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Mark Dutka contemporary-family-room

Mark Dutka

The clients wanted as much space for their books as possible. Integrating the fishtank and an overflow tank (in the cabinet below the pictured tank) and various pieces of equipment to support the tank was a challenge. The clients also wanted to display some of their china.

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If you've only got a short supply of paint (or are feeling lazy), color just a few cubes. Here, a few shots of orange are all this built-in needs.
Shawn Gauthier added this to 11 Styling Tips for Shelves You'll Love
10. Add color to select areas of your bookshelf. Add an extra element of balance by painting the background of opposing areas of your bookshelf. Fill the painted areas with objects different than the rest of the shelving unit. It becomes more visually interesting while creating equilibrium.
A strategically placed tank on a bookshelf helps break up the clutter and relax the eye.

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tidujygan added this to tidujygan's Ideas
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last Saturday
mj360 added this to dts
October 1, 2014
paint behind shelves
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September 20, 2014
sloped ceiling
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September 15, 2014
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September 14, 2014
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September 14, 2014
Attic kitchen shelving
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September 11, 2014
Fish tank
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September 10, 2014
noah fish tank
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September 9, 2014
Love the surround of books.
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September 7, 2014
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September 6, 2014
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August 24, 2014
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August 24, 2014
slanted ceiling bookcase
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August 18, 2014
the orange is fab!!!
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August 16, 2014
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August 16, 2014
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August 12, 2014
Painting the background
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August 11, 2014
The fish tank :)
Carmen Torres added this to carmentv's ideas
August 11, 2014
For basement
Brusaam added this to casa tio
August 9, 2014
pecera em mueble
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August 7, 2014
fishtank and bookshelf
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August 6, 2014
fish tank and library
albi1970 added this to albi1970's Ideas
August 5, 2014
Space saving and organizing
leanora8 added this to office/snug
July 30, 2014
L'una Design added this to Jim Reeves
July 29, 2014
Aquarium in Unit
kellyaller added this to Living Room Ideas
July 27, 2014
Cool bookcase idea
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July 27, 2014
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July 21, 2014
Amber James added this to Family Room
July 21, 2014
Bookshelf and aquarium
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July 20, 2014
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July 20, 2014
Slanted ceiling concept
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July 17, 2014
the bookcase
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July 16, 2014
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July 13, 2014
bookcase with slanting wall
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July 13, 2014
Keith has always admired fish tanks. Possibility for man cave?
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July 12, 2014
Integrated multifunctional shelving
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July 12, 2014!visit-us/c42fDen Seles stepped
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July 10, 2014
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July 9, 2014
Slim shelves
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July 8, 2014
living roo wall
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July 1, 2014
Fish tank
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June 30, 2014
Idea for Mitch
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June 30, 2014
Don't like no trim at ceiling
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June 24, 2014
Paint selected backs of shelves
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June 18, 2014
dining area
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June 15, 2014
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June 15, 2014
Shelves with lights and paint.
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June 15, 2014
Nice use of space
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June 12, 2014
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June 10, 2014
I love the use of limited space!
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June 10, 2014
Ugly but idea for Archie's vivarium.
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June 9, 2014
Fish tank in bookcase
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June 9, 2014
Book Self design
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May 31, 2014
Space utilization & the design
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May 29, 2014
Integrates fish tank & display
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May 25, 2014
multi use
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May 22, 2014
Acuario Integrado
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May 17, 2014
Built in
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May 12, 2014
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May 10, 2014
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May 9, 2014
floor to ceiling bookshelf in small flat
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May 8, 2014
Bookshelf with integrated aquarium
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May 3, 2014
Approach to raked ceiling
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May 1, 2014
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April 28, 2014
bookcase / fishtank
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April 17, 2014
Shelving for vaulted ceiling
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April 17, 2014
fish tank inside shelves
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April 14, 2014
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April 14, 2014
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April 13, 2014
Second window above sliders Built in shelves Built in aquarium Pop of color in shelves
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April 12, 2014
all the different elements and shapes
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April 11, 2014
bookshelf with fish tank in it.
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April 11, 2014
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April 10, 2014
Aquarium in shelf
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April 9, 2014
vaulted ceiling
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April 7, 2014
Aquarium inside bookshelf
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April 3, 2014
Shelf ideas/wall use
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April 2, 2014
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April 1, 2014
fishtank in wall unit
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March 31, 2014
small aquarium
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March 30, 2014
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March 30, 2014
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March 29, 2014
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March 26, 2014
Love the modern feel when open at the end
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March 23, 2014
Bring shelves up to ceiling height
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March 23, 2014
Aquarium in bookcase, bookcase shelving integration
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March 23, 2014
Pot light on slanted wall
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March 16, 2014
Painted background at the top?
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March 16, 2014
The shelf design
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March 16, 2014
aquarium bookcase
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stair case /kitchen area
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March 5, 2014
Book case
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March 2, 2014
