, but once we got it in place and attached it to the wall and the adjacent cabinet, it ended up being pretty sturdy. The blind upper corner cabinet, made by attaching a panel to a 30-inch cabinet. IKEA offers a diagonal corner cabinet, but I prefer the more streamlined, right-angle look of the blind corner cabinet. IKEA doesn't make a blind corner upper cabinet, so we attached a side panel to a 30-inch cabinet to convert it to a blind corner. The only upper cabinet that we haven't installed yet is the nine-inch cabinet to the left of the range hood. Since IKEA doesn't make a nine-inch cabinet, we'll need to cut a 12-inch cabinet down to nine inches.

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Black dining room

When Shelley's parents gave her their old double vanity mirror, she immediately knew she wanted to transform it into a full length floor mirror for her living room. After living with the mirror in the garage for months, she finally got the supplies necessary to complete this creative DIY project. Shelley used plywood, trim, and crown moulding to transform this free vanity mirror into a centerpiece for her living room. Best of all, no complicated construction skills or equipment are necessary for this high-impact project. As Shelley herself mentions, mirrors like this are readily available at local ReStore and on Craigslist, making this an affordable project for any DIYer. For step by step instructions and a lot more pictures, check out Shelley's tutorial Mirror Mirror Leaning on the Wall over on her blog Crazy Wonderful.

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Make those cards you send to your friend or family member last a little longer: UK-based Postcarden is a pop-out-card-turned-mini-garden. Each set contains a cardboard scene, an inner growing tray, packet of cress seeds and step-by-step growing instructions. The contents come neatly packaged with a postcard-style space for the recipient's address and sender's greeting. Designed and produced by A Studio For Design, a London-based compant, and printed in Wales using locally sourced cress seeds and inner-packaging material, sending Postcarden in the UK only requires a regular large letter stamp. Available for £7.50 from Postcarden. Seeds should sprout in three days and the plant should last two weeks. Due to custom restrictions on importing seeds, Postcarden is not available outside the European Union.

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Being the tech savvy reader you are, I bet you already use your smartphone or tablet as a timer in the kitchen. You've got to admit this mechanical timer fashioned in the shape of a safe lock looks a lot more fun to use than its digital cousins. Available in black or red, with a magnet back so you can turn your fridge or oven range into a safe deposit for those brownies you've got baking.

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Here's another way to monitor your water usage in the bathroom: use a plugless sink! It's a modern take on the old traditional basin bowls. In order to get rid of the water in the sink, you have to tip it over. According to its designer Maja Ganszyniec, the act of manually tipping the sink over and dumping out the water makes us more aware of how much water we are using and throwing away.... We think it's a beautiful design, and we actually really like the concept and think it could work.

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Dining room wood table and chairs

As someone not-at-all gifted in the art of sleeping, I take all the help I can get, and often sleep with a little muslin lavender sachet under my pillow. It's organic and I think it helps, but it's not cute. Or sexy, or stylish, or any of the things I'd like my bed and all its accessories to be. All of the lavender- and hops-filled pillows you see above are from Etsy, with the exception of the lamb's wool heart, and though I like them all I'm definitely partial to the sailor and the knitter by Ana Raimundo. His & hers, or hers & hers since there's an amazing colorful version of the knitter available! For those of you with sewing skills and hops &/or lavender growing in your garden, this would be a simple project with so much style potential. Perhaps this Sleeping Beauty fabric from Japan would come in handy? There are instructions for a hops pillow over at The Herbwife's Kitchen and a lavender pillow tutorial thanks to Lavender Bee Farm.

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A velvety, comfy sofa sounds very cozy now that the cooler weather is coming and the color looks fresh. The price is right, as the seller says the condition is excellent. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..

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Dining room with two lamps

Greycork is a furniture company based in Rhode Island, and they are crowdfunding their flat pack living room that's an alternative to IKEA. The collection has a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, and includes a chaise, three-seater sofa, bookcase, and coffee and side tables. Made from ash, fiberboard, and polyester upholstery, the pieces ship for free and assemble in four minutes or less.

Luxurious dining room

We were about to head out to do our weekly laundry load when we caught wind of a new laundering that promises clean clothes and greener packaging footprint with an interesting detergent delivery technology. Laundry Drops sort of look like hard candies or cough drops, but inside each water dissolvable packet is a 6x concentrated shot of detergent.... Laundry Dropps positives: small package, strong concentration so less to use, biodegradable, phosphate free. Sure, compared to the large traditional liquid detergents these smaller packs stack up well in material footprint. The difference isn't so profound when you consider that almost every brand of detergent now offers concentrated formulas that come in smaller bottles. Our fancy pants bottle of Method Laundry detergent does 32 loads for $6.99, while these Laundry Drops are $25 for 60 wash loads. Unless those Dropps are packing something miraculous 'Like no other' magic inside, that's a whole lot more for arguably likely the same results, comparatively speaking. Perhaps if they miniaturized these even further and came in a recyclable or biodegradable outer container, then we'd be willing to pay a little bit more. That all being said, we might send a 2-Load Sample Pouch to our mom and see what she thinks.

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