Angles bookcase
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March 1, 2014
Build in aquarium into shelving areas
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March 1, 2014
Biblioteca más acuario
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March 1, 2014
Built in aquarium, need to try this somewhere
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February 28, 2014
Pared naranja
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February 27, 2014
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February 27, 2014
Aquarium for the office
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February 25, 2014
Love the bookshelves! Lets do this.
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February 25, 2014
bookcase mixed with other objects, following flow of the ceiling. Brilliant!
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February 24, 2014
fishtank and shelves which we can do to seperate area between snug and lounge
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February 23, 2014
built-in book shelves with aquarium
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February 22, 2014
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February 21, 2014
living room book shelf
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February 20, 2014
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February 20, 2014
Great use of wall space.
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February 17, 2014
fish tank
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February 17, 2014
What to do with slanted ceiling
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February 15, 2014
Bookshelves on slanted ceiling...
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February 11, 2014
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February 10, 2014
also nice way to handle trasition to ceiling. good starting point for a modular building idea
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February 8, 2014
Book wall integrated
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February 7, 2014
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February 5, 2014
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February 5, 2014
use of space and intergration of fish tank
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February 5, 2014
Do you still want a fish tank?
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February 4, 2014
For Sarah's family room
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February 3, 2014
book shelf and aquarium
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February 2, 2014
Bookshelf aquarium.
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January 31, 2014
another with steps down from ceiling
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January 28, 2014
angled ceiling
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January 28, 2014
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January 27, 2014
Living room shelve
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Shelf system
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January 22, 2014
Angled roof
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January 22, 2014
interesting design of shelves and closed
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January 14, 2014
the shelves are open type, not sealed
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January 11, 2014
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January 11, 2014
Fish tank
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January 9, 2014
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January 8, 2014
Like the thicker more modern shelves and I could paint a color on back wall
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January 8, 2014
bookshelf for slanted ceilings
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January 7, 2014
Aquarium in shelves!
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January 4, 2014
Jack aquarium
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January 4, 2014
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January 1, 2014
I like how the horizontal lines and lighting of the vase section harmonizes on this wall
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January 1, 2014
good bookshelf; some openings painted... want the fish tank....
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December 27, 2013
aquarium bookcase
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December 22, 2013
painting select areas
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December 18, 2013
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December 18, 2013
simple base cover edges with shelving
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December 16, 2013
Integrated fish tank into shelving
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December 16, 2013
angled bookcase
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December 11, 2013
Bookshelves for bedroom or study
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December 11, 2013
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December 7, 2013
slopped ceiling... reallly like this
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December 3, 2013
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December 3, 2013
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December 3, 2013
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December 1, 2013
diningroom builtin wall?
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December 1, 2013
Sunroom wall
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November 28, 2013
jerry keeps his tanks
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November 26, 2013
Fishtank on a shelf
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November 25, 2013
Use of space to ceiling
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November 24, 2013
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November 20, 2013
Fish tank
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November 19, 2013
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November 18, 2013
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November 17, 2013
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November 15, 2013
Not as tall, but it's roughly 19-20" (a regular book is 8" tall) from the drop ceiling to the actual ceiling of the apartment.
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November 13, 2013
Idea for bookcase on slanted ceiling.
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November 13, 2013
First floor. Like the painted areas
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November 10, 2013
I want a built in aquarium!
samratreddy added this to Living Room Ideas
November 10, 2013
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November 7, 2013
Might be my favorite and shows shelves with slanted ceiling like we have
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November 4, 2013
Aquarium inside bookshelf
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November 3, 2013
Slanted bookshelves
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November 1, 2013
Color behind shelving
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November 1, 2013
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October 28, 2013
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October 28, 2013
Bookcases for living room.
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October 27, 2013
top of closet shelves
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October 26, 2013
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October 26, 2013
Bücherregal mit Aquarium
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October 22, 2013
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October 20, 2013
Love the shelves.
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October 17, 2013
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October 11, 2013
book case
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October 10, 2013
ladder effect
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fish tank in bookshelves
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October 7, 2013
fishtank built into bookshelf
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October 6, 2013
Wall unit
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October 4, 2013
built in shelves vertical styles
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October 2, 2013
bookshelves incorporating drawesr
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October 2, 2013
Thinness of shleves
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September 29, 2013
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September 29, 2013
Love the fish tank
